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APPSTATEwrangler 04-23-2010 12:54 AM

worst trail experience yet

well, i made it into the club..... the "jeep got stuck to the point i could not free it without help" club. Even after several weekend wheeling trips, over 100" of snowfall this past winter,and countless beach driving hours, i had never got the jeep truly stuck until this past weekend. Here are some pics to prove it.

I was on a very tight trail and had to go between a big stump and a patch of trees, but a tree had fallen partially in the the trail, so i had to drive over the tree with my right tires to pass it. i did this once with no problem but my second time around the right front tire slipped over the log and the jeep got hung up on its steering components, as you can see in the 3rd photo.

well since my buddies had no other vehicle to get down the trail, and the road was about 75 yards away (i was standing on the road when i took the fourth pic) so we did not have a long enough tow strap to get pulled out, AND i had no winch..........i had to call a tow truck :banghead:. $100 later, i was free, much to the surprise of the tow truck driver that he even had a long enough winch cable to reach me.
not a good experience for me. got it stuck right before sun down so had to leave it there over night. that was the longest night i have ever had. could hardly get to sleep.

but no damage done to the jeep and something else to laugh about in ten years, or at least till my wallet recover.

a winch and a bigger lift have now moved to the very top of my to do list.

RatherBNarizona 04-23-2010 03:02 AM

ouch man, it happens to the best of us.
Could have been worse, my buddy got stuck while I was away, and his friends were out from 6 pm until 5 am in the morning working on it.

Vaultzz 04-23-2010 03:13 AM

Happens to guys with 4" lifts and 33's too :redface: once I drove over a rock with my front right tire only to come down and land the leaf spring dead center on a stump :rofl:

You'd be surprised how much one wheel spinning freely can ruin your traction with the other 3 :D

GroundHawg 04-23-2010 05:50 AM

you'll get stuck no matter what. it can't be avoided. you make the jeep bigger, you go after bigger stuff lol! its a non-stop cycle. looked like fun though.

APPSTATEwrangler 04-23-2010 08:38 AM

Yeah it was fun. Just took a wrong angle and yeah if I had some extra traction on just one tire I might have gotten outta there.
I guess she is not as invinsible as I thought but she still did pretty darn well otherwise.

BestopTeam@Bestop 04-23-2010 10:34 AM

Those pictures would be good examples of when a high lift jack might come in handy.

And welcome to the club. I slid sideways a little bit a couple weeks ago, and perfectly wedged my diff up against a rock. Couldn't go backwards 'cuz there wasn't anything back there, and couldn't go forward because of the rock. But I had a winch and winched it sideways a bit.

But I don't even consider it getting stuck unless it involves at least two other vehicles (or one tow truck).

sevenservices 04-23-2010 10:53 AM

I highsided on top of a bunch of ice last winter, felt helpless with all four tires spinning DOH! I was able to bust the snow and ice from under my nerf bars and frame with a shovel until she dropped back down for some traction, rocked 'er a couple times, then up and over we went...

The second time I had to go through that snow and ice pile, I went a little faster...

Schmo 04-23-2010 11:29 AM

x2 on the highlift . . . you probably could have jacked it up enough to stack some stuff under the tires, or even just driven off the highlift, or used it as a winch to get you clear. Not the right tool to use in your garage for a tire rotation, but a good thing to have out on the trail for times like these.

APPSTATEwrangler 04-23-2010 01:02 PM

Yeah that also got me thinking about a highlift. I know you can use it as a winch but ya think it would have produced enough force to free me. Because if so I might be putting that on the bday list.

JIMBOX 04-23-2010 01:32 PM

:D HiLift/Sliders and some armor---first things to get

I use my HiLift ALL the TIME, in the snow, works better than a shovel, just used it for one stubborn coil while installing my lift--they'll do anything !!

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

IslandTJ 04-23-2010 05:23 PM


Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop (Post 606123)
Those pictures would be good examples of when a high lift jack might come in handy.


I don't have a hi-lift but with creative use of your OEM bottle jack and log or rock stacking, I'm sure you could get the same results. I do have a winch but I also carry a come-a-long too.

APPSTATEwrangler 04-23-2010 08:24 PM

Well island we actually had a come along but all we had was a pair of tow straps and they would stretch too much to get any tension on the actual Jeep. That or we did not know how to use it properly. And I believe it was the first. Haha.

IslandTJ 04-28-2010 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by APPSTATEwrangler (Post 606605)
Well island we actually had a come along but all we had was a pair of tow straps and they would stretch too much to get any tension on the actual Jeep. That or we did not know how to use it properly. And I believe it was the first. Haha.

Yeah, I know what you mean. I've been planning to get a synthetic rope (doesn't stretch and is safe) for cases when I need to use my come-a-long and an extension line.

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SBakerUMC 04-28-2010 01:50 PM

Dude. Don't feel bad. I got cross axled when backing up off of a plateau. Some dirt collapsed just enough to get me cross axled. After two people standing on the back corner for traction didn't work, a 2WD ATV pulled me out... LAME! I always carry a shovel in my recovery kit. It helps in the simplest of situations.

yjkid95 04-28-2010 02:28 PM

been in that club since the first day with my jeep i wanted to see what a stock wrangler with 30in tires could do and before i knew it i was stuck in a mud hole with mud and water just below the bottom of my door without a winch a highlift and even a shovel i had to call up a few friends and they brought enough chain with them so that they could pull me out from the road with there powerstroke f350 dually.

APPSTATEwrangler 04-29-2010 12:27 AM

haha sounds like ALL i need are more friends with off-road vehicles.

G54 05-02-2010 07:46 PM

This one time....before I got my lift....I got high centered on one of those yellow concrete parking lot thingies they put at the ends of spaces at the mall. Hooked my come-along to a chromed out H2 bumper tow hook parked across from me and got free just before she came back out with her arm load of Macy's bags. Whew - it was close - I think I scuffed her chrome a little.

Now I have a lift and I climb over those concrete parking lot thingies with no trouble at all.

gryph 05-02-2010 08:35 PM

I took an offroad driving/tech class given by Land Rover a few years back.
The lessons were 1on1 given by Camel Trophy drivers and the best quote was:

"Driving offroad in a truck like this only means that you can get stuck almost anywhere in the world" LOL

Glad no damage was done!

APPSTATEwrangler 05-02-2010 08:44 PM

ya know gus. you arent helping my wallet at all with this talk of bigger lifts an such.

and gryph that quote is so true. before i got stuck i pretty much thought my jeep can handle anything, especially after going down this extremely difficult trail at a local offroad park that plenty of lifted jeeps and other trucks had to get winched up and all. this one log brought my spirit down a couple notches.
but now i know shes not invincible and some recovery gear might be useful after all.

Dunner 05-03-2010 04:48 PM

Brutal. There is always something...

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