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Old 10-03-2016, 12:05 AM
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First time REALLY getting stuck

I'm a college kid, so to many this will sound pretty pathetic. My TJ is bone stock, still sitting on 30s (I lucked out and found one with a D44, though). We've all lost traction off the pavement, but if you put it into 4-low and get out immediately... did you really get stuck?

Anyways, there have been a series of torrential downpours within the past few days here. I didn't have anything better to do, so I got on the highway and drove around. And found an abandoned construction site.

It was fun driving around on loose dirt/mud until I hit what *I thought* was 3 or 4" of mud... I was up to my axles in snot. Couldn't go anywhere, and had absolutely no traction. I had to go between second gear and reverse, while cranking the wheel, to get out... it took ~20 mins. Had to rotate the car 180 degrees, engine stalled and almost wouldn't start, which scared the living sh*t out of me.

Probably wasn't too smart, I have a few tow straps in the back but that's only good if you have someone to pull you out. I guess that's just an example of learning the hard way...lol. I got mud EVERYWHERE (under the hood), but unfortunately the rain washed a good amount off. I'll probably need to take my axles apart and re-grease everything. Fun experience overall though, and I look forward to the summer, when I hopefully have time for this more often.

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Old 10-03-2016, 01:25 AM   #2
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Sounds like fun. Not really stuck though until you break straps, chains, bumpers, etc trying to pull you out

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Had to rotate the car 180 degrees, engine stalled and almost wouldn't start, which scared the living sh*t out of me.
Wait....what car?
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You're not really stuck if you can still get yourself out, but yeah, that's never pleasant.

I've been stuck on a drain pipe before, had to get my brother to get me unstuck.

I've yet to ever require a winch, though, so there's that.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:32 PM   #5
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Had a similar experience with a puddle back when I was a bit newer to trail riding. I already didn't like the look of it so I told my passengers "ok, we'll go in like 4 feet and if I don't like it we're backing out". I didn't like it and when I started backing out, I started to get stuck. After making an attempt to get out on my own power, I came to find out that there was a log buried in the muck juuuuuuust under the surface that my front axle had bottomed out on top of.

It was a very miserable four hours of trying to get unstuck before night fell. Ended up being able to break free using a smashed up rotten pallet, two bottle jacks, a bunch of bricks and a chain we borrowed from a construction site. Wouldn't have been so bad if not for the deer flies and the fact that the mud was practically tar.

Lessons I learned from this trip are mainly that I need a winch. Also a Hi-Lift and a saw are now mandatory trail gear for me
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Situations like this are always a fun learning experience. This thread needs but one word... WINCH!
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Situations like this are always a fun learning experience. This thread needs but one word... WINCH!
Agreed. I will say, in my case I needed to go backward and not forward however. I might buy that kit for the Hi-Lift that lets you turn it into a winch just for such a situation.
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I use the Hi Lift with the attachment that fits into the wheel slots in deep mud, along with wood etc. It's sometimes easier, more effective to do than to deploy the Warner 8000, especially if high-centered on the axle.
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Sounds like fun. Not really stuck though until you break straps, chains, bumpers, etc trying to pull you out
Looking back on it, it was fun. And yea, to many it probably wasn't that bad, but it was in the middle of a torrential downpour, which probably didn't help much. I've never gotten stuck for 30ish minutes tho.

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Wait....what car?
My car, the jeep. I don't refer to my car consistently as 'my jeep', idk why. Guess it hasn't caught on yet.

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You're not really stuck if you can still get yourself out, but yeah, that's never pleasant.

I've been stuck on a drain pipe before, had to get my brother to get me unstuck.

I've yet to ever require a winch, though, so there's that.
Yeah. I think my next big purchase will be a winch, and probably a rear locker. Priorities..?

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Situations like this are always a fun learning experience. This thread needs but one word... WINCH!
I'm looking at an m8000/vr8000; my next big purchase will likely consist of a winch. I picked up a farm jack from a family member's ranch and plan on rebuilding it. Before I left for school I took the thing apart and got rid of probably 2/3 of the rust...just to discover that the 4' piece of cast iron is slightly bent. The thing was so seized that when I stood on the handle it would barely budge. I bought some hood mounts, but was in a hurry and bought the JK ones on accident. I think I'll just have to drill some holes, I'm not buying another set of those things. We have a machine shop at our school, I might as well just make a pair if I decide I don't want to drill.
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Only time I ever got really stuck, I got high centered on a drainage burm. almost ripped my tow hook off with a little Subaru and a cable trying to get off it.
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Any high-centering for me, typically in the mud, brings the Hi Lift out. It's amazing what a few heavy limbs etc will do when placed under a tire. I hate to put stress on everything when I can often just drive over and off the damn thing.

I always carry a saw and ax and can usually make something work.
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Took the wife out for her first "wheeling" experience. Nothing very hard at all. Basically just a sand road with a lot of big ruts from after a rain. It didn't even need to be in four wheel drive but she had a ball. Still waiting to take her out again on some more challenging areas. Anyway, she was driving and found a mud hole she wanted to go through. I saw tracks going in and out so I figured "no biggie, have fun." We stopped right in the middle and she couldn't get out. I switched seats to try and work some magic. After about five minutes, I realized we were still only in 2x4. After getting out while all the big trucks were laughing at us, I had to swallow my pride and tell them we only had it in 2 to begin with. Had a couple beers and all was forgiven.

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