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Old May 24th, 2012, 01:30 PM
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Stuck in quicksand

Yesterday I decided to take my son river crawling on a river with an all sand bed. Everything was going perfect till my wheel hit a stump and it was lodged in my wheel. That was about 1 pm. Needless to say the momentum stopped and my 90 sunk fast. Like sunk to the axles fast. Spent 16 hours yesterday trying to get this thing out and it still sits there. Headed out in a bit with some extra shovels and some drinking water this time(lesson learned). Went to bed round 7 am and just woke up with what resembled a college style hangover. Here's to getting out today with some learned lessons.

1. Loose sand I would have to say is more of a b#*ch that any kind of mud I've encountered before.
2. I am definitely saving for a winch now
3. Also gonna get some rock sliders since that stump ate up my passenger side underside.
4. My kid does not think 4 wheeling is cool when it gets you stuck
5. Neither do wives.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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air way down in the sand

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Old May 24th, 2012, 01:53 PM
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As low as you need to go. Nearly flat if needed. Take a compressor.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 02:14 PM
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Oh yes photos are coming with damage and all. Tonight
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Old May 24th, 2012, 02:25 PM
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Does this mean the sill diamond plate is not going back on?

Yes, x2 for pics. Aside from bottled water, when offroading I'd say you want to have at a minimum the number of a friend who has a 4x4 who can come out to bail you out in a pinch, or have some recovery straps and/or chain, and a hi-lift jack if you do not own a winch, and definitely air down. And take your time.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Winch and MaxTrax should be mandatory when wheeling alone. Ideally you should have at least one other vehicle with you.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:20 PM
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I wheeled alone a lot in college. Even took a girl once I was trying to impress. It didn't work out so well when we broke down 8 miles from the nearest road and phone. Called my dad to come rescue us.... 3 hours later. After we got the girl and Jeep back home my dad yelled at me - not because I went out alone, but because the girl had braces!!!
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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I got stuck once with a girlfriend, we had a long walk back to get someone to pull my Defender out
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:36 PM
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Bryan don't let it get you down...but as mentioned above, there's safety in numbers (and safety in wheeling with a friend that has a winch). Good luck getting her out...just be glad this wasn't on beach sand with high tide coming!

Looking forward to the pics...
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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A river bed, eh? Might want to check the doppler radar for the watershed area upstream of your rig- that would make a bad situation get much, much worse in a hurry. Good luck!
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Hey Brian, if I was closer, I would have loved to help. First mod should be a winch, and a high-lift so you can rescue yourself.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Old May 24th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Scott don't confuse the boy - the first mod needs to be for him to remove the diamond plate from the rear crossmember.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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wtf.... defenders dont get stuck
If you don't get stuck you're not having enough fun (as Huff will tell you):
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Old May 24th, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Don't forget to check your fluids when you get it home, I'm sure the axles and wheel bearings are full of water.
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Here are the pics ladies and gents. Pics are a little deceiving since my axles and diffs were down in the sand. We got 4 guys out there today got track under two tires and flat concrete slabs under the others after jacking them up and digging them out. That poor z71 tried to pull me out. I am out now. Thanks guys
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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:11 PM
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Just curious how you tried to get out before this afternoon. Did you put the transfer case into locked Lo, turn the wheels about while accelerating and all that? Of course that may have also dug you in deeper.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:17 PM
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I would not have gone into that without a winch or two strap+other vehicle. lesson learned.

Air pressure makes all the difference in sand. Learned that with a rising tide in mexico right on the edge of a disaster.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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Just curious how you tried to get out before this afternoon. Did you put the transfer case into locked Lo, turn the wheels about while accelerating and all that? Of course that may have also dug you in deeper.
Absolutely tried every trick. Everything I did dug me deeper. That sand was very very loose. Just wasn't an issue until that log stopped my momentum. And rijosho yeah I dropped off my sill plates at the powder coater yesterday but looks like they will be.for sale now.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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I did something similar when I was offroading on Ft Bragg years ago. Might want to drain and refill all your fluids right off the bat. With the engine oil I did an engine oil flush, the old oil looked like day old cappuccino. Take the front grill off and flush the radiator fins with the garden hose.

Thats the thing with sand in that type of medium.
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