4-wheeling and mud go together like a hamburger goes with and bun, like yen goes with yang, like… like… they just do, that’s all. There is something about getting your Jeep all mudded up, like a badge of honor or something.
Okay, so it’s messy, and treacherous, and gooey, and wet and thick, and soupy, but it is fun! Okay, but if you don’t know what your doing, you could be in for more of a mess then you were expecting.
When you are playing in the mud, you have to keep in mind different consistencies of mud will require different techniques in order to conquer it. The depth and the base of the mud also play a factor in how you deal with it. Now when I am talking off-roading in some mud, I am not talking about taking your standard jeep for a weekend of fun in a mud bog folks. Standard all terrain, tires unless we are talking just a mere rain mud puddle, are not designed to get you through the type of mud I am talking about.
When you are off roading in the mud in your Jeep you need to have some pretty aggressive tires. So, if you know you are going to be playing in some mud, swap your tires out for your aggressive mud eating machines. Granted, they do not give for the most comforting and smooth ride and they are loud as heel on the road, and wear fast, they sure as heck will pull you through a mud bog as easy as taking candy from a baby!. Your tires should use a tread design with deep lugs, large open voids, and thick bias-ply sidewalls. The wider the tire the deeper the mud you can play in. Wider tires will float over the surface of the mud better keeping you from sinking down to the murky bottom.
Suspension is a must. You want to eliminate as much drag as you can. Ground clearance…, ground clearance…, ground clearance folks!!!! You will need a suspension that can handle a lot of power without axle wrap. Check out some big lifts here: Suspension Lift Kits
Another plus of having a high lift on your jeep is that it keeps your engine bay out of the mud keeping it cool while under pressure. It is not uncommon for off roaders playing in the mud for the very first time with out taking necessary precautions to blow their radiators and hoses. Deep mudding can also play havoc on torque convertors and engines due to the heavy resistance mud delivers. If you intend on doing a lot of mudding with your Jeep, especially if it will be for extended periods of time, consider using a large auxiliary transmission cooler, high flow water pump, and electric fan.
Just a little mudding fun!