Sure you can go mudding in any Jeep, but if you are not properly equipped to handle the deep mud, stay in the puddles for you and your Jeep’s sake. When it comes time to go Jeep Muddin bring along a wooden yard stick so you can check the depth of the mud before you find yourself checking it when you are bailing to set up a winch to get out. You can use a stick or anything that will give you some sort of depth measurement if your off-roading adventure was a spare of the moment opportunity. When you are probing the depths of the mud pit you want to play in, use your stick to feel around to see what lies at the bottom of the pit – rocks, logs, etc. that could cause damage to your tires or undercarriage of your Jeep. Check the bottoms surface also for its constancy. Is it a soft bottom or does it have some firmness to it. While you are playing in the mud without the Jeep, also check the consistency of the mud – the thicker the mud the more resistance. Ask yourself if your Jeep is set up to handle heavy resistance.
Okay, for you first timers.. you may be tempted to hold back and let your buddies run the mud pit first, however this is not always the wisest thing to do. Allow me to explain… If your buddies are set up with larger/wider tires than you, trust this.. they will dig holes and ruts and you may just find yourself stuck in the middle of the pit when it comes your turn with your Jeep resting on the frame or axles when you hit their holes and ruts. If you have just as big or bigger tires than your buddies.. go ahead and be a nice guy and sit back and watch. You will be able to stay in the ruts and even dig to the bottom with your tires and still pull through. If your tires are close to the same size as others playing in the mud, stay off to the side or edge of the ruts in order to maintain your traction and pull through.
Here is a biggy guys and gals.. especially if you are out trailing with others, when you hit that mud, DO NOT SLOW DOWN.. keep your momentum up. If the mud pit is long and your buddies follow in behind you and you bog out and they have to slow down or stop you are both going to be stuck and you are going to be trashed talked for a good long time. The key to maintaining momentum and forward progress through a mud pit is having aggressive tires that will keep biting into the mud and flinging the mud behind you while you continue to move forward. If your tires don’t appear to be biting as well as you would like move your steering wheel back and forth slightly while trudging through the mud. Keep your thumbs on the outside of your steering wheel though because if your tires hit the rut your wheel will be yanked and you just might end up with a severely sprained thumb.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of Jeep Muddin! In the meantime enjoy a couple more mudding videos I came across.
This video shows what determination, skill, and having a bad azz Jeep can overcome. LOVE IT!
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