4x4 Stuck In The Mud?

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  1. Flint_2016

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    Ever get so stuck with your 4x4,no matter what ya got?I found this idea(I'll leave the link)searching for fishing spots in Canada.
    Save the day with a chunk of wood

    1. Find a 16-inch-long piece of solid wood, preferably split in a triangular shape, such as a piece of firewood. The wood must be solid and stiff enough to be tied down from both sides without breaking or bending, and to withstand the weight of your vehicle.
    2. Feed a ratchet strap (or rope) through the rim of one wheel (a front wheel on a front-wheel-drive vehicle, or a rear wheel on a rear-wheel-drive vehicle). Ensure you feed the strap close to the right side of a spoke so it won’t slip when the wheel rotates backwards. Next, place the piece of wood on top of the tire and loop the strap around both ends. Tighten the wood securely to the tire using the ratchet device (or a suitable knot, such as a trucker’s hitch, if using rope). Make sure there’s enough clearance for the tire to turn without the wood hitting and damaging the wheel well or fender.
    3. If you’re driving a 4x4, you can leverage the power going to both axles by repeating the process on the opposite tire on the other axle.
    4. Place the vehicle in reverse and accelerate very slowly, letting the tire (or tires) rotate until the wood meets the ground. At that point, the wood should act as a paddle and grip the ground, providing traction for the vehicle to continue to reverse. Proceed very slowly, or you risk damaging your vehicle’s axle, differential or drivetrain. Once you’re back on solid ground, remove the strap and wood, and carry on.http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/Going-off-road-You-need-to-know-this-great-trick-for-getting-unstuck
    5. (You might wanna keep that hunk of wood in your 4x4 if this ever comes up.It may not be available at the time ya actually need it)
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    Nice! I've seen it done vertically like a oar on the wheel. Worked for a bit till the strap broke.
     
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    My Jeep doesn't have enough wheel well clearance in mud before doing that.
    After it should be just fine.:16:
     
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    That's a good idea. I hope I never have to try it, tho. It's another good reason to keep a couple of ratchet straps in your truck.
     
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    I checked the trac grabbers out.Great idea.Only $59 for an SUV.Thanks,Crewhead!
     
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    Most off-roaders I know, do at least carry ratchet straps, and some, even their own firewood! Novell idea! 12,000 lb. 2-sp Hydraulic winch in front bumper helps immensely too.
     
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    Got stuck in extremely silty sand, used all of the stakes we had for our archaeology survey and the floor mats from inside the truck to get the F250 out. It worked! I was calling it a “road building excercise”

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    Good idea young fellar. joe
     
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    Many years ago I did the same thing with trailer ramps to free a 4040 John Deere tractor buried up to the axles...it was a valuable learning experience:rolleyes:...I never had to do it again;)
     
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    I read about a world war 2 manual on how deal with a stuck jeep. I dont remember the site i saw it on, nor could I find the manual.
    But i saw a windless winch, logs strapped to the outside of the wheel.
    But the coolest method i remember, was a empty rim a length of rope or cable and poof every car on the road has a winch.
    I try not to get stuck and the best way to get unstuck is not to get stuck.
     
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    that F250 idea was great!!

    that must have sucked picking it all up afterwards. yuk!!
     
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    Thanks. I'm going to order some.
     
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    Maxtrax are also an excellent way to go, and can also serve as shovels or even make a bridge. Having a winch also helps.
     
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    We (field people) hate the F250 but all the bigger trucks from enterprise come with Kevlar tires so that’s why they rent them. It did indeed suck picking up all the stakes. We had a 12 mile day in Salome, AZ like 107 degrees before getting the truck out.

    Also, I have the X-Bull traction boards for my personal 2008 Tacoma and they are fantastic. That’s where the stakes idea came from
     
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    I have some very thick and wide zip ties that I keep in my FJ for extra traction. Kind of like the trac grabber link that crewhead posted above but not that thick.

    You can also use a heavy rope or tow strap as a winch by tying one end through the tire like the straps above and then tying the other end to a tree or boulder. As the tire spins the strap or rope will wrap around the tire and pull the vehicle forward.

    I also always carry a shovel and a set of MaxTrax knockoff traction boards.

     
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    I’ve used the wood trick on a tractor several times and it works well. First tip is lowering tire pressure to about 15 psi or lower, you would be amazed how much that changes things. The bad part is most of the time you have to pass back through that area to get out.
     
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    Has anyone tried the tcrackgrabber or any other universal fitting tire chain device?
     
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