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Whoops! 4-Wheeling Mishaps

Posted in Features on November 24, 2015
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From the Hood
This is my 1991 Cherokee with a Sterling 10 1/2-inch rear axle, a Dana 44 front axle, and 5.38 gears. It’s stretched 12 inches and has custom long arms, 40-inch tires, and an 8-inch lift kit. To be honest, it doesn’t crawl worth a damn on its lid. Also, I’m not the 12-year-old in the picture.
Weston Niner
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Toadstool Sample
David Quine was trying to climb an obstacle rock called Toadstool on some private property in New York state. His driver-side tire slid into a rut that’s been really dug out and isn’t passable on a 37 anymore. It took his 2003 TJ over on its side—nothing but some scratches and scrapes.
Tom Bajek
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

One for the Road
Last run of the day at Adventure Off Road Park in Tennessee. I decided to try a different line “quick.” Black Betty, my 1996 XJ, is now being rebuilt with a cage!
Barry C. Brookins
Dyersville, Iowa

Found Off-Road Dead When you’re so stuck you just go home.
Sam Strakowski
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Clipped Front
Lost bumper—whoops.
Kevin & Sarah
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Trench-o-Matic
At least getting stuck on the way to the barn isn’t as bad as getting stuck in camp.
Jason Francka
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Kids’ Toy
Me and my kids on King Crawlers’ Upper Diff Hanger Trail.
Nick Vigil
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Need Knobbies
Slick treads don’t cut it in the clay.
Sam Strakowski
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Titanic Ram
After a long day of mudding in my 2006 Dodge 2500 with new Goodyear Duratracs I tried to push the tires to their limits. New tires and a deep hole don’t always equal success. It took an F-150 with an 8,000-pound Warn doubled back and two other heavy trucks as anchors. Two hours later this heavy Dodge was free.
Ray Thorpe
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Hi, Dad?
The names and circumstances are being withheld. Viewer discretion is advised.
Sam
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Kids Know Best
I had taken my boys out to ride some trails in my stock 1995 XJ 4x4 Sport near Natural Dam, Arkansas. We got to the spot where a pond used to be. I drove through the only mud left, and my sons said that we shouldn’t go again. I should’ve listened. Four hours later (in the dark) my friend couldn’t get us out of the superthick clay. Twenty-four hours later my brother-in-law pulled me out. Had to pull it to the highway and then get a tow to the shop to replace a sensor that melted from the heat of the engine. Sadly, the friend who came to help that night lost his life when he flipped his four-door Jeep (RIP, Brian Sizemore).
Christopher Jones
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Undaunted
Parked in front of my house, I got rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. One new shock and a backhoe later it’s back in the mud.
Kory King
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Undaunted
Parked in front of my house, I got rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. One new shock and a backhoe later it’s back in the mud.
Kory King
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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