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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

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

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

Clipped Front
Lost bumper—whoops.
Kevin & Sarah

At least getting stuck on the way to the barn isn’t as bad as getting stuck in camp.
Jason Francka

Kids’ Toy
Me and my kids on King Crawlers’ Upper Diff Hanger Trail.
Nick Vigil

Need Knobbies
Slick treads don’t cut it in the clay.
Sam Strakowski

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

Hi, Dad?
The names and circumstances are being withheld. Viewer discretion is advised.

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

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

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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