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Our Annual Beat-Down Roundup - Mega Whoops!

Posted in Whoops on March 12, 2015
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Fish Story
The stock LCA mount tore off the axle when I was driving to a local fishing hole. That caused the axle to wrap up, and I lost control. The Jeep went into a ditch, hit a small tree, and then did a three-quarter roll, ending on its side. I know it’s not the typical stuck shot. Before the roll, it was a clean ’99 with a five-speed and a three-link. Now it’s got a Dana 44 front axle/14-bolt rear axle and 12-inch-travel FOA shocks and is being built to race Dirt Riot.
Adam Walters
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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All in the Family
Uncle showing nephew how it’s done—and getting stuck.
Stephanie Burrell
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Paternity Leave
I was celebrating the birth of our first child and goofing off on the beach with my buddy and his Jeep. He got stuck. I was trying to winch him out, and I sank in the marsh. Luckily it was low tide. We tweaked the frame and blew out the leaf springs on the 17 attempts to snatch it out.
Matthew Jennings
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Family’s First Time
It had been about two years since I had driven my 2000 Jeep Wrangler and the first time I’d been able to take my wife and son off-roading. We all had a blast! We managed to get buried pretty good—whoops!
Cody Dean
Michigan

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Evasive Maneuver
Telling your pregnant wife you won’t get stuck with 10 inches of lift on 35s—well, got stuck for eight hours. Priceless!
Joe Evaristo
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Disappearing Road?
Here’s Nathan Chavarria’s stuck TJ. The earth apparently opened up spontaneously and swallowed the Jeep’s right front tire.
Daniel Hopkins
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Hammer Down
Randy Slawson was practicing for King of the Hammers at Back Door and flipped it. Jon Bundrant and I winched him back over. No one else was around.
Brian Cox
Via hotrod.com

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4-By Farming
This was one long weekend. First, a Jeep got stuck. Then the Jeep’s rescue truck got stuck. So we needed to bring in the big guns. Eventually we figured a truck wouldn’t work, so a backhoe came to the rescue—but that got stuck too. So the next morning the majority of the crew came back, the stuck half cuddling around a fire. We pluck out the easy one. Darrell gives it a shot, then the backhoe tries. No go. For the rest of the night we brainstorm and try things like multiple trucks. The next morning we came back determined to get the truck out. About 20 minutes later he was out but broke the Dana 60, and mud was solidly packed between the diff and the floorboards.
Dawnya Letawsky
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Wrongler Rock Damage
This happened because he picked the wrong line over the rocks on the Wranglers Rocks trail at Superlift ORV Park.
Knox Kendricks
Hot Springs, AR

7 Tons of Fun
My trucks have gotten stuck on deployments many times. This one was in Colombia. The Navy 7-ton truck tried to drive across a rain-soaked field and sank straight down all the way to the axles. It took two Marine AAVs daisy-chained together, and a really big winch, to get that truck out.
Cody “Doc” West
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Blame It on the Buck
I thought my 7.3L Powerstroke and 4-wheel drive would be enough to keep me on the road, but I swear I saw an eight-point buck in that field.
Kyler Juergens
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Finding the Weak Links
Here’s a friend’s flatfender with a broken axle. The small, 5⁄16-inch bolts pulled out of the knuckle, resulting in the hub and wheel coming off.
Mike LaFaunce
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Brown Ops
My friend thought he could make it through this mud pit at Hollister. Think he forgot that he needed 44-inch tires and a big-block to have a chance of making it.
The Riley Family
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Nice Ice
We decided to take the kids out for one of their first muddin’ experiences. As luck would have it, everything was frozen. Between my ’78 Bronco (armed with a modified 400 V-8, a Holley four-barrel carb, an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and air cleaner, a C6, an NP205, 33-inch Maxxis Big Horns, and of course my inability to think ahead) and my brother-in-law’s ’81 Chevy K2500 (mild 402, 36-inch Super Swamper TSLs, and 20 years of reading 4-Wheel & Off-Road), I figured there was no way anything could go wrong. We were tearing up the ice and revealing that sloppy mud we were looking for. Things were really looking up for our afternoon, so I decided it was time to take the Bronco “just a little farther” onto an unexplored corner of the ice. After a full-throttle water-splashing, ice-slashing wheelie up the far bank, the Bronco stalled. The pictures speak for themselves. Everyone got out OK, including the Bronco. Lesson learned? I need more power, bigger tires, and a nice big lift!
Clint J. Grover
Blackfoot, ID

Big Elimination
Here is a picture of the Warriors altered 4-wheel-drive drag car stuck on the Big Eliminator Hill at Gravelrama. It battled up to the very top before getting completely stuck at the peak of the hill.
Jill Markland
Lawrenceburg, IN

Fierce Muddin’
My ’09 sunk to the frame testing my new 31-inch Fierce Attitude MTs. They dig and self-clean pretty well, but they’re no match for the weight of a 1-ton in a rain-soaked field.
Troy Vaughn
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Culvert Operations
Night wheeling fun! I didn’t quite see the concrete culvert there and slid right in—teetered for what seemed like forever and was waiting for the big crash that a rollover would provide. Luckily I came back down to three wheels and got towed out right away. To my amazement, no broken parts and no body damage.
William Christensen
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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Making Friends
We had climbed up and down the hillside several times, and it was all good until the bank caved out from under us. Two days, three straps, two winches, and a chain later…two Jeeps, a Dodge, and a Chevy managed to get us out with only a small dent in our fender. Then they started getting stuck, so we all worked together to get everyone up the hill. Needless to say, that hill is probably not safe anymore. But we did get some great pics and videos and made some new friends.
Ruth King
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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Randolph Running
My ’84 K30 was unable to extract itself from this mud hole at the Randolph, Kansas, ORV Park. A towstrap was the solution, as there was nothing within several hundred yards to hook up the winch cable to. Those are 37-inch Hummer tires run by a modified 454.
Mike Apley
Olsburg, KS

Flood Patrol
U.S. Marines doing some training in the Philippines. Getting to our training area involves driving through flooded riverbeds. It took a platoon of engineers with shovels and two 7-tons to get this one out. During the process of getting it out we managed to take out the power steering and almost took out our platoon commander with the tow chain. Semper Fi.
Christian Sampson
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Engines Suck
The mud hole at Superlift ORV Park doesn’t look as deep as it is. They totaled this brand-new rig by sucking water into the engine. The Jeep still has the temp tag on it.
Knox Kendrick
Hot Springs, AR

Doing Donuts
This one happened at Donut Hill as I was just chilling and stuff. My friend guns it in his Tahoe, and I took after him. My truck pushed down without a problem through this hole. Eventually I tried climbing out and my truck just couldn’t do justice. This beauty-beast is a ’94 F-150 2WD solid-axle swap, 4.10 gears, a racing clutch, a five-speed manual, and a 300ci inline-six.
Patrick Hurd
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Rolling for Coal
’Twas the night before Christmas and my wife asked me to go to the store to get some stuff for our dinner that night with family and company. On my way to the store there was an old celery field down the street from our house that was calling my Raptor. After the two tow trucks pulling me out got stuck, we finally all got out of the muck 51⁄2 hours later. It was 9 p.m. when I got home, and there was no Christmas Eve dinner for anyone. I got coal in my stocking.
John D’Andrea
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

Bad Mow-Jo
I can’t believe he actually got stuck in the mud with a mower of all things.
Suzie Opperman
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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