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I'm stuck!

Hey everyone,
So, as the title says - I'm stuck! I just got in the door a few minutes ago. It's odd walking into my driveway at 1 am.

Normally I'm driving the ranger buuut it's a 20 minute walk away.

I attempted this road.. again..

but this time all the snow is sticky and packed so i figured i had better luck.

Nope.

They maintain the road only so far in the winter - then it's 4x4 from there.

I made it a little ways up the road, then got stuck backing up.

Normally I have a shovel on me but since I went to the movies tonight I decided it could stay home. Wrong decision.

I used the snow brush to get me out of the first situation..

Then it went from bad to worse.

I couldn't stay on the hard pack snow and kept sliding off into the soft sugary stuff..

I kept going back and fourth - a little further back each time - trying to pack a trail down..

I decided I had enough of a run packed to try and make it to the plowed section of the road.

(I'll be sure to post pics)

Anyway, as I'm backing up in 4lo trying to gain speed.. with my head out the window - a wild branch comes outta nowhere and takes my hat right off my head!! I had to laugh..

The laughin stopped quick when I realized I was way off the barely beaten path and rather buried.

I didn't have to second guess myself. I knew that when I went to putter in drive I was goin nowhere..

I got out - checked out the situation.. driver side is pretty buried.. I can't open my door all the way..

Decided to walk home - 2o minutes away..

I guess i'll be waitin' till tomorrow then take the quad up there with a shovel and go to work!


I had a fun time trying to get the truck outta that road tonight.. Getting stuck is an adventure all in it's own. I had a great walk home, even though it's freezing rain tonight.

When you get stuck and are away from your truck you get something in return...

A lot of unusual time to think to yourself that you don't normally have

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Ok, so here's a series of pictures from beginning to end.. Sorry if everyone expected it to be more hardcore but hey... shoveling is shoveling
And yea, I sat there for awhile and wished that i had big tires and lift.. then snapped out of it and kept shoveling..






















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Well, that sucks. But at least your making the best of it! Hope you get it out tomorrow...
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Old 02-22-2007
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i want snow
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It will take a little work.. i'm not too worried yet.

Snow always gets me into trouble!
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sounds more like the branch got you into trouble
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Sounds like an excuse to get a lift and bigger tires, and...
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If my 2wd ranger on road-only tires can push through a parking lot of half frozen sleet, you can get your truck out of the snow. :P Good luck.
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sounds more like the branch got you into trouble

It distracted me b/c for a split second I thought i might get the branch in the eye or face.. after that i had gone too far and.. you know the rest.
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Amazing how it looks like you could just drive out of it yet have no traction at all. I've been there in my 93 Splash. Had to get tugged out of a Mud-puddle because I couldnt get any grip.
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May I make a couple of recommendations, well one really, stay in when it's cold out. Just messin' with ya. Nice stuck. Nice truck, too. Gotta love the Level II
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May I make a couple of recommendations, well one really, stay in when it's cold out. Just messin' with ya. Nice stuck. Nice truck, too. Gotta love the Level II
Your just full of rhymes, arent ya?!
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im glad im not the only one who slides into ditches when my truck was just a young tad pole, i slid into a ditch and had to have an awd audi pull me out..... ill tell ya, that really ruined the 'go anywhere/do anything cause i got 4wd' ego LOL!
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Is that snow bank your "unloading dock" for the 4-wheeler in the last pic? Looks like a fun time, even though you had to work to get the truck out!
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so this is the road you live on? talk about middle of nowhere
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Looks like that'll keep you busy for awhile!

I've found in certain low-traction situations like that, a little bit of wheel speed will be your friend more than being in 4lo.
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Looks like that'll keep you busy for awhile!

I've found in certain low-traction situations like that, a little bit of wheel speed will be your friend more than being in 4lo.
I found that too, I think it works better in snow that is cold enough or "powerery" enough it won't freeze under the heat of the spinning tire. I have been stuck numerous times this year and sometime wheel-spin has worked and sometimes not, kind of a "go by the moment" instinct


trail_ranger_357 - Glad to see ya got out but it looks like it wasn't the coldest day to be outside. After I get my truck back and tires rotated I wanna go plowin this week (8" of snow expected).
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looks to me like you backed up in the dark and went off the road
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dang, ur really stuck??
it doesnt seem like enough snow.. but i guess if you have no traction, ur going no where
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must have been mighty slippery to end up that far off to the side, and everything i've heard says BFG ATs are great in the snow so im a bit surprised, glad you got it out though, i like the ATV loading technique too
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im glad im not the only one who slides into ditches when my truck was just a young tad pole, i slid into a ditch and had to have an awd audi pull me out..... ill tell ya, that really ruined the 'go anywhere/do anything cause i got 4wd' ego LOL!

I lost the "go anywhere/do anything" awhile ago too.. This is now a challenge to build up the ranger to take on the snow.


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Is that snow bank your "unloading dock" for the 4-wheeler in the last pic? Looks like a fun time, even though you had to work to get the truck out!
That snow bank was the loading dock for the quad. I had to leave the truck up there for a night and walk home. I managed to get the quad up on the bank and do a little fancy work so the tail gate would line up good.. snow banks rule.


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so this is the road you live on? talk about middle of nowhere
This road is near my house.. I live 20 min. west of the city. There's tons of roads like it around this area. Consider it one of the 4x4 paradises out there.

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Looks like that'll keep you busy for awhile!

I've found in certain low-traction situations like that, a little bit of wheel speed will be your friend more than being in 4lo.
The snow was packed solid that I went into and eventually got so deep that I came to rest on the skid plates. I wasn't movin' after that and I knew it haha.


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kind of a "go by the moment" instinct
When in doubt, throttle out? It's come in handy quite a few times.

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looks to me like you backed up in the dark and went off the road
I had gone quite a ways up that road until I couldn't go any further.. When I was trying to back down the road The rear tires wouldn't stay in the original grooves and kept sliding off into the soft stuff.

Eventually it kept getting worse and worse and I wound up too far off the barely beaten path.

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dang, ur really stuck??
it doesnt seem like enough snow.. but i guess if you have no traction, ur going no where
Yea, it doesn't look like much but it's stuck.. As soon as the skid plates came to rest on the hardpack snow that was it..

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must have been mighty slippery to end up that far off to the side, and everything i've heard says BFG ATs are great in the snow so im a bit surprised, glad you got it out though, i like the ATV loading technique too
Snow can be really tricky.. The tires are actually really good in the snow. Last March I took my truck down a groomed snowmobile trail, big hills and all. I was able to creep all the way in 4lo, with a few tricky spots here and there. So yea, I really like these tires in the snow either way.

The loading technique works great around here, no need for the ramps

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Today I finally got around to taking off that lower plastic piece on the front bumper. It kept coming off because all the tabs on the passenger side are ripped off and it just kept comming off lately by itself, from wind force I'm guessing.

Does anyone have any good plans or idea's for a custom bumper?

I like the way it looks now.. At least I don't have to worry about ripping it off anymore.
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bet it was fun though.....ah $h!t happens
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It's always fun.. Till something snaps.
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