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stopping rooster tails during recovery

after watching some of them current ranger videos flooting around this site, I did notice something that could be quite damaging to the person who is stuck, when ur pullin someone out your rear tires cover the front of their truck with mud, and if a stone, or a rock gets unearthed by the towing vehical and gets flung at the stuck vehical it could be deadly or very damaging... so i was thinkin, all our trucks and most trucks for that matter, and a hole in their bumper for a ball, what if, you made a bar about 5ft long, and attached say, a 2ft wide piece of heavy mudflap gauge rubber to it, then used say a cabled or a chain, and a D hook to stach to the bumper, the way this would work is the the rubber and the bar would kinda 'lay' on an angle - like ur dragging it, and this would stop the rooster tail from the towing vehicals tires, and stop the stuck vehical from being completely covvered in mud.
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lol...
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what? you dont like my idea? well how would you like it if u were stuck and a stone came up and broke ur windsheild? or busted a head light, dented ur hood.....
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doesnt sound like a bad idea at all... just dont know how many people would actually do it...
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most of the time if you pull someone out in 4wd you will not have a rooster tail. If you use 4low the chance to shoot out a rooster tail is even less. I have pulled out many a trucks and been pulled out many a time and have never seen a rooster tail that hit someones truck.

If someone was really that worried about having something hit their truck then maybe they should just stay stuck or buy a winch.

Your idea is a good one but not practical for basically anyone I know. not too mention having the setup you suggested would be a lot of weight and a pain to have to hook on just to pull someone out.
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it doesnt happen. and itde be really weird to be like "wait i have to put on my mud flaps!"

like ^^^ said, youre in 4wd, not that many tails happen...

your welcome to do it (obviously) but i think its kinda ghey...

I dont really know how to explain it...
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PLus when pulling your usually going towards the tow vehicle, with roosters flying away.
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it doesnt happen. and itde be really weird to be like "wait i have to put on my mud flaps!"

like ^^^ said, youre in 4wd, not that many tails happen...

your welcome to do it (obviously) but i think its kinda ghey...

I dont really know how to explain it...
Ah yes, the always kind, always considerate Gil.

Don't come back at him for it though! He'll pout!
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I think on my next vehicle, I'm gonna buy some really thick rubber or some 18 wheeler flaps and trim them up to fit...
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extra weight? like what? 20lbs? max?
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if your worried about those types of things happening to your truck dont go off roading. simple as that. you take a risk when you go out and play. and after time you will learn the best methods and the best people to be around while wheeling.
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if your worried about those types of things happening to your truck dont go off roading. simple as that. you take a risk when you go out and play. and after time you will learn the best methods and the best people to be around while wheeling.
Well said man!!
thats why mine dont touch mud because iam scared to screw it up..
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good idea, but the person who id be towing out would be the one who shud always have one with him, cause i wouldnt pay money to save his paint lol
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Best way to protect the front of your vehicle is to keep your whiney a$$ on the pavement!
LOL j/k
stuff happens when you go OFF-ROAD, fact of life.
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One look at my paint's finish, and you'll know, lol...
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Zach said it best, it just comes with the territory. If you get some dings in your paint, or some mud on you, here's how I look at it, "You've officially been pimped." (quote taken from Pimp My Ride)
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Ushally red neck creations pull me out so good luck on that, sometimes even a buggy
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i understand the possibility of taking damage is there, but if you can protect your truck from even MORE damage, why not do it? i dunno i thought it was a good idea, especially since most of the time u have someone in the drivers seat, and this lil anti rooster tail doohickey could act as killing two birds with one stone, stop rocks from shooting back at the vehical your towing,. and itll help stop the lash if your chain/ strap breaks.
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In my samaurai I can be pulled out by 4 wheelers so I am not worried about it and I dont offroad my truck anymore. Good idea though!
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extra weight? like what? 20lbs? max?
I went back and read what you posted I misunderstood the whole setup and had a vision of it being bigger.

Anyway I still am thinking that this would be nice to have but would not be reasonable to drive all the time with it on. And if it is loose in the bed maybe thinking of a way to secure it properly would be important. I think for a truck that was out on a trail used for just pulling this would be a great assett but if you have a truck for just pulling and wasn't doing any serious wheeling.

Not a terrible idea I am not sure how realistic this idea is. If someone had one I would welcome the idea of having it on while being pulled out but if it comes down to rooster tails and rocks, dirt, and mud hitting my windshield to get out then so be it.

Going off road you take the chance of getting stuck or breaking something. If one or the other doesn't happen you are not trying hard enough.
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if your worried about those types of things happening to your truck dont go off roading. simple as that. you take a risk when you go out and play. and after time you will learn the best methods and the best people to be around while wheeling.
honistly with beard here if your worried about crap like that time to get a car. **** happens i have like 75+ chips and scratches when i had my mud tires on and used to thrash my XLT..do i care HELL NO...part of the experiance and btw i have been hit by a HUGE rock while helping someone out it isnt deadly just hirts like hell so has Bill(04lvlII) from my truck just ask him he is still alive....
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Rooster tails are caused by inexperienced drivers driving 2wd trucks trying to save the day. Rooster tails = spinning tires = no traction = going nowhere fast.

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I shoot rooster tails on purpose! eat my mud
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