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Does anyone have tips for mud? I have done some dry stuff, but not much mud. The most mud experiance I have had was driving a 2WD Blazer through a lot of muddy water. I know to keep momentum, and I will be carrying sand and boards, but what else should I do/know? My truck is 2WD and it has really only seen large mud puddles and dry dirt, not really muddy trails.
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Hit it really really fast and don't chop throttle or your stuck, and digging yourself out of mud sucks..
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hahaha, when i read your topic i was gonna say...go fast and go hard. i guess greg took care of that
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the gas pedal is your friend. but with 2wd, if you hit anything thick youre done!
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a few things i didnt say before...
-have a 4x4 or at least another truck there to help you out
-a cell phone to call another friend to pull you out
-shovel

if iwere you i'd be careful with the I4 and the open differential
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Go get yourself some good mud tires and then DONT STOP in the mud or your done. and get a Limited slip or a locker will help alot.
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zach is right about that LS, esp on a 2wd, with an open diff youll be sitting in the mud spinning one tire!!
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id recomend a high lift. my 60" has saved me numerous times. tow straps, and last but not least pedal to the floor and dont let off till your out.
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id recomend a high lift. my 60" has saved me numerous times. tow straps, and last but not least pedal to the floor and dont let off till your out.
I would agree with this mainly. Being in a 2wd that isn't exceptionally large can get you into trouble with the first suggestion made. Hitting it "really really fast" is only asking for trouble. Sure 4x4 helps in mud, but I have the most fun mudding in 2wd. I regularly sling mud in two-wheel drive. Get a set of decent tires and stay on the gas, and you won't get stuck.

More specifically, what kind of mud are you talking about? Shallow (0-4") clay? Going through dark pluff mud over 6" deep? If it is over 6" deep, I'd say stay out of there with a 2-wheel drive. When I go slinging, I hit a clay pit after it rains that fills up over 6" full of wet soggy clay. I have an open rear, and I can definetly spin both tires. To be honest, I'd rather have the open diff in the mud. Go with a tall, skinny mud tire, like some 9.50 or 10.50 TSLs
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A locker will really help. So will some good mud tires. Momentum is your friend. And sometimes, airing down your tires a bit will help too (usually this is better for sand).
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I can spin all four tires in the mud, meaning all four tires are getting power. I'm not really seeing the justification for the cost, or how much more benefitial a locker will be in the mud. Sure a locker will be like night and day in a rocky off-camber situation, but in the mud, I've been just fine with 2 open diffs and some mud tires.

The only time I've ever been stuck in the mud was when my truck dropped through a frozen crust of mud probably about a foot deep into soggy field mud that was up past my doors. I had to climb out the window and get a farm tractor to pull me out. NONE of the tires would spin at all. I was stuck. Bad.
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I have seen and been involved in cases where lockers have made the difference, both in mud and out of it. But, as long as you get both tires spinning, it doesn't matter much to me.

I was in a similar situation the only time I've been stuck in mud. I was just spinning the tires, and the treads were so caked with mud that they were slicks. Dug myself a little too deep, and that's all she wrote. That was the last time I went wheeling.

But, I digress, a locker probably wouldn't be worth it for just mud. But I've seen some impressive things done wheeling that could not have been done without a locker, yet it was a two wheel drive vehicle.
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