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Old 04-20-2008
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Note to self....

if ever in Canada:
-bring long underwear
-bring dry wood and fire starting material
-leave tow strap and d-rings in USA
-don't tow out any stuck 08 vista blue rangers
-always wear plaid and say "don'tcha know, eh"

Let's see, I've been rescued twice. Once for off-roading with BFG ATs in mud, and just recently from having my alternator die. I've also towed/pulled 2 out. What comes around goes around. Don't let the door hit you in the face canadian (morris).
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Haha... nice... his friend probably bought a winch so it would be easier to pull him out.

I have no idea how to get myself unstuck so I don't go there... I do enjoy pulling everyone else out though... in my '08 none-the-less
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Morris your an ***, I'd help someone out in a heartbeat as long as my truck wouldn't be put in danger so to say lol.
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Old 04-20-2008
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lol wow lots of great comments here.

First off, I guess I am not experienced but I was driving over the run and got pulled in, it's not like i am going through 6 foot deep mud holes, I was on the frame and needed help and I thought thats what friends were for. I tried for 4 hours before calling somebody to come and help me so atleast I tried. Yes I do need better equipment but I wasn't planning on getting stuck the way I did. I was going only where I have been before without issue so I thought I was safe. Not too many people in my area that I know will actually go out offroading, they only have like show trucks. The guy who pulled me out went and washed and waxed his truck after he pulled me out.

Maybe I should just stop posting every time I get stuck but it might give some of you some entertainment or something. I don't think even MT's would have done anything for me unless they were like 35" because the rut was huge. Funny, the guy who pulled me out, was in 2wd the whole way and I was very surprised. He has a Toyota with body lift, suspension lift and has 35x12.5 tires.

Yes it sucks I get stuck all the time but how does one learn? and Morris, if you went where I did, I am sure you would get stuck too because our trucks are the same except for colour!

I have a rear LS so I don't think I need a rear locker but I think a front locker would be tons of help. I need to lift it and put nice big tires but it is expensive and I have other expenses in life. $5000 just so I can drive for 2 hours a week and not get stuck? Seems a bit crazy but I know it has to be done.

Ohh well, it's 4:30 am here and I just got home so I am off to bed.
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I have a rear LS so I don't think I need a rear locker but I think a front locker would be tons of help. I need to lift it and put nice big tires but it is expensive and I have other expenses in life. $5000 just so I can drive for 2 hours a week and not get stuck? Seems a bit crazy but I know it has to be done.

Ohh well, it's 4:30 am here and I just got home so I am off to bed.

Just get a 3" body lift and some 33's... that will tide you over fo rnow, and only run you TOPS of 900
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Old 04-22-2008
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You need to get you some MT's and a lift.
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Old 04-23-2008
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Yes I know.

I went out yesterday again with my friend with a Toyota and like 35" tires. What a night. We left at like 6 pm and got back at 8 pm. I got so stuck that he had to pull me out and then he was like watch this thinking he could go through, well he got stuck and then I had to pull him out. This was the first time I pulled somebody out and it was so easy.

So the way we came ended up being impossible to get back through so we went the hard way out and wow, I am surprised my little truck got through it. I did end up putting a big scratch down the side and I also broke my side mirror off but it was fun. I went through some water right up to the bottom of the truck along with mud but I made it without getting stuck. When I finally got out I was happy and I went to go wash the truck. Well I am done for offroading for a long time. I bet I did more damage and just don't know it yet. I did bottom out a few times but I haven't had time to look to see what else is broke, oh well.
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There's no need to beat and smash when offroading. I've had mine through some serious **** and never once bottomed it out, hit any big branches, or broken anything. You just gotta go slow and play it smart. You can't ride down in super duty or full size ruts you don't have the clearance. You gotta pay attention and know your limits.

I'd suggest finding a gravel pit or something with some sand, some place where the ground has some give to it and you can get stuck but not too stuck. Buy a sset of come alongs! Under 20 bucks and if you can reach a tree you're out.

The best part about reading all your exploits so far is your will to keep going! You're just trying too hard and your truck isn't ready yet. Get some decent rubber and some extraction gear, and find someone who has experience off road. Follow them and watch their lines. Or get in with them and see how they pick their way through ****. Don't give up man, you just need to learn "finesse" instead of "romp and stomp".
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Oh yeah let's see some carnage pics too!
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Jeez man your beating up that 08. Why not think about finding a old Ranger and using that as a trail truck?
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I like seeing your stuck posts Cereal. Keep them coming. I always like pulling people out. It feels good to help someone out. Then when I get stuck they pull me out. So what if one guy gets stuck more often than me. It just gives me an excuse to go get the truck dirty.
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There's no need to beat and smash when offroading. I've had mine through some serious **** and never once bottomed it out, hit any big branches, or broken anything. You just gotta go slow and play it smart. You can't ride down in super duty or full size ruts you don't have the clearance. You gotta pay attention and know your limits.

I'd suggest finding a gravel pit or something with some sand, some place where the ground has some give to it and you can get stuck but not too stuck. Buy a sset of come alongs! Under 20 bucks and if you can reach a tree you're out.

The best part about reading all your exploits so far is your will to keep going! You're just trying too hard and your truck isn't ready yet. Get some decent rubber and some extraction gear, and find someone who has experience off road. Follow them and watch their lines. Or get in with them and see how they pick their way through ****. Don't give up man, you just need to learn "finesse" instead of "romp and stomp".

this is where i was going. i talked to cereal in IM. i think it's smoothed over now.

take it easy with the mirrors man.
also like blackedge said, don't kill your truck, finish making payments before you have too much damage.
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Well I was struck in the middle of the bush and I had to get out. The way I came was way too bad to go back through and even the Toyota couldn't get through, so we had to go the other way which is not meant for my truck. It has huge ruts and is just really bad but the Toyota got through it no problem and never bottomed out.

I was getting pulled out when I scratched and broke the mirrors, the scratch I knew was going to happen but the mirrors were a total suprise, I just heard a bang and looked and my side mirror was hanging by the wires.

Yes I keep trying but I am having fun and wasting my money so it's ok but I am reading all the advice you people give.

I am getting new tires any time, a winch is next and then a lift. I already washed the truck so I can only take a picture of the mirror and scratch.

The guy who keeps pulling me out, doesn't mind it. He said "It's a reason to take my truck in the bush" but I am going to settle down alot now and not go into the bush until I have atleast tires and hopefully a winch.

I will go for a walk through where I went last night and take pics and then you will see what I had to go through. I am sure it would be easy for a ranger with 33" tires and a superlift or a RCD lift but stock, it's a big too extreme.

So I am done for a bit. I guess it finally sunk in that it's expensive to go offroading with a brand new truck. I am looking for a used off road machine for like $3000-$5000 so I can just use it for beating around the bush.

Well back to work and I am glad atleast some people enjoy my posts!
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Well here are about 70 more pictures with a little story so enjoy. Also note, alot of these pics make it look super easy and it doesn't show the entry or exit angles but believe me, I would never do this with a stock Ranger/B4000 if I didn't have to. Alot of the ruts are atleast 1-3 feet deep also.

Also, since I got stuck 100000 times, I walked and took pictures the hole way, it's about 2-3 km to the other road and then another 2-3 km on the way back and thats my journey I did yesterday!

Well enjoy


This is a big mud pit I finally got the ***** to drive through and it's not that bad at all as it has a hard ground.



This is same mud hole just half way through it




This is looking back at the same mud hole which I thought I would never be able to drive through



Another water hole I conquered




The first huge water hole I tried to conquer, man was it long like 80-100 feet I would say




Just a pic of the trails



More trail shots



Coming up to a place where it has your choice of 4 water holes




The man water hole people cross, well for people who have real trucks





I took the easiest way



Then cut over this to get to another spots with your choice of 4 ways to go



The way again which real trucks would take




Coming up to where I got stuck, to the right behind the little tree in the middle




Where I got stuck



A look from the other way where I got stuck, notice the swamp?



Just a trail shot again




Looks like people are ready to party



A fire pit hole?



More trail shots




Trail



The beginning to where all hell starts



This wasn't so bad but I was still scared, super long



A shot to try and show how deep the ruts are




The end of the first mud pit




A hole, the entry angle was steep




A long long long water trail





Half way up the water hole




The end, see the exit angle? Almost like driving into a 3 foot high curb




More long mud trails




Mud trails




Lots of water, here it was deep




See how long it is?




Getting muddy and lots of bumps, making that mazda flex




More deep mud ruts




More mud



Even more water



More more more water




Yay mud




lol see what I had to deal with at night time




More mud




More mud, I am sure u can see the bottoming out marks in there




Heres a better pic if u can't see it




More mud and deep ruts




This one was deep and I am surprised I made it





More frame grinding





Deep ruts




ANybody need tires or rims?




One of the last water holes





I can see the road



Getting closer




This was really deep, I mean really deep




I am like 3 feet above the bottom of the rut




Rich people having fun



Almost there





This is me walking back another way I would say this was 4 feet deep




Crazy mud




Twin lakes




Think you could do that?




Same pic different angle




More deep water




Lots of mud



Crazy



Thank god I didn't go this way last night



My Mazda would still be there if I attempted this




More water




Ranger driveable?




I see little girls driving through this daily



Who wants a new tranny nice and cheap?




So much mud, but since I living in Canada, where is all the snow?






I was gonna go through this, but I got scared


A nice picture to end it all up with








Well I hope you enjoy the pics and btw, 56'ers welcome :)
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Jeez man thats some serious stuff but pretty freakin awesome. I would have tried the first one but after that I would be done lol
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Old 04-24-2008
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lol yeah it is pretty bad out there and I am amazed I only got stuck once. Live and learn
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