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Unread 08-19-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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Almost wrecked my New-To-Me '99 Cherokee

AAARRRGGGHHH! Raining buckets on the way home from work, driving the back roads home (as usual).
A freaking deer sprints out of the woods!

I swerve right going into a drainage ditch/trench.
The driver's side wheels go up-I thought I was going to roll!
Then the right wheels grab the other side of the ditch and I go
rolling to the left with the driver side wheels digging in.
Next thing I know I'm back even out of the ditch and 1/2 way the road.

I drive about 500 ft to a side road and pull over.
After digging dirt out of the front rims, the only damage I saw was a crease in the driver's side front quarter panel, when I open the door it hits into it.
The driver's side front tire lost almost all the air in it.
I was able to slowly drive another mile to a 7-11 where I could add air to the tire. Drove it home another 2 miles - drove fine, no weird noises or anything.

Did dodge a bullet or what? What should I look at to make sure I didn't frack anything up? I'm kicking myself in the *** feeling stupid.
Crap...crapcrapcrap

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Unread 08-19-2015, 07:36 PM   #2
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Unread 08-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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XJs have been known to take a lickin and keep on tickin. Not much point in driving a jeep if you can't ride a ditch once in a while right.
If that tire loses air again or rides like it's out of balance, you may need to have its beads cleaned.
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Unread 08-20-2015, 12:12 PM   #4
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Then I'd upgrade bumpers and armor so that next time, you don't swerve.
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Unread 08-20-2015, 02:36 PM   #5
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Then I'd upgrade bumpers and armor so that next time, you don't swerve.
I think I got extremely lucky. I'll push/pull out the edge of the quarter panel out to prevent the door from hitting it, and I can remove the wheel wheel 'flare' clip to reattach it to flare plastic then put it back together.
The air was still holding in the tire this morning.
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Unread 08-20-2015, 02:50 PM   #6
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Then I'd upgrade bumpers and armor so that next time, you don't swerve.
Never swerve for a woods-rat, armor or not it's just stupid to swerve. An animals life isn't worth more than yours or those who you could have killed in your 'evasive manuver', plus the parts of the critter that aren't smashed make for good meals.
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Unread 08-20-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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Never swerve for a woods-rat, armor or not it's just stupid to swerve. An animals life isn't worth more than yours or those who you could have killed in your 'evasive manuver', plus the parts of the critter that aren't smashed make for good meals.
This all day. You could have been killed from swerving that thing. If you'd hit it, then WORST case scenario would have been a totaled jeep.
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Unread 08-20-2015, 06:27 PM   #8
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This all day. You could have been killed from swerving that thing. If you'd hit it, then WORST case scenario would have been a totaled jeep.
...once I sell my 2002 Dodge Dakota and get it off my insurance, I'm gonna have to weigh the cost of getting full coverage on the Jeep.
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Hitting a deer can have worse consequences than a totaled vehicle.
My friends sister, she hit a deer hard. It came through the windshield and killed her.
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Unread 08-21-2015, 01:11 AM   #10
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Hitting a deer can have worse consequences than a totaled vehicle.
My friends sister, she hit a deer hard. It came through the windshield and killed her.
Exactly. That's why I view it as if you're armored up, chances are it won't go up and through.
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Unread 08-21-2015, 02:43 AM   #11
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Exactly. That's why I view it as if you're armored up, chances are it won't go up and through.
Windshield armor?
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Hitting a deer can have worse consequences than a totaled vehicle.
My friends sister, she hit a deer hard. It came through the windshield and killed her.
A rare thing to have happen, sorry to hear. Most everyone I know has hit a deer (or several) and there's been no injuries.
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I'd take chances with the deer over the ditch personally, but wonder do you run with
DEER WHISTLES? Some swear by them some say they're cra*, all I know is I don't run any vehicle without. I've seen deer stop when they hear the whistle. Except when in Rut no deer stops for anything.

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Windshield armor?
aka 8" lift
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aka 8" lift
Or 95% of aftermarket bumpers that are more squared off. When you hit something like a deer it will be obliterated vs reflecting off.
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