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post #1 of 14 Old 02-12-2017, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else rock crawl backwards?

Occasionally, I crawl up and over an obstacle backwards, just for fun. It's usually stair-step type obstacles, where the line is not too critical. Does anyone else do that?


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post #2 of 14 Old 02-12-2017, 11:29 AM
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Definitely can be fun. All depends on the group you are with. Can be done even when line is a little tougher but becomes even more about the spotter then. I like to do it on obstacles where there are two distinct lines/paths. Drive one forwards, then back up either over it or the other line and then do the other line forward. Creates variety rather than just back and forth over the same line.

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All the time, some sections of the trail are only 1 lane so to speak, need to back up to a turnout, or when ya need to position for an extraction of another rig.
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Most days its just hard to getting going forward. Wait this is about wheeling....
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I have enough trouble crawling my Jeep over obstacles in the usual forward direction.
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My 91 4x4 Toyota 22re pickup was significantly more effective climbing backwards.

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Is there much risk of damaging gears doing this? I hear you shouldn't pull someone out in reverse when they're real stuck, since it could break the ring/pinion (significantly weaker in the reverse direction).

Certainly no risk when really just crawling, but get a little wheel spin or throttle into the mix and couldn't it end poorly?
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seen fronts break in reverse, but that was pulling another heep out of a bind. I wont pull in reverse, i use the winch in all those situations.

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The only time I had an issue with aggressive reverse pulling someone out was years ago when an internal ARB copper line, apparently doing a springlike jiggle just right, got eaten by the ring gear. Other than that, I never tell my Jeep it can't do something, so it manages to do everything. When I need to get winched over a tough spot, I tell the Jeep it's my fault, a courage issue.

I also have a cover on my winch day to day, but I always take the cover off at the start of a trail. It lets the rocks know I'm serious, have a plan B at the ready, and they will not deny me access.

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I have had some rather heat talks to my heep. like the wife though i dont think its listening.

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I'd feel a little more scared looking down as opposed to up....
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seen fronts break in reverse, but that was pulling another heep out of a bind. I wont pull in reverse, i use the winch in all those situations.
Ive seen many bad things happen when a rig is winching out a vehicle and getting impatient winching driver thinks, heck ill help the winch and go to reverse.

Wait for it...


BOOM

Did you hear that?

Uh oh... Houston, now we really have a problem.

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BOOM

Did you hear that?

Uh oh... Houston, now we really have a problem.
I know that sound from even a few jeeps back. never good and always makes for a long , long day. i carry axles for my heep, but not gears.

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