Spent every dime I had getting my YJ prepped. Called the boss to see if he wanted to go wheeling that weekend for it's maiden voyage.
Bought jeep for 3k with bad tranny.
Had tranny fixed 900.00
Spent 2.5k more in parts to make it worthy in my mind (tires, gears, springs, locker, M.O.R.E shock extension install, lower shock mounts attached) I spent 4 days putting it together(used vacation to finish).
10:00am on a beatiful saturday morning:
10:40 picked up boss.
12:00pm pulled into local offroad park (this is were the fun begins...not)
So being new to the park we ask...Were's the mud? Owner shows us a map of the property explains where we need to go (powerline trail) he procedes to tell us that there is about 3/4 of a mile worth of mud on the trail and that 1/4 of a mile down the power line road we would be stuck....hahahahaha...whatever you say dude I got a bad *** jeep.
We procede to the power line...granted this park is 2500 acres we went to all of 5 acres of it on the power line trail. We see the impassible swamp that is the Powerline trail. My boss is like HOLY ****!!!! thats deep, I agree and suggest that it would be in our best interest to see if the fookin 4wheel drive even works. The boss agrees that it IS in our best interest. :P so we drive around the area in what I would refer to as the kiddie pool of the trail. Everything is working perfectly...I'm soo stoked...(MY JEEP IS ALL WHEELDRIVE). So we see about 20 ATVs when we first go to the trail. Once we return from the bunny mud they are all gone. Well we start down the raised dirt trail to get further into the nasty. We pull up to a wash out and unanimously decide we cannot cross it as it is to deep and too sharp of an exit angle. Well on to the alternate route...if we could find one.
We drive parrallel to the wash out looking for where the ATVs crossed as they were gone already. I spot what looks to be a crossing with ATV tracks. I ease up on the edge and slowly start in. At this point all that is in front of us appears to be water. But surely if an ATV can cross it my 35s can make it too. As the front wheels go over the side I am surprised as to how far down it actually is. WHOA NELLY ITS DEEP AS ****, so deep that it made the whole vehicle slide into the water. I look to the floor board as the water is rushing in, and think holy **** this is much deeper that I expected. :P
At this point I look at my boss and say " Well we are fookin stuck, We got two choices get out and try to use the Hilift to pull it out or GO FORWARD!!!
Boss looks at me.... **** IT NAIL IT... of course I being from MS and love getting muddy thinks this is an excellent Idea.
I stomp the gas....impressed by the traction the Boggers are getting I become overly optimistic...all the way up until it quits moving.
Well stuck is as stuck does...
I hop out to attach the chain and tow strap to the HIlift.... :X one problem the bag I picked up from my brothers house doesn't have the normal chain in it as it has for the past 5 years instead its full of tools he took to the junk yard to get some parts..... CRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
Ok I guess we are walking...
12:20pm and 1.5 miles later over hill over dale. we show up at the pavilion praying someone is there that can pull my jeep out...
OH mama there is a chevy 6X6 (extended cap, extended bed) with 60in rice tires on it and he is unloading with his mud bogging friends who also have these rediculous trucks with Unimog axles and custom suspension.
At this point my spirits are lifted....
Redneck one procedes to ask me... Do you drive a red jeep?
I reply: yeah how did you know?...
RedNeck: Oh the fellow at the check in told us he sent you to the power line trail and to be looking out for you because you would probably be stuck...
Ok fine whatever I just want my Jeep out of the mud, of course he procedes to inform me of what a poor choice in vehicle I made to be doing this sort of thing....I bite my tounge...I just want it out of the mud.
Well the rest you can guess, except for the old 3 speed tranny vent was submerged for the past hour or more.
Well for 20 min of slinging mud; my less than 300 mile transmission is toast as it has sucked up water like Paris hilton giving BJs.
The bastard is still in the garage with no oil pressure...
Be nice I have had a few too many while typing this...