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Unread 08-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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Rear Differential okay?

So I was wheeling in rim high mud and water and my friend was spotting me...
Lets just say he isn't the brightest guy. He thought I could make it across a tree stump under my carriage. Turns out it was a lot larger then he thought and my car bottomed out. I did not know I was bottomed out and thought I was just stuck in some mud and decided to switch into 4low and attempt to get out. My front tires dug down into the mud while the rear tires spun freely. After realizing my rear differential was stuck halfway on the stump we tried everything we could to get it out and managed to get the front of the car up to the door line in water (we had water leak in and all over my carpet ) Finally I relized the only way to get out was to winch out. The only problem was half my winch was submerged and water and electricity don't go good together not to mention it would probably ruin my winch. After hooking up about 500+ feet of cable and toe straps I was able to drag the jeep the rest of the way off the tree stump. My winch did make some grinding noises but it seems fine now. I inspected the differential and it appears to have zero damage. Is this normal? It was dragged about a foot and a half over the log and hit it at about 5mph. Do you guys think there will be any long term damage?

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Unread 08-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Probably not any damage at all. Check your oil though, (front and rear) to make sure you didn't get any water or mud in your diff.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #3
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Yeah, it's probably fine. Mud + spotter you should already be in 4-lo.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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I wouldn't worry at all. Differentials usually see a lot of action when off-roading.

I'd highly recommend getting some solid differential covers, though. The factory ones have a tendency for the outside lip to bend and provide little protection for your gears. Best armor you can get in my opinion.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice guys.
I think ill be buying some new jeep armor soon
And when I pulled the jeep off the stump it took half of the stump with it lol. Wish I had pictures!
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #6
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I'd hate to see what 500+ feet of cable and straps do when it breaks.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
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What kind if cheapo winch are you running?
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:24 PM   #8
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I'd hate to see what 500+ feet of cable and straps do when it breaks.
It would probably snap the bs train it came on square in half!
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #9
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I didn't have my synthetic cable on ether...
My friend actually cut his hand pretty bad when he was connecting the line to a tree.
The max amount of line I've used before is about 800ish feet. A friend had his truck stuck out pretty far in some deep mud. We ended up mixing tow straps, chains, nylon rope, and winch wire to get him out.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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What kind if cheapo winch are you running?
Smithybuilt xcr 8
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Unread 08-11-2013, 04:15 AM   #11
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I've actually used my Superwinch almost completely under water.

Didn't want to, but she worked.

(check those Diff's!)
muddy-diff.jpg

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Unread 08-11-2013, 06:54 AM   #12
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I think you have a small leak...
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