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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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.
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.