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Took the taco for a swim... with pics

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Mxpatriot, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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    Mxpatriot

    Mxpatriot [OP] Arctic Prerunner

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    Money pit.
    Mud puddle was deceivingly deep. I don't think I could've made it through, but I didn't really try. When the front end dropped into the hole and water poured over the hood I shut the engine off with lightning reflexes before it could suck water in the intake. Used the winch to pull myself through.

    The driver's side tires were completely underwater. They're 33's.

    Had 6'' of water in the cab on the driver's side and a 1/2'' on the passenger side. Stripped the truck down to the bare steel today and let it all dry out. Thankfully we had a really windy day and it dried in one day.

    A guy who was fishing nearby came over and said that an F250 on "tractor tires" had got stuck in the same puddle earlier that day.

    After I got it out and opened the door for the first time I had a comical "water dump" out of the truck. I mean at that point all you can do is laugh.

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    Fishing for the winch line. Good to know that the XRC works underwater as well.
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    After I pulled the interior out and yanked the drain plugs.
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  2. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    schleygo

    schleygo Well-Known Member

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    Not good.

    Never been in that situation yet......how are you gonna get the carpet clean?
     
  3. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    Polymerhead

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    Dang man - glad you're taking it well. That winch has officially paid for itself!
     
  4. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    Mxpatriot

    Mxpatriot [OP] Arctic Prerunner

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    Money pit.
    I pulled it out of the truck, pressure washed it, hit it with carpet cleaner, and hung it out to dry on a very windy day.
     
  5. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    Mxpatriot

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    Yea there's really no other option than to just roll with the punches. I choose to engage in this sort of activity knowing that it has potential for stuff like this happen. This is not my first go around with offroad mishaps.

    That winch has gotten me out of so many bad situations, it's paid for itself over and over and over again. Most highly recommended mod for anyone heading offroad. As soon as I build my tire carrier I'm probably going to install a winch in the rear as well.
     
  6. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    Nice!

    Good thinking on shutting the engine off.
     
  7. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    :bowdown: you earned it great save on the truck good luck with putting it all back together!!!!!!!!!!! i went wheeling with a friend of mine a few years back and he went through a mud hole and the front of his lifted Z71 went under water and he just floored it and pulled out with out sucking water in his intake but chevy and yoto do have diffrent air intake points and you could have sucked water in and caused alot of probs..............but great save none the less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:mudding:
     
  8. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    Sharpie

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    What a clean-up job! At least you had a winch and didn't have to beg anyone for a tow out.
     
  9. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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    David K

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    Did you do the rear differential breather mod???

    If not, go have the differential fluid inspected for contamination!

    See link in my sig for the easy mod to save your rear (end)!
     
  10. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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    Already changed the diff fluid; it was going to be due to be changed in 10K anyways. The rear diff breather has been on my list for a long time, but I generally avoid mud, and I have very little free time and never felt like driving to the dealership to order the parts.

    Definitely doing it now though.
     
  11. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    Where did this all happen?
     
  12. Apr 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Some forest land adjacent to Fort Leonard Wood. I couldn't tell you the street names or anything, but there was a biker bar right where you left pavement that served the best burger I've ever had.
     
  13. Apr 10, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    im heading out that way for at this summer and i wanna check out the trails out there while im there? care to point me in the right direction?
     
  14. Apr 10, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    Yea if I'm here I'm always down to offroad; but it's looking like I might be heading to Afghanistan this summer.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    What is it with people's obsession with deep mud holes. I recall passing a mudhole full of a bunch a yahoo's all with their hoods up pulling their dizzies apart to dry them and get the truck running again. There were 4 rigs like this and they mocked me as I drove by and laughed at them. Don't get me wrong as I'm not criticizing, just pointing it out. My similar move was flexing my jeep hard one day and flipping it on it's side. That was $500 plus of repairs, excluding my time. Windshield frame, windshield, steering column, some paint, and hammer and dolly work. Took a while to get her healthy again.

    Hope she goes back together well for you and didn't fry any electrical stuff. Looks like you'll be busy the next few evenings.
     
  16. Apr 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    That's pretty deep! Could have been worse I guess though. Good luck with the clean up!
     
  17. Apr 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    jrdbrn Borne Fishing

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    Well, that was stupid...
     
  18. Apr 11, 2011 at 3:09 AM
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    It was all worth it if you got a good burger. :D

    Good luck with the clean up, sounds like you've got it under way.
     
  19. Apr 11, 2011 at 4:07 AM
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    Looks like fun :D
     
  20. Apr 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM
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    BuckNakedBooda There's no place like 127.0.0.1

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    At least you and your truck are OK. Thanks for sharing the pics....
     
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