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Old 12-28-2009, 05:33 AM   #1
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Knowing When to say NO.

For those of us that love getting our E dirty, there seems to be an issue of how far to take it. We all know the E is not a rock Crawler but other than that when do you look at a trail and decide that is it too severe?
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:22 AM   #2
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Gas tank scraping ruts and big rocks.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Gas tank scraping ruts and big rocks.
Pretty much the same here. And after getting stuck last year and having to get dragged 100 yards backward through the mud by a 4WD dually tractor, I added "in a low area near a creek in the spring"
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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Gas tank scraping ruts and big rocks.
That's pretty much my guide, too!
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Clearance is the biggest issue. I have stopped to remove rocks from the roadway. I have also stopped and examined the ruts, with an eye for 'can I straddle them'.

I have turned back at big mud holes; but I have also made a run for it, hoping that momentum (and RT4WD) will carry me through (so far, I've been lucky).

Other cases I have put the front wheels into the slippery spot, and backed up a bit to test whether the rear ones still have traction.

In another case I encountered a spot of muddy construction. As soon as I felt the tires loose traction, I stopped and scouted, finding out that the mud, while not deep, was very slick, and sticky. Fortunately I was able to back on to solid gravel.

More often than not, I turn back when I encounter old snow. I learned my lesson in the RAV4 that trying to power through an old drift is a good way of getting stuck, with all wheels off the ground. Also in old snow it is hard to maintain directional control. So I don't risk snow on mountain shelf roads.

Another consideration - where can I turn around. It is better to stop and scout on foot where I can turn around, rather than have to back up a long ways. Fortunately the E has an amazing turning circle, so it doesn't need much of a widening to make a 10 pt turn.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, and be SURE to turn off VSA when you're going to be driving through mud/snow! The loss of momentum when you start to spin and it cuts your power will kill you on the spot!
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:58 PM   #7
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Obvious mud deeper than 4-6", esp. when it gets deeper as you move along. A too-frequent find on country backroads here in the Midwest. I've always managed to make the decision just in time to still be able to back out of the muck.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:54 PM   #8
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I love this thread.

My latest escapade got me stuck up to the [H] sign in the front in LAKE MUD.
I wasn't about to take Shark-E through THAT much mud, until my friend though it would be "cute" to put all his weight on my right leg, which the connected foot was on the gas pedal. :0 thank God for Chevy trucks and rednecks that will just laugh at you and pull you out of the stick. :(
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:48 PM   #9
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been there done that... see my pics from when i got hi centered on a culvert... btw that was ALL clay mud... Thank god i was back home with plenty of farmer friends to yank my sorry *** out
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