October 11, 2004To all the beginner Mud Dogs out there this is just to let you know on how to make that rig of yours work in the nastiest goop mother nature can throw at ya. First of all I know there's alot I am either gonna forget or just don't know so veterans if you want to add to my jibberish please feel free. Well what doesn't work is low powered engines, skinny tires, big differentials that plow mud, and extremly low gearing. That being said what works well for rock crawling ain't what you need for mud. A good way to keep some mud and water out of the engine is cover the inside of them wheelwells, also a mechanical fan as opposed to an electric one is great to, that way you can just shut it off compleatly before you go. Wide tires at low pressure 10-15psi (be careful though to low and the tire will come right off the wheel. High RPM big block engines to keep them tires spinning and lugs clean in high range. People like to say tires are just the icing but they are every bit as important as anything else so make sure they are also tall enough to get through that slop. Yea I forgot some stuff so help me out guys (and girls).
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October 12, 2004Don't you meen that I would want an electric fan instead of a mechanical one? An Alberta member recently posted that he has a tarp covering underneath his engine bay so that water and mud can't get in as easily.
I don't consider myself a vet yet but I'm getting there. And thanks for the tips.
October 12, 2004Good tow points, and a good tow strap.
Change of clothes and wet wipes.
October 12, 2004I tried the tarp idea. It didn't work well for me. The tarp collected so much weight in mud that I couln't keep it fastened.
How about sealing the distributor & maybe adding a snorkle?
October 12, 2004Never go alone!! Always have some one with you and if your with someone don't leave unless they're with you. Leaving someone in a mud hole is just plain stupid. I have heard of it being done and there is no reason for it.
October 13, 2004Kronic, what if you were only going to get help. I could understand not totaly abandoning someone but going to get more help if it is needed would make sense. No?
October 13, 2004thanks for the advice! one question, big differentials are bad but breakage is worse so what are you recommending?
October 13, 2004Crzytrckr,
Alot of the build up of a truck is compromise. You trade stability for height, strength and clearance, strength and weight, agressive tires and ride quality,.... The list goes on.
Basically you need to build to how you intend on using your rig. If you want to go balls out hardcore in the mud, you need horse power, big aggressive tires, and stout axles. With smaller tires and less HP, you can get away with smaller axles.
October 13, 2004That is true Sean, kinda forgot that one I guess. But regardless don't leave unless everyone knows.
Axles I would go bigger as better. If you in the mud you should be running bigger tires and more horse power anyways and you more than likely won't notice that much of a difference between a Dana 44 and 60 as far as dragging up mud.
October 19, 2004hey thanks for all the tips... I have a 1999 Mazda B3000 with a 3 inch body lift(weak i know...but its my weekend worrier ) I want to put 33's on it but i wanted to know, would i need to upsize the gears for that? and if i should what would i want to do to it? I am a high school student with a high school budget... also...i am tryin to decide what wheels/tires to get... I would like it if my tires would stick out a little farther then the body covers so i could have a more aggressive stance. what backspacing would i be wanting? or would i be looking to get spaces of somekind? I also go to the snow a lot so i was looking into BFG M/T or the Baja Claws because of their self cleanting tread. what can you tell me about these tires? PLEASE HELP ME!
October 19, 2004I'd rather have big diffs and lift. Would you rather put yer heavy axles on the ground or snap a shaft? bust a ujoint? Put a 14boltFF against a ford9, both with boggers..a rockcrawler and a smart mudder would take the 14Bolt.
Beef is better even if it means adding a lil weight.
When it comes to buildin a mudder you hafta weed out all the possible weaknesses/thing that might break. But that all depends on how hard core you are, where you go and how far and how much wheelin you do.
I like beef, hell with the ride quality , LOL
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