Ford Ranger Rams its Way through a Deep Hole: Muddy Monday
Ranger nearly rolls in the mud before the driver battles the big climb out of the hole.
This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of “MrPepiche” and it features a 2006 Ford Ranger playing in some seriously thick mud. The mud is so thick that when the truck backs up to get another run, it leaves an impression in the hole where it had been, but there is still enough water to make for some slippery slop. As a result, the hole proves to be a big challenge for the little Ford truck and the driver opts to take that challenge head-on, literally ramming his way through the mud.
The truck battling the bog in this video is a 2006 Ford Ranger. It is powered by the stock 4.0-liter engine, but it features a three-inch rear suspension lift and the torsion bars have been cranked up to lift the front end as well. This added height has given the truck more ground clearance, but more importantly, it has made plenty of room for the 31-inch Kumho off-road tires.
Finally, it looks like the front end has been “modified by impact”, as quite a bit of the front bumper area is missing, but it appears to have been ripped away, not removed cleanly. Fortunately, that increases its approach angle capabilities and that likely matters more to the driver than aesthetics.
Battling the Bog
The video begins with the Ranger driving through a wooded area, approaching a fairly deep mud hole. The driver doesn’t hesitate, dropping the front wheels into the hole as the frame slams down on the muddy edge, but remarkably, the pickup is able to pull itself further into the mud. The problem is that as it gets into the mud, the back end slides suddenly, causing the truck to pitch hard to the passenger’s side, nearly rolling the Ranger onto the body. Luckily, the driver’s side front tire was on firm ground, allowing him to carefully guide the truck further into the mud, where there was less risk of rolling over.
The problem is that once in the mud with all four tires, there is a steep ledge that has to be climbed to get out of the hole and there is way too much angle for the Ranger to climb it. To fix the problem, the driver backs up and makes several hard runs, slamming the nose of the truck into the muddy hole before the midsized pickup finally pops the front end up out of the hole.
Unfortunately, that was as far as the Ranger got, as with the back end in the wet, muddy pit and the front wheels barely touching the ground, there was no moving this Ford once it got two wheels up out. They likely had to pull the truck to dry land, but that is all part of the mudding experience.