Jeep Wrangler Stuck In Sand After Trying To Pull Out Stranded Raptor

With the rebirth of the Land Rover Defender and the Ford Bronco, it’s perfectly understandable that we are sharing more off-road content than usual. Today we’re talking about two other very capable off-the-beaten-path vehicles: the Ford F-150 and the Jeep Wrangler. Specifically, we’re dealing with an original Raptor and a previous generation Rubicon Unlimited.

The OG Raptor pilot ventured into the sand near the Virgin River in Bloomington, Utah, but got stuck while playing in the deep sand. He called his buddy with a Wrangler to get him out, only to find himself stuck in roughly the same place. The next morning, Matt’s off-road recovery came to the rescue with a lifted 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ and extracted both vehicles.

This shows that even some of the best off-road vehicles have their limits, especially if you don’t get some of the air out of the tires like you’re supposed to in off-road. Unless you have a Unimog or something that hardcore, a little preparation can go a long way. Running on the rope – especially in the case of the Jeep – is a big no-no in these situations, but luckily the rope didn’t break.

While the two stranded vehicles appear to be mostly production, the Cherokee is not. From the functional Corvair louvers on the hood to the front axle of the Jeep Wagoneer, the XJ has been modified to better fulfill its duty as a rescue vehicle. It’s also been fitted with a roof-mounted light bar for late rescue missions, while 35-inch M / T tires further enhance the workhorse’s all-terrain chops.

Matt’s off-road recovery gave a video presentation of his Jeep about a year ago, explaining all the changes he made to his 200,000 mile SUV. We take a closer look at the homemade fenders and rear axle from a late 1960s Chevy paramedic car.

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