Welcome to Read It On Reddit, where we take a look back on the biggest and coolest stories, pictures, and links to come out of the off-roading subreddits. For the month of March, we’re putting the spotlight on the definitive four-wheeling subreddit, /r/4×4, which boasts nearly 15,000 subscribers.
With that many members posting and commenting every week, you can guess that /r/4×4 is never starved for content, and you’d be right. One of the first big posts in early March was from user VNDZ, who shared a picture of his BFGoodrich All-Terrains looking a little worse for wear.
“I have no idea what happened, it’s not from rubbing in the fender because there’s another line of chunks missing that go from the outside to the inside of the tire,” he said in a comment on the post. “Must have spinned my tire a bit on the sharpest f**king rock ya ever did see.” Upon further review, VNDZ guessed that he may have accidentally run over some littered garbage under a pile of leaves.
A few days later, user Trav74 got lots of recognition and praise for posting a picture of his killer Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser. Using 37-inch tires, lifted high and caked it mud, the SUV was just the way we off-roaders like it – dirty.
In follow-up commentary, Trav74 divulged that he had given the rig a Spring Over Axle (SOA) lift, which he had built and installed himself. He claimed to have saved over $1,000 by going the homemade route. “Only had to buy new perches, hi-steer arms, and brake lines,” he said.
No off-roading site would be complete without some war stories however, and for that, we turn to user thedeeking. His Imgur album shared the story of a trail day gone bad after the man’s ’97 Infiniti QX4 met with a shockingly deep mud puddle.
“Stuck, wasn’t even planning to go through,” he said in a photo caption. “I was testing the waters.” Looks like it was the other way around, as the SUV was all but submerged in murky H20, and an attempted self-recovery wasn’t working out. A couple of thedeeking’s friends, each driving a TJ Wrangler, showed up to help with the rescue efforts, but even that went sideways.
“The tranny on the black jeep is toast, and let’s just say my tow strap hook and the Grey Rubicon’s rear windshield had a little meeting,” said thedeeking. “His windshield is no more.” The story came to an end as yet another Jeep pulled up, this one a black JK, to haul everyone out and back home. “Lots of broken things and a sad day for the 4×4 world,” summarized thedeeking.
Toward the end of March, user justhumpinu did a little show and tell on his 1994 Ford Explorer. He got quite the positive response from the rest of /r/4×4, who doled out 89 upvotes on his post in the week following the upload. Several members remarked on how it reminded them of their early days in off-roading, some of whom owned one once upon a time.
If anything soured the mood, it was recalling the crummy gas mileage these Blue Ovals would get. Justhumpinu confessed to his V6 model only achieving 15 mpg on average, but that’s just the price one pays for being able to enjoy the great outdoors in a vehicle that costs next to nothing to buy.
The month ended on a light note after user davidwholt posted a link to a video that had all of /r/4×4 laughing. Depicting a JK in Chicago getting hooked up by a tow truck after its parking timer expired, the driver of the Jeep demonstrates to all watching what it means to fight the system.
With its rear hoisted in the air, the Wrangler makes quick work of its escape as the rear tires power out of the two-pronged crane’s grasp. User cafecabrones summed it up best when he said, “Not gonna lie, best 4×4 video I’ve seen.”
And that’s just a few of what went down for this past month. We highly encourage you to check out more from /r/4×4 by subscribing and introducing your own rig! Till next time…