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Old 09-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Floating on gravel?

No doubt this is a dumb question, but I'm willing to risk it.

We have some freshly gravelled roads...spread with what I consider mid- large- sized stones. I felt like I was 'floating' on them...totally insecure.

Is this a Jeep thing I'm not aware of and should be? I don't think I'm a 'bad' driver...been driving on various gravel roads for years.

I have never quite felt this 'floating' feeling in our F150 or in my old F250...

I have a (new to me) '09 Sahara 2-door...

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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The weight of a 2 door jk compared to an F150 or F250 is well... quite considerable.
I believe its not a jeep thing but a weight thing, get another light 2 door SUV and run through the gravel and see if it feels the same. The pickup trucks are heavier and thus sink in more into the gravel than the jk does.

If its a trail per se, I would suggest airing down the tires. That will help the tire grasp more of the gravel.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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No...not a trail. We often take the back roads on our commute to the city, vs. heading to the highway. But if I'm going to feel that insecure on the gravel...I'll head to the highway instead...

I was wondering if it was weight...or something to do with wheel-base/height of vehicle (more tippy?).

I just came from a 2001 KIA Sportage. It was rattlely ..but not quite as floaty...if that makes sense.

But yes, you're right. Both our trucks are just heavier...

Thank you!
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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When gravel is unpacked it tends to be lose and almost slidy (for lack of a better description.)
At least that's my .02˘
My parents driveway is gravel and when my dad redoes it in half inch then it can get sketchy. That's me driving the minivan on it, I have yet to go up it in my jeep.
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