First beach trip in my first Jeep soon. What are some must have items/mods? Wisdom?
First beach trip in my first Jeep in July. A few of us have rented out a beach house literally on the beach. It is one of those secluded 4x4 access only houses. There are apparently some good 4x4 trails and you can drive on the beach freely. My Jeep is in my sig ('13 JKUR mostly stock). Other than beer, what do you guys recommend I get? The other vehicle going is a grand cherokee.
What I can't do between now and the trip:
As much as I would love to do it, buying a lift and wheels just isn't practical right now. Obviously that would be the best thing to do to get prepared.
What I was thinking:
Safari Straps and/or mesh screen top to cut out the sun as I plan on being topless all week (weather permitting). I also plan to take the doors off once I get there.
Recovery straps? I don't know how easy or rough this place will be but I should probably get something just in case I bury myself.
Any other thoughts or advice/wisdom is much appreciated.
Tire pressure is critical for successful off-road driving. 12 p.s.i is recommended. Friction may cause pressure to increase while you drive making it necessary to stop and reduce pressure again. Your beginning tire pressure should not exceed 15 p.s.i.
If you feel you are in danger of getting stuck - check your tire pressure and let air out if necessary; try backing up in your tracks before moving ahead. Do not spin tires, this will only cause the vehicle to dig in.
isn't the esc/traction control/bld/roll mitigation/etc going to slow you down in the sand where high wheel spin is required?
i guess if your not climbing hills you won't need wheel spin.
I have done a lot of beach driving and allways avoid spinning the tires. One time the sand was horribly lose and there was a lot of stuck jeeps and jacked up rigs all over the place. I just putted along around them in an old 2 wheel drive Suburban. Sure I had to back up and start over a few times but I got to where I was going.
I'm here to participate. I didnt come all this way just to watch.
You'll have a blast! You heading up to Swan Quarter North of Corolla? Super times ahead--plenty of beach to get around. Just air down and you'll be fine--keep you the momentum and stay in tracks of other vehicles before you. If you do get stuck, a quick dig and floor amts will get you back on track. Bring a camera and take tons of pix of the waves and horses.
Keep the doors off--no sand issue, and even if you get some, its a great story to explain to future passengers. No stupid viedo to watch/permit to get if you are north of Nags Head--definitely need a permit if you are Oregon Inlet-Ocracoke. Have fun!
I just ordered it 30 minutes ago. I'll post up my thoughts when it arrives Wednesday.
Originally Posted by dalearyous
yeah thats fine. kramer, while i have you maybe i can revisit the top thread. in your picture:
Q: how did you get the top bar to sit where it is (red arrow)? mine always sits down into the cab farther. A:Mine would be sitting lower in the cab. However, it sitting higher is a product of my soft top boot putting down pressure on the frame underneath the boot. If you push down on the rear frame (under the boot) you'll notice the front bows push up.
the orange arrow is pointing to where the top bracket rubs the plastic part. (behind the top on inside)
Q: my original question was how you got the top folded down so low that it fits in that skirt/cover thing. A: It wasn't easy! It's actually in there very tight. I had to put some weight on top of the top folded down top in order to secure the boot wedge pieces. But they're in and it looks great now. Over time it may develop a tear. I'm not worried about it though. If/when that ever happens I'll get a marine place to add a bit of fabric to make it slightly larger and to reinforce that corner seam.
lockers are really not necessary for sand, and the sway bar really wont help you (may make for a slightly more comfortable ride if there are lots of deep ruts, but that sway bar is more for articulation than anything else and sand is generally flat), if you are adequately aired down, in 4WD you will be fine. If you start bogging down, STOP spinning your tires, you will only dig yourself deeper. Grab your shovel, use your floor mats and create a place for traction.
Again, if you are aired down and in 4WDyou in all likelihood you are going to sail right through.