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Old 05-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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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.

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Air compressor, you'll probably need to air down your tires from time to time, and will need to refill.

Recovery strap with no metal hooks

Sunscreen

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what he said ^^^^

plus, in my experience from years ago:

permission to be where you are and momentum :-)
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If you do get stuck on the beach, your floor mats are a good way to get out of the ruts. Most of all......HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!
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Tie a rope to your floor mats and attach it to your bumper or hitch. You don't want to have to stop and get the mats once you're finally out. You just want to keep going.

A good shovel too. I always carry one when I'm on the beach. I've never shoveled myself out but I've lent it to many AWD ppl
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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.
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and of course an app to track the tide

i figured i would air down but only once. hmm, i need to buy an air compressor to do the trim work in basement so yeah ill take it with me.

never would have thought to use the mats! good idea. sway bar disconnect and lockers no brainer no matter what?
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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.
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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.
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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.
Yeah it's not like mud. Wheel spin is bad for sand. It'll just dig you down. Momentum is key
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anything you guys recommend for the jeep though having it parked in the sand on hot day?

like are doors off a bad idea cause all the sand will blow into the jeep? or is it just a lost cause.
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A Spiderwebshade for sure. You'll love having the shade.

Everything else has been covered pretty much.
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Hottie in the passenger seat
Yep, Do NOT forget the hottie! If you get stuck you might need somebody to help push.
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yeah i think the shade is crucial. i might go with shade and half safari straps.
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On this topic of beach driving and suggested tools, what is a good collapsible shovel that people recommend?

I'd like to get some pictures and recommendations on a good light weight shovel and mounting options going in this thread rather than creating a new thread. (If that's okay with the OP?)

I looked into a Hi-Lift shovel handle combo but I think I'd rather go for a dedicated, collapsible shovel and I can mount to my Teraflex accessory mount using some Quick Fist clamps.

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yeah i think the shade is crucial. i might go with shade and half safari straps.
Full JKU Spiderwebshade and Warrior Extended Safari Straps

(Can't see the SWS, but it's up there.)
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soft top, a big cooler full of beer, and your ipod with a bunch of good music on it. You should be good to go as long as you have all that!
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On this topic of beach driving and suggested tools, what is a good collapsible shovel that people recommend?

I'd like to get some pictures and recommendations on a good light weight shovel and mounting options going in this thread rather than creating a new thread. (If that's okay with the OP?)

I looked into a Hi-Lift shovel handle combo but I think I'd rather go for a dedicated, collapsible shovel and I can mount to my Teraflex accessory mount using some Quick Fist clamps.

Full JKU Spiderwebshade and Warrior Extended Safari Straps

(Can't see the SWS, but it's up there.)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...w_bottom_links

Here's the shovel I'm looking at.
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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!
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That one caught my eye too during my search. I went and bought it and a pair of mini Quick Fist clamps to mount it to my TF hinge accessory mount.
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That one caught my eye too during my search. I went and bought it and a pair of mini Quick Fist clamps to mount it to my TF hinge accessory mount.
How do you like it?
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yeah thats fine. kramer, while i have you maybe i can revisit the top thread. in your picture:


how did you get the top bar to sit where it is (red arrow)? mine always sits down into the cab farther.

the orange arrow is pointing to where the top bracket rubs the plastic part. (behind the top on inside)

my original question was how you got the top folded down so low that it fits in that skirt/cover thing.
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How do you like it?
I just ordered it 30 minutes ago. I'll post up my thoughts when it arrives Wednesday.


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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.
I hope that helps answer your questions.
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ultramesh or trailmesh?
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Jack and jackstand, a way to air down/air up, and a snatch strap and you will be good to go!
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ultramesh or trailmesh?
TrailMesh. It's marginally more expensive but has a much better warranty.
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ah i see the warranty difference, missed it on my first browse.

can we very briefly touch on offroading tactics on the beach as it pertains to stock JKUR. i know airing down and keeping momentum are the 2 big ones.

should have lockers going at all times? sway bar?
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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.
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I have used that shovel so many times. I have used it in Iraq and Afghan. I love it and now I have it in my jeep. You wont be disappointedwith it.

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