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Old 06-13-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Stock Rubicon on Sand

Hello All,

I have a stock Rubicon and am planning on taking a trip to the beach to do some minor off-roading on the sand. I do plan on deflating my tires to 15psi.

How do the wranglers perform on the sand? Do you have any other tips?

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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you will be fine! once you air down you will go anywhere!

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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Just treat the gas good, take a shovel, some traction pads and 4hi all the way no lock should be fine. I would do the locker mod so I can use the lockers in 4hi for extra security. You will quickly learn that driving on sand is a blast and it's not to hard to get stuck but not to hard to get unstuck either. GL
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you'll be fine. You would have to try pretty hard to get stuck.
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When I first bought this Rubicon I had to pull out a stuck vehicle in the mud and I was in sand so I would advise you to do the lock mod soon. It only takes a couple minutes. Low range is useless in sand but the lockers are very nice when in Hi range in sand ,not that it wont go without it but being a little new to it you may want the extra security . Nothing much worse than being stuck in beach sand at low tide , it only gets worse .
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When I first bought this Rubicon I had to pull out a stuck vehicle in the mud and I was in sand so I would advise you to do the lock mod soon. It only takes a couple minutes. Low range is useless in sand but the lockers are very nice when in Hi range in sand ,not that it wont go without it but being a little new to it you may want the extra security . Nothing much worse than being stuck in beach sand at low tide , it only gets worse .

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Does anyone have simple instructions on how to activate lockers on 4HI?
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:11 AM   #9
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I spend a lot of time on the sand. Depending on your tire size (<33", I would drop PSI down to 10-12 psi. You will like it better (float more) than 15. 15 works fine for crusing out on the sand, but I goto 10 if I am going to play around and climb dunes.

I do use 4lo alot while playing...mostly to save on slipping/burning the clutch.

Take a small shovel and a tow strap...mostly to assist others.
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I use 4hi, second gear in sand, (speed limit on Jersey beachs is 15mph) never needed to use the lockers, never had a problem.
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I just had my 04 rubicon on the sand a few weeks ago. 4hi is all I used since there was no dune driving. And like stated 10psi floats much better than 15 the locker mod is nice especially if you want to do shallow water crossings on sand but it really isn't necessary. Just be sure to always check the depth of the water I've seen many 4x4's take a dive into a seemingly small puddle.
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Yeah, and watch out for quicksand. It sucks...I know first hand!
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Sorry to Necro this thread from over a year ago, thought it does show that I used search. ANyways, I have a 10A Rubicon with Stock tires on it. Pressure is 43psi as labled on the B Piller.

My sister is getting married in October near a beach in Wisconsin. She wants me to drive her and her new husband off in the Jeep. If I have to go into the sand, airing down would take away from the moment where having to stop to air back up before driving to the hotel. However, for this trip, i would not be going in sand for very long. Should I anticipate problems with a Stock Rubicon 10A with Stock Tires in the sand for roughtly 100 yards at MOST with the tires at 43PSI?
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I don't know of any place you would want 43lbs in the tires to begin with. The TJ can't carry enough weight to warrant that kind of air. It must ride great like it has rocks for tires. I would say 30lbs at the most . I run between 28 and 30 depending on where I am going..

Edit : I just reread your post and I guess a 10a is a JK along with your avatar . 43 is still way high . I would guess a very low 30lbs would be better even hauling more people than usual in it . We did the same thing here a few years ago and I think we had a half dozen Jeeps hauling the wedding party from Long Beach Island NJ to the main land for the reception . It attracted a lot of attention . I had to buy new horns after that trip.
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Another point to make is, if you see you have to cross a creek of running water (like in Pismo beach, ca) to get to the dunes area, DO NOT floor it! Cross diagonally to the current and just idle across. Last thing you want is water being sucked up your air intake! Happened to a buddy of mine. He didn't listen as thought he was going to get stick if he went too slow. Drained the oil and about 2 gallons of water came out before we saw oil out of the drain plug. ha!
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Sand on crystal beach tx suck for my tires so I had to up grade. You have a nice rig what year is it?
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Another point to make is, if you see you have to cross a creek of running water (like in Pismo beach, ca) to get to the dunes area, DO NOT floor it! Cross diagonally to the current and just idle across. Last thing you want is water being sucked up your air intake! Happened to a buddy of mine. He didn't listen as thought he was going to get stick if he went too slow. Drained the oil and about 2 gallons of water came out before we saw oil out of the drain plug. ha!
That's suck did it mess up the motor?
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Sorry to Necro this thread from over a year ago, thought it does show that I used search. ANyways, I have a 10A Rubicon with Stock tires on it. Pressure is 43psi as labled on the B Piller.

My sister is getting married in October near a beach in Wisconsin. She wants me to drive her and her new husband off in the Jeep. If I have to go into the sand, airing down would take away from the moment where having to stop to air back up before driving to the hotel. However, for this trip, i would not be going in sand for very long. Should I anticipate problems with a Stock Rubicon 10A with Stock Tires in the sand for roughtly 100 yards at MOST with the tires at 43PSI?

Air them down to 15psi. When you hit pavement, don't go over 40 mph and do wide radius turns. Drop them off at the hotel...go air up your tires.
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Air them down to 15psi. When you hit pavement, don't go over 40 mph and do wide radius turns. Drop them off at the hotel...go air up your tires.
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I don't know of any place you would want 43lbs in the tires to begin with. The TJ can't carry enough weight to warrant that kind of air. It must ride great like it has rocks for tires. I would say 30lbs at the most . I run between 28 and 30 depending on where I am going..

Edit : I just reread your post and I guess a 10a is a JK along with your avatar . 43 is still way high . I would guess a very low 30lbs would be better even hauling more people than usual in it . We did the same thing here a few years ago and I think we had a half dozen Jeeps hauling the wedding party from Long Beach Island NJ to the main land for the reception . It attracted a lot of attention . I had to buy new horns after that trip.

Why is 43 too much? 43 is what is written on the B Piller. When I took deliver of it, it had 53 in it. I deflated to what the B Piller says. Though I have seen a B Piller give incorrect pressure before. A firend of mine had a Ford Ranger, and he put his tires at B Piller pressure and had over inflation wear on his rears. Yes, 10A is a JK Rubicon. 10th Anniversary, and thats me in my JK in the avatar picture. My signature should say 10th Anniversary in it.

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Air them down to 15psi. When you hit pavement, don't go over 40 mph and do wide radius turns. Drop them off at the hotel...go air up your tires.
That could work depending on how far it is. I think I may be alright with OEM pressure just for a 100' or so though. After I thought about it, I have gone into sand already with my tires at even 53PSI (For some reason thats how much it was when I first baught it)
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You may be better off posting your question on the JK section instead of TJ for a more accurate answer .
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Izzy : you bet it ruined his engine. Because Pismo beach is a state beach and the front area where everyone drives along the beach is considered a "highway" so the insurance company covered it as he had full coverage on his 4x4 ranger. Total loss and he bought another truck.
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Another point to make is, if you see you have to cross a creek of running water (like in Pismo beach, ca) to get to the dunes area, DO NOT floor it! Cross diagonally to the current and just idle across. Last thing you want is water being sucked up your air intake! Happened to a buddy of mine. He didn't listen as thought he was going to get stick if he went too slow. Drained the oil and about 2 gallons of water came out before we saw oil out of the drain plug. ha!
Going off your water crossing comment... If you see a puddle in the sand don't assume it's shallow. You'd be surprised how deep some sand puddles can be...

Locker mod is well worth. Kept it mostly in 2 wheel and locked the rear when I was on the dunes.
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Why is 43 too much? 43 is what is written on the B Piller. When I took deliver of it, it had 53 in it. I deflated to what the B Piller says. Though I have seen a B Piller give incorrect pressure before. A firend of mine had a Ford Ranger, and he put his tires at B Piller pressure and had over inflation wear on his rears. Yes, 10A is a JK Rubicon. 10th Anniversary, and thats me in my JK in the avatar picture. My signature should say 10th Anniversary in it.



That could work depending on how far it is. I think I may be alright with OEM pressure just for a 100' or so though. After I thought about it, I have gone into sand already with my tires at even 53PSI (For some reason thats how much it was when I first baught it)
its prbly Chryslers way of trying to increase gas mileage

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