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Old 08-23-2013, 03:52 AM   #1
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Sand and a jeep

Hey y'all, I am taking my jeep to the coast again, last time I was there I really didnt drive it in loose sand, well this time my buddy is taking his jeep so we will most likley get allittle sandy, how should I prepare my jeep in order to make it handle and perform the best, and also any watch outs for sand?

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Old 08-23-2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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drop the air to 15-20 psi, don't go wild on the throttle, and coast to a stop, use no brake. Wheel spin on sand just makes you go down.

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Old 08-23-2013, 05:45 AM   #3
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You'll need to air down a lot, like 15psi. What type of tires are you running? That makes a HUGE difference in the sand. Bring a shovel and a tow strap just in case lol. You'll also need a way to air-up before you get back on the road.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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Bring a big shovel
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future investment would be to get paddle tires for your rig if your gonna run the beach a lot. just my opinon. we have dunes around here that we ride on and I see jeepers with paddle tires and it looks pretty bad ass.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:07 AM   #6
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That sand gets everywhere!
Be sure to clean/powerwash the underside as soon as possible after wheeling. It tends to work it's way into places it don't need to be, and I ain't talking about your swimsuit either.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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future investment would be to get paddle tires for your rig if your gonna run the beach a lot. just my opinon. we have dunes around here that we ride on and I see jeepers with paddle tires and it looks pretty bad ass.
Do you know if those are street legal?
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paddel tires? nooo, those arent legal as far as I know. plus the ride on asphalt would feel like a midget hitting you in the back of the head every time.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:37 PM   #9
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I've ridden extensively in sand both at Pismo Beach and Glamis Dunes where i have a winter place. Like all have said air down, while aired down avoid sharp turns so you don't break your bead. Keep your momentum up on hill climbs, don't stop and try to take off on a hill. If you can't make it up a hill back down, don't try and pull a u-turn as this leads some to roll down the hill. If you start to bury it, don't keep spinning you'll only dig deeper, first try to back out after clearing the sand behind your tires. Low range or high range is drivers choice. I normally stay in high range as the extra torque in low can dig you deep fast, but if you need the power and speed use low so you don't bog down. On whoop de doos a hand throttle is great as the washboard driving will cause your gas foot to bounce causing your jeep to bounce with you, using a hand throttle eliminates this. Other than that enjoy, you'll be surprised how well a jeep can do in sand.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #10
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Thank y'all for all the responses, I have dick crepek crusher tires, I will air down alittle not to much, I will be with another jeep, is there anything that it can damage?
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:01 AM   #11
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You're gonna want to air down alittle more than that I run the silver lake sand dunes and have in many vehicles including my jeep a ton of times every time I've been out there I drop the pressure to 10 psi in the rear and 12 psi up front and it will walk all over the place and usually where we camp is about a mile from the dune access I don't even air up inbetween camp and the dunes I've never had a tire failure either just don't go to fast on road with them low and don't take sharp turns and no hard breaking. Just my .02 cents
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:01 AM   #12
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Why would it be good to air down?
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We air down out west for traction, comfort and sidewall protection. The tire grows its traction footprint in two directions side to side and fire and aft.

We had a tire guy at a club meeting explain it all and he a great slide show. And it works, it's effective and the only way to run soft sand.

We also have lots of rocks and a softer more flexible side wall will flex instead of puncture or slice.

I go to 14 on the trails and for the Dumont sand dunes 10 was great.

The above mentioned without bead locks you can break the bead loose I. A harsh turn.
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Air compressor to air back up!
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Oh yes you need to air back up when you get to the pavement. I bought a smittybiilt compressor and use every trip. Hooks to the batter sits on front bumper and hose reaches front and rear. Some folks have permanently mounted theirs.

Takes 15 minutes at the end of a ride hook up the sway bar up front and get a good walk around looking for any leaks or issues before I hit the highway.

I have a set of deflator a and after 5 different gauges found one that is accurate.
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as joker stated above,the larger footprint is what you need to help you stay on top of the sand instead of sinking in it.other than looks that was the intended purpose for the wide baja tires such as the mickey thompsons.paddle tires are for the more serious sand runners that need that extra grip for fast acceleration and in my opinion would not be a worthwhile expense for someone that just wanted to cruise on the beach a couple of times a year
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I carry a danforth anchor for my winch. It works great (after practice) on the Sand at our place on St. Augustine beach.
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Has anyone heard anything about the wranglers catching fire on the beach? What causes it?
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Any vehicle can catch fire, you may hear more about jeeps because there are more on the beach. Normally this is caused by fuel leaking onto a hot surface, or parking on top of dry grass with a hot cat or tailpipe.
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I'm on the east coast and run 31x10.5x15 and havent had to air down on the beach even loose sand. I have a wench keep tow straps a shovel and a high lift jack (just in case). It seems most the jeeps on the beach because there so light pretty much skate across the sand where as the truckguys running mud grips always make for great entertainment watching them get stuck and how many it takes to pull them out.
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When I would go fishing down on the Coast i always had a shovel and a 5gal bucket, if you get stuck dig out around tires and pour a bucket of water around each tire and then drive out, the water makes the sand hard and it's much easier to get moving again.
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I'm on the east coast and run 31x10.5x15 and havent had to air down on the beach even loose sand. I have a wench keep tow straps a shovel and a high lift jack (just in case). It seems most the jeeps on the beach because there so light pretty much skate across the sand where as the truckguys running mud grips always make for great entertainment watching them get stuck and how many it takes to pull them out.
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