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08-07-2010 05:31 PM
lambdatoys The sand in NC is about the closest place for us in Virginia to go 4wheeling. Plus, there is an entire neighborhood on the beach at Corolla, NC, and the only way to get to it is by 4wheeling over the beach, over the dunes and through miles of sandy, winding off road roads. The locals have made some baja trails back in the neighborhoods (btw I use that term loosely, there are not that many houses except very close to the beach) and they are a blast!

Plus, there are wild horses that live on the beaches, so it's nice if you like wildlife as well.
07-26-2010 09:51 AM
lethaljeep NC is starting to look like a sweet place to go on vacation. Nice beach

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Originally Posted by lambdatoys View Post
Guess it all depends on the texture of the sand. In Nag's Head, NC, the sand can be deep. If my jeep were an automatic I'd have no problem using 4hi, but since it's a stick and getting started is more difficult, 4low works much better.
07-25-2010 08:19 AM
castorj29 When driving in sand dunes. Always drive straight up or straight down the dunes.
07-25-2010 07:54 AM
Beachcomber I have a stick also and use 4hi, first is fine but I have to wind it up because second will bog down if I don't. Last year it wasn't so bad but because it's so hot and dry this year the sand this year is like powder and everyone sinks leaving deep ruts.
07-25-2010 06:41 AM
lambdatoys Guess it all depends on the texture of the sand. In Nag's Head, NC, the sand can be deep. If my jeep were an automatic I'd have no problem using 4hi, but since it's a stick and getting started is more difficult, 4low works much better.
07-23-2010 09:30 PM
thompsontommy
Sandhills SC

Oh Yeah the fine baby powder sand we have here is some scary stuff it just shifts out from under you and you start to slide went on some of those roads first day I got my Jeep didn't get too wild but even in 4low you have to be very carful.This was the same road a guy was driving his truck on going a little fast hit some of this soft sand on the road edge filpped his truck he went out the window and the truck rolled over him and he died.

LATER,

Tommy
07-23-2010 08:54 PM
s3nt3nc3d
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post
My friend has a YJ and has stopped airing down and so far has not gotten stuck.
lol, you remind me of my grandpa when we discuss how well those deer whistles work and he says, "I haven't hit a deer since I installed them!"

But then other people are like, "They don't work at all! I hit 2 deer last year with them on my bumper!"

Both situations have the same outcome...with the deer whistles...their reliability depends on if you've hit a deer with them installed or not. With airing down, the answer depends on if you (or your friends) have gotten stuck or not without airing down. But the first time you get stuck, guess who will end up being right?
07-23-2010 07:16 PM
30-284 That must be what the sand dunes in china look like

Donn
07-23-2010 02:56 PM
Jerry Bransford For 31" tires, 30-31 psi is fine for the street. For the sand, I'd take 'em down to 13.
07-23-2010 02:49 PM
Beachcomber
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
And that 18 lbs is correct for every single possible vehicle and tire size? Hardly. Trust us, you're not even airing down if you're not below 15 psi for a Jeep.
I’ll reset my deflators to 15 and give it a try. In another thread the debate was if it was even necessary to air down at all. My friend has a YJ and has stopped airing down and so far has not gotten stock. What do you recommend the pressure should be for on the road?
07-23-2010 01:47 PM
lethaljeep Sweet ride man!

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Originally Posted by lancetkenyon View Post
Imperial Sand Dunes, CA. 3PSI rear, 4PSI front. 2wd only, never needed 4WD. Wheel speed and momentum are your friends.





07-23-2010 01:43 PM
lancetkenyon Imperial Sand Dunes, CA. 3PSI rear, 4PSI front. 2wd only, never needed 4WD. Wheel speed and momentum are your friends.





07-23-2010 01:42 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post
The state suggests 18lbs for riding on the beach.
And that 18 lbs is correct for every single possible vehicle and tire size? Hardly. Trust us, you're not even airing down if you're not below 15 psi for a Jeep.
07-23-2010 01:33 PM
Beachcomber
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Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
32lbs is too much for the steet and 18lbs is too much for the sand. How does one forget to put in the proper gearing when heading out to the sand?
I was in a hurry to get on the beach and just forgot to it. It won't happen again. The state suggests 18lbs for riding on the beach.
07-23-2010 10:19 AM
lethaljeep
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Originally Posted by 619random View Post
Huh??

Btw Lethaljeep you put your rig in 4low in sand? Maybe I'm doing it wrong, I always use 4high for sand and 4low for steep rocky inclines.
The sand dunes we have in El Paso are very different from beach sand. The trails run in between Mesquite bushes, come around turns and up and down steep dunes. So sometimes its best, depending on what your trying to conqure with the speed allowed
Look up Red Sands El Paso, TX... there might be some pics
07-23-2010 08:26 AM
lambdatoys
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Originally Posted by 619random View Post
Huh??

Btw Lethaljeep you put your rig in 4low in sand? Maybe I'm doing it wrong, I always use 4high for sand and 4low for steep rocky inclines.
My 97 4cyl with 31x10.50 bfg's has to be in 4low to go through the thick sand in NC. I tried in 4hi once and it bogged down so bad I thought I was going to burn the clutch up trying to get started again.

4low works like a dream through even the thickest sand with a 4cyl
07-22-2010 08:30 PM
530ktm
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post
I drive in the sand all the time. I have 31x10.50 which I keep at 32lbs on the road and air down to 18lbs in the sand. The sand does slow you down. When the sand is real dry and deep, shifting to second gear is like putting on the brakes for a few seconds. I try to do my shifting when the sand isn't to deep or when in someone elses tire tracks. Last weekend I aired down and got half way to the water when I just started digging in, then I saw I forgot to get into 4wd. If I didn't air down I would have been in real trouble.
32lbs is too much for the steet and 18lbs is too much for the sand. How does one forget to put in the proper gearing when heading out to the sand?
07-22-2010 07:31 PM
coolbreeze A long time ago we ran 1100X15 farm implement tires at low pressure in the sand. (kind of looked like airplane tires) Traction tires aren't the best for deep sand. Have fun.
07-22-2010 07:12 PM
Beachcomber I drive in the sand all the time. I have 31x10.50 which I keep at 32lbs on the road and air down to 18lbs in the sand. The sand does slow you down. When the sand is real dry and deep, shifting to second gear is like putting on the brakes for a few seconds. I try to do my shifting when the sand isn't to deep or when in someone elses tire tracks. Last weekend I aired down and got half way to the water when I just started digging in, then I saw I forgot to get into 4wd. If I didn't air down I would have been in real trouble.
07-22-2010 06:21 PM
harwa004
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Originally Posted by jeepjones View Post
Watch out for the wet soupy type of sand, it'll suck you in and it doesn't let go. Scary when the tide is starting to come in.

I will either be THE IDIOT on the 6o'clock news in that scenario, OR

the chick at the edge too scared to drive past the high tide line.

Just kidding. Thanks for the advice!! I need all I can get when it comes to off-road stuff.
07-22-2010 06:18 PM
jeepjones Watch out for the wet soupy type of sand, it'll suck you in and it doesn't let go. Scary when the tide is starting to come in.
07-22-2010 05:58 PM
harwa004
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Originally Posted by TjTheo View Post
Just make sure that you're right side up.

What? I thought she could handle that! She IS a Jeep after all!

Still cleaning up my pepsi....
07-22-2010 05:53 PM
TjTheo
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Originally Posted by harwa004 View Post
I am planning my first sand ride in my TJ soon, and this gave me some good information. Thanks so much, guys!
Just make sure that you're right side up.
07-22-2010 05:42 PM
harwa004 [QUOTE=TjTheo;697691]Well first of all, there's no way you can drive on sand upside down, that's a no no.



I just busted out laughing and spit my pepsi all over my computer. Thanks a lot! Now I have to clean it!

Friggin' hilarious.

I have nothing to contribute to this conversation, but learned alot from Jerry, et. al. I am planning my first sand ride in my TJ soon, and this gave me some good information. Thanks so much, guys!

Oh, and BTW...don't feel bad. I can't get my pics to show up right on the forum, either!
07-22-2010 05:36 PM
Endless I saw the pic and thought, "Mean while in Australia."
07-22-2010 05:30 PM
619random Huh??

Btw Lethaljeep you put your rig in 4low in sand? Maybe I'm doing it wrong, I always use 4high for sand and 4low for steep rocky inclines.
07-22-2010 05:28 PM
HeaveToo Try again
07-22-2010 05:20 PM
HeaveToo here is a cool shot if it is right side up.

I will ir down. I carry. Compressor in my jeep too. Good stuff.
07-22-2010 04:55 PM
03 RUBI 34# is too much for the highway under normal conditions. What do you mean "may air down more for the sand"? You asked a question and one of the best people on this forum answered it. Heed what he said.
07-22-2010 04:43 PM
HeaveToo Sorry it is upside down. My pressure was actually at 34 so I dropped it to 28 for highway drivi g. I may air down some more for the sand.

Picture is jus south of Rodanthe NC
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