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Old 07-21-2010, 06:35 PM
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New JK Owner - Preparing for Summer Beach Driving

Hi all, I posted this thread over in the Massachusetts thread but it doesn't look like people post too much stuff over there... so I figured I could throw this out in the general area and have people throw their two cents in.

Well, I have a brand new 2010 Sport... I am pretty new to the world of Jeep as I used to own a Cherokee and it wasn't much of an off road beast. I think it will take me a great deal of time to get my Jeep onto trails up North so I figured I would start with some beach driving. Since my sport is pretty, well... stock, I was wondering where you would start to prepare a new, clean slated Jeep for some beach driving. I am on a pretty tight budget so I can't go insane. Guess I need the best bang for my buck and the most essential gear.

Thanks guys, the advice here on this forum is unreal!

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A stock JK is a very good Jeep and very capable off road. You don't really need any special gear before going but you should read your owners manual and make sure you know how to operate your 4wd options with your vehicle correctly in case you need it. Also, I would wash your Jeep well after any beach driving to get all the salt water and sand off your undercarriage.

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Auto or stick ???

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You will need to air your tires down to 15 PSI. You should have a tow strap, a shovel, and a board to use as a base for your jack. You should also have a 12 volt air compressor for siring back up. Do not get the cigarette lighter kind. Get one with alligator clips to the battery.

Heed ESP123's advice about knowing how your 4WD system works. Read your manual and then read it again. If you use 4 Hi turn off the ESP. If you're in 4 Lo it will disengage automatically.

Thoroughly clean your under body afterward.
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I carry Staun air valves to air down, a 12 volt compressor to air back up, and a tow strap just incase. But I rarely actually air down, unless the sand is very dry and soft I never need to. Just put in in 4lo and go.
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Which beach? I have looked into Plum Island's Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and there are pretty strict regulations for beach jeeping. 50 bucks for a 48 hour pass and you have to be "actively surf fishing" no joy riding...then you can't go back for another couple days...You can only drive on from sunset to sunrise...blah blah...and it doesn't even open until September sometime...and you have to be equipped with a jack and a board for the jack to stand on...a shovel, tow strap etc...not sure if it's even worth it! You can't "camp" but I guess you can sleep on a beach chair while actively fishing...sheesh!
If anyone knows more about this place...please speak up!!
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Which beach? I have looked into Plum Island's Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and there are pretty strict regulations for beach jeeping. 50 bucks for a 48 hour pass and you have to be "actively surf fishing" no joy riding...then you can't go back for another couple days...You can only drive on from sunset to sunrise...blah blah...and it doesn't even open until September sometime...and you have to be equipped with a jack and a board for the jack to stand on...a shovel, tow strap etc...not sure if it's even worth it! You can't "camp" but I guess you can sleep on a beach chair while actively fishing...sheesh!
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I live in West Roxbury, which is the last neighborhood of Boston in the southwest corner of the city. If you drove through you wouldnt think I live in Boston and everyone always confuses West Roxbury and Roxbury. They are not neighbors and are miles apart. Anyways... I was thinking about getting a sticker for next summer down at Orleans/Chatham Nauset Beach. I have limited details as of now but people have told me they are less strict than the national shoreline in Truro. Either way, its a decent drive for me (maybe 90mins risking massive traffic on weekends can add a miserable 2 hrs to that trip) so I am not sure if its worth it if they want 250+ for the pass.
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I live in West Roxbury, which is the last neighborhood of Boston in the southwest corner of the city. If you drove through you wouldnt think I live in Boston and everyone always confuses West Roxbury and Roxbury. They are not neighbors and are miles apart. Anyways... I was thinking about getting a sticker for next summer down at Orleans/Chatham Nauset Beach. I have limited details as of now but people have told me they are less strict than the national shoreline in Truro. Either way, its a decent drive for me (maybe 90mins risking massive traffic on weekends can add a miserable 2 hrs to that trip) so I am not sure if its worth it if they want 250+ for the pass.
Wow...not sure it's it for you either...I guess New England is not a very Jeep friendly type of environment what with all the tree huggers and such...
They close the beach for months at a time for a couple of plovers that nest there...
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Hey Boston Jeeper-- If you find a good spot near West Roxbury, keep me posted. I live near there and joined this forum for those details.
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beach driving

I'm in the same boat that you are .....I just got a 2010 Wrangler Sport, after having a Grand Cherokee. My wife and I are heading down to Ocean City, Maryland next week for a little R&R. Hope to get in a little 4 wheel'in while we are there.
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One thing I'd recommend to any stock Jeep, or beginning Jeeper would be to buy skid plates.

They are (relatively) cheap, and they will always be on there no matter how high you lift and will always be there to protect your invaluable parts under the body, especially if you have to drive your rig home. That and recovery gear and your stock Jeep will take you many places. Just learn to drive that beast and be careful out there! Its a crazy world.
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I'm in the same boat that you are .....I just got a 2010 Wrangler Sport, after having a Grand Cherokee. My wife and I are heading down to Ocean City, Maryland next week for a little R&R. Hope to get in a little 4 wheel'in while we are there.
Are you going to Assateague? What a cool place. While I havent had my JK on the beach yet, (only had it 2 weeks) I had my FJ down there and had a blast. The FJ was auto, and my JK is stick - Ive heard stick is a little more of a pain in softer, deeper sand - anybody?
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Didn't think about going there.....But.....Sounds like a great Idea, Thanks for the tip!
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Are you going to Assateague? What a cool place. While I havent had my JK on the beach yet, (only had it 2 weeks) I had my FJ down there and had a blast. The FJ was auto, and my JK is stick - Ive heard stick is a little more of a pain in softer, deeper sand - anybody?
My wife and I were there today. We had a great time! Having a stick isn't one bit of an issue. I aired all 4 tires down to 14.5. I ran the whole time in 4 Hi with ESP off. I never came close to getting stuck, even in the deeper soft stuff.
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Good to know!

Funny - after I drove on the beach I walked the trails, and kept running into people who had seen the horses. Basically everyone I asked had seen em, I kept seeing horse, uh, droppings - but no horses. I had no idea they were planning a development there either until that hurricane hit-its a pretty intersting place.
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It was over 100 degrees today and the horses were way too smart to hang out on the beach.




We did have a sand crab to keep us company however.

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Nice Photo's.....Crab is pretty funny.
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If you want to do some beach driving then I suggest getting a season pass. Pending your local regulations daily passes can add up quick.

Just got back from a day of fishing myself...

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Hello, My husband and I have a Jeep Wrangler and have never driven off road. We looked into it last summer, but apparentley you need all kinds of tire and tow equipment and a permit. I would like to get all this for my husband for Christmas, when the weather here in NE gets better we will be all set. Can anyone help me on where to begin.

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