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Old 07-12-2015, 09:34 AM
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Tips for stock jku in beach

Ping to galveston Texas for a beach vacation, never drove on beach any tips? No dune driving, just to the waterside and back. I see cars do it, do I engage 4wd high, 4wd lo, or stay in 2wd? Never done the sand thing here.

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Old 07-12-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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Lower the tire pressure to 18-20 psi and do 4hi unless you feel you are getting stuck. Wet, packed sand will feel better, dry sand will give you that "OMG I am sinking" sort of feeling at first but your jeep will be just fine. Don't gun it, no need for that... please make sure there are no oil or fluid leaks.
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Yep, 4hi is all you need. If the sand is deep enough, you will want to lower your tire pressure as stated above. I usually go down to about 16psi... Just be sure to air back up before you do any road driving.
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:59 AM
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If I turn on sand won't the lower pressure bust the bead and roll off?
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At that PSI you won't pop your tire off the bead. You likely won't even need to air them down for just driving on the beach, especially if you're on the packed sand near the water.

I would leave everything as it is and go at it in 4 hi. If you start having trouble just get out and let some tire pressure out. That way you won't have to worry about finding a place to air them back up when you get in the road again.
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I live about 30 miles from Galveston and have driven those beaches quite a bit. I've seen Honda Civics cruising around out there. As long as you're smart about it, you won't get into any trouble. And although airing down for sand is a great idea, these folks in cars definitely aren't doing it.

In most of the places that people drive, the sand is pretty packed down. You run into trouble if you hit a deep patch of loose dune type sand. You want to hit that with a little momentum and don't let off the gas until you're through it. In other words, try to quickly skim over the top instead of digging down through it to look for traction. You won't find it! 4-hi would be better than 4-lo.

If you go as far as San Luis Pass, be a little more careful. The sand is mostly loose on the West side of the island. Guys with 4x4s sit out there waiting for people to get stuck, and then charge $100 to pull them out. Happens all the time....

I wouldn't hesitate to go out there with the stock "street" tires that came on my Sport at full road pressure.
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Thanks for the heads up, great info. I'm a native Texan myself, Wichita Falls area originally.
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Only been to Wichita Falls once. When we evacuated for Hurricane Rita, that was the closest place we could find a hotel room! I remember that being a neat little town.

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