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Old 10-27-2016, 08:54 AM
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newbie stuck in the sand

Took the yj on the beach first time yesterday, got stuck. Thanks to the Cherokee who pulled me out. Need some tips for set up and technique so this won't happen again. Stock drive train, 33x12.50x15 tires, open diffs, 93 wrangler, build sheet says 3.07 axle, command trac part time 4wd, 4.0L, 5spd MT. Help please, got this jeep for fishing. Sand is pretty loose in places especially the spot I found but the Cherokee had no problems

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Old 10-27-2016, 09:35 AM   #2
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No reason to get stuck with 33×12.5s. Air down, like 12 psi. Soft sand use low range. 3rd and 4th gear. Learn how to rock back n forth using your clutch to popout of your holes. Majority of my off road driving is in sand, and I spend alot of time pulling others out. If I'm pulling a big long f350 that's stuck on the beach, jeep won't do it. What I do is line up, hook up my winch cable, pull it tight, then let my jeep dig itself down to the frame. Pack sand in front of the tires, and winch out the truck. After I get the truck on top again, Un hook and rock the jeep back and forth and pop out of my holes. Key is low range high gears, and air down. I can tell you I have never been stuck in soft dry sand that I couldn't get myself out. Always carry a shovel.

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Old 10-27-2016, 05:29 PM
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Low range, high gears. Do you rock by shifting 3-reverse-3 or just by backing off the accelerator while in forward gear? Definitely need to air down. How much risk back on pavement at that low of a pressure until airing back up? Pop a bead or something
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:07 PM   #4
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Rock on your clutch, takes a little practice, but one you get it it's just what you do. As long as you are just doing a little jaunt or staying well below highway speeds you won't heat your sidewalls enough to do any harm short term. My beach house is 18 mi. From a paved road, and when we go to town, the grocery is prob 10 miles up the paved road. I air down when I hit the sand and don't air up till I head back to my main home in VA
Driving at 10-12 psi feels odd on the road first time you do it, but when you spend a couple weeks aired down, it again feels odd to drive at 28 again. Best vehicles in the sand are suvs jeeps or anything that's got good weight distribution front to rear. Also don't stop in the ruts, if your gonna stop, pop out of the ruts get on top then stop. There is a nack to sand driving, but once you learn how your jeep handles it, it's cake.
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Air down. 15psi is my go to.

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Old 10-29-2016, 06:25 AM   #6
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Anything between 12-18 psi will work well for you. Also, investing $250 in a front locker and a fluid change will make a world of difference. Also put your Jeep on four jackstands to verify 4x4 works.

Lastly, a winch makes for great self-recovery. I use mine on rocks most of the time, but I can see its use on sand, with, of course, a friend. Always wheel with another offroad vehicle.
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Thanks for the input. I had considered the front locker, glad to see confirmation that i was on the right track. What about tracks from previous vehicles? Drive in them or stay out of them or it doesn't really matter? Talking about soft grainy beach sand not the powdery stuff.
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It is usually a good idea to stay in the tracks as it shows that someone else made it, pre-compacted/less resistance.

If the ruts are deep and you may high center, though, it may be best to stay out of them.
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Airing down is the thing that will make the difference for you.

At the beach where I surf, there are dozens of stock trucks driving in soft sand with no problem.
Even one ton pickups with campers hanging off the back.
Air down and go for it.

At 12-15 psi you can drive on the road till you get to air without issue.
Just remember you're at 12-15 psi.

Definitely drive in existing tracks.
Keep up your momentum in the super soft stuff.
When taking off from a stop, try to go easy and spin the tires as little as possible.
Rock it a little back and forth at first if necessary to get going without digging down.

Consider a tire deflator like the arb/currie unit. They make airing down a matter of seconds.

Also consider a powertank-type situation for airing back up. I have a 20lb tank that fills my tires many times between refills.

And definitely rinse her off well after driving on the beach.
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Thanks all. I really appreciate you taking the time. Great info

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