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#1 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 06:04 AM
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2wd fj on beach

Hello all,

I recently bought a 2wd 2008 FJ with rear diff. lock. I am wanting to drive along the beach for fishing and surfing. I was wondering if this could be done with my 2wd if I air down the tires? Please advise. I am not looking to do and majoring offroading at all, but would like to be able to drive on the beach.

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Re: 2wd fj on beach

First of all welcome, its all about the tires dude! depending on how deep or loose the sand is, air down won't do much. The right combination of tires like Nitto's dune grapplers or any A/T will work great on sand.

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Re: 2wd fj on beach

Tires will make all the difference. How loose the sand is will be the determining factor. Also, 4WD will make it much easier to turn - don't expect to turn extremely well. Also, don't forget to bring a shovel.

I took my truck on the beach this past summer. I friend was bragging how his 4Runner did so well in 2WD, so I decided to try 2WD with the rear locked on what seemingly hard packed sand - my rear dug down in about 3 revolutions.

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Re: 2wd fj on beach

Like others have said its really depends on how deep the sand is. From what the 2WD guys here have told me, you can't turn off traction control. So if sand gets too deep, your not going to be able to get the tires spinning to keep you going. Your just going to bog down and get stuck, regarless of whether you have the rear end locked or not.
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Re: 2wd fj on beach

you can definitely do it but its all about the condition of the sand and how much you sink in.

the best way i have found is to use your locker and pay close attention to your throttle control and try to keep wheel spin to a minimum.

If you get to a point where you can feel the rear end sitting lower than the front and you have to keep up your wheel spin in order to keep moving, you're already in trouble, don't stop for anything and start looking for something harder packed.

edit: this is stock tires advice.

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Like others have said its really depends on how deep the sand is. From what the 2WD guys here have told me, you can't turn off traction control. So if sand gets too deep, your not going to be able to get the tires spinning to keep you going. Your just going to bog down and get stuck, regarless of whether you have the rear end locked or not.
when you lock the rear end, all traction control turns off, see sig for details LOL.

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Re: 2wd fj on beach

So I got 2wd with mud tires. I have done the beach sand over by my office. I can come to a stop and start again no problem. I drive with all traction control off and no rear dif eventhough I got one. I will do burn outs near the water and not and I seem to do just fine. And I don't air down. Like others said it is all about tires and mometum. If your running stock tires stay the hell off the sand. You are asking to get stuck for sure. Good luck

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If your running stock tires stay the hell off the sand. You are asking to get stuck for sure. Good luck

I thought it was all about "floating" on top of sand rather than digging in? Hence people using tires with a less aggressive tread.
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Re: 2wd fj on beach

From the old days of riding dirt bikes. I use to put street tires on and it did not do so great in the dirt or sand. That with some fj time in the sand is my only experiences. Cya

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From the old days of riding dirt bikes. I use to put street tires on and it did not do so great in the dirt or sand. That with some fj time in the sand is my only experiences. Cya
Oh I was just wondering, never drove on beach sand before.

Where are you able to drive on the beach in Huntington btw? I go there every so often and would like to try some beach driving.
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Oh I was just wondering, never drove on beach sand before.

Where are you able to drive on the beach in Huntington btw? I go there every so often and would like to try some beach driving.
it's not in huntington but in long beach in the Belmont shore area. It's one of theos get in do a few jumps burn outs and then get out of there deals. Since homes are right there and a lifeguard tower. I have seen a few jeeps and rangers in there doing it but the sand is soft.

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