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OK! I'm going to Pismo Beach CA this weekend for the Cruiser Surf n Turf taking, but I've never wheeled in the sand before! I know to air down but how low? And what gear ? 4low or 4hi? Any tips would be great!!

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Re: ? Wheeling in sand(beach)

10 lbs is a good starting point if you are strictly goind on sand. Lower if you are getting stuck.

You want a larger contact patch.

4 Hi is okay unless you cannot get started out in Hi 1st gear.

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Keeping momentum going is important in sand if it's deep soft stuff or you're going uphill, so your mud tires don't dig in. Because they're trying to dig in your front end will slalom in soft sand, and you'll feel like you don't have as much steering control as you normally would, but once you get used to feathering the gas to compensate it's a lot of fun. I suppose it MIGHT be even more fun if someone were to disable their nanny's and do doughnuts in 2WD if there were plenty of space. Of course I would never recommend such a thing, it just crossed my mind.....

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Actually the proper way to drive on Sand is to just drive on it just like you did on the Highway. Do not air your tires down or anything. The reason for driving like that is, so once you are hung up, you have tricks to fall back on to get yourself unstuck. Such as letting air out of your tires, using 4 wheel drive then if you have it. Using a 5 gallon bucket to get water to put under your wheels, as wet sand will pack harder and making it easier to drive out. carrying a shovel and Burying your spare tire in the sand and using a highlift jack to winch yourself out, ett,etc....

These are but just some of the tricks used to get yourself out of sand, if no one else is around. If you get hung-up in sand with all your tricks already used such as 4x4, air downed tires ect,etc Then you will be really hung up. Have fun!
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Actually the proper way to drive on Sand is to just drive on it just like you did on the Highway. Do not air your tires down or anything. The reason for driving like that is, so once you are hung up, you have tricks to fall back on to get yourself unstuck. Such as letting air out of your tires, using 4 wheel drive then if you have it.
What???? That does not make any sence . If you air down properly you won't get stuck in the first place.
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Re: ? Wheeling in sand(beach)

Air down but not below 20 lbs... You risk popping a bead and tire damage. Anything below this requires beadlocks (IMO).

If you get stuck, first get out and assess the situation. The first option is usually to try and shovel a path out. People get hopelessly stuck when they try to "rev their way out"; which usually just digs you in deeper.
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Air down to 25lbs, 4 hi and your good to go.
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Air down but not below 20 lbs... You risk popping a bead and tire damage. Anything below this requires beadlocks (IMO).

If you get stuck, first get out and assess the situation. The first option is usually to try and shovel a path out. People get hopelessly stuck when they try to "rev their way out"; which usually just digs you in deeper.
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Re: ? Wheeling in sand(beach)

I always run 13 to 15 on rocks or sand and never sllipped a bead or got tire damage, I think it depends on your tire wheel combo. By the way, nize zombie revival o this thread.

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Re: ? Wheeling in sand(beach)

I air down to 12-15 as well. This is a requirement on the ORV corridor on cape cod. Not that they enforce it. My friend only aired down his durango to 20 and ended up being unable to climb a hill. The ranger asked about his tire pressure...doh!. he aired down to 13 and got up the hill.

Not sure how different tires handle it though. I have the stock BFGs ATs on my FJ and have never gotten stuck on the beach. Keep it on 4-hi unless I have a tough hill coming up in which case I go 4lo.

low and slow on the beach.
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