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Old 05-11-2010, 06:43 PM
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I'm still trying to get the hang of driving on the beach. I have been airing down to 14lbs(98 Cherokee) Should I be utilizing four wheel low? I have been driving in four high. Also, I was driving about 15mph in the track and a few trucks drove around me. Should I pick up the speed somewhat? Beach driving is not as fun as it looks in commercials
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:07 PM
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speed limit is 10...as for my speed, depends who is around

with the way the beach was last weekend, I would use low, I saw 4 different people stuck from 23 up to 7
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:07 PM
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It sounds like your doing all the right things.
Lets face it, you didn't get stuck so you did good.

As for low range opinions may differ.
However being a mechanic for the past 30 years and working in a trans shop for the last 15 low range is the way to go for driving on the sand.
By utilizing low range it helps keep your trans and engine temps down which is important because of the drag that is created due to the sand and the fact you have little air flow through the cooling system due to the slow speeds.

Think of it this way. If you had a 10 speed bicycle that you were driving through sand at a slow speed would you be in 10th gear or 1st?
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:38 PM
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I will definitely try the low range next time and see how the the vehicle responds. As far as the 10mph speed limit, I guess that is the same as the 55mph speed limit on the garden state parkway
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:07 AM
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In those commercials, the person is just driving aimlessly down the beach. You are different. You have a definite purpose. You are looking for a good spot to wet a line.

From your description, it looks like you are doing things right. 15 is what I do. If those others want to weave in and out of the track to pass you, let them go. Sooner or later they will get burned.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:06 PM
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Kroc,
You are doing it right. Dont worry about those that want to pass you. You haven't gotten stuck, and from the sounds of things you probably wont.
Everyone is tense when they first start driving the beach. Dont sweat the load, you will be fine!
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:35 AM
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Thanks for all the encouragement. I have one more question. My front tires are pretty worn down, but not completely bald. Would replacing them with two new tires make a significant difference when driving on the sand?
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It may help you switch tracks or pull out of the track better depending on how aggressive the tread is.
The down side to an aggressive tread is it will dig a hole faster.
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It may help you switch tracks or pull out of the track better depending on how aggressive the tread is.
The down side to an aggressive tread is it will dig a hole faster.
Thats what I was thinking. I guess tires with about 50% of the tread life on them is ideal. Right?
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I have not been on the beach yet this year and by the sound of conditions Low and slow is the way to go as has been mentioned. As for the tires if your vehicle is a daily driver too than go with new tires, if just for beach use and you don't have a long way to travel sounds as you should be good. Just check for ageing and dry rot. If you travel the parkway to get to IBSP then also get new tires I would think.
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I have not been on the beach yet this year and by the sound of conditions Low and slow is the way to go as has been mentioned. As for the tires if your vehicle is a daily driver too than go with new tires, if just for beach use and you don't have a long way to travel sounds as you should be good. Just check for ageing and dry rot. If you travel the parkway to get to IBSP then also get new tires I would think.
More good advice from a guy who has been driving the beach since he could reach the peddles.

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If you want tense drive by A-12 ITS A F%$#@&NG CLIFF they got 2 sets of stakes out 1 set keeps you away from the dune and you almost have to run a post over to get by the other post is right on the edgewent by it against my better judgement knowing 1ft from a sand edge is getting dangerous
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I will be there this weekend droping wife at JFK Saturday then heading to IBSP.
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