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Old 07-03-2012, 06:55 AM
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Hi Brett
I also have 20 " on my WK2 Overland and took it on soft sand on the beach in West Australia. I have to admit I normally drive Nissan Patrols Diesel and petrol and I drive a XJ Cherokee Classic and never really had any problems with these Cars. I then tried my Grand Cherokee and must say I felt lucky to get it of the beach. I only got 100 meters. I was very disappointed. Dropped Tyre pressure as I would in my Patrol and it just bogged down without fail. Maybe I just haven't figured the system out jet, but at this point I don't have any confidence in my jeep as jet.
Love the Car on the road but not on sand.
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Hi Bir Red,

Sorry for delay replying.
I had a similar experience on the beach at Double Island Point. First time on the sand with the Overland and I was stuck within 5 minutes of hitting the sand - it was severely upsetting! However I had not even aired down and thought I would be OK as it was low tide but had to hit the brakes hard in the soft stuff and dug itself in.

I must say that immediately after I aired down to 20psi and from then on it was just fantastic! Next I took the Jeep for the ultimate test to Fraser Island (just got back) and the sand tracks through the middle of the Island over to Kingfisher Bay were really soft, deep and carved up. There were vehicles getting bogged everywhere - I pulled out a couple of vehicles with the GC in really soft, dry, deep sand tracks no problems at all (I opted for low range in the really bad spots). I saw a couple of Prado's get stuck and the Jeep went straight through the same place with ease. This trip really gave me a lot of confidence with the 20 inch rims in sand.

Also I found the quadra lift was essential. Without it the vehicle would not have sufficient height for those deep sand tracks where everyone else was getting bogged. One thing that I can fault is the crappy plastic protector (if you could call it that) that curves from the bottom of the front bumper down to the bottom of the sump. This weak plastic piece was split in half on my first day on the island after contact with the sand on the other side of a dip in the track (in retrospect I was going too fast). But this should really be made of something much stronger (my old mans Pajero has a similar piece that appears to be made of steel and sustained no damage). The adaptive cruise control sensor was also dislodged after a similar harsh contact.

So, I hope you do venture back onto the sand - I found airing down to be essential and you really need to go to lower pressures than with the higher profile tyres - 20psi worked really well for me. Also make sure to use sand mode. All in all, I'm now really confident that this Jeep can handle the sand in the toughest spots!

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Brett you can remove the lower air dam trim on the front of the WK2. I took mine off for looks and to have more clearance off road. It took me 10 mins at most to remove both of them.

Here's the thread I looked at before I did it.
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Hi Brett
I also have 20 " on my WK2 Overland and took it on soft sand on the beach in West Australia. I have to admit I normally drive Nissan Patrols Diesel and petrol and I drive a XJ Cherokee Classic and never really had any problems with these Cars. I then tried my Grand Cherokee and must say I felt lucky to get it of the beach. I only got 100 meters. I was very disappointed. Dropped Tyre pressure as I would in my Patrol and it just bogged down without fail. Maybe I just haven't figured the system out jet, but at this point I don't have any confidence in my jeep as jet.
Love the Car on the road but not on sand.
Hey Bir Red your 4wd system may have been malfunctioning - it's happened to many other GC owners by the looks, check out this thread:

Grand Cherokee + sand = FAIL
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Brett you can remove the lower air dam trim on the front of the WK2. I took mine off for looks and to have more clearance off road. It took me 10 mins at most to remove both of them.
Thanks Schweibs,
I never had a problem with the air dam itself (but I'm still gonna take them off anyway), but the problem I had was a plastic piece right in the middle that starts just behind the bumper and goes down under the engine sump, ending where the skid plate would start.
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