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Old 07-04-2012, 12:34 AM
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

Believe they have new regs this year. Need to watch a video and have recovery tools. Maybe that is only on the national seashore. We go to Hatteras Island. Never got stuck with 95 JGC, but my wife's X3 got stuck within 20 feet of access in deep sand. Stay in others tracks.
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

Keep an eye out for what areas the locals avoid. I don't live near an ocean but we have some great beaches and there are always some spots that are avoided because they are super soft. Of course the closer to the water the harder the sand. I don't ever air down on the beach unless I'm tempting the super soft avoided areas. Momentum is your friend as well as a shovel and some wood planks are nice.
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Since you're headed to corolla you won't need an ORV pass. Lucky you, you saved fifty bucks and 10 minutes of your life. The beach is harder down that way vs further south past Oregon inlet. Even through that beach is better for driving I'd still lower tire pressure to 20 psi. At the end of hatteras I'd recommend boards and a shovel as well. Soooo much more powdery in hatteras than corolla. Enjoy!!


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Thanks for everyone's advice, I'm looking forward to taking it onto the beach. Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to enter/exit and spray off the undercarriage once I'm done.
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Ok here are the results from last weeks Fort Fisher beach trip. I clocked in about 25 miles of beach driving total spread over 4 days.

First trip out I did not air down. Tires were at 38 PSI. I made it about 200 yards in 4-low before getting bogged down in the soft sand. I aired down to 18 PSI and still couldn't get out. Got out the shovel and 30 minutes of digging I was able to drive right out. The rest of the trip I aired down to 20 psi and had no problems.

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After each trip out on the beach I would spend the $1.50 for the DIY car wash. I would get the wand and spray into each brake caliper to free any sand. Then I would pop the hood and spray lightly (without holding the trigger down allows for a low pressure mist to be sprayed) the engine bay down. Then I would use the high pressure and get around each axle and place the nozzle in each drain hole on skids plates for about 20 to 30 seconds. You would be amazed at how much sand can get collected on the skid plates. Mine was actually so filled that it made a nasty noise against the drive shaft every so often.

I'm wondering if it is worth having the skid plates for driving on the beach. However I noticed that at Fort Fisher the sand is really soft and the ruts from previous vehicles are everywhere. I bottomed out on more than a few times and I new the skid plates were absorbing the impact rather than vital components so I will leave them on for now. I'm just wondering if I should drill some larger drain holes to allow the sand to drain better.
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Ok here are the results from last weeks Fort Fisher beach trip. I clocked in about 25 miles of beach driving total spread over 4 days.

First trip out I did not air down. Tires were at 38 PSI. I made it about 200 yards in 4-low before getting bogged down in the soft sand. I aired down to 18 PSI and still couldn't get out. Got out the shovel and 30 minutes of digging I was able to drive right out. The rest of the trip I aired down to 20 psi and had no problems.

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After each trip out on the beach I would spend the $1.50 for the DIY car wash. I would get the wand and spray into each brake caliper to free any sand. Then I would pop the hood and spray lightly (without holding the trigger down allows for a low pressure mist to be sprayed) the engine bay down. Then I would use the high pressure and get around each axle and place the nozzle in each drain hole on skids plates for about 20 to 30 seconds. You would be amazed at how much sand can get collected on the skid plates. Mine was actually so filled that it made a nasty noise against the drive shaft every so often.

I'm wondering if it is worth having the skid plates for driving on the beach. However I noticed that at Fort Fisher the sand is really soft and the ruts from previous vehicles are everywhere. I bottomed out on more than a few times and I new the skid plates were absorbing the impact rather than vital components so I will leave them on for now. I'm just wondering if I should drill some larger drain holes to allow the sand to drain better.

Just curious, why 4 low? I drove around the OBX 4x4 section in the deep stuff without any issue in normal auto mode with 40psi in the tires with the stock 3/4 worn out latitudes.
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I will be down at OBX this Thursday-Sunday. My Jeep will see sand. I will tell you how it is.
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Just curious, why 4 low? I drove around the OBX 4x4 section in the deep stuff without any issue in normal auto mode with 40psi in the tires with the stock 3/4 worn out latitudes.
I used 4-low becuase to lock the front and rear axles at 50% power distribution. I read about problems with the ecu's constantly working to direct power from axle to axle and causing stuff to overheat and leaving the vehicle's 4x4 system disabled.

I used 4 low just as a precautionary measure.
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40 psi in sand is crazy. Your poor jeep....Even if you make through without getting stuck you are still making the vehicle work waaaay harder than it has to.

If you're on hard sand that's one thing, I've seen a Toyota tercel driving on the beach before, that beach was as hard as pavement.

On normal, deep, fluffy sand, 20 psi adds life to your vehicle. If you hate your jeep keep running 40psi on sand.


Unbelievable. 40 psi. Sand. Brand new jeep.
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