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Old 05-28-2015, 11:52 AM
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Re: Off-road capability of stock Michelin tires

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This might be a stupid question but I'm going up to Martha's Vineyard in a couple of weeks with some friends who have an over sand permit for the beaches. I have a '14 Limited with stock 18-inch rims and Michelin tires and mud flaps, will I have any issues on the beach sand with this set up or am I worrying for no reason? When we were up there last fall it seemed to do fine in some light sand on "trails" but I didn't get a chance test it on the beach. Thanks in advance.
As a fellow New Englander and recent 2014 owner, I'd be curious to hear how your Jeep does. Have a great time and report back post trip.

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Re: Off-road capability of stock Michelin tires

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This might be a stupid question but I'm going up to Martha's Vineyard in a couple of weeks with some friends who have an over sand permit for the beaches. I have a '14 Limited with stock 18-inch rims and Michelin tires and mud flaps, will I have any issues on the beach sand with this set up or am I worrying for no reason? When we were up there last fall it seemed to do fine in some light sand on "trails" but I didn't get a chance test it on the beach. Thanks in advance.
You'll be fine, just drop your tire pressure; 15 to 18 depending on sand conditions, which can change over the course of a day. Any tire will work on the beach as long as the pressure is lowered and the driver uses some common sense. I've been on the beach, Island Beach SP here in NJ, just about every other weekend since taking delivery last April, and drive the pine barrens sand roads daily. Never a problem in even the heaviest sugar sand. They worked well for our winter weather as well. Don't see why there is such a dislike for them; nice and quiet, excellent in heavy rains. They made a good choice.
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Awesome info thanks everyone I feel much better about this now.
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Re: Off-road capability of stock Michelin tires

You should be perfectly ok, there is one main thing to do as was said by fellow owners...before getting into the sand take air out of your tires, lower the pressure to 18-20 PSI and your GC will almost not feel the sand, I've been in big sand dunes and its amazing how well it behaves..so if you are going to the beach dont worry, but dont forget to lower the pressure, thats the key factor when in sand.
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Probably ok, I don't know why Jeep throws those garbage tires on, I know one of the first things I am doing when my new GC shows up is tearing those michelins off and put on some good tread.
Although I tend to agree that the Latitudes besmirch the good name of Michelin, has bugger all to do with the question regarding sand.

Low tire pressure is the ticket, as "traction" is a ludicrous concept on loose dry sand, and the Latitudes work just fine for that.
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Drop the pressures and make sure you have some means of recovery available to you: either another car and a tow rope or even better Maxtrax / TREDs.
In a pinch, scrounging nearby beach houses for welcome mats works.
Presuming once you start sinking you are smart enough to take your foot off the gas just give up and get help.

Tight cornering is a pretty good way to end up hiking...
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Awesome thanks for the resposnes, I feel more confident about the tires now. Anyone think I'll have a problem with the OEM mud flaps at all?
If you get sand up to any where near those mud flaps, you are in deep trouble.

Take an inflator and a decent guage and as the man above said, air down.

And don't show off... rooster tails are kewl, but best left to experts with large crews to help with the inevitable.
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I'll air down and share some pictures once I'm back. Won't be trying anything rooster tails just want to get to the beach and relax haha. Everyone on this forum is always incredibly helpful, now if only FCA was as helpful as you guys in figuring out my clunky transmission...
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Re: Off-road capability of stock Michelin tires

Tire pressure is key in sand. 15 psi and u can go anywhere in sand
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Re: Off-road capability of stock Michelin tires

How far can you air down before risking breaking the bead on street radials?

And yeah I know the reason they ship with those tires, just to me it seems weird to see a jeep with street radials (except for the SRT of course).
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