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2wd in the sand?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Burgman, May 3, 2009.

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2wd on the beach?

  1. No problem

    158 vote(s)
    17.7%
  2. Could have some trouble

    537 vote(s)
    60.1%
  3. Dont try

    199 vote(s)
    22.3%
  1. Jan 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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    Rich91710

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  2. Jan 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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    in hawaii, @ 30psi, and in 2wd, i was driving along in the sand and started to slow down and started to get stuck, until i switched to 4wd and that pulled me out. I got a mini battery pump but was too lazy to air down. lol
     
  3. Feb 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM
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    bigeye227

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    It's all about air pressure. About 15#. Clearance is pretty important as well. 2wd will work most of the time but towing on the beach on the east coast is expensive.
     
  4. Mar 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM
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    Had to pull my buddys prerunner out with my ranger down in obx, but it might have just been user error.
     
  5. Mar 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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    David K

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    The user didn't deflate... NOBODY needs to be pulled out... as with enough of the air removed (provided you didn't spin the tires until your frame was resting on the sand), you can drive on sand in 2WD. If the sand is mixed with coral or shells, it is more difficult to not sink into, and even with 4WD, deflating may be needed. With my Dynapro ATMs, 18 psi is the sweet spot. With Rugged Trails, 15 psi. If you have a mud terrain tire, or 3 ply sidewall tire, then 10 psi... which is about what a 2WD will also need to deflate to. Just don't steer sharp, or slam on the brakes when deflated! Have a good pump to air back up. See my link below on 15 psi in sand...
     
  6. Mar 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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    Depending on how deep or soft the sand is I would take a 2wd out regardless of tire pressure. Some places its a moot point because 2wd's are not even allowed on the beach.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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    HIst8ofMIND

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    I've done it a few times with my 4Runner. Got stuck ones. But had local braddahs that helped me push it out. After that. No more sand. Unless it's wet and compacted. Dry sand is a no go.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    That's why I would use my quad on the sand
     
  9. Apr 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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    I use my locker in 2wd in the sand for like 30 seconds.. and when the skinny pedal is not enough I flip the 4x4 switch..

    soft sand and 2wd without low psi, large tires and a lot of power is not a good idea unless you have some 4x4 friends that dont mind pulling you out every 15 mins.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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    2wd in the sand, highway tires lowered to 15psi

    was good until i stopped to take a piss, then i couldnt get out lol
     
  11. Apr 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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    I have no issues w/ 5:29's, an ARB locker rolling on 285-75-16's @ 10 psi.
     
  12. Apr 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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    Question for you sand junkies...

    Any time i am in sand and in 2wd, any wheel spin and the truck turns into a bucking bronco. Related to axle wrap I believe... Occasionally happens in 4wd as well. Just wondering how common this is for those of you who spend more time in the sand. I knows its terrible for the suspension and drive line.
     
  13. Apr 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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    AWorthyOpponent

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    It happens...you're right, I'm sure it's not good, I've found that you have to feather the throttle a bit to avoid it. There is a sweet spot tho, because too much and you'll just get stuck...better yet, if you can, air down and it will decrease aswell..
     
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  14. Apr 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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    Yeah. Seems worse with the springs weakening.

    I've never sure down my tires. Ill have to test it out one of these days
     
  15. Apr 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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    I live in El Paso and I'm in the desert all the time. As long you don't gun it you should be fine but there is always Murphy. I just upgrades to new tires and have less trouble now. But I do get stuck every once in a while.
     
  16. Apr 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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    Airing down your tires will prevent you from loosing traction in the first place, and the hop tends to stayin the tires since they're softer when aired down.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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    Tacomada

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    Ya I find mine does it in certain snow conditions as well. Most of my offroad adventures don't entail enough sand to warrant airing down. But I am curious to try it.
     
  18. Apr 16, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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    i have a 4x4 but do decent with just 2wd. but it totally depends on the type of sand. if your talking very loose sand, i wouldnt do it. but if your talking semi packed sand, like the flats in the sand dunes, you can do it if you know how to drive.
     
  19. May 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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    Just a bad idea...tried it on the east coast..Assateague Island.

    Seen too many 2 wheel drive trucks stuck.

    Luckily I have the 4WD :)
     
  20. Jul 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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    just don't stop. pulled three cars (and an F250 4x4) out of the sand today because they didn't keep a move on.
     
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