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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! Looking for some beach driving suggestions.

Hi Every one! I have been a long term lurker, but finally decide to jump in! This site has always been a great source of information for me.

I have a 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk v6 stock. I am planning to do some surfcasting this year at places that require 4x4 access to get to. Probably going to go about 10 times, with the average trip out and back about 10 miles over sand. From what I have read it sounds like the Trailhawk should be up to this. Any concerns I should be taking into account?

I have been doing a bunch of research on beach driving and it sounds like as long as I air down to around 18 PSI, put it in 4low, take it slow, doesn't spin the wheels, and don't turn sharp I should be good. Planning on bringing with me, a shovel, tow strap, portable air compressor, and jack board. Any other suggestions for driving or items I should be taking with me?

If I was going to do some upgrades to my truck, with the primary use besides for daily driving being sand and snow what would you suggest? I was thinking some LED lights would be the first thing I would do, so I can see better at night on the beach. Then a lift lift with KO2s that fit without trimming. Would the lift and tire upgrade help much on the beach? I know the K02s will help in snow. Also would anyone recommend sliders for the beach? Sounds like if your that high up in sand you did something very wrong.
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Welcome, yes air down!!! 4LO as well. Sliders are mainly for rocks for Off Road not for sand but, they do look good and would love to get them myself but, funding is not available at this time.

Suggest searching for the lift information and which tires an fit without grinding.

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MAXTRAX..... (or something like it)
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You don't say where you will be going. Sand dunes are soft; if you are on soft sand, and don't stop you will be fine. I used to drive on the beach all the time with a Corvair! Never aired down; never got stuck! The sands around Dayton Beach are hard pack; you don't even need 4WD! Driving across the dunes in a Jeep, just 4WD, no Low; again, I never aired down. Once down on the beach, 4WD not needed. I grew up out on the end of LI, NY.

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I have taken mine on Assateague Island numerous times. As long as you air down, you will be fine. I have never had to use 4Lo. Put it in sand/mud mode and enjoy! Also, they K02s won't be an upgrade for the beach, but they won't necessarily hurt either.
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I have taken mine on Assateague Island numerous times. As long as you air down, you will be fine. I have never had to use 4Lo. Put it in sand/mud mode and enjoy! Also, they K02s won't be an upgrade for the beach, but they won't necessarily hurt either.
I saw a jeep or two that looked like yours last summer, I may have driven right past you.
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Welcome, yes air down!!! 4LO as well. Sliders are mainly for rocks for Off Road not for sand but, they do look good and would love to get them myself but, funding is not available at this time.

Suggest searching for the lift information and which tires an fit without grinding.
The RRO rails definitely look really good!

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Would you get four or are two enough?

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You don't say where you will be going. Sand dunes are soft; if you are on soft sand, and don't stop you will be fine. I used to drive on the beach all the time with a Corvair! Never aired down; never got stuck! The sands around Dayton Beach are hard pack; you don't even need 4WD! Driving across the dunes in a Jeep, just 4WD, no Low; again, I never aired down. Once down on the beach, 4WD not needed. I grew up out on the end of LI, NY.
I am on LI.
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Would you get four or are two enough?
Two is better than none... We carry 4, but may add more now that we will have a trailer behind us at times. If you catch yourself before digging in too deep, two can bail you out easily. If you dig to the frame, you will want more or you will be digging for a long time.

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One thing to remember when getting tires for sand, the more meaty the lugs the easier they will dig you a hole. We have a lot of sand by the river where we go here and my buddy was running super swampers (he likes to play in the mud). He helped to winch a guy out of the sand so he put his blazer in 2hi, held the brakes to dig a hole to anchor himself, and pulled the truck out. (I think it was an F350 or some other heavy monster.) Once done, into 4lo and crawled out of the hole. Now he did have front and rear lockers with those 44" swampers but kinda cool to see him dig himself a hole and then walk out of it. Anyways, point being, if you have heavy lugs (even like on the K02's) be careful spinning the tires in the sand or you could bury yourself very quickly. Just remember, no momentum, stop and re-asses your situation. Even more important if you are out on your own.

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Ko2's a heavy lug? They are AT not MT....

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