The wife and I made a spur-of-the-minute trip to the beach on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Spontaneous, I know haha. It was a great time just to take a ride together and get away from the house for 1/2 day. Plus, it was a chance to take the 'Duty down and bomb down the beach in 4x4 High.
The only bad thing was I didn't have my real camera, so the cell phone had to work in a pinch.
The Good News
- the truck never got stuck, sorry to disappoint! We drove all over the place... the beach isn't exactly packed with spring-breakers just yet. Front suspension is great with the Icon coils and shocks; it's firm but well controlled. Stock coils and shocks turn into a bump stop slappin' good time going through dips. Not so with the Icon stuff. I also thought I'd throw a line in about that rear limited slip I always complain about so much... well today in the sand it drove both wheels all the time. There, I said one good thing about the OEM limited slip
The Bad News
- the Wrangler MT/R Kevlars at 65psi stuggle in the south Texas gulf coast beach sand, which is super fine, almost powder sand in places. It's not the pretty white sugar sand you find down in Mexico sippin' tropical drinks on the beach. If you've ever been to Port Aransas or Padre Island, you know what I'm talking about. The relatively narrow LT285 sized tires (aired up, no less) weren't exactly confidence inspiring out there with long stretches of wind blown sand and no cell reception. I don't think dad's Chevy would've been able to pull me out even if I'd have had cell reception, haha
The Ugly News
- The rear suspension exhibits bad to severe wheel hop in deep, loose sand in 2wd. It's almost undriveable at times. It's really odd because in mud, dirt, or even packed sand or gravel I get no wheel hop at all. But today out in that loose sand, the back end was terrible without the front end pulling it along. If I drove in those conditions regularly, I be ordering traction bars so fast I'd make your head spin.
So anyway, here's a few pics I took. Thanks for reading as always. The pics are your reward
Just pulling onto the beach from the access road. Gotta get out and lock those manual hubs!
Here's letting the MT/Rs claw their way up a slight embankment in 4x Low in reverse.
And finally here's a shot of the suspension flexing a little in the front. I drove it up to the point where the front wheel started diggin' a little.