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Beach Trip: The Good, Bad and Ugly

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!

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Here's letting the MT/Rs claw their way up a slight embankment in 4x Low in reverse.

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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.

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Looks great!!
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damn good looking truck!
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Great looking truck.
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great pics man, i love that truck! BTW, air down those tires next time and you will be much happier with there performance. i run between 8-12 PSI in my tires in the sand.
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That is too bad about the axle wrap, but 2wd and sand will do that! Especially with taller lift blocks.
But the better ride is awesome! I am surprised you got around as well as you did with 65psi though.
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The axle wrap was really surprising to me because it doesn't hop anywhere else but that loose sand.

When I had my Ranger, I had about 3" of block under the rear leaf springs and drove on that same beach many times without any wheel hop at all. I had to be careful because if I hit a long patch of loose sand, I could bury the rear axle of the Ranger in about 5 seconds with my BFG Mud Terrains. It wouldn't hop; it'd just go forward or straight down haha.
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great pics man, i love that truck! BTW, air down those tires next time and you will be much happier with there performance. i run between 8-12 PSI in my tires in the sand.
Pff... And here I think airing down is dropping the tire pressure to 25psi. My fat truck feels like it would blow a bead if I started getting air pressure into the teens.
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The wheel hop is nothing compared to my buddies Dodge 2500 work truck, in the snow this winter that thing literally will shake you to stop, its bad. It either shakes it self to a complete stop or it gets so bad you have to let up before everything ends up on the floor/you get sick from the violent shaking or the things falls apart...
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You are a very good author, sir. Thats the biggest thing that popped out to me!
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Pff... And here I think airing down is dropping the tire pressure to 25psi. My fat truck feels like it would blow a bead if I started getting air pressure into the teens.
yeah with a truck your size id start at about 20 PSI and adjust from there.
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That heavy of a rig, I think 20# would be as low as I would go ... On the Jeep I hit the single digits in sand, but have no where near the weight ( or power ) of a 250...
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Pff... And here I think airing down is dropping the tire pressure to 25psi. My fat truck feels like it would blow a bead if I started getting air pressure into the teens.
at the dunes in michigan it is required to be 18psi or lower, with 285s on a stock wheel you would be more than fine going that low. i always push that envelope though... i love low tire pressure. i run like 3psi in the ranger.
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Yup, a lot of beaches have max psi signs. Running a heavy truck at high psi creates deep ruts and tears up the beach for other people.
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Nice man. Where exactly did yall go?
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