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Hill Climbing Questions

My buddy and I are going to do some hill climbing this weekend and I had some questions. The hills we are going to try are pretty long and kind of sandy. I have an Automatic with the 3.0 and I was wondering if I should just leave it in Drive and let the shifting take care of it's self or should I try to shift from 2 to 1 myself. Also what is the "rule of thumb" for automatics and wheeling? Sorry I'm pretty new to off roading.
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I would downshift to 2 so you spin less. 1st if your truck boggs down.
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The wider the tire the better on sand. More footprint, less dig. Spinning means your stuck, throttle control is key. All else fails floor it.
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Take lots of Pics! I wanna see what happens when you hold the throttle down going up hill in sand!
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The wider the tire the better on sand. More footprint, less dig. Spinning means your stuck, throttle control is key. All else fails floor it.
I hear you, so maybe just leaving it in Drive and 4hi would be my best option? I feel that by the time the tranny down shifts i will not have any momentum left. Any other suggestions on how to approach this? By the way my buddy has a 2008 Jeep Unlimited with a stick and I he usually uses 2nd gear.
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How far? Im running 31x10.5x15 on 15x8's
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4wd huh. I say 4 hi and 1st and control your throttle. Probably air down to about 15 psi.
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it all depends on the situation, the angle, length how soft it is..

I would almost say get goin and see how it feels, then hit second if you need it. I personally would get some speed up then hit second for the climb, but everyone knows my record. Like I said, if i was there, driving.. and had a few goes at it I could tell ya, but this is the internet so there's only so much we can do for you.
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4wd huh. I say 4 hi and 1st and control your throttle. Probably air down to about 15 psi.
So just slow and steady. I just have seen people attack these hills with speed. I guess like others have said, I just have to try it and see what happens/what works.
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Speed is what breaks things. You could hit a rut hard or go too fast over the top and catch too much air.
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How far? Im running 31x10.5x15 on 15x8's
not real sure but i have 33's and i aired down to 15 psi when i was on sand dunes i also left it in 4 Hi and in Drive worked just fine
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air down, i just ran my auto in first and used the skinny pedal while i was climbing sand dunes. but your best be for traction is airing down in sandy/lose conditions bigger foot print more traction.
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Just go out and try different things. Find what works best there. If you get stuck learn from it. I got stuck on alot of rides with my buddies since they all have 4wd, now i can go through what they can in my 2wd. Just took alot of trail and error. Def. air down to 15-17psi
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15psi is pretty good if you don't want to break a bead, but you can try going lower. i've run 245/75/16 all the way down to 8psi on mag rims and didn't lose a bead, that was in snow though. on 265/75/16 lowest i went in the sand was 12psi also because i was sliding around and didn't want to over stress the bead seat. and if you lose the bead, well you know how low not to go
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Any suggestions on airing back up? What do yo guys use, is there anything relatively inexpensive you might suggest.
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I usually take a my 2 five gallon air tanks full and strap them in the bed.
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12v air compressor.
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gas station that is the closest to me
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12v air compressor.
How long does it take to air back up all 4 tires, and which would you recommend?
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a long *** time. it took me about 15min a tire with mine
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a long *** time. it took me about 15min a tire with mine
Dang, I was afraid of that.
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like i said gas stations with free air are your friends
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