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Hitting the dunes

I have all the normal mudding equipment but have never hit the sand. Tips things to modify, recommendations. Only thing off the top of my head is dropping air pressure to around 17psi

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Tow straps and a shovel. High lift is nice but probably wont help unless you have something large to put it on for a foot.

Dont slow down. Dont lose momentum. Haul ***, but at the same time dont go so fast as to launch off a dune....
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I drop my rear tires to about 5 psi and fronts to 7. Dont slam on the brakes, park facing down hill if possible, bring a shovel. If you are getting stuck... get off the gas, but as long as you are still moving at all, dont get off the gas.
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all as mentioned, air down, dont stop, bring a shovel
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Do you have the bfg Mts or Ats? If you have mts then your going to get stuck alot more often.

Really everything I can think of has been said, have recovery straps, a shovel, and as long as your moving dont let off the gas. The second you stop moving though let off the gas and try to back out. I also find that its better to slowly drive out of holes or ruts rather then punching it, if you punch it you tend to dig down and get stuck.


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You can also bring a board or two to stick under your tires. Just dont leave then behind if you end up needed to use them like alot of people do.
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Yes try atleast 12 psi if not 8 psi... 17 is still i little to high... like Alon said if you start to get stuck then STOP and have someone pull you out.. its easier to get you out of your not barred. when your just mildly stuck sand recovery is very easy..


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Do you have the bfg Mts or Ats? If you have mts then your going to get stuck alot more often.
thats prob the funniest thing i have ever read.... All the trucks running MT actually have it easier every year we go...

had a few people running BFG A/T they actually complain about them...
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thats prob the funniest thing i have ever read.... All the trucks running MT actually have it easier every year we go...

had a few people running BFG A/T they actually complain about them...
Really? My buddy has the bfg mt and he couldnt get very far in any soft sand, yet my truck with the grabber a/t2 tires didnt have a problem anywhere. I was also told by him and a couple other people that mt tires arent very good in the sand.

Maby he just couldnt drive and that was his excuse. lol
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Really? My buddy has the bfg mt and he couldnt get very far in any soft sand, yet my truck with the grabber a/t2 tires didnt have a problem anywhere. I was also told by him and a couple other people that mt tires arent very good in the sand.

Maby he just couldnt drive and that was his excuse. lol
he's a moron prob didnt air down either did he?

MT do great in the sand because it doesnt get clogged in it... most our trucks that go every year are MT's and we all are good to go
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all depends on the tire. you dont want a tire that digs in too much, unless you have loads of power!
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From what I heard Nitto DRs do well in the sands ; )
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Woohoo! Sand, something I know a little bit about! haha. Although, I think these guys have already covered everything. Like was said, AIR DOWN!! If you have 17 pounds still in your tires you have about twice as much as you want. Bring a shovel, some boards, and somebody to pull you out. Your ATs will do just fine as long as they are aired down properly. I used to run 5 pounds per tire when I still had this.
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Nice rig Solomon, gah I have always wanted to ride in dunes, I had a 2002 Honda 400ex but it got stolen? :(
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Thanks man! It was a little different than that by the time I sold it to buy a better family car when we had our son last April, but it sure was fun! Don't mean to hijack this thread, but I wanted to throw up a pic of my old man driving his subaru powered rail last year. I love this picture.
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LOL sweet. All yall wanting to know how to ride in the sand just watch this.
LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFnf17cp3Eg
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he's a moron prob didnt air down either did he?

MT do great in the sand because it doesnt get clogged in it... most our trucks that go every year are MT's and we all are good to go
You dont grip in sand, you skim.

He is correct in saying A/T's will do better than MT's. Once MT's start digging you are going to be framed out before you can let off the gas.

Look at trophy trucks, a lot of them run A/T's. Especially so on sandy courses. Florida is all sand and I do fine on the sandy pine stand trails with BFG land terrains as long as I keep moving. A lot of the corners just turn to sugar sand and a berm.
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Guessing your going to Silver lake?

They have a maximum tire pressure of 10 PSI. I would go 10 PSI and go from there.

If your going up a hill and start to get stuck, just stop and reverse out.

Also if your going up a big hill don't let off until your near the top, yor front end may even leave the ground. Its a lot better then bottoming out on top of the hill.
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