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driving in sand...
Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:19 PM
Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:37 PM
well I'm gonna be going down to where I'll have my car in a bunch of soft sand soon. I've heard of people driving stock subarus and stuff in it but every time I try anything in the sand I usually end up sunk up to the belly and having to pull out a shovel and back tract up to the harder ground. this is running on street tires... is there a better tire I can put on a subaru in stock form? also what psi should I have in the tires? any ideas?
Get youtself an air compressor and reduce the tires way down to 15? psi.
Also if you get stuck, slightly apply the breaks while giving the car gas. This transfers power to all four wheels at the same time.
Posted 10 February 2007 - 12:04 AM
Almost as good on flat sand were my brothers almost bald 185mm wide LT Van tires
BTW, they had about as much tread as you can see in that picture.
And my 215mm wide directional street tires. Which are totally crap in sand. With a locked rear diff they had more trouble then a stock Subie with 170/75R13's...
Tire tread is alot to do with it. The M/T's can climb great, where the LT's can't. If you stop the LT's are good as they bearlyt dig even if you spin a wheel. I think the street tires were bad because they are directional and made to push water out, but instead pushed sand out sunk.
With most M/T's you can go as low as 10 to 12 PSI without problems, I've seen people run 8PSI, just have to be gental on the power. With the LT Van tires we used to run 14PSI, they have a pretty good side wall (something like 6 ply, so they can go pretty low.) I didn't let my road tires down, but I doubt it would of helped as they are pretty small tire wall.
start at 18psi, if you have a problem, don't try and get the car out before lowering to 10PSI... It makes all the difference.
If it's a beach stay away from where high tide can reach or else if you get stuck, well you can guess. Also follow peoples other tracks if there are any. Making your own isn't a great idea, as your car has to push more sand, plus in the tracks there alread the sand has been compressed.
And finally, wash your car REALLY good after.. Sand (especially if it's beach sand) does wonders to bare metal where the paint has been scratched off.
Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:26 PM
Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:41 PM
Soobs rock teh noobs.
Posted 11 February 2007 - 02:01 AM
ps buddy system is great for soft sand.
pps was driving a brat stock tires, 4 inch AA lift;)
Posted 11 February 2007 - 12:14 PM
Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:06 PM
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