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Old 10-14-2007, 04:45 PM
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Stock off-road Sand capability?

Ok, How good/bad is my truck going to be in the sand when I take it camping/off-roading? FL, lots of SUGAR SAND!! EVERYWHERE!!! So I don't want to get stuck 10' off the road right when I get there. What can I expect here? I'm sitting on the stock 20" wheels and stock GY tires, FX4. I'm trying to figure out if I shouldn't even go out there unless I have 20x10 wheels and 35x12.50 AT's ya know... Yes I know about airing down, it helps... i'm a EX rock crawler/ offroader. Just not sure what to expect from a "stock" truck in the sand out there.
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Old 10-14-2007, 04:52 PM
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My ranch is nothing but blow sand. My rig with stock sizes tires does pretty well. i dont think you will have a problem unless you go to like the dunes.
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Old 10-14-2007, 04:57 PM
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Well, the areas I head to are like dunes.... real lose, open areas of sand pits. I guess I'm just a bit apprehensive about it b/c of the shear size/weight of the truck compare to what I'm used to wheeling.... Tacomas, 4runners, F150's. so i'm not sure what to expect. I"m asuuming going to 10" wide rims would help right? lol.
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I spent a few days on the beach in Hatteras this summer and your truck is very close to mine except I'm longbed. Air your tires down to 30 psi or a little less and you will do great. I actually cruised the beach at 70 psi, but you can sure get into trouble that way!

The faster you try to go the harder it is to go. Just cruise at 15 mph or less and it will be a breeze. 25 mph will work you truck hard even in 4 low. I wish I had my tranny gauge back then! Don't make sudden stops and don't try to accelerate fast.

Also don't forget to air your tires up as soon as you can. Highway speed at 30 psi really sucks!
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I go real slow out there.... Deff not a heavy footed idiot like some I've seen. I CrAwL. Hence why I loved my crawler. Sand WORKS the hell out of your truck. if you have a cooling problem... out in the sand trails,... as long as 10 mile sand trails, on a 90F+ FL day, you'll find it! I think grades and sand show the real test of a cooling system test.

Been looking around... Might be getting new wheels and tires at once. rather than putting tires on the stockers. I can get wheels 20x10's pretty decently priced. Looking for a nice 20x10 CHROME low maintance wheel that's good quality. I'll have to mull it over.

SO I guess I can only plan a weekend... air down and hope we do well. I've never seen a Superduty out there before.... lol.
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Old 10-14-2007, 05:17 PM
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The only problem with being the only big dog on the beach is there isn't anybody capable of pulling you out if you get stuck bad!
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i think you might get stuck... i see stock trucks of all kind get stuck in the soft sand of Pismo all the time... heck i got stuck with my 35" wheels this year.....are you gonna have any weight in the back of the bed? (bike, quad) and i suggest you air down way more than 35psi... i get mine down to 15psi all the time... and sometimes pulling someone in with that low psi..... and your 20x10 will not help....
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Why won't going to a wider wheel/tire help? I thought it would give more contact patch area, giving it more of a baloon effect. I know when I went from a 8" wheel with 10.50's to a 10" wheel with 12.50's it made a big difference in my 4runner.

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i have 12.5 inch wide tires and before when i had stock ones on i would air them down to 15psi and it would do alright. but my tires now i air em down to 15 and i can pretty much go any where. i no for a fact wider tires help but just use common sense with your stock tires and stay on the gas you'll do fine
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It's all about the air. I have 37's and still have to air down in loose sand. With sand it's more than just the contact patch. The contact patch needs to be flat or better concaved and only airing down can give you that.
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