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Old 07-06-2013, 09:18 AM
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Alright fellas, I need some help...

Decided to drive my truck onto the beach and noticed some issues.

Here's what happened:
- put truck in 4 auto.
- started driving but as the dry sand got a little deeper (up the the wheel), I started to get stuck. The wheels weren't spinning and the truck was shaking a little.
- I put in 4 lock, no help.
- Turned off Traction control, no help.

After spinning and rocking, I started to smell clutch...

Anyways: why was I struggling so much? I have the stock tires with 30k on them, so that could be part of the problem? Makes me want to get some new 35s!

I'm from Colorado, and the truck is awesome in the snow. What's going on? Driver error?

I at least got a good pic of the truck on the beach....
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:33 AM
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The problem is driving in the sand even if you get 35s. It is the footprint that makes the difference. In sand the more tire on the ground the better. You want to distribute the weight so that it doesn't dig in and you sort if coast across the sand instead of digging in. Air down your tires to around 22 psi, keep your momentum and you should be fine. I am sure there are much more experienced people to chime in. This is what I have learned.
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Airing down is key. Air way down.
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When you say that the wheels weren't spinning, were the fronts not spinning, or none?

35s won't help if the front axle isn't engaging. Did you give the engine a good tromp to try and break loose? Probably worth looking in to.

In terms of driving in sand, you typically want to air down your tires to 18-22PSI, and you want to keep your moving speed up. In the past, I've actually aired down to 15 psi to get me out of situations in the desert.
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Air Down! but regardless of air pressure, in 4 lock front and rear wheels should have been spinning.
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Stock tires on beach is a no-no!

Wrangler HP = kick in pants.

I'm very interested in more details on 4Auto and no tires spinning...
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Those stock tires aren't even good on the street stay off the sand with the for sure. I was down at the beach with no issues in my truck 4lock. I am running 285/60r20 duratracs and only had one issue with a soft dune and a heavy ram some wider tires aired down may or may not have helped. I take mine through mid, sand, dirt, some clayish dirt and have no problems at all. Definitely get some better tires. A level and 33x12.5's would give you a lot more bite than I have but I am happy with my tires and they fit great and are quiet until you come out of some mud and they start cleaning themselves out on payment and tossing chunks of it everywhere.
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That's weird that the tires weren't even spinning. I can't imagine the sand being so heavy that it prevents the tires from spinning. Something doesn't sound right
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I had this happen in an old diesel suburban when I was younger (6.2 turd). I had to put it in 4 low in order to have enough torque to get the tires spinning. Once I could spin the tires, it crawled through no problem. No experience with sand in my Ram, but it seems like it would have enough snort. I could see having some issues with auto 4 and traction control, but you said you tried with ESC off and 4 high. Weird.
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Those stock tires aren't even good on the street stay off the sand with the for sure. I was down at the beach with no issues in my truck 4lock. I am running 285/60r20 duratracs and only had one issue with a soft dune and a heavy ram some wider tires aired down may or may not have helped. I take mine through mid, sand, dirt, some clayish dirt and have no problems at all. Definitely get some better tires. A level and 33x12.5's would give you a lot more bite than I have but I am happy with my tires and they fit great and are quiet until you come out of some mud and they start cleaning themselves out on payment and tossing chunks of it everywhere.
I'm sorry, but that's not right. 4x4 should be able to get a truck out of nearly anything with nearly ANY tires. I have Uniroyal all-purpose tires on mine, and I had no problem in DEEP sand. If I came close to getting bogged down, I just gave it more throttle, and I stayed right on top of the sand.
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