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Unread 05-28-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Sand Paddles

What do you guys think of running 32" sand paddles on a V8 WJ? Going to be making a trip to the sand dunes next month.

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Unread 05-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Seen an xj on tractor tires but not a wj on paddles
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Unread 05-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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I've never seen it either, but if you can clear em and get it there then I say give it a shot!

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Think the axle will be ok?
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Unread 05-28-2013, 07:22 PM   #6
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I am really anxious to try this out. I managed to pick up a pair of free paddles from a family member and I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were? Think the dana 44a can handle it?

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Well I ordered some 15x14 Black Rock steel wheels with 4" bs today and some 1.5" wheel spacers. I hope this turns out as it would be pretty unique.
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I have a feeling your transfer case and vari-locks are not going to like that setup at all. Also, with the equivalent of 2.5" of backspacing, your bearings are going to crap out very very quickly.

It sure will be interesting though! lol Take lots of pics and let us know how it goes.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 03:55 PM   #9
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Ill only be using them while at the dunes. Hopefully it will be ok. What are you thinking about the t case and vari-locks?
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I have a feeling your transfer case and vari-locks are not going to like that setup at all. Also, with the equivalent of 2.5" of backspacing, your bearings are going to crap out very very quickly.

It sure will be interesting though! lol Take lots of pics and let us know how it goes.
Going to be in Low lock and have the tires on all 4 corners aired to the same height. I can see the wheel bearing issue though..but hopefully they will be ok for a week trip lol
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What are you putting on the front?

Have you ever been to Silver Lake?

A V8 WJ with aired-down, street tires will blast around those dunes no problem.
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Going to be in Low lock and have the tires on all 4 corners aired to the same height. I can see the wheel bearing issue though..but hopefully they will be ok for a week trip lol
If youre in low range, the tc should be okay, but the axle...youre going to be throwing a lot of sand rather than riding on top of it. Thats going to be a lot of weight being thrown around and therefor, a lot of force being applied to the axle and diff. I wouldn't be surprised if you at least break a half shaft if not worse.

And what wheelin98tj said, really any WJ on aired down street tires does just fine at silver lake. I was up there in my 2000 4.slo on the stock wrangler SRAs and aired down properly, I did just fine.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #13
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What are you putting on the front?

Have you ever been to Silver Lake?

A V8 WJ with aired-down, street tires will blast around those dunes no problem.
I have been going there for about 12 years now. I have had a different WJ V8 out there before with a 3" IRO and it did good. I was just wanting to try something different but I decided to hold off for now because I dont want any issues for my week long trip.
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I've always found the dunes to be pretty easy on axles, just really hard on engines. Should be way easier on the axles than rock crawling, in sand there's enough slippage to pretty much eliminate any shock loading.. I'd try it..
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Unread 06-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #15
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I've always found the dunes to be pretty easy on axles, just really hard on engines. Should be way easier on the axles than rock crawling, in sand there's enough slippage to pretty much eliminate any shock loading.. I'd try it..
Sand can provide excellent traction at any moment.

Some of the guys that run the sand drags often will tell you they hook better on sand than they do pavement.
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