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Unread 12-09-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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off road/sandy beach capability

I am new to the forum and new to the world of Jeep. I just purchased a 2011 Grand Cherokee 4x4. It has the basic 4 wheel drive, not the upgraded manual switch set up. (quad track?). The dealer assured me that it will be fine in the sand, but I am concerned. My ford escape has a setting for 4 wheel 'low' which I use in the sand without a problem. Any experience on this out there?thanks.

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Unread 12-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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My experience with this type of 4wheel drive has not included driving in sand; but the only times I have ever switched to "low" is in mud and deep snow at very low speeds. it does not allow you to go as fast as I would assume you would want to in sand
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Unread 12-09-2010, 07:33 PM   #3
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Sorry, I never answered your question: I think it will do great in sand, however you probably don not need to drop into low unless you get stuck and need that little extra torque
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The biggest thing that will help you get through the sand will be airing down the tires, not some fancy 4wd setting. Drop tire pressure down into the teens if you are gonna be spending some time on the sand, and drive with your head.

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Unread 12-10-2010, 08:57 AM   #5
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^ What he said. Airing down is critical to running in the sand, especially soft sand. To a degree it depends on your tires/wheels but I normally air down to less than 10 psi. It makes a HUGE difference.
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^ What he said. Airing down is critical to running in the sand, especially soft sand. To a degree it depends on your tires/wheels but I normally air down to less than 10 psi. It makes a HUGE difference.
Can you air street tires down that low without losing a bead?
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Unread 12-10-2010, 10:51 PM   #7
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Airing down to around 15psi will be fine for the sand. You just want to make the footprint wider. You dont need to go much lower than that for sand.
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Unread 12-11-2010, 08:52 AM   #8
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Can you air street tires down that low without losing a bead?
I have. And like I said it makes a huge difference. 15 is certainly better than 30 but the lower the better. If you can't see the sidewall bulging then you are still too high.
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