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This is a discussion on Summer Tires on the beach within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; My family is planning a trip to the outer banks this summer and I was going to drive down to ...

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    Summer Tires on the beach

    My family is planning a trip to the outer banks this summer and I was going to drive down to meet them for a week. I know they have some 4x4 beaches and I was wondering if anyone has experience driving in the sand with summer tires. I am planning to get a set of Pilot Super Sports to replace the Dunlops that came with the car.

    I have no desire to get an all season tire since I have a dedicated winter set.
    I know that I would need to lower the tire pressure to around 15-20 psi
    Also I am aware they I would get sand all over and in the car
    I would need to bring an air filter cleaning kit or a replacement filter.

    Other then that does any know if I would have difficulty driving around in some what packed/loose sand. I dont plan to go on the dunes just around the beach.
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    Just me, but I would not drive it on / in sand at all.

    All that grit in / around moving parts....just asking to tear stuff up.
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    I definably understand the concern about sand getting in the moving parts of the car. My car is no means a show car and I want to have some fun with it on the the beach. I am wondering how summer tires would do on sand since they dont have as an aggressive tread pattern.
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    I drove on the beach in OBX North Carolina and my wrx did fine but I didn't stop because I didn't wanna get stuck lol
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    Been there. Done that. Jeeps are fine. Our cars are not because no ground clearance. Do not do it.
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    My Uncle drove his saburban on the beach when we went to OBX 6 or 7 years ago. The sand got EVERYWHERE and totally facked up his ABS system. Since then I have never drove a car on the beach unless it was made for it. That stuff can screw a lot of things up. It can get inside your bearings, your bushings, etc. I would suggest you not but I also can't tell you what to do, just advise you as to what I would or wouldn't do.
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    I've driven on the beach plenty of times, never worried about tires, never came close to getting stuck. Only got sand everywhere once, like 10 years ago, because I was being an ass doing donuts.. never had a sand related problem (unless you count spending years vacuuming it out of the carpet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBill View Post
    My Uncle drove his saburban on the beach when we went to OBX 6 or 7 years ago. The sand got EVERYWHERE and totally facked up his ABS system. Since then I have never drove a car on the beach unless it was made for it. That stuff can screw a lot of things up. It can get inside your bearings, your bushings, etc. I would suggest you not but I also can't tell you what to do, just advise you as to what I would or wouldn't do.
    I am surprised, that sucks. Only car I drove on a beach was a landcrusier - needless to say it had no problems - I can't imaging summer tires would be significantly worse than all seasons - but I am no expert.

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    Last night Jimmy Fallon told how he got his Range Rover stuck on the beach in the Hamptons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    I hate it when sand gets in my ******
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    WRX on a beach? Not sure about the beaches around you but by me the WRX wouldn't make it.

    1. Not enough clearance to avoid getting stuck. Besides the chance (99%) of getting stuck your going to get sand everywhere under you car and no matter how certain someone says they cleaned it all off, its never all off. I had a dedicated YJ for beach/offroading and there was always sand under it, in it, etc no matter how many times I hosed the crap out of it.

    2. Your bringing your car awfully close to the ocean = salt water = Rust..

    You car so its up to you. I ask you do post picks from when you get towed out by a Wrangler though lol

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    I live in south Texas and the beaches are all fairly drivable, maybe OBX is similar but I've never been. Anyway, my old civic did fine on sand with summer tires and our old CR-V would go anywhere with its little awd system. It comes down to awd and ground clearance on the beach. You have 1 of those. As long as the sand isn't too deep your tires will be fine. Don't forget an underbody wash after. Have fun!

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    go have some fun, you live in NJ-your car WILL rust. youll probably get stuck or get close to getting stuck with the low ground clearance but go for it, as long as u have another vehicle to tow u out. take videos as well.
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    Are we talking about a beach, or dunes? Beaches are flat in my experience, with moist packed sand. You could have 1" of ground clearance and still not scrape, and chances of getting stuck are almost nill unless you do something stupid (like park your car in the water).. even in a RWD car you're not going to come close to getting stuck around here.

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