Tyres for sand

Submitted: Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 23:30
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A friend told me that road tyres are best for driving in sand. Is this true?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 23:35

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 23:35
About the best

MTs dig in too fast.
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 23:41

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 23:41
You need flotation & momentum Iuse split rims +skinnies And can Do pull a campertrailer across rivermouths @16psi1991 80Series Std Diesel
2003 Down Under Camper
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 08:54

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 08:54
Road tyres are often better that M/Ts but A/ts are better than road tyres in sand.Ive found with road tyres there is too much slip when the sandhills steepen.Im using BFG33X15X10.5 and they run rings around road tyres and I know because Ive been offroading with someone who had them fitted to an almost identical vehicle and I pulled him out twice.The best sand tyre is a wide tyre with a fine tread deflated to 15-20 psi depending on the weight of the vehicle and the looseness of sand.
I know people get through some tough spots on road tryes but they would do it easier with something like mine.
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Reply By: flappan - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 12:50

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 12:50
I don't think that is exactly the case.

You wouldn't go out and buy HT tyres JUST to drive on sand. Its marginal that they are any better then AT's etc.

What the question normally relates to is . . . I have a brand new 4wd, with HT tyres . . . can I drive in sand. The answer to that is, Yes , there is no great disadvantage to using HT's on sand.
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Reply By: Pluto - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:43

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:43
HTs are fine for driving in open dune and beach sand but if you are talking about soft sandy tracks throught scrub, then the answer would have to be no. ATs would be more suitable in this situation as they are more resistant to staking.

I have found that it's not so much the sand that dictates the most suitable tyre, but other materials are present in or on the sand (water content, sticks & roots, clay, rocks, etc.).

PlutoGet out there & have Fun!!!
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Reply By: paul2.8d - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:23

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:23
I run A/T's at 15 psi on my Hilux in the sand (Love Stokton) and have no worries at all, if I control wheelspin and keep momentum i wont bog.
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Reply By: Ruth - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 18:00

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 18:00
For the Simpson I run split rims and skinnies.
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Reply By: john - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 21:25

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 21:25
Would someone like tell me what split rims are and what is the H in HT tyres.
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Follow Up By: Arkay - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 10:11

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 10:11
HT stands for Highway Terrain, AT is All Terrain.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:46

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:46
John, split rims refer to a steel wheel commonly fitted to the Cruiser, Landrover and Patrol, for rural and mining use. Many years ago, before alloys became popular and 4x4s became cars, they were the standard fittment.

A split rim is a steel wheel without the flange around the outside edge that the bead seats against. Instead, the rim has a spring steel ring (like a giant circlip) that holds the tyre in place. The ring is located on the rim via several lugs and by virtue of its spring tension.

They are still popular with many outback tourers as they are readily available should a replacement be required and IMHO make changing/repairing a tyre much simpler.Smile, you're on ExplorOz
Rohan (Sydney - on the QLD side of the Harbour Bridge)
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 08:04

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 08:04
My two cents worth....
I run 33X12.5 Pro Comp muds.... I've heard the sand here in Qld isn't as soft as elsewhere, but at 22 psi we haven't been bogged yet. Not even close! (Honest!)
Did 5 days (350 odd K's) on Fraser Island last October and about 180 k's last weekend on Fraser and didn't have a problem. And they're great for bush tracks too... and mud runs.... and hill climbs....
I also believe that the main thing with sand driving is how you drive... momentum is the key, revs around maximum torque but not so high that wheels start to spin.. and picking the right range/gear combination for the particular area you're driving in!!
Just my opinion
Cheers
Brian
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