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Old 05-15-2000, 01:03 PM   #1
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hehe. i think youd be better off with your old re92's
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Old 05-15-2000, 01:29 PM   #2
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On the plus side, I am sure the RS is easier to push if its gets stuck than the ML.

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Old 05-15-2000, 02:22 PM   #3
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I think it really depends on the tread pattern above anything. If they're designed for the highest possible contact patch, you might get into a sticky situation, if they have decent tread (ie: ok in the rain) you should be alright. I went offroading on my RE92's a few days ago to get a few pictures and was amazed at the type of grip I got... duh, AWD.
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Old 05-15-2000, 03:02 PM   #4
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what tires are they? Id say just try and keep up your momentum and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-16-2000, 12:11 AM   #5
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How would I fair if I drove on packed and loose sand with Z rated summer tires? I'm not rallying, just going fishing by the beach but I don't want to get stuck halfway down the road. Anyone done this before? My brother says the Mercedes ML got stuck on that road before.

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Old 05-16-2000, 08:51 AM   #6
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I'm not exactly sure what you consider packed and loose sand, but to me there is quite a bit of difference. On loose deep sand its all about floatation and driving technique.

On a soft surface like sand you want to stay on top, you don't want to sink in. In this case, the more surface area the better. Kind of like the snow shoe concept. Beach going 4x4s usually go with some large tires at lower than normal inflation pressure. This increases the surface area in contact with the sand (contact patch), thus providing additional floatation.

Think of the differences between riding a road bike and a mountian bike across your back yard. The shinny tires of a road bike tend to sink in a bit forming a rut. Its difficult to get going because your constantly trying to climb out of that rut. With a mountian bike's wider tires, this effect is not as bad.

The other part of the picture is driving technique. You need to be very smooth and gentle with the gas and you want to keep your monentum through any particularly bad sections.

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Old 05-16-2000, 03:08 PM   #7
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Hey nizz,

Scooter's got it. Check out the "Driving an Impreza OBS on Sand and the Beach" for all my comments.

I don't think the type of tire matters much in sand. Traction's not the problem, staying on top is.

Scooter, thanks for reminding me about keeping momentum. Added it.

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