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Old 07-22-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
bmore baja
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Question beach driving

Just curious if anyone has done any beach driving w/their baja. Just got ours in December and we're heading down to the Outer Banks in August. I've done it in my Cherokee, but not quite sure of AWD handling in sand vs 4WD. Appreciate any info/advice. Thx.
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Old 07-22-2005, 03:27 PM   #2
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Here's a thread on a Baja forum about the same thing: http://www.scoobytruck.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=386
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Old 07-26-2005, 11:51 PM   #3
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hey Baltimore!

I just got back from the Outer Banks with our Baja (mid-May), and the thing worked perfectly on all of the surfaces of Hatteras and Ocracoke.

In point of fact, our travelling partners were:

Toyota Tacoma TRD, with 33" BFG Mud-Terrains
Land Rover Defender, also with 33" BFG M/T's
Jeep Wrangler YJ, with 33" BFG A/T's
'65 Land Rover, with the skinniest, shortest tires I've ever seen on a 4wd....ever.

I'm proud to say, even without low range, I had absolutely no problem at all. Never aired down, never slowed down. I ran rings around the trucks on the paved roads, and yes, folks, I finally did it:

I turned the entire bed into a cooler! I'm just ashamed that we had no camera on hand to photo-document the affair. We had 5 cases of beer, and numerous bottles of wine and such on ice for a whole afternoon and evening, and camped on the beach. By morning, all the ice had melted and drained, exactly as Subaru had designed....

I did, however, perform an almost "OCD-like" rinse once we got back to the hotel (let me know if you haven't booked a place, we stayed in a great place), as I don't need any rust to pop up, and, yes, I did "skim" the surf a bit. I used the "salt-away" stuff I have for the boat, and it did a great job.

Have fun!

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Old 07-27-2005, 01:00 AM   #4
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I took my WRX on the beach in Corova, NC. http://www.twiddy.com/Aerials/Aerial_CarovaBeach.pdf No problems and I got funny looks from drivers of the lifted pickup trucks in the area. However, I did not venture off the beach into the neighborhood roads because the sand on those looked too deep. I was there in the fall and it was relatively deserted. However, if you are there in peak season and bring a tow strap, there should be plenty of people around to give you a tow if you get stuck.

Have fun!
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:10 AM   #5
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I took my WRX on the beach in Corova, NC. http://www.twiddy.com/Aerials/Aerial_CarovaBeach.pdf No problems and I got funny looks from drivers of the lifted pickup trucks in the area. However, I did not venture off the beach into the neighborhood roads because the sand on those looked too deep. I was there in the fall and it was relatively deserted. However, if you are there in peak season and bring a tow strap, there should be plenty of people around to give you a tow if you get stuck.

Have fun!
Bring the tow straps anyway. You probally will have to fish someone out of the soft stuf anyway
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:03 PM   #6
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I took my WRX on the beach in Corova, NC. http://www.twiddy.com/Aerials/Aerial_CarovaBeach.pdf No problems and I got funny looks from drivers of the lifted pickup trucks in the area. However, I did not venture off the beach into the neighborhood roads because the sand on those looked too deep. I was there in the fall and it was relatively deserted. However, if you are there in peak season and bring a tow strap, there should be plenty of people around to give you a tow if you get stuck.

Have fun!

NC..beach driving..hmm...I sense a side trip on our october vacation to NC in the baja!!
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Old 07-28-2005, 12:07 AM   #7
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OMG I was supposed to be in OBX this week also..man i wish i would have gone now...grr! I was gonna stay in this 4x4 community.... o well..


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Old 08-04-2005, 11:33 PM   #8
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I drove the WRX on the beach North of Corolla. Only I didn't go very far as a Cement truck had just went out there and rutted the place up and my exhaust was dragging the center of the ruts. Anyone know if Praxxis setup can lift a WRX?
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:18 PM   #9
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bump. starting to think about getting a baja
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:36 PM   #10
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I have had my Baja for a year now and i live on the texas cost and still havent taken my baja on the beach yet but my bro took his wrx on the beach and he said it handled great. Another thing you can do to clean the under carage on your auto is put a water sprinkler under neath it the water sprinkler that shoots water streight up and moves in a 180 degree angle it works great.
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Old 11-15-2006, 04:39 PM   #11
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I finally took on Madegorda Island here in Texas and it handled great.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:12 PM   #12
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bump. starting to think about getting a baja
The turbocharged one?
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:34 PM   #13
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Nope I got just an 2003 Baja Sport with 2005 springs and 215/70R16 tires.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:42 PM   #14
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The life guards in Coranado, CA use a red baja for beach patrol.

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