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Old 05-12-14, 07:37 PM   #1
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I took the LX on the beach last weekend, took it right next to shore- at first i didnt lower the pressure on tires i thought maybe i would be ok- everything auto and it did well. But when i came to the soft parts of the sand i felt it had some trouble so i stopped right away adjusted the pressure - i was at 19 Psi and then drove.

The kids had a blast and it was fun- i have driven in snow storms but it was my first time on sand and to be honest it was a fun experience.

All the cars around be were lifted Ford F150s or Rams pick up trucks with huge tires and it was cool to a LX between them.

On the way out i almost got stuck to the same place where i parked, i felt the VSC kicked in and just stopped the car. Then i put her in manual gears and kept it at a low gear 3rd and it did fine.

Now question to the more experienced guys, do i need to turn the VSC off? do i lock the differential?
or just go to L4, from H4? -

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Hi, you should indeed look the differential once you enter sand. Switch to L4 when you feel you are about to get stuck.

Your car also has crawl mode where it can get her self out when its stuck. I would suggest reading the owner manual to benefit your self more about the systems in the car.


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Yep, read your manual - otherwise you don't will be able to use your car well.

The LX570 and the Land Cruiser 200 are very capable in the dunes..

The guys love it in the UAE:

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http://www.4x4tripping.com/2014/05/v...andspiele.html

I love it during our Transafrica

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http://transafrica2012.blogspot.com

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nice pics!!!
they all seems to have smaller tires, maybe 18s? ours have 20 which i dont know if its a good thing.
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nice pics!!!
they all seems to have smaller tires, maybe 18s? ours have 20 which i dont know if its a good thing.
I don`t travel with stock setup

I did change my tyres to 285 / 70 / R17

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I would think that the wider 20's would work better then the narrow 17's in the sand? Float on top versus digging in.
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I'd have to disagree with you on this... I have had a lot of experience driving Land Rovers in all kinds of sand conditions. Of course you lower air pressure if possible. But driving in sand I would keep it in 4H most of the time and keep your foot on the throttle. Low gear will only limit your speed and you don't need the extra low end power in sand, you need speed. Locking the center differential will negatively affect your steering. I'd only lock it if the vehicle felt like it was getting stuck. Definitely turn off all the VSC and electronic aids.



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Hi, you should indeed look the differential once you enter sand. Switch to L4 when you feel you are about to get stuck.

Your car also has crawl mode where it can get her self out when its stuck. I would suggest reading the owner manual to benefit your self more about the systems in the car.


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