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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:18 pm 
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anyone here do a bit of off roading and/or have hit up Stockton beach a few times as i am now 10mins away i'm keen to hit it up

the guys i work with reckon i have to have 4x4 minimum but i see dune buggies and the like go up there

so has any done it in a 2wd

and whats the best beach thrasher under $3k

brumby, sports wagon, liberty, outback subaru and what not
hilux, navara, rodeo etc 4x4 utes
or the sierra, vitara etc 4x4's


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:20 pm 
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seen vitara's do some crazy stuff.. aswell as siera's arent to bad.. i have a 4wd but fuckin hate the beach lol hence no go zone...

you culd also try the wadigan's.. its much more muddy and fun :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:34 pm 
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im actually keen to know too, there are some great photo opportunities. i wonder if my stagea could do it?

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From the last time i was out there in a 4wd (like 10+ years ago) it's not the 2wd/4wd thing that's the problem it's your ground clearance. We went in a Grand Vitara in 2wd mode but it rubbed it's belly in a fair few places. Note we stuck to the tracks and stuff between the dunes, didn't go clambering straight up the side of them! We went in through Lavis Lane which requires you to actually drive through the dunes into the beach, if you went down through Birubi you could probably just about drive anything onto the beach there just let the tyres down a bit.
From my minimal experience down there. I usually just go and park on the sand at Birubi cos there are no parks at the beach in summer haha.

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im actually keen to know too, there are some great photo opportunities. i wonder if my stagea could do it?


Unfortunately not, to heavy & to low and wrong tyre/rim size to be of any use on the sand.

To answer to the original query if you can find an older suby sports wagon they are a winner on the sand. Light for what they are and have 14's with 70 series stock. Let them down to around 13 - 15psi and you are all set.

Only downside is lack of power but they have a high & low range so whack it in low range and use 3rd & 4th and keep it singing.


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Old VW beetle, cut the shell off it, build a cage around it = fun


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:46 am 
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i got my stock 17s still with 60 profile rubber that im happy to let down to do some sand driving.

i might ask a few other people that have done it too - not that i dont trust you guys, but id rather know more before i head out there!

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It'll be the belly of the car hitting the sand and bogging you that will be your main issue i reckon.
On the beach itself just about anything could drive around, it's the soft stuff getting out there that would be the problem.

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ZEi250t wrote:
i got my stock 17s still with 60 profile rubber that im happy to let down to do some sand driving.

i might ask a few other people that have done it too - not that i dont trust you guys, but id rather know more before i head out there!


I reckon weight, wheel base & lack of ground clearance will be your enemy.

There is some beaches where the stagea will be ok (IE, hard packed with moist sand) but I guarantee you its not stockton. To get from the entry though the dunes to the beach will be a significant challenge in a stagea.

That all being said I am happy to be proved wrong as its not my car :lol:


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I'm like 10 minutes from Stockton beach. I'll come down on my dirtbike and watch you have a go at it haha.

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well apparently a day pass for stockton beach is roughly $15 dollars which i thought is a bit steep but a yearly pass is around $30

wtf stagea challenge tell me when its on i'll come watch


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lol then i wont be doing it. i dont have any experience driving on sand anyway. so maybe i wont risk it or ill borrow someones 4wd

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I've been on stockton and 1 mile before in a hilux and you don't want to try and take an M35 on there.
I drove my C34 onto Fingal beach for some photos and I reckon that's about as off road as they're able to handle -hard packed smooth beach sand. you won't get through dunes,especially without locking the centre diff and having an LSD in the back.

I reckon a sierra is the best bet for a cheap fun toy.


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thanks dude, i might borrow something if it comes to that. maybe ill just walk hahah

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I picked up my KTM for $500 (then i rebuilt it fair enough). It's pretty fun off road :).

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