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• High range 1st 2nd or 3rd (HARD SAND) Low range 3rd 4th or 5th (SOFT SAND) Diff lock and axle lockers engaged.
• Momentum - not speed!
• Follow existing wheel tracks if there are any.
• Ascend sand hills with momentum, swing the steering wheel from side to side if need be. If stalled going up, reverse “straight” back down in gear, never coast down.
• Descend sand hills slowly, low range 2nd, straight down and do not use the brakes as this could cause a roll over.. If the vehicle noses in, change to low 3rd, with your foot on the brake and accelerator at the same time.

If bogged, try rocking the vehicle backwards and forwards and try to drive out by alternating between 1st and reverse gears. If all else fails, lower the tyre pressure to 6 psi.
• In soft sand, the rear lockers will tend to want to steer the vehicle straight even though the front tyres are turning into a steer.
• Don’t fight the steering wheel, rather grip it loosely and let the sand do the steering.
• Never use the brakes except in an extreme emergency. Braking will bog the vehicle. Allow the sand to stop the vehicle.
• Only a small section of desert sand is soft, so use normal tyre pressure.

• If the tyre pressure is decreased by 25%, (25 psi), speed should not exceed 48 km/h.
• If the tyre pressure is decreased by 40%, (20 psi), speed should not exceed 19 km/h.

• Exceeding these speeds at low pressure can cause the tyres to leave the rim.

• The optimum pressure is around 15 psi.

• Watch out for changes in the colour of the sand on the road/track ahead as this almost always signals a change in the consistency of the gravel.

• When stopping on deep sand, depress the clutch, if manual transmission, or neutral if automatic, and allow the vehicle to coast to a stop.

• Avoid the soft sand at the base of most dunes and gullies when stopping.

• When turning, make the turn as wide as possible to reduce the chance of bogging. The front wheels act more like a rudder in sand and turning too sharp has a similar effect to suddenly applying the brakes.

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And bring an army when you stop atop the biggest softest dune for a photo op. you can dig your ass out..........

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Couple of comments

With respect to a Disco SII running on 235s

You will not get anywhere at 25psi, optimum pressure is 10-12 psi, even at these pressures we drive tracks at 60-80kph

Not too sure what you mean by stopping on deep sand

If you have to stop, then stop on an incline so that gravity can help you drive away. The number of people that get stuck on flat ground is just unbelievable.

Make sure you have front and rear recovery points and suitable recovery gear for that other vehicle accompanying you to make the recovery, although I have seen three vehicles all stuck trying to recover each other.
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