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This really doesnt have anything to do with mud, but there isnt a topic for sand. Anyhow me and three friends piled into one of their Toyotas and set off to climb a hill on a state gas line trail I think it was. He has been wanting to hit this hill for a couple of weeks but we havent found the time to go, and luckily he knows better than go alone. Never know when your gonna need someone to be there.

Its kind of a small hill, I'd say 40 yards high in length at about a 70 degree angle. There was two ways we decided he could go and set out to be spotters for him. In the very middle it is eroded into a small gully washway. We tried to get him to articulate thru it but ended up about tipping the truck over, which wouldnt have been to good.

The other way was strait up the hill but in the middle was a little ledge about 5 feet across. Heres the problem. Once he got the front SX's on the ledge he couldnt get any grip with any of the tires, because of very loose sand. He just sat there and spun. Finally after figuring it was wise to abort the attempt because of lose of sunlight we headed home to think of how we can make it work.

He really wants to climb it, because it has became a matter of pride. Its just something us Toyota people feel when we are told the rice burners cant do something. Im looking for some suggestions on how to handle the sand and what might could help. I appreciate any help I can get and if anyone cares i'll be sure to get back and say how it went once again, as we are going to try it again hopefully soon. Thanks
 

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I run the dunes at pismo every opportunity I can get! The key to running sand dunes is momentum! Another key factor is tire pressure! When I go to pismo, I drop my tire pressure anywhere from 15 to 10 psi. The SX's are a very aggressive tire, which will dig you deep in, but the wider you make your footprint, the more traction you get! The secret is to float over the sand, not dig into it! I run GoodYear MT/R's which are very aggressive, but with the factors mentioned above, I can just about tackle any obstacle in the sand! Good luck on your next attempt!!! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif">
 
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