I can maybe provide some info for 1, 4 & 5 above:I'm actually quite interested in this topic, so I'm glad it's started. Thanks, OP. I really just want a topic on Airing Down, but this is as good as any. I have a few questions:
Now let's get this thread really going.
- 15psi: good for sand. Same for dirt roads? I hit more washboard forest roads than beaches. How do you determine the "right" psi for your adventure?
- Suspension: seems like your suspension setting could affect how much you air down. I have stock Rebel suspension, but have been considering upgrading to Thuren for the forest road adventures; does this mean I can air down more or less than stock?
- Trailers: I tow an off-road camping trailer. How does this factor into airing down?
- Speed: if you air down to 15psi, is there a "speed limit" so you don't do anything totally idiotic on the beach? I'm not going all baja and flying anywhere at 60mph off-road, but is 40mph at 15psi on a dirt road stupid?
- Compressor: any good recommendations? I've been eying the ViAir 400 Auto, but open to suggestions.
^ This is the exact beach where I learned not to have your tires at 40psi in sugar sand.I've driven the beaches above Corolla, NC and they dont require a tag down there, but its kind of at your own risk.
Yep, that's it! Unbelievably, there are beach houses you can rent along those beaches now. Not sure I'd want to do that because running for groceries turns into a multi-hour chore. A couple times back I was there and a tractor trailer had to be pulled off the beach. He must have thought the road kept going but when he saw it terminated at a beach, he tried to turn around on the beach and got stuck. It's clearly marked with signs leading up to the beach saying if you don't have 4x4, turn around now.^ This is the exact beach where I learned not to have your tires at 40psi in sugar sand.
Used to drive there as a teenager back in the late 80's when there was very little enforcement.
I remember it goes @ 15 miles north to the Virginia border and was mostly deserted.
That might be another good tip, trying to drive on the packed sand vs the soft stuff (and I could be way off since I've never really driven on harder packed stuff). I've seen the softer stuff get all rutted, so logically I'm thinking you're already digging yourself into the sand if you follow ruts.We hit the OBX every year and will drive on the beach past Corolla a few times throughout the week. Last few years they've changed the traffic pattern during the day to force all traffic to travel in the soft sand along the dunes. Makes for a lot of stuck vehicles and tricky driving.
I still think the real challenge is down at Oregon Inlet, just search YouTube for Oregon Inlet Idiots.
Are those just a similar product to the Stauns deflators?
Similar purpose as the Stauns, but do not have any springs or moving parts and aren't adjustable. The Stauns look like they do the trick, but reviews said they could be inconsistent at reaching the set psiAre those just a similar product to the Stauns deflators?
2020 Black Rebel, Blackout Edition, Quad Cab, 5.7L, no e-Torque