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Unread 9th April 2016, 06:27 AM
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Default Outback 2.5i Premium on Sanddunes & beach

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I am new to 4WDing. I recently bought subaru outback 2015 2.5i premium. I want to take it on the sand dunes & some beach driving may be along port stevens during this school holidays. Not sure whether is it ok? Has anyone had taken 2015 outback on sand dunes before, any advice please?
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The new Outbacks go great in sand
I'm not sure what the beaches and dunes are like at port stevens, but if they are soft, make sure you air down. You want to air down enough so that when back off the power, the car gently rolls to a stop. as a rough guide, 18psi for slightly soft sand, 14psi for decently soft sand and 12 psi for super soft sand. Don't be afraid to drop down to 8psi if you are badly bogged, just don't do any hard cornering at these low pressures as the tyre will come off the rim. Make sure you pump the tyres up before driving down the highway at speed. So either get an air compressor or use one at a servo.

Press the VDC/traction control off button before taking off. This will turn its self back on when you turn the car off or get back up to speed, so just make sure its off when you get started so that it doesn't kill engine power. Once your up and going, keep the revs up a little higher then you normally would to ensure you are in a decent power band for when you hit soft bits.

In the dunes, make sure you know whats on the other side before driving over. If you can't see, don't go, some dunes drop off very steep. And avoid driving sideways along dunes, that's just asking for trouble.

But Subarus do great in sand, so enjoy the trip!
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The new Outbacks go great in sand

I am going to visit a mate up in Bundy soon and we are going the beach way/sand mining tracks to Woodgate from KinKuna south of the Elliot River. So I guess turning of the VDC with X Mode would apply as well?.

I have driven Patrols and Pajero's on the sand but nut a forester.
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Subies go great on sand, they float over the top instead of digging down deep like the big 4wds.

Good advice from Red XS, although I start at 16psi & drop to 12psi if really soft. Definitely get an air compressor, it gives you confidence to drop the pressure to whatever you need to knowing you can air back up.

Recovery tracks are a good idea too, you can get TRED copies on eBay for ~$100 delivered
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@Nachaluva I have pump, tracks, shovel, snatch
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@Nachaluva I have pump, tracks, shovel, snatch
You're all set!
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@Nachaluva.. Should I get a skid plate? for sand. I don't go mulga bashing or rock climbing
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Gidday Taroona

The OEM ABS engine splashguard makes a simply superb sand/mud scoop while not protecting your sump at all ... .

I have a substantial (but fortunately not fatal) ding in the sump of Roo2 that attests to the OEM guard's uselessness.
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I would get one even if you're only going on sand. The OEM one is just a splash guard & as RB says it doesnt provide any protection. Plus they have a habit of being torn off in sand
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I was thinking of getting one from primitive in the US. Do you think I would need all three - front, CVT and Diff?

The one from subie extreme looks Ok and they appear to only make a front one
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