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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Looking to you dune experts for advice. I'm heading down to silver lake for my first time in august. I've got 2 wheelers and will be trailering ONE to SL for the weekend. 1st is an '86 cj7 with fuel injected mustang 5.0 on 35-12.5's and a '79 cherokee chief with 360 on 35-17.5's. Both are running a t18 stick. CJ is locked front and rear and chief is open/open. Will the wide tires on the chief compensate for open differentials or should I take the cj there? For what it's worth both have twin sticks but the cj has 4.10 gears where the chief has 3.??. Thanks in advance
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Old July 8th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #2
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i would say the cj would be easier to get around in if your worried about being out their, and the fuel injection will help in the big hills, but both would be able to drive out their just fine...

i've seen i guy in a older subaru wagon on 14in tires, an escalade on 20's and 2wd rangers out their driving around so air down and have fun with what ever you deside to bring
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Old July 8th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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If you air down, you can do most stuff in 2 wheel drive with open diffs. Take the one you want and you'll have fun.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #4
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@HJ Nice of you to take up the avatar.
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Unless you are cutting the top off the Chief the CJ wins my vote just for the convertible top. A roof at the dunes is missing half of the fun. Air pressure can can make just about anything fun in the sand, my wife's stock JK 4dr at 12psi was my personal favorite - auto, topless, and room for the dog, cooler and kid.

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Not sure it helps, but my 99 Subaru Impreza with 15" gravel rally tires (aired down to 10psi) does just fine.
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Either will work fine.

The CJ has the open top. The Waggie will be a bit more stable hill climbing due to longer wheelbase.

I would bring whatever feels more powerful and better when driven fast. Thats plenty of tire for either vehicle.

FWIW, I should spent the weekend with my stock 2009 F150 crewcab, 265 wide tires. Went just fine up everything..
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I agree with the post above. It is all down to personal preference. Once you air down either vehicle will get around no problem. There are plenty of 2WD vehicles that go out there with no issues.

I vote for the CJ though
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Thanks all... I have the cj for sale locally. If it doesn't sell by then I'll take it and then advertise it on here.
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I would take the cherokee but that's just me
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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:48 AM   #11
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I would take the cherokee but that's just me
Looks like I don't have an option any more. Sold the cj locally a couple days ago so it'll be the chief on the sand this year
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 10:12 AM   #12
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when are you going maybe I could sneak (cough cough) a day off

cherokee will do fine with about 8-10psi unless you got 12ply implement tires then I would just take the cores out
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You should try to make it! We'll be there fri sat the first weekend in aug.
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