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Old 10-25-2012, 12:19 PM   #11
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tire pressure is definitely a big factor in beach driving along with ground clearance which the crosstrek has enough of. power isn't too big of an issue unless you are going crazy in un-driven territory.

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:50 PM   #12
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You floor it in sand AWDFreak?
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:28 AM   #13
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You floor it in sand AWDFreak?
Sorry for the late reply, but yes.

From a standstill, gotta get the momentum going immediately (in anything loose! whether it be mud, sand, whatever is loose!), otherwise, risk getting stuck due to lack of momentum. When driving off-road, one should not be afraid to go full-throttle.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #14
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You floor it in sand AWDFreak?
Sorry for the late reply, but yes.

From a standstill, gotta get the momentum going immediately (in anything loose! whether it be mud, sand, whatever is loose!), otherwise, risk getting stuck due to lack of momentum. When driving off-road, one should not be afraid to go full-throttle.
is that true with most/all AWD/4x4 vehicles, or mainly just the Crosstrek since it is a little underpowered?
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:53 AM   #15
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You floor it in sand AWDFreak?
Sorry for the late reply, but yes.

From a standstill, gotta get the momentum going immediately (in anything loose! whether it be mud, sand, whatever is loose!), otherwise, risk getting stuck due to lack of momentum. When driving off-road, one should not be afraid to go full-throttle.
is that true with most/all AWD/4x4 vehicles, or mainly just the Crosstrek since it is a little underpowered?
Any factors that will hamper your off-road capability (for example, lack of a dual-range transmission, pavement-only highway tires, etc).

My issues resulted from:
* no low-range
* did not reduce tire pressure for soft terrain
* pavement-only all-season highway tires
* not being aggressive enough on launches, which got me stuck (AND NEVER AGAIN IN THE SAND!)

All those factors taking into consideration, and driving like one is on pavement, is a recipe for disaster. With that many factors against the driver, one must be aggressive to get momentum going. Otherwise, risk getting stuck.

As for 2WD/FWD/RWD in sand or soft terrain, that's always a gamble, unless one has the optimal-for-sand rear-engine, RWD layout (AKA the RR layout).
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:09 AM   #16
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Have you ever floored a 4wd truck/jeep in sand?
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #17
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Have you ever floored a 4wd truck/jeep in sand?
I've floored an AWD (NOT 4WD) "truck" (actually a full-size unibody vehicle) in sand, works nicely in sand, especially with the larger-footprint of the larger LT-metric size tire compared to a typically-smaller P-metric size tire.

I would imagine a genuine 4WD truck would feel more planted in sand.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:10 AM   #18
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I have never had an AWD in deep sand except my father's Outback XT. When driving it, I just applied what 30 years of driving in deep sand taught me when I drove the Subaru though. And that is, one of the last things you want to do is floor it in sand.
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I have never had an AWD in deep sand except my father's Outback XT. When driving it, I just applied what 30 years of driving in deep sand taught me when I drove the Subaru though. And that is, one of the last things you want to do is floor it in sand.
Is it bad for the car or just a bad idea in general since it won't get you anywhere?
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:58 AM   #20
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I have never had an AWD in deep sand except my father's Outback XT. When driving it, I just applied what 30 years of driving in deep sand taught me when I drove the Subaru though. And that is, one of the last things you want to do is floor it in sand.
If you do have off-road experience, I think it would be a good idea to write up a nice tutorial on off-road driving. It would especially be relevant, since the XV Crosstrek is the kind of light off-roading vehicle that will require good driving technique to get anywhere a full-size truck can. I'd greatly appreciate it
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