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AWDfreak said:
Twist2Stop said:
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 :)
+1 on this. If you have the time I would love to read it. Even if you can dig up some links that you think contain good advice and briefly explain them that would be great. This is the first vehicle I've had that I will attempt to take anywhere off-road so it would be awesome to have good technique in mind.
 

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I'm not sure it's relevant to the AWD crowd. With the aid of traction control, symmetrical AWD, and a lack of power, I can see why flooring a Subaru might work out. Typically though, spinning is a bad thing in sand and there is no reason for it. Spinning is great in most muddy situations as you want to keep the treads clear. Spinning in sand typically buries you or at least makes the vehicle work harder than it has to.
 

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I'm not sure it's relevant to the AWD crowd. With the aid of traction control, symmetrical AWD, and a lack of power, I can see why flooring a Subaru might work out. Typically though, spinning is a bad thing in sand and there is no reason for it. Spinning is great in most muddy situations as you want to keep the treads clear. Spinning in sand typically buries you or at least makes the vehicle work harder than it has to.
What I did in sandy terrain with my '10 Outback CVT was to disengage traction control and place it in "M" mode. In doing so, the Outback had better gearing for the sugar sand located here in FL without ever flooring it. Like you said, No need to floor it as you can cause the vehicle to sink into the sand. If need be lowering tire pressure greatly helps in sandy terrain.
 

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Good to be reading these tips now. Before I leave NC I plan on testing the Crosstrek on the beach. The sand here seems to be really soft/rutted (from all the driving) so I hope the Crosstrek will hold its own.
 
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