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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone Tested the Quadra Trac II on the Beach

Purchased my Commander Trail Rated, 4.7L ...4 days ago....I am interested in everyones opinion on the QuadraTrac II 4 wheel drive system.....How does it handle/work in the sand?

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Purchased my Commander Trail Rated, 4.7L ...4 days ago....I am interested in everyones opinion on the QuadraTrac II 4 wheel drive system.....How does it handle/work in the sand?

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It should be just fine. Turn off the ESP stuff before you get in the sand.
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Have driven mine on the Outerbanks of NC several times. Lower your tire pressurs to 20-22 PSI and you will have no problems. I watch the temp guage it it runs hot go lower. As stated turn off your ESP.
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I'll second that. We have the 4.7 and QTII. We had no trouble on the outer banks this year, we just aired down to 20 psi and turned off the esp. Even did well in south avon, which is some of the softest sand. I found that using the autostick helped a little also. It seemed to want to shift up early, and keeping the revs higher gave us more control.

If you park on the beach, when you get where you want, pull forward another 10-15 feet, then back up. It helps you to get moving before you start plowing new sand. Don't know if it's a proven technique, but someone showed me about 20 years ago when I had my CJ7 and I've been doing it since.
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Why should you turn off the ESP? Just currious..
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Why should you turn off the ESP? Just currious..
ESP should be turned off for off-road use. ESP is programmed to make corrections for normal on-road driving. Those calculations can get you stuck in an off-road situation which is why Jeep makes an off switch the disables nearly all the ESP controls.
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I just do it because the owner's manual says to do it. I think it has something to do with feeling wheels spin? I do know that I forgot to turn it off once, and I buried the Jeep pretty quickly. As soon as I turned esp off, it pulled right out.
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I was under the understanding that ESP transfered traction from a sliping wheel to a wheel with traction? I did read in the book that you should turn it off if you desired a little wheel spin in loose gravel etc... but that sounds to me like you would want ESP on during an off road situation, like sand or gravel? Im just not used to this fancy 4x4 system, my wrangler, the only time I want an unlocked axle is on a tight trail next to a cliff in a tight turn... I like turning in that situation.
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I just do it because the owner's manual says to do it. I think it has something to do with feeling wheels spin? I do know that I forgot to turn it off once, and I buried the Jeep pretty quickly. As soon as I turned esp off, it pulled right out.
Cool, that makes me want to give it a try.. I love that kind of stuff.
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I just do it because the owner's manual says to do it. I think it has something to do with feeling wheels spin? I do know that I forgot to turn it off once, and I buried the Jeep pretty quickly. As soon as I turned esp off, it pulled right out.
I got my '72 Toyota Corolla stuck on Fistral Beach in Cornwall when I was working the summer season as a fresh faced 19 year old in 1990. Heading to a beach party at about midnight. Had visions of it being stuck there the next day when the beach would have been full of holidaymakers. Luckily managed to build a road out of some chesnut-pale fencing we found in the dunes. What made it worse is that all the help at hand were various stages of drunkedness and were loving the fact that I was stressing out. Happy days!!
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