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    Quite capable, the wading depth is 500mm, my Disco 2 is only 400mm. Look at the first car in this video

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    Biggest problem will be when you follow other peoples deep wheel ruts. You will belly it on the hump between them.
    Dont overload it and air down. You dont have 35 series tyres or anything silly like that i hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rar110 View Post
    There’s been a few posts on AULRO about FL2s crossing the Simpson etc. one by Vesko. This is from his website

    My trip to the Red Centre 4 – Rumen Marinov
    Thats a good read, thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by timax View Post
    Biggest problem will be when you follow other peoples deep wheel ruts. You will belly it on the hump between them.
    Dont overload it and air down. You dont have 35 series tyres or anything silly like that i hope.
    Just standard road tyres now but were planning on getting a croos road/all terrain tyre like Coopers - Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 354 chamberlain View Post
    When you are using sand trs mode make sure that you turn off the dsc so that it does not think the vehicle is unstable as it lurches about in the sand ,once the dsc decides that it is unstable it will start to apply breaking to individual wheels and next thing you are stuck . Check that it is off every time as it will switch its self on every time you change a setting or turn the vehicle off . I have also been told that if you get stuck in sand put it in rock and mud and reverse out .I haven't had to try that yet and have been in some pretty heavy sand .
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    Hey Doug - sorry to be dumb but whats the DSC?

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    I used to go there with a VW type 3 wagon once upon a time.

    But IMHO the biggest problem will be wheel tracks on the inland tracks and at Inskip Point, Hooke Point,and Middle Rocks. With the number of dumb arse drivers who do not air down the tracks will be terrible if it is dry and during school holidays. If you go just after heavy rain and away from school holidays it will be easy.

    It's easy to drive along the beach at lowish tides, just like a highway.

    Have a look at "I got bogged at Inskip" if you want to see what I mean.

    I personally would not take a Freelander there but if that is what you have , then go to it.
    A sand driving course with The Range Rover Club of NSW ( or another training provider) would be good preparation.
    Regards PhilipA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teigs View Post
    Just standard road tyres now but were planning on getting a croos road/all terrain tyre like Coopers - Any suggestions?
    Yes my suggestion is a highway tyre. Steer clear of wide tyres and steer clear of aggressive tread. You want a skinny tall tyre aired down so it sits on top of the sand and doesn't dig in or act as a plough. Travel as light as you can and momentum will be your friend. In the harder sections drive it like you stole it. Dont use your brakes and make sure you stop nose down a hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teigs View Post
    Hey Doug - sorry to be dumb but whats the DSC?
    Dynamic Stability Control. There's a button to kill it on the centre console, near the Terrain Response dial.

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