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Date Registered: 02-2004
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posticon Ready for "take-off" I was


Hi Guys,

I did say I was ready for take-off when I posted the above message yesterday, but I didn't think that I was going to literally "TAKE-OFF"!!

What can I say about my 1st beach/sand driving experience? I can tell you that the x-trail is capable of flying, which would sum it up pretty nicely.

With my total in-experience in driving up dunes, I saw Andre take-on a dune nice and easy, I hesitated then said what the hell I'll give it a go.

My approach was too fast (I know Peter, you did warn me about this) emoticon and I ended-up flying at other edge of dune for about 1 meter. I actually felt that I was flying in the matter of seconds it took, then.....a huge BOOM/BANG as I nose-dived when I landed emoticon

The only thing that saved my exy from being totally smashed-up from the front was my lucky nudge-bar (I love this nudge now more than ever) it has taken all the impact when I dived and you can see how the nudge bar was before the "Flying" attempt (look at distance between the bottom of the nudge and the lower part of the bumper)

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Then look at this pic after the impact and notice how close the nudge is to the lower part of the bumper. All of the brackets of the nudge got bent.

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The thing is that I actually like it the way it is now (i.e. after the impact) as it has flattened down at the bottom of the car, therefore creating more ground clearance at the front emoticon

I have to admit, that this was my only attempt at "flying" and I then decided to take my exy with Andre for a simple beach drive emoticon much safer I thought.

Andre may have taken the pic of the flying attempt (am not sure if he was quick enough) as all I could hear when I approached the dune, was Andre screaming on the radio for me to slow-down (too late, I was already flyin emoticon )

Here is a pic of Andre in action, who got bogged on top of a dune (only once) and it was in a very similar situation like Rich.

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And here another pic just when we entered Boat Harbour.

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The place was nice and the beach was awesome, but my mind was totally somewhere else after my 1st experience emoticon


EDIT: More pics just arrived from Andre. They look really nice emoticon

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Re: Pre-Stockton sand practice


Obviously you're alright, and I hope the X-Trail is, too!


Is it jst me, or do only half of those images work? I can't see either of the "before and after" ones... And Andre's 2nd photo isn't working either...



Looking at the one of Andre caught on top of the dune looks similar to mine, except he seems to have taken it more straight-on than I did (although I thought my attempt was quite straight-on) - however, it looks like he has approached the dune on the opposite (steeper) side to what I did. Did you get airborne going the same way as him, or the other direction?

I could be wrong, but I reckon if you launch quickly enough, the rear wheels wouldn't get slowed-down on the tip of the dune, and there would be more chance that you would land evenly on all fours rather than nose-diving. Is this theory correct? The only reason I say it (without being able to view your photos yet) is that I have seen an older souped-up 4WD (I think it was a hilux) that got airborne on several occasions over those "speed humps" that are on forestry tracks, and he landed on all fours each time (and managed to slow down in time to not hit the vehicle in front, and steer to avoid hitting the trees on either side of the track!)



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Yes Rich, both of us (me & the exy) are OK. Very shaken, but OK emoticon Thanks for asking.

Andre did not get caught on that dune, he went through it OK (I didn't)

The dune that he had trouble with (1st attempt) was this one:

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He made it on the 2nd attempt.

I got airborne going in the opposite direction to Andre in that 1st pic. My 1st attempt in Anre's direction was OK (sort of speak), but when I tried going up that dune in the opposite direction, I came-in too fast and only managed to brake at the top of the dune and only my rear tyres managed to clip the dune edge while braking, hence the nose dive.

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Photos are working for me now.


Even I wouldn't have gone down that one where yours is pointing down at the 45 degrees angle!!! Wow!



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Yes Rich, I guess I picked the wrong spot on my approach, I should have checked it out first before attempting it.

I think I was the only one who tried to over-take that dune in the opposite direction.

Oh well, all part of the sand driving training I guess.

I have driven the car to work this morning, just to make sure everything was OK at high speed and everything seems to be working fine. No harm or damage except for my pride emoticon

I might take it for a wheel alignment just to be sure.

Thanks for Pete who came in last night to check on the poor old Jalal and his exy, he could tell that was shaken a bit by the experience emoticon sorry guys, but I've never been airborne in a car before, I watched many in the movies, but trying it yourself is a completely different matter emoticon


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Hi Guys,

Went on an adventure to Stockton today. Thought after the rain we had it may have made the Lavis Lane entry a little easier than its normally challenging state. Thats where I was wrong! Deflated all tyres down to about 15psi, then proceeded onto the trail. It was all going well except for a trechorous part of the track where lack of momentum and deep deep tracks made by earlier vehicles caused a BIG BOG! Even the Prado with its low range, which would have been so handy had trouble through the soft sand....I was told later that about half a dozen cars had been stuck there this morning, very experienced drivers aswell. After a snatch out of the sand we decided that it would probably been a better decision to get onto the beach at Birubi, much easier, maybe also lower pressure, maybe 12psi, also double check that your D bolts fit into the tow points on the chassis, very small hole!!

Matt! emoticon

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