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I have a 2000 Cherokee. I would like to utilize it for fishing the beach.(the reason I bought it)
I would like to see if I could get some input for the best tires for the following intentions:
I would like to fish the beach 20-40 times per year- I live 70 miles from the nearest beach-the rest of the time I use the vehicle for the road.
So I'm looking for a good tire that will fit those needs. Thought I'd run it by the experts and experienced beach fishermen. I know that there are a wide variety of choices. Once again- predominately road tires that will be worthy on the beach.
If you know of any sales (maybe Labor Day etc) I'm also looking for tires for my Astro '95 Van. All road driving with a load. Perhaps my friends car also. Figure I could make some kind of deal buying 11-12 tires & labor at one place.
Any feedback would be appreciated
Thanks, Greg
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Any good street tire will work just fine on the beach. You don't want anything with any kind of aggresive tread as they will dig in to the sand. The "secret" to running the beach is tire air pressure,as you want to make the contact patch of you tire larger and float on top of the sand. Get youself a good quality tire pressure gauge and air them puppies down to about 18 psi to start, if you feel the buggy is digging and working too hard, drop the tire pressure down a couple more pounds to 15 psi. You shouldn't have to go lower than that anywhere on the beaches here in South Jersey. The amount of air you let out is going to depend on the specfic beach conditions on where you are operating. For example in Hatteras we air down to 18 psi and can run all the baeches with no troubles. On my "home" beaches in The Wildwoods, we don't even bother to air down as the beaches are fairly hard packed. If you want to get new tires, go with a slightly oversize tire if you want, in a mild tread design. I have ran a few different brands of tires on my buggys through the years and they all have worked well on the beach,and am currently running Pro-Comp AT's which give a real nice ride and are quiet on the sreeet and work excellant on the sand.

[ 08-29-2005, 09:41 AM: Message edited by: Capt Buck ]
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Buck's got it down... you may also want to check out the NJBBA website.. they have great tips on driving on the beach and the proper safety equipment you should have in your truck....
Sorry, but I thought of some additional things you will need if this is your first time setting up a buggy for the beach. You should have the following items also (they are required in most towns for NJ to obtain a buggy permit).

Inflated spare tire
Working jack
A 12"x24" piece of lumber for a jacking board(3/4" plywood is good here)
A simular piece of lumber to put under you tire to unstick yourself if you have to.
Tow Rope
Fire extingusher
First Aid Kit
Tire Pressure Gauge
Road Flares
Some optional stuff: Trash bags, self contained toilet(where applicable)

Most local municipalities require you to present your drivers licence,vehicle registration and insurance card or proof of libility insurance to obtain a beach permit. One that I get a permit for requires the front declaration page of my actual insurance policy, it varies according to the locale. Permits are available in some towns at the police station and in some towns they are issued at the municipal clerk's office. Most want checks, some take cash,some don't. Either ask here or ring the local authorities where you want to obtain a permit.

Also it would be a good idea to join the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to support the work they do keeping beaches open for access.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the replies. And for the warnings/ requirements. 1st priority is that I actually need tires. Once I have them the learning process will begin. Rest assured that I will educate myself properly before I venture onto any beach. I will comply with all regs and take your advice to join the organization. I was fortunate to drive the beach with Mr Rosen (barner) many times last season. What a great way to fish & explore.
I'm definately going to pursue this desire. Got the Cherokee 2 yrs ago with that intent.
So if anybody is a tire dealer- or knows a good place I'm looking to buy. And be certain that I'll be posting many questions before I go out.
Thanks, Greg
Hey Gator, I got me one of those 2000 Cherokees. And just like you I got it for the geach. I put a 3" lift kit on with TOYO 31-1050 All terrain tires.
But like Capt. Buck said, tire pressure is more important. I used the regular tires on the beach and they worked just as well deflated to 15 psi.
It just didnt look as cool. :D
If you work near 95 and want to make a 20 minute north run...
Keystone Tires (10 seconds off Street Road exit) has the best prices I've found since I've been shopping tire prices on my first car - I'm now 27. I've bought economy, high performance, and now light truck.
Stick with a barner that has a shop or someone they know - then maybe use Keystone.
At the very least, you can use them as a quote/price and bargain with someone more local.
I've got the CISP and will be getting the Surf City permit - see you this fall...
Good Question and Thread Here....Alot of Good Info.

I am currently running GoodYear Wrangler GS-A's
on my JEEP.

Excellent riding tire both on and off-road...
Just follow the tire pressure advise above and you are good to go...

Take Care,,,,

[ 08-29-2005, 11:47 PM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
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srry but when do i have to get a permit for one certain spot or does the permit work at any beach that allows beach bugging
Originally posted by lchan:
srry but when do i have to get a permit for one certain spot or does the permit work at any beach that allows beach bugging
Beach permits are issue by both the local towns and or State Parks..Access times vary also..
Like Isl.Beach St.Park is open all year round and Brigantine too. Corson's Inlet St.Park has Spring and Fall Access and like most towns along the coast they open back up on or around Sept.15,after the summer is over.Some of the popular places in South Jersey would be Sea Isle City,StoneHarber and the North Wildwood.
Not sure about the towns above IBSP,but call the local Police Stations to check on their respective access laws...
Thanks for the pics, input, location & advice. I'll check keystone unless a barner is a tire dealer. Just the info I was lookin' for. Some of those all terrain tires are really pricey. I don't like to buy things I don't need. But I'll get everything that is required.
That being said-I'll ask if there are any models I should stay away from.
Gator, I just bought a new set of Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo's. They are awesome. I have em on my 94 Cherokee.

I love em. If you want I can give you some pricing info I found out when buying. e-mail me.
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You can drive on the NJ beaches with slicks if your tire air pressure is set correctly. You don?t need pricey all terrain or off- road tires. 95% of your driving will be on the highway. Driving in the rain will be your biggest tire challenge. None of the AT tires perform really well in the rain. Your interests will best be served by an all season or highway tire. Be sure to buy a LT (light truck) not a P-metric tire (standard on many SUVs). If you do go off-road, the P-metrics won?t hold up. I like the Firestone Destination LE tire.
Even more info-thanks Barners! One of my reasons for posting was to either eliminate or justify expensive AT tires. So you all helped with the elimination. Tire pressure is key- got it. I'll get the right equipment & further educate myself on this aspect.
Thanks for providing 3 types of tires and a location.(even pics) I really appreciate your help.
I welcome any and all input before I purchase- most probably this weekend.
Never, ever will I own another truck/suv without BF Goodrich At's on it. If You drive winter up north, they pay for themselves. Had them on a Toyota P/U with LI permit, I pulled some big trucks out of the drink with them. :D

[ 08-31-2005, 11:41 PM: Message edited by: reelrydor ]
I've had great luck w/ Michelin LTX M&S light duty truck tire on 3 diff vehicles.My wife's Toyota Landcruiser had them as OEM, she got 76K on em, before I replaced. Have run them on 2 diff Suburbans got about 50k before I ruined the sidewalls, long before the tread ran out. Great on highway for noise and braking distance. Yes they are more$$$, but my kids are in those trucks, so I don't worry about it.

Just saw them for sale @ Costco the other day. Good prices available from TIRERACK in Tx or Sportscar Tire in Wilm De.
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