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    Default Ranger on dirt roads

    We did a bit of dirt road travelling over the weekend in the Free State. Around 110km of dirt road and I can honestly say the Ranger takes a dirt road like a dream. I have done dirt roads in many other vehicles and I can honestly say the Ranger is by far the best drive on a bad dirt road. Tyres deflated to 1.8 bar and it feels like tar road.
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    We did a bit of dirt road travelling over the weekend in the Free State. Around 110km of dirt road and I can honestly say the Ranger takes a dirt road like a dream. I have done dirt roads in many other vehicles and I can honestly say the Ranger is by far the best drive on a bad dirt road. Tyres deflated to 1.8 bar and it feels like tar road.
    I have to agree on the Ranger. I don't have experience in other bakkies on gravel though. I always switch to 4H on gravel and my experience is that I really have to go hooligan for the traction control to even start kicking in.

    I also had good experiences in my 2012 4x4 2.2 Supercab without traction control.

    I always have some load in the back and as you have mentioned, correct tyre pressure. I did a Lesotho trip once as support vehicles to some adventure bikers in my 4x2 Supercab. Drove most of the time without load at the back. At some stage I had to load one of the GS's on the back. It was great on the gravel without a load but excellent with the weight. And I am sure it will be similar in most bakkies.
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Agreed, also agree on proper tyre pressure and of course being aware of the difference in behaviour when empty vs. loaded. Most people who complain about bakkies and their roadholding on dirt roads think that high tyre pressures and an unladen bakkie will behave the same on dirt as on tar...
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    i plan on doing a 200km trip on a road that i've ridden my DR650 (motorcycle) on a whole mess of times. it's rocky and not much fun in a four wheeled vehicle. my concern is if i lower the tire pressure too much, i will run the risk of a puncture from some of the sharper rocks.

    what pressure would you all recommend?

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    I found the wide open mouth grill ranger much improved over the silver slotted grill ranger, which I thought was twitchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by termnalvee View Post
    i plan on doing a 200km trip on a road that i've ridden my DR650 (motorcycle) on a whole mess of times. it's rocky and not much fun in a four wheeled vehicle. my concern is if i lower the tire pressure too much, i will run the risk of a puncture from some of the sharper rocks.

    what pressure would you all recommend?
    What tyres do you have on and how much load will you be carrying?
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    I do a lot of dirt roads, generally my tyres are always at 2.5 bar front and back as I travel a lot. Keep the tyres at 2.5 when doing dirt roads as I am too lazy to deflate and inflate the whole time. It handles dirt roads really well, never bounces around even when unloaded. Really impressed with the bakkie
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    When I know that I will do a lot of gravel, I will deflate to 2 front and back unless I carry some load where I will increase it according to the load. Normal tar road I run front and back on 2.3.

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Also on 265/65/17.
    Tar roads I tend to go a bit higher - 2.8+
    Gravel around 2, unless there are loads of sharp rocks, then I go a bit higher

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    On tar mine is on 2.5 bar
    On gravel 2.2 front and 2.0 rear.

    If loaded adjust according to the load
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    What tyres do you have on and how much load will you be carrying?
    OEM continentals. not great for off-road, but this road is fairly flat and dry. just lots of big fist-sized rocks, some rather pointy.

    load will be quite minimal, say 100 kilos. just luggage and a cooler full of good adult beverages!
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    Then 2.2 in front and 2.0 rear will be just fine. Just be careful of going lower and of those sharp edges of the rocks those Contis does not have very strong sidewalls
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    cheers!

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    When I had my Ranger (2013 2.2 Supercab) I was on a project in the Western Cape/Karoo and we averaged 4-5k km a month just on gravel and farmers servitudes. I went through a set of tyres very quickly at 1.8 Bar. I dropped to 1.6 and never had a problem again. I did learn that engine braking in a 4x2 eats back tyres too. But on those long, beautiful Karoo roads the Ranger handled like a dream.

    My current vehicle has air suspension so I am spoilt when it comes to comfort but I have had to sacrifice speed both on gravel and highway. My truck used to pull like a steam train.

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Quote Originally Posted by termnalvee View Post
    OEM continentals. not great for off-road, but this road is fairly flat and dry. just lots of big fist-sized rocks, some rather pointy.

    load will be quite minimal, say 100 kilos. just luggage and a cooler full of good adult beverages!
    With the standard contis I did Namibia gravel roads. Lowered the pressure to 1.8 all round and never had any issues. Got one puncture on tar roads in Botswana but easily plugged it, not on the sidewall tho
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    I had the pre-facelift RANGER XL, and now drive the facelifted Ranger. Both singlecab.
    The old Bakkie was very tail happy when lightly loaded. No surprises there for a Bakkie without traction control.
    The new Bakkie is better by country miles, until you switch off the traction control. Then the back wheels break away just as easily as the old one.
    Long story short, the new ranger's electronics make it drive a lot better than with them switched off.

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    My “Bakkie” 2013 3.2 dc 4x4. Overall very happy on dirt roads with handling and about zero dust inside cabin. Seal the canopy with high density foam also anout zero dust. Did 4x4 trail a week ago Bojaanskop near Calitzdorp and no problem . The thing that impressed the most was the “Hill decent control” Also did Baviaans kloof .

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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Mine doesn't even have TC but with the correct tyre pressure it handles beautifully
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    Default Re: Ranger on dirt roads

    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    We did a bit of dirt road travelling over the weekend in the Free State. Around 110km of dirt road and I can honestly say the Ranger takes a dirt road like a dream. I have done dirt roads in many other vehicles and I can honestly say the Ranger is by far the best drive on a bad dirt road. Tyres deflated to 1.8 bar and it feels like tar road.
    I fully agree - I drive a 2017 2.2 Ranger DC 4x4 and did a trip through Namibia in June last year - all the way to Caprivi. Did about 1500 km dirt road and the road handling was excellent with very little cabin noise . the 5th gear is a jewel of a gear

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