Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Grand Junction, MI
Im not a "dune rider"; but i did start riding Silver Lake here in MI last summer. Silver Lake is a small state park that has a fair amount of decent dune-like terrain. Its no Glamis, but it has a fair reputation amongst the dune community from my understanding. With that said, we have not had an issue in the sand aside from the taller dunes. i run 28" tusk terrabites and drop the pressure down to 6-8lbs and have a blast. I noticed that the local rental units are mostly teryx4s, and run stock tires. I dont see the need for paddles. The teryx 4, in my experience, is a great dune machine in its stock setting, but its not a dune specific machine so your limitations will be suspension and power. Since the teryx is limited from the factory we lack the extra RPMs to get us up and over the taller dunes such as "Test Hill" at Silver lake. So you really have to carry your speed up the hill. I typically make it up Test Hill 8 out of 10 tries, and i have to choose my line to make it up. The whoops before the steeper dunes slow us down and then we lack the power at the top to fully crest. We typically fall short only a foot or two from the very top. I feel like an upgraded suspension (arched a-arms with new shocks/long travle) and an ECU reflash would allow the teryx to be a go anywhere machine in the sand. In stock format, they can still do most all activities out in the sand, but we cannot expect to keep up with the X3s, RZRs, and other sport machines. But I chose the Teryx for its do-everything-well approach and typically ride my sport quads when i want to get a little air or go faster. My family loves going to Silver Lake and we have a great time in the Teryx 4. My 2 and 4yrs olds look forward to going everytime. Hope this helps. Sorry for the long response.
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