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Question Stock 08 LE in sand?

I have a 2008 LE with stock tires and no mods, I am looking for advice on taking it out in the sand dunes. Most of my time riding is spent in trails with some mud so I am kind of hesitant of a lot of clutch work that would affect my torque/midrange too much. I live in Michigan so I spend time in the snow and on the ice as well as plow with it in the winter. I don't have much expirience in the sand but it seems like paddle tires would be hard on the stock belt and clutch. Not looking for a wild dune buggy type ride, I'm just not sure what the practical limitations of the stock machine are (clutch,cooling system,belt)in the sand. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am looking into getting an ignition module.

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paddles and clutch work will make a huge difference.
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1st and possibly most important question is ... where? We dune all the time and each location is different. The sand is softer at some places and the dunes are different. A stock teryx will dune fine in 4wd. You want be setting any records but it'll do it. I took an 08 on stock tires from one end of St Anthony to the other including the big side. One thing to keep in mind is that a novice dunner can stick a high dollar dune machine over and over. Alot of it is being able to read the sand and picking good lines.
But back to your question, it'll do it. BUT a good 7-paddle tire sure helps. The belt isn't an issue. You still spin a lot even with paddles

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Cool, thanks for the reply. do you think putting paddles on w/ a stock clutch is asking for trouble? I have a couple hundred hours on my machine, a lot of that is low speed "puttsing" around. Replaced the belt last fall w/ an "exteme duty" one. Are there many belt options out there? when I was looking then there didn't seem to be. Thanks again.
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Thanks, I really appreciate the info. Around here (Mid-Michigan) everyone goes to Silver Lake, MI. I'll have to investigate a little more on what to expect there. I see this question a lot on here, but I'll ask your opinion, What type of tires up front? The main types seem to be smooth or mohawks, do these tires pull in 4wd? Thanks again.
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Cool, thanks for the reply. do you think putting paddles on w/ a stock clutch is asking for trouble? I have a couple hundred hours on my machine, a lot of that is low speed "puttsing" around. Replaced the belt last fall w/ an "exteme duty" one. Are there many belt options out there? when I was looking then there didn't seem to be. Thanks again.
Every hp engine builder I have talked to says the best belt you can run is the stock Kawi belt, they say you get better service out of the stock belt even on very high hp engines, you gain the performance from clutch kits or clutch mods.

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Big daddy is right, it's hard to beat the kawi belt. As for clutching a good dune setup sucks for puttering around. Can be lurchy. I run my stock fronts because I like having the knobs when I bury it, helps get me out. I say go stock once and see how you like it before making blind mods just off advice

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The first time I went to the dunes all I did was drop the air pressure in all the tires to about 8 pounds and had a blast. the stock tires did fine but, now I have a set of paddles and it makes a huge difference.Remember momentum is your friend and plan ahead when your duning. My 08 only has a Dynatek ignition and I still have the original belt with a little over 900 miles on it and no clutch work at all and it still grabs hard. Try it stock once, then spend your money. It's all fun
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Thanks for the reply, this is exactly what I was looking for, I figured it would handle the sand as long as a little common sense is applied, but your first hand expirience really helps.
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Big daddy is right, it's hard to beat the kawi belt. As for clutching a good dune setup sucks for puttering around. Can be lurchy. I run my stock fronts because I like having the knobs when I bury it, helps get me out. I say go stock once and see how you like it before making blind mods just off advice
Seems like excellent advice to me. Since I do most of my riding in woodland trails I'll probably steer clear of any dune type clutch set-up. I like my low and midrange performance. It still sounds like I can have some fun out in the sand with a little common sense. I don't plan on any clutch work until I need it anyway. thanks again for the reply.
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