Honda CRV Sports

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Honda CRV Sports

Unread post by debdaz » January 6th, 2010, 4:12 pm

Hi folks just wondering if is an advisable thing to take one of these onto the beach.Just my son has just bought one and I wanted to take him down to Stockton for a run and introduce him to the great off road experience.I just dont know enough about these vehicles.It has no hii or low range just constant 4x4 so to speak.Would it be worth letting down the tyres and try it or would it be a tow every few minutes.
Just curious.any info would be greatly received.
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Unread post by Peter Aawen » January 6th, 2010, 4:25 pm

While it has been done, and I'm sure there are people who post on here who have done it, I wouldn't be recommending it as a regular thing!! Certainly don't ever let him take his CRV onto Stockton Beach without an accompanying escort/tow vehicle for the inevitable 'failure to proceed' incidents!! So make sure there are good towing points at each end (don't try to snatch off the stock eyes under the front, they are just tie downs!) Other things to watch out for are massively increased fuel consumption, overheating, and underbody/sill/plastic 'bash plate' damage. If I remember rightly, the 'on demand AWD' system that those things run relies on wheelspin at the front end to transfer drive to the rear wheels, so a reasonably heavy right foot is essential to get drive to both ends, but the wheelspin itself is not all that good for traction on sand or to do anything except dig the vehicle part way to China.

But still, with tyre pressures lowered and some care plus an escort/tow vehicle, then taking a CRV onto Stockton beach will be a good experience for him & it'll probly make the 4WD bug bite...... probly even hard enough to convince him that he's bought the wrong vehicle! ;)

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Unread post by GeorgeL » January 6th, 2010, 9:12 pm

Ditto Pete's comments.

We were there a couple of weeks ago and noticed a CRV (new shape) on the beach, so it must be possible.

Drop the pressures and ensure that you have recovery equipment (MaxTrax?). A snatch strap will be next to useless as the CRV doesn't have rated recovery points, only tie downs.

The re-active 'real-time' 4x4 system is a little slow to kick in and WILL switch off if it gets too hot/overused. I also believe that there is no way to switch of the traction control so this might cause some trouble in the soft stuff.

Hope this is of assistance.

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Unread post by Mupersan-1 » May 5th, 2010, 5:36 pm

I have a CRV Sport and am very nervous to take it on the beach. Normal off road is fine and a bit of bush whacking is also fine. Remember that these types of vehicles are road vehicles with off road capabilities. On Sand you might find that the suspension acts more like a shovel than suspension.
I have already started lloking at decent 4x4 vehicles and have my eye on The Navara 4x4. This is still far off though, so I have been having a really good look at the Suzuki Jimny, It runs more of a 4x3 configuration as it does not have a rear locking Diff, but is light and has pretty good clearance. Its quite playful on the beach.

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Unread post by Mupersan-1 » May 5th, 2010, 5:39 pm

Question. I feel and have measured that my CRV rear suspension is lower than most others. I have chatted to a Honda dealer who assures me that this is within manufacturer Specs. I do not agree, is there some way of raising the suspension, by about 4cm.

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Unread post by Pmc » June 29th, 2010, 1:29 am

GeorgeL wrote:Ditto Pete's comments.

We were there a couple of weeks ago and noticed a CRV (new shape) on the beach, so it must be possible.


The re-active 'real-time' 4x4 system is a little slow to kick in and WILL switch off if it gets too hot/overused. I also believe that there is no way to switch of the traction control so this might cause some trouble in the soft stuff.

mate i work for honda in perth, the VSA button on the lower right side of the dash near the mirror adjustments. if you hold that for 2 seconds it will turn off the stability and traction control off.

honda took some of the sale people on a training day in the new shape crv up to the dunes north of perth apparently they went alright. but wasnt there so dont know for sure.
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Re: Honda CRV Sports

Unread post by heath.s » August 5th, 2011, 1:12 am

i havent taken my crv up stockton yet but have been up sugarloaf and the watagans a few times, not bad if you're careful and depending on what year it is the on demand 4wd system is different, the pre '05 is alot slower to activate, from what i've found they use a hydraulic system which when the front wheels are rotating faster than the rear the system builds pressure which once it reaches a certain pressure opens a valve which then starts to drive the rear wheels, so in theory (i havent found any info on this) once the front and rear wheels are rotating at the same speed again it would then revert to front wheel drive only........i did find on an american crv forum a replacement valve for the transfer case to make it permanent awd
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Re: Honda CRV Sports

Unread post by prawns » August 5th, 2011, 8:22 am

interesting test with a few different vehicles and their auto 4wd systems (CRV is first up)
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