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Old 02-18-2007
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A little curious as to how it would do in the snow, I tried it out on a snow covered smoothly paved hill with about 8 inches of untracked snow. I locked in 4 high and started up the hill to make it about 25 feet before I got excessive wheel hop in the front end that cause me to have to shut it down before anything was damaged! The same result again and again, even going as slow as I could in 4 low. Could not go up the hill, UNTIL, I put it in 2wd and hammered the gas shifted into 2nd gear, and flew right up over....Backed down and tried the same in 4 high.....Wheel hop and shut down early again. I guess I liked my past Rangers because most of them were 2 wheel drives......I don't mind if it spins to a stop in 4wd, but to have so much wheel hop that you have to shut down? Why have 4wd at all?
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My 2005 has intermittent front wheel hop also. It happens from a dead stop in 1st gear and low range. Something binds, but I don't know what it is, but it's pretty violent. Seems like it was the right front.

It happened to me climbing the the big dune at Ocotillo (deep sand), and other occasions.

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my 4wd has been great so far . I have charged snow up to the bumper till i was unable to go forward with no wheel hop...sounds like something is wrong
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Never hopped once with 33s???
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seen this before...

I'm no expert in Ford Rangers by any means. I remember years ago when I was younger an older friend having a problem similar to this but not identical in his f-250. If I remember right it was a problem with the locking hubs. Could the eletrical mechanism that locks the hubs being causing an intermitent engagement problem. I once encountered a problem on a much larger truck where the air line that locked the power divider on the axle was getting pinched every time the truck bounced. Every time you hit some bumps with it locked on it would do some crazy bouncing stuff in the sand. Just an idea....could there be any merit to it?

Ryan

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Old 02-21-2007
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why is this wheel hop any different than a front wheel drive car that slams the gas, burns the tires and can't get good traction? Wheel hop happens there and there are no mechanical problems, just lack of traction. In these situations with 4wd it sounds like the same thing.
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Old 02-21-2007
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when he is stuck....

let me do the math for ya:

stuck = no traction = no go
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I just wanted to update my old thread. I was back at that hill, and I was WRONG....There was gravel nearly 8 inches deep under that snow I was in....No wonder it was hopping!!!!!! My bad!! Sorry.
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HA HA HA!!! 4 pages and 6 months later the truth is revealed!
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LOL...

Well from an engineers perspective.. any vibration or oscillation **starts** at a frequency. To avoid this in the future just change the frequency and the hop won't start to begin with. Lower or raise tire pressures, stiffen the suspension, change angle of attack, add dampening effects like shocks and/or stiffer end links, ect... Generally the stiffer the whole suspension/tire the higher the frequency required to set it off.

If this was a habitual problem I'd first suggest changing tire pressure. Next stiffer springs.

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I give you respect for bringing this up and admitting your fault.

I accept you appology
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mine cuts through snow like a hot knife through ice cream cake, never heard of that problem.
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i had the same thing, as did a firend of mine in a tacoma. wasent even deep snow but it was slushy, with ice under mushy junk.. and my tires got packed up reall good and no traction... both our trucks were hoppin around...

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mine cuts through snow like a hot knife through ice cream cake, never heard of that problem.
Mine cuts through snow like a chainsaw through a goose down pillow


Beat that.
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HA HA HA!!! 4 pages and 6 months later the truth is revealed!
I saw that I was wrong about the conditions, and wanted to clear the slate. Don't want to give these great trucks a bad wrap when my info was at fault.
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