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i use three or four sand bags
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I was under the impression that my 2008 XLT 4cyl could not be purchased with a limited slip axle, but when I burned out yesterday (just to see if it could) it left two tire tracks. That makes me feel better about the bad weather coming.
Just spinning both tires doesn't mean you have l/s. Both tired could have had no traction and that's why the both spun. I can spin all four tires when in 4wd but I have an open front diff and a weak l/s in the back. Check the axle code on the sticker in the door jamb.
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Tires. Weight is great but having good tires helps a lot. Tires that are siped to clear water and grab traction, keeping the thread open/clean to keep cutting into the snow.. Its the best and most important part of driving in bad conditions.

Weight is good, but you need to have that weight get a bite and keep you moving or stopping.
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All good ideas, and a FULL (expensive) tank of gas .....also have been in the Ranger much longer than expected due to other peoples driving and traffic....
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As mentioned above, the safest thing is to have an open differential during snow; that way one tire may spin, but you wont veer out and fishtail side to side; so unlock em' if you got em';

Weight helps, but skinny tires help better; you have to offset wide tires with more weigh tto get them to cut down; unless your running mud tires in slushy conditions, each lug has more room to get down and stick to the road if you have siping to give you the stick.


Then watch your driving habits; sticking some long tube sandbags helps; but when your approaching a stop and you think weight helps in stopping.. youd be wrong; act early, very early.. and you'll be alright :-)
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What are your guys opinions and experiences with MTs in the winter snow and ice?
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I dont add any weight to my truck for the winter, what is bad here after it snows its really cold out so after people drive on it for awhile it turns into ice. I usually just put it in 4WD when it snow cause im lazy and just stomp on the gas peddle and dont want to just sit there spinning all day
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What are your guys opinions and experiences with MTs in the winter snow and ice?
Mud Terrains wont do good in compact snow or ice but they will work fine in deeper snow. If you ever looked at winter tires they are a soft coumpound and have a fine tread design, the snow that is stuck in the tread actually provides traction to the snow on the ground. Sipping really helps on snow and ice, something most mud terrains lack.

Edit: I don't put any wheight in the bed because I find 4wd is good enough with all terrain tires. If the roads are slippery I keep it in 4wd because it doesnt seem to want to spin out as easily, and if you cant stop in time on a slippery road it gives you a chance to manuver around that obstacle.

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Mud Terrains wont do good in compact snow or ice but they will work fine in deeper snow. If you ever looked at winter tires they are a soft coumpound and have a fine tread design, the snow that is stuck in the tread actually provides traction to the snow on the ground. Sipping really helps on snow and ice, something most mud terrains lack.

Edit: I don't put any wheight in the bed because I find 4wd is good enough with all terrain tires. If the roads are slippery I keep it in 4wd because it doesnt seem to want to spin out as easily, and if you cant stop in time on a slippery road it gives you a chance to manuver around that obstacle.
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I have been waiting for years to say this!!!!!!!
Feels good to say it now doesn't it?

I don't use 4x4 until I have to, usually when I spin at stop lights/signs. Then I just throw her in 4x4.
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I have been waiting for years to say this!!!!!!!
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i got u beat...no electric whodankus..lol

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but usually i got my sled in the back, an extra almost 500lbs never hurts lol
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Sand sucks. I use 4 x 50lb bags of 1/2" gravel. When your stuck, the gravel gets you better traction that sand when you sprinkle it over the ice/snow.

I got new bfg's t/a's, but when your stuck, the gravel does help. I had to go back and buy more bags more than once last winter cause I used them when stuck.
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i got u beat...no electric whodankus..lol



but usually i got my sled in the back, an extra almost 500lbs never hurts lol
You *****... showin it off huh!? lol

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Sand sucks. I use 4 x 50lb bags of 1/2" gravel. When your stuck, the gravel gets you better traction that sand when you sprinkle it over the ice/snow.

I got new bfg's t/a's, but when your stuck, the gravel does help. I had to go back and buy more bags more than once last winter cause I used them when stuck.
Depends what you're stuck in/on. Snow.. yeah gravel is your best bet. WHen you're stuck on ice though... the sand is perfect. One time I slid off my driveway before work, and I had one wheel in the snow and one wheel on the icy driveway. I dug and dug the snow out from the truck, but my Passenger's side was still spinning on the icy driveway. Finally I sliced open one of them sandbags, threw 2 shovel fulls onto the ice and drove away.
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I was thinking the same thing. I cry a little inside everytime I see it, cause I didn't get one.
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Same here. Every now and then I'm tempted to go talk about trading my 01 for the 02 fx4 or 03 lvl 2, but I'd only do it if they'd let me swap my mods over too (DOUBT IT haha)
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I put about 300 lbs of concrete blocks in the back of mine. Works good until your wheels lock up even when you are pumping them because you don't have 4 wheel ABS.
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i got u beat...no electric whodankus..lol



but usually i got my sled in the back, an extra almost 500lbs never hurts lol
glad my interior is cleaner then that lol
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I put about 300 lbs of concrete blocks in the back of mine. Works good until your wheels lock up even when you are pumping them because you don't have 4 wheel ABS.
Yea.h. you should -always- disable ABS for winter.. it has nearly killed me time and tiem again.. nothing like trying to slow down before asharp corner.. only to "jerk jerk jerk jerk jerk" feeling the ABS lock up because your "losing traction".. doesnt feel all too pretty at all.
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Just spinning both tires doesn't mean you have l/s. Both tired could have had no traction and that's why the both spun. I can spin all four tires when in 4wd but I have an open front diff and a weak l/s in the back. Check the axle code on the sticker in the door jamb.
Axle code is 87 and I'm assuming that it will mean that I probably got what I ordered, 4.10 without limited slip. I'm just not used to seeing both rear tires spin without limited slip - I know that the 2002 Ranger that I drove until my truck came in had slick rear tires and it only spun the right rear tire when I gave it too much throttle.
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The best thing for snow though is an open differential.
So true, I got stuck last year because of my Lock-Right.

Not to mention it was scary trying to drive straight down the main roads haha, the rearend always wanted to kick out.


Just go out and get some sandbags, I really like the idea that malydeen posted, I'm going to be building something like that soon.
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