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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.
NO! What a fuking death trap, you NEVER use blocks.

Lets hope you don't get in an accident, I would hate for one of those blocks to fly out and kill someone or come flying through your back window.

Think about it.

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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.
Yeah then when the wheels just lock up (the abs prevents this) you spin out and hit a tree or something else.

FAIL!
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first year i had my truck i had BFG long trails.....BALD so i had to use sandbags....now i have A/T tires and i dont put anything in the bed.....i, like most other people who posted, like to slide around corners....especially rotaries :-)
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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.
It is always fun when you are going 20, hit the brakes, and you just keep sliding right through the intersection. He have alot ot those places at home where not matter what you are going to slide.
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NO! What a fuking death trap, you NEVER use blocks.

Lets hope you don't get in an accident, I would hate for one of those blocks to fly out and kill someone or come flying through your back window.

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Yeah then when the wheels just lock up (the abs prevents this) you spin out and hit a tree or something else.

FAIL!
Thats why I have my tonneau cover down.
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Thats why I have my tonneau cover down.
A soft tonneau cover isn't going to do much at all, go stand on it and see how it holds up.

Bricks/Blocks are not safe, spend the money and get a few sandbags.
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Actually, I have stood on top of the tonneau cover on one of the bars. How about i use my free concrete blocks? So, you are telling me that a bag of sand will not go through glass but a concrete block will?
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A sandbag will most likely split open if it was to hit something.


Do some research before you get on the soap box and think you know everything.

Or how about this, go punch a sandbag, then go punch a brick.
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A sandbag will most likely split open if it was to hit something.


Do some research before you get on the soap box and think you know everything.

Or how about this, go punch a sandbag, then go punch a brick.
So, you are telling me that if I am cruising 55 down the raod and I get hit that a bag of sand will NOT go through the rear glass of the ranger? Wow, and you are telling me about knowing everything.

Lets shoot a bag of sand at your head and then a concrete block. I think either way your neck is broken. Thanks, have a nice day.
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In the wintertime I'd just fill the entire bed of my truck with snow and when it melted, I didn't need it anymore

And when I say entire bed, I mean entire bed, almost passed my rear window.
Isnt that a bad practice for your bed?
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Isnt that a bad practice for your bed?
I think if you have a liner in your are ok. If you filling the bed with snow, i think it would be a really bad idea to get some that has like the salt stuff in it.
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Nothing... haha... I used to put sand in it but it wasn't really doing anything for me so I stopped... I'll probably go back to sand this year though 'cause I don't like the way this truck handles in adverse weather conditions.... also there's this 3-way switch on my dash... I love it

Malydeen I love your contraption! I may try to copy you...
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L/S's are fine in the snow..

Get your foot out of the skinny pedal and the rear end comes right back in line... try it (see if im lieing)

gravel bags aren't a bad idea, I would never put a bag of something that helped promote rust (salt)..

Kitty litter in plastic bags are a good idea too, works as a good traction aid..

full set of tire chains weighs close to 50lbs. I kept those in the truck in Colorado every winter. only really needed them in the high country cutting fresh trails..

snow shovel, bag of cold weather gear in the back of the cab... Tow strap's D rings that type stuff..

Full tank of fuel isn't a bad idea either...
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1. 4wd only helps take off. It's useless at speed, and aint gona help ya stop.

2. Driver is 90% of it.

3. Add weight to your bed and see how well you can steer.

4. Mash the gas in 4wd on ice and you'll spin all four wheels.

5. Ditch the stock tires and get a set of 12.50+ a/t's m/t's

6. Use the snow covered lanes instead of the snow packed lanes. You get better tracion on the loose stuff than the stuff everyone packed down.

7. As already said drive like a white boy. Know your skill level/limits and stay within 'em.

8. never get confident, it'll bit ya in da butt. I had buddy never driven on dirt before but knew the way to where we were going, He go cocky and tried to keep up with me and wraped a beautiful '88 chevy stepside around a big 'ole grandady oak.
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Practice somewhere where you can lose traction without danger. (Mall parking lot?) Once you know how to recover quickly, just be careful! The practice is for when the unexpected occurs. When starting out on a slick surface, cautiously test till you find the limit & adjust your driving style accordingly.

Good luck!
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If you start sliding just point the tires in the direction you want to go and let off the gas, but dont brake.
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So, you are telling me that if I am cruising 55 down the raod and I get hit that a bag of sand will NOT go through the rear glass of the ranger? Wow, and you are telling me about knowing everything.

Lets shoot a bag of sand at your head and then a concrete block. I think either way your neck is broken. Thanks, have a nice day.
Yes, they showed this on mythbusters J.A
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You young guys.... don't you know that *FORD* has built in a "feature" to aid in take off traction?

Put your truck in 2nd gear if it's slippery. (both autos and manual tranny)

Look it up.. read your owners manual. It's been that way for over 30yrs on most all rwd fords.


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You young guys.... don't you know that *FORD* has built in a "feature" to aid in take off traction?

Put your truck in 2nd gear if it's slippery. (both autos and manual tranny)

Look it up.. read your owners manual. It's been that way for over 30yrs on most all rwd fords.


Rich
Who reads the owner's manual now a day? LOL

I knew about that but I have stick and 4wd so if there are traction problems then 4wd it it.
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Snagged it of the web
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Hmm... short wheelbase.... bald tires.....
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personally i use a suretrax water bladder. its great, has baffles built right in so the water doesnt slosh around when its not frozen, and when it is frozen its a nice weight that you can put a pice of plywood on and still have a useable bed you can load up to 500 lbs per square foot on mine. it fills up with a garden hose and has eyelits on it so you can tie it down.
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You young guys.... don't you know that *FORD* has built in a "feature" to aid in take off traction?

Put your truck in 2nd gear if it's slippery. (both autos and manual tranny)

Look it up.. read your owners manual. It's been that way for over 30yrs on most all rwd fords.


Rich

so if this why when i tried to launch my grams mariner in drive it didn't take off but when i put it in 1st it took off like hell then shifted it threw the gears?
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so if this why when i tried to launch my grams mariner in drive it didn't take off but when i put it in 1st it took off like hell then shifted it threw the gears?

The whole point of of starting off in second gear is to *reduce* the TQ going to the tires. If your spinning tires.. your putting too much TQ down. And in slippery conditions it's often times very hard to put just the right amount of power down.

Also, once you do start to move often times you'll need to spin the tires at a controlled rate to keep the treads clean. Doing that in 1st gear is not easy. Doing it in 2nd is easier.

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I always start out in second when it is slippery out.

Show me the video of Mythbusters.
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