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Old 11-27-2006
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who has the WORST winter setup?

It seems like everyone here has either:
-no winter
-4x4
-BFG all-terrains, or other kickass tires
-limited slip, 5 speed
-a winch
-15,00000000 snow accessories/heated seats/tools/weight setups


I read through the old thread that was recently bumped and almost feel bad. I think I have the WORST of all possible scenarios:

-the truck's 15 years old
-it has an automatic transmission
-NO limited slip
-2wd (or should I say 1wd?)
-regular cab (weight distribution)
-winter tires are Firestone Wilderness all-terrains (can't afford bfg's yet)

In any case, this isn't a "sand in my vag" thread...I'm a well-connected driver to my vehicle, and with sand in the back, I believe I can handle myself.

But can anyone top that?

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honistly my Splash was the worst damn set up ever for winter one reason why i sold it.. it was low, i had BFG T/A radials on the stock rims which SUCK *** in anything but dry weather it had no L/S it was also reg cab short bed flare side 4.0L auto... i mean come on TONS of power in a tiny truck all i did was wheel spin everywhere... dry pavement nail it in 2nd gear and would nock it lose... i would kill my self if i drove that in snow lol...

my XLT on the other hand gets threw the snow like nothing is there...
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Old 11-28-2006
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Im prob have the worst setup on the site for winter..

Dropped 5/6, regular tires and one wheel peel. But I have sandbags in the back and Ive never gotten stuck and the truck drives in snow as it did when it was stock just have to know how to drive a 2wd truck in snow with common sense and not a heavy foot.

Also back in the day when my truck was stock height I had the same tires you have the firestone wilderness at's and they did perfect in the snow I dont know why your worried and I had the same size 235/75/15
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I don't have snow. Hell, it's going to be 80 degrees tomorrow.
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I don't have snow. Hell, it's going to be 80 degrees tomorrow.
You just shut the hell up Mister.
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my old 1985 had 14 inch tiny car tires, 2wd, was a 2.0 and had absoulutly no weight for any traction in the snow. my current truck though, looks forward to finding snow to play in.
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I have no engine, a blown clutch/master cylinder, burnt alternator, and tranny syncros are next to non-existant. Does that count?
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well im travelin up north for christmas..ive got mud tires..no LS..i do have 4wd and an extended cab truck..no weight goin up but comin back ill have bout 350 pounds back there
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well im travelin up north for christmas..ive got mud tires..no LS..i do have 4wd and an extended cab truck..no weight goin up but comin back ill have bout 350 pounds back there
What are you gettin?!
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a 2wd truck with an open rear arnt to horrible with some weight in the back, i know this cause last winter my 4wd wasnt availible, i really couldnt complain cause i could stop and go in about 1 ft of snow without to much trouble...........
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i have performance all season tires on 2wd.... with limited slip
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LS isnt that great if you only have 2wd. if you have LS and 2wd you fish tail all over.

4x4 is the nicest but it never freaking snows anyway.

your setup isnt all that bad, i had a similar setup before this truck
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The only time i use 4x4 in the snow is to get out of my driveway lol
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yea last thing i have to worry about is snow!
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LS isnt that great if you only have 2wd. if you have LS and 2wd you fish tail all over.
negative there ghost rider... i never have a problem at all and dont slide everywhere...
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LS isnt that great if you only have 2wd. if you have LS and 2wd you fish tail all over.

4x4 is the nicest but it never freaking snows anyway.

your setup isnt all that bad, i had a similar setup before this truck
2WD L/S on Icy roads = Dangerous! The worse car I ever drove in winter was a 1983 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon with a Posi. I had Very little control over that car. If it was slippery I wouldn't hardly get above 20. One touch of the steering wheel and you'd lose it.

It actually makes sense when you think about it. With L/S if one wheel starts to slip the so does the other one and the vehicle starts to drive around itself. With an open diff, one wheel slips, the other will hold the track. You will lose momentum, but not control.

My 01 Ranger was an open diff and I would Rarely have it in 4x4 when it was snowing, My Level II was ALWAYS in 4x4 when it was snowing or it would try and drive around itself.

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2WD L/S on Icy roads = Dangerous! ~HJ
once agian driven my truck 2 years now in the snow with L/S and BFG's with NO 100% NO weight in the back besides my spare tire all the way up by the cab.... i have 100% NO problems driving on ice or snow...
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once agian driven my truck 2 years now in the snow with L/S and BFG's with NO 100% NO weight in the back besides my spare tire all the way up by the cab.... i have 100% NO problems driving on ice or snow...
Just going on my experiance. IMO L/S is Dangerous on Icy roads. Best winter Vehicle I've ever owned that wasn't a 4x4 was my Blue 92 Roadmaster with an open diff. I went through Hell and back in that car and never lost control or got stuck. No weight in the trunk either. We'll see if this one is just as good.

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i have 100% NO problems driving on ice...

thats amazing
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thats amazing
what i mean is he says its dangerous its no different then having an open diff... you slide eather way...
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what i mean is he says its dangerous its no different then having an open diff... you slide eather way...
But you are less likely to slide if one wheel isn't spinning and holds the track. If both wheels break lose the vehicle will try and drive around itself. It is more likely a L/S vehicle will break both wheels loose.

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But you are less likely to slide if one wheel isn't spinning and holds the track. If both wheels break lose the vehicle will try and drive around itself. It is more likely a L/S vehicle will break both wheels loose.

~HJ
i have yet to have this problem, but also if you feel it starting to spin, bog the motor down by up shifting you still get traction and dont go ZING flying around yourself... and i also got my truck to do what you sayed even without a L/S, personally its all in how you drive if you are a flat footed tromper then ya i bet you will have problems, but then agian you will in snow anyways if you drive like that.. if you are well aware what your L/S could do to you, and you drive accordingly you will be fine, if not you will end up in a ditch...

what i am trying to say is i can drive all winter and have no problems you guys are discribing with a 2wd L/S short wheel base. so it amazes me why you guys keep preaching it, i bet if you drive like Jeff gordon all the time you will have problems, but i dont... so idk what everyone elses problem is with it.. hell L/S with my truck has HELPED way more then an open diff in the winter i can get around 5000000x better then before, i had all kinda issues driving in the winter with an open diff, taking off was one problem even bogging down in 2nd gear that one tire just always broke loose now with L/S put it in 2nd and take off like its dry pavement.....another was subdivisions that where unpaved and very rutty, my open diff would just wonder around and wouldnt get me threw it if i hit a rut the wrong way BAM it was stuck cause it would put all the power to the spinning wheel now i can drive threw those same roads with ease
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Look I know how to drive too. But the question was what is the worse setup for winter, and IMO it is a 2WD limited slip. I have never been stuck or lost control in anything ever in the ten winters I have been driving in. but That is not the question. Maybe I could ride a unicycle in a Foot of snow, but that doesn't make it better.

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But you are less likely to slide if one wheel isn't spinning and holds the track. If both wheels break lose the vehicle will try and drive around itself. It is more likely a L/S vehicle will break both wheels loose.

~HJ

i completely agree HJ....

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Zach i have had both and let me tell you, and open diff is better for strictly trying to drive in the snow like a normal driver.

my old ranger was like yours, but it was open diff, i could go just about where ever i wanted to and had not issues with it sliding around.

my current truck in 2wd with slick roads is about a waste of time, it goes from one side to the other and the other again and taking corners is about the worst. 4wd is my friend on my 03.
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