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Winter is coming ???

OK so my 2X4 Friends what is the magic number in Weight we are talking about i have a set of rather decent Winter tires ( non studed thats why i say Rather decent) 15's nothing big but good **** im looking to put like 200LBS i live on a steep grade hill that turns into a sheet of ICE once plowed so i wnat the best traction if it was just my life i wouldnt care but its my wife and kids too so any help would be great!
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I don't know if you'll get a "magic" number you're looking for, but when I was in KS, I found 300# worked well for general, plowed snow driving in my 2wd. Out in the country, I'd load up 500+ pounds in big storms to get through unplowed roads.

Mind you this was in KS where we didn't get that much snow compared to some, but there always seemed to be a fair amount of ice too.
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OK so my 2X4 Friends what is the magic number in Weight we are talking about i have a set of rather decent Winter tires ( non studed thats why i say Rather decent) 15's nothing big but good **** im looking to put like 200LBS i live on a steep grade hill that turns into a sheet of ICE once plowed so i wnat the best traction if it was just my life i wouldnt care but its my wife and kids too so any help would be great!


Well, couple things:

Make sure instead of sand... get yourself some Salt bags, and carry alot of it too.. or get yoruself about 50 lbs worth of salt, and another 300 lbs worth of sand securly attached to the vehicle. If you are working on a hill going up that ice, make sure you drop some salt down it from time to time and make sure it doesnt ice up.. I can tell you from experience, even with a 4x4 and winter tires, Ice is impossible to go up unless its pre-prepared

Other then that, skinnier tires are your friend, good traction is a must, perhaps think about Siping the tires if they arent. That would require you to get a new set of sumemr tires if you go that route, so you dont wear the winter ones out too quickly. And carry a shovel, all that winter fun gear.. you should be good after that!
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OK so my 2X4
so you drive around a board?
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Haha, were supposed to be getting some snow tomorrow!
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i use two 60lb sand bags and an educated foot and im fine in the winter...
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OK so my 2X4 Friends what is the magic number in Weight we are talking about
I guess the weight would depend on how long you cut the 2x4...



last winter i had 260 lbs (3 70lb sand bags and 50 lbs of salt), along with a good set of winter tires and i really didnt have any problems. the weight wont really matter that much if its an icy hill though, the only thing for that is something on the ice to give you traction.
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I used to keep 210 lbs in the back and I had snow tires that I put on, but only the rears, never got around to buying the fronts. Once I was going I didnt get stuck too often. That was with the 4.0 and a 5 speed too.

With this truck I dont put anything in back, I just turn the magic **** and Im happy. Bring on the snow!
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HAHA I love the jokes about lumber. Lol next time say 4x2 instead of 2x4 cause if you didn't notice a 2x4 is a piece of lumber lol.
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When I had my 4x2 (not 2x4 those lumber jokes are pretty funny) ranger I has two 70lb sand bags over each wheel so 280lbs extra weight and I had no problems at all. With my 4x4 ranger i am going to go with a 70lb over each wheel and keep on my heavy *** tonneau cover. I think ill be fine.
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so your friend has wood and you're putting 200lbs on it?

what sort of kinky $hit are you guys into? that's messed up
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alright 4X2 is that better haha
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if you got an old junk snowmobile laying around, those work great! and have a big bag of salt to!
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