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Old 11-08-2007
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Winter driving: RWD guys, need weight?

spotted this the other day...seems like a good solution to the sandbags or salt bags i was going to use to add weight in my RWD...it's getting to be snowtime around here in PA, was 25 deg F last night.

and its $9.99

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im really considering getting that, my sand bag broke open last year and it sucked
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whats the worst that can happen...it leaks, and you leave a puddle when you accelerate?

LOL!
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Make sure you tie that sucker down good. Otherwise it'll be like having a block of ice sitting in your bed.

I notice that it's on clearance and there are are a total of zero reviews. Hmmm....
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Over time it sitting out in the sun won't be good either.

Personally I'd use salt bags. If you own a home, it's something you'll spend money on anyway. So it's basicly a free way of adding traction.

You can also, carry a chain, keep the gas tank filled, lower tire pressure to 30psi, start off in 2nd gear, and in a pinch you can fill the bed with snow.

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I always use 4 75 pound sand bags, they work well for me...
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how much is shipping?

if shipping is anywhere near $5, an alternative would be to go down to your local hardware store where you can find "quickcrete" 60lb tube sand bags for $5 each...$15 later and you'll have nearly double the weight at the same price

if you're trying to find out how to prepare for snow, I also recommend that you get good tires, go out to an empty parking lot away from people/hazards, and just practice how to drive in the snow. smart driving might help more than a 100lb icebag

here's a thread with pictures of what I did with sandbags:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=32827

frankly, I wouldn't do it again...the sandbags turn into icebags when it's cold enough, and if it snows a lot, the bed fills up with snow anyways, lol
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with that water filled thing...you are only adding 100lbs. I've got an open diff, 4.10, and 32s.....I find the magic number being 3 60lb tubes from the home depot. But i havn't added any weight for probably 2 winters.
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to be honest i havent used any weight for 2 years havent had an issue...

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not all of us are world class drivers .

this is what i did, installed a front axle.
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here is the thing about a bladder style weight adder, they can control your vehicle....if you have to make a sudden change in direction the water sloshing will pull you the way the water goes........water bladders like that can be extremely dangerous...
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add about 200lbs and you will be good.

since i am 4wd i dont add weight at all, but i might this year.
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here is the thing about a bladder style weight adder, they can control your vehicle....if you have to make a sudden change in direction the water sloshing will pull you the way the water goes........water bladders like that can be extremely dangerous...


If you keep it out in the truck long enough for the bladder to freeze you shouldnt have a problem with it.. but that definatly is a big issue.. its hazardous especially going around sharp corners, and doing anythign that might cause a sudden 'slosh jolt' to the side, pulling the tires with its 100 lb weight.
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