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ya know ALOT of people say add weight to the *** end, and thats it. something id like to make clear.... if your adding substantial weight to the bed, be sure to lock it down so it doesnt move. I rolled two super heavy steel bars into a piece of bed rug i had and set it next to my tailgate. which of course thru my headlights off a lil. well when the dealer readjusted my headlights, they took the roll off and left it on the shop floor. the problem with this is that the carpet had self molded itself to the contours of my bed and then froze in that position and then never moved. when they put it back on - still frozed, it didnt 'lock in' to the bed like i had it, and when i came to a stop a lil while later that thing FLEW forward slamming into the front and actually made my truck jump an extra 10ft forward or so... something to keep in mind.

also, with more weight = more stopping distance. something to consider and keep in mind at all times.
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^ Thanks on that tip. I've never used sandbags or anything, I guess i never will now. lol

Start saving up for some Replacement A/T tires. If these get you though the winter your lucky. But they are fun learning how to drift with those tires... Drift into a pole.
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Thanks for the help, I guess i'll wait and see how it goes. My main concern was being able to get to work safley. Its not far but have to go up a really steap mountain road to get there and the traction I get on wet roads is crap. even when I give it a little gas when pulling out im spining and going sideways.
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ya know ALOT of people say add weight to the *** end, and thats it. something id like to make clear.... if your adding substantial weight to the bed, be sure to lock it down so it doesnt move. I rolled two super heavy steel bars into a piece of bed rug i had and set it next to my tailgate. which of course thru my headlights off a lil. well when the dealer readjusted my headlights, they took the roll off and left it on the shop floor. the problem with this is that the carpet had self molded itself to the contours of my bed and then froze in that position and then never moved. when they put it back on - still frozed, it didnt 'lock in' to the bed like i had it, and when i came to a stop a lil while later that thing FLEW forward slamming into the front and actually made my truck jump an extra 10ft forward or so... something to keep in mind.

also, with more weight = more stopping distance. something to consider and keep in mind at all times.
thus why they make tube sand bags for the purpose, they dont move that easy and it wont hurt anything if it moves for some odd reason.

putting steel in the back of the truck you had it coming...
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I just date Fat chicks in the winter! No problem with traction!

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the steel bars are like 4insq by like a foot long, rolled up in a floor mat like u see at grocery stores, those mats with the red fibers and rubber backing... we have a few of those. i rolled the bars TIGHTLY into that, and then set it in my bed. when i park my truck outside, with the carpert still being 'soft' it molded itself to the bed, and then froze in that position LOCKING it to the bed and it WOULD NOT move. the dealer must had a hella of a time getting it off cause i tried and couldnt even budge it cause it was stuck there sincei t was frozen. so when the dealer finally put it back on, still frozen it no longer interlocked with the contours of my bed, and hence was just sitting there. this is why it slammed forward. not becuase i just layed the roll there, but cause the roll was frozen and was no longer in its original position which interlocked with the contours of my bed. - THAT was the dealers fault since i told them DO NOT TAKE THE ROLL OFF but they did
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RTS= Garbage....

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also, with more weight = more stopping distance. something to consider and keep in mind at all times.

That's not always true. If the weight is adding traction, it's reducing stopping distance. A fully loaded tractor trailer stops much sooner than an unloaded tractor trailer. There is a happy medium somewhere...and I'm sure adding 100 pounds of sand to your bed isn't going to reduce the stopping distance just yet.
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Didn't know that. I lust wish Michelin made a Good AT tire. THe LTX M/S is a great tire but it is a on road only tire.

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michclin makes a ltx a/t they are pricey about the same as a bfg at....I kinda like the kumho kl 78's myself..
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That's not always true. If the weight is adding traction, it's reducing stopping distance. A fully loaded tractor trailer stops much sooner than an unloaded tractor trailer. There is a happy medium somewhere...and I'm sure adding 100 pounds of sand to your bed isn't going to reduce the stopping distance just yet.
I found that out that hard way. A 50 mph speed limit, a wet road, a fast stoplight, and touchy brakes on a truck you haven't driven before. Nice way to start a jacknife, and almost hit a car due to not enough ground pressure on the the tires.

I experimented with puting weight behind, ontop of and against the bulk head. To me putting the weight up front worked just as good as on top of and way better than behind the axle. It also left the back part of the bed open if I wanted to put something in it without moving the rock hard sand bags.
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