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Old 12-04-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Anybody out there who owns an SUT...Sport Utility Truck. Got any advice on Winter driving? OD on or off. I have a 2001 Sport Trac with a 6" body lift and 33" tires...No, no 4x4, it's a cali truck...I know, go ahead and say it!

Does the 4 doors help at all with the fishtailing issue? Or do I still need to fill some salt bags in my rear end....that didn't sound right. You know what I mean!

But help would be great!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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Anybody out there who owns an SUT...Sport Utility Truck. Got any advice on Winter driving? OD on or off. I have a 2001 Sport Trac with a 6" body lift and 33" tires...No, no 4x4, it's a cali truck...I know, go ahead and say it!

Does the 4 doors help at all with the fishtailing issue? Or do I still need to fill some salt bags in my rear end....that didn't sound right. You know what I mean!

But help would be great!

Thanks in advance!
add as much weight as possable in the back. I had a 2wd truck and it was a major pain in the rear to drive during the winter months. Slow down, take your time, and stop early and you should be fine.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:16 PM
 
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Winter tires. Weight in back.

Seriously, why in the **** did you buy a 2 wheel drive gas guzzling piece of total **** and ask.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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Winter tires. Weight in back.

Seriously, why in the **** did you buy a 2 wheel drive gas guzzling piece of total **** and ask.
he came from Cali, where snow does not exist. no need for a 4wd in an area where you really are not going to face bad weather like we do here.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:35 AM
 
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Winter tires. Weight in back.

Seriously, why in the **** did you buy a 2 wheel drive gas guzzling piece of total **** and ask.
Let me guess, you are an environmentalist?
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Hawaii>SouthLakeTahoe>LA>Vegas>?
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Let me guess, you are an environmentalist?
I dont think hes an environmentalist, just someone who believes in practicality. Buying a truck without 4x4 is like buying a small car that doesnt get good gas mileage: whats the point?! Granted, 2wd gets slightly better mileage than an optional 4wd, and is fine for normal SoCal weather, so to each his own...

I'll stick with my Subaru Legacy; 25-30 mpg, ski and bike racks on top, and All-Wheel_drive suckas!
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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The number of doors ain't going to make any difference.
You can put as much salt, or sand, in your rear end as you can hold. If you have a 6 foot rear end that could be a lot of salt/sand. LOL
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I lived in Southern California for awhile and 2WD pickups and SUVs are MUCH more prevalent there than they are here or in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. In fact, I didn't even know many of the SUV models were available in 2WD at all until i lived in California.

With that said, I can identify with the person who started this thread, because I bought a 2WD pickup when I was in California, and at the time, I had no intention of leaving. Life changed, circumstances changed, and I received a job offer in Denver, and since it was my only vehicle, it came with me. I've since sold it, but it only ever got totally stuck on ice once, and that was in 2006 when we received like 25" of snow in two days, and quite frankly, everyone was having issues.

I'm being long-winded here, but I'd say try some sand bags and snow tires. It's not going to be perfect, but then again, I don't think ANY vehicle is perfect for driving on ice.

As far as being a gas guzzler, oh well. I drive a gas guzzler too (an impractical Jeep!) and what I spend on gas for it is my business.

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