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doin the snowy stuff

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 4x4machine, Mar 6, 2002.

  1. 4x4machine

    4x4machine Registered Member

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    Ok, up here in Alberta, I see alot of snow, and so does the old Blazer. What is the offroading key to deep snow, givin it hell or taking it easy and crawling though? Sorry kind of a dumb question, but this is all new to me.
     
  2. MOABDADC22

    MOABDADC22 1/2 ton status

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    Air down....as with nthing else, the bigger "footprint" you have, the more traction you have. This picture pretty much sums it up.
    200 pound man standing on approximately 1 square foot of snow.
    5000 pound Blazer "standing" on approximately 5-6 square feet (depending on tire size and psi)

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.bc4x4.com/includes/thumbclickviewer.cfm?imagepath=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebc4x4%2Ecom%2Ffv%2F2002%2Fhulk%2Fhulk%2D20%2Ejpg&amp;caption=It%20obviously%20floats%20better%20than%20I%20do%2E%20%20Now%20that%27s%20treading%20lightly%21&amp;title=Hulk%21&amp;sa=true>http://www.bc4x4.com/includes/thumbclickviewer.cfm?imagepath=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebc4x4%2Ecom%2Ffv%2F2002%2Fhulk%2Fhulk%2D20%2Ejpg&amp;caption=It%20obviously%20floats%20better%20than%20I%20do%2E%20%20Now%20that%27s%20treading%20lightly%21&amp;title=Hulk%21&amp;sa=true</a>
    Sometimes though, you just ahve to give her hell and hope you hit the dirt under the snow.
    If I am going to run a trali in the snow, I usually air down to 8-10 psi. Just my two cents worth.
     
  3. denver75k5

    denver75k5 1/2 ton status

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    I do a lot of the snowy stuff here in Colorado, everyone has their own way of doing things but what works for me is not to barrel into the snow, rather go into it untill you spin all 4 then back up a few feet and go forward again, it takes a while but it seems to work, also having a "siped" tire helps alot but nothing beats chains!! Also Ive learned (the hard way) to always stay in the center of the trail, those ditches can really fool you in deep snow.
    Hope that helped
    TJ....
     
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    BigBadCad 1/2 ton status

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    Slow and easy and as stated previously air way down if needed. Charging through the snow "10' tall and bullet proof" is an almost guarantee that you'll end up stuck in a ditch or rut.
     
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    the trouble with setting up for deep snow, huge wide aired down tires ultra low gearing,
    is that it makes the vehicle near undriveable for ice and lesser snow amounts.
    depends on tire size but prety much anything under a foot that a stock vehicle can handle becomes a serious challenge with wide tires.
    narrow and tall will work better in most situations short of glacier crossing 3+ foot deep
    why has noone mentioned aggressive tire chains?
    I love mine, it is amazing what they will do in deep snow
     

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