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how much snow is enough for 4x4?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jplagg, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. jplagg

    jplagg Registered Member

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    We just got our first snow here in MI, and the roads were nicely covered with snow. i was wondering how much snow/ice or how bad the roads are before its ok to switch into 4 wheel drive.

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    I live in maine and snow is a regular thing. I usually drive right in 2 wheel drive but have my front hubs locked. If there is snow over 4 or so inches un plowed I'll run it in 4wd. But if it's just a little snow or something I run it in 2wd with hubs locked ready for quick 4wd shifting. Hope this helps.
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  3. jplagg

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    yeah - thanks, remembered to lock em before i left this morning, but didnt use it though, wasnt sure if i could &lt;L&gt;

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    If your consistantly on snow packed roads, it would be O.K. to use 4wd all the time or as needed. The tires would slip enuff to keep from binding up the drive-train. Around here, in Ut. the high-ways are keept pretty clean and dry, but the side-roads are another story. I sometimes have to use 4WD to get in to and out of my iced over drive-way, from there it's smooth-sailing. So I usualy pull over and un-lock the hubs to keep the vibes down and gas milege up.

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    On really heavy snow mornings, I'll drive in 2WD until I start sliding all over the place, then get out and switch to 4WD (old fashioned manual hubs, just my style too).

    Of course most of the rural roads in Colorado are crowned, so sliding off the road can happen in even slightly icey conditions. But you gotta love it................

    In heavy traffic, up winding and slick roads, I'll switch into 4WD right away, rather than slide into some little ricer and ruin both his day and mine (his day as his car will be wrecked, and my day as I'll HAVE to deal with the pohleece yet again)............


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    Here in AK we've had snow for ages now. I put my Blazer in 4Hi at the end of September and will not take it out of 4Hi til probably April/May. I also have studs on..

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    you can run in 4wdr on any road surface, your tires will scrub off before anything will be hurt.
     
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    wow! snow?! I am looking out the window at completely DRY pavement. ;) Good time to go out and work on the truck!

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    Snow what that?, is it kinda like a whole lot of cowsh*t spread all over everything? As far as running 4wd yeah everytime I unload the Knight off the trailer, come to think about I haven't taken it out of 4wd in about 1 1/2 years lol.

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    with that short wheel base as soon as the snow starts sticking on the roads here it is in 4WD...

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    Can you send some snow our way? We just had a plain Christmas, and Im wishing we had some snow to play in.
     
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    what I'd like to send your way is the cold! [​IMG]

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    I can take the cold as long as the snow comes with it. What part of the country are you in?
     
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    Wyoming... SW corner (if you made a rectangle out of Utah I'd be in Utah)

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