This is my first trail-ride w/ this truck. It's as I bought it from the previous owner. I know it's not built for the trails, but I had to test it and find out how it did. It's was very hard to handle this thing in the snow with 14.5" wide non-siped tires and a locker. So I got stuck a few times: Trail buddy helping me air down a little more while I pose: Finally back on track: Tearing up a hill into a 3' deep snowbank: Where opening up that stroker and all of it's torque ripped my front driveshaft's rear yoke out of the transfer case: So this is how I spent the rest of the day: And a trail buddy REALLY stuck: Despite braking parts, being frozen, windburned and soaked, we still had some fun. Though, we probably won't do a winter trailride again. I like to be warm when I'm trailriding. The verdict on the truck as I bought it: I have a LOT of work to do to be trail ready. 1)The 12" lift and 3" body lift obviously made it very unstable. I never felt like I was going over, but it sure did make me uncomfortable on the side-hill situations. It might be great for flat terrain with deep mud (which is what the truck was built for originally) but it counter productive for the trail. I will continue as planned with the lower, more flexible suspension. As planned, I'm going for 6" of suspension (Undecided exactly which approach to take, but I'm dead-set on a rear shackle flip) and may very well take the body lift out. 2)The stock front-to-back sterring modified to with a curved draglink was IMPOSSIBLE to control. I had so little steering control at times I would have it all the way left and the tires were barely turned. Trying to navigate even the small rocks on the trail, especially coming down while in-tow caused me to have to work the steering wheel rack to rack, back and forth the whole time just to keep straight on the trail. Very unsafe and unstable. I absolutely MUST do a crossover steering before it touches the trail again. 3) If I ever decide to go on another winter trail ride, I will sipe all 4 tires and get my heater fixed. The other guys up there running 35's & 36's with siped tires were doing very well in the snow.