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Old 09-09-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Extra weight for driving in snow&ice

How much extra weight do you add to the bed of your truck for driving on iced and snow packed streets. I have considered using sand for extra weight any other options.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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If you search on here, lots of folks use the sand bags from lowes. Depending on how much snow you get, id say 3-4 should be good over the rear axle
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i use to own a 2wd pick up and i added about 200 pounds sand bags and it made the worlds difference, but now with 4wd and a toolbox in the back i dont need it.
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I used 6 X 50 lb sand bags last winter. A similar thread exist on this question ( however not related to winter) , you may want to check it out.

see http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...our-truck.html
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:02 PM   #6
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I used 6 X 50 lb sand bags last winter. A thread already exist on this question, you may want to check it out.

see http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...our-truck.html

Thanks sorry for the duplication.
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4 x 50 lb bags work great for me. Not sure I really need them, but I always throw them in the back just in case.
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Thanks sorry for the duplication.
So many threads it's hard to know if a topic was covered, the only reason I knew was because I responded to it.
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How much extra weight do you add to the bed of your truck for driving on iced and snow packed streets. I have considered using sand for extra weight any other options.
I throw 300lbs of sand bags in the back when I go up in the mountains.
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I used to use 3 - 50lb sandbags when I had the original tired that came with the truck. The older they got, the worse they were.

About a year ago, I bought new tires and don't need the extra weight.
The new tires work great!

Instead, I'll lower the air pressure slighty in the rear tires.

When I ran with 150lbs of sandbags, it killed the gas mileage.
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My 250 lb cap is perfect for keeping weight over the rear tires
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #13
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a lot of guys get 3 or 4 tube sand bags. i plan on getting a tool box very soon. so i may only get 2. also even with 4wd weight in the bed will help! the backs of truck as very light, and the 05+ are even lighter.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:17 AM   #14
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I used to add between 2-300 lbs of either steel tractor weights or tube sand at the front of the bed. I don't put weight over the axle because if you ever have to lock up the brakes, that weight will be coming through the rear window.

I now have a shell and a plywood platform in the bed so that extra 300 lbs does the trick.
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Just remember to lock your load down like Pugga said and remember any additional weight you add will increase your stopping distance. I'd much rather stop quickly then start quickly, but to each their own.

IMHO adding weight is not needed in my truck. The mods I have done keep my wheels going just fine.

Also if you are adding weight like sand do yourself a favor and do 50% sand 50% salt just in case. That's what I used to do with my Mustang and it saved my ass in a few ice storms.


Here is what the USPS uses in their rigs
http://www.puzzleweight.com/ordersets






reason I don't add weight.....I don't need it ..

stock tires, no weight, 20psi, pushing snow like a champ




high center on a snow drift.... wheels 2-3' off the ground. the only time snow usually delays me
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you don't need weight if you have a good set of winter tires. i don't add weight to my truck but i do run a winter tire and i do just fine in all but the deepest snow
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you don't need weight if you have a good set of winter tires. i don't add weight to my truck but i do run a winter tire and i do just fine in all but the deepest snow

I have a set of studded duratracs on my 2nd Gen access cab. It was spinning more than I'd like in 2wd so I added 300lbs of sandbags including a plastic container box (got all at Home Depot) filled with half salt/sand. It made a noticeable difference in traction. In Anchorage we have a lot of ice on the intersections in town so it helps alot.
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I bet between the cap and the sand bags I have about five hundred pounds back there. Out here they dont even plow unless there is at least 4 inches out of town or three in town.
I live out in the sticks a bit and have not seen a plow all season. Some times there is 6 inches of crap on the road. It makes for a lot less 4x4 usage
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