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4lo or 4hi for mudding

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by tmcmanus7, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    tmcmanus7

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    which is better?
     
  2. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    I personally use 4hi, cause I'm not going to crawl in mud.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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  4. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM
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    4hi
     
  5. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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    4Hi

    You need some momentum to carry you though a mud hole.

    4Lo and common sense will get you out if you are stuck... hopefully ;)
     
  6. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    i have to use 4lo and its done me well, my 4hi acts like it wants to bog down and the whole truck will just die so i just rather not mess with it and just use 4lo, i have been problem free so far.
     
  7. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    allmotorrex

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    4lo, the problem with 4hi is you need some power to keep those wheels spinning to go through mud and yotas aint known for making much power! 4hi is more of an answer that comes from chevy, ford, and dodge guys: 1) because they make a lot of power and can easily spin their wheels 2) because their trucks weigh too damn much! They need speed and high wheel spin! I been muddin ever since i was a kid and the biggest thing ive learned is weight means everything. Yotas have that low weight and to make up for the low power all you need is low gears, hence using 4lo! I suggest to anyone who has been using 4hi to try 4lo and see how much shit you go through! You'll be impressed! Oh . . . . and a little driving skill isnt such a bad thing to have either
     
  8. Mar 27, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    4 Lo and second gear in my truck will get you all the wheel spin you need to keep the tires cleaned out and up on top of the mud. You don't always want your wheels spinning as fast as they can. When they get spinning to fast and suddenly grab traction is a good way to break some CV axles.
     
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  9. Mar 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    Look at build!
    4lo pulled me through this mess with no problem

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  10. Mar 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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    Brunes

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    4Hi into it...4Lo for stuck. The wheels clean out when then spin so you want a bit of speed on them.

    I'm not a huge fan of mud for mud sake tho...Seen too many folks test out armor by flying into mud holes and finding stumps underwater or flying out of a rut into a tree or what not.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2011 at 5:13 PM
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    Atrac
     
  12. Mar 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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    You Canadians... always making jokes for us Yanks! :D:rolleyes:;)

    But seriously, if under any water: LOW RANGE (and A-TRAC or lockers if equipped) for max. torque and power to the wheels.

    The reason... to avoid spashing muddy water into engine compartment (as well as all over your truck... although the some kiddies here like doing that).

    Momentum yes... but you can go 30 mph in low range, and if that doesn't spin your tires enough to unclog them, then you need better tires!

    IF you are on a muddy lakebed (ie. a dry lake that wasn't)... and then speed might be your friend! 4WD HIGH to move at 40-50 MPH to keep from bogging in... Exactly what I did for 20 miles on Laguna Salada to keep from sinking in!
     
  13. Mar 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM
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    4cyl or 6cyl 4lo.... big nasty v8..4hi
     
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    4lo.

    In automatic trucks you get plenty of wheel speed because it will upshift.

    In manual trucks I use 2nd and 3rd gear.
     
  15. Mar 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    4lo. my truck has taken me through some nasty shit in 4lo. and i have a automatic..
     
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  17. Mar 30, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    aftermath picture. it was dark so i didnt get any of it in action. but drop it in 2nd and 4lo and put it in the floor

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Mar 31, 2011 at 12:03 AM
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    IMO 4hi is for snowy roads and 4lo is for trails. Since I don't see to many mud pits in the street I'm gonna go with 4lo.
     
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    2hi so you can gloat to your jeep, ford and chev buddies after you get out.
    4lo so you can tow your jeep, ford and chev buddies when they can't get out
    4hi so you can drive home in fwd after shearing a u joint because you were trying to show off to your jeep, ford and chev buddies

    hypothetical situation of course. would never happen. except the towing part.
     
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    It takes like a whole 10-20 seconds to go from 4-high to 4-low... So, if one doesn't work... just go to the other!
     
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