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Snow tips

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by NumNutz, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Sep 29, 2009 at 8:31 PM
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    NumNutz

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    At school in upstate NY and the taco is going to see a lot of snow this winter. I have BFG A/T KOs with less tread than I would like on them but I can't afford new tires right now.

    I run the tires at 44 psi (thats just what it says on the tire).

    Should I air down for normal driving say closer to 35 maybe if I know snow is coming?

    What other tips do you have snow specific? I am not completely incompetent when it comes to driving off-road and adverse conditions.
     
  2. Sep 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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    Khaos

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    You run your tires at 44psi on the street?
     
  3. Sep 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    Yea. It's what the tire and the inside sticker on the door says... If I had known different I would but that's what I knew.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    Best advise I can give ya: slow down and do the chalk test on the tires for the best psi,

    And when you think your going too slow, slow down some more...
     
  5. Sep 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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    To your original question, add some weight (300+ lbs.) in the back. That and your 4WD should do you just fine in snow. Just keep in mind that stopping is no better than anyone else so take it easy.
     
  6. Sep 30, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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    Well it's good to know now. 32-35. I'll change that.
     
  7. Sep 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM
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    Should I fill it with sand or salt (doesn't salt only work at certain temps?) for use if I do get stuck?

    What are your suggestions?
     
  8. Sep 30, 2009 at 4:50 PM
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    I used sand in my 2wd ford. Sand bags worked really well. Salt is great to take as well. If you get stuck on ice just pour the salt down. If you have 4wd it will be a bonus. Added weight does affect mileage and stopping distances, so don't over load your truck too much. Like mentioned above 350lbs should be great
     
  9. Sep 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM
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    I just put cinder blocks in the back of my truck during the winter, and that worked fine.
     
  10. Sep 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    stop burining tires for cool videos, that might help too. and no more drifting into driveways even though the snow makes it easier :D
     
  11. Sep 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    brake drums off transport trucks work too ;)
    just make sure you have them secured ...or they will be going through your back window in an accident
     
  12. Sep 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    I run my BFG at 32 PSI. When the winter comes around, you can lower the PSI, so your tires have more contact with the ground = more friction. Take your time, don't speed, through some weight in the back of the truck.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    Thanks for the advise danny!!! :D


    So 350lbs in the bed with sand. I can do that. I'll also drop my tires to 32-35lbs for normal driving and even lower for bad conditions as well. Sweet thanks everyone.
     
  14. Sep 30, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    Im not far from you, about 1.5hrs in utica, I know how the lake effect can be in the area. I built a jig the keeps sand tubes that you get at the local home depot right ontop of the wheel wells. works great for traction. Sand will also absorb the humidity in the air and turn rock hard in the real cold fronts. Although they say were not supposed to get a bad one this winter always good to be prepared. Oh and enjoy CORTICA, sorry im a cortland fan haha
     
  15. Sep 30, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    Oh no can't talk to you anymore lol. You gotta see our shirts for cortica. It's awsome.

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  16. Sep 30, 2009 at 9:18 PM
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    Anther good thing to do: once it does snow, load up your ssandbags and head to an open parkinglot. Do some fast turns, braking, etc. and get a feel for how the taco handles the snow. The first time I drove mine on snow it scarred the S out of me because of all the traction control warnings beeping and stuff whenever I slid, took some getting use to.
     
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