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Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff #5246273 10/21/19 04:36 PM
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I'm thinking of retiring my current winter truck, which is the 95 chevy silverado in my sig. Nothing wrong with it, just want something newer (around 2011-15ish). I live outside the city and a winter truck is almost a must have for wintertime. I could save a lot $$$ if I don't go after a 4x4, so now I'm considering buying a rear-wheel drive truck with a locking/limited-slip differential. Will my plan work?

(I put winter tires on every vehicle I own)

Thanks!


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246274 10/21/19 04:40 PM
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I'd rather have a normal 4x4 truck. A wheel on the back and a wheel on the front will be better than both on the back. It helps having the steering wheels participate.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246276 10/21/19 04:41 PM
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A 2wd truck with a posi rear end is a hand full on snow and ice.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5246278 10/21/19 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by HoosierJeeper
I'd rather have a normal 4x4 truck.


I agree.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: Chris142] #5246287 10/21/19 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
A 2wd truck with a posi rear end is a hand full on snow and ice.

That is my thinking too. If it has VSC/TC it might avoid that--but even then, with no load in the rear, it may lead to some wide wide turns. In my truck, VSC is very obtrusive and is often turned off in winter, as it will prevent any tire slip... which is kinda needed on snow. Which did lead me to take up a good chunk of lane once... and that was with snow tires too.

I'd stick 4x4. 2WD can be made to work, but... how much more is it to get? How much effort do you want to put into making 2WD work?

Also, could you semi-retire the old 4x4 and bring it out on the worst of days?

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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246289 10/21/19 04:58 PM
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Get a used Nissan Frontier.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246310 10/21/19 05:27 PM
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No.

It won’t work.

RWD trucks have poor weight distribution. Low weight over the driving wheels. Poor stability and poor traction as a result.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246312 10/21/19 05:28 PM
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Good winter tires are the most important variable. 4wd doesn't make you turn or stop any better.

Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: Astro14] #5246327 10/21/19 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Astro14
No.
It won’t work.
RWD trucks have poor weight distribution. Low weight over the driving wheels. Poor stability and poor traction as a result.

This


Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246341 10/21/19 06:08 PM
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Back in the old days one would secure 250 lbs in the box and drive sensibly. Now 4wd is preferred but has it`s own cautions. AWD is safer but probably out of the price range for a beater.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: supton] #5246342 10/21/19 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by supton
Originally Posted by Chris142
A 2wd truck with a posi rear end is a hand full on snow and ice.

That is my thinking too. If it has VSC/TC it might avoid that--but even then, with no load in the rear, it may lead to some wide wide turns. In my truck, VSC is very obtrusive and is often turned off in winter, as it will prevent any tire slip... which is kinda needed on snow. Which did lead me to take up a good chunk of lane once... and that was with snow tires too.

I'd stick 4x4. 2WD can be made to work, but... how much more is it to get? How much effort do you want to put into making 2WD work?

Also, could you semi-retire the old 4x4 and bring it out on the worst of days?


I'm thinking of selling my 2wd ranger and replace with a 1/2 ton. I like the simplicity of the 2wd truck, good fuel economy too. But after reading all the comments I think I'll stick with a 4wd and save some headache. The old truck works, but you never know what happens next, that's why I'm thinking of replace it.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246345 10/21/19 06:10 PM
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RWD trucks are awful in snow and ice, posi or locking differentials help a small amount, but traction will still stink. It's a PIA having to put weight in the bed everytime the roads get slick, then having to remove said weight so you can drive around in good conditions without the weight / fuel economy penalty. 4WD trucks on the other hand are very good in inclement weather.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246372 10/21/19 06:26 PM
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Trucks in general are awful in snow, let alone 2WD LSD or not.
If owners would understand that we would have far less accidents here in CO when it snows.


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Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5246391 10/21/19 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
RWD trucks are awful in snow and ice, posi or locking differentials help a small amount, but traction will still stink. It's a PIA having to put weight in the bed everytime the roads get slick, then having to remove said weight so you can drive around in good conditions without the weight / fuel economy penalty. 4WD trucks on the other hand are very good in inclement weather.

This! My RWD G80 LSD is a dinosaur on snow and ice. I end up leaving my truck in the garage and driving my wife’s ES350 FWD when we get snow and ice. She gives me grief about leaving my big ballsy truck in the garage and driving her girly sedan when bad weather hits. blush

Re: Winter Truck: RWD w/ locking diff OR 4x4 w/o locking diff [Re: PotatoFarmer77w] #5246397 10/21/19 06:49 PM
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RWD is not good in the snow. No weight in the back. In a truck you definitely need 4WD.


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