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Old 01-19-2014, 11:56 PM
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I have been driving 4wd trucks for years but have my first Dodge. I ice fish and lake conditions can get bad. First I have noticed that I get stuck easily is this due to the 20" tires? I also notice it doesn't stop as well as other trucks I have had nor does is take off as good in slippery conditions. I have Good Year Wranglers and have had them on my last three trucks so I don't think it is the tires.

This is the 20" tires causing these problems correct?

When I have gotten stuck I have tried rocking the vehicle and hear a lot of clicking. I assume this is traction control? Is this causing a problem when rocking and can it be turned of off? Seems like it is limiting power to the wheels and when rocking I want my tires moving.

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If you are looking to spin yourself out with the truck and have the traction control on, it won't spin. The whole idea of traction control is to limit slip of the wheels. In my Ram there is a button under the radio that I can press to turn off the traction control. As far as tires and size it should not matter. Regardless of the size of the tire it boils down to traction. Usually a bigger tire (which are usually wider) will have more traction because it has a bigger footprint than a smaller tire. Best bet if you are going to make regular trips on ice it would be best to get a winter tire. The rubber compound in winter tires stays softer in colder weather thereby getting more grip. They also have a bunch of smaller grooves in the tire that give additional traction. If you have an A/T tire (all terrain) the rubber compound will be harder in colder weather decreasing traction. They will be great in snow and mud but ice is not their strong suit. Its really a bit of give and take when it comes to an A/T. Better in some instances but worse in others. Good luck and hope the fish are biting!
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I heard this click today as well. Big snow storm, the truck would not move in2wd with traction control on. I turned it off an the rear spun down to ice and the truck still wouldn't move. This is when I heard the clicking. Also noticed the RPMs gauge would vibrate during the clicking. I put it 4wd, and no more clicking and drove away. I don't anticipate this being an issue.
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Agree with Ogreboy. Plus the idea of switching out for some dedicated winter tires is a great recommendation. Whether a 20" wheel or 17" wheel, the best thing you can do is air down your tires. The Badyears suck on wet pavement so I can only imagine what they're like in snow.
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Goodyear Wrangler A/T tires loose traction if someone spits on dry pavement & you drive over it while cornering
At the dealership that i use, you won't see Wrangler A/Ts on any 2013/14 Ram

The cheapest tire that you will see is the Wrangler SR-A & Goodyear only rates them as a 4 out of 5

When i lived in Connecticut, we learned to drive with an Open Differential & we had no fancy traction control
When we could not do anything but spin the right tire, we applied just enough brake to stop the spinning tire & gave the gas pedal just the right amount pressure to cause a transfer of traction over to the left tire & we usually got out of a bad spot by ourselves. Otherwise we used a little bit of the sand that we always had with us in winter
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