Originally Posted by Chunkem
Great write up....Thanks for the review....Looking forward to the next one......
Thank you, I might be moving this summer and go to the cottage so I will review the truck more in depth then.
I did forget to review the 4x4 capabilities I used during the winter.
-My Ranger was a 2WD with just the Traction Control and Stability to keep me planted. Stock tires on the Ranger were 235/75/R15 on Goodyear Wrangler SR-A which were god awful. Terrible in snow, ice, rain, slush. I hear the SR-A are quiet and offer better MPG then typical tires, but on the Ranger you can't tell since there is very little sound deadening (took apart all 4 doors and found that it was just a plastic covering like a vapor barrier so you hear everything) and MPG in Rangers with the 4L as comparable to most fullsizes.
-During the winter I had run 400 lbs of weight in the bed near the cab and rear wheels and while this did nothing but hinder braking and MPG at least i could drive through over a foot of snow without getting stuck. The traction control had to be in the off postion though. If it stayed on, it would kill the engine and I would stall (manual transmission)
-On to the Ram during the winter. Before buying my Big Horn I test drove a '10 Sport with the Auto 4x4 option and I liked the idea but still wanted a 2WD (i drive mostly paved roads). Obviouslly most market crew cab hemi Rams are 4x4 so a 2WD was impossible to find even after a national search (I did find a 4.7L 2WD but wanted the Hemi). So I got the Big Horn and I was happy for the Auto 4x4. I only experienced 3 major snowfalls in the short time with the Ram and it did great in 4x4 Auto with the BFG AT/KO, I ran with no weight and never had any loss of traction. Braking in the slush was terrible with the BFG but I suspect it's because they were packed with slush.
I only used the 4x4 Hi once and that was just to drive in a snow covered parking lot and the only space available was near where they push the excess snow. The truck drove through the snow bank with no issues.
-I have never used 4x4 Low except for its once a month lubrication use so all the components stay oiled so I can't review its capabilities but I am sure it's excellent.