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Old 08-26-2013, 07:58 PM
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This will be my 1st winter here in Ottawa, Canada driving my 05 Ram 4x4 (1500) and wonder how much weight (sand bags) to place in the rear. I am thinking adding weight behind the wheel wells hoping it will help with rear end stability on snow and ice. Thanks in advance...
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with a 4x4, I would say none, but if you want the added control, I think 5-50lb bags )or 250lb) of sand should do it. anything much more than that and you start eating more fuel.
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I run around with about 300lbs in the box during the winter. I rarely ever have to use the 4wd with it there but it's good to have it when required.
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make sure you have good tires and you shouldn't need any weight in the back. btu if your set on putting weight in the rear i'd go with at least 400 to 500 lbs. but remember to much weight and it will cause you to slide farther on ice. the best way to go is make sure your tires are in good shape and don't try any "jackass movie stunts" lol
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When I had a 2wd, I would put around 400lbs in the bed over the rear wheels. I haven't put anything in there since I've had a 4wd though.
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i've never added weight to any of my vehicles...i see it as 300 or 400 extra pounds of shyt to try and get control of if you do ever lose the ass end. As noted above, so long as you've got good rubber and decent control over your right foot you should never have a problem. If you ever get that worried about it, drop 'er into 4 auto (if your yr had that option??)

I had the pleasure of driving in the big storm a few years back that shutdown all the airports in upstate NY, lived in Oakville at the time. Transports jack knifing all over the highway, ice, snow 2 feet deep on the QEW...but i made it home. I was driving an '05 GT Mustang, with all-seasons

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This will be my 1st winter here in Ottawa, Canada driving my 05 Ram 4x4 (1500) and wonder how much weight (sand bags) to place in the rear. I am thinking adding weight behind the wheel wells hoping it will help with rear end stability on snow and ice. Thanks in advance...
Do you have a mother-in-law who can ride in the back? But seriously, as mentioned above, I drove an old chevrolet caprice rent-a car through a blizzard from NYC to Buffalo to see a football game in 1994. I literally saw around 25 cars in ditches or disabled during the drive. I made it through all of that unscathed. Bottom line is- know your driving skill limitations and your vehicles limitations. If you are uncomfortable, don't drive.
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I live in northern Minnesota. We see our share of snow and storms. I have had 4x4s for 20+ years and have never put weight in the back. I don't know anyone who puts weight in the back of a 4x4. It is usually the 4x2s or cars that need it.
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with a 4x4, I would say none, but if you want the added control, I think 5-50lb bags )or 250lb) of sand should do it. anything much more than that and you start eating more fuel.
When I lived in the midwest and east coast I did exactly this. In the absence of sand a driveway to shovel and extended freezing temps, I put snow in the bed.
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Whatever you decide make sure its tied down. My friend would put sidewalk blocks in the back, I always told him it would be pretty messy if he got into an accident.

Personally a good investment in tires ( I have Zeon LTZ) and a some practice in the parking lot should get you through no problem.
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