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Old 01-21-2011, 01:57 PM
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I am new to the forum and am looking at purchasing a Dodge Ram. Currently I am looking at a Sport Crew Cab 4X2 and living in the Northeast I wanted to get some feedback from people as to how the truck handles with only 2 wheel drive in the Snow.

I currently own a 4x4 Jeep Wranlger and it is awesome in the snow, so I am a little concerned about going to a 4x2 but wanted to hear peoples experiences.

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Old 01-21-2011, 02:24 PM
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besides driving in snow, have you considered other things, like towing, keeping stock ride height or lifting, buying new or used, waiting for the year 2011.5 Rams to come out with possibly with a new transmission

The stock tires don't play well with wet surfaces, including snow
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:32 PM
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I am looking at a brand new 2010(leftover stock) as I can get a very good deal on it so I wouldn't be willing to wait for a newer model. And thats really the main reason I am asking about the 4x2 as I would personally prefer 4x4 but if I can get a really good deal I am willing to go to the 4x2 assuming feedback is good.


In terms of towing I wont be doing any of that and in terms of lifting I may just level out the front and potentially get new tries/rims in the future, but not right away.


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Well i had 4x2 long bed F150,For 10 years and have to say it frigging sucked without weight added to rear,The weight helped in some situations but still sucked.
I got 4x4 QC Short bed now,Ive had 0 problems.And since its still a pickup,I know I'm not
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But yea the difference is night and day for me.And I Live in Northeast also.
IMO, I would never buy a 4x2 again.
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If you have somewhere to store a set of real studless snow tires on a set of extra wheels and are willing to switch over every winter it will make a huge difference. If not I dont think you are going to be happy.
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4x2 in snow sucks unless you have a lot of weight (sandbags) in the back strapped down over the axle. Pick-ups are naturally light in the back and slide around on wet surfaces with little effort. Snow and ice makes it just that much more difficult to prevent. As said above, a good set of non-studded snow tires will help, but the weight will still be needed.

4x4 to me is one of the "I may never need it, but I'll be damn glad I have it if I ever do" things. I rarely use it but I also don't have my bed full of sandbags too because I don't need to do that. Winter driving for me is a simple turn of the knob if needed.
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I didn't have an issues with snow this year, ice was tricky, but not unstoppable for me. The traction control and ESP on these 4th gen trucks are lifesavers when it comes to moving through this stuff.

The R/T's have the limited-slip rear end though... not sure how much that helped.
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I dorve mine on ice the other day in Oklahoma, and verified what Chit said, the ESP and traction control are AWESOME. The rear would step out maybe 10 degrees and then catch itself, very little tire slip when coming off the line.
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I was driving mine on some patchy black ice today (4x4 but in 2WD) and when the tires went over it I could feel one side attempt to spin (Kind of a light sensation) but the TCS never let the rpm rise a noticeable amount.

Still to make headway in any kind of real snow you are going to need either 4x4 or Good Tires. Most All-Seasons are not going to get enough traction to push the "wedge" in 2WD.
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buy the truck and keep the jeep for winter
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