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Old 10-22-2011, 06:07 PM
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So winter is approaching and I need some help with weighing down the bed, don't need it fish tailing all over the place.

So I am building a box over the back axle and I am going to put weight in it but I can't seem to find cheap lead bricks. Is there any other heavy material I can use or suggestions of where to find it.
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I used to use sidewalk blocks or sand bags.
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I'd suggest concrete blocks or sand bags as well.
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Years ago before I could afford a 4x4, I had 3/4 ton 2wd trucks, but needed to be able to use the box to carry stuff. I had a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" steel plate bolted in the bed using the box mounting bolts. This weighed about 1250Lbs, and left the box available to carry stuff, and left me with about 1000Lbs of payload. With a 1/2ton, I would consider 3/8" plate (about 950Lbs for a 4x8 sheet), if I didn't need any payload.
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A couple years ago at a SEMA show, some company put a metal weight between the rear fender wells & the tailgate, i thought it strange, but it leveled out that Ram
Several sand bag in that area would give you more weight back there & you could always cut open a bag & use the sand for traction

I have 1,000 pounds back there & i don't often see snow or ice

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I use this. called a Traction Bladder had it for 4 years. I beleive it really works well. Does not shift due to anchor points. Does not slosh due to baffles. At then end of winter I empty the water, roll it up and store till the next winter. I have hauled lumber, and hunting & camping supplies on top of it with no issues. Highly recommend.

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Thanks guys, think I'm going to go with some concrete blocks this year see how it goes. I'm building a box right now for over the axle. Going to make the top a snowboard rack (hopefully). I'll post pictures when I finish

That traction bladder seems very cool though. Definitely going to keep that in mind.
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So this is where I am so far, got 60lb tube sand from home depot. Box and sand together weigh around 350lb. I still have to bring the sides up with another set of 2x4s and cover it with a sheet of plywood.
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That'll work just fine.^ Me? I use 4x4 and/or good driving habits. Hasn't failed me yet. Even when I was living in upstate NY (tug hill plateau), I RARELY used 4x4. Just never needed it on the roads, snow or no snow.

Now, off in the hunting trails, thats another story entirely .
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Yea hopefully when I get new tires, that will help greatly, I'm down to the last couple thousand miles and thats no good. And as far as 4x4, I always get scared to use it because all I hear about is how its not great to use on hard surfaces. This is my first truck/4x4 vehicle, so I'm very cautious in my being inexperienced
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