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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by TJM623, December 13, 2004.

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    1. TJM623

      TJM623 Active Member

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      So this is my first winter driving and of course I was excited to test out the 4x4 and see the difference (drove with my temps last winter). First few times of screwing around i played bumper cars off the curbs :( but no worries just scuffed my tire. Then i got the hang of it (making sure no1 was around of course). And was spinning around corners like no other it was sooo much fun i can't wait till it get's worse and i can go to some parking lots :p . Don't worry for you people going :eek: :eek: he's going to kill some1. I'm safe on main roads and roads with cars I was only doing stuff on empty streets. Neone else happy that it's time to play in the snow :p
       
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    3. EBInterceptor

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      Just don't be playing bumper cars with other cars. It's best to go out late night with a friend when the snow is really coming down. That way the plows won't even touch it. The best is the slow cruise around neighborhoods with lots of throttle control and not too much speed. I christened our cul-de-sac during our first good storm.....I just drove into town and couldn't pass up 10 in. of fresh, untouched snow. Auto 4x4 sucks because it kicks in at the wrong moment to pull you in the wrong direction of the spin, so sliding in 4x4 is more fun. (Until I do the brown wire mod).
       
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      2wd rules :D i love me some doughnuts in the snow...about the only thing the stuff is good for.....
       
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      Anyone can do a donut, it's the control power slides that take some work. I like just turning sharp into corners and sliding the rear-end out, or throttle control.
       
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      i think i've mastered the power slide in auto 4x4 which is much easier to do IMO 4x4 high likes to do it's own thing and get u back on trac right away...auto takes a little while and lets u do ur thing as long as u don't do my idiotic slam my foot to the floor while turning and just going 2 inches to the right lol. as for the snow plows...this was unexpected i haven't seen a plow yet. So it's been all fresh i'll take ur advice and hit it 2nite if we get the snow day call off 2nite
       
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      whats snow like ? haha
       
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      I wish i had the old 2wd and not AUTO...my dad would never let me do the mode to change it myself though :mad: he bought it for me so i gotta listen to him sometimes.... ;)
       
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      I had video's posted somewhere of me doing power slides in the snow 2 years ago... Control Trac was really annoying to have when trying to do donuts b/c the front axle keeps kicking in when you try to kick out the tail. Now with the brown wire mod, you can have it in 2WD LOW and tail spins are a piece of cake

      Of course I don't do them now that I'm lifted, last thing I need is to hit a patch of dry pavement and send her toppling sideways
       
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      How difficult is this "brown wire mod" to do and what exactly does it do?
       
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      search for it i think it's in the Useful Thread Topics...and it cuts the AUTO 4x4 and doesn't allow it to kick into 4x4 automatically and basically turns it into 2wd which some people like...and I think it might help gas mileage since the front isn't engaged at all times? Correct me on ne of this if i'm wrong...also aren't limited's AWD?
       
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      A couple things to remember about snow and ice...

      It will always GO much better than it will WHOA.

      Counter steering is your friend in 2 WD, but in 4 WD - counter steer plus power works best - it will pull the front end around.

      Once the tires break loose and begin sliding - they will generally continue to stay broke loose - even when something very hard gets in the way...

      Hills take MOMENTUM - not throttle - not slow - but steady...

      If in doubt - go FASTER than you think you should - the physics of a moving object want to keep it moving in the same line it started moving - so if you have some speed - even a sideways vehicle will generally keep going in the same genearl direction.

      In braking - learning to properly apply the brakes is key - even with anti-lock brake systems, learning how to manually cycle (usually called "pumping") the brakes is good... Pumping is not jamming the brake pedal to the floor then releasing - it is a very gentle application - release - application - release process.

      Did I mention that it will take longer to stop than to go??? You generally find this out when you hit whatever you didn't want to hit... Ask me how I know.
       
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      TJM gives this write up :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

      :D
       
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      I have... Auto/4x4 Low/4x4 High

      When I spin the tires on snow, usually the front doesn't knock but if I spin on dirt, the front knocks like it's the front is gonna help out.
       
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      Hokie-
      I have a part time transfer case in my sport, with 2 Hi, 4 hi, 4 Lo. How do you get it to go into 2 Low? I thought the brown wire mod only disabled 4 auto in explorers with full time 4x4. Do you have manual hubs or something? 2 Lo would be cool. Thanks.
       
    16. Flounder

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      LOL... to be young and careless again. I used to love to drive in the snow in 2WD. I'd never go fast, but it was just fun to really feel one with the car. The constant correction of fishtails, using momentum, etc.

      The day I stopped having fun was on a snowy evening. I took the 1996 out for a drive. However, to understand where I live, imagine it being like a house in Colorado... the distance between my home and the town below is about 3 miles but you also climb about 900-1100 feet in the process. I was coming down the mountain in 4WD and lost all traction (obviously 4WD doesn't keep you from skidding and sliding... I know this). I ended up dropping it from 2nd to 1st with whatever brake action I had left and spent the rest of the ride feeling my ABS shudder at the pedal and almost no wheel spin. I'd estimate I skidded a good 800 to 900 feet down hill.

      After that, and especially with a newer, more expensive toy, I've decided to only go out when it is necessary. :)
       
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      well that's a good call if you don't wanna fall down a cliff lol...Where i'm from the worst that can happen already happened i hit a curb...=] almost hit the sidewalk b4 cause i was being stupid stopped about 5 inches short to bad i'm short on cash and can't fill up to saturday or i'd go out for like 4 hours and screw around!
       
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      What's this "snow" you speak of?
       
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      People speak of Control Trac and Auto 4X4, HA. Nothing better than AWD powerslides and donuts. If it starts to hook up it is time to change direction as long as it is not :roll: .
       
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      It's not really snow if you can still drive around in it...

      I've seen snow that would bury my 92 Freightliner bulk milk truck and I've busted drifts large enough to fold in the side mirrors on that truck. I put on over 1.5 million miles over my lifetime living in Wisconsin - and the only way I got to stay home from work is if it was physically impossible to get out - and then it had to be bad - I was running a 76 F150 with 38's and a built 390... :D Talk about power slides - how about 500 HP, full time 4x4 and lockers in both ends... That truck would do 85 in low range and outrun my brother's new 350 Iroc Camaro...

      I'll try to find a few snow pics to scan in today.
       
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      Seriously, we need pics. You can't just drop a line about a truck on 38's and a built 390 with no pics. That's just not cool.
       
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      hahaha, I concur. We need pics and Hokie's vids.
       
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      I was doing donuts in the plant parking lot last night and when I was finished a co-worker told me "man I thought you were gonna roll when your left side wheels came off the ground" I replied ummmm WHAT!!! It didnt feel like they lifted from the inside but I guess it dont take much. Live and learn
       
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      what kinda doughnuts are you doing???? a good doughnut is when the entire car pivots around the front inside tire...it should not move and you really wont be going very fast.
       
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      yea my car was hopping around last night to but i was acclerating to get some spin on it =[ just don't do it when there's dry patches around
       
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      from wisconsin,,,,he definitely knows :D
       

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