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Old 11-26-2010, 07:32 PM
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Default Re: 2011 Ford Ranger 4x2 in Snow

My '09 2.3L 5-speed made it just fine last year in our Minnesota Winter of 53" of snow.

200lbs of weight in t the back, and drive with common sense.
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Old 11-27-2010, 01:37 PM
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ive had a 86 ranger and a 2000 ranger both were 2x4 and just bought a 03 fx4. i moved to idaho 3 years ago. and since i moved here i nicknamed my 2000 "tommahawk" because after every good dump id turn a corner like a tommahawk. i must say that ive gotten quick at putting chains on. but if youre going to be expereincing prolonged periods of snow weather id suggest the 4x4. ive hauled a chord and a half of wood in the 84. nearly had my front wheels off the ground. and the 4L engine struggled. the 3.0 v6 was a huge step up. mostly cuz it didnt bog down traveling up hill. any hill. and now with the 4.0 v6 i wont go back. go any where with the 2x4. but the 4x4 means you can get back out.
and finally with any inclimate traveling. pack accordingly. chains, blankets, food water. shovel. ect
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:36 PM
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Chains are unheard of here in Minnesota!
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:40 PM
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i understand its flat in Mn. no hills to slide down.. speaking of 2x4 embarrassment. last year i was parallel parking for class, on a slight hill no less. it was around 2 weeks after it had last snowed. just some ice in the gutters. any-who long story short. i got stuck on this hill with 3 tires on dry pavement and one on ice. so i grabbed my floor mats, blankets and a few handfuls of gravel. go my self parked. came back to the truck at the end of the day. 3 tires still on pavement, 1 on ice. still stuck. mats, blankets gravel. just shot out the back. gave me 0 traction. i had to wait for the person parked behind me to come and leave. then i backed on to the sidewalk and flipped a U-y. once again the thought popped back into my mind "why the F am i living in idaho with a 2wd truck"
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:12 PM
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I didn't read all the posts so I'm responding to the original, but I had my 1998 2wd for the biggest storm in recent history in Michigan this winter, we got about 2 feet where I am, and I went out the next morning with no problem really. I went down unplowed dirt roads to bring a friend home, snow deep enough I was plowing it with my radiator and bumper and didn't get slowed down one bit. I have 4 cinder blocks and a sand bag in the back. I only got stuck when I tried to start form a stop going up a hill coming out of his driveway, hell, the 4x4 suburban that pulled me out got stuck to, I had to push him by hand to get him started. I have a set of all season tires on, but I imagine with dedicated winter tires you'd do even better. All in all, I'm happy with my 2x4 in the snow, just don't drive like and idiot and know the characteristics of the RWD and when you're going to fishtail and how to recover.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:00 PM
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It's really based on yer rear end gear ratio too.

Lower gears mean you can pull more.

I have a 79 f150 4x4 (466,c6) and it will be good enough to do anything I want if I need more power.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:52 AM
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Just make sure you have some weight in the back, and decent snow tires or all terrain tires if it's standard start in 2nd causing less torque getting transfered to the wheels to decrease wheelspin honestly I took my truck out when I first got it in the winter to a empty parking lot knowing where I could not hit anything or harm myself or anyone else and tested fishtailing and counter steering and knowing how to control it under loss of traction. Alot of people in 4wd vehicles get over confident and tend to end up in a ditch basically not knowing how to control their vehicle under loss of traction, when driving a rwd vehicle in the winter it causes you to become a better driver and how to drive to the conditions but most importantly think ahead do not rush or speed. Everyone has preferance and budgets, a 4wd or 2wd and 2.3,2.5 or 3.0 or 4.0 Their all rangers/b series so people should not be bashed as to which one they own, they provide people with a choice. All in all it's going to be my 2nd winter with a 2009 b2300 and I just have just dunlop signature series tires and 300lbs in the back and haven't got stuck unless I wanted to get stuck. I'm not here to step on anyones toes I'm just trying to review him my opinions on a truck that's basically the same. goodluck!
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I'll add my two cents and second what ProjectBlue said. I'm weathering my first winter in a 2wd ranger. I don't have sandbags, but I have a topper that I picked up that adds enough weight and a set of Firestone Winterforce studded snow tires that help immensely. So far, I'm impressed with its ability. It really is how you drive it at makes the real difference. I did what ProjectBlue did and took it to an empty snowy icy parking lot to practice. It really does fine. I've pushed it to the limit a few times in dep snow, but managed to get out just fine.

That said, I do wish I had a locker for the differential, but it's a 7.5 and it seems like no one makes lockers for those.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:29 AM
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Key to driving a 2WD in the winter is good tires and common sense. Reality is when things turn bad the guy in a 4WD is lured into a false sense of comfort thinking he/she can outdrive the road conditions. Getting moving is one thing, stopping and steering are more important and in this aspect a 4WD is no different than a 2WD, the difference is the person driving a 2WD knows just how bad the road really is by trying to get moving in the first place.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:19 AM
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I have a 1993 2wd 2.3 5-speed. In snow, becuase of my almost bald tires, it wont go through anything. But with good snow tires and about 400lbs in the back, i dont see a proublem. Towing wise, ive pulled a 1700 pound boat up a few larger hills. Granted i was petal to the metal in 2nd gear, it still got up. On the flats, it should tow about 3000. My teacher has a 95 s-10 4x2 2.2 liter, and he pulls trailers close to 3000 regularly
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:36 AM
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Hello Everyone, I need to purchase a pick up truck for home use (bringing firewood home, home depot runs, etc..). I have looked at several 4x4 trucks, but I can justify the gas mileage. The Ranger 4x2 4 cylinder gets great mileage, but I'm concerned about driving it in the snow. I know the new Rangers have AdvanceTrac and RSC which I believe will help in the bad weather. I was hoping to hear from a 4x2 Ranger owner and get their perspective on driving in the bad weather. Thanks so much. Pete
If you know how to drive a 4x2 in the snow isn't a issue
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:51 AM
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My truck is 4x4 and I'm glad it is. I am getting away with running A/T tires no problem because of it. But, my dad's truck (a Dodge Dakota, not a ranger) is 2wd. He has weight in the back and put a snow blower and ramp back there too... It's fantastic in the snow! That being said he's running really good snow tires as well (and it's not a 4cly either... But 2wd can perform well in the snow without a doubt).

His truck might also have a LSD though... I can't comment on a 2wd open diff.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:59 PM
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Weight in the Winter will do miracle even with bad tire, Also my 93 2WD 5 Speed pulled my Geo Metro to the crap yard with a box full of old steel i had laying around (about 2000lbs total) and it did just fine, just dont stop in the middle of a hill.....
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:05 AM
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His truck might also have a LSD though... I can't comment on a 2wd open diff.
My open diff hasn't given me any real trouble. There have been times a locker would have been handy, but it would be more of a convenience than a requirement. Just last week, I parked half the truck on ice. It took some finagling with the clutch, but my studded snows got me out. :-) I've also pushed it to the limit a couple times, to see how it fares, but didn't end up getting stuck. I attribute it to snow tires and a manual shift, as well as an understanding of driving physics. :-P
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:29 AM
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weight in the bed and good snow tires, and im from buffalo with average 96 inches of snow a year, never had a problem
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:49 AM
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I know this thread was started in 2010... but it is near and dear to my heart. My 2.3 takes me where ever I need to go in any weather. Buy good tires, drive slow, and use chains if you need to. My last truck was a 4x4 and it was fun for the show-off factor but by no means necessary the only time i used it was when i drove like a ******* and got myself stuck.

Growing up I've seen people drive mini vans into desert canyons, and honda civics to the ski resorts, and motorcycles with side cars to carry firewood.

To hear one ford ranger driver make fun of another ford ranger driver for not being able to tow.... sounds like a 4x4 4.0 ranger driver is a little butt-hurt that he had to park next to a F350 owner and got a ribbing for his 'cute truck' and is coming to the forum to 'kick the dog'

As a 2wd driver - there's no shame in my game. I always arrive at my destination then look around at the 4x4 trucks and ask them simply "do you use a chain saw to cut your steak too?" If you want to impress people lift weights and stuff your wallet with $100 bills.

I bought a ranger because I needed a small light duty pickup as opposed to a car and prefer American over toyota and nissan. If i needed to tow I would get a fullsized work truck, if I needed mobility at all costs I would have gotten a wrangler. If i wanted to get girls using only my wheels I would have bought a sports car.

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