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Old 11-26-2008, 11:42 PM
rockndrums07
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Default Ford Rangers in the snow?

I just bought a 99 Ford Ranger, extended cab.

I asked a question before, but didn't get a lot of responses. I know I need to put sand bags in the back of the truck to keep it from sliding, but I was wondering what else I could do?

and how is your experience with rangers? how was it for you in the snow?

thanks!
did i make a mistake by buying one?
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:42 PM
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I am glad to answer this question! My first truck was a '00 ford ranger 2wd. It was all over the place in the snow i couldn't keep it on the road if i went faster than 15mph. I totaled it on the freeway trying to make it home one night. definitely use sand bags and get some chains or studded tires. I have another ranger now but it's 4wd and it kicks a s s in the snow i love it!!
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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With the ranger being a light truck, you might lower your air pressure about 5 PSI in the tires during the winter and use snow tires. Thats about all the extra things a person can do for winter.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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I saw for sale the other day a water bladder that fits in the bed of the truck that you fill to add weight to the rear of your truck. But I think sand bags would be easier and cheaper.

As far as how Rangers are in the snow...they are OK but not great. The do OK as long as you've got good all-season radials with a deep tread pattern. Their downside is that they are extremely light in the rear end, hence the need for sand bags.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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You will need at least 400lbs in the pickup bed. Having 4wd with help a lot. I had a 98 ford ranger 2wd, and it slipped and slid around like crazy. Anti-lock brakes don't really work with this truck. When I didn't have sand in the bed, I couldn't even make it up hills when it was slippery.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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if its 4x4 good. SHovel snow into the bed.. 2 wheel forget it stay home.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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The more weight you can get on the drive wheels the better off your are. If yours has 4 wheel drive then that helps immensely as well.

Keep in mind however that even with the 4 wheel drive you still slide like anyone else if you go to fast, or try to stop to quickly.

So bad snow stay home if you can. If not, then weight on the drive wheels, turn on the 4 wheel drive, use the low gears..you get more traction..& above all slow down. The speed is the #1 thing that causes accidents in the snow.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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Chains or snow tires, and sand bags. I have two 2x4 Rangers, one short, one long bed. I tow my 3 place snowmobile trailer with them. No problems.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:43 PM
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You didn't make a mistake buying it, trust me. Just make sure you have 2-4 sandbags in the box, but not too many, or you won't be able to stop very well. These are very good trucks, and fine in the snow since they aren't too heavy. Other than the sandbags, just be sure to get 4 winter tires, and don't go nuts, unless its a 4X4.
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