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Old 12-06-2010, 05:58 PM
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Default 4x4 vs 2wd rangers

I have a 2wd, and i heard that its gonna be hell in the snow. i already had my mind set on my next truck to be a 4x4 ranger, but ive heard all sorts of things like "twice as many things that break" and that 4x4 trucks break more than 2wd ones. any input is appreciated!
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:01 PM
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4x4 for life lol unless gas prices go up more haha
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:01 PM
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2wd is fun lol
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2wd is fun lol
alot of fun. if u build the rear end just right man the things u can do with them
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:03 PM
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2wd is fun lol
then dont engage the 4x4 hahaha

but if you live some place where it snows a descent amount every winter i would get a 4x4, just take care of it and dont fall behind on the maintenance, if you drive it nice you shouldnt have too many major problems.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:05 PM
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I have 4x4 suspension, but no D35 or T case.

I have a D44 sitting in the shop waiting to be rebuilt and go under the F100. But once again, no T case yet.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:06 PM
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aka michigan, lmao. metro detroit hasnt gotten hit yet, sadly
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:06 PM
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if your talking about plowed city/town roads -- with good driving habits and a few sand bags over the rear wheels 4x2 do fine in the snow. deep snow like off road I would go with the added power wheels on road of the 4x4.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:15 PM
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I have 4x4 suspension, but no D35 or T case.

I have a D44 sitting in the shop waiting to be rebuilt and go under the F100. But once again, no T case yet.
never understood the suspension thing lol
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:29 PM
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I've got 4wd, there are more things that can go wrong, but you do have the added advantage. It will NOT help you stop though. I have a 2wd GMC back home that I have driven in many a snow storm to many a far off place as well, honestly having a limited slip and a little weight, and you will have no problem doing most anything. The big issues from 4wd come from hard use, misuse, and no use, not including not maintaining the system. You also suffer in fuel mileage. It really comes down to where you live, I wouldn't have wanted my 2wd GMC in Montana winters, but in Washington state, or for that matter Detroit, you could probably get by with 2wd just fine. For where I was in Montana, unless you wanted to walk, 4wd was king. You also get the fun of going anywhere anytime! lol
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:34 PM
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4X4 will help you go better but you will pretty much turn and stop the same. With that being said, in the rust belt, I would rather have 4X4 than RWD. That is why I have my SUV.

Food for thought, you could get an axle with limited slip or a locker from the junk yard and have a pretty darn good vehicle for the snow as long as you throw some weight in the back. With a good set of snow tires, you'll get around better than most FWD vehicles and like stated earlier, they can be a lot of fun in the snow.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:35 PM
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4x4= more parts which yes, in turn there is more to break. But if you know how to fix them (and most of the stuff involving the 4x4 isnt rocket science) then you have really no problem and are set in most snow situations.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:54 PM
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Kentucky gets snow, and my truck doesn't move. no point even trying anymore. my wifes van goes like it was made for it. my truck wont even pull its self out of the blacktop driveway. tried weight and snow tires. I want a 4x4 ranger or mazda. with minor mods n upgrades.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:16 PM
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I wish I had a 4wd here in Colorado! I often need to put tire cables on. Are chains legal in MI? If I were you living up there in the frigid north I'd go for the 4wd next time.

Throwing a locker in our 2wd trucks wouldn't help much; it will just want to spin the truck around.

Just remember to take the truck out of 4wd when you don't need it and you won't have much hassle with the 4wd.

By that way, are manual locking hubs still available on Rangers? Manual instead of automatic locking hubs would cut down on things that could go wrong.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:56 PM
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It's like this...

2wd are ok. If your more likely to drive on paved roads its pretty good. More gas mileage and less things to work on.

4wds are good. If your more likely to drive muddy areas. They can get some good gas mileage but there will be more things you will have to maintain. Tires are more expensive for them too unless you go with some cheap all-terrain.


I had a 2wd Ranger. I liked it but I kept getting stuck...I know I could put some rear mud tires on it. These little trucks are easy to pull out. I got a 4wd Ranger (hubs don't work-my luck) but once I get the 4wd fixed..I will be good. I will just install me a winch. You can do the same for a 2wd but most people will think it would look weird on a 2wd but who cares. It's your vehicle.

2WDs have less weight you know unlike a 4wd due to the front axle and transfer case,etc.

If you drive on the road alot and go far and will see less muddy areas...2wd

If you drive on the road alot/a little and will see some muddy areas....4wd.

It's totally up to you...both have PROS and CONS.

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I wish I had a 4wd here in Colorado! I often need to put tire cables on. Are chains legal in MI? If I were you living up there in the frigid north I'd go for the 4wd next time.

Throwing a locker in our 2wd trucks wouldn't help much; it will just want to spin the truck around.

Just remember to take the truck out of 4wd when you don't need it and you won't have much hassle with the 4wd.

By that way, are manual locking hubs still available on Rangers? Manual instead of automatic locking hubs would cut down on things that could go wrong.
New ones? I think not...but I don't know. They may have conversion kits out there..$$$$$
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