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  1. #1 Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    [email protected]
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    Hi; I have a 1994 silverado (k1500) and for the past two years i have
    had sand bags in the bed during the winter to improve traction. I have
    been doing some reading about the height of the truck and roll
    resistance and acceleration. So far the general rule of thumb seems to
    be to lower the truck (improve air flow and acceleration) however I was
    wondering if it would be beneficial to keep the rear end up an inch so
    when accelerating the truck would level itself out? What are the
    optimal configurations for the leveling of a pickup? Lower or higher
    (i have heard lower for handling and aerodynamics); then also lower in
    rear or higher in rear? (i have no good sources of information on this
    subject...) thanks!

    -Matt

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  2. #2 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    Flyingmonk
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    I don't know about lowering or rasing the rear, but you might wanna
    install an limited slip rear or a air locker or somthin' of that nature
    back there.

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  3. #3 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    TheSnoMan
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    [email protected] wrote:
    > Hi; I have a 1994 silverado (k1500) and for the past two years i have
    > had sand bags in the bed during the winter to improve traction. I have
    > been doing some reading about the height of the truck and roll
    > resistance and acceleration. So far the general rule of thumb seems to
    > be to lower the truck (improve air flow and acceleration) however I was
    > wondering if it would be beneficial to keep the rear end up an inch so
    > when accelerating the truck would level itself out? What are the
    > optimal configurations for the leveling of a pickup? Lower or higher
    > (i have heard lower for handling and aerodynamics); then also lower in
    > rear or higher in rear? (i have no good sources of information on this
    > subject...) thanks!
    >
    > -Matt
    >


    Check out the link below if you want to get even more techical about
    improving traction.


    http://snoman.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=63

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  4. #4 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    Mike Romain
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    The folks who designed the truck likely set it up the best way....

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    [email protected] wrote:
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    > Hi; I have a 1994 silverado (k1500) and for the past two years i have
    > had sand bags in the bed during the winter to improve traction. I have
    > been doing some reading about the height of the truck and roll
    > resistance and acceleration. So far the general rule of thumb seems to
    > be to lower the truck (improve air flow and acceleration) however I was
    > wondering if it would be beneficial to keep the rear end up an inch so
    > when accelerating the truck would level itself out? What are the
    > optimal configurations for the leveling of a pickup? Lower or higher
    > (i have heard lower for handling and aerodynamics); then also lower in
    > rear or higher in rear? (i have no good sources of information on this
    > subject...) thanks!
    >
    > -Matt

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  5. #5 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    TheSnoMan
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    Not likely at all, they made it the cheapest way possible and the best
    possible EPA MPG rating. They do not care at all if it has best possible
    traction. You give Detriot far more credit than it deserves.

    Mike Romain wrote:
    > The folks who designed the truck likely set it up the best way....
    >
    > Mike
    > 86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
    > 88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
    > Canadian Off Road Trips Photos: Non members can still view!
    > Aug./05 http://www.imagestation.com/album/in...?id=2120343242
    > (More Off Road album links at bottom of the view page)
    >
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >>Hi; I have a 1994 silverado (k1500) and for the past two years i have
    >>had sand bags in the bed during the winter to improve traction. I have
    >>been doing some reading about the height of the truck and roll
    >>resistance and acceleration. So far the general rule of thumb seems to
    >>be to lower the truck (improve air flow and acceleration) however I was
    >>wondering if it would be beneficial to keep the rear end up an inch so
    >>when accelerating the truck would level itself out? What are the
    >>optimal configurations for the leveling of a pickup? Lower or higher
    >>(i have heard lower for handling and aerodynamics); then also lower in
    >>rear or higher in rear? (i have no good sources of information on this
    >>subject...) thanks!
    >>
    >>-Matt



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  6. #6 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    .boB
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    [email protected] wrote:
    > Hi; I have a 1994 silverado (k1500) and for the past two years i have
    > had sand bags in the bed during the winter to improve traction. I have
    > been doing some reading about the height of the truck and roll
    > resistance and acceleration. So far the general rule of thumb seems to
    > be to lower the truck (improve air flow and acceleration) however I was
    > wondering if it would be beneficial to keep the rear end up an inch so
    > when accelerating the truck would level itself out? What are the
    > optimal configurations for the leveling of a pickup? Lower or higher
    > (i have heard lower for handling and aerodynamics); then also lower in
    > rear or higher in rear? (i have no good sources of information on this
    > subject...) thanks!
    >
    > -Matt
    >

    Whatever you do, it won't make much differance on snow and ice. Lowering the
    rear to improve weight transfer assumes there's enough power and traction to shift
    the CG far enough to make a differance. Not going to happen on a snowy day.
    As long as the truck is somewhat level with your average load, leave it alone.

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  7. #7 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    San1tek
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    From a truckers point of view weight in the back will do alott for
    traction. I personaly feel changing the CG would not do much for you.

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  8. #8 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    TheSnoMan
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    San1tek wrote:
    > From a truckers point of view weight in the back will do alott for
    > traction. I personaly feel changing the CG would not do much for you.
    >



    But when you shift CG more towards or away from rear axle with rear
    wheel drive, that is the same as adding or removing weight back there.

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  9. #9 Re: Rear wheel drive pickup traction ideas? 
    bowgus
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    So that would be longitudinal CG? Must be tricky in slow/ice with say a rear
    wheel drive pickup truck that would have a changing longitudial CG and
    therefore handling characteristics depending on the load or lack thereof ...
    easy does it would think. If it was me I'd look into positraction (power to
    the wheel that's no slipping) which would be good year round, the best
    ice/snow tires I could afford, and maybe extra weight over the rear wheels
    on snowy days depending on weight distribution.

    Out of curiosity, what is the weight distribution front wheels/rear wheels
    no load? I would think equal distribution for handling in snow would be the
    goal.


    "TheSnoMan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > San1tek wrote:
    > > From a truckers point of view weight in the back will do alott for
    > > traction. I personaly feel changing the CG would not do much for you.
    > >

    >
    >
    > But when you shift CG more towards or away from rear axle with rear
    > wheel drive, that is the same as adding or removing weight back there.
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