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Old 02-02-2011, 06:57 AM
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Ok, so I am currently looking for a 6.0 and I found one that I am interested in. Its an 06 CCSB 4x4 Lariat, and I have a question that I need answered before I go any further in this process. This truck is going to be my DD, and with all the snow I get here in the winter, It really needs to kick *** in the snow on a regular basis. I currently drive an Audi A4 with Quattro and snow tires and its the tits, but the extra weight and ground clearance of the F Series will definitely be nice. So my question is, how good are these things in the snow, if anyone has a good comparison that would be great. I know this is a general noob question, but I have always had AWD Subarus and Audis so I am not well versed in trucks. Can I drive the F series on my 200mi trips in snow with 4x4 on all the time, cus if not, thats a big problem. Thanks for the help guys.

BTW before anyone says tires are everything, I know that already. I just need a good comparison of performance.
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Ok, so I am currently looking for a 6.0 and I found one that I am interested in. Its an 06 CCSB 4x4 Lariat, and I have a question that I need answered before I go any further in this process. This truck is going to be my DD, and with all the snow I get here in the winter, It really needs to kick *** in the snow on a regular basis. I currently drive an Audi A4 with Quattro and snow tires and its the tits, but the extra weight and ground clearance of the F Series will definitely be nice. So my question is, how good are these things in the snow, if anyone has a good comparison that would be great. I know this is a general noob question, but I have always had AWD Subarus and Audis so I am not well versed in trucks. Can I drive the F series on my 200mi trips in snow with 4x4 on all the time, cus if not, thats a big problem. Thanks for the help guys.

BTW before anyone says tires are everything, I know that already. I just need a good comparison of performance.
Well, I also have a AWD Subaru, and lets just say when the roads are really bad, I take the truck.

The weight, the clearence, the wider/longer stance, the larger tires, the 4x4, all leaps and bounds better.

AWD is OK, but it cant touch 4x4, and you wont be cuting through any snowbanks with that car!
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The right set of tires, and some weight in the bed will set you up perfectly. I dont do much snow driving, but I have heard between 500-800lbs in the bed is the magic number.

I do not think you will disappointed with the PSD! Good luck sorry I dont have more insight!
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The benefits of these trucks in the snow starts with they weigh nearly 8,000 lbs! Weight is great! Add really good tires (best I have found thus far - and wont cost you much is Kumho KL78's - their AT tire).

In this pic - my truck with LT305/70R16 E and highly worn Kumho KL78 AT's. 30" of snow in my driveway - same on most of the streets. That day I was doing hospital runs all day. No problems.4x4 How good exactly-ford-snow.jpg

For weight - i filled the bed with snow. Kept the hubs locked (I manually switch to lock). Truck did fantastic!
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Ive drivin in snow twice in my life i live in south texas...and it looks like tomorrow and the next day i will be driving my new 6.4 in the snow because it is supposed to snow in corpus christi again
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Thanks for the insight guys. ToMang I definitely here you with the Maine snow, I have a house in Carabassett Valley and certainly know how bad the roads can be. If you take the truck over the Subaru then it means something to me because I know how much of a tank our Outback and Audi is lol. I have driven my Audi with summer tires through 15" of snow without any trouble, much more than that though and the clearance issue gets hairy. Sounds like the PSD is where I am going to be headed.
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You will have no proplem in the snow but if driving 2wd in the snow is going to be a issue you might as well keep your import. There should be no reason you need 4wd for a 200 mile trip unless you cant drive or they never plow the roads. My trucks hardly ever seen 4wd in the snow unless i had to

Edit: A good tire like you said you know will get you along ways in just 2wd if you drive smart. I have driven mustangs through snow and ice and not once got stuck or wrecked
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You will have no proplem in the snow but if driving 2wd in the snow is going to be a issue you might as well keep your import. There should be no reason you need 4wd for a 200 mile trip unless you cant drive or they never plow the roads. My trucks hardly ever seen 4wd in the snow unless i had to
i'll second what he said about driving 200 mi in 4x4. I wouldn't do it. Leak the hubs locked in and shift into out of 4x4 as needed
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You will have no proplem in the snow but if driving 2wd in the snow is going to be a issue you might as well keep your import. There should be no reason you need 4wd for a 200 mile trip unless you cant drive or they never plow the roads. My trucks hardly ever seen 4wd in the snow unless i had to

Edit: A good tire like you said you know will get you along ways in just 2wd if you drive smart. I have driven mustangs through snow and ice and not once got stuck or wrecked
When I drive all back roads from Northern Vermont to Norther Maine 4WD is an absolute must. I cant count how many times I have been driving through the mountains after dark and all of a sudden snow storm, unplowed twisty roads with no lighting. It can get hairy even with AWD. And for the record, I am a very good an responsible snow driver. From the start of my driving time till now I have taken extreme weather driving classes, defensive driving classes, racing classes and everything in between so I don't feel I lack in that area by an means.

If I lock the hubs manually, I was under the impression that I was in 4x4 permanently and the switch would do nothing. Is this false? If the hubs are unlocked I though the switch controlled the 4x4.

for the record: If I am doing a 200mile drive in the snow and part of the drive is not bad etc ofcourse I'll take it out of 4x4. I wouldnt leave it in for just wet pavement.
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You will have no proplem in the snow but if driving 2wd in the snow is going to be a issue you might as well keep your import. There should be no reason you need 4wd for a 200 mile trip unless you cant drive or they never plow the roads. My trucks hardly ever seen 4wd in the snow unless i had to

Edit: A good tire like you said you know will get you along ways in just 2wd if you drive smart. I have driven mustangs through snow and ice and not once got stuck or wrecked
I agree, but If its bad enough... I'd take the truck. There is no substitute for a good 4x4. I ony have to put it in 4x4 when I'm ploiwing or coming up the unplowed driveway. However, today, there is 8-10" of unplowed snow on the roads.... so IF I go anywhere today... it'll probably be in 4x4, lol, the car is BURRIED right now! I had to plow the road in front of my house before I even attempted the driveway, were gettin slammed right now, and we have at least a foot as of right now!

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