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stang106
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From: God's Country!... Port Alberni B.C. Canada
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posted 01-08-2004 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106   Click Here to Email stang106     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On a '97 F-150, Rear-end already is limited slip. I find the truck in the snow just doesn't go up hills as well as I think it should. I know my tires aren't known for snow and I will change them next fall. Is there a proper way of making the front-end limeted silip? I'll be owning this truck for a long time so I want it done right.
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Dave

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Perk 351C
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From: Cape Neddick Me USA
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posted 01-08-2004 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Perk 351C   Click Here to Email Perk 351C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stang,Call Randy's ring and pinion,800-292-1031 They sell all after market l/s units made.Perk

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MLariviere
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posted 01-09-2004 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would not go with a front L/S. The reason is,that once the wheels spin,they all spin. The open diff will use one wheel as a "pegleg" if you will,and keep the truck from going into a four wheel drift,especially on roads with steep crowns.

Unless you go through serious mud frequently,save your money,and get better tires. I have a truck set up the same way,and I know what you are seeing. I added about 200# of ballast {two whole chimney blocks} right over the rear axle,and it made a huge difference. The truck fishtails alot less now.

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stang106
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posted 01-09-2004 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106   Click Here to Email stang106     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that you mention it, the times I've slid has been the rear (limited slip) when in the snow and it always slides towards the slope, while the front stays put. We have no mud here to worry about, so I'll get some tall narrow tires. My Bridgestone Duellers are poor snow tires. Consumer Guide tested all the tires and they liked the Bridgestone Winter Dueller, which a friend bought and I was amazed at how soft the compound was. How about a dedicated set of snow rims and tires? I'll start looking for a set of wheels.
Dave

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MLariviere
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posted 01-11-2004 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You would be way ahead,with a set of rims and dedicated snows. Tall,thin,and with paddles on the sides,with lots of sipings in the tread.

Contrary to popular belief,mud tires absoulutely stink in the snow. I'll never go that way again.

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