As someone who's driven in snow all of four or five times, and always in front wheel drive cars sitting on overinflated allseason lowpros, what can I expect from the sidekick? Am I looking for barely inflated tires or what?
Headed due North in a few days and snow is guaranteed.
1995 4DR Sidekick 16v w/4spd Auto J-Vin 197k
4.5in Low Range Offroad combo Lift
2.25 Piping with Magnaflow exhaust and cat
Many other things...
1996 Geo Tracker 16v w/4spd Auto Canadian 110k
235x75xr15 General Grabbers on Cragar 15x7s
2in piping Magnaflow Exhaust and cat
It depends on the tires and what type of snow you're driving on. The pictures that I posted are from right after a snowstorm. When the snow is fluffy, it provides much more traction. After it gets old and granular, you slip and slide a lot more.
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Snowing right now! 2 inches in the last 4 hours and calling for a least 2 more. Still a good 10 on the ground!
As stated above, tired pressures are often lowered for enhanced traction in many conditions; snow, sand, rock crawling, etc. That said, I run an agressive mud tire on the tracker and never take it below 30 psi. 200 lbs sand bags in the back in 4x4 hi-range and I go where I want. I tend to use my momentum when I can to overcome lack of weight or traction. Keeping the tires up just gives me peace of mind against a rough crash through a pot hole or a bounce off the curb or large rocks when in the snow. Keeping momentum up and the tires spinning you can almost use these obstacles as guides in a vehical like this where the tires almost protrude from the body corners. (think approach/departure angles, like the old hummers)
92 Tracker 4x4 8V TBI 5 speed on 235/75/15
No cat, full 2in pipes through dynomax turbo muff.
Manual steering, Manual trans, Manual hubs... Hell, as long as its not kick-start I'm good.
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