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 205k
1996 4DR Tracker 16v w/4spd Auto Canada Vin 135k
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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
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Manual steering, Manual trans, Manual hubs... Hell, as long as its not kick-start I'm good.
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