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Old 01-05-2010, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Swampy View Post
Hey white gardens: do you have a problem with your front tires falling into the wheel tracks of the rear wheels? I noticed this on my old bosses F550.

From what I have picked up about DRW over SRW. You'd go through less tire wear, as loads pulled sit more spread out over the four tires instead of two. In snow you'll get more points of contact to a surface so less spining tire, that can lead to drive line failure. But need a wider plow to cover your track.

This my pratice, probably not the best, but I change out tires in the front (steering) seperately from the rear tires. Helps with cost a little, not a bigger up front bill.
I don't necessarily have problems with the front wheels dropping in the wheel tracks, and honestly I haven't paid attention to how the tracks line up. We are expecting 4-6 inches of snow Wednesday night so I might actually look at that. I actually think the front tires go down the middle of my rear wheels because my truck is a cab and chassis, and for the year I think the rear axle is a little narrower than a personal use F-350. There are some quirks to a cab and chassis, and have to clarify when I go get parts for the truck.

Also, my plow is at 8.5 feet so it's plenty wide to clear a path.

Ya, if and when I change the tires I would do them separately. The fronts are standards and the rears are beefier snow tires to help with the fact the truck is only 2wd.

On a truck forum I'm on it's debated on weather the DWR gets better or worse traction in the snow. I think what helps me out is having plenty of weight in the rear and the fact that I have a shorter wheel-base so the rear has less in front of it to push. In slick parking lots I also can't fish-tail the rear at all. Some guys state that the longer wheel base DWRs don't do well in the snow at all.

My next beast is going to be an f-450, short wheelbase, 4wd. Right now my truck gets around good in the snow, but, I'd like to have the 4wd to be a little more aggressive when plowing.
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