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Re: Awesome Select Terrain Video

Quoted from XMONGER

What Jeep says about snow mode:

SNOW

Standard Electronic Brake Controls
50/50 torque split
2nd Gear launch from a standstill
Air Suspension at Normal Ride Height (if equipped)
"END QUOTE"

If a vehicle is starting out in second gear then yes the RPM would be up higher on the launch due to the higher gear ratio. The way I look at it is in the old days when you had a manual transmission you would start out in second gear if you weren't hauling or towing anything you would hold the clutch a little longer with a little higher RPM because of the gear ratio. We did this because being from the country and starting out in LOW (AKA: "grandma gear") it was just too low and you could get moving faster starting in second. It’s not the same thing but the same concept.

My Dads 1979 Dodge Power Wagon (full-time 4WD with I believe 3.23 axle ratio) was geared so “high” that in high range it would power out (not move and no wheels spinning but in drive with the gas to the floor) before it would spin a wheel. Then we would have to switch to low range to get the truck to move. The only thing bad about it was you didn't realize how slippery the road was taking off because it wouldn't spin a wheel….it would just go. That thing was so sure footed that it would climb a tree if it could get traction although it probably would power out first in high range.
Just my two cents...with a little experience...I started driving (off-road) when I was 12...and that was 29 years ago...man I'm getting old.
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