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Old 01-28-2011, 03:53 PM
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We also use Snow mode at NRH unless deeper conditions require further lift in QL. It's not a 4wd sports sedan, but it keeps the weight lower helping with handling.

The automanual shifting is also a great way to descend and control speed without riding the brakes as much.

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The automanual shifting is also a great way to descend and control speed without riding the brakes as much.
That was a good tip I learned here about holding the shifter to the left to find the right gear; also learned that holding it the right goes straight back up to "D" without having to step through the gears.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:20 PM
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A variant on "SLOW DOWN" is watch yourself in transitional maneuvers. By "transitional maneuver" I mean any time the vehicle is changing its state- that is, not driving along in a straight line on a flat road at the same speed. Accelerating, braking, turning, all transitional. So is any time the pavement changes- going from a regular road onto a bridge or overpass? That's a transition. Changing lanes over a small hump of snow? Transition.

In those times, drive smoothly, don't make any major or fast changes to anything. It doesn't take much of a bump or curve to upset the vehicle's equilibrium, and those moments are when it will kick out on you.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:27 PM
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A variant on "SLOW DOWN" is watch yourself in transitional maneuvers. By "transitional maneuver" I mean any time the vehicle is changing its state- that is, not driving along in a straight line on a flat road at the same speed. Accelerating, braking, turning, all transitional. So is any time the pavement changes- going from a regular road onto a bridge or overpass? That's a transition. Changing lanes over a small hump of snow? Transition.

In those times, drive smoothly, don't make any major or fast changes to anything. It doesn't take much of a bump or curve to upset the vehicle's equilibrium, and those moments are when it will kick out on you.
Precisely why I'm dubious about the new Explorer's automatic braking when entering a curve "too fast." It jams on the brakes, reportedly very hard, which in my experience is exactly what not to do when pushing the limits of a curve.

Unless you're into drifting...
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:46 PM
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I see that you park on the street. Do you have "Dibs?" I grew up in Chicago and after you shovel out a spot you put your old furniture, toys, etc there to hold your spot. Some people get very creative! Those that are foolish enough to move the furniture and park there have met with awful fates!
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:05 PM
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Currently driving the WK with Blizzaks. Hope to take delivery of the WK2 on 1/31 with the Michelin Lattitudes being replaced with Goodyear Wrangler Duratreads on 2/3/11 and Snow wheeling the next weekend. Hopefully pics to follow.

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have any of you guys used the Fortera tripple treads? The current Fortera dones't have a great rating on the good year sight, seems like and avg tire. The tripple treads are 10's for traction across the board. I had them on my explorer and I loved them. Was thinking of when I get the truck to switch them over, however in the 20" there 275's not 65's
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:33 AM
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have any of you guys used the Fortera tripple treads? The current Fortera dones't have a great rating on the good year sight, seems like and avg tire. The tripple treads are 10's for traction across the board. I had them on my explorer and I loved them. Was thinking of when I get the truck to switch them over, however in the 20" there 275's not 65's
Those GY Tripletreads are a bit more aggressive, but they are categorized as All-Seasons vs. Winter or AT. Note the Michelin LTX MS2 in this category has the M&S rating and therefore benefit from stronger snow/ice ratings for an all seasons - many JG members run these Michelin's for winter and love them.

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Old 01-29-2011, 10:38 AM
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I see that you park on the street. Do you have "Dibs?" I grew up in Chicago and after you shovel out a spot you put your old furniture, toys, etc there to hold your spot. Some people get very creative! Those that are foolish enough to move the furniture and park there have met with awful fates!
We're going through a big controversy on saving spots here in Philly. It's gotten so bad that even Good Day Philadelphia was broadcasting (from their chopper) a woman pulling out of a spot, pulling out a stepstool from her vehicle and saving her spot. It was pretty funny stuff.

Well.... controversial for those people who actually shovel out their spot. I just drive out and park in the same spot when I get back. (unplowed, unshoveled, just the way I like it)
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I am so friggin' jealous of that powder. Here it's either ice or slush. (but it's better than no skiing at all)
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I see that you park on the street. Do you have "Dibs?" I grew up in Chicago and after you shovel out a spot you put your old furniture, toys, etc there to hold your spot. Some people get very creative! Those that are foolish enough to move the furniture and park there have met with awful fates!

YESSS!! We have two cars so the first one home usually grabs the spot. In the winter i simply dont shovel the spot. I take the approach if I park in the most rediculous way possible everyone else will just stay away. Plus it makes shoveling much less.

I do have an awesome story about "dibs" I used to have a 2000 Tahoe. We had a small war with our neigber about "the spot" . Needless to say they have 1 car and a driveway, and i have 2 cars and a driveway. Park in my spot once and I'll ask you to please use your driveway since there are limeted spots on the block. Park there twice i mention it again saying you have a driveway for a reason. 3rd time....lets just say the tow hooks and recovert straps came out and we tested the stregth of the tahoe. They don't park there anymore!

This was a few years ago so things calmed down.

My attitude now is "hey I have a WK2 I can park where I want". Its been working well so far
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