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Old 11-06-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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What they did before 4 wheel drive was available….

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amazingly agile for a 2 wheel drive vehicle with skinny wheels….
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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LOL ..... Apparently vehicles were well built and the drivers were very resourceful !!
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The old VW beetles from the 60's and 70's were equal to or better than most four wheel drives, just smaller. They would go most anywhere and you did not have to worry about getting stuck because if you did you just got your friends to help lift it out of the muddy ruts and set it down on undisturbed ground beside it and off you went. Almost like the video cpaharley linked to.

Friends used to go hunting in them and often drove around 4x4's stuck in the road.
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Yes, the Volkswagen was unique, they can float, they say if Ted Kennedy had one he may have become president….
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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i used to use my Bug to "plow" our driveway in snowy northern Wisconsin...
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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A friend of mine used to drive trails in interior BC with a Datsun 510 (with rally suspension, so a little taller than stock, but still 2WD). He routinely got through areas in which big 4X4 pickups got stuck... but then, he's intelligent, and a skilled driver.

I live in a rural subdivision, so I have 20 kilometres of rural secondary roads and highways to drive every day to work (and again home). In 20 years of this commuting in Alberta's winters (which last half the year), I slid off the road once (misjudged how icy a turn was), but have otherwise had no problem... always in 2WD cars without even a limited-slip differential. I have passed many vehicles which were stuck in ditches - mostly 4WD.

You can't beat the fact that using all the tires is required for maximum drive traction, but that much traction is rarely required. It would be handy sometimes with a ton or two of trailer acting as an anchor...
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During a snow storm years ago, I was passed by a Jeep CJ, which promptly and too abruptly moved back into my lane. He then began to skid, applied the brakes and side-swiped four parked cars. I then passed him.

I have four wheel drive, but I also have the knowledge that 4WD may get you going, but it's no better than 2WD and getting you to stop.
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What too many 4x4 drivers forget is that 4 tires have only the the same frictional grip on a slippery corner covered with ice, snow or water regardless of how many wheels are driven wheels. In my 25 mile commute I used to pass more 4WD vehicles spun off the road than 2WD ones.
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What too many 4x4 drivers forget is that 4 tires have only the the same frictional grip on a slippery corner covered with ice, snow or water regardless of how many wheels are driven wheels. In my 25 mile commute I used to pass more 4WD vehicles spun off the road than 2WD ones.
When the temperature drops, we get a lot of black ice here. Several years ago, the highway patrol issued warnings to 4x4 drivers that they are more apt to spin out under these conditions.
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