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Old 02-24-2016, 09:57 AM   #1
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Never messed with 4x4 so I know little. Wanting a toy so I thought about a 4x4 vehicle. Understand terrain I will use in will be soft dirt, mud. Bean fields old logging roads. No rocks hills etc..


Are all 4x4 vehicles in Stock format gonna perform in the same way? I have the understanding that only two wheels are going to turn on any vehicle.

Vehicle I buy will be a well used 4x4. I assume tires make a big difference.

I been thinking of older Cherokee, or if needed a CJ, Ranger etc..

Is there really very much difference in 4x4 systems of different manufactures for muddy soft dirt?

I currently own 2013 Ram Express 2wd and do not take off road on purpose

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Old 02-24-2016, 03:00 PM   #2
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I don't know a whole lot about the different 4x4's but the little suzuki samurai's do pretty well off road. They are light weight and cheap...
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:19 PM   #3
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No, in stock form they are not all going to perform the same. Using 4x4 decreases your turning ability because the front of the vehicle has to travel farther than the rear. This is amplified if you have a limited slip rear end. It is also amplified by wheel base. Sometimes I find that my Mitsubishi has an easier time getting around than my truck because it has a shorter wheel base and open differentials.
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If there are a group of folks out playing in the areas you want to go, maybe spend a few weekends out there observing what they are using and ask some questions, They might even be able to point you to a vehicle that is already setup for what you want.
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If there are a group of folks out playing in the areas you want to go, maybe spend a few weekends out there observing what they are using and ask some questions, They might even be able to point you to a vehicle that is already setup for what you want.
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- Definitely a sensible suggestion that will result in less money wasted on something you don't want and also help you to find what really fits your needs with actual use and value in mind .


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Old 02-24-2016, 09:31 PM   #7
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Just do a "really thorough" test drive
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:49 PM   #8
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Not really trying to decide on best vehicle right now.

Trying to understand in differences in the 4x4 systems, if any, from one manufacture to another.
From what I can tell all "shift on the fly" systems only can pull two wheels at a time.

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF ALL 4X4 ARE BASICALLY THE SAME IN STOCK FORM.

By the way everyone around my parts just use there late Model pickups, mostly chevys. And I had a Geo Tracker before
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loved my geo tracker.

Shift on the fly just means that you don't have to stop to engage 4x4. Most mfg recommend that you be off the gas and not spinning tires when engaging 4x4. There should be a sticker somewhere that explains the recommended method of engaging the 4x4 inside the cabin of the vehicle.

Number of wheels spinning when you get stuck varies by vehicle. With open differentials you will have one front and one back wheel spinning. With a lsd in the rear you will have one front and either 1 or 2 spinning on back depending on traction difference between sides(my truck usually has both rear spinning)

In laymen's terms, yeah, they are "basically" the same. There are a lot of different ways to skin a mongoose and still wind up with a pair of gloves. Quite a few differences between suspensions, differentials, transfer cases and what not but all that still just puts drive power to both axles.
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The Trackers were fun little machines .
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