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How often do you use 4 wheel drive.

Discussion in 'The Weekly Poll' started by CtChevy427, Dec 23, 2014.

How often do you use 4 wheel drive.

  1. Every day

    3 vote(s)
  2. A couple of times a week

    3 vote(s)
  3. Once a week

    0 vote(s)
  4. Here and there

    24 vote(s)
  5. Never.....I ani't got 4 wheel drive.

    4 vote(s)
  6. Other, please do tell.

    7 vote(s)
  1. CtChevy427

    CtChevy427 Still Kicking.... Staff Member Lead Moderator

    Apr 14, 2008
    North Haven, CT
    How often do you use 4 wheel drive.
  2. Will L.

    Will L. Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    Boulder City Nv
    All the time since its full time 4wd! (so funny in my own mind) Twice a month, but I have to go looking for it. Almost all of mine is recreational.


    May 9, 2008
    How about every blue moon, or when the urge hits me for a boosted launch(then stuff gets broken like my driveshaft, or the CV halfshafts I had to replace last night). I've always had 4X4's, but don't really use it much anymore. My next truck when the BURB finally rots apart will be a 2 wheel drive, just don't use it enough to justify another 4X4.
  4. btfarm

    btfarm 325,000 Worth Staff Member Moderator

    May 12, 2008
    Sandwich, Illinois
    Only when I need it. Occasionally on grass or mud and on snow if I feel like it's necessary.
    jrsavoie likes this.
  5. NVW

    NVW Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2008
    Castor, AB.
    In summer only occasionally, last winter it was locked unless on the highway. This winter seldom so far.
  6. gmctrucksrock

    gmctrucksrock gmctrucksrock

    Dec 15, 2011
    Anchor Point, Alaska
    Well in Alaska even if it doesn't snow we got ice, so in winter three times a week at least but I usally kick it out after the moment, I believe breaking two wheels is more controllable than all four
    jrsavoie likes this.
  7. schiker

    schiker Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Pendleton, SC
    I voted occasionally. It just depends. I am not ever really in the mud anymore. Around the yard and in the pasture I give it about 2 tire turns max or rear posi-traction feel and I engage 4x4. I use to play around some and see if I could get out in 2wd first but now care more about erosion control on this property.
  8. BoostN

    BoostN Well-Known Member Staff Member Administrator

    Feb 11, 2008
    My LML has been in 4x4 maybe twice and that was for a snowy day a couple of years ago. Back when I pulled a boat it was every weekend during the summer because of slick boat ramps.
  9. WarWagon

    WarWagon Well it hits on 7 of 8...

    Nov 15, 2009
    No such thing as 4 wheel drive unless you have front and rear "working" lockers.

    Now shifting out of 1 wheel spinning to 2 wheel spinning is a different matter used for off road towing or monsoon storms. Generally used just before something serious gets broken.
    jrsavoie likes this.
  10. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

    Feb 7, 2009
    I was disappointed with my snow performance with my front and rear lockers.
  11. Will L.

    Will L. Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    Boulder City Nv
    Regarding WarWagon and ak's remarks:

    In most trucks, 4wd is really right rear and left front. Mine is opposite in its full time mode, always left rear & right front, until using btm (brake throttle manipulation) from the torque biasing differentials, it locks front and rear axles. Then locking in the transfer case allows 0 slippage between front and rear. So if there is too much traction and the driver decides to turn too sharply it will snap the half shaft(s).

    I have learned huge differences in locking axles. That's why I asked on the other thread about a locker only on rear axle for snowy roads. There are a lot of times when unlocked 4wd performs better than locked rear and front 4wd. I had a bunch of guys on trail runs, sand dunes, at moab, mud, etc argue it with me until the guys with lockers copied what I showed them. Only people without lockers still didn't believe it. Snow is the only thing I don't have a lot of time on. Not just the last decade w/ the hummer but jeeps & trucks also. Which reminds me, any of you guys ever play "flip for pinks" in your area?
    red likes this.
  12. hookedup50

    hookedup50 Active Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    In the winter 4wd gets used during snow and ice storms. I live at the top of a windy long hill, and if you break loose you end up stuck or break something as there always seems to be a stone wall to break a frame. That was the demise of my old jeep. During mud/spring turkey season, it get used daily as its always slippery on corn fields. In summer I beach fish for stripers oversand, 4wd is a must and this is where lockers shine on 8pounds of tire psi. There are some beaches I go that will stuck just about anything, lockers or not. IMO and experience snow and fully locked, will put you in the ditch.
  13. bison

    bison Well-Known Member

    When ever i spin out in 2 wh
  14. btfarm

    btfarm 325,000 Worth Staff Member Moderator

    May 12, 2008
    Sandwich, Illinois
    I believe the topic of the poll was about how often you engage 4x4. NOT the technicalities of how it works...In the case of our 4x4 Duramax trucks with G80 differentials it's 3 wd up to about 30 mph when they unlock
  15. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

    Feb 7, 2009
    my disappointment with snow was offroad not on and with about 14-16" of snow
  16. BoostN

    BoostN Well-Known Member Staff Member Administrator

    Feb 11, 2008
    With all of that said, I would not own a truck without 4x4. Should be a law..
  17. JiFaire

    JiFaire Lieutenant Staff Member Lead Moderator

    Feb 10, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    Parking lot at jobsite has an icy up-ramp right before the KeyCard gate. of course, it is uphill, and since you need to put a mag key in the slot, you can't take a run at it.

    So I use 4x4 every day, for 30 feet. :)
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
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  18. tanman_2006

    tanman_2006 Just a farm kid...

    Feb 15, 2010
    Seiling, Oklahoma
    My feed trucks see 4x4 every time I feed due to sugar sand. I have one farm with hard red soil and it has a hill that only the 95 can pull in 2wd. Another farm has soil that sticks to your tires and even the biggest lugs won't clean out, can be fun.

    Otherwise its a here and there use.
  19. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

    May 17, 2008
    Eagle Mountain, Utah
    No 6 wheel option? Poor deuce has too many axles for this poll :(

    I use it offroad, but on pavement I don't use 4x4 (6x6 in the deuce). Never found it to be necessary up in Utah.
    Will L. likes this.
  20. Dieseldad97

    Dieseldad97 I now know why.

    I voted other. Seems I only use mine when I'm on the verge of getting stuck.

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