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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-28-2002, 03:01 PM
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better handling?????

We had some snow here in cleveland yesterday, nice bit on the side streets. Before I left for work I locked in my hubs just because. I threw my rig in 4 wheel drive and I noticed it handled better????? Better steering response and better on center feel. Anyone else ever had this happen?????? I hope this is common and not some demon in my vehicle.
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Re: better handling?????

But of course, the front wheels have power to them and pull themselves the way you steer rather than having to try to make direction changes while overcoming being pushed in a straight line by the rear tires. FWD is more responsive than rear wheel drive that's why so many auto are going to it. The added traction of powering the wheels with the weight on them is another benefit. I expect 4WD to have lockouts on the rear wheel in the near future and use the front for the primary drive. Right now, there's too many of us purists out there who wouldn't accept it and you can put more torque through driveshaft u-joints before gearing down in the differential than you can in the CV joints on the axles ends.

BTW - it's hard on the t-case and the rest of the powertrain to drive on dry pavement in 4WD with Jeeps and some other vehicles.
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