Ah! Just the thread I was looking for.
I mainly drive my ZJ in the winter only, and occasionally use it for family trips in the nicer weather.
I put it on the road today as we had a good snow fall last night.
My car is now parked and under a car cover for the winter.
The point is, I forgot how crappy I find the brakes seem to be on my '96. It was not unreasonably slippery today, but the noise, and my foot almost going to the floor boards, and still sliding when approaching an intersection as ABS is engaged is disconcerting and brought back memories of last year. I almost slammed into the rear of the car ahead of me because the brakes seem useless on ice. My tires are in excellent shape, but I think it has to do with the ABS? It seems that I have less control.
To be fair, I will conduct some tests tomorrow. I will compare equal speeds and measure stopping distances with relay in vs. relay out and post the results.
I believe factors need to be considered depending on your driving habits:
1) Mostly highway driving. ABS would benefit me when I'm travelling at higher speeds, need to use my brakesin an emergency and maintain control to change lanes.
2) I am primarily driving in town. I need to stop quickly at intersections due to another drivers mistakes or making a red light, or my driveway for that matter.
There are major considerations to take into account when deciding whether or not ABS is right for you.
For me, I fit primarily into the #2 category. I find the amount of sliding my ZJ exhibits on ice or snow is excessive and I think the ABS is hindering the performance. This is the only vehicle I've ever owned with ABS, so maybe I am biased and there is a learning curve involved here?
I will provide pictures tomorrow of my findings using a vacant portion of a snow covered parking lot.
1996 Grand Cherokee Laredo. 4dr, 4L 4WD
1993 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi (Bonnesaurus)