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post #1 of 15 Old 10-24-2006, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Snow / Ice Performance

Having driven only late model 4X4 SUVs to the mountains in recent years with ABS and newer suspension and braking technology, I am concerned that my 87 Comanche, 4X4, 4 liter, 5 speed stick, will be dangerously loose, and sloppy in the snow while driving around Tahoe... Can anyone share their Commanche snow driving experiences, please? I would like to know what to expect. Any Commanche driving tips or Commanche horror stories will be greatly appreciated...

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-24-2006, 03:18 PM
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Having driven only late model 4X4 SUVs to the mountains in recent years with ABS and newer suspension and braking technology, I am concerned that my 87 Comanche, 4X4, 4 liter, 5 speed stick, will be dangerously loose, and sloppy in the snow while driving around Tahoe... Can anyone share their Commanche snow driving experiences, please? I would like to know what to expect. Any Commanche driving tips or Commanche horror stories will be greatly appreciated...
With functional OEM brakes, M/S rated tires and no limited slip, your Comanche should perform well. The main difference I noticed was the differences of driving an AT to a manual in the snow. Common sense driving, no speed shifting, or sudden braking and you will have fun.

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-24-2006, 05:29 PM
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couple of weights over the rear axle never hurt also.
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-24-2006, 07:01 PM
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Hey bro, I have a 1992 4.0 Ho 5 speed ax-15 and a 1990 4.0 auto
Both handle like a dream on ice and snow, and I would trust me on this I live in Northern Canada, so far north infact that my city is called North bay. I wouldn't worry about it too much, I had more problems in my 1985 k5 Blazer but if you are really worried about just fire it in 4h and your good to go, and if you want alittle fun just leav'er in 4x2. it's no worries thier solid little machines, Jeepdoggy is right too, if driving stick just use your head and you'll be good to go.........eh!
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-25-2006, 03:18 AM
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if your worried about it, you can do what im planning on doing is get a 242 tcase to swap with my 231. the AWD function sure would be nice to have on those days where there wasnt much snow. i had the back end on my comanche come around last year because there wasnt enough snow for my 4wd, and i didnt want to ruin my tcase.

the 242 should work perfect. i know a few people who did the swap for this exact reason and they swear by it.

just a thought! direct swap.

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-25-2006, 05:31 AM
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I have driven my 2WD in the snow with little problem. I have Mastercraft Couisers for tires. Good tires make a difference. I would put some weight in the back, usually over the axel. You can make a frame out of 2X4's to keep sandbags from shifting around. I like to keep the RPMs up a bit with a manual, when driving in the snow. There's less torque and lifting off the throttle slows it down without hitting the breaks. Also, slow down a bit in the snow, drive the speed limit at most. Figure what your safe driving at and back off 5-10 mph.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-26-2006, 02:37 AM
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I had my 2wd out in the snow last year, and it did fine. but i was used to a v8 sports car so it was a grand improvement.
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all you guys that are saying you used your 2wd MJ's in the snow and it worked great cant really be getting that much snow???

id be lost if i only had 2wd, even in 4wd there were some difficult times. i vote for good tires and keep the speed waaaaaaaaay down which you probably already do seeing where you live. if you have any thoughts of it being a little too icy/snowy, pop the old girl into 4hi

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We have had a lot of snow in the midwest the past couple of years. There was about 2 ft in a couple of day last year that snowed me in. My Jeep wasn't running. Most of the snow has been slick, like a bit of ice under it. I'd say the Comanche doe almost as good as my two FWD Ford Contours. As said and repeated keep your speed down. I see as many SUV's in the ditch as cars. Maybe more. If yuor talking 6 inches of snow 2WD will do OK. I've had a RWD sports car in the snow a few time (75 Bricklin). It drove OK, just have to be easy on the throttle.
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That should read we haven't had a lot of snow. Sorry, I should proof read a bit. We did get about 2 ft over two days last year though. The Jeep wasn't running. Still, the snow have beed slick the past few years.

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post #10 of 15 Old 10-26-2006, 09:57 AM
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Comanche5L remember these guys don't see anywhere near the amount of snow or ice as us. If you were to try driving your 2wd up here you wouldn't have it very long... like Comanche5L said good tires.. and common sense goes along way..
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post #11 of 15 Old 10-28-2006, 04:49 PM
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it is true that we dont get much snow here, i just added a ton of weight to the back and headed down the road, i have 30x9.5 on it too which im sure helped. all i know is it was way better than my Z28(posi ~300hp blizzaks for winter).
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mine does pretty well

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-29-2006, 04:55 PM
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yeah baby thats what im talkin about. no use for 2wd where he lives either. heres two snow pics from 2 years ago

falls into the "defently need a 4wd" catagory !



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Man, I wish I could get that kind of snow just once a year! My '94 XJ with 242 and open diffs would do better than my '90 MJ with 231 and lockers, but both would be real fun!!! Color me jealous!
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I'm consistently amazed at how well my '86 Comanche performs in the snow. We had a significant blizzard a few weeks ago. The snow accumulation was very similar to the pictures above. My Comanche was pretty much buried. Yep, we can get some real snow storms here at the edge of the Rockies.

I started up my truck and brushed the snow off the windows. I then put it in 4H and it wouldn't move (that's the anemic 2.8L V6 for you). I dropped it into 4L and it climbed right out and onto the road, which had a lot of snow piled up on it with big drifts. I didn't have to dig a path for it, or anything. It just kept plowing right through.

The next day, I took my wife to work in my Comanche. There were vehicles, including some SUV's, stuck everywhere. I just drove around them. Later, after much of the snow had melted off, a tow truck, a moving truck and mini van were all stuck in front of my house at the same time. Again, I just drove my Comanche around them. The fact my bed was full of snow may have helped with traction.

I don't know a lot about 4WD, but I get the impression my Comanche has true
4WD and most "4WD" vehicles just have some kind of limited 4WD. The fact I'm not supposed to use 4WD on dry pavement tells me that transfer case is working very hard when the front axle is engaged.

In my experience, as long as the snow isn't above my front bumper, my Comanche will roll right through it. Currently, it has no lift kit of any kind. I'm running Pirelli all terain tires which are factory size. Everything on the truck body and chassis is bone stock.
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