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It depends on the 4wd system. Trucks like, for example, a pre '96 4Runner only have a transfer case for the 4WD system, with no centre differential, so if you drive them on surfaces that aren't reasonably slippery and go around corners it can't differentiate the speed of the front and rear wheels and it will bind and buck and be a general asshole of a thing.
Most newer 4WD systems have the transfer case feeding a centre differential so this isn't really a problem. If you have locking hubs etc then the same issues apply with not being able to handle different wheel speed at each corner of the car.
I have 2 ski vehicles... a '92 4Runner (actually a Surf) which is great because I can just throw everything in and it's beat to shit so if someone dents it in the carpark, no big deal. The other is a 2001 Impreza STI, Subaru's AWD system is pretty damn good in the snow, I've never had to put chains on it.
I dunno if you get them in the states but the Toyota Landcruiser VX Limited is roomy, tough as hell and should go for about 400k miles without issues.
any truck ive seen that has a decent body has ridiculas miles, and i spent a ton of money on gas last season so im hoping for something smaller so i gues the big suv is out
You kinda hack me off eh. You're like 16, you act like you're some shit hot gods gift to everything when it's quite obvious that this is not the truth. Obviously in this case you've probably been driving for a maximum of about 6 months and chances are, despite what you think, you're not very good at it. Even your comments display that really, you're pretty ignorant in these matters.
Race driving teaches things like threshold braking and how to handle things like understeer and oversteer, should they occur... both of which cars can be prone to in snow. And driving fast on gravel (rally driving) is actually a pretty good analog for driving slowly on snow.
In a grander sense, you talk a lot of shit on gear that I'm 99% sure you've never tried. You also tend to talk about it like you're some big mountain charger who weighs 190 and makes Seth Morrison look like a pussy. I've watched your 'edits' if we're going to call them that and I was pretty gentle when I commented about them previously. Some of them are pretty damn gapish, let's be honest. I think the biggest trick you throw in any of them is a sketchy 180 off a windlip.
There's a lot of people out there who are a lot better at a lot of things than you are. And the faster you realise that, the faster people will stop thinking you're a gigantic spanner.
Because your opinion, a lot of the time, is clearly meaningless drivel. In this thread you agreed with another member that if someone didn't like trucks in the snow then they couldn't drive for shit.
Please enlighten me about your vast experience in driving different types of vehicle in the snow. I have pretty good grounds (i.e. you being all of 16) to suspect that you've driven 1, maybe 2 vehicles in snow, a couple of times, not very far. The same probably goes, relatively speaking, for your overall driving. Hence you aren't qualified to talk shit on another member's opinion about vehicles snow driving ability, which means your opinion, in this instance, like so many other instances, is uneducated misleading shit-talking post-count-whoring pissing in the wind, bordering on straight up bullshit. Like when you said Griffons were sweet for people hitting 30ft cliffs because you're a sponsored comp rider and 30ft aint shit to you. Remember that?