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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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2wd at Silver Lake

I am contemplating taking my truck up to Silver Lake soon. The truck is a 2wd 4.3l 1500 Chevy. A couple of my buddies think it is going to do fine up there, as do I, but I have had a couple people tell me that I am not going to make it anywhere if I don't have 4wd. I have bfg all terrains on the truck which have plenty of tread on them. Do you think I will have a problem making it up any of the hills if I go up there?
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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I've made it up test with my blazer in 2wd and it's a 4.3 with 33's.

I've seen others do just fine too. Drive smart and don't be too hard on the go pedal.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:27 PM   #3
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That 4.3 might not take u up test hill but there is plenty of other areas that allow u to play around. Just remember air pressure is key
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #4
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i have seen minivans up there
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:26 AM   #5
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If you've never been there before I predict a bunch of stucks.

Yes, you can get around just fine in 2wd but expect to get stuck too. Make sure you have a quality tow point and strap because you will be looking for someone to give you a tug.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #6
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That 4.3 might not take u up test hill but there is plenty of other areas that allow u to play around. Just remember air pressure is key
X2 its all about tire pressure, and throttle control, whenever I was out there (in any of my vehicles) I was always in 2wd, climbed test hill, and all of the other hills just fine, also less tread and a wide foot print are good too
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Old July 17th, 2010, 09:27 AM   #7
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i have seen minivans up there
Have you ever seen a honda civic up there?
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Old July 17th, 2010, 09:29 AM   #8
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If you've never been there before I predict a bunch of stucks.

Yes, you can get around just fine in 2wd but expect to get stuck too. Make sure you have a quality tow point and strap because you will be looking for someone to give you a tug.
x2 I predict a first stuck at the end of the entrance where it turns up :)

Tow points, front and back.

Let out the air, I run very low, but you should be fine with about 8psi.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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x2 I predict a first stuck at the end of the entrance where it turns up :)

Tow points, front and back.

Let out the air, I run very low, but you should be fine with about 8psi.

Idk what tire size the OP is running, but I ran between 8 and 10 on my 4wd before I lifted/33'd it, and although it did great, I destroyed the bead on one tire because it went flat and then got run on for a while w/o knowing. (had great traction though! lol) I'd lower them to about 15 and see how that looks (i.e. the rim is laying on the ground or if the tire barely looks low) and if it still looks pretty full, down to 12. Try it out, and if you are having a heck of a time, lower it a bit and see if you lose air.

Its different for every vehicle, I think the big issue for you is going to be traction in the rear because you don't have alot of weight there, so try not to just spin your tires. If you think you are stuck, check where your wheels are. I had that issue with my stock tires that if I stopped and tried to move w/the wheel turned, it wouldn't budge.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #10
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i did all the hills in 2wd in my 4.0 ranger but it took along time to find the right place to go up them and i have 33 inch mud tires i aired them to 5 psi and did fine but like they said u will get stuck if u hot rod bring a tow strap and make sure u have good tow points and have fun
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Old July 17th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #11
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I have 31x10.5's on my truck on 7" wide rims. Another thing I was worried about is I don't have a posi or anything in my rear-end. Also, is just a hitch with a pin in it good enough for a tow point in the rear? I have hooks in the front already.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #12
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no posi or locker oooooh well stay on the flat and small hills lol i have 33 10.50 km2's and a locked rear when i did 2wd and the entrance might be a bad thing for u i have seen jeep in 4wd get stuck and i almost got stuck ur truck is heavier so just pick and choose where to go u will get stuck and if u feel it is getting stuck stop so it will be easy to get u out and u don't break something i see alot of dumbasses that think i can get myself out and they break stuff and dig in to the point it is hell for people to help tham and most people in that case keep driving by
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #13
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i have seen minivans up there
You too huh?


Oh, I've also seen a Dodge Journey out there too
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:22 PM   #14
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i was there on 4th of july with my 1992 jeep cherokee, it has the 4.0 and a blown out front axle. it went everywhere i aimed it in 2wd. i only had to back out of about 3 spots the whole weekend. just remember that momentum is your friend, if you stop on an uphill slope than u probably wont take back off without using reverse... but as long as you stay roling you are good to go. i also only ran about 4 psi in the rear tires....
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #15
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The key is tow points.

Since it's 2WD I suspect you have none.

Get some real ones.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #16
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The key is tow points.

Since it's 2WD I suspect you have none.

Get some real ones.
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Also, is just a hitch with a pin in it good enough for a tow point in the rear? I have hooks in the front already.
I do.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #17
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I do.
Good.

I've seen near-misses and torn-up rigs over poor tow points.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #18
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Last time I was there I ran 15 in the from and 10th in the rear, my tires have too much Fred for the dunes, mall terrain work fine in the sand but run more air in the front, less in the rear. The higher pressure in the front reduces rolling resistance while lower in the rear helps traction.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 07:21 AM   #19
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No, hitch pin is not good enough.

For all those saying they went everywhere in 2wd, what kind of run did it take? Bounce anything out of the back of your rig?
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Old July 18th, 2010, 12:31 PM   #20
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2wd all over the place is the only way to fly unless dragracing... Jim I see you in 2wd all the time also. Corse you have paddles and a V8 and a YJ (best damm front clip ever) lol
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