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Old 11-25-2013, 02:00 PM   #981
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You running snow tires Mike?
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #982
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You running snow tires Mike?
No, but I've heard those Blizaks are good. I'm not sure what to do? I've always had big 1 tons and they never really slide.

Kind of a new experience for me here.
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Coming from the land of snow and cold... Snow tires are where it's at for small light vehicles. I typically run a bit narrower tires in the winter than summer. It helps the tires cut through the snow and get grip. Oh, and make sure you get a separate set of rims for winter. It's just more efficient for changeover in spring/fall.

I run Michelin XI2 on my 2WD Ranger, and I don't have any issues.

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Coming from the land of snow and cold... Snow tires are where it's at for small light vehicles. I typically run a bit narrower tires in the winter than summer. It helps the tires cut through the snow and get grip.

I run Michelin XI2 on my 2WD Ranger, and I don't have any issues.
I'll check in to those today. Thanks for the tip.
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No, but I've heard those Blizaks are good. I'm not sure what to do? I've always had big 1 tons and they never really slide.

Kind of a new experience for me here.
As long as you have decent all seasons that are fairly skinny you should be fine w/o snows.
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Any updates on this thing?
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I looked through and couldn't find a detailed shot of the inside corners. If you get a chance do you mind taking a pic showing how you put them together
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I looked through and couldn't find a detailed shot of the inside corners. If you get a chance do you mind taking a pic showing how you put them together
Absolutely.
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It's just a straight piece of angle with a square notch cut out of only one side.

I cut it with a hack saw in just a few seconds then filed it, then sanded it.

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The Ford Transit is ridiculously dangerous in snow.
I second that. You would think.. front wheel drive van... should do good in snow. Lol. It would probably be better with out one ton in the back.
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Have either of you guys put snow tires on yet? I'm genuinely curious if that helps. It appears they are specd with low rolling resistance tires which I find suck at the best of times.
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Have either of you guys put snow tires on yet? I'm genuinely curious if that helps. It appears they are specd with low rolling resistance tires which I find suck at the best of times.
I've talked to a couple guys who swapped tires and it didn't help at all.

It's not a tire problem
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It's a design flaw. These have that traction control system where the vehicle slows down to like 2 mph. I was going up a hill in the last snow storm and the tires slipped just a little. Immediately the anti slip lights go on and I couldn't barely move, then it grabbed, then I slid sideways. It's very dangerous, there's no natural feel to it like on a rear wheel drive van.
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That sucks. Keep a recovery strap on board I guess!
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It's a design flaw. These have that traction control system where the vehicle slows down to like 2 mph. I was going up a hill in the last snow storm and the tires slipped just a little. Immediately the anti slip lights go on and I couldn't barely move, then it grabbed, then I slid sideways. It's very dangerous, there's no natural feel to it like on a rear wheel drive van.
Ahhh! that explains it! I drove a Smart car that behaves like that. It was unbelievably frustrating. Fortunately traction control (and ABS at the same time) could be shut off with a simple jumper on the OBD2 connector. I wonder if turning off TC is possible on the Transit.

Edit : Found a link with info on which fuse pertains to the traction control. Might be worth trying on a quiet side rd. http://www.justanswer.com/ford/7ecqi...-traction.html

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I've talked to a couple guys who swapped tires and it didn't help at all.

It's not a tire problem
Get some little pizza cutter tires on it.
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Ahhh! that explains it! I drove a Smart car that behaves like that. It was unbelievably frustrating. Fortunately traction control (and ABS at the same time) could be shut off with a simple jumper on the OBD2 connector. I wonder if turning off TC is possible on the Transit.

Edit : Found a link with info on which fuse pertains to the traction control. Might be worth trying on a quiet side rd. http://www.justanswer.com/ford/7ecqi...-traction.html
I would be careful with going that route, these systems are likely to be considered safety features, and if you get into an accident with them disabled I could see the insurance company telling you that you disabled a safety feature of the vehicle and they will not be covering you.
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Mine is a 2011, with Michelin tires on it. Haven't really gotten to try them out for traction yet.

I don't have traction control that I know of and mine is loaded.

All I know is when your trying to steer and go with it it gets hairy fast.
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