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How much weight should I put in my S10?

For winter snow/ice driving, how much weight should I put in the bed of my 2002 S10? I'm in the St. Louis area which doesn't get a lot of snow/ice but I know from past experience a little weight helps a lot when we do.

Here's a pic of the thing I built to keep the weight from shifting. Right now I have about 325 lbs.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 12, 10:19 AM
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I had a 2X6 I cut to fit across the bed behind the wheel houses and used to keep 2~4 bags of sand back there on my 77 4X4.
Helped a TON on icy roads

I would shovel some under the tires if I had a 'traction issue' when needed

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This should do it.
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Re: How much weight should I put in my S10?

250 lbs is about right.... what ever you put back there, make sure that it is tied down.

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I would say none.The reason being..the heavier you are..the harder to stop.Drop the rear tire pressure a few pounds for more contact patch and feather the throttle so as not to introduce tire spin on take off.
Fwiw..a little tire spin in a rwd truck =steer into the slide.Slide into an intersection due to added weight =T-boned/broadsided.

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Along with the weight, if you don't have limited slip in it a Torsen from a fourth gen F-body goes right in. Replaced the 3.08 open with a 3.42 Torsen in my supercharged '97 with five speed several years ago. Best thing for ice though is to just stay home. Gutwrenching in an S10.

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We always carried 4-40lb bags of sand in the back of our RWD pickups in Maine. Same thing as above, if you get into trouble, you can lay a bed of sand for traction. The added weight over the rear wheels definitely helped with traction, as did a good set of snow tires.


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There is nothing more useless than a 2WD (or worse yet, non-posi) pickup truck in the snow. I speak from experience. One of the things that helped for me was to simply shovel the snow off of the driveway into the bed of the truck. You would be surprised how much weight there is with a big pile of snow, it doesn't shift around, and you are killing 2 birds with 1 stone by shoveling the drive at the same time. And when it warms up enough to clear the roads, all the snow melts out of the bed too!

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Re: How much weight should I put in my S10?

I've done that with other trucks but this one has a hard tonneau cover that makes that hard.

Now wouldn't ya know it. The wife wants to go to Branson next weekend and wants the back of the truck empty so if she finds some antique she can bring it home. I guess I'l unload the logs and hope we don't get any snow. Grrr
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Re: How much weight should I put in my S10?

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We always carried 4-40lb bags of sand in the back of our RWD pickups in Maine. Same thing as above, if you get into trouble, you can lay a bed of sand for traction. The added weight over the rear wheels definitely helped with traction, as did a good set of snow tires.
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Gotta have some weight in the bed. Overdo it and you'll kick the rear out. I use 3-4 80lb sand bags laid inside a 2x4 frame I put between the wheel humps. That and a set of Firestone Destination AT's.

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