Senior MTF Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lowell area, MA
Re: Why not just get 4WD and forgetaboutit?
I'd love to try 4WD. I got my little 2WD LT stuck yesterday, trying to pull a trailer of dirt up to where I needed it. Of course, it just has turfs, because usually this isn't an issue.
I've read about the other types of tires, and adding weight, etc. Everything comes with pros/cons, of course.
4WD vs tires vs weights feels a bit like the car discussions of "no replacement for displacement". There's the argument that, for instance, you can use a turbo, and make the same power from a smaller-displacement engine. Like putting better tires on the machine, or adding weight, in this scenario.
But anything that can be done to improve traction with 2WD, of course, can *also* be done to the 4WD, and it will do even better. So at least for "extreme" cases, the person with 4WD could still go to ATV tires, and add weights, for even more grip. They're starting off with an advantage, and could still use the same methods to improve it as-needed.
At least for me, I couldn't justify 4WD. But if I upgraded to a GT, and still had traction issues, I'd certainly take a look at upgraded tires, and maybe some weights. A big improvement for a few hundred dollars would be easier to swallow, and would probably do what I needed.