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Old December 20th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Question Driving in snow

Hi,i just bought my first Land Rover,a D90.I've been driving in the snow on straights, minor bends at low speed (20kph),but she is sliding all over the place.My previous opel vivario van had better traction in the snow,so i don't suspect it's my driving ability or non use of snow chains.I would appreciate any feedback,thanks.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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What kind of tires?
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Old December 20th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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Goodrich all terrain ( like new,ten per cent worn)
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Old December 20th, 2010, 07:47 PM
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Tires make a big difference, however, general snow performance with such a short wheelbase and relatively light weight is not very good.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:01 PM
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I guess thats why my longer wheelbase van had better traction,albeit the same weight.I was hoping maybe it was something i could calibrate,such as tyre pressure,perhaps the shocks could be adjusted for increased traction? I'm just guessing,i'm not a mechanic & i have never made these adjustments.I automatically assumed a 4x4 such as the D90 would outperform a van with front wheel drive,in all aspects of driving involving snow.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:16 PM
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what is the air presure?
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:27 PM
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I don't actually know.I only bought it today.I hope it is basically something as simple as air pressure.I'll check it tomorrow & let you know.Thanks to all for the feedback so far.

------ Follow up post added December 21st, 2010 01:29 AM ------

Bye the way,what is the recommended air pressure for snow vs normal conditions?
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:30 PM
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Make sure you get off the roads once the salt trucks come out. Salt will make your Defender melt.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:34 PM
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Joke?
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:41 PM
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In a way, these vehicles are subject to rust as is any vehicle. Unfortunately the design of all land rovers is that of basically a salt collection truck, it bounces off the road up and all through the undercarriage, and before you know it rust forms. Make sure that when cleaning the exterior of salt and road grime you shoot some water up under the vehicle as well. Also looking into a waxoil treatment for the frame and undercarriage would be advisable if snow is more then a singular occurrence for you.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:59 PM
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It was waxoiled & i passed a salt truck this evening.I will still nevertheless power hose it tomorrow to clear any salt.Thanks for all the tips & advice.I'll stay clear of the salty buggers ,not to mention the beach !!

------ Follow up post added December 21st, 2010 02:01 AM ------

So much for eating salty crisps (fries) in me land lady :-)
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Old December 20th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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These trucks are not impressive at all in snow on normal roads. There is nothing wrong with your truck. Its just the wheelbase of the vehicle.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 11:00 PM
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my 90 does great in the snow. it should not fishtail around or any such thing, should track straight and true etc. regular street pressure in the tires around 32 or 36 should be fine. Make sure you have drive to the front wheels.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 11:03 PM
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What version of the BF Goodrich A/Ts do you have? The black wall version is not severe snow rated like the Raised White Letter version. Not as much siping.

Granted we don't get tons of snow here in the southern US but I thought the 90 did pretty well the couple of times I had it in the white stuff last winter.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 01:09 AM
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Something's not right. My 110 with BFG ATs is the best truck I've ever owned in the snow, and I've been through a lot of trucks and a lot of snow. No truck is going to be great in all conditions and no vehicle stays straigh on light snow over ice or crap like that. I've had mine out in 2' of snow and it was a champ.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 12:41 PM
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So I'm living under the assumption that these things (D-90s) are like snow cats. I hadn't considered storing mine in the winter, but winter is long, cold, snowy, and salty here in Chicago.

Anyone with experience with midwest winters feel strongly on this point?
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Old December 21st, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Was going to drive mine...opted to keep it out of the salt and bought an LR3 for the winter.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Something doesn't sound right to me. I drove my D90 in the snow all of the time last winter. Never did it drive the way you mentioned. One of them had an A/S Michelin with a street type tread. It did fantastic.
My first thought is lockers. Do you have lockers? I have heard of people having some experiences with self locking lockers either on the front, rear or both in winter conditions. If that is not the case, then I would check all of the running gear to make sure that everything is working as it should.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 01:33 PM
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I drive in 2ft of snow all day for 9 months of the year. Bag the tires to around 25F/35R and see if that helps. I run swampers year around and enjoy playing pinball off the snow banks. Check and see if you still got swaybars installed? If so...then just buckle up and embrace the greatness of a short wheelbase on slick roads.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 03:07 PM
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Tires make a big difference, however, general snow performance with such a short wheelbase and relatively light weight is not very good.
You guys are crazy. The 90 is great in the snow. Nothing else to drive on at this time of the year.

Relatively light weight compared to what???
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