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Old 01-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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Sandbags in pickup trucks

So I HAVE to know: If you put sandbags in the back of your 2WD pickup for traction should you

1) Put them directly over the rear axle

OR

2) Put them as close to the rear of the bed as possible because you gain a leverage advantage which results in more effective weight on the tires





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Old 01-28-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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Centered over the axle is ideal, but anything helps. I use 50lb bags of garden soil instead of sand - spring comes and you can dump it in the garden or on the lawn.

Edit: Ran across this thing awhile back - interesting idea. http://www.shurtrax.com/

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Old 01-28-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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The best location may vary based on your pick-up truck. For my two-wheel drive Ford Ranger, placing them all the way up against the tail gate seems to work best for me.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #4
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Depends on the vehicle and the weight up front too. Too much weight or too much leverage and you loose braking ability and steering off the front. Worse case scenario the front wheels just slide instead of grabbing traction and the rear follows the front into the ditch.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:43 PM   #5
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If you put it as far back as you can, you will effectively remove some weight from the front of the truck.

I built a frame to keep mine over the axle. Just some 2x4's and some wood screws, I has 280 lbs of sand in there, in the back of my 95 S-10 it works good.

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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Putting weight in the very back works well, but all that weight behind the axle can really slingshot the ass end around, which is fun, as long as you expect it. Over the axle works best for traction while still keeping the handling somewhat neutral.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:14 PM   #7
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I put 120 lbs behind the axle on my 02 S10 and found it not only improved traction but the ABS functions much better with some extra weight back there.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:31 AM   #8
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I used to use water softener salt in my El Camino, over the axle.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:09 AM   #9
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the ABS functions much better with some extra weight back there.

? explain better
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:38 AM   #10
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& w/ a clean bed

At one time I made a 6" I/D pipe & put extra tow chain inside it. Press in friction incerts at both ends. Took off the stock bumper & weld the renforced mounting brackets to the pipe; bolt the pipe bumper back in place.
Kept my bed clear for the "blue astro turf", it matched my girl friend's eye.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:40 AM   #11
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Definitely over the axle, not behind it... providing you consider steering important.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:42 AM   #12
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Living in Minnesota my whole life I always like to keep it up against the cab most of the time but moved back to over the axle during snow storms and out to the tailgate if you get stuck.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:11 PM   #13
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I have wondered this too. Agains the cab, I think would be the worse place.

You want the want on the rear tires. So does having it all the way back create a lever?

I just don't worry that much and throw it back there.


Actually I haven't carried weight in a long time. Its to much of pain to get out when I want to haul something. When I was younger I used to put cement blocks, but then they would get frozen to the bed, same with sand.

Letting it fill up with snow, provides some weight.

My truck is 4wd, I just don't like putting in 4 all the time.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:06 PM   #14
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my friend did the same thing. works perfect to add 280lbs right where you need it.
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If you put it as far back as you can, you will effectively remove some weight from the front of the truck.

I built a frame to keep mine over the axle. Just some 2x4's and some wood screws, I has 280 lbs of sand in there, in the back of my 95 S-10 it works good.

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Old 01-29-2011, 03:34 PM   #15
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More important about where you put it is HOW MUCH you use.

Very few people use enough. 300-400 is good, put some towards to front to increase the turning ability on the front wheels.

I always shovel the driveway into the bed of the truck with the first snow. It's free and unloads itself when no longer needed.
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