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First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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H2OJoe
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Hey Lifted, Do you think it is because of the 4:10s and big tires? I've driven my 2001 in the snow alot the last 6 years and have never
had that problem. It is probably the best vehicle in snow I've ever had and I've had lots of Toyotas, Suburas and Jeeps.
I haven't driven it in snow yet with the 4" lift and 30x9.5 tires.
Have a good week.

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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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It did it last year just with the 3.42's, it wasn't a bother but it was always there. With the 4.10's and the stock tires I am running, the van simply puts more power to the road and it spins easier. There is a clutch rebuild kit available but I really don't want to put any money into an electronic t-case when I know I will be better off putting the same or less money into a true 2 speed t-case. I will be looking for a new t-case to install. Just need to decide whether I go NP 231 or NP 233. What's wierd is the 2003 AWD I had, had absolutely no delay in engagement! :-s
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Nice Photo Joe.
We got about a foot of it last night.
Great snowball fixins. :yawinkle:
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Looks AWESOME! All we are getting is rain! :cry:
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Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
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2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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LiftedAWDAstro wrote:Looks AWESOME! All we are getting is rain! :cry:
I feel your pain...... I've had to salt twice this year and I got a shiney new Fisher XLS just sitting there without a scratch on it. It's soooooooo depressing.


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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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My van after snow in Vancouver
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Relaxed Diver wrote:My van after snow in Vancouver
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did they shut the city down for that much snow lol
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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@ tbhager94 - Pretty much ! Its kinda funny.
I got a foot overnight and drove 35 kilometers to work thru a Blizzard that same morning.
We have a pretty good plow crew! But, Tonight there was 4 cars in the ditch from black ice.
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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wonder if I'll need chains?
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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Yeh It was pretty funny, the trolly busses couldn't get up the hills
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They'd slid down and in to the kerb. Several of the diesel bendy busses jacknifed.
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This was around 8.30 that they started getting stuck though as I'd seen the busses earlier in the day make it up the hills. Im guessing it the was the number of people on the road and making them come to a stop on the hills.

The brandnew toll bridge was closed after 60odd cars were hit by falling ice
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... n-ice.html
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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photo_van wrote:wonder if I'll need chains?
Wow. You definitely have us beat.
Relaxed Diver wrote:The brandnew toll bridge was closed after 60odd cars were hit by falling ice
Yeah, how embarrassing about our new bridge. Those ice missiles would have been lethal if there were motorcyclists pedestrians on the bridge. Good pics. Thanks for sharing those.

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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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photo_van wrote:wonder if I'll need chains?
Naw...you need a shovel! :muhaha: Or a snowbear snowplow! :supz:
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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that damn bridge extended my small windsheild crack into a big crack.

got hit by a clump of snow while driving home, dead center on the hood where the window starts.was freaking huge, blinded me for a couple scary seconds.
already have a claim in, new windsheild in april.
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Re: First Snowfall - Winter 2012.

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I found some snow!!

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