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Old 04-23-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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different track widths?

I currently have 2" wheel spacers on but am thinking about dropping the front to 1.5" to improve some of the BS that comes with the wide spacer. Seems like there may actually be an advantage to having the front and rear tires at different widths; mud and snow primarily.

Any input on the notion?

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Old 04-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
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There were factory 4x4s setup with the front track wider than the rear. I had a '73 Blazer that way. Didn't seem any better or worse than other vehicles.

I wouldn't want the front track narrower than the rear, especially in a short wheel base vehicle. That could cause some issues under hard braking/avoidance maneuvers.

I think tire choice is a much more determining factor for mud and snow, than track width difference. I'd want a good set of tires that matched the vehicle and the terrain.

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not sure I agree with the middle part. Steering radius is directly related to the front axle width compared to the wheel base length. Shortening the effective front width merely lessens steering radius, actually putting it closer to factory.
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i like knowing my rears will fit where my front did,,--but im talking about the wheeling i do in exctremly tight and narrow situations,,another reason i love my yj its alot narrower than the newer models..---but still holds true even if i had ..well whatever vehicle i was wheeling ,,just because of the places i go,,dont know how or where you wheel but just thought i would mention that..
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not sure I agree with the middle part. Steering radius is directly related to the front axle width compared to the wheel base length. Shortening the effective front width merely lessens steering radius, actually putting it closer to factory.
The wider rear track will drive the front, as the front tires roll over under hard braking/avoidance.
On a standard car, it causes oversteer, on a light truck / 4x4, it can cause a roll over.
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