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Old 04-19-2021, 08:56 PM   #57
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momcat - you actually got your truck stuck and only one wheel would spin, the wheel with the least traction?

If so, I learned something, I thought all GM 2WD trucks would have the G80 locker.
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momcat - you actually got your truck stuck and only one wheel would spin, the wheel with the least traction?

If so, I learned something, I thought all GM 2WD trucks would have the G80 locker.
Unfortunately no. You would think so in the snowbelt too, but thats a negative too. I had a 2wd sonoma in college and the only way it did ok in the snow was with studded snow tires and a bed full of snow with the one wheel peel
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The trucks, or any vehicle will come with what ever the dealer orders. If you start shopping price, you REALLY need to compare the window stickers. The rear locker "option",was missed by me. Stupid of me. I have gotten use to not having it, but you can get in trouble without it. Cheap option that is very helpful, and worth the little bit extra it costs. JMHO. MOMCAT
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Just to add to momcat's post, I always tell friends to look for three options on any SUV or truck they buy.

Locking differential is the first to look for (over the years it's had many names, Sure-Grip differential (Chrysler), Equilock differential (Ford) and Positraction(GM).

I also look for "Tow package," which usually includes a factory hitch, sometimes a transmission shift control for automatics, and a transmission cooler. Some say, "Oh I'll get the tow hitch after I buy the car." You get a much better deal on factory installed options and factory tow systems are usually rated for higher payloads than add-ons. You may not plan to tow much but if you do, you're all set and it's a great option on resale.

You also need to make sure your truck has the "tow mirrors" option. When I looked for my RAM Megacab diesel dually, I found some gorgeous black models with no tow mirrors. When I asked the dealer about this $105 option, they said "Oh you'll have to pay $600 more for tow mirrors." I explained that just because their vehicle buyer was so stupid as to leave off tow mirrors from a one ton truck that is built for nothing if not towing does not mean that I am paying for his mistake. I found one with factory tow mirrors.

Don't get less in your vehicle for almost the same price.
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Agree with getting factory options as they are at least 50% less expensive than not as good after market add ons.

Ford 5th wheel prep is $499. After market just for the goose neck is $1,000.
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