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Old     (attila916)      Join Date: Oct 2005       08-26-2007, 1:34 PM Reply   
Hello, I am considering trading my 4x4 up to a newer 2WD Silverado but I am a bit hesatant. Will I have trouble towing an X1 out of a Wet concrete launch Ramp?
Old    Andrew"Jet"Mitchell (andrewjet)      Join Date: Jan 2003       08-26-2007, 1:59 PM Reply   
I sold me 4x4 I6 grand cherokee for a 2wd I6 Grand Cherokee and It does a good job pulling my 3600-4000 lbs Supra out of the water, and my ramp is steep and wet thanks to all of the wally pulling their trailer out at 1/2 throttle. I think you will be fine.
Old    bocephus            08-26-2007, 2:12 PM Reply   
Get the G80 (GM Locker Option Code) and you should be fine!! I have a 2wd Tahoe that does great! While it does have more weight over the rear tires, and it doesn't slip a tire, I still think you won't have any problems if you get the G80.
Old    bill morris (newoldskool)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-26-2007, 2:13 PM Reply   
I have a 2wd with street tires and when it gets slick we will have 2 guys from the boat jump in back of the pickup over the wheel wells for added traction.
Old     (1boarder_kevin)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-26-2007, 2:31 PM Reply   
I have never had a problem with my 2wd armada pulling my x1 out. Worst case scenario would be like Bill did and add some weight in the bed.
Old    Leo Donoghue (technarider)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-26-2007, 3:14 PM Reply   
my 2001 f150 2x4 pulls out just fine... had to do the people swap with the old street tires.. to get out once in a while.. but with the new yokahama's geolanders its been working great
Old    Matthew Bryson (mastercraftx10)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-27-2007, 7:15 AM Reply   
If you need help getting out of the water...use the boat to your advantage...have some one in the boat giving it gas to help you out of the water..once you do turn the boat off
Old    Steve Oh (olskooltige)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-27-2007, 7:27 AM Reply   
It's mostly in the tires.
Old    Kevin (wakebdr2002)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-27-2007, 7:33 AM Reply   
i switched from a 4X4 f150 to a 2wd F150 and I have never had a problem. Make sure to get the limited slip differential if GM offers it... it makes all the difference.
Old    Tom March (tomcalabria)      Join Date: Feb 2006       08-27-2007, 11:24 AM Reply   
What about our tours to Tahoe this winter 2WD.....nooooooooooooooo!
Old    Isaac Gredinberg (extremeisaac)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-27-2007, 11:38 AM Reply   
2wd tahoe with 22s and it never slipped once
Old    Chris (committed)      Join Date: Jul 2005       08-27-2007, 12:15 PM Reply   
"If you need help getting out of the water...use the boat to your advantage...have some one in the boat giving it gas to help you out of the water..once you do turn the boat off"

Holy crap, that's the craziest advise I have ever seen given. Your goin to put your eye out....
Old    T-Bag (nasty530)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-27-2007, 1:01 PM Reply   
I agree with Chris, not a good idea to use the boat. Get the locking rear end you will have to ease it out of the water but you will be just fine. If you have trouble a simple tire upgrade will do the trick but you should have no trouble.
Old    Nick Harvey (dfwharvey)      Join Date: Mar 2006       08-27-2007, 1:55 PM Reply   
I have a 07 Silverado 2WD and the only time I have trouble pulling my X1 out is when I use a particular ramp that is slick as snot. It doesn't help that this ramp is a steep grade from the water up over 200 feet.
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       08-27-2007, 2:14 PM Reply   
If you slightly engage the parking brake it will keep the second wheel from spinning, and you get better traction.

I had to use this trick last year when the lake was really low. This was in an F150 2WD standard rear end. I was by myself and could not have gotten up the ramp without this technique.
Old    Micheal Howard (michealhoward)      Join Date: May 2007       08-27-2007, 2:52 PM Reply   
You should be fine. I have a 2wd Ram 1500 and i pull my boat out fine.
Old    JimR (jimr)      Join Date: Sep 2001       08-27-2007, 3:04 PM Reply   
I've had to use "a little prop" to get started on particularly bad ramps before and I'm still sportin' stereo vision.

I'm definitely going to look at getting the G80 diff in my next vehicle as Bocephus suggested above. I did a little research into after he mentioned it in a thread a couple of weeks ago. It can even out perform 4wd according to this video:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=p8nAbg5suFw
Old    JG (jagman)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-27-2007, 6:06 PM Reply   
Using the boat to "push" the tow vehicle out of the water works great. It can also be done safely. We routinely use the boat to push, and have it down to a science. Put the boat in gear and set 1400-1600 rpm, then go... Works like a charm.
Old    Big E. (wakesetter101)      Join Date: Oct 2005       08-27-2007, 7:14 PM Reply   
I think you will find that most people with 4x4s dont even lock it in to pull there boat out. I know i dont.
Old    MIKE V (madvlin)      Join Date: Jun 2007       08-27-2007, 8:48 PM Reply   
That g80 you tube link brought a tear to my eye when i saw my 4x4 dodge slide down the hill.... But the day you need 4x4 well you know
Old    rick ator (mkperceptions)      Join Date: Jan 2007       08-27-2007, 10:54 PM Reply   
I think with a limited slip you will be just fine. Worse comes to worse you can have some people jump in the truck for more traction. I do this with my 2wd tacoma but it is also a 5 speed. My 2wd 1500 never had any problems spinning out and it did not have limited slip.
Old    Newty (newty)      Join Date: May 2005       08-28-2007, 7:30 PM Reply   
I have a 4x silverado and have never had to put it in 4-wheel on the ramp. Well once but it wasn't really a ramp!

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