Sandbags in pickup trucks

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by moron, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. moron

    moron Pegging Insufferable-O-Meters at 11 since 2006

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    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

    :ear



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  2. ginslung

    ginslung It'll take.

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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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  3. D R

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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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  4. lunchmeat

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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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  5. Ratski

    Ratski Been here awhile

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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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  6. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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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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  7. stretch160

    stretch160 Been here awhile

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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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  8. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    I used to use water softener salt in my El Camino, over the axle.
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  9. randyo

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    ? explain better
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  11. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    Definitely over the axle, not behind it... providing you consider steering important.
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  12. corzapp

    corzapp Every ride an adventure

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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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  13. Zerk

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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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  14. eakins

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    my friend did the same thing. works perfect to add 280lbs right where you need it.
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  15. Uglyprimate

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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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  16. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I find the best place is were ever they happen to slide to.
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  17. Jamming

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    Now that's brilliant!!!!!
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  18. espressodrinker

    espressodrinker Cape Town Wanderer

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    If the weight is too far back, it will whip up and down too much, and unload the back suspension at times.
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  19. OutbackDave

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    Don't forget the shovel so you can throw a bit of sand under the tires when you do get stuck..
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  20. lunchmeat

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    Bags of landscaping or drainage gravel works well too. Easy to move, use it as traction when you get stuck and after the thaw it can be used around the house to stop erosion or go in the driveway to fill holes, or used as compaction for posts, or....
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