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Old 04-14-2005, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, lockup,4x4 - what's the differences?

Is one superior to another for traction etc? [ assuming all have the same tires ]
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Old 04-14-2005, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure what lock up is, but 4x4 and 4 wheel drive are the same thing, all wheel drive is different from 4 wheel drive in that you can turn the 4x4 off at your discression, all wheel drive is constantly on when ever you are driving. 4x4 is by far superior. If you came to this board and don't have a 4x4 then if you want to stay here you need to get one.

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Old 04-14-2005, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A 4X4 has selectable shifting between 2WD and 4WD. Many call this part-time 4WD. Most but not all have a Lo range.

AWD is full time 4WD. Most of these have a diff between the front and rear drive line to allow for slippage which keeps your drive lines from binding up. Some of these have a diff lock which locks the diff to prevent slippage and provides better traction in loose situations. Many AWD's do not have a Lo range.

For trails it is preferable to have a selectable 4X4 with Lo range.
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I'd have to mostly agree with the above, but I'd say it also depends on the manufacturer. My '64 Scout has "all wheel drive" on the fender, but it also has a twinstick D18 and a power lock, go figure.
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A 4X4 has selectable shifting between 2WD and 4WD. Many call this part-time 4WD. Most but not all have a Lo range.
If it doesn't have low range it's not four wheel drive
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