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Old 01-04-2006, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does deflating your tires down to 3-10psi put anymore significant stress on your drivetrain(axels,u-joints,drive shafts etc.) than not airing down at all. I figure the rolling diameter change may effect torque throughout the driveline and on its components.... Although i seem to brake more parts when i'm spinning the tires then when i'm not...hence airing down for traction.
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Old 01-05-2006, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It wouldnt be very noticeable, but like you said your airing down for my traction.. So with traction you will add stress to shit.
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Well, there's no question your "rolling resistance" increases, and the tires grab better, so in theory, this would translate to a greater chance of breakage. The alternative, not airing down, will leave your tires spinning, and not grabbing, and then a LOT more shock to the system, when they finally do grab, or just not getting over the obstacle you're trying to cross.

In snow, it makes a huge difference, to air down - you tend to float on the snow more, rather than sinking in, and staying there.
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think with my driving style the better traction/less horsepower(wheelspin) technique seems to be the answer...in the snow i've noticed excellent traction deflating and i don't believe breakage is as much as an issue in the snow.
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