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05 Mar 2018 12:45 #189967 by Busta
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The choice of RWD is not for performance. I imagine it is because a non-steering axle (rear) is inherently stronger than one with CV joints for full time use. RWD is generally a better choice for utility vehicles when traction is not an issue. And it's much more fun.

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05 Mar 2018 16:27 #189976 by Lambert
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No no, a Jimny is rwd for and to allow nutters like me to show how much of a driving legend we are! Honestly it is. It's definitely not because of how the design has evolved over time.

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06 Mar 2018 16:28 #190023 by grumyoldjoe
What is recomended for travelling through water such as fords? I went through 4 yesterday all more than a foot to 18 inches deep. Some have cobbled type brick bases, one of which nearly caught me out when exiting due to ice
Should I really have been in 4wd rather than 2 wd?
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06 Mar 2018 17:50 - 06 Mar 2018 17:52 #190028 by Busta
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Yes definitely use 4wd in situations like that. You won't get any problems from wind up over such short distances, especially in the base of a ford.

Just a note of caution- engage 4wd before entering the water. If by slim chance there is a problem with the seals in the hubs, engaging 4wd while submerged will suck water directly into the wheel bearings.
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06 Mar 2018 18:12 - 06 Mar 2018 18:16 #190029 by grumyoldjoe
Here is one of the fords I mentioned
big icy gradient as you come out, but if no ice you would have to wait until the top before changing back to 2wd, would this distance cause any issue ?

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06 Mar 2018 19:09 #190031 by Busta
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Not in a relatively straight line over such a short distance, no. Why would you have to wait until the top before changing to 2wd though? You can change whilst on the move at up to 60mph.

You're not going to break things the second you use 4wd on a grippy surface. The transmission isn't that fragile and there are warning signs- heavy steering and tyres scrubbing. But at the same time it's important to be aware that it's not okay to use for extended periods of time on high grip surfaces.

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06 Mar 2018 19:29 #190032 by helijohn
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Busta wrote: You can change whilst on the move at up to 60mph.

I tend to prefer to stop to shift.

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06 Mar 2018 19:49 #190033 by Busta
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Your choice John, but there is no requirement to do so.

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06 Mar 2018 19:52 #190034 by helijohn
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Busta wrote: Your choice John, but there is no requirement to do so.

I do agree.

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06 Mar 2018 20:09 #190036 by Lambert
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Personally I apply the fiesta test. If the road looks like you would drive it in a fiesta then 2wd. If it is more like a unimog test course then 4x4. However I have years of experience and am comfortable with the ability of my Jimny.

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