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Old 01-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Snow, and how much weight is to much

I'm in the great state of IL and we are expecting are first snow storm, I have to drive my mustang, not a option. Well my question is how much sand in the trunk is to much? I have 5 70 pound bags and a 10 pound bag of salt, and it seems like to much, also car is at stock height
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I live in Indian and I'm getting hit with the same storm I have to drive to work I keep my subs and throw two cinder blocks in the back
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

I live in northern Indiana, and I always just put 2 45 lb plates in my trunk... I'd say no more than 150 lbs is necessary...
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I just wanna make sure it's not to much weight, well the worst that could happen is a destroy my shocks and springs, but more reason to get new shocks and lower springs I guess

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I live in northern Indiana, and I always just put 2 45 lb plates in my trunk... I'd say no more than 150 lbs is necessary...
I'll see how she drives, I already drove her in an inch of snow and that was a joke with out sand
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

I live in SE Michigan and commute 45 miles one way every day, year round. We get our share of snow.

I don't add anything to the trunk. Never had a problem.

And as far as tossing weight back there - especially cinder blocks - what separates you from the trunk? A couple of light weight seat backs. What do you think will stop that weight if you do have a sudden stop, like not stopping soon enough so that you rear end someone? That weight isn't going to stop moving until it hits an object that will stop it - like parts of your body!

Be very careful loading up the trunk like that. I wouldn't trust that it will sit there quietly in a sudden stop.
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

I live in Western Michigan and this is my first "Northern Winter". We are gettin hit with this massive snow storm also. I have 3 50lb bags of salt out in the trunk. Parked for the night, get to see if thats enough in the am!
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When I drove my old stang I only used to put 4 and it was fine. I just hope we don't get another crazy 22 inches like last February
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Buy a beater you don't want some jack *** in a $200 neon sliding in to your mustang only to find out he has no insurance true story
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Buy a beater you don't want some jack *** in a $200 neon sliding in to your mustang only to find out he has no insurance
Especially since people seem to forget how to drive in the snow the x amount of months we don't have any snow.
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Buy a beater you don't want some jack *** in a $200 neon sliding in to your mustang only to find out he has no insurance true story
Some of us don't have a choice!..

And I usually just tie down two 45lb dumbbells in my trunk!..
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This guy knows what he's doin!
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WTF?!?!.... Hahahahahahaha
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

FLMAO!!!
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Common sense is the least common
Enough said!
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Updated, the mustang did just fine, but I recommend turn traction control off cause it caused the engine to stall
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Updated, the mustang did just fine, but I recommend turn traction control off cause it caused the engine to stall
Good to hear! Its all in the drivers experience in handling their own car, seems you did just fine!
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Good to hear! Its all in the drivers experience in handling their own car, seems you did just fine!
Ya it was a 5 mile stretch of road, unplowed and corn fields on both sides so there were drifts of snow a foot high, but mostly 4-5 inches
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

Hey guys! I don't wanna play the "My dad is stronger than yours" game, but I live in the province of Québec (Canada). We've got quite a bit of snow, here.

It's the fourth winter I daily drive my 08 Bullitt and I never put anything in the trunk.
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Hey guys! I don't wanna play the "My dad is stronger than yours" game, but I live in the province of Québec (Canada). We've got quite a bit of snow, here.

It's the fourth winter I daily drive my 08 Bullitt and I never put anything in the trunk.
I use to not put anything in my Mark VIII, but if it makes it's easier and safer why not? And if you get stuck you can sand ( I got a bag of salt ) to help get you free, but I'm hey 14 dollars is a cheap insurance haha
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Very true with Sand and salt you can make your way out a lot eaiser. I learned that the hard way. I was only a 1/4 mile away from home thankfully.
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Alternatives to having a bag of sand in the back?
I don't have a mullet or drink PBR so a lifted mustang ain't for me haha
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Hey guys! I don't wanna play the "My dad is stronger than yours" game, but I live in the province of Québec (Canada). We've got quite a bit of snow, here.

It's the fourth winter I daily drive my 08 Bullitt and I never put anything in the trunk.
It's starting to look like only 2 of us know how to drive in the snow! I've put 193,500 miles on this Mustang, through 6 winters of daily driving (45 mile one way commute). Nothing extra in the trunk and on the stock Pirelli Pzero Nero. No problems.

Every year it is the same thing "oh my God, how am I going to drive this Mustang in the snow it can't be done". Geez guys, when I got my license the only FWD car I can remember is the Olds Toronado. We didn't sit at home all winter or break out the horse and sleigh. We learned how to handle the snow with RWD (oh my God, how did we ever do it?).
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Haha I drive 5spd mustang does that mean I'm a better driver cause it's harder then your slush box
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It's starting to look like only 2 of us know how to drive in the snow! I've put 193,500 miles on this Mustang, through 6 winters of daily driving (45 mile one way commute). Nothing extra in the trunk and on the stock Pirelli Pzero Nero. No problems.

Every year it is the same thing "oh my God, how am I going to drive this Mustang in the snow it can't be done". Geez guys, when I got my license the only FWD car I can remember is the Olds Toronado. We didn't sit at home all winter or break out the horse and sleigh. We learned how to handle the snow with RWD (oh my God, how did we ever do it?).
These questions are legit. If someone already knows how to handle a RWD vehicle it the snow, I doubt they will ask again. Throughout the year tell me how many people join ME? How many people move to a northern state where theyve never drove in it before? Just because you are acclimated to your driving conditions doesn't mean they are. Maybe the MOD's should make a this a sticky so its there for future reference.
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I use 2 bags of water softener salt in my trunk. 40kg or about 100lbs. Replace the spare with it to keep weight low... I might add 1 more but not likely. I'm use to sideways snow life. Been doing it 8 years now in mustangs and I've never had an accident or hit a curb amd I've only been stuck twice. Both times within 20 ft of my driveway. Im actually impressed with how well it does but knowing how to drive it makes a huge difference.
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Hey guys! I don't wanna play the "My dad is stronger than yours" game, but I live in the province of Québec (Canada). We've got quite a bit of snow, here.

It's the fourth winter I daily drive my 08 Bullitt and I never put anything in the trunk.
I really don't meant to be rude with this comment. :-S

I know it's different here. We are use to drive in the snow approx four months a year. We are obligated to have winter tires from December 15 to March 15. By the way, I use studded tires. There is sand on the streets and, if you ask me, way too much salt which cause corrosion. This is probably why I don't know people who put weight in the trunk, even on RWD cars like a lot of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Most police cars here are RWD. I heard to put weight in the trunk was a trick used back in the time, but I really don't think this practice is largely in use anymore.

That being said, I'll be honest, there are really few Mustangs on the streets in the winter, especially dropped and naturally aspirated averagely modded like mine.

Sincerely good luck with your winter storm.

I wish I live in the lower states...
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Re: Snow, and how much weight is to much

I drove a Chevelle as a daily driver for 3 years, and putting weight in the trunk is a MUST if you plan on getting any traction in the sand/snow/ice/salt mixture you get in Indiana... I still put about 90 lbs in the trunk my Mustang (my new daily driver) to get traction... without that weight over the rear tires, pulling onto a highway from a side road is nearly impossible if you are at a stop...

I am living in the city at the moment, so weight is not necessary, because conjoining roads are level with each other, and if they are not, there are nice,easy, on/off ramps and turn lanes...

So I would have to say adding a little weight is a pretty good idea if you must drive a RWD car as a dd... JMO
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I just caught this too! First image was Joe Dirt!!! LoL
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