quattro digest, Vol 1 #4292 - Locked diffys - was: Snow Driving Q

R Mangas porter_dog at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 4 18:20:49 EST 2002

  No, that's exactly my point- it is significantly _less_ likely that you
will lock up all 4; it's simply more difficult to do.  I agree that locking
up all 4 would be more dangerous than just losing one corner, but the fact
is that with the diffs locked up hard you'll really have to work to get that
to occur.  As ever, technology is no replacement for proper technique but
even if I go out and am ham-footed on the brakes _on purpose_ I get better
braking in the snow and slush with the diffs locked that with them open
(4kq, manual difflocks center and rear, good Blizzaks).

  Maybe those urging caution drive harder than I do- if there's snow on the
ground I'm locked up and I've never had any unfortunate 'consequences' which
have made me wish for more 'practice' (but that doesn't stop me from wanting
to 'practice' every chance I get ;) )


>From: Larry C Leung <l.leung at juno.com>
>To: quattro at audifans.com,porter_dog at hotmail.com
>Subject: Re: quattro digest, Vol 1 #4292 - Locked diffys - was: Snow
>Driving Q
>Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 14:50:57 -0500
>The risk, of locked diffys is it is also equally
>possible to loose traction at ALL FOUR corners
>if a wheel locks or spins, thus completely losing control
>of the car. Must be used with practice and knowledge
>of the consequences.
>LL - NY
> > From: "R Mangas" <porter_dog at hotmail.com>
> > To: brett at cloud9.net, KMracer007 at aol.com, quattro at audifans.com
> > Subject: Re: Snow Driving Q
> > Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 12:45:09 -0500
> >
> >
> >
> >   Must respectfully disagree.  Difflocks are good, using them is not
> > 'an
> > advanced technique' and having the differentials locked is useful in
> > many
> > more situations that just getting unstuck.  Locking the center in
> > the wet is
> > great for reduced stopping distance alone, nevermind the added
> > traction.
> >
> > Robert

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