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Old 03-22-2011, 08:21 PM   #900 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Joenavy85 View Post
personal preference, i don't like the idea of steering and putting down power with the same wheel in the snow
But if it works well, why not? A normal passenger vehicle averages less than 50 hp power being required, so it's not that big of a deal unless you're trying to go very fast or pull a heavy load.

Only time I prefered rear wheel drive was when I wanted to drift a bit on loose gravel or in the snow for fun. One nice advantage of front wheel drive is if you don't rotate your tires, you only have to buy tires 2 at a time. Just put the tires from the rear to the front, and the new tires on the rear. Good new tires last several times the stated mileage on the rear, and by the time you wear out the fronts the rear tires still look nearly new. (I put close to 20K miles on front tires on my Maxima with close to 200 hp, curvy roads, and a lead footed wife.)

In 25K miles of driving the Max I've only needed 2 sets of tires, and the second set is brand new. With a rear wheel drive, the rear tires wear in the center of the tread with normal wear and correct pressure, and when you do need the bit of extra traction, it's not there like in a front wheel drive with 80% of the vehicle's weight pressing the drive tires into the pavement. Good front wheel drive tires with correct pressure and good alignment will wear more or less evenly, giving you more useful miles from one pair.
RIP Maxima 1997-2012

Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.
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