I went wheeling yesterday with a bunch of different vehicles in the snow up in mountains.Sadly I teneded to stay at the end of the pack so action shot opportunities were pretty few and far in between. I got some picks of the group when we all went and stopped for lunch but nothing other than that.The only "action" shot was of a heep cherokee on 30's pulling out a stuck stock ford truck on 31's.
I am pleased to say that the subaru did awesome.There was this hill that was about 1/8 mile in length that a few of the vehicles in our group couldn't make it up.either they sunk in and got bogged down or they didn't have the horsepower to keep the tires spinning all the way up it.The only things that made it in our group were running big wide tires aired down to the teens(I aired the tires down from 15 psi highway to 8 psi in the front and 4-5 in the back).At one point the stock cherokee on bald 30" super swampers tried it and failed,so they backed down and said they wanted to see the subaru do it.I was in hi range on the subaru box and 4lo on the nissan box and I just SPRINTED up the hill.The subaru didn't sink in the snow at all and I had no shortage of power so I blitzed up the hill at the top of 2nd gear at 30-35 mph(according to them,I wasn't paying any attention to the instrument cluster).I showed them all how its done.That was the only time I wished someone was there to videotape that because it was awesome and very fun.
anyway toward the end of day the snow got alot softer,and the front end started to sink in alot more.Once that frontend got in snow just a little too deep I would be stuck,by contrast I could back into snow drifts much bigger that what would stop the front and it would do just fine.In mud I don't normally have that much insight into how everything is working.So it seemed to me that the light rear of the subaru was pushing the heavy front around,when that front end encountered to much resistance the rears couldn't supply any more traction so they just spun.
So I am wondering what I can do to improve the front end's grip?The rear is welded,but the tires back there are a bit worn down,while the front tires have lots of tread left even if the voids are a little close together for mud(I might open up the voids on one of the tires with a grinder or something).As far as weight goes,everything is on the front-the engine,transmission,and transfer case all have a forward weight bias.the radiator and battery,and the ecu box are all up front.The rear of the hatch has just about nothing.The rear seat and carpeting is all gone.The spare tire is back there but I haven't mounted it yet.I don't want to add weight just for sake of adding weight,I would rather remove weight from the front.So I was thinking of relocating the battery to the back,and mounting the spare tire at an angle so the battery sits under the front of it.Then I have to cut out and weld in new rear tow points because mine got ripped out.So that will add a bit of weight to rear,I am thinking of getting a gallon sized wiper fluid reservour and mounting it on the passenger side behind the seat.Any other ideas for improving front end grip or at lease making it so the front and rear loose grip at about the same time?