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Bad Traction

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Liberty&Freedom, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Liberty&Freedom

    Liberty&Freedom Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1

    We are plowing with a couple new F250's this year. Compared to our Chevy 2500's, the traction is considerably less in the Ford. We had an extra 1000 lbs in the Ford as well.

    Has anyone else had issues like this?? Any solutions?

    2009 F-250 Boss V Plow 8'-2"
  2. karol

    karol Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    You're not the only one. This is my 3rd Ford and on the 08 diesel i got they put the cheapest tires they could find. Not only for traction(even with balast) but also for wear. I will probably have to replace them after 30,000 kilometers which is unheard of...
  3. Ladder15

    Ladder15 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I'd guess it's the tires...

    My '03 F250 PSD went 68,000 miles on the OEM tires (Firestone Steeltex) but lacked a little in traction. I replaced them a couple of months ago with BFG All Terrain KO's and love 'em!

    I have one drive way that's curved going up hill - pretty steep - yet now, I can plow uphill and push the snow where I want. Last year I had to back up, plow down, back up a little higher, plow down.....etc. Then stack the snow near the road at the bottom.....

    It's so much easier now with good tires and Great Traction!


    edit.... By the way, I have an 8' Fisher HD Straight Blade and about 750 pounds of sand bags in the back for ballast.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    same here. Are they short beds?
  5. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    My 08 250SD super-cab with stock tires has terrible traction compared to my old 2500HD had with the stock tires... Even the "limited slip" doesn't seem to help...
  6. mxr576

    mxr576 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 17

    My 97 F250 powerstroke gets way better traction with ****** tires then my 05 duramax with new Open Country tires.
  7. karol

    karol Senior Member
    Messages: 128


    No. Long bed. At least mine. Anyhow other than the tires the truck rocks.
  8. Honest Mike

    Honest Mike Member
    Messages: 75

    Let me guess, you guys with Fords that are complaining still have the stock OEM Continental tires on them, correct?? LOL! Those tires are a joke! They have absolutely no business being on a 4wd F250 or F350! I took those crap tires off my 2006 F350 and put on Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors, night and day difference! Cooper Discoverer ATR was another tire I was considering, but went with the Goodyears instead. ~Mike
  9. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    my truck has 285 bfgoodrich a/ts on it and they grip great. my 2003 f250 ext cab short bed has great traction. a lot better then my old chevy 1500
  10. Turbodiesel

    Turbodiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    hmmmmm look in your bed again,or check the tread s
  11. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    I have a 2008 F-550 Crew with an 11' service body on it, and I've noticed the traction isn't all that great. After having trouble at a site with a steep gravel hill that's shaded (and tends to ice over), I had some automatic chains put on it... works great now!

    Pictures <a target="_blank" href="http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?p=725460">over here</a>.
  12. PlowboyVT

    PlowboyVT Member
    from VT
    Messages: 67

    Put a set of studded Cooper M+S's on.
  13. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    I'm thinking that the answer was in your question. You said that you were used to Chevys.....Therefore my guess is that you're simply not used to the prodigious amount of power the Ford makes......

    lol, but seriously, my bet is also on ineffective tires. BFG all terrain t/a's have served me well