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4x4 vs 2WD do they drive any differently?


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So my last Tahoe.... 2001 2wd

now this Tahoe... 2003 4wd

 

Do they ride / drive any differently?

 

Something seems different in the steering / not good or bad ..just different, and I cant put my finger on what it is. steering seems a bit more loose in the new one almost, I dono..

 

Or maybe its nothing besides the fact I had that Lincoln LS for 4 months in there which had some TIGHT steering!

 

:driving: MIKE

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I always thought the 4WDs had a lower center of gravity (at least in most GM vehicles- where 2WD and 4WD vehicles tend to have the same ride heights from the factory). This is because of the extra drivetrain mass down low between the frame / wheels on the 4WDs. I know for sure it was true on the Trailblazers, because the 4x4 model rated better for rollover resistance than the 2x4 models.

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The 2wd and 4x4 Tahoe have the same frame and suspension. They both have torsion bar front. They may have different spring rates, but overall they are the same.

I wouldn't describe a 4x4s steering as loose. Feels a little different, but not loose.

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To me the steering in 4x4 vs 2x4 just seems heavier.

You have a heavier front end and it makes the steering a little different. It also affects the weight transfer on braking, acceleration, and especially cornering.

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To me the steering in 4x4 vs 2x4 just seems    heavier.

You have a heavier front end and it makes the steering a little different. It also affects the weight transfer on braking, acceleration, and especially cornering.

 

 

 

 

 

I agree, I would use the word heavier. I have been calling mine loose but heavier is a better word. Maybe there is some more assist in the 4wds than the 2wds?

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