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Old 11-21-2005, 03:22 PM
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How much ballast?

I'm going to be driving my Monte Carlo(1985) to work everyday this winter (about 35 miles a day) and would like to know how much weight I should place in the trunk to get decent traction with the rear tires (winter tires).
I live in Nova Scotia and we get some pretty bad blizzards up this way (I'm suprised we haven't had one yet).
I'm slightly worried because the car has an Auburn Pro limited slip differential (good for starting off, BAD for turns!)
Any advice would be greatly apreciated.

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Old 11-21-2005, 03:40 PM
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I have run rwd's alot through the winter, The best combination I have found is investing in a good set of winter tires like the Bridgestone Blizzaks (there are others) and a couple of tubes of sand approx. 70 to 80 lbs ea. they should be run in sets of 4 because of the tread compound and traction.
You don't want alot of weight in the rear, it will shift the balance to the rear causing the front to run light. Not good in the turns.
The last G-body I had was a 355 with a 3.73 posi, it would go where ever I needed. You are right that you need to be careful accelerating in the turns.
Once you run a set of dedicated winter tires you will never want to go without.
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Sand bags

Just soem bagged sand from a hdwre store..only takes 2 or 3 as far back in the trunk as you can get them..I do this with my pickup and it works fine for me..

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I do not believe G-bodies are as bad as people would like to believe. You have to make your sprung weight into unsprung weight. I have air shocks in my El Camino and pump them up a bit and do not have traction problems.
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