Max speed when in 4WD?

Mark S.

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Of course using the brakes isn’t the same as locking the 4 wheels as the Badlands can do on command which can be a hugely important feature.
Absolutely, you just don't want to do that on dry pavement. OP mentioned driving "in and out of snow covered roads." The owner's manual says driving with 4WD or the rear diff locked on dry pavement can damage the system, so in changing conditions where part of the pavement is slippery and part is dry I would use NORMAL or ECO and let the system work. If the conditions warrant by all means lock things up and/or use the appropriate GOAT mode, just be mindful of the limitations.
 
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Absolutely, you just don't want to do that on dry pavement. OP mentioned driving "in and out of snow covered roads." The owner's manual says driving with 4WD or the rear diff locked on dry pavement can damage the system, so in changing conditions where part of the pavement is slippery and part is dry I would use NORMAL or ECO and let the system work. If the conditions warrant by all means lock things up and/or use the appropriate GOAT mode, just be mindful of the limitations.
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I remember reading a long time ago, before sensors, computers and electronic controls. Heck, the transfer case may have been connected to the trans with a driveshaft, not bolted to it. You drive into an area in 2-wheeldrive, and use 4-wheeldrive to get out of a situation / unstuck. Yes, I've a few miles on me, 1st 4x4 was a '68 Bronco, and there's been a 4x4 in the stable since.

Not sure how current 4x4's are set-up as far as front / rear drive ratios. The front used to be a bit lower vs rear say 4.11 vs 4.10. So the front was pulling a bit vs being pushed, for control. Get out onto pavement, even hardpack, you knew you were in 4x. Today's systems there is some slippage designed in. Agree though - 4x4 on dry pavement is not what you want to do.
 
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I think slippery is best on snow packed or icy streets and mud/ruts or sand mode is for deeper snow.
 

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I think slippery is best on snow packed or icy streets and mud/ruts or sand mode is for deeper snow.
You won’t hurt a thing using slippery anytine or anywhere as it just numbs the throttle/gas pedal responsiveness. It is very effective.
Sand mode should only be used in deep sand.
IMHO Eco is about as useful as hen shit on a pump handle.
 

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Honestly, if you're driving in a lot of sand (like on a beach), I imagine the same advice applies as did for my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Was always best to air down the tires to maybe 18-20psi, and to put them back at the manufacturer recommended pressure when you were ready to get back onto pavement again.

They sell nifty little devices you screw onto the valve stem of each tire that let air out until it reaches a pre-set pressure. Something like these would work:

https://www.amazon.com/Real-4X4-Deflators-Vehicles-Wranglers/dp/B077JGKYG4/ref=asc_df_B077JGKYG4/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312075398870&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8093061881585146159&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9022297&hvtargid=pla-567726810846&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=62497261659&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312075398870&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8093061881585146159&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9022297&hvtargid=pla-567726810846

That should do FAR more for you than any GOAT mode. You'll want to be sure to carry a decent tire inflator with you though.
 

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