The FT transfer case has been bumped for the 2007 model year. Maybe in 2008.
Most 4x4 trucks have a transfer case with a high & low range, hence 4 wheel low. The Nitro only has a high range transfer case. Reasons to have a low range include extreme pulling, hill climbing or rock crawling.
Any 4 wheel or all wheel drive has to lock the hubs to get power to drive all the wheels. Unlocking the hubs is done so the vehicle can attempt to get descent mileage (turning less running gear). Any 4wd or AWD vehicle made in the last 10 years has auto locking/unlocking hubs.
I decided the high range was fine in the Nitro because most all of the reasons I need 4wd are traction in snow, mud, dirt, slick boat ramps, etc. If you put a truck in low range in those situations you would probably just spin the tires.
Something more to consider.. If you look back at the original literature, the part-time transfer case that we've all got in our 4x4 Nitros so far was only supposed to be available in the SXT with a manual transmission. All automatic 4x4's were supposed to have the full-time transfer case. 2007 may be the only year where you'll see a part-time transfer case in an SLT or R/T. Of course, everything is subject to change..I think I might just wait for the 2008's, by then I'm sure the MyGig will be more available, pluse they'll have all the 1st year bugs worked out, and maybe even some rebates!?
Ouch. That's a great way to tear up all sorts of expensive parts.FT low literally meant ALL 4 wheels got FULL power. My wife pulled our 20' Mastercraft out on the beach in FT low one time, then drove a block home on the paved street. She literally could not make the turn into our street, the truck bucked & tires barked & then it just bound up & stopped. I stuck it in reverse & floored it & the whole truck just POPPED as it unbound all the running gear. Then I was able to put the truck into 2wd & make the corner.
I am told that the tires are aggressive enough and in combination with the ESP I won't have any problems with deep snow in my driveway. That being said I have, more then once, had to resort to Low Range to make the incline so the proof will be in the pudding and if the pudding is too deep I'll be hiking my ass up my driveway next winter.I am looking at getting the R/T, So beyond the 4wd, I think tires would be an issue as well in the deep snow (1'-2'), since the R/T has performance tires vs the more off-road A/T style on the other models.
Yea, I have to agree with Dan. The baloneyskin Goodyears these Nitros came with are pretty much bottom of the barrel. We get by OK, only because of the Traction Control. But with some descent tires, they will get around a LOT better.I am told that the tires are aggressive enough and in combination with the ESP I won't have any problems with deep snow in my driveway. That being said I have, more then once, had to resort to Low Range to make the incline so the proof will be in the pudding and if the pudding is too deep I'll be hiking my ass up my driveway next winter.