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Old Jun-26-09, 04:17 AM   #1
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My name is Tim, and this is my first post. I currently own a 2008 LS3 corvette coupe (512 RWHP Cam/Headers/bolt-ons), and Im considering a Trailblazer SS as our 2nd vehicle. I am also considering an 05-06 GTO, but I would really like the cargo capability of the TBSS. I live in South Florida for the time being, and when I do decide to buy, Im a little torn between AWD and 2WD. On one hand, I like the idea of the light weight of the 2WD, but on the other hand, I will be modifying my TBSS, and Im sure with a cam/blower I would run out of traction real quick on a 2WD model. So Im not sure if this is one of those topics that has been beaten to death, but a quick search didn't give me any results. Id love to hear all the plus and minuses. Thanks!

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Old Jun-26-09, 05:07 AM   #2
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Traction In All Weather. Even On Sand. AWD Rules.


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Old Jun-26-09, 05:07 AM   #3
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Try the search button, I believe it's been discussed before. Although I don't think you'll get a definitive answer. I think the general idea is 2wd are a bit quicker. Getting them to hook up isn't terribly hard. If you will be driving in snow or similar conditions go AWD. Basically, in my opinion it comes down to preference and maybe where you live.
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Old Jun-26-09, 05:10 AM   #4
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2WD for you. The AWD/2WD are pretty close with basic mods.

As you start to serious mod the 2WD will become the clear winner. The AWD is no something I would really think of as performance traction.

For high 12s and 13 second truck I like the AWDs. Anything beyond that I would rather have a 2WD and good tires.

You are in Florida so it should be a no brainer.
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Old Jun-26-09, 08:46 AM   #5
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I dont have too much trouble with traction. I have a 2600-2800 torque converter and I think its pretty much spot on for the mods I have. It will break loose if I really mash it, but I can get on it hard and not go up in smoke.
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Old Jun-26-09, 09:06 AM   #6
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I would get the 2wd unless you needed awd. I don't hate the awd but it would be a bit quicker 2wd and with dr's hooking would be no problem.
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Old Jun-27-09, 01:56 PM   #7
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AWD all the way. The difference in performance is almost negligable, unless your on a wet or sandy road, then the 2WD will be doing 360's and your pulling around all the spinning folks.

I mean face it, you are not going to be driving on the track with DRs every day. AWD will flat out bust the 2WD on a road course with turns and corners, the fronts pull you around straight, instead of fish tailing. This is from my own experience.

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Old Jun-27-09, 08:03 PM   #8
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AWD is not the end all be all for handling performance. How come corvettes don't come with AWD? Most high end performance vehicles utilize rear-wheel drive.
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i wish i had a 2wd but i got an awd ,but look at it this way...if you get an awd you save a boat load on tires
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I got an AWD because i drive year round, including snow, sleet and ice. Otherwise if i lived somewhere without snow i would have bough 2WD. AWD is great in snow
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Old Jun-27-09, 08:21 PM   #11
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I got an AWD because i drive year round, including snow, sleet and ice. Otherwise if i lived somewhere without snow i would have bough 2WD. AWD is great in snow
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If you dont drive in snow, 2wd is the way to go.
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Old Jun-28-09, 10:19 AM   #14
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As a fellow Floridian I would tell you that I love my 2wd year round, but now in the summer with all the rain we get I am all over the place (could also be due to the fact I have no tread on my tires). Its a trade off, if you have another vehicle to drive in the summer rainstorms than I would def get a 2wd and mod the hell out of it and enjoy it the rest of the year. AWD is great for the people upnorth that deal with shit year round but here its only summer thats an issue. Match me up to any AWD and he will have me off the line but once I hit 20 and get traction I will pull away (aslong as we both have the same mods lol).
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tim you sound like youre kinda in the same boat i was in when i bought mine. I have a fast car for nice weather and i have a lifted ram for the winter (cuz im up in nh and need it) but i wanted something for the rainny summer days that was still fun to drive. go AWD in my opinion. if u wanna do a smoke show you got ure vette but when you want something quick and fun you got the truck. plus it is knida nice to be able to mash the gas from a stop and just go with out all the spinning...something i cant do in my srt or my vette... hell or my ram for that matter
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2wd does the best burnouts. i think thats all you need, right?
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I have AWD because of the weather here. I wish I had 2wd so I could do burnouts and get sidewayz. Thats why I had to buy an Fbody! Get 2wd for sure, there is no need for AWD in Florida....just my opinion.
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I mean face it, you are not going to be driving on the track with DRs every day. AWD will flat out bust the 2WD on a road course with turns and corners, the fronts pull you around straight, instead of fish tailing. This is from my own experience.

So you bought a suv to take on road courses? What are your lap times?


I daily drive my rwd, on M&H drag radials.
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So you bought a suv to take on road courses? What are your lap times?


I daily drive my rwd, on M&H drag radials.
I daily drive on the drag radials also, only time they will come off is this winter when the blizzaks go on each time it snows. Rain/shine/etc, daily driven on the m&h drag radials.
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Old Jun-29-09, 08:21 PM   #20
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So you bought a suv to take on road courses? What are your lap times?


I daily drive my rwd, on M&H drag radials.
I have a road course to work mind you...lots of low speed 90šs. Kind of shamed the LT1 Z28 that tried to take me in the turns coming out, I left him behind. Going into a 90 at full throttle and not sliding out has it's advantages.


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