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Hey, guys. Alex from americanmuscle.com, and today I'm bringing my quick review and breakdown of the ShurTrax 400-pound water weight without field repair kit fitting your 1997 through current F-150. So, in this video, I'm gonna talk about who this kit's going to appeal to, the construction and materials that went into this water weight, what you should expect to be spending, and then what it's gonna take to get this installed, even if we can call it that. Where I'm gonna be giving this an incredibly easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and less than 15 minutes to get this strapped down, and I'll have a little bit more for you on that later. So, as a truck owner that's typically running around town in two-wheel-drive, I can personally attest to the fact that every now and then I usually experience a little bit of wheel hop. Be it either getting off the line, trying to get out in traffic a little bit faster than I need to usually or just when it's wet out, especially the fact that my rear end has just a little bit of a tendency to slip out where it doesn't belong. So this can not only be dangerous when you're driving around. But it's just downright disconcerting in the event that you do get off the line a little bit faster than usual or get out of somebody's way as by having no traction in the back where your bed is, it's just not a good thing to have. So not only would this be beneficial year-round but especially when the weather starts to take a turn for the worse. You're gonna notice that your truck is gonna be losing that much more traction and sliding around a little bit. And even for the truck owners out there that are running a larger tire, it's just gonna be that much more apparent. So the team over at ShurTrax definitely saw that there was a void in the aftermarket community for something like this and brought this to market for the truck owner that doesn't have access or owns a front-end loader. Especially for somebody that doesn't wanna fill their bed with cement, sand, blocks, anything that you would be throwing in there to weigh down your truck. So this is not only going to appeal to truck owners that typically aren't utilizing their bed or have it filled with anything but for the owner out there that lives in parts of the country where you need that extra weight in the rear end of your truck simply just to get around town safely. In terms of the construction and materials here, ShurTrax is gonna have this manufactured out of a vinyl-like material which is then gonna feature two separate pods inside of this pack itself which is gonna be able to accommodate up to 400 pounds of water. So a couple things that I definitely like about this kit is that ShurTrax is gonna have internal baffles die-electronically welded in here which essentially means that the water is gonna be staying in one compartment or another. So that when you're pushing your truck through turns you're not gonna have that weight shifting around in your truck and throwing it off track. Additionally, this is gonna be a low profile design. So if you're still looking to utilize your bed, you will have the ability to put stuff on top of it. But the general rule of thumb I might throw a piece of plywood back there just to make sure that nothing's going to puncture this. So in terms of the pricing here you should expect to be spending only about 150 bucks for this kit which, in my opinion, is definitely very budget-friendly considering this is going to be giving your truck a much-needed dose of traction. And especially if you're living in parts of the country in which you're seeing inclement weather more often than not, I honestly think this is just gonna be a no-brainer for you. So in terms of the installation, for lack of a better term, just like I had said up top, you're looking at an incredibly easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and about 5 to 10 minutes to get this filled. Now you're really only gonna be looking
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Installation Time: (approx) 15 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
Can I add an RV anti- freeze to the bladder to keep it from freezing ?
Sure, but it holds 50 gallons. You'd need a lot of antifreeze to dilute that much water. Also, RV antifreeze does indeed freeze. It just doesn't freeze solid. So, if you're looking to use it for easy winter draining, you'd still have trouble as it would be in a semi solid slushy state. If you're just worried about it freezing, don't. The Shurtrax is rated to freeze solid as long as it isn't overfilled.
what if the truck is parked outside? is the water inside insulated so it does not freeze and expand or is there supposed to be room for the water to freeze inside the sack?
The ShurTrax Traction Water Weight is designed to expand and contract with different weather. The only thing you will want to be careful of is puncturing the vinyl bag in anyway.
January 09, 2017
So I put this in the truck to add weight for better snow traction as well as tame the 2500 suspension for a little smoother ride. I figured 400 pounds or so would do the trick. It snowed the morning after so timing was good. At "snow driving speeds" it did OK. It does help with keeping the truck planted a bit better. However, once the roads were cleared, I noticed the truck was very unnerved. I feel a good bit of sloshing. Not enough to be dangerous by any means, but you do feel it. My suspension is in perfect shape so it is not a matter of the weight on a soft suspension at all. On the highway the truck no longer tracks nicely and I can feel the weight shift with any rapid movement from side to side, like a sharp turn on an exit ramp. I even felt it a few times when heavy wind gusts gave me a push sideways a little. I could feel the "after movement" of the water shifting. Now, since it sat overnight in 20 degree temps, it is frozen pretty solid. Now, it is stable. Huge difference in my ride this morning compared to the sloppy ride yesterday. I was hoping to fill it and leave it in all winter but not wth these results. Emptying and refilling for every snow is more of a PITA that it is worth. If you are in a region that stays below freezing all winter and it will not thaw out, this could be good for you. Also, the fill cap little handles broke off when i opened it up to fill the first time, and it could really use hook eyes on all of the corners. They are kind of oddly placed since you want to tie it in at the corners to keep it from shifting in any direction. My truck has cargo hooks in each corner and I could not use them in the rear. Had to run the straps under the tailgate and to the chassis. Sorry to say but this one does not get a very good review from me.