Has anyone ever tried adding weight into the back end of a front wheel
drive vehicle to improve weight distribution and cornering stability?
I just traded an '89 Caravan (cargo, long version) for a '94, which is
the shorter one (passenger van).
This newer, shorter one is a whole different animal on snow and ice,
much less stable, especially on curves and corners, seems like the rear
end wants to slide out from behind me.
The rear tires aren't great but they're not that bad either, fronts
are like new. But it behaves as though it would benefit from additional
weight back there for the tires to bite a little better.
BTW I'm going to put a new set of tires on in the next couple days
anyway, but am still considering securing a couple sand tubes in back.
It needs all the help it can get!! I don't even enjoy driving the thing
in bad weather, it's difficult and dangerous to drive.
Incidentally, when I bought this van I was under the impression that
they all had the same length wheelbase, with the long ones having the
body extended about 14" in back. I actually measured them once quite
awhile ago--but somehow I remembered it wrong--a stupid mistake which
really irks me now.
It wasn't until after I drove this one a couple of days that I thought
it seemed to ride like it had a shorter base, and it does. Had I known
it was shorter I wouldn't have bought it, for the exact reasons
described above, but now I have to deal with it.
So anyway...comments and/or experiences about adding weight to the
rear of a front-drive vehicle?