There's a set of drive modes in the new Ridgeline and so far I've only used two of them. The Snow mode definitely cuts down on spinning out and gets you up to speed more safely. I tried my hardest in two feet of snow to spin tires and Snow mode wouldn't let me do it. I've also used the Sand mode on a beach and it definitely did rear wheel spin burnouts that were super fun.
Jalopnik published a post last summer before the release on the details of all the modes and I've been meaning to write them down somewhere so I don't forget.
The basics are:
The idea here is to minimize pedal travel and make launching easier. The throttle input via Drive By Wire (DBW) is made less aggressive, particularly where you first tip-in the pedal. That basically means you’re giving it less gas than you think.
“Mud” mode has an emphasis on maintaining momentum. Gain increases as you tip the throttle. Torque vectoring is shut off and more power is sent to the rear wheels. The transmission delays upshifts and traction control allows for more wheelspin.
Basically the same as “mud,” but with all the needles moved even more aggressively. It has maximum rear-bias (a Honda rep told me 70 percent) and an electronically “locked” rear differential.
Big day today as I finally installed the Truxxx 1.5" leveling kit that lifts the front a couple inches to match the height of the rear suspension. Once the lift kit was in place, I threw on a new set of 18" KMC XD wheels with Yokohama 265/60/18 tires. They're a little bigger and beefier than stock, so the lift kit was necessary to keep the front tires from rubbing the inner fenders. I love the look of the black edition, but thought the black wheels on a black truck were too much and wanted to put something silver on the wheels.
Finally, I wrapped it all up with a front skidplate that protects the oil pan as well as a rear skidplate over the rear differential. I probably won't ever need them, but it's good to know a layer of steel is protecting the most vulnerable bits underneath.
More shots of the truck and the parts installed follow.
Me and a friend tested out some drone follow shots while driving around (and around) on the Oregon coast. I was surprised at how well the truck drove in the sand. Can't wait to do this all again.
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