Originally Posted by isu2014
I'm saying a non-prerunner 2wd base model with car tires is a mall crawler if you try to make it look off-road. Don't get me wrong, I've seen prerunners do well off road. A truck that has one wheel drive and sits 6" off the ground won't go over rocks or through a class b road very well.
I just came home from off roading with my buddy. My little Taco didn't do bad at all... I still have the stock Dunlop Grandcrap tires with almost no thread left. We went through some rough spots where my truck had problems crawling, never got stuck though! When I knew I can't crawl through a spot, I reversed a bit, then gave it more gas. Momentum is important with 2wd open diff truck!
Having a selectable locker in the rear would made off roading much, much better. Now we are talking dry weather, in snow or mud off roading with 2wd truck, even with a locker is a whole another game.
Lastly, I agree with you. I see this all the time. Big trucks with 6" lift, yeah that high of a lift is completely unnecessary... For one it will increase dramatically you center of gravity, making your truck more prone to roll over and secondly it is not necessary for offrading! My 5lug with 3" lift did just fine off road, I had no ground clearance issues with stock tires and some rough terrain.