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Old 03-02-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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How's Your Taco in the Snow n Ice

First off I'm new to this, I tried searching for this, with no luck. So assuming I'm right which is rare around my house (but let me know).... anyways moving on.

I was curious how every ones tacoma's are in the snow, I live in northern New Hampshire, We don't get snow year around but, we get wintery mix or snow and rain making road condition less then passable for some cars and trucks with all our hilly terrain. I've always owned Ford Explorers and I loved the Auto 4x4 drive switch where when it is selected it runs in two wheel drive till it notices slippages which it kicks in the front wheels to pull you along. I've always felt safe in them doing extremely dangerous speeds in the worse condition (granted I test my stuff so I know the limits) the time I bag about the most was 2008 or 09 we got a noreaster and as many of us new englanders know the snow bands follows 495 north which is a 6 lane highway 3 north 3 south, I was coming home from the bottom of CT New haven maybe? but since you couldn't see the lines and the plow trucks couldn't get on the road due to the high volume of traffic I became in patient being the asshole from New Hampshire. I turned the 10in deep snow and slush break down lane into the 3rd lane and before long I had most of the good drivers and other trucks hot on my heels while I maintained 60 to 65 MPH the speed limit on the best day while the two other lanes bearly reach 30 to 35 mph for short burst of time and the Explorer pulled me threw and kept me safe whether blind luck or the lord only looks after the stupid. if your still with me I thank you. recently here in NH we have been getting snow and slush and I've been out playing and I'm very happy with my taco. granted I hate the ABS and the trac. Control which is out to kill me. moving down the road in 2w it feels loose but you know if she breaks you can pull it around with some controlled break and gas pumps. (I had weight in the back figured we weren't getting any more snow for the season so I took them out only 140lbs worth mainly just for sand if I can't get up an icy hill)in 4w the truck is very solid on slick roads I can pull left and right and the truck just goes left and right with little argument going at slow speeds 30 35mph. yesterday I pulled a police type car up a steep grade and a shoe box with wheels up the hill as well. if your from the area its the road leading to gunstock ski resort right by the rd cat path where the tuesday before was a 10 car pile up due to the snow which gave me the motivation to help those cars out. so me real question is how does every feel about there taco in the snow? other then those annoying computers out to kill us like the terminator.
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Going to be honest, I read less than half of your post

I am in North Dakota, just moved here from Oklahoma and always had a front wheel drive car. So driving a Tacoma in the snow has been a learning curve. But I think it does pretty well. Turn on your 4WD and slow down, and you'll be fine as long as the folks around you behave. I forgot to turn on my 4WD once and lost control on a patch of ice, started to spin, got it back under control but too late to keep from going across the oncoming lane and down into a little ravine by the road. All's well that ends well, and lesson learned.

Put some tube sand or something over the rear axle. That'll help. Good luck and safe travels!
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I also didnt read your post, but the only time i have problems is wearing my work boots and somtimes dont hit the break right as i have a 6spd MT other then that i drive my taco in 2wd in a 1.5 feet of snow with no problems, i do recomend some sand sacks or driving in 4x4 though.
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Going to be honest, I read less than half of your post

I am in North Dakota, just moved here from Oklahoma and always had a front wheel drive car. So driving a Tacoma in the snow has been a learning curve. But I think it does pretty well. Turn on your 4WD and slow down, and you'll be fine as long as the folks around you behave. I forgot to turn on my 4WD once and lost control on a patch of ice, started to spin, got it back under control but too late to keep from going across the oncoming lane and down into a little ravine by the road. All's well that ends well, and lesson learned.

Put some tube sand or something over the rear axle. That'll help. Good luck and safe travels!
thanks for the honesty, its not a matter of how i drive for the post but how you feel it goes, and situations you've been in and gotten out of with your tacoma in the snow. Thats my fault for not making that clear still working on my first cup of coffee

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:35 AM   #6
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I also didnt read your post, but the only time i have problems is wearing my work boots and somtimes dont hit the break right as i have a 6spd MT other then that i drive my taco in 2wd in a 1.5 feet of snow with no problems, i do recomend some sand sacks or driving in 4x4 though.
how do you tie down your tube sand I put mine right up against my tailgate using the floor tie downs and some 550 cord and a ratchet strap
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in the snow, my truck handles excellent. 12 inches of snow is no issue, but it starts to get challenging around 24 inches, and at 36 inches i can get stuck.

the ice, however, is a whole other story. the MTZ's arent that great for ice, but they do have a little bit is siping (for what its worth). i have yet to spin out or slide off the road, but thats more due to driving much slower and being much more cautious
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how do you tie down your tube sand I put mine right up against my tailgate using the floor tie downs and some 550 cord and a ratchet strap

I dont have the bags in right now, but i just put a sack on each side right beside the wheel well ( where you need the weight) and i don't tie them down the things dont move unless im really hard when flying around corners, only reason i would ever go abouts tieing them is to not heve them stolen and really if you feel like taking my sand bags then i guess you need em more the I. i know if i have good traction and drop clutch and floor it then they slide and hit the tailgate but agian i have to make em do it.
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oh and if you dont want it sliding you could put it between the wheel well and the tail gate and you still shouldnt have to tie it down.
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Tires, on any truck, can make a big difference. Thats why a lot of folks will have a summer set and a winter set. That said, my Tacomas always handled finewith stock tires in the wet/snowy Chicago winters.
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i read your entire post....see you in the median on 93 north....ill wave as i go by
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i read your entire post....see you in the median on 93 north....ill wave as i go by

nah man he will be fine, I have only once come close to losing it once and i was in 4x4 but hit black ice, but i remained as calm as possible and was able to pull out of it by releasing breaks after stearing in the direction i wanted to go. All i can say is drive for the weather <--- This saves lives.

Almost everyone i watch go into the ditch is driveing as if it was dry clear weather.
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I don't think there's much more you can do than slowing down and having a good set of snow tires in ice conditions. Ice sux!!!!! I have a set of blizzaks and tested them pretty good in severe ice conditions this year. I always hit 4x4, since it only takes a second to lose control. I also have two 70lb bags of sand in front of the rear axle against the cab. I put extra drings in the bed to tie them down. Snow is a piece of cake
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I live in Northern Alberta. Everyone here drives 1/2 - 1 Ton trucks. I drive a 3/4 ton Chevy for work, a 2012 with traction control and stabilitrak. The tacoma wins hands down on snow and ice, even though I run all terrain tires on my Tacoma, and there's specific snow and ice tires on my work truck. I would not trust the Chevy nearly as much on the highway as I do my Tacoma.
Bottom line, Tacoma on snow and / or ice = good.
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I've always felt safe in them doing extremely dangerous speeds in the worse condition
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Is this thread for real? I do snow removal for a living and there is no doubt in my mind that a 1/2, 3/4, or 1 ton pickup will do better than any of our tacomas. Our trucks are simply too light. It doesn't matter how much weight you put over the rear wheels (1000 lbs would definitely help but that's not realistic)........sub'd for the laughs
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My 4x4 AC is no better than so-so in the snow. IMO it is unforgivable to design a truck without sufficient clearance for front chains. In six inches of wet snow our Subaru Impreza with Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires will run rings around the Tacoma with no chains on either. Unfortunately the ground clearance isn't there for deeper snow or the Subie would be our go-to snow vehicle over the Tacoma under all conditions. The Tacoma gets the job done with studded Toyo M-55 tires and rear chains with moderate slipping and sliding in wet snow but next time I'll get it some Nokian Hakkalipitas for winter. Maybe that will make the difference.
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... or the Subie would be our go-to snow vehicle over the Tacoma under all conditions.
I was breaking a trail through fairly deep snow on a mountain road in Oregon once -- and pretty pleased with myself -- until a girl in a Subaru Outback passed me like I was driving a 2WD family sedan.

I really wish Toyota trucks came with full-time 4WD, especially for patchy snow/ice conditions; however, chain up and there's not too many places you won't be able to go in a Tacoma unless the snow is up to your hood.

This winter I pulled several SUVs and full-size pickups out of drifts (to give them credit though none were chained). Chains and reasonable speeds are the key to deep-snow driving (OP, it's idiotic to drive 65 mph during a storm -- if you would have been in an accident it would have been completely your fault). I remember chaining up my tiny 1980 2WD pickup and pulling a sled on roads that the snowplow hadn't hit yet -- it did great as long as I didn't have to turn too sharply.

Edit: I just reread the original post. Not only did the OP claim to be driving 65 mph in hazardous conditions he claims to have done it for several miles in the breakdown lane -- this is totally irresponsible, and illegal, behavior.
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Great traction. I have BFG ATs and when I put it in 4WD, I try to drift in an icy turn and it doesn't slide at all. Love it
FYI, I don't do that all the time. I tried it once in a safe turn to where the worst would happen is sliding into a field. No ditch.
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