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Old 01-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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1st Time Off Road ( Big pile of Fail )

First I'd like to say I wasn't technically off roading. I went to a regional park near me and I was driving around looking at the park, seeing where I wanted to set up for the day for the family. I got to the back of the park and noticed a big area full of mud. So i decided maybe I could go "play" and get a little dirty. Well theres a little ...lip? curb?.. not big. but full of mud. And I didn't even make it up the damn thing.. I was just wondering was it my tires? not being 4x4? Made me start to regret not getting a 4x4..

I don't do much off roading, But it seemed my truck should have been capable to handle something like that.. Maybe it was too muddy and i misjudged it?

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2010 Pre Runner
Off Road package
Cooper Discovery AT/R
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Plenty of tread, only about 10k miles on them.

Here's a picture of the spot.


Close up of the front



Full truck look, I thought I had a few more pictures.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Yeap, shoulda got a 4x4. Or, when in doubt, throttle out.
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Yeah, I won't be going off roading much. But, When I do. I would like to actually be able to... I may trade this back in and get a 4x4. Doubt it.. But it's possible.. Although I did notice better traction when i hit the rear locker on. Should i have been in a different gear? I was just in Drive..
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #5
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your tires filled with mud making them slicks... you have 2wd and a light rearend.
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Yeah that was the first thing i noticed when I backed out. Tires were caked with mud. I didn't get stuck.. Just couldn't get to where i wanted to go.. Haha. I didn't use my rear locker until i noticed I wasn't going to make it up. so i turned it on and backed out easily.
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Most guys do 4x4 and mud tires for mudding.

On another note:

Orange County?! Where's this at...
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Yeah, Ill just have to know my limits of off road with pre runner.

Haha. Forgot the name. Down in brea, off state college. There's a big park and its all the way in the back.
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Yeah, Ill just have to know my limits of off road with pre runner.

Haha. Forgot the name. Down in brea, off state college. There's a big park and its all the way in the back.
Craig Park, just south of Imperial Hwy? I didn't even know you could drive in there.
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Possibly ? I really don't remember the name, that doesn't sound familiar though. It's like 3 dollars to go in. It's a huge park, has a small lake.

Edit: Just looked it up, Yeah its Craig regional park
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Also, I doubt your ALLOWED to go drive where I attempted. I just saw a small trail and got a bit of curiosity built up. Haha
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Why would you want to ruin a nice meadow?
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oh, this is gonna go downhill quick :-) lol
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My Tacoma is 4wd (although no diff locker like yours) and I can tell you that having the front end pull the truck forward is a life saver in mud. You've gotta understand how light these trucks are in the rear (just like almost all trucks), but up front the engine and tranny are sitting almost on top of the front tires, so they have much more weight and traction than the rears. So, yes, 4wd is very helpful. If you have the cash, trade your PreRunner in for a 4wd Tacoma. You don't necessarily even need the TRD package if you're not going to be going offroad often, in my opinion. Nice truck, by the way. I think the white ones look the best :P
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Why would you want to ruin a nice meadow?
It was a open area with half dead grass and mud with tracks already all over it.. its a path for utility vehicles. What do you think trails were before people started off roading through them?



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oh, this is gonna go downhill quick :-) lol
Yeah, I'm starting to notice that. I was just curious what peoples input was on my predicament. Haha.
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My Tacoma is 4wd (although no diff locker like yours) and I can tell you that having the front end pull the truck forward is a life saver in mud. You've gotta understand how light these trucks are in the rear (just like almost all trucks), but up front the engine and tranny are sitting almost on top of the front tires, so they have much more weight and traction than the rears. So, yes, 4wd is very helpful. If you have the cash, trade your PreRunner in for a 4wd Tacoma. You don't necessarily even need the TRD package if you're not going to be going offroad often, in my opinion. Nice truck, by the way. I think the white ones look the best :P

Yes, I understand the 4x4 capabilities. Just don't think I will utilize it. I live in So. Cali. So no snow or anything crazy like that here.

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Just glad you had the locker to help you back out of the mud.
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Looks like you just needed a little momentum to get you over the hump
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Yeah. I had couple different thought. Like back up. drive around get the mud off try again with locker on.. Or maybe try with a little more momentum. But i didn't want to get stuck by my self .. Probably not where I'm supposed to be going anyways. Lol.
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do us a favor? only go off-road in park areas marked for off-road vehicles? other folks might want to enjoy the meadow.

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