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Old 08-24-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hey Guys
Iam new to the truck road and i just got a tacoma but its 4x2, this weekened i went to the lake and had a hard time getting through the sand. Anything i could do to make it a little more off road ready besides buying a 4x4?
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Hey Guys
Iam new to the truck road and i just got a tacoma but its 4x2, this weekened i went to the lake and had a hard time getting through the sand. Anything i could do to make it a little more off road ready besides buying a 4x4?
lower your tire pressure when driving in sand.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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Does your truck have a factory locker?
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4x4, haha. but i dont think a 2 wheel drive with a locker in sand wont work that great considering i pulled out a 2wd 2003 tundra with the trd off road package this weekend. he was stuck in some pretty soft sand and all the locker was doing was making the situation worse.
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Hey Guys
Iam new to the truck road and i just got a tacoma but its 4x2, this weekened i went to the lake and had a hard time getting through the sand. Anything i could do to make it a little more off road ready besides buying a 4x4?
1. Read the forums, get out on runs with offroad clubs let them school you.
2. Come back to that forum and post your question again
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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lower your tire pressure when driving in sand.
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These.

If you have decent tires (I did rather well with my BFG AT KO's) and air down to about 20psi you should be ok. I had a locker though which makes it that much better (talking my old off road prerunner).

The #1 thing though... momentum. Also carry a few plywood boards or something to put under the tires if they start digging in.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:53 PM   #8
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Do you guys thing having a lift would help at all?
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Do you guys thing having a lift would help at all?
Only if your bottoming out or are haveing to drag the differential (pumpkin on the rear axle) through the sand or are getting one tire up in the air from not enough suspension flex or your aproach angles are to low. Other then that a lift will do you nothing but look good. Get some good tires air down learn how to drive better on the sand and get a locker. Prerunners can be and are capable. Not as capable as a 4WD, but arent that bad.
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Only if your bottoming out or are haveing to drag the differential (pumpkin on the rear axle) through the sand or are getting one tire up in the air from not enough suspension flex or your aproach angles are to low. Other then that a lift will do you nothing but look good. Get some good tires air down learn how to drive better on the sand and get a locker. Prerunners can be and are capable. Not as capable as a 4WD, but arent that bad.
only thing that will lift the pumpkin is larger tires. the lift is above the rear axle
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What are some of the better tires that i can use? is there anything else besides tires? i like my truck and cant afford a 4x4 right now..
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What are some of the better tires that i can use? is there anything else besides tires? i like my truck and cant afford a 4x4 right now..
Tires are your direct link to the contact surface... there's nothing that improves traction than proper tires.

On a mostly road/sometimes hitting a trail/sand I found the BFG All Terrain KO's to handle pretty well, but they didn't do so well on slick rock (light stream crossing ect). Still for a pre-runner they're about as good as it gets. I'd get some better traction than some 4x4's with crappy tires in some conditions just to give you a taste on how much tires can make a diff.
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What are some of the better tires that i can use? is there anything else besides tires? i like my truck and cant afford a 4x4 right now..
Honestly, your best and cheapest option is air down your tires on sand and buy a cheap cig lighter air pump and keep it with you for when you need to go back on the road. Air down to about 15 psi, take it easy and don't forget that you have a 2wd, that'll get through a lot of sand. Getting through sand is more about floatation than traction in a lot of cases.
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My truck does have a factory locker, is there a certain speed that i have to go at?
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Just have a heavy foot be try not to spin the tires to much!
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ok cool thanks for all the info guys, if u guys have any other suggestions on mods for my truck please let me know...
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ok cool thanks for all the info guys, if u guys have any other suggestions on mods for my truck please let me know...
Number one rule here, don't listen to answers like the one above

Good questions and glad to see someone who is willing to learn without destroying their truck first.
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Good questions and glad to see someone who is willing to learn without destroying their truck first.
huh so its better to spend boat load of money on mods that may or may not work but were suggested by unknown source.
if he tries the truck in stock form while going with the group of people they will tell him based on the location what he really needs. He will also figure out by himself what works for his type of the trips.

I could write that he needs
a.Solid axle o n the front, 1 tons ... + portals
b 5.29's with ARB lockers
c. Snorkel with diesel swap
d. marlin crawler transfer case
e. Full body exo
f. Flat belly mod
g 4 link everything
aaa did I forgot something ???
He can put everything above and may last few minutes longer breaking something from over confidence
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huh so its better to spend boat load of money on mods that may or may not work but were suggested by unknown source.
if he tries the truck in stock form while going with the group of people they will tell him based on the location what he really needs. He will also figure out by himself what works for his type of the trips.

I could write that he needs
a.Solid axle o n the front, 1 tons ... + portals
b 5.29's with ARB lockers
c. Snorkel with diesel swap
d. marlin crawler transfer case
e. Full body exo
f. Flat belly mod
g 4 link everything
aaa did I forgot something ???
He can put everything above and may last few minutes longer breaking something from over confidence
So far your 0 for 2 on helpful posts...the guy asked what he could do to make his truck more off road capable. So instead of telling him he may want to try a few low-no cost things you tell him just in the seat and drive and then come back ask questions? How does that help him prepare for trail runs and getting out of a sticky situation? He wasn't asking if a lift will make it better or what new tires to run, but what are some thing a new to off roading person would need to know. Again how does that help he learn? There's tons of stuff on TW to read about getting out of stuck situation and what not, others were very helpful.

Now post something helpful for the new guy and make a Friend
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