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Old 03-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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PreRunner vs 4x4...which is better for what

So obviously 4 wheel drives have advantages in many areas of off roading, they are superior when it comes to crawling, climbing, and shooting through mud. But it seems like mainly Prerunners are used for wheelin at high speeds in flat desert type terrain. Is there a reason that 4 wheel drives aren't used for this type of driving??
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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The 4x4 vs. Prerunner threads rarely end well here on TW. If this thread was in the second gen section, it would be very entertaining... As for the topic, I think it comes down to cost. It's a lot cheaper to long-travel suspension a Prerunner than a 4x4 truck. That's why.

If you search you can find a number of LT 4x4 trucks, that are very capable of "Go Fast Desert" driving, they're just not as common, again, probably due to the cost of upgrading the suspension components.

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I'll be that guy. 4x4 is better for everything.
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4wd does everything better. 2wd even works better in a 4wd truck.
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The 4x4 vs. Prerunner threads rarely end well here on TW. If this thread was in the second gen section, it would be very entertaining... As for the topic, I think it comes down to cost. It's a lot cheaper to long-travel suspension a Prerunner than a 4x4 truck. That's why.

If you search you can find a number of LT 4x4 trucks, that are very capable of "Go Fast Desert" driving, they're just not as common, again, probably due to the cost of upgrading the suspension components.

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Pretty much this.
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Being a TRD Sport prerunner owner I will undoubtedly admit... I wish I had 4wd 365 days out of the year. Every vehicle in my family has 4wd, my truck is the only exception (parents choice,not mine). My next Taco will for sure be 4x4... but to get the TRD package again? that is the question.

But if I could do it over again, and cost was not a factor, I would def. get the 4x4.

Only reason 2wd was my choice is because its my daily driver and all I do is drive around college. My truck hardly ever sees anything but the depressing asphalt of my university.
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Prerunner is better if you want to use lift spindles

4x4 wins every other category
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Prerunners are good candidates for 4x4 swaps 4x4 FTW
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The 4x4 vs. Prerunner threads rarely end well here on TW. If this thread was in the second gen section, it would be very entertaining... As for the topic, I think it comes down to cost. It's a lot cheaper to long-travel suspension a Prerunner than a 4x4 truck. That's why.

If you search you can find a number of LT 4x4 trucks, that are very capable of "Go Fast Desert" driving, they're just not as common, again, probably due to the cost of upgrading the suspension components.

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Yeah that makes more sense. Thanks for the info. I was kinda confused haha
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The reason 2wd trucks are "better" go fast trucks is because after a certain point with IFS the suspension travel is limited by the cv axle, but that is in extreme LT cases, when you get into race truck level of build, for everything else 4wd is better. You see more pre runners in places like Cali where they don't need a 4x4 and a lot of their off roading fun is had in open areas of desert
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The reason 2wd trucks are "better" go fast trucks is because after a certain point with IFS the suspension travel is limited by the cv axle, but that is in extreme LT cases, when you get into race truck level of build, for everything else 4wd is better. You see more pre runners in places like Cali where they don't need a 4x4 and a lot of their off roading fun is had in open areas of desert
this, and if they had a design that eliminated axle bind, they'd still have the expense of custom CV's to get the width needed to get lots of travel.
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The reason 2wd trucks are "better" go fast trucks is because after a certain point with IFS the suspension travel is limited by the cv axle, but that is in extreme LT cases, when you get into race truck level of build, for everything else 4wd is better. You see more pre runners in places like Cali where they don't need a 4x4 and a lot of their off roading fun is had in open areas of desert
this ^^

i am 4wd long travel, BEST OF BOTH WORLDS BABY!
this is the only way to do it IMO.

getting 4wd to work with long travel systems is much harder, and can be really expensive.
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this ^^

i am 4wd long travel, BEST OF BOTH WORLDS BABY!
this is the only way to do it IMO.
Hell yeah brother! What kind of LT do you have?
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well since I live in Oregon I need 4x4 since it can get nasty here and It never hurts to have it plus 4x4 is more fun in the mud
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Simple. 4x4's are about traction. Prerunner is about getting the extra goodies with no use for 4wd. If you need grip, 4wd all the way, of course. If it's like mine, a highway princess, 4wd is a waste of money and gas. Mainly money. I'd have bought a 5-lug in a second if Toyota would put some of the bells & whistles in them. I.e. color matched parts, skewp, bucket seats, etc. To be honest, an xrunner with an auto would be perfect. But ... I digress.
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