I took my one week old 2014 DC TRD 4x4 on a moderate off road trail for the first time yesterday; very badass truck, very capable of climbing like a goat. Put it in 4 Low and hit the A-TRAC button, zero tire slip up some challenging stuff. I was amazed. Also looked ten times cooler than any jeeps on the trail.
(If anyone is familiar with this trail - its called Pole Hill in Estes Park CO. Very fun, and a little challenging in some parts for my first time on a trail)
I have a couple questions / concerns if someone could shed some advice
1) Rock contact on undercarriage -- is any amount of rock scraping on the bottom of your truck acceptable? The noises certainly make you cringe at some parts... what is the general rule of thumb here?
2) Mud flaps -- does everyone take their mud flaps for real off roading? They seemed to be scraping any decent size rocks i was going over, also contributing to some pretty uncomfortable noises (sometimes it was hard to tell if it was the undercarriage or mud flaps that were scraping rocks). Can taking off the mud flaps lead to chipping or damage on the lower body of your truck where debris should be stopped by the flap?
3) 4x4/trailing upgrades -- a 4" lift seemed like it might really benefit here, but your center of gravity also goes much higher. Are there any specific lifts or lift heights that seem to be the best all around for trail driving and tough climbs?
Check out the pic - beautiful day!