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2wd in snow

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Redneck Ron, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    Redneck Ron

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    I have a base model 2wd regular cab tacoma. We have bad winters where i live and i was wondering how do your 2wds handle in the snow.:confused:
     
  2. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    AlphaEcho2k5

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    slower is faster, common sense will get you pretty far (no offense to OP).
     
  3. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    Fiolo

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    Yes it would be better 4x4 ftw baby
     
  4. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    jtav2002

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    Good tires and weight in the back take you a long way. I usually have nothing in my bed, but with my Duratracs I usually get through a lot of snow before I actually need to switch into 4wd.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    Purchase a set of dedicated snow tires and keep the tank full (19 gallons is about 120lbs) and maybe a couple tubes of sand and you should be OK.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    get some good snow tires mounted on some rims. then just swap them on in the winter. get some weight in the back, carry some sand and a shovel incase you get stuck
     
  7. Nov 9, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    i too am looking at prerunners (i.e. RWD), ...but i'm not too worried about it, i figure it's got to be a hell of a lot easier to get around in than what i've been driving the past 10yrs..
     
  8. Nov 10, 2011 at 1:38 AM
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    jrgroucho

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    Just use common sense and you should be fine. I bought my 5 lugger last February and even with the factory Dunlop tires it was fine in the snow, though I may get some new tires for this winter...
     
  9. Nov 10, 2011 at 5:36 AM
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    Pugga

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    Good tires will go a long ways! If it's within your means, get a set of dedicated snows (maybe even studded), tall and narrow for better traction. Throw some weight over or in front of the rear axle (do not put weight behind the axle, it's more important that you can steer and stop than accelerate). Sand bags are nice because if you do get stuck you can put the sand under the tires if need be.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    skytower

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    I agree with what's already posted: Good tires, extra weight, common sense for the conditions, 4x4 is still better.
     
  11. Nov 10, 2011 at 7:29 AM
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    Yeah agreed at good set of tires will go a long way. I go over donner summit a lot durning chain control in 2wd just to test my DuraTracks and they do awesome in the snow if you want a good all year tire DuraTracks are great.
     
  12. Nov 10, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    Goober

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    Here's a trick I learned back when I had my '47 GMC. Keep a few roof shingles in the back. Serveral times I was in a rut on ice and throwing a roof shinge face down under the back tire would get me unstuck. The grit on the shingle grips the ice and the tire sticks to the tar side.
     
  13. Nov 10, 2011 at 7:48 AM
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    I'm in the same boat as you, first winter with 2wd. I just bought some tube sand for the back and hopefully that will be fine.
     
  14. Nov 10, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    I hope you have good tires!
     
  15. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    x2. With Malloy cutting funding for plows this winter is going to be fun for sure. October snow showed that. Plows did not come out until several hours of snow, by then road was littered with 2wd in ditches. :D
     
  16. Nov 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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    I get stuck far more with 4wd than I ever did with 2 :D

    2wd: "Ohh, that looks deep I'll just stay on the straight and narrow!"

    4wd with locker that i can engage in 4-Hi: "NO PROBLEM GIV ER SHIT"...snow past the bumper and 3 out of 4 wheels spinning "Whuuups!".
     
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    Ha so true :thumbsup:
     
  18. Nov 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    if you are worried about it just get some chains
     
  19. Nov 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    tacomaprerunner

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    I've driven the last two winters in 2WD. Drive slow and smart. Use weight in the bed. When going up hills with snow/ice on them, don't lose your momentum. Honestly, it's damn hard to get stuck in the snow - with enough effort, you can get yourself out. Last winter I spent an hour simply turning the truck 180 degrees. After that, it was no problem. 4x4 just makes it a lot easier.
     
  20. Nov 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    :D That is so true. If I had 2wd I would not leave my house in bad weather. With 4x4 you get easily tempted, plus when 2wd gets stuck usually shovel and good push is enough. When 4x4 gets stuck you need another 4x4 to pull him out. And if 4x4 w/F&R lockers gets stuck usually you need a buggy to pull him out.
     
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