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3rd Gen Traction Control Modes Explained

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Doggman, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    kperatt09

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    I'm curious, what has everyone found to be the most effective MTS mode at getting the front end to "lock"? I feel like they all aren't as good as the good old simple a trac button.
     
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    'Lock' is not a very good term... but I get that you mean "Least amount of tire spin". It also applies to the back axel, so not just the front. Hard for me to say since I have A-TRAC and not the adjustable MTS & Crawl. MTS 'Rock' Mode is supposed to be the least amount of slip. So, get into L4, with or without the rear locked, and MTS Rock for the front to be the most "locked". Let us know what you discover... Photos of what kind of cliff you drove up, too!
     
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    Could be wrong, but I understand it to be Rock. Here is a decent demonstration: https://youtu.be/vYY1x47IP3I?t=309.

    Watch the whole video for additional context.

    FWIW, I sent TFL Truck an email last year asking Tommy to do the slip test on all MTS modes. He replied that it was a good idea, but the video never materialized.
     
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    The highest grip surface setting will be the most aggressive mts strategy.
     
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  5. Oct 15, 2021 at 9:05 AM
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    Headed out in a few weeks to do a pretty narly trail, I'll post results :p

    I usually just leave it in rock, and dont dick around with it too much.
     
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    I’ve had Crawl let me down twice now. This last time was on a steep angle. I was close to creating when the wheels just dug in and sprung. The truck was bouncing all over the place.

    I made several attempts. I did not think to try MTS, but honestly not sure what the difference is. I did try both front and rear locked and still couldn’t do it.

    In hindsight, the only combo I should’ve tried was airing down to 10 or 15 psi. I was sitting around 30 psi.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2021 at 5:20 AM
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    Crawl is 'cruise control' for low range... all you do is steer.
    MTS is the adjustable traction control that you dial in the road surface you are on. You press the gas pedal to move and hit the brakes as needed.
     
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    I mean if there simply isn't enough mechanical grip between any of the tires and a surface to be found no matter how advanced a traction control system is it can't create traction out of thin air. Systems like CRAWL and MTS are much more automated than traditional lockers and can make things easier than open diffs for inexperienced drivers but at the end of the day driver skill is still the most important ingredient. Knowing how to pick a good line helps no matter what you're driving, and on well equipped 4x4s with multiple mechanical and electronic traction aids like ours knowing when to use the right combo of lockers and electronic systems for a situation and how to get the most out of each of those systems makes all the difference.

    Now, if one tire does have some grip but the system isn't succeeding in sending power to that tire CRAWL is indeed letting you down. If you've picked an impossible line with aired up tires you're letting it down.
     
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