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4wd lo and 4wd hi?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by switchfoot177, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:06 AM
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    switchfoot177

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    whats the difference between 4wd lo and hi? and when would you use them?
     
  2. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:15 AM
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    Basically the gearing.

    4LO is used for conditions like rock crawling and extreme low traction. It is also used for freeing heavy, stuck loads like pulling a stump. Typically it is only used on an as needed basis. 4HI is used for everything in between. Things like mudding and snowy/icy roads or you are just out tooling through the woods. If you can't get unstuck in 4HI then you would use 4LO.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:26 AM
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    exactly what he said but also keep in mind u don't want to use 4lo if u go over 20 MPH
     
  4. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:41 AM
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    How come? I do sometimes checking cows. (drive around in 4 lo above 20 mph)
     
  5. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:45 AM
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    it could mess up your transfer case.
     
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    I use 4 lo when I need to go really slow and do not want to ride the clutch. Ie: spraying fence lines and sneaking up on pigs. I also like the draft qualities of low range. I pull a 12' chain harrow to spread shit.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:48 AM
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    sometimes I wonder what's the point on getting a pick up truck with no 4x4?
    I mean, you never know what can happen in emergency that you get stuck in Mud or whatever... I mean I'm sure FL people get Mud too. Just wondering.
     
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    It better hold up, my jeep did it for 5 years and my '91 toyota did it for ten years. The '09 better do the same or I'll be pissed.
     
  9. Dec 24, 2008 at 8:50 AM
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    maintenance on your farm i assume. well yeah as long as your not going like over 25 or 30 all the time. you should be allright, but i would refrain from doing this All the time. as it could eventually mess up your transfer case.
     
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    Yes, farm work.

    It is too rough to go that fast most of the time. I usually go back into 4 hi for speed.
     
  11. Dec 24, 2008 at 9:06 AM
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    Spreading shit could be for recreation. It is fun hauling ass and smearing shit with a rail iron and chain harrow. Include some cold beer and some tunes, it's a party. Don't drink and drive on public roads.
     
  12. Dec 24, 2008 at 9:09 AM
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    if your going over 20 then use 4 hi, you wouldnt need 4 lo if you can go 20+mph
     
  13. Dec 24, 2008 at 9:26 AM
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    I don't usually get over 20 mph in 4 lo. The truck handles it fine though. In a draft situation the low gears with the 4x4 gives you wicked torque and traction like a tractor. I use it like one when I have to.

    When I have to go really slow, I use 4 lo, you can pick a gear that you can idle in and not ride the clutch. The low range allows the engine to work easier and not get hot.

    I guess I'm saying there are more uses than what is listed in the manual for low range.
     
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