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4wd steep grades

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by [eric], May 17, 2009.

  1. May 17, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    [eric]

    [eric] [OP] Well-Known Member

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    what is the steepest grade you guys have taken the tacoma out on? on a narrow 4wd drive road I came across a big hill. about 25 degrees average. the steepest parts was about 30 degrees and the uphill climb is about maybe a bit more then a mile.

    i was about to throw it in 4lo when i noticed other trucks and jeeps parked at the bottom and decided i should probably do the same.
     
  2. May 18, 2009 at 12:01 AM
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    nvdeserted

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    It really depends on how much traction is available. Moab Utah has slickrock terrain, its like sand paper, you could drive a honda civic up a 45* climb there. It also depends on if it's the kind of climb that will allow you to maintain momentum; if there is a turn or a step you'll have to slow to negotiate it and you'll have to depend on traction and no momentum. Likewise, a taco on a sand dune without any momentum isn't getting up a 15* climb.

    Back to traction: a V6 Taco in 4lo1 could climb a wall if there was enough traction. It'd be pretty tough to flip a taco over vertically, BUT if you bounce it and get sideways it will roll if too steep. I've side-hilled some stuff at about 30* no problem.
     
  3. May 18, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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    RelentlessFab

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    I don't know how steep they were, but i've had my rear end get pretty light going down a few hills. One was a little off camber and when my driver's front tire dropped off a 6" high rock ledge, the passenger rear(most uphill tire) lifted off the ground for a second. It was about as sketchy as I'd ever like to get.
     
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