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Crappy 2WD Taco results in the snow :/

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by MotoPhotog, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. MotoPhotog

    MotoPhotog [OP] Member

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    2009 Tacoma SR5 with 3" ReadyLift kit and 16" toyota highlander wheels.... 2 50 lb bags of sand in the back.

    Tires are Dunlop Gripper (or something, they're supposed to be winter tires)... what have your guys' experience been with your 2WD trucks?

    I cant believe it but my girlfriends Ford Focus would probably make it up more hills than this truck. We had our first day of snow, and it is quite depressing how bad it does in the 4" of snow.

    Your guys experiences with the 2wd model?
     
  2. steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    FWD is way better than a RWD truck in the snow. Put more weight in the back.
     
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    Rusty 06 4x4 NBHNC

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    If you have a 2WD pickup truck - stay home when it snows. That is all.
     
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    BrokenTusk I support a velociraptor free workplace.

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    I run my 2wd Xr in the snow with only Blizzaks, no weight in the back, i make it everywhere fine
     
  6. BrokenTusk

    BrokenTusk I support a velociraptor free workplace.

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    but yes, more weight will help you
     
  7. steve o 77

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    do you have a LSD?
     
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    BrokenTusk I support a velociraptor free workplace.

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    Yes.

    Guess I just need larger tires and more weight out back.

    Good times. and to the comments about 4wd... its all good. I'll take the 25mpg the other 360 days a year ;)
     
  10. steve o 77

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    :cool:

    Negative on the larger tires, they wont help. unless you're driving on about 4 feet of snow.

    BrokenTusk above has the exact same drivetrain setup as you and does just fine. It's all in the technique.
     
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    I'm a prime example of this.

    Last Christmas, several inches of snow, in my 4cyl RWD Taco, 200 pounds extra weight in the bed... rolled it. i said a few bad things, but the good part was, i wasn't hurt, just sore.
     
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    I have a 4X4 and I average 22 mpgs. And I don't get stuck in the snow...
     
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    My first truck was a standard Toyota 2wd truck ( tacoma was not even a concept then) Is your truck standard or auto? I would recommend 40lbs in the pack ( 20 over each wheel) over the wheel is key!!! not just thrown in the back!!! And also a designated winter tire. Master craft makes a good one that's a few bucks cheaper than blizak ( bridgestone) If your going to drive a 2wd in the snow be smart about it. Down shift before you get to the hill so you have the power to get up it without risking the spin when shifting. If its a auto just get as much speed as you can before you hit the hill.
     
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    hey i was working in covington at a new multicare building but i havent been there in like a week
     
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    A little momentum goes a long way. But really the best thing you can do is to drop your air pressure in the tires. This will give you a much bigger foot print, and better traction.
     
  16. 186000mps

    186000mps ..Slingin' up mud and we're scarying off bunnies..

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    You could just drive in reverse during the winter season:D Just kidding
    Steve is right, wide is good for deeper snow, unfortunately they also float on the road, reducing the ability to sink down thru the slush to the tractionable surface of the road.
     
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    or buy a $500 civic, it would do better in snow than a 2wd tacoma.
     
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    :rofl:
     
  19. 186000mps

    186000mps ..Slingin' up mud and we're scarying off bunnies..

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    The best vehicle I ever had in the snow was a old FWD Corolla with studded Nokians on it. As long as I didn't get hung up on the chassis, I could go anywhere.
     
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    Def add weight to the bed. In past years a was adding 4 60lbs sand tubes held over the axle. Barely use 4wd, but always good to have.
     
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