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Crawl Control... is it all it’s cracked up to be???

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by DieselTech1, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Apr 29, 2018 at 8:49 PM
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    DieselTech1

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    So how does everybody feel about the new crawl control feature on the ORs??? Has anybody gotten the chance to use it in a recovery situation? I’ve only tried mine back when I first got my truck on a fairly steep climb in the snow and the truck didnt slip a tire. But I’m not sure if it was the crawl control or just cause it’s a Taco. I would really like to hear of experiences people have had with using crawl control. Both positive and negative.
     
  2. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM
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    Only time I used mine was when I left it on while I waited on the tow truck driver. Didn’t help. That said, I think It’s a great feature. I was Going nowhere so fast I was Able to look out my passenger door and see the other two tires spinning.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:05 PM
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    Do you think crawl control works as well as a front locker?
     
  4. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:07 PM
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    Hell no.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:17 PM
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    jamestkirk

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    It definitely got me out of a situation a couple days ago.

    Wheeling around in the sand with a 900lb camper and high tire pressure. Duh, I got stuck and almost tipped over. Chose mud/sand and crawled right out. You can see my tracks. Kirk Out

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    I think it is awesome. Limited times to use it, but it is awesome to have. I'm sure the big time off road guys who take themselfs sooooo seriously would, as they do with everything, tell us how they don't need it (because they are soo awesome) and that it takes the skill needed out of the picture....ironicly thats why I love it, my wife can drive and have fun too.
     
  7. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:51 PM
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    Nice! I’ve seen you tube videos that show crawl control working very well in sand. Good to see your having fun with your truck!
     
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  8. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:53 PM
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    Friedtacolover

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    I am a beginner and learning. I got stuck on a hill and couldn't get out and my experienced friend couldn't either. switched to crawl and went up hill no issues. Now I know it cant be a substitute for good 4lo driving but none the less i love it. Que the awesome offroad snobs
     
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  9. Apr 29, 2018 at 9:55 PM
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    That’s kind of where I am with it. I’m an avid off road guy and am not sure I would ever use it. But the way I see it crawl control is just another tool I have at my disposal.
     
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    It's legit. Anyone who says it's bogus just hasn't been in the exact situation where you absolutely need it. When you need it, there is no substitute, but 99% of the time you don't need it.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2018 at 10:36 PM
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    I think It's pretty cool, and if they put it in a landcruiser it must be legit. I have a manual transmission though so no first hand experience.
     
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    Crawl Control is pretty awesome! Wouldn't have believed it if I haven't used it with my own eyes! Took me out of a snow filled ditch without too much drama (other than then the crazy brake throttle noises the system makes lol!!)
     
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    Seems like a nice tool to me that may come in handy sometime. If you're a self-proclaimed expert off-road driver and don't need it great then don't use it.
     
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    I personally don't need it because I don't do any serious off roading. I might go down on the beach, been doing that for almost 40 years and never been stuck in a variety of 4 wheel vehicles I have owned. I might see some snow but nothing too serious. I think its a great feature, seen it work one time where a guy who was stuck in a ditch out. I had pulled over to assist him and was going to pull him out in my Suburban. It worked well until he was at the top of the shoulder and it would not get any more traction. I think better tires would of helped. I was pretty impressed, and then I had to pull him to pavement. The icy grass was too slippery but it got him out for the most part.
     
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    It's alright. We have A-trac
     
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    Crawl Control is stupid useless off road cruise control. The useful part is MTS. People get that confused. MTS is ATRAC with 5 settings.
     
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    It likely has its uses, but it irritates me. Modulation of the brakes is a viable method to get traction when one tire is slipping (especially if you have a LSD), and in this case the truck does it for you. That said, it doesn't replace driving skill, and shouldn't become a crutch.
     
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    Its awesome!





     
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    I don't plan on doing any hardcore off roading, but I like having it. I have no intention of becoming a highly skilled off roading expert, so having it as an aid when and if I get in over my head is nice.

    It does have its limitations though and is not 100% guaranteed to work all the time. I got stuck in some snow, and tried with crawl control but couldn't get out.
     
  20. Apr 30, 2018 at 6:25 AM
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    I have used it in a number of conditions, none have been recovery, and it has worked flawlessly. Used it on some tricky inclines and descents and it worked so well it was almost boring:) Sand, snow, mud and rocks seem to cause no issue.
     
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