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First real off-road test in the new '09

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by stro1965, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Nov 24, 2008 at 6:03 AM
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    stro1965

    stro1965 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My regular cab 4 cylinder 4x4 Taco was put through the paces in a big way this past week on a Nebraska Sandhills deer hunting trip. Did right around 200 off-road miles, many of them in very challenging terrain. (The sandhills look tame from a distance but, in places, are VERY rough and almost impassable in a stock truck.)

    Overall, it did very well! It needs more clearance, I was nearly high-centered a few times and would have surely gotten stuck in one spot if I had stopped. I gunned it and made it through though. The stock tires (for now) did well in the sand.

    The relatively wide stance made handling steep sidehills a breeze. I was able to traverse sidehills that we can't do with a Polaris Ranger.

    A few times I had to get into 4 lo just to pull straight up steep hills, and more power would have been VERY welcome. Twice I just flat ran out of power and had to back down and try again.

    The steering had me wondering if something was wrong right from the start. When handling tough terrain it seemed like there was something loose up front. I consistently felt a "knocking" through the steering wheel that I've never felt with any of my Dodges. Back on the road it feels fine though.

    The truck had just over 1000 miles on it at the start and now I need to spend a day cleaning it up. It's filthy and the poor thing has surface scratches from cactus all up and down both sides that will need to be buffed out.

    My dad and I both took nice bucks and dad, who was skeptical at first, (he's a Ford guy) was more than a little impressed with Toyota. In fact, on the ride home he was asking a lot of questions about the different body styles and about Tundras.
     
  2. Nov 24, 2008 at 6:06 AM
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    luk8272

    luk8272 Poodoo

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    Glad to hear it man these trucks are impressive.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM
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    stro1965

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    Here are a couple of pics of the deer...you can kinda see the type of terrain.

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  4. Nov 24, 2008 at 8:25 AM
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    -TRDMAN-

    -TRDMAN- ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Nice deer!!
     
  5. Nov 24, 2008 at 12:30 PM
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    Thanks TRDMAN, neither one are necessarily wall-hangers but I'll do antler mounts myself. Mama says I already have enough heads on the wall and there's no more room. Silly woman.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2008 at 2:22 PM
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    Glad to see the truck made it..
    Not a fan of deer hunting, but that is me.
    i have to say hats off to the truck...
     
  7. Nov 27, 2008 at 11:05 PM
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    Now i did not do 200 miles offroad but i did a good amount, but was stupid and over did my limits and ruined the bumper, so got to keep in shape
     
  8. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:23 AM
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    Glad that fixed you're problem.:cool: Welcome to TW.:)
     
  9. Dec 28, 2008 at 3:23 AM
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    Love the pic of your dad with his deer. You both did well. Congrats! And congrats on your new Taco.
     
  10. Dec 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM
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    BFG AT's, Weathertechs, Hoppy's brake controller.
    Did you have the Traction control on or off?
     
  12. Apr 29, 2009 at 9:48 PM
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    Great pics!:thumbsup: Glad to hear your Taco is doing its job. Hopefully your dad can get a Toyota.
     
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