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First snow for the Tacoma!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Jimsc, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:46 AM
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    Jimsc

    Jimsc [OP] Well-Known Member

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    We got 6" of snow yesterday. That's a lot for South Carolina. I was a little worried about how my 2wd Double Cab with the stock Dunlops would do, but it was actually pretty good. I put about 200 lbs in the back. I got up a lot of hills that I thought might take 4wd. Couldn't go everywhere I could with my old 4wd Dakota, but got to everywhere I needed to go without getting stuck. Since we don't get much snow here I'm definately keeping the Dunlops till they wear out.

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  2. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM
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    Just curious...... why did you go from a 4x4 to a 2wd ?
     
  3. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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    Never used it. 2wd is cheaper and gets better fuel mileage. Plus the auto lsd on the Tacoma is so much better the mechanical lsd on the Dakota.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM
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    Every winter storm I get upset by all the 2wd's o n the road. The fact that you can "make it" does not mean you should be on the road when it snows. People "make it" going <5 MPH and the rest of us gets stuck behind them on the road.
    Friday I was in 3.5 hour ride home just because all the 2wd's on the road. I spent an hour watching somebody in Mitsubishi climbing 100 feet hill. I could not go around him because it was narrow road surrounded by trees and opposite lane was clogged with people. :mad:
    Please if you have 2wd stay home during snow.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    Johns Taco

    Johns Taco I'm not 4x4, and have an open diff. So i'm 4x1

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    My 05 wirh 2wd rocks in the snow, but I do have tires meant for it. Your not the only one that had to be somewhere that day.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:13 AM
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    I moded 1999 Taco so much it had turned to Land Cruiser
    I live in hill ridden area. 2wd's dont rock in winter storms here they get stuck or spend hours trying to move, pretty much holding up everybody else.
    If you need to drive in snow then you need 4x4, otherwise you being inconsiderate to others. Some of us do need to get in winter storms thats why we bought 4x4. I wish states had implemented policy of banning 2wd's from the road when there is more then 1 inch of snow. It would make everybodys life easier including DOT .
     
  7. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    Matic

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    I suppose you and your badass 4x4 couldn't have found another route instead of waiting an hour? Most of the people that have 2 wheel drive either don't need it or cant afford it.
    I have a locked pre runner, 33in bfg's at 18psi that did awesome in the 7 inches of snow and sleet.
    Maybe you should have offered a strap to the "bishi" instead of sitting in your car whining to your wife or gf cause someone had to go somewhere (same as you) and there holding you up.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    Johns Taco I'm not 4x4, and have an open diff. So i'm 4x1

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    Amen brother. You are exactly right. :amen:
     
  9. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    I'm over in Easley. Left work after it already started around 3am monday morning. Roads were already very icy and snow covered. went from greenville to simpsonville to check my mail and all the way back to Easley on 385. Downtown was horrible and I saw only 2 other cars on 123. Both 4x4's doing 5 mph.
    Glad your tacoma got you around and thats a big plus for you as now you know some of it's limitations in weather like this.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    All routes have steep hills to climb, all are plugged by 2wd's.
    I can imagine some people can not afford 4wd, but set of chains is $100 and it takes 10 minutes to install. There is no excuse.
    I would imagine with all that money saved people would be smart enough to get chains and install them during snow storms. Instead they hope to "make it" then they abandon their car in the middle of the highway. :rolleyes:
    We waiting for another snow storm so tomorrow is going to be another fun day..
     
  11. Jan 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    All this 2x4 versus 4x4 bashing is funny, because you've got to realize that ALL PICKUP TRUCKS SUCK FOR DRIVING ON SNOW/ICE COVERED HIGHWAYS.

    No weight over primary drive wheels? Bad
    No center differential? Bad
    Body on frame construction? Bad
    Live rear axle? Bad
    High center of gravity? Bad

    I love my Tacoma for its strengths - going offroad and helping me do work. But let's stop pretending that our trucks are snowmobiles. In truth, any FWD car (let alone AWD car) with winter tires will outperform our trucks on snow/ice coated highways when it comes to traction and emergency handling at 30, 40, 50, 60 mph.
     
  12. Jan 11, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    I agree to some extent with the OP. But he's still being a little arrogant. I'm not sure where in the North East you are. I agree that people should know when to drive and when not to drive. But, I can't say I havn't driven previous vehicles in conditions that were too severe for them. For me, it was either drive or miss work and, much needed money.

    Here in NJ, this winter has been the worst in years. Last year we had one or two storms that brought a lot of snow. This season we've already had probably close to 30 inches. This is not average for New Jersey. Especially South Jersey. So, incidentally, most people are caught off guard. I'd have to say that the majority of people around here, do not have 4 wheel drive. Why would they? Its not like we have mountains (in southern jersey), and as I said, we do not usually get much snow. So this winter there have been a lot of stranded people.

    However, If you live in an area where harsh winters are normal, you should be prepared. If you live in... Colorado, and your only vehicle is a... Z06 Corvette, youre a moron.

    People don't always seem to take into account the average weather conditions for their area when buying their vehicle it seems. Personally, I'm a fan of being over prepared. In New Jersey, I'll pretty much always be able to drive somewhere in my truck.

    "Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it."

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    My mistake! LOL I was referring to BlueT about the arrogance. My bad!
     
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