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how will my sport fair offroad?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by RoyB, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Jan 4, 2009 at 1:52 AM
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    RoyB

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    My buddy wants me to go to an offroad park with him next weekend. He took his tundra there and now he wants to go with his wifes wrangler. He said his tundra faired out pretty good and thinks my tacoma will do really well.

    I have an '09 if it makes a difference. It's all stock except for the little taller general grabber AT tires. My buddy said at one point his tundra had his opposing power wheels off the ground and they both just spun....I was under the impression that the computer would brake the spinning tires and therefore put power to the tires that had traction. Would mine do that too? I know the off-road version tacoma has the a-trac option and mine doesnt...but I thought I read that the sport will still act similar.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2009 at 5:03 AM
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    I don't have the answer to your question here. If I were you I would go for it.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2009 at 5:42 AM
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    Your 09 has the AUTO LSD which will help 'brake' the spinning wheels.

    I don't know how this will act while offroad and I certainly wouldn't expect it to be a benefit offroad.

    Your truck - bone stock - will do just fine offroad. Make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew.

    If this is your first time offroad - make sure you stay on the EASY trails, put it in 4lo and keep your speeds down. Make sure someone has a tow strap (without hooks).

    Do you have a hitch or a rear tow point?

    Read this before you go:
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/General/OffroadTip/OffroadTips.html
     
  4. Jan 4, 2009 at 6:11 AM
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    YUP-For your first time- Take it slow and easy like Jan said. It's alot about the driver and less about the truck on those kinda trails.

    GOOD LUCK TAKE PICTURES and LET US KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT!!
     
  5. Jan 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM
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    Isn't auto-lsd only enabled while in 2wd though? What happens in 4wd? the TC button only turns it off, doesn't turn any lsd on while in 4wd mode. I have a hitch and will bring a ball with. My buddy has an all fabric tow-strap.

    I've never done any real trails before, other than peoples front lawns before. I am more into road racing and drag racing so this will be quite a change.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM
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    still wondering how the truck will respond in 4wd. will i have two open difs, or will the computer compensate any for it?
     
  7. Jan 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    Your 09 will do more than you expect. I also have an 09 double cab sport 4x4 with factory street tires and i still was able to lead and follow modified jeeps with 35" tires around this past weekend with just a little good judgement. i have also been off roading in tacomas for about 10 years too though so like the other guys said, take it slow and steady.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM
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    I off-road my 06 Sport a lot. But I am not doing anything worse than like Level 3 off-roading. The locking diff will help is some areas - like really steep uneven roads - but IMO - other than that - it works just as well as an Off-Road. Just my $.02
     
  9. Jan 5, 2009 at 10:35 AM
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    If you're not sure....

    ASSUME you'll always have OPEN diffs and take it easy the first time out.

    The only way you're gonna learn, is by getting out there and DOING IT.

    There's a lot more important things to learn on the trails than how your truck is going to act. Keeping it on the trails, keeping it safe, making the right decisions, picking the right lines, knowing when to use throttle and when to use momentum....yadda yadda yadda.

    JUST DO IT!!
     
  10. Jan 5, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    +1 to everything here. I just did my first offroad trip last week and had a blast! Can't wait to do it again... But, if you don't feel comfortable with something, don't do it and don't let someone talk you in to it. Because if you fubar something, you'll be pissed and never do it again. Just do the easy stuff - work your way up.

    And take lots of pictures and post 'em when you're back! :D
     
  11. Jan 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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    I wheel my 07 sport all the time, The truck does awsome a locker would be nice but other then that go for it.
     
  12. Jan 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    thanks for the tips. looks like we are going tomorrow. woo.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    wat?
    just go ahead and put a locker in the sport if ur gonna do it often. i'm wanting to do one in mine as well. thats the good thing about the 09 as u'll have the auto lsd AND a locker
     
  14. Jan 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    take pics and post them when you get back!
     
  15. Jan 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM
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    why would i take pictures. no one likes pictures...do they?
     
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