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Limited slip addition to a BASE 4X4 '07?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Jason0352, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    Jason0352

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    Ok so a little history: I bought my 2007 4X4 DC Base Tacoma last July and have been loving it ever since. My previous cars have all been civics so I'm new to driving trucks.

    This winter has been a big wake up call for me on how to drive in snow. I basically have had to relearn how to drive in the snow with rear axle drive when not engaged in 4WD. I have fishtailed and burned out countless times this winter. Had 1 wheel spinning while not moving; hated that feeling of helplessness. I have been spinning on cinders that are all over the road when pulling out as well.

    I am wondering if adding a limited slip diff in the rear of my truck would be worth it? Would I need to regear the front diff as well?

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM
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    i think you have a mechanical limited slip already on your truck...it would be best to drive in 4wd hi in the snow...for less sliding around
     
  3. Jan 6, 2010 at 5:03 PM
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    I have the 4X4 double cab base with the black fender flares. I'm pretty sure I just have an open differential.

    Plus when I replaced my differential oil, there was no "LSD additive" sticker on it.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    ok i'm not totally sure...just drive in 4wd and you will be fine :)
     
  5. Jan 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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  6. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    The gear ratios should all be the same so just find a 3rd from a truck w/ an LSD and swap it in.

    That being said quality winter tires and a few sandbags will help you more. An LSD will do little for the fishtailing alone. Two spinning tires will actually be more prone to fishtailing then one spinning tire and one freewheeling. The LSD will help from a stop though.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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  8. Jan 7, 2010 at 5:06 AM
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    If your thinking LSD just for winter driving, I'd go w/ better tires before ripping out and spending $$$ on a rear axle. Two crappy tires spinning arent much better than one.

    While I perfer having an LSD on my trucks, and they do provide more traction, they also are more prone to fishtailing and loss of control for green winter drivers than an open diff like you have now.

    Your probably talking $500 for a good set of snowflake rated A/T's. Enjoy the benefit year round.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2010 at 5:16 AM
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    A rear axle isn't needed
     
  10. Jan 7, 2010 at 6:39 AM
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    Having a limited slip will not prevent fishtailling if you're in 2WD. And actually, I think the limited slip can make the fishtailing 'worse'.

    Don't hesitate...PUT IT IN 4WD.

    I never understood why people hesitate to put it in 4WD with snow on the roads. 2WD RWD absolutely sucks in the snow and these trucks have a light rear-end that makes even worse.

    Don't waste the money on a Limited slip just yet. Get out there and drive the truck in 4WD. The limited slip is good for traction purposes and its nice to have, but I wouldn't spend the money on it if you don't need it.
     
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