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Might be beating this thread to death, but....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by allisonguru, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Jul 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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    allisonguru

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    Does anyone have a 4x2 and live in an area that gets snow? We are moving soon, and im wondering how my truck will do. Its an 07 Tacoma TRD Sport SR5 V6. We are moving to Southern Indiana.
     
  2. Jul 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    Pugga

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    You'll be fine. Make sure you have good tires for the snow, don't drive with a heavy foot and put a couple hundred pounds in the front of the bed for traction. I grew up in upstate NY and always had 2wd trucks without a problem, you just have to adjust the way you drive to the conditions.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    I drove 3 years in Saratoga County with 2 wd .... many trips to Lake George and Lake Placid through storms. Drive smartly and you'll be fine.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    Lost_Humanity

    Lost_Humanity Bad decisions make great stories.

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    ^^^ Ditto.

    Your biggest problem will be looking out for the other idiots who don't know how to drive, or think their BMW crossovers can handle anything.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    1st gen pre here (but i have the locking rear diff)...got stuck once last year in northeastern kansas during a storm (8-10")...i had bald non-a/t tires, and was unstuck w/in 15 mins. So long as you have some weight in the back, and aren't crazy, you should be good.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    pauldotcom

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    You will be OK, I drove a 1984 Celica RWD GTS for years in the snow. That being said, if I had the opportunity to obtain a 4X4 without breaking the bank, I would look into it. A 4x4 does give you great confidence in the big storms or when the streets arn't cleaned.
     
  7. Jul 29, 2010 at 3:07 AM
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    Celica = front wheel drive ..... "pulling" beats "pushing" any day I believe ....

    ........ that being said, just drive backwards ...... [​IMG]
     
  8. Jul 29, 2010 at 3:41 AM
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    Not in the early 80s. I drove an 81 Celica and it was rear wheel drive. With a couple 50 pound bags of sand in the trunk, and studded snow tires in the rear, that thing kicked ass. You can do the same with your truck. Nothing too steep where you're going.
     
  9. Jul 29, 2010 at 3:48 AM
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    Front wheel drive & rear wheel drive are totally different animals in the snow.

    I'd take a FWD car over a 4X2 truck ANYDAY in the snow In fact, I had a Mazda Protege (FWD) that got me through some majorly serious stuff. The only problem is had, was ground clearance. Otherwise, that FWD plowed through the snow.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2010 at 4:48 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    In liu of a 4x4, get a locker for the rear. If you do get stuck or have to get up a packed snow hill, it'll help.
     
  11. Jul 29, 2010 at 4:52 AM
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    I thought you guys were REAL Toyota fans>?>

    Celica's are RWD! Up until 1985, Toyota Celicas were all REAR WHEEL DRIVE!!

    Yes, I understand push/pull, duh...
     
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    AND- BTW
    The Celica back in 84 and 85 is probobly the BEST Toyota car ever made. VERY solid, 4-wheel disc in the GTS version, 60 series tires, fuel injected, just a bad-ass car man way ahead of its time.
    I've always wanted to restore one some day
     
  13. Jul 29, 2010 at 5:02 AM
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    Just be careful with the locker on a snow covered road. Having that tracking wheel a lot of the times is what keeps your rear end moving in a straight line. If both of your rear tires are spinning, the crown of the road can make it easier to spin off the road when going up a steep hill.
     
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    You're right about the crown pushing you around, but that happens with an open diff just as easily.
     
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    I had forgotten about that .... you are right!
     
  16. Jul 29, 2010 at 6:26 AM
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    I live in Northern Alberta, Canada with a 4x2 I have no problems...although I am selling this and getting a 4x just for peace of mind when driving out of town on days off.
     
  17. Jul 29, 2010 at 6:57 AM
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    Tirestirestirestirestirestirestires.

    What everybody says about technique is true, but only if you don't cheap out on winter-specific rubber.
     
  18. Jul 29, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    Everything posted has been good advice. I had an 89 1st gen and remember sliding side ways down an icy interstate overpass and taking up both lanes in the process. Fortunately no one was in the opposing lane. Weight in the back and better tires would be a good thing. Maybe you could also upgrade to an 09 or later truck with Traction Control. Good luck.
     
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    Tires are very important. And from what I understand, even the worst set of Snow Specific tires will be better than the best All-Weather tires. That plus weight in the bed, driving habits, etc... you should be alright.
     
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    I used to live in the Sierra Nevadas.
    4WD was needed only when going up icy, snowy inclines.
    IIRC Southern IN is pretty flat so 2wd with some quality snow tires and you will conquer the snow...
     
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