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More offroad help

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by gmh16, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:28 AM
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    gmh16

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    Hi all,

    I am very new to the world of 4x4's. I just bought a 2011 4x4 tacoma. I previously had a 1997 4runner 4x2 that I would take on forest roads and such. There is a road that I took my runner on twice that goes down to the coast and both times I got stuck. The first time I was going downhill and then figured out that I shouldn't go any further because it was too steep and the second time I didn't even get that far down the road because there was mud and I just slid around for a couple hours.

    This has become a mental block for me as I have been stuck twice on the same road.

    Here is a link to a low quality video of someone with a dirtbike going up the trail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t94U-4jSSBk

    The 2 points where I was stuck was around the 3:15 min (its steeper than it looks) and 5:40 min mark (wet/rain/mud).

    I know that now that I have a 4x4 I should be able to make it back up this road, but I seem to have a mental block and I am hesitant to go back. My question is...do you think I would have any problem getting up/down this hill with my new truck?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:31 AM
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    with 4x4 not a problem....
     
  3. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:34 AM
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    What features on the new truck? Is it TRD Offroad (locked read differential) or Sport (limited slip)? Those .. along with A-TRAC .. are good things to have in the "tool bag". But being 4x4 alone, it will perform infinitely better than any 4x2 4Runner.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM
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    2011 SR5 4x4 access cab. No bells or whistles.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:53 AM
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    Yeah it'll be fine.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:54 AM
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    You'll do fine. In 4Hi the SR5s have TRAC which acts like a 4-wheel limited slip differential (it's on by default). So you definitely have a "bell". :)

    In 4lo your differentials are open, but I don't see anything at all there that would ever require 4lo much less a locked rear.

    Note - if you're interested in engaging TRAC in 4lo, there is a mod on this site ... search for "yellow wire mod" or visit http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/51946-4low-trac.html.

    Anyway, find a friend with a offroad capable vehicle to go with you, bring a tow strap, and head out with them the first time. I think you'll be blown away just how much more you can do over your 4x2.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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    PS - Humboldt's awesome!
     
  8. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:57 AM
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    I might just do that...when it stops raining.

    And yes...Humboldt is awesome!!!!
     
  9. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:00 AM
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    Isn't Humboldt the Weed ring of California or something? haha
     
  10. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:04 AM
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    Humboldt is like a stoner's Mecca.

    Lots of stoner's, hippies, and just overall ridiculous people (but harmless). I live here for the scenery.
     
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    Surrrrre you do. How big were the waves on the coast today? You guys were in a state of emergency I guess?
     
  12. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:09 AM
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SfdtJrAp50

    Here is a video my roommate shot at the river just a mile or so from our house. This was a relatively small wave. Up the coast about 70 miles (crescent city) the tallest wave was something like 9 feet...destroyed the entire harbor...crazy day.
     
  13. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:17 AM
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    It's crazy how the waves made it all the way to North America and still were strong enough to do damage.
     
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