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Off road vs. highway drivability

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

  1. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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    thegrandpoohbah

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    Complete noob when it comes to trucks and off roading. I'll be getting a new Tacoma soon and had a question. What tire/suspension combo would you recommend to improve off road ability without sacrificing much, if any, normal day-to-day drivability? I would love to be able to take the truck off road but will still need it to get around town and take it out on the highway for long (18+ hour) road trips. Because it will be a daily driver, I don't think a huge lift and 33's are in my future...
     
  2. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    you can go oe king replacement coil-overs with 265/75/16 and your truck will rise like a caddy offroad, and the tires will be bigger but without rubbing
     
  3. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    ide say just do a 2"lift with c/o's with the 265s as stated above.i love my foxs.very capable off road with fanstsic on road manners
     
  4. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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    you don't need a lift to run 265s ...just saying
     
  5. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM
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    Don't worry about all that right now.

    Drive the truck.

    Take it offroad AS IT IS (without a lift & bigger tires). Learn the ropes of offroading, how to drive offroad, and how the truck acts. Depending on they type of trails you're encountering...will depend on what types of modifications you'll want & need.

    You'll learn what you need after actually getting experience doing it.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    that is true.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    there u go spoiling all the fun.:D
     
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    The stock tires are 265/65R17. Would a 265/70R17 be worth upgrading to? I''ve been told that the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is a good tire. But how will it be on the road? Would I be better off going with an all-season tire like the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 or Nokian Vatiiva?
     
  9. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    I know all that of course. And realistically, that's what I'll end up doing. But you know how it is. I know I'll end up upgrading something, so I figured I may as well do the research now.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM
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    1. Remove sway bar (free)
    2. Add LSD or locker
    3. Buy good tires

    Losing the sway bar will add a bit of body roll but after a week you won't even notice anymore and it will allow a bit more suspension travel. Aggressive tires will add road noise. The LSD/Locker won't hurt you at all on road, just in the wallet.

    Above that it is pretty much impossible to improve off road ability without losing road manners. The two are pretty much mutually exclusive so there is always a trade off. This will get you started, especially if you don't plan to tackle much requiring larger tire sizes.
     
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    "Worth it" is a loaded question but my recent searches have found much better deals on 265/70/17s vs. 265/65/17s. They'll fill the wheel well a bit more but it's not going to be terribly noticeable. However, if I can save $100 on a set of the same brand/model tires just by going up on size I'll do it for sure. I'm currently looking at Revo 2s and Firestone Destination ATs... both are good road tires with decent offroad capabilities. They're not MTs to be sure but I'm not planning on bogging anyway...
     
  12. Jan 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM
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    I'm running BFG AT KO's (265/75/R16)... tbh they're better both highway and off-road than the Rugged Fails ever were. They can be a little noisy but honestly between wind noise and my radio... it doesn't bother me one bit. Still quieter than a MT. Also, 50,000mi pro-rated warranty.

    Note: TRD suspension.

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  14. Jan 7, 2010 at 8:19 AM
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    Thanks for all the input. I'll probably just go with a good set of tires. I keep reading excellent reviews of the Nokian Vatiiva A/T. Apparently it is great on road, dirt and snow. I'd get a set of Hakkapelita R snow tires as well for the winter but that way I won't have to worry if I don't get them switched over before the snow starts falling.
     
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    The truck I am looking at (2010 DC 4x4 V6 w/ TRD Sport package) comes with an auto LSD. And does locker mean a lock-up torque converter? If so then it comes with one of those too.
     
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    I have Destination A/Ts.... They are decent on dry pavement and decent off-road... But when it rains, it gets slick.

    I might go with the BFG AT KO's next time. How are they on wet roads?
     
  18. Jan 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    Hey I failed to notice you were in Fort Nelly. Up there you won't be getting very far off road in the clay and skeg on any form of all terrain, sorry. The ATs work well enough for the dry southern US types but up north here anything less then a full mud terrain is for highway use only. I wouldn't even want to travel on the Sierra Highgrade in the spring on all terrains.

    Good choice going with dedicated winter tires though. Those are critical.
     
  19. Jan 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    Good to know. Thanks!
     
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