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Preparing for my first Taco winter

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoPlate, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Oct 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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    TacoPlate

    TacoPlate [OP] New Member

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    I live in Vermont and have a few winters under my belt. The last few have been with a Subaru Outback equipped with snow tires. I have a 20(x2) mile highway commute five days a week. I am going to put snow tires on my 2011 TRD Sport Double Cab. I'm skilled at driving in snow, but have never driven in snow with a truck. Here are my questions:

    1. When driving at highway speeds, should I leave it in 4WD?
    2. How much does driving in 4WD affect gas mileage?
    3. Should I weight the back? (I have a hard tonneau cover.)
    4. Any tire suggestions/warnings?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    MountainEarth

    MountainEarth Well-Known Member

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    Only drive in 4wd when there's snow/ice on the road.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    pudge151

    pudge151 Well-Known Member

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  4. Oct 7, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    P-Hill Tacoma

    P-Hill Tacoma Well-Known Member

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    Fr Bilsteins@1.75", Rr Bilsteins w/ 1.5" AAL & RideRite Airbags, Truxedo Lo-Pro Tonneau, Step Tubes, 1.25" Spidertrax
    Antilock brakes on our trucks suck when used in the snow. Be prepared. It will always go - but it won't always stop.
     
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