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Probably a dumb question about using gears

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by 97lt1ta, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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    97lt1ta

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    I've been searching for trying to figure out the right time to use 4d and 2L on a 2wd prerunner. I'm very new to the off road scene and like to know the ins and outs of how to drive it properly with out getting stuck cause I was in the wrong gear. I'm mainly use too hooking up on a paved track then mud and dirt and that's if I don't break the rear end and make it all the way down the track lol
     
  2. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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    OZ-T

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    The selection of gears in the auto only determines the highest gear the truck will shift up to
     
  3. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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    This.

    Also, there's not a 4D or 2L. There's a D, a 4, a 3, a 2, and an L.
     
  4. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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    Gotcha that makes more sense so basically in mudding you'd want to be in 4 and if you get in a bit of a pinch shift to L cause that locks the rear dif ?
     
  5. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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    Sorry if this sounds like I'm a complete idiot. I just know when I started building a drag/ still street car I made a few mistakes on the track and the parts and bought my truck as a daily plus some mud/ trailing fun
     
  6. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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    L does not lock the rear diff. The Rear Diff lock button locks the rear diff if equipped.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM
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    The gear selection has nothing to do with the locker function... Your auto transmission has 5 gears. Selecting anything lower than D only allows the truck to shift as high as that gear, that's it. The locker, if you have one, is operated completely separately.

    Actually, I see the truck with the hood scoop in your avatar so that leads me to believe you have a TRD Sport. If that's the case, you do not have a rear diff locker. You have a mechanical limited slip rear diff, it is not selectable.
     
  8. Jan 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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    Your rear diff will only be locked if you have a Trd offroad, and choose to lock it. It's not dependent on the gear. I would stick to first gear (L as in Low), for 90% of offroad driving. Unless its high speed of course.
     
  9. Jan 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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    Thanks guys sorry for the rookie question
     
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