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Pulling the boat with open diff 2WD

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TAC1, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Jun 19, 2012 at 5:46 AM
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    Hello Forum,
    My truck is an '08 Prerunner DCSB 4.0 with LT265/75r16 BFG A/T's. As I've previously stated I was considering having the dealership ($1100: OEM LSD diff) or 4 Wheel Parts ($900: Detroit True Trac LSD) eliminate the open rear diff I currently have. However, With these tires I can't even peal out from a standstill at a traffic light and I can power brake but its hard to break them loose. I dont normally do that but I was testing its traction.

    I towed my dad-in-laws 21' foot boat a few nights ago. (It weighs 4650 with trailer with its tandem axle trailer. My truck weighs 4250. I had them weighed at a truck scale place in Miami). I dropped the boat at the ramp behind Parrot Jungle which is pretty steep. When I took the boat out later that night it was low tide. The truck pulled it out with little effort. Not even a tire squeal. I had to lower the boat back into the water 2 more times because the boat didn't mount on the trailer correctly and by this time the ramp is wet yet I still had ABSOLUTELY no tire spin coming out. I have been on a couple of light dirt road trails in Miami (with standing water on them & light mud and have not had an issue). I'm not going to do hardcore mudding or rock trails. In your opinion. Does the use that I give my truck justify the expense? BTW, not just the expense but I worry about messing with my truck since it is trouble free. Please give me your opinion. THANKS! :)
     
  2. Jun 19, 2012 at 5:54 AM
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    No, and please do not take your truck to 4WP...ever.
     
  3. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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    Sounds like you don't really need it. It's the slick boat ramps you gotta watch out for. I have never needed to use the ALSD in my taco.

    Just an example of why it wouldn't really help...pardon the rest of the video...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-rQTHMVAuw&sns=em

    Do you really wanna spend $1100 on something you don't really need?
     
  4. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:03 AM
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    No you don't need it.
     
  5. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:03 AM
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    I bought my rims from there. They even mounted and balanced the tires...then again, I wouldn't let them do anything more mechanically challenged than that...and even then I had to take it to Tires Plus and have it redone.
     
  6. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:19 AM
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    I would get a ARB Locker before spending $1100 on a LSD in a heartbeat. That said, neither option you mentioned is worth considering.
     
  7. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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    I bet you anything the ALSD would make it thru the test section in the video- When I first launched my skiff with the Tacoma when it was brand new, as soon as I tried to pull off the ramp, the tires just starting spinning, and the truck just keeps sliding back torwards the water with every attempt. Keep in mind its a 5 spd manual. Freaking out thinking my new truck is about to go under, with the rear tires just in the water, I remembered reading about the ALSD feature, hit the button and the truck crawls off the ramp without a single wheel spin. It was like I was locked on all 4! I am not saying its like having 4x4, but in this type of situation I am a believer.
    That being said, a locker may be nice to have if you deal with tough ramps at times.
     
  8. Jun 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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    I keep hearing bad things about 4WP! I could see maybe 1 or 2 unsatisfied customers but when it's as bad as I've been hearing, well, thats good enough for me. Thanks for the heads up folks.
     
  9. Jun 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    you can see that the LSD did help the truck a bit. the open diff just rolled back like noting. the LSD almost made it.

    I'm not knocking LSD...it is a great thing to have...just not for $1100. If hes that concerned, he night as well spring for a locker...
     

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