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Rear diff info needed

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by kingN8, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Dec 11, 2009 at 7:43 AM
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    kingN8

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    What are some scenarios that i would need to use the rear diff in my tacoma? would it be used for going uphill on gravel roads or rough terrain?
     
  2. Dec 11, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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    Essentially.....

    You're using your rear diff every time you drive the truck. :D:D

    Not exactly sure what you're asking....and I don't want to make any assumptions.
     
  3. Dec 11, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    I am thinking he means his Diff lock. I know what ASSuming gets me though.

    Any time you may lose traction you can use your Diff lock.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2009 at 9:09 AM
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    yea i meant the diff lock that comes with the trd off road package. so would going uphill on gravel result in loss of traction??
     
  5. Dec 11, 2009 at 9:10 AM
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    Sure. No harm there just try to stay off of the blacktop and high traction areas.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM
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    gotcha, i kinda had an idea of what it was used for but wanted to make sure
     
  7. Dec 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM
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    Maybe....

    Try it in 4WD and see if you make it. The 4WD in these trucks are pretty damn capable without lockers.

    Having the locker is nice for when you actually lose traction, you have that to help you get unstuck/gain traction.
     
  8. Dec 11, 2009 at 11:51 PM
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    Are our trucks the only ones that come w/ a factory locker?
     
  9. Dec 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM
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    Well I know Nissan offers locker options in their Nismo package. Any Nissan with a H190 rear end has one I think. They also have a Salisbury-type limited-slip unit on them. Basically the same/similar setup to Toyota, which you'd expect given that the Titan and Forrester compete directly with Toyota models. And Nismo is their answer to TRD.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM
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    kinda hard to use 4x in a prerunner... unless he uses the james3492 magic button.

    OP- If you cant make it the first time try again with it locked...
     
  11. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:03 AM
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    Pretty much what he said, Don't use it in snow or Ice, If you happen to need it, use it in snow only and dont make turns in snow while its on.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:04 AM
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    The newest GMC sierra now come with a rear diff lock
     
  13. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:04 AM
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    OK, without doing any modification the TRD rear locker only engages if the drivetrain is in 4WD low and you are traveling under 5mph (I think). So it's really unusable for driving down a dirt road, going up a hill, etc. Really it's only use is to assist the 4WD low in getting you out of a sticky situation.. like the time I buried my taco to the frame in deep sand, oh and I was pulling a trailer.

    The limited slip in the rear axle is far more useful and works in 2WD, 4WD, whatever. and it engages and disengages automatically. That is what helps you on dirt, gravel, snow, ice, and other loose roadways.

    That is until you do the mod to free your locker from the above mentioned constraints and engage it whenever you like :) I have heard that Prerunners have this ability already?
     
  14. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:05 AM
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    I use my locker whenever i'm out in soft ddeep sand, thick mud and steep uphill stuff...gets me through 90% of the time...the other 10% is me being a dumb ass :laugh:
     
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    ??? why ??? Itll give you more traction, just dont stomp on the gas in snow. It will want to tend to fish tail but keep that in mind and youll be fine. If your in deep at a stop sign unlocked you wont move, lock it and youll get twice the traction.
     
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    The op has a 2wd Prerunner according to the info under his avatar.
     
  17. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:08 AM
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    I was told not to use it in snow and Ice, because as the inside tire spins it wants to break loose and will cause you to fish tail.

    Edit, Well maybe snow is ok but definitely not ice
     
  18. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM
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    Thanks Yoytoda I missed that. So he can use that thing like it's supposed to be used.. whenever he wants :)
     
  19. Dec 12, 2009 at 12:11 AM
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    2 spinning wheels on ice = FAIL :p
     
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    wat?
    but it also states he has a TSS package that doesnt include a locker either
     
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