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Should I add weight to bed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LouTaco, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Nov 7, 2010 at 6:21 AM
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    LouTaco

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    It's a personal preference if you want to add weight. If you're overly concerned about gas mileage, you won't want to add the weight (it decreases gas mileage).

    I would highly recommend getting yourself a couple sand bags to have just in case. Because afterall - it all depends on YOU and how you expect the truck to handle in the snow. Tires & the conditions also can vary.

    I've done both. My truck - with mechanical LSD does great in the snow without weight. For slightly better traction, I will decrease the pressure in the rear tires by a few pounds. Last year was a horrible year here in PA (lots & lots of snow). My stock tires are getting old & thin (30K) and I put weight in the bed last year because the truck is starting to handle differently with worn out tires.

    Go to Home Depot or Lowes or other hardware/home center and get some sandbags. The ones I have are about 70lbs each (??) and I've had them for 10 years. They are starting to require some aid from duct tape to prevent the sand from coming out on the corners.
     
  3. Nov 7, 2010 at 6:36 AM
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    tacomaprerunner

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    Keep it simple...throw a couple hundred pounds of sandbags in the back and call it good
     
  4. Nov 7, 2010 at 6:44 AM
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    How about you just wait till it snows, then fill the bed with SNOW. Then when the snow melts, there is little to no clean up, and it is free! You also get a little bit of a workout!
     
  5. Nov 7, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    Although it works, Do not buy the ShurTrax it is only good for one year, after that mine kept leaking.
     
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    I put my Snow Blower in the bed. Then go make some money.
     
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    About 300lbs in the back will give you excellent traction for the snow and ice. I have some commercial truck brake drums that am going to eyebolt and fill with quickcrete and toss in there. In the past I have taken commercial truck inner tubes and muffler clamped the end and then filled with sand. they wrap nicely around the wheel tubs in the bed and stay put.

    Mega chevys and Fords need about 1000lbs+ in the back to be effective, otherwise they are just a big ice skate and why we always end up pulling them out of the ditch. (the curse of the extra long wheelbase)
     
  8. Nov 7, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    But your garage is wet everyday... And where do you carry anything?

    To the OP. I drove my truck with no weight through 6 feet of snow 3 years ago and 8 feet 2 years ago, no problem. But it is a matter of personal preference.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2010 at 7:19 AM
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    I carry 6 35lbs sand bags in the back of mine. If you try to keep them closer to the tailgate, they will be more effective vs at the front of the bed. Something to do with the lever effect I think.
     
  12. Nov 7, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    Definitely sandbags when in snow/ice. I stack mine up right over the axle between the wheel-wells. The Tacos do ok without weight but they do alot better with it.

    I'm not sure abou the other poster's "lever effect", that seems like it would make the front lighter = no steering.
     
  13. Nov 7, 2010 at 8:03 AM
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    I doubt 6 sandbags is going to affect the front that much.
     
  14. Nov 7, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    I have cinder blocks that are filled with concrete. You can add nice handles by bending a piece of rebar and stick it in the wet concrete. They are easy to lift in and out when they are needed. They sit stacked in the garage when the weather is decent.
     
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    You don't put so much weight in the bed to affect the steering. But, you do need the weight farther back or it doesn't do any good.
     
  16. Nov 7, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    I do the same thing... 3 70 pound bags...
     
  17. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    Yeah i think sandbags are the option i will use cheaper and from the sound of it far more useful than a frozen block of ice in your bed:D
     
  18. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    just use 4x4 to take off and switch is back before you have to make any turns
     
  19. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:47 AM
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    I did this one year except I didn't fill it myself... it fill itself while it sat in the driveway during a snow storm... I just left it and the stock dunlops with no LSD did just fine.
     
  20. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    I just recently put 4 60 lb bags in the bed. Made a pretty big difference actually.
     
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