1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Studdly Taco

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by hoosiertaco, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    Anyone run ice picks (studded tires) on your Taco in the winter time? Had a set of 4 on the wifes explorer when my twins were born. Did this so I wouldn't have to worry about them getting home safely. Amazing traction on ice and snow pack. Going to do the same for the new Taco.

    Plus that is a cool title for a thread....:laugh::rofl::laugh:
     
  2. luk8272

    luk8272 Poodoo

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Member:
    #4929
    Messages:
    5,843
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Lucas
    Kaplan, Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    07 Silver4dr. 4x4, V6 Shortbed
    5% Tint, Bug flector, vent Visors, Removed secondary air filter, Rear Spring TSB w/ Wheeler's Add A Leaf HD Pack, Icon 2.0 rear shocks, Toytec 3" lift up front with Total Chaos UCA's, Debadged, Billet Grille,TRD Offroad rims/17x9 Pro comp 6001 rims, Duratracs 265/75/16 or 285/70/17, Fog light anytime mod, Tailgate hose clamp mod, Pro-dry AFE filter. Extended Differential Breather, ABS on/off, 6000k HID heads/fogs, ScanguageII, Devil horns, Devil horns on third brake light, Mounted 60" Highlift, Mounted Tool Box, Wet Okole Front Seat Covers, TW sticker, Midland Handheld CB,Painted engine cover, Revenge Fab Sliders, ARE Topper, Weather tech Floorliners.
    I would like to see pictures of that. I have never gotten to drive in the snow. Last time it snowed here was 87 or 88.
     
  3. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    I'll post some pics when I get them on.
     
  4. mainerinexile

    mainerinexile Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2008
    Member:
    #6529
    Messages:
    105
    Gender:
    Male
    central Maine
    Vehicle:
    2014 SR5 Access cab I4 4x4 5 spd
    I've always run studded snow tires on my trucks to help resolve the lousy winter traction inherent with all pick-ups. Doesn't do much for the mpg, but better than being in a snowbank.
     
  5. Demoncleaner

    Demoncleaner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Member:
    #4065
    Messages:
    517
    Gender:
    Male
    Upstate NY
    Vehicle:
    05 Dcab 6spd 4x4 TRD Sport w/Tow
    TRD exhaust Homemade bed mat & bed extender, front Drings, Short clutch throw, Summer: Stock 17's Winter: Blizzaks on 16' black steelies
    What you looking to run?

    I actually switched to studless Blizzaks with this truck. No regrets, comparable traction on snow/ice, none of the drawbacks that studded snowies have on dry roads and your driveway. But I'd say set of studded Nokians would probably the ultimate tire for full time winter conditions.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Agent475

    Agent475 "Mark It Zero"

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Member:
    #8829
    Messages:
    2,882
    Gender:
    Male
    Waldorf, MD
    Vehicle:
    2006 Red TRD Sport
    Hood Struts, 3" Tuff Country Lift, Shortie Antenna, WeatherTechs, Tinted front windows, custom TRD seat covers, custom pedals, debadged, custom USMC badging, quasi-functional hoodscoop (i.e. I cut it open), black front Yota emblem, Tailgate Theft-Prevention mod, Horn Relocation mod, Old Man Emu Carrier Bearing Drop, Brighter Backup Lights Mod, Smittybilt Reciever Hitch Tow Point, currently working on Satoshi Grill Mod
    50% of how your vehicle handles in the snow is how you drive it... (was born in North Dakota and grew up in Upstate NY after 3 years in Germany).
     
  7. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    First off nice truck.Thought I might go with the Firestone Winterforce UV. I did look at the Blizzac, but the hills I drive on now, and the ice that we sometimes get here in southern Indiana can sometimes be bad.Don't see how without studs you could start from a standstill on a hill and make it up a solid sheet of Ice.(whats your experience with the Blizzac?) I have a few long hills that most people get stuck on because you can't keep your momentum going due to curves.Thanks for the help.:cool:
     
  8. Demoncleaner

    Demoncleaner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Member:
    #4065
    Messages:
    517
    Gender:
    Male
    Upstate NY
    Vehicle:
    05 Dcab 6spd 4x4 TRD Sport w/Tow
    TRD exhaust Homemade bed mat & bed extender, front Drings, Short clutch throw, Summer: Stock 17's Winter: Blizzaks on 16' black steelies
    ^Thanks, going on winter #5 with them. You go anywhere, and honestly 99% of time I could get around in just 2wd. 4wd its a tank. Also run some on wife's Fwd Mazda 3. They have a soft compound and are heavily siped. Awesome on snow, ice they work 10 times better than an all-season, but ice is still ice. If you look at tirerack.com's ice rink test, the 3 studless tires they tested beat a studded tire. But I think a perfect smooth ice rink provided a perfect suction cup for the studless tires.

    As for the Winterforce, one of the best bangs for the buck out there, they work well. Many friends run them, though I think I'll stick w/ another set of Blizzaks or some studless Nokian's when these wear out.
     
  9. David Tarantino

    David Tarantino Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Member:
    #7428
    Messages:
    6,145
    Gender:
    Male
    N.J.
    Vehicle:
    08 tacoma
    Go with the Blizzaks the best winter tire your going to find
     
  10. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    wow...thanks yall, you have forced me to re-evalute my choice of a studded tire. I've loved the studs on previous vehicles, but I do drive 50 miles a day to my new job. Also I haven't had a vehicle like this, so i'm not familiar with how the weight distribution on my Taco will cause it to handle. 'Like a tank' sure sounds great though. Thanks again for the great help and much valued experience.:D

    Anyone else have any experience with the Blizzacs or stuuded tires in winter?:confused:
     
  11. TacoCo

    TacoCo Aspiring wrench monkey

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Member:
    #8512
    Messages:
    915
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Off-Road DC V6 Magnetic Gray
    Snugtop XV Shell, Yakima Rack, AFE Pro Dry Filter, Secondary Air Filter Removed, Michelin AT2's, Partially Debadged, HID conversion, Dynomax Super Turbo Muffler, Rear leaf spring TSB, Foglights always on Mod, URD Short Throw Shifter, Toytec Coilovers on the way!
    Yeah... I have no intention of putting studs on mine, and I live at 8k above sea level in the Colorado mountains. Why would you need them in Indiana?
     
  12. mjp2

    mjp2 The Lost Mod of Akalabeth Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2007
    Member:
    #924
    Messages:
    17,278
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Milton Juevos Portimous II
    NJ
    Vehicle:
    '06 TRD Access Cab, v6, 6-speed
    Scaffolding and a painted grill
    Looks like someone needs to shovel their roof more often! ;)
     
  13. NumNutz

    NumNutz One of the original 7928

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Member:
    #7928
    Messages:
    4,775
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nick
    Meridian, MS
    Vehicle:
    Big Pimpin
    Lots.
    Probably no point. As soon as he does it snows again
     
  14. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    I'm jealous, that has to be a beautiful place to live. Icy winters can be very common around here....snow is not an issue, my front wheel drive car did better in snow than any other vehicle I have owned. The main purpose for ice picks is mainly for ice. We get a lot of days hovering around freezing which leads to freezing rain and other icy situations. Black ice etc. Maybe where you live it just gets cold and stays cold, therefore you may not get the freezing rain as often. Besides I would be sick to see this beauty slide off the road. I call it cheap insurance.
     
  15. TacoCo

    TacoCo Aspiring wrench monkey

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Member:
    #8512
    Messages:
    915
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Off-Road DC V6 Magnetic Gray
    Snugtop XV Shell, Yakima Rack, AFE Pro Dry Filter, Secondary Air Filter Removed, Michelin AT2's, Partially Debadged, HID conversion, Dynomax Super Turbo Muffler, Rear leaf spring TSB, Foglights always on Mod, URD Short Throw Shifter, Toytec Coilovers on the way!
    We definitely get our share of icy roads and black ice. I grew up in Central Illinois, so I've experienced the ice storms, but they're not that common are they? I don't remember them to be at least, so it seems like a lot of expense to go through for a little insurance during a few storms a year.

    I did have studded tires out here when I had my Corolla because I had all sorts of trouble getting up my driveway at the time. They were only good for a couple of winters, as most of the studs fell out. I think it had a lot to do with driving on dry roads. I'd probably look at those studless blizzaks before I got studs if I had to do it again.
     
  16. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    I am going to check out the Blizzaks a little more seriously because of the previous posts. You are exactly correct about only getting a few ice storms. But when my wife had our twins, she had an explorer with four studded tires on it. I ran that set on her vehicle for 6 years and still have them sitting in my barn with all the studs in tact. I always told her to drive them carefully and not spin her tires. The only issue they have is that one has to have air put in it about once a month. (probably a stud pushing through the inside of the tire)I can't use them on the Taco because they are 15". I guess I just like the confidence of knowing I'll be able to get home safely from work at 12am in the morning. Thanks for your help. You've made me think.:D
     
  17. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    After much thought, and one slick freezing snow that caused me to almost get stuck on a solid ice hill due to others being incapable to climb, I went with the Winterforce tires with studs. They look even better in person than in the book. I'll let everyone know how I like them by springtime. Here are a few pics. Crappy cell pics sorry.
    Hey, how do ya'll like longbows' wheels on my truck. Thanks for the great deal on the wheels and tires 'bow.:D
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  18. hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco [OP] clowns to the left-jokers to the right

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9084
    Messages:
    4,945
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    SouthCentral Indiana
    Vehicle:
    08 Doublecab TRD OR Whitetail 4x4 SR5 V6 Auto
    Seat belt chime mod, Rear spring TSB, Xzilon paint and fabric protector, front tint 15% too dark, redo to 30%, Weathertech Liners frt&bck,foglights on anytime mod,use defrost w/o A/C mod. Powdercoat black TRD skid plate. Sockmonkey custom 'Whitetail' decals. OEM bedmat. A.R.E. V series shell with some goodies. WeatherTech vent visors.
    The ice picks did the trick perfectly. I noticed that the cars behind me were drifting farther away as I was traveling home tonight.
    So for 10 miles on hills and curves the roads looked like solid ice. The truck felt strange in the curves but never broke loose. So I slowed to about 5 mph and opened the door and put my foot on the ground to find absolutely no resistance to the bottom of my shoe. Solid ice. Was worth the investment to get home on ice without slipping a tire at 12am in the morning on back country roads.:cool:
     
  19. Simon's Mom

    Simon's Mom Wag More Bark Less

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1297
    Messages:
    8,262
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Judy or Jude :)
    SBurl Vermont
    Vehicle:
    13 TRD OR DC MGM
    Stock for now

    Just ordered these today from TireRack.

    No one local had them or could get them since Thanksgiving due to the new ontario snow tire law. All my local supply got gobbled up. I wasn't really happy with my Silent Armor snow rated tires towing the trailer at all this season (2nd winter on tires). After seeing the carnage from black ice posted & another Nor'easter is on its way Weds figured it was time. Will mount the SAs on my new alloys, keep the snows on the steelies.

    Thanks for the review. How's the dry pavement handling been?
     
  20. Demoncleaner

    Demoncleaner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Member:
    #4065
    Messages:
    517
    Gender:
    Male
    Upstate NY
    Vehicle:
    05 Dcab 6spd 4x4 TRD Sport w/Tow
    TRD exhaust Homemade bed mat & bed extender, front Drings, Short clutch throw, Summer: Stock 17's Winter: Blizzaks on 16' black steelies
    ^ We finally got to you. :)

    Good luck w/ the new treads. You studding them too?

    Your first 5 am drive when its dumping with sled in tow you'll be smiling ear to ear.
     
To Top