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Tire size 4x4 dilemma

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Adoboy, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Jan 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    Adoboy

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    Hey guys, I am new here and only recently bought a 96 Tacoma so I know next to nothing about it. I have looked online at different forums for the the answer to this and have gotten different results so I just wanted to ask here.

    I am living out in Montana right now and it snows pretty bad here during the winter months. I am usually good keeping my car in 2wd, but on nights like tonight where it just started dumping a bunch of snow unexpectedly then I slide much more than I like. I think part of the reason is that I have a reg cab 96 4cyl so its pretty light and riding on Wild Country XTXs that are pretty damn wide, Im sorry I dont have a more accurate measurement for them. Well on night like tonight I would like to use 4wd and I have, but now here comes the issue. The two front tires are 32''s and the 2 back ones are 31''s. I bought the truck like this, and they all have even tread, so I am pretty sure they were all placed on at the same time. I have only used 4wd to get out of icy patches and tonight used it to drive a friend home who loves about a mile away. I am mainly wondering how bad this is for my 4x4. I read that it could break your Transfer case if you use 4wd with uneven sized tires for even only a couple of seconds, but like I said I did use it to take my friend home and it seemed to work fine. Is using 4hi in the condition of snow/ice roads going to seriously damage my truck? I would only use it on nights where I have to drive during snowfall. They are pretty good about plowing the roads here so I can still drive 2wd for the most part, there are just nights where I may have to go out before they can plow.

    Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
     
  2. Jan 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    ktmrider

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    with the appropriate wheel slippage situations like on ice or other low traction situations where 4x4 is used, I would think there would be no problem with uneven sized wheels. But IDK ive never really thought about it.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2011 at 6:34 AM
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    poppasmurf009

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    You'll probably be ok as long as you're on snow, but I wouldn't recommend it. You also may run into some handling issues because the tires will be slipping. If you run across some bare asphalt while in 4wd there's a very real possibility you could munch your transfer case, depending how long you're on asphalt and how often. I would recommend picking up some like-sized tires.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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    Adoboy

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    Well I drove around a little bit this morning after it had been snowing all night. Had to use 4wd, it worked out pretty well, although after a little while I started to feel a weird skipping, so I stopped driving after that. I think I'm just going to fork out the money for some like-sized Duratrac's. Hopefully I didn't already cause permanent damage to anything in the truck.
     
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