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Tire traction

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Shovels, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Nov 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM
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    Shovels

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    Hey all, Ive always heard that throwing an extra 100 lbs in the bed will help traction. Is 100 lbs just a rule of thumb? Is more weight better like 200 lbs?
    I have an '04 v6 and I've swung my ass-end around a few times more than i'd like in the snow and even the rain. I still have the stock tires with good tread and correct recommened inflation. Thanks for the input
    -By the way, does anyone else hate the feeling when the ABS kicks in? One of those helpless "OH SHIT" moments
     
  2. Nov 11, 2009 at 3:19 PM
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    Werloc

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    More weight is better, like 200 to 300lbs for snow. You figure an average person is under 200lbs, so if you had someone sit in your bed, what difference would that make?
     
  3. Nov 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    MTgirl

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    extra weight - always. i keep a couple of sand tubes in the box all winter long. little truck + big engine = control issues.
    ABS - hate it! dumbest, most useless automobile technology ever. i think my car (subaru) and my truck slide ten times further if/when the abs kick in. i have found that my vehicles have a certain sweet spot in the brakes that the abs wont kick in - just cant press too hard on the pedal.
     
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