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Traction

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tyler_G13, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:56 AM
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    Is it just me or does your taco not get very good traction at all when you hit a little wet spot in the road or when its raining, i mean it just seems like its worse then the other trucks on the road. What have ya'll done to ya'lls trucks in order to gain better traction? would leveling it out help out enough or should I do something else to it as well.
     
  2. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM
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    better tires and a limited slip differential
     
  3. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    I have pretty good tires that came with my truck from toyota with the texas edition package, but what all does the limited slip differential do?
     
  4. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    Mine is 2wd too. so idk, i have toyo proxies S/T tires just fyi, is there better tires?
     
  5. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:12 AM
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    I live in Oregon and it's wet all the time here and I don't have any problems with traction. I have the Sport package so I have a Limited Slip rear end. When I turn it off I can break the back end loose with no problem:)
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    i do drive cautiously with acceleration and stuff but i guess my answer is get the limited slip differential, and does a leveling kit do anything for traction?
     
  7. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    A leveling kit can't hurt as it would put a little more weight on the rear but I doubt you'll be able to notice it much. I never have a problem spinning on the road unless I want to. Maybe get a bed box and put some useful tools and stuff in it. That way your not carrying around useful things and you get more weight over the rear.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    ok so i guess i will have toyota put on a limited slip differential
     
  9. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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    You shouldn't NEED it. I have an open diff on the road and have no problems. Out of curiousity what was your previous car or what are you used to driving?
     
  10. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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  11. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    this is my first truck, but i drove my moms 07 4-runner alot when i had my permit, i just turned 17 on tuesday so yeah, it just seems weird that i have this much slipping on the road
     
  12. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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    Well the 4 runner has more weight over the rear. How's the tread on the tires?
     
  13. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    good they only have 28k miles on them, and i rotate them every 5k. So i called toyota and they said a LSD would be $650, is that a good deal?
     
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    Is that installed?
     
  15. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    They didn't say
     
  16. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:41 AM
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    My taco has a limit slip and it still kicks out but I like it like that =) My BFG's aren't great in the rain anyway but better than my last truck, ford ranger =(
     
  17. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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    It's the nature of the beast.

    Rear wheel drive + no weight in the back

    When my tires are good, I haven't noticed any problems (I have an LSD) but now that my tires are 1/4" tread or less, they're slippery in the wet.

    I haven't done anything, maybe air down my rear tires slightly. Just be aware that you can't pull out quickly when its raining and be pro-active on the throttle.
     
  18. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    I've had trouble with slipping with the stock tires on my 09 prerunner - almost spun out on the interstate while I was accelerating up a hill. Swapped over to the Goodyear Duratracs and haven't had a problem since! My driving style has definitely changed going from a car to a truck with a light back end but the new tires helped a ton.
     
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    You'll find that is common to trucks. I have had this happen in a Toyota Highlander as well. You'll have to get used to slowing down before you enter a turn where there's water, and not accelerate until you get through the water. You'll also have to learn to slow down gradually when trying to stop in water. The front brakes do most of the stopping, with the rear assisting, basically. Just be careful when driving a truck around water. Adjust your driving accordingly. As I said before, this is common to all trucks, not just your Tacoma.
     
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    when I had my stock tires I would spin them everywhere. now with the tires I get great traction...tires would be a lot cheaper than a new rear end...
     
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