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TRD a neccesity for the beach?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomania, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    tacomania

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    Hey forum,

    Was looking for some advice, how critical would everyone say the TRD offroad package with the locking rear differential would be for some casual beach riding?

    I found a really good deal on the 2010 SR5 access cab, AUTO 4X4, 6cyl - Do you guys think this would perform well on the beach, or do you think the lack of a locking rear would leave me predisposed to get stuck?

    Other than the beach I need the 4x4 for snowy//icy VT winters, once again do you guys think the SR5 would serve my dual purpose of surving VT winters and some causual summer beach cruising (in NY where the sand can be loose) or do you think I need to reevaluate and shop around for a TRD model.....

    ...note curently cant afforrd the TRD and found an SR5 that just squeaks into my price range, any advice greatly appreciated
     
  2. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    i think you'd be fine as long as you have 4x4 and air down while in the sand....airing down is one of the more important factors. i dont think you'd need a locker at all for the sand......it could be a hindrance in some cases.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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  4. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    a locker isnt always helpful...they sometime get you more stuck

    but alot of the time they are more helpful :)
     
  5. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    I aired down and drove in 4hi the whole time without even getting close to stuck... oh I have an SR5
     
  6. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    thanks for the initial replies!!

    Not sure if you guys have any experience, but a little more complex question - how do you think the transition from a 96 Cherokee sport to this 2010 SR5 taco would be in terms of beachability???

    assuming not as good, as I never had to air down in the jeep, anything else I should worry about if I go with the SR5?
     
  7. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:25 PM
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    if you never aired down with the jeep i dont see why youd "have" to air down with the taco. airing down is just an aid to help you and make driving in the sand less stressful and more pleasurable.

    i dont drive on the beach so dont listen to me but thats just my opinion. and thats not a smart ass remark! i really dont drive on the beach
     
  8. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    Okay, when I was at PISMO beach driving on the compact sand I was fine in 2wd, even in the mildly loose sand I was good, but as soon as I stopped or tried to go up hill it would dig in (not aired down). I got stuck (not aired down) once in the thick loose sand but I kicked it into 4lo and backed out.

    In the dunes I had to air down, my sig is in the dunes of PISMO

    Save the money on the TRD, go with the SR5... the only downfall is the locker which you don't need in the sand.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    You will be just fine with a sr5. Its what he said. In the sand is the same as in deep snow. Lower that pressure in the low 10 ths so you have a foot print as wide is possible. Don't forget ,, is very important that you keep momentum and try not to spin the wheels. The moment you start to spin you will dig deep. If you don't mind sweating a little,??? take two pieces of treated planks ( much more flexible and does not break that easy-about 4-5')each and a small shovel with you. Even a small belt, just in case you really get stuck someone can pull you out. Remember this should be fun and even if you get stuck, there is always around to help you. Save your money and have fun. Yes, I have a TRD OR but I wanted more then I needed.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    I've never had to air down at the beach & I've only had to use 4hi once....

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  11. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    cool man , sick pic btw!

    Thanks for all the replies so far, getting me stoked on picking up this truck...

    Just to be safe does anyone disagree and think it would be a poor decision?
     
  12. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:08 PM
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    Even you spend on week, most of the guys here will tell you that for what you are planing to do?? you made an excellent choice. Save on the TRD and get a supercharger. Unless you are getting a 6spd manual you will see that with four people the truck is working pretty hard on some of your mountains. Good luck and Welcome to TW.
     
  13. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:44 PM
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    +1 ;)

    And airing down is key to sand!
     
  14. Dec 10, 2009 at 5:22 AM
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    I have 4x4 and no locker and I do fine at the sand dunes ;).
     
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