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Wheeling with a stock truck??

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by bgsmith, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Oct 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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    bgsmith

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    OK, apologies for what might be a dumb question, but just wanted to ask how capable our trucks are off road with little or no mods?

    I recently picked up a 2006 TRD Sport 4x4 quad cab and was looking through the below thread and would like to get into some wheeling but am not looking to heavily mod my truck. I use it as a daily driver and commute about 100 miles round trip each day.

    As of now I have picked up a set of Pro Comp steel wheels and will probably wrap them with some Firestone Destination ATs just to have a better AT tire on my truck for winters as well as some beach driving in the summer. Any must have mods, if any, in order to make my truck more capable off road? Or should I be good to do some minor off roading with my pretty much stock truck?

    Again apologies for my ignorance as I am new to the truck world and thanks in advance for any info you guys may have.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/north-east/170123-southern-nh-meet-greet-aug-sept-2011-a.html
     
  2. Oct 4, 2011 at 8:00 PM
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    Thanks for the info.

    Was browsing in here and in the regional forums, realized I posted the thread in the wrong section.

    *Mods please feel free to delete my thread in the North East section - linked below*

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/north-east/180887-wheeling-stock-truck.html
     
  3. Oct 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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  4. Oct 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM
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    Wheeled the shit outa my truck when it was stock and my 86 stock. That 86 would never stop, could go damn near anywhere. My dads 08 didnt stay stock very long but it went everywhere we pointed it no prob
     
  5. Oct 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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    i wondered the same thing. Last weekend i found out. It is pretty capable as a stock truck. I had no problems. 4-low just crawled up/down everything i had in my way.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Oct 6, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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  7. Oct 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    Agree. Mine has stock tires and suspension but has handled almost everything I've thrown at it so far. After a year of light wheeling, I can identify a couple times in the snow a locker may have helped, a couple times higher clearance rear bumper would've helped, and one time front skid plate would benefit. Tires would have definitely helped overall. Haven't taken any damage besides the customary scratches left by brush. The Tacoma add-on skid plate took a small bend but considering the skid plate is pretty thin anyways and will eventually get replaced, I consider myself damage-free after a year of stock wheeling on forest trails. For the newbie wheeler taking it fairly easy, it's seems pretty damn capable.

    Sliders being built right now which will take a lot of worries away.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Stock it will rock, but with tires you'll go further
     
  9. Oct 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    Thanks for all the info, truck is going to remain pretty much stock for now except wheels and tires. Might look to do some more mods after the winter but I don't want to sacrifice any mpg's as I drive 95 miles a day.
     
  10. Oct 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Most Toyota's can do alot of stuff stock..

    Tires and a locker you won't believe HOW much a stock truck could make it through..only thing that'll get in your way is ground clearance.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    What most people just getting into off roading don't realize is that 4 wheelin is 50% tire placement. If you can get a good feel for your terrain and know how to pick your route, you'll be amazed what you can do and where you can go stock.
    Tires also make a big difference for traction. There is no one tire does all. Figure out the type of terrain that you will be wheelin on most and pick a tire more geared towards that, being aware that you will be sacrificing some on other types of terrains.
    I would also recommend finding somebody or a group in your area who are experienced and let them teach you. I would hate for an avoidable error or accident sour you taste for the off road in the beginning.
    Have fun and make sure to post pics of your adventures in the future.
     
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    I've taken my truck through some fairly tough terrain here in NM without resorting to a lift; my '04 Reg. cab has a lot of ground clearance stock, IMO. It's a 2.7, so it won't push through snow deeper than about 14", though. The approach & departure angles are quite generous, compared to some trucks.
     
  15. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    If you're going to do anything above easy trails, you'll need mods.
     
  16. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    ...It's completely true. If you think otherwise, your definition of trail difficulty is skewed.
     
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    To a degree, yes. But there's also some outer bounds of the distribution that are controlled by physics. Buggies, for example, are going to be the upper limit and we can therefore classify the stuff they run as "hard".

    Assuming we go with the common "three rating" system (easy, moderate, hard), it's pretty reasonable to state that hard trails:

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    Are not happening in stock or modified Tacos.

    It therefore follows then that moderate trails:

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    Are going to require armor and traction aids, as well as better-than-stock tires. And there are still plenty of places a Taco with that will get stuck.

    Easy trails can be gotten away with with 4Lo and a lift...stock jeeps, FJs, and 4runners probably, due to the shorter wheelbase. Some easy trails may still require traction aids if wet. Armor can be useful, though it is probably not required with careful driving.

    Then you have dirt roads, which are what a lot of people errantly consider "easy trails".
     
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    Thanks, huge Yankee fan here, can be tough living and working in New England/Boston though.

    Loved the old stadium, got to a couple games in the last year there, the new stadium is ridiculous though. Only been once during the first year there, to a Yankees Sox game, but I need to get back there at least a couple times next year.

    By the way its not looking too good for the Yankees right now.
     
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    If your doing a lot of heavy hills and mudding upgrades to the engine could help performance and fuel mileage. Air intakes, exhaust, etc. Pay attention to little things like the weight of the wheels and tires. Obvioiusly steel wheels are heavier than alloy. Also pick your tire wisely. I suggest a LT (Light Truck) tire instead of a p metric for puncture resistance but not the heaviest load rating. Stay on top of tune ups, etc.
     
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