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When do you use 4lo?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by luk8272, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Jul 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM
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    oldtacomaguy

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    I use 4-low to pull my boat out of the lake and up the ramp.
     
  2. Jul 18, 2008 at 4:15 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    This depends entirely on the terrain.
     
  3. Jul 18, 2008 at 6:28 PM
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    Have you actually taken your 08 off road yet on gravel and tried using the ABS? Just asking since it kicks in so much that sometimes the truck won't STOP and it actually makes things worse. Nothing like sliding toward the edge of a drop off because the damn ABS won't stop the tires. :rolleyes: Anyway, there's a reason why I have an ABS kill switch, and before that used the locker even when I didn't need it just because it shuts off the ABS crap.

    What exactly are you talking about regarding "spin less up hills" anyway? :confused: I never said anything about wheel spin. I'm talking about 45 degree or greater washed out trails that twist back n forth over the face of the hill with large rocks strewn about. Something I prefer to not get up using more skinny pedal in 2wd or 4Hi. And I never mentioned what gear so I coulda been in 3rd for all you know. Chances are I probably was since 4LO, 1st isn't much good other than for snail's pace crawling, or getting someone unstuck.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2008 at 5:35 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    LOL, I've only seen pics of your truck in gravel. :)
     
  5. Jul 19, 2008 at 6:32 AM
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    lol Just checking.... :laugh: I mean, since my ABS kicked on a few times pulling into the gravel parking lot at my old apartment (sometimes on the gravel, sometimes on the ice/dirt/snow/gravel in winter). When I first got the truck I had to learn to hold my foot differently as my "normal" foot/pedal position that works for the car caused the ABS to kick in at 5-10MPH and almost caused the truck to slide into trees or cars at the parking lot. Of course I've learned to adjust my foot so it puts less pressure on the brake pedal and engages the ABS less, but imagine my irritation at almost damaging my truck in the first few weeks of picking it up. I've even felt it engage slamming on the brakes when coasting down my driveway in the winter (all flat snow covered asphalt) when one of my youngins dispears near the truck. Noticing that I don't really have more steering control when the ABS is thumping away doesn't help inspire confidence about it in me either. :(

    On a side note, I've never locked the tires up on asphalt braking hard with the ABS off, but in the same situations I've had the ABS kick in when I've left it on. Also seems like the truck has more braking power with the ABS off. As in, less pressure on the pedal stops the truck faster. So sometimes I just flip the switch when I'm coming up on an intersection and I'm not sure the idiot at the stop sign is gonna wait for me, or pull out in front at the last minute. :D

    But I digress.... This isn't an ABS thread. :D
     
  6. Jul 19, 2008 at 10:58 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Those look like the roads that LEAD to the trails here! LOL. Now I know why a bunch of those guys have street tires. :rolleyes:
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    And a little of both
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  7. Jul 20, 2008 at 12:41 PM
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    chris4x4

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    No. None of them are. The photos of my truck are on film, and my scanner is down. I took my Dodge on the Crown King trail (4th photo down) and beat it up good. However, I did it in my PreRunner without a problem. :)
     
  8. Nov 20, 2008 at 9:50 PM
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    you should use 4 lo on trails. take care of your truck and move slowly. in mud 4 hi is needed, its a fast pace sport. but on the trail stick to 4 lo so you dont wear out your clutch. when you follow someone you really need to watch your distance. i stay in 4 lo and in 1st gear. the gear is nice and low so you just creep along. make sure you watch your temp and take a break if it starts to get warm.
     
  9. Nov 21, 2008 at 1:22 AM
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    Timmer, That's not sand ;)...this is sand...Oh and I used 4LO to drive out of the little holes I make to load my quad easier, but now that the dunslops are gone 4HI will probably do just fine, haven't taken my truck out there this season yet.
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    and you are missing mud/snow :cool:
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    :D No, we weren't in my truck for this one.
     
  10. Nov 22, 2008 at 12:55 PM
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    I have man hubs so i can use 2 low when im pulling out the boat. or trying to maneuver through some tight stuff. I also use it so i won't burn up my clutch.
     
  11. Nov 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM
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  12. Jun 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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    I wish I could do 2lo!
     
  13. Jun 8, 2012 at 7:57 AM
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    i use 4lo when im on the brakes to much or know im gonna be :D
     
  14. Jun 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    I use it sometimes ever if my truck is capable of doing the trail in 4 hi or even 2 hi. Part of off roading, is also controlling your speed sometimes and not with just your brakes but the gearing as well. For example, if I am going down a steep hill that is real slippery, sure, I may be able to do it in 2 or 4 hi and ride my brakes but then I run the risk of overheating them or if I go into a slide, getting out of control. However, if I put the truck in 4 lo, keep it in first gear, and let the engine and gearing do all of the work, I am more likely able to control my speed much better and prevent my truck from sliding down the hill out of control. I've seen that happen to other people before too. Not a good thing either!
     
  15. Jun 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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    4 HI: snow

    4 LO: when on the beach and most of my wheeling. I have a stickshift tho. my opinion is in 4 LO you can get a much better rpm match to the terrain. If i am driving too fast for 4 LO, i usually do not need 4wd, so i kick it back into 2HI. just my driving habit, and the terrain i am in.
     
  16. Jun 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    have put it n a few times. one for locker. and other 2 or 3 times just keep it and locker working. never REALLY needed it. just wanted to use locker. lol
     
  17. Jun 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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  18. Jun 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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    I use it to push snow with my plow. Takes all the stess off the trans. that way
     
  19. Jun 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    I use 4-lo as most others, for better crawling traction... low speeds... usually not in soft sand though where it's better to air down and keep your momentum...
     
  20. Jun 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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    I use low gear to pull other trucks out when they're stuck.
     

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