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Winter Woes..

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Camshaft, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Feb 22, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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    Hey guys. So the other day i pulled to the side of the highway by the forest to go run the dog and when i tried to pull away i discovered i did not have LSD as one wheel sat in the snow motionless :mad: my bad for not investigating more when i purchased the truck. Anyway, I had a couple questions about the set up of the rear for winter driving.

    1) Ive seen air lockers and also aftermarket lsd's. I would only need it for launching the boat, pulling of the highway, that sort of stuff. Not much wheelin for this 5 lugger, sand or a bit of mud is as far as i go lol. What is the better option? im not afraid of the work involved, just want to get the best bang for my buck/time.

    2) I bought a set of winter tires but havnt found the right offset rims for the right price yet. The rubber is sitting on rims that have the same bolt pattern but are a medium offset rim. My truck came with high offset rims. Would it make that much of a difference to run the medium offset rims on the rear?
     
  2. Feb 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM
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    Best thing to help a 2wd truck in the snow is some sand bags over the rear axle, studded tires help a lot too.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM
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    I have sandbags in the back already. Got some good winter tires too but not sure about running medium offset rims on a vehicle designed for high offset wheels
     
  4. Feb 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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  5. Feb 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    Thanks for the reply. Chains would help in snow, but i think they would cause issues when launching the boat..

    Im lookin for LSD/Locker advice more so
     
  6. Feb 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    How often you drive on the snow - ice ?
    Wait are you in Canada ?
     
  7. Feb 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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  8. Feb 22, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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    A locker will help on the boat ramp, but it will be useless in the snow.
     
  9. Feb 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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    indeed i am, northern Saskatchewan to be precise. I drive on snow/ice about 60% of the year.

    How does a locker not help in snow? If i had one the other day i would have been fine im sure. Would a LSD be any different/better for that situation? (one wheel in snow, one wheel on black ice)
     
  10. Feb 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    :wave:Thanks OZ, Workman is very thankful. Workman has found that 2wd in these trucks is very worthless in the snow, He cant even get to his house without 4wd.
     
  11. Feb 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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    Well since you have 5 lugger you are limited. None of the Autolockers will be good for you since in the snow and 2wd they tend to swing rear end. I would check Eaton Truetrac I think there is model that will fit your truck. Otherwise you would have to replace whole rear axle.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    Detroit TruTrac would be your best bang for the buck. It works great.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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    Cool, Thanks! Im looking into this. Looks like i will need to identify my axle. Looking at the catalog is says tacom 95-05 with what looks like my diff. Anyone happen to know which trutrac an sr5 would require by chance?

    Any input on running the medium offset rims on just the back?

    Once again TacomaWorld = Winning
     
  14. Feb 23, 2012 at 7:23 AM
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    It should be a 7.5" diff. But if you look on the VIN tag in the driversside door jamb there will be an axle code (A01B for example). You can cross reference that and be 100% positive on what you have.

    Or did they go to 8" on the second gen?
     
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