best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

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    Default best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    Obviously tires but I wondered if I could buy some of those snoclaws or something other than chains w/o spending hundereds on tires I could only use a couple times a year here in Oklahoma. I wish I had a 4wd but love my Tundra otherwise. Also, can a limited slip diff be installed in these trucks? That would help a huge amount I think.

    thanks for any ideas.

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    You can get snow tires with studs, which help significantly on icy intersections, streets, etc. You should be able to get posi as it is available on the same truck as yours. I use 400 lbs of sand just in front of the tailgate to load down the rear tires. Because of the poor weight distribution on a pickup, this helps quite a bit.

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    I would get a lsd/locker rear end and place lots of unshiftable weight in the bed over the rear axle. Otherwise make sure you've got tire chains, shovels and a bag of salt to aid you if you should become stuck. The last time I lived in snow country everything I owned was 4wd.

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    Get a mechanical locking rear locker. It will cure what ails you.

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    You are having the same problem as me. I have been living in Stillwater, but now moved streight north about a mile and a half into Kansas. I have used air lockers on other trucks, but have been looking at elockers mainly but have also wondered about powertrax units because of how easy they install.

    What are you thinking about getting? What does everyone think about the powertrax units? Is it worth the extra money and work for the elocker or arb unit?

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    LSD will help, but you need to load up your bed with a few hundred pounds to get some traction. Very common to see 2wd trucks with sand bags in the back during winter.
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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    Have you been around one of the powertrax units before?

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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    I have a Powertrax unit and I personlly love it. BUT, it is not worth it if you drive mostly road. It is street friendly but it still locks every time you hit the gas. So every time your on the gas around a corner that inside tire is spinning just as fast and sometimes can chirp causing added wear. And it does cause some understeer which is quite noticable around a corner when it's wet. So be careful!!!

    There is some added wear on the rear tires so I have to rotate often. But when off-road.....it is unbeatable. If you drive mostly road than yes the air-locker is a better bet altough it does cost a lot more.

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    I'm in Michigan and my 2WD Tundra does well. I have the factory LSD and as long as your pointing straight when you hit the gas, You will go...A little weight will help as long as its secure. Loose weight will really screw up your truck!
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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    I have a 2WD Tundra and live in the snow belt so I know what works best. Get an LSD and when it snows add 3-4 cement 8"*16" blocks over the rear axle and you'll get through most any area a good front wheel drive car can.
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    Default Re: best upgrades for 2wd for better snow/mud traction

    SOrry it took me so long to get back on here, I have been out of town without internet. I woul still really like to do the arb, but will probably buy a powertrax just because of price.

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    Default Now need a good recommendation on snow/mud/AT tires

    Quote Originally Posted by kirker912 View Post
    SOrry it took me so long to get back on here, I have been out of town without internet. I woul still really like to do the arb, but will probably buy a powertrax just because of price.
    My toyota dealer will install a TRD LSD for about $500. Now I am just shopping for a good set of snow/AT tires. I don't mind having a set just for winter but if they drive nice and are not too $$ I will just leave them on because we do some light off road driving too.

    I was thinking of the Goodyear MT/R because of a post here that said they are good for regular highway and last a long time. But the dealer is recommending a set of HerculesTeratrac AT for $107 each, and he can sell me a full set of steel wheels to go with them for about $175.

    So, any recommendations on the tires? I don't mind if they are aggressive as long as they don't give up too much in the way of mileage and noise.

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