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Old 04-26-2017, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie wants to build a snow crawler

I am going to build a snow crawler. First off, I don't mean chaining up and I don't mean a big heavy rig with tons of horse power ramming snow. For those that know about true snow crawling.... I am talking about a true snow crawler running about 2 psi on big ol tires and creeping around on top. I have done some research and know a few guys with snow crawlers, just looking for a few more opinions on the set up. I am going to start with a 04 TRD Tacoma. 3.4 motor and auto tranny, dual cases and 5:29 gears. I want to run either 37s or 39s. My main questions are suspension setups and lockers. I was going to go with coils and a 3link for a better ride and easier drive and I can stay lower. Flex is not that important on snow vs a rock crawler. Thoughts on this? Secondly will already have an e locker in the back, put an e locker in the front or go ARB? Looking for reliability and dependability. I was going to originally go with Detroits, but I understand that when snow crawling once you have tracks down it is harder to stay in those tracks with lockers engaged, therefore a selectable is a better option? I worry about the electrical and air components holding up without fail in the constant moisture involved with snow wheeling tho. Anything else I'm overlooking? This will not be used much if any on the rocks, mostly just for the snow. thanks in advance!
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Old 04-26-2017, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my experience, the elockers are less than reliable, but since you already have one, I would use it, some people have good luck. I personally like a selectable rear and auto front (grizzly/Detroit) that way you can unlock the rear on side hills to help with sliding. No idea what you are talking about not being able to stay in your tracks.

Leafs can ride good and would work just fine for what you want, spend some money on good shocks instead of links.

Another idea would be to build up the ifs, the aftermarket has came a long way to support the ifs in those trucks. There would be some advantages also due to the extra clearance you could gain.
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Leafs in front, Detroit and 39s. Cheap, easy and reliable. Where do you plan on taking it?

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Old 05-07-2017, 01:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Your Tacoma w/stock suspension on 35's w/rear e-locker and a front ARB will do just fine. A buddy that has had everything from stock Cherokee to a one-off Range Rover on portals and 42's is currently running a 3rd gen Runner with 35's/cut fenders, dual ARB's, and it is pretty much point and go in the snow. Granted he has 20+yrs of wheeling experience so he has plenty of experience to rely on

W/the auto dual cases really aren't necessary since you can control wheel speed with the brake pedal.
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Your Tacoma w/stock suspension on 35's w/rear e-locker and a front ARB will do just fine. A buddy that has had everything from stock Cherokee to a one-off Range Rover on portals and 42's is currently running a 3rd gen Runner with 35's/cut fenders, dual ARB's, and it is pretty much point and go in the snow. Granted he has 20+yrs of wheeling experience so he has plenty of experience to rely on

W/the auto dual cases really aren't necessary since you can control wheel speed with the brake pedal.
I'm going to go ahead and disagree, I had a 4runner on 35s and it was definitely impressive, but in certain conditions, you just can't make up for tire size.

Same with the gearing, a single case and auto make work OK for some conditions, but there are times when you really need deep gearing.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hate to ruin your plans, but getting a 4 door Tacoma to "float" w/ 37-39s is going to be challenging.

I can barely get my 2800lb jeep to float w/ 37s .... big WIDE tires and as light weight as possible is the "floating" ticket.

You're better off with a 2 door Tacoma, 4 cyl/5speed/doubler, 5.29s, elocker rear/lunch box front, 37-39s on wide wheels, and cutting the crap out of the body to clear it all.....
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hate to ruin your plans, but getting a 4 door Tacoma to "float" w/ 37-39s is going to be challenging.

I can barely get my 2800lb jeep to float w/ 37s .... big WIDE tires and as light weight as possible is the "floating" ticket.

You're better off with a 2 door Tacoma, 4 cyl/5speed/doubler, 5.29s, elocker rear/lunch box front, 37-39s on wide wheels, and cutting the crap out of the body to clear it all.....
Then plan on replacing R&P's every other trip.
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Then plan on replacing R&P's every other trip.


Low blow fucker!!! Hahahaha

He said snow "crawl" not snow "race and jump"
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Hate to ruin your plans, but getting a 4 door Tacoma to "float" w/ 37-39s is going to be challenging.

I can barely get my 2800lb jeep to float w/ 37s .... big WIDE tires and as light weight as possible is the "floating" ticket.

You're better off with a 2 door Tacoma, 4 cyl/5speed/doubler, 5.29s, elocker rear/lunch box front, 37-39s on wide wheels, and cutting the crap out of the body to clear it all.....
The tacoma in the snowbatman videos is sick!

https://youtu.be/jr-pDR20Htk

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Old 05-17-2017, 09:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice

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Do you know where that's at Corey? Looks like fun


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Old 05-17-2017, 10:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Not sure. Carl has been out with that group. I missed out the last few times he went out.
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