Improve traction in Hilux 2wd.

Submitted: Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 12:16
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Hello all.

I have a 2003 Hilux 2wd which I use to carry my slide on camper and to tow my boat. I have no real problems except that I probably should have bought a diesel instead, however.......

My biggest problem is traction at the boat ramp, be it concrete or dirt at the dams. Occasional dirt road use is not really a problem, however, some extra traction certainly would not go astray.

I am considering fittiing either a Limited Slip Diff or a Lokka Automatic Locking Diff.

I am concerned about the effect of the Lokka on steering ie: powering out of a turn or roundabout. I understand that the Lokka will unlock when you remove power, but what happens when you maintain power?

I have been told that a LSD may not work too well when one wheel is off the ground.

I don't know anyone personally who has either of these fitted, so I have to rely on information in these pages, and from people in the trade.

Any comments, for or against will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you listening.

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Reply By: Madfisher - Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 17:02

Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 17:02
Chris I take it you have already fitted AT tyres to it rather then the standard light trucks tyres. Also a little bit of handbrake can work as well. And a bit more weight over rear tyres.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Fatso - Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 17:22

Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 17:22
G'day Kermit
I wouldn't be worried about how your car performed at the concrete boat ramp if it is getting your boat out. It is only a 10 or 15 yard pull & if you are like the average bloke it is only every now & then.
If you were really worried try filling a drum or 2 with water & sitting it over the rear axle & put some grippy tyres on.
As for the dirt at the dam. Man can not be satisfied there. I have seen blokes take their ski boats out 200 m from the sealed boat ramp in Tinaroo Dam with 4x4s & have to use winches.
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 22:30

Saturday, Sep 03, 2011 at 22:30
i have an old but good RN41 Hilux 2WD that I use for a farm ute /runabout....and I fitted some Maxxis 751?? or is it 753?? anyway ...mud tyres on the rear . they are LT rated at 8 ply ...and will get me just about everywhere I wanna go around the place without to much drama. I run the pressures at around 25 PSI mostly heavy loads are not usually the norm. Maybe these tyres might be worth a thought???


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Reply By: Kermit51 - Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 11:13

Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 11:13
Thank you to all who replied.

Your comments are appreciated and valued.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 12:50

Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 12:50
We probably should mention the number 1 way Chris , and that is to drop your tyre pressures right down - work on being able to do this simply.

A simple air transfer hose from spare etc - will enable rapid inflation - covers 90% of real needs.

On the LSD / Lokka - locker will work and will cause some steering issues but not much from a rear fitment only.

Lsd will by and large be a waste of time.
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