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Sunday, January 6th 2013, 10:16am

Dirt road traveling

Hi All

It would be nice to hear what works for you when driving on dirt for long distances.
?(
Personaly I let my tire press down to 1.8 - 1.5bar and drive in HL selction (4x4).
The Fortuner feels very stable and I feel in control.

Anybody else?
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Sunday, January 6th 2013, 1:02pm

Hi TJ,

It depends on how loaded I am but I usually drop tyre pressure to 2bar all round well at least that was the case the General Grabbers. I have recently bought BFG AT and with thinker side walls I would go down to 1.8bar.

I have never used 4x4 on dirt roads but I know that it does make things feel a lot more sturdy on the road. I use to have a 2.7l Hilux and did a lot of dirt roads with that vehicle. The fuel consumption in 4x4 vs the extra control was not worth it.

It would be great to hear from others!

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Thursday, January 10th 2013, 10:46am

4H , 1.6bar (F) 1.7 (R) depending on load. maximum speed 100km/h Bobs your OOM
4L has too much torque, higher fuel consup , riding in 4L long distances can wear off the box quicker causing whining ,
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Sunday, January 13th 2013, 4:47pm

@ FF101

With HL selected the fuel comsumption is not that mutch more.
I will gladly pay the diff for saftey( +- 0.6l / km).
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Sunday, January 13th 2013, 5:10pm

Took my son to Kovsies this morning. Traveled back from Bloemfontein to Kimberley along the Modderrivier. The shortest rout, but not the road the asphalt lovers would appreciate. Great fun, criss crossing the river at the various old, low water bridges (just for fun). Various different dirt road surfaces to negotiate along the way. Did not shift to HL. But it might be necessary if one travel this road in rainy conditions.
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Sunday, January 13th 2013, 5:14pm

O' I forgot to mention, traveling at 80-90 km/hr on this road gave close to 11 km/liter on average.

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Sunday, January 13th 2013, 5:23pm

@ Zonkie

Better than travelling on the hi-way @ 120 and only the black road ahead.
I love to go on all the back roads.
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Sunday, January 13th 2013, 5:55pm

Zonkie

Sounds like you had a great start to your morning :thumbsup:

Thank for sharing and the fuel consumption is a real bonus.

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Sunday, May 5th 2013, 3:34pm

TRC and VSC Systems

Ok my first dirt road experience in my new Tuna "Layla" (the wife named her).

I was advised by the salesman in the Toyota Dealership that many Tuna owners turned off their Traction & Stability Control when driving on dirt roads, something to do with the system trying to compensate for all the bumps and slips of a dirt road.

Now I really am not sure if this is true or not and cannot work out if the TRC and VSC is off or on I kept on hitting the switch to find out :rolleyes:.

I note a lot of you people say to deflate your tyres, will this mean a less bumpy ride as some of the corrugated sections on a dirt road I tried were to say the least "rattling".

Think on longer runs over dirt roads I will have to purchase a 12v tyre pump and a spade and whatever else just in case i get too overconfident in a standard 4x2. Probably have to buy this sort of equipment anyway. Never ever thought of things like this for my Auris!!!!!

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Sunday, May 5th 2013, 8:01pm

I'm with TJ at the start of this thread! On fast gravel, with a 4x4, use the centre diff lock. (I find it settles the car in heavy rain on tar as well.)

Also - why switch off the stability control? You paid for it, and it was a long time coming for the Fortuner. I would only do so at slower speeds, if it was becoming a nuisance and kicking in frequently.That would mean the road surface is really bad, or I am driving dangerously, anyway....

From experience I can say that my VSC kicks in on fast gravel (those awesome Namibia roads!) only when the car is quite out of shape; happened only once and I knew I was being a bit silly at the time. Proper off-road work is a different matter and then it may be justified to switch it off: it wouldn't be of practical assistance anyway, I suspect.

It is good to explore the limits of your vehicle under safe conditions. Far better to know what leads the VSC to kick in - and how it sounds - while you are still in control - rather than it happens for the first time in an emergency. That will just spook you more. Find a quiet, smooth and wide gravel road and play a little bit at safe slow speed. Test the ABS while you are at it.
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Sunday, May 5th 2013, 10:14pm

Hi Simo,

Thanks for the information and advice. Being new to this sort of driving in a much bigger vehicle with all these features is an experience. Do not have the 4x4 so no centre diff lock.

I will have to check the tyre pressures as I believe they are probably too high as the Tuna is straight off the showroom floor, it did seem a little hard when driving on the dirt roads I must admit. Have to get a happy medium between dirt and tar conditions I guess.

I agree with you I will have to test things out and get to know what goes on under certain conditions.

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Monday, May 6th 2013, 5:21pm

Travelling Dirt roads

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I have 2006 Fortuner which I have been driving for 5 years. I have had a few close calls on dirt roads. The car is still original ie no suspension changes and Grabber tyres. I deflate to 1,8 bar, drive carefully and lock central diff. This helps but I am not happy with the stability on dirt. It is the worst when the car has no load and no passengers. I managed to get mine sideways on a dirt road in the northern cape when negotiating a slight bend with heavy corrugation.

Any advice on suspention changes?

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Monday, May 6th 2013, 6:39pm

dont wana spend money
get ur self monroe mag shocks
ek ry hom boeta. loaded or not
op jas. this van bites the road.
well worth the value.
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Monday, May 6th 2013, 7:03pm

My trailer and the fact that the Wife and kids pack everything "including" the kitchen sink...

I had to upgrade the suspension

And in my view (although not cheap) if you want to do it and never look back then there is only one brand to go for: - Old Man EMU (let the argueing begin :) )

Normal driving - much less body roll, much more capable offroad especially with wheel travel, not hitting the runner boards and helps a bit witht he entry and exit angle's

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Monday, May 6th 2013, 8:40pm

For more on suspension changes, check out the SHOCKS thread in Technical Advice / Suspension.
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Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 3:03pm

Ok...!! Nou het ek al verskillende goed gelees hier op die blad oor grondpad ry.Ons fortuner het nou maar 40 000 km op die klok,waarvan +/- 30 00 km op grond en 4x4 paie was.Ek ry glad nie met die traction controll aan nie,die ding ereteer my net,en ek ry ook nie in LH op die grondpaie nie.Ek het al gevind dat sodra ek teen so 70km/h om 'n draai gaan op 'n slegte pad dat my traction controll sommer automaties in skop.Wie van julle het dit ook al gehad? want ek is nou so moeg vir daai knoppie dat ek die sekering wil uit haal.Maar ek kan dit nog nie doen nie want die fortuner gaan dan se waarborg verloor. Ek ry gemiddeld so 100km/h op die grondpaie met 'n diesel verbruik van 9.8l /100km. My band druk bly maar konstand op 210 baar. Ek blaas dit aleenlik af as ons in sand ry.
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Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 2:24pm

TRC and VSC Systems








i am ignorant on this.. from which year models did TRC and VSC come with..

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Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 2:44pm

Ek blaas nie sommer bande af op n grond pad nie, net as ek n roete ry bv in Lesotho sal ek afblaas as ek weet my spoed is gemiddeld minder as 20km/h

My Fortuner het nie TC of enige iets nie en is baie stabiel op n grond pad.... my oplossing is in die foto! Daai Shocks maak n Mo*rse verskil!
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Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 2:48pm

Ek blaas nie sommer bande af op n grond pad nie, net as ek n roete ry bv in Lesotho sal ek afblaas as ek weet my spoed is gemiddeld minder as 20km/h

My Fortuner het nie TC of enige iets nie en is baie stabiel op n grond pad.... my oplossing is in die foto! Daai Shocks maak n Mo*rse verskil!


windgat................
ok wag dat ek ry, het shocks om te gaan vit.

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Thursday, November 7th 2013, 12:00am

Ek drop weer voor enige grond pad, die spanning op die suspensie en steering is baie erger met harde bande

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