People bring up good true points here, but if you are overlanding should you not choose routes that will break your vehicle or leave you stuck for an undetermined amount of time.
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Not sure what I said, but I got edited for language yet what I replied to.....Some say it is a complete waste to need 4WD, but we don't all go the same routes, and lockers let you do it with more control.
For me lockers let me tread lightly. Uphill or down, aired up, aired down, lockers especially in a straight line mean nothing will tear up the tera firma. No one is saying airing down and having a compressor is a bad idea, but until you drive with selectable front and rear lockers, you will fail to understand the difference, advantage they offer. Spend a year with them, you will never want to go anywhere without them again.If you don't rock crawl on a regular basis (which you said you don't do at all), spend the money on something you will use everyday. Put it toward suspension or A/T tires or the compressor setup you were talking about. You will be extremely surprised how far open diffs with aired down A/T's (15-20psi) can take you with the right line choice and driver mod. Plus you have a rear locker, A-TRAC and crawl control on that Off Road Premium.
All those features make for a similar experience to having front and rear lockers. Learn how and when to use them. You already paid for those.
This ^^^^^ for sure.If it was me... I'd slap on some all terrain tires and go camping. I'd wait a while before soending time and money on a lift, lockers, and gears. 4 Runners are pretty capable off of the show room floor... You might find that the roads/trails that you want to run don't require a modified vehicle.
Ability to “tread lightly” is the key here. On a video I saw the other day, some moron was going through a trail to see if he could do it in 2WD. Burning rubber, throwing dirt/rocks everywhere as he tried to claw his way up the trail.For me lockers let me tread lightly.
Really good post; I have held off on front lockers until I can get the hub disconnects installed on my rig. I need to learn my rig's behavior before adding on complexityEither choice you make is great. Stay safe and dont subject other people to stupid decisions without proper gear.
I had a Jeep Cherokee with a manual 5 speed. I went with 33"s and 4.56 gears and loved it.3.73 is a near perfect ratio for 33s, and with a powerful engine there is no need to go deeper unless you are building a trailered buggy.... but for a vehicle which sees more highway and forestry road than rugged off roading and rock crawling going deeper than 3.73 will have more cons than pros.
My TJ Rubicon has 4.10s with 33s and I always wish for taller 3.73s.
I'd go with the advice several have offered, use it as an overlander for a year before committing to a regear.