Land Cruiser Off-Road: What We Need to Know

PixelMagic

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I caught the off roading bug from my friend who is a 4 wheeling wizard in a 4 Runner. However, this will be my first 4WD vehicle and I know I have lots to learn. I'm going to share some links that helped me and hopefully will be of interest to other newbies. I hope others on our forum will join in with links and advice to the critical knowledge base we all need to get safely to and from our off road adventures. Suggestions on videos, books, off road courses and clubs as well as off road expo events will be appreciated.

Herewith are my first contributions:






Thanks in advance to the experts among us for sharing your knowledge.

Mark
 
This is an interesting subject. If my old school Landcruiser Prado 120 has very simple (but still very efficient :cool:) off-road features, the 2024 model has a lot more. In addition to the basic Center DiffLock, Low Gear, Rear DiffLock the 2024 model gets:

2nd ECT (Electronically controlled Transmission) for starting in 2nd gear on slipery conditions.
Crawling feature - a cruise control for very low speed.
SDM - Stabiliser Disconnect Mechanism for the front wheels when you navigate rocky terrain
Multi-Terrain Select Off-road driving support can be selected from six modes depending on the road surface; can also be operated in high range (H4) for use in even more off-road driving situations.

The EPS - Electric Power Steering - and Multi-Terrain Monitor are making off-road driving easier also.

Did I forget anything?

It is a matter of knowledge and experience to understand and use them efficiently. Do not overestimate your off-road driving capability and your vehicle. Take it easy step-by-step.
 
Nice thread... I think there will be many new off roaders headed to the trails soon. I did quite a bit off roading about 45 years ago in a Ford Pickup 4x4. Now so much fancy stuff that can break if you don't know what your doing. However, I only plan on easy and moderate trails.... like service roads to get me to good hiking spots. Yet sometimes the roads are not maintained/washed out in spots and you need a little more off roader to get you past the tight spots.

This guy has lots of good videos and has had several Landcruisers and other hard core off road vehicles.



Good info to know...
 
Found a video of your Guy in your first 2 videos. He goes over a lot of information.

However, it appears to me during his driving videos that he going too fast for the road conditions? Maybe it just looks that way in the videos... but it appears like he's doing 50mph or more?

 
Found a video of your Guy in your first 2 videos. He goes over a lot of information.

However, it appears to me during his driving videos that he going too fast for the road conditions? Maybe it just looks that way in the videos... but it appears like he's doing 50mph or more?


Great summary video. He does like to fly through the desert. You best not have any loose dental fillings if you drive with him!
 
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