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    Default Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    With so many 4x4's to choose from out there, some offering full time 4wheel and others with part time 4 wheel (most rear wheel) got me to wonder what are the general preferences.

    Personally I prefer a full time 4wheel setup like the fortuner D4d or Landy's. I was disappointed when toyota chose no to have the full time 4wheel setup on the current Fortuner. Would like to hear from others about their preference or choice.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by OVERBOOST View Post
    With so many 4x4's to choose from out there, some offering full time 4wheel and others with part time 4 wheel (most rear wheel) got me to wonder what are the general preferences.

    Personally I prefer a full time 4wheel setup like the fortuner D4d or Landy's. I was disappointed when toyota chose no to have the full time 4wheel setup on the current Fortuner. Would like to hear from others about their preference or choice.
    That's where Mitsubishi is awesome as you can choose what you want to use on the fly. I drive my pajero in rear wheel drive on clear sunny days and when it is raining I put into permanent 4 wheel drive.
    In 2 wheel drive it is supposed to save fuel


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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    My Triton is permanently in 4 wheel drive... I never bother to put it in 2 wheel drive...
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    I've had several of both. I have no preference either way.
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by OVERBOOST View Post
    full time 4wheel setup like the fortuner D4d
    Well I learnt something new today!
    I had no idea they were full time 4wd
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Well I learnt something new today!
    I had no idea they were full time 4wd
    Some were then they weren't any more, or something like that.

    But the answer is Mitsubishi as usual.........
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    I think it depends what other gadgets some with the AWD vs 4X4. Lockers, TC etc

    A year ago I believed old school part time 4x4 system was the way to go, not trusting computers to adjust power on the fly and relying on lockers.
    Lately I am really enjoying the TC system on full time AWD and I tend not to use the locker. Nice to know its always there if needed in rain and such.

    It is usually RWD but torque on demand to the front.
    Dont take anything I say as actual advice or fact. I dont.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by SinWolf View Post
    My Triton is permanently in 4 wheel drive... I never bother to put it in 2 wheel drive...
    Does this not effect the drivetrain on the highway? I used to own a 3.2D triton 4x4 and would always disengage 4WD once I was back to normal road surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OVERBOOST View Post
    Does this not effect the drivetrain on the highway? I used to own a 3.2D triton 4x4 and would always disengage 4WD once I was back to normal road surface.
    Newer models and the 2,5 triton all have super select. The colt and 3,2 triton had normal 4x4 only.


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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by allandell View Post
    That's where Mitsubishi is awesome as you can choose what you want to use on the fly. I drive my pajero in rear wheel drive on clear sunny days and when it is raining I put into permanent 4 wheel drive.
    In 2 wheel drive it is supposed to save fuel
    Quote Originally Posted by SinWolf View Post
    My Triton is permanently in 4 wheel drive... I never bother to put it in 2 wheel drive...
    Guys, the forum has already schooled us and pointed out that there is absolutely NO benefit of an AWD system. So really, the answer here is 2WD

    Edit: and to add to that, SuperSelect is a useless gimmick to fool poor suckers like us.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by allandell View Post
    Newer models and the 2,5 triton all have super select.
    I heard about super select and the 4x4 on the fly but never really understood how this differed from normal 4x4.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by OVERBOOST View Post
    Does this not effect the drivetrain on the highway? I used to own a 3.2D triton 4x4 and would always disengage 4WD once I was back to normal road surface.
    The 3.2 triton only has conventional (center diff locked) 4wd

    What the others are referring to you only get in the new models and older 2.5's (super select)

    But please oh please, let's not open that can of worms again

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by OVERBOOST View Post
    I heard about super select and the 4x4 on the fly but never really understood how this differed from normal 4x4.
    When I say on the fly, it means I can change between any high range mode of driving up to 100km/h without pressing clutch or anything extra. Just drive straight while doing it.


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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    The 3.2 triton only has conventional (center diff locked) 4wd

    What the others are referring to you only get in the new models and older 2.5's (super select)

    But please oh please, let's not open that can of worms again
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Well I learnt something new today!
    I had no idea they were full time 4wd
    The very first one's

    Think I read somewhere on this forum its all the pre - 2013 d4d's

    Not sure. I also did not know that

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    My experience:
    1. There is no advantage in having 2WD, the supposed fuel saving is negligible. I'm yet to see any quantified evidence to the contrary.
    2. Fulltime 4WD (i.e. both props permanently engaged with open diffs or for a newer vehicle a smart AWD system) is safer {think skid pan) and truthfully you will go a long way with this before you need to lock diffs.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    AWD or full time 4x4 for me. Probably not strictly necessary most of the time on dry tarmac but imminently there when needed. Not all AWD are created equal, so do some research before buying. I am not a huge fan of FWD with AWD on demand via Haldex or electronics, but in fairness these modern systems seem to work very well provided the electronics is well sorted out.


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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    All my vehicles have been permanent 4WD except a Ford Ranger.

    One drawback; you normally have to replace all 4 tyres at the same time whereas with a vehicle that is mainly in 2WD this might not be the case
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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    The one advantage I see to part time 4wd (and it's only applicable to older vehicles with manual hubs) is the ability to use 2wd low range on very steep, but high friction (tar/concrete) surfaces. It's especially handy with towing.

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    Default Re: Full time 4wheel or Rear wheel

    What I don't like about full time 4x4 like the previous Fortuner and many others, if any one wheel loose traction you are stuck. One front wheel in mud and you go nowhere until you activate
    the centre difflock or put it in 4x4H or L or activate the rear difflock. When only in 4x2 drive is to the rear wheels so a front wheel with no traction won't stop the vehicle.

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