1. Welcome to 4Runners.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all 4Runner discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other 4Runner owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Max safe speed in 4WD?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RTK, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Jan 23, 2023 at 8:23 PM
    #1
    RTK

    RTK [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2023
    Member:
    #30842
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Vehicle:
    2022 4runner off road
    Hi everyone, my first post! I'm a new 4runner owner (2022 off road) I'm wondering if 60 to 70 mph is ok while in 4WD?

    Also, what would be the max safe speed to shift into 4WD?
     
  2. Jan 23, 2023 at 8:36 PM
    #2
    kmeeg

    kmeeg LionRunner

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2018
    Member:
    #5853
    Messages:
    3,175
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    19' Limited /21' TRD
    Please check the manual online. If I'm not mistaken its 52mph for the manual shifter vs 55mph for electronic/ rotating selector and no speed limit for the full time 4wd Limited to engage center diff lock.

    Again I can't remember exact speeds but should be closer to what i said.
     
    Thatbassguy, Toy4X4 and Harringbr99 like this.
  3. Jan 23, 2023 at 9:19 PM
    #3
    steelevo

    steelevo New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2022
    Member:
    #29845
    Messages:
    158
    I thought that it was 50mph for manual shift to 4HI and a complete stop, shift to neutral for 4LO. I don’t think that there is a max speed. If you’re using 4HI for snow or ice, I don’t see 60-70 being a safe speed.
     
  4. Jan 24, 2023 at 4:52 AM
    #4
    Ironguy

    Ironguy New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2019
    Member:
    #12421
    Messages:
    4,073
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ralph
    Bisbee AZ
    Vehicle:
    2020 Black 4Runner Venture 1967 FJ40 Land Cruiser
    New pine scent hanger, new sun shade
    Welcome!
     
  5. Jan 24, 2023 at 4:58 AM
    #5
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy New member? Really??

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2019
    Member:
    #9314
    Messages:
    9,488
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    S/E Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2019 TRDORP, KDSS, MGM
    RSG sliders, Yakima offgrid basket, Pro-Comp wheels, SOS Streamline bumper and skids, Warn VR EVO10S winch + Ultimate Sidewinder, Bilstein 6112 + 5100 + rear lift coils, Rigid Dually SS ditch lights w/Caliraised brackets and OEM style dash switch
    Welcome to the forum!

    Check the manual, but I believe it's somewhere around 50 MPH as mentioned above.


    Agreed. If conditions are good enough to drive that fast, 4WD shouldn't be necessary.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2023 at 8:25 AM
    #6
    RTK

    RTK [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2023
    Member:
    #30842
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Vehicle:
    2022 4runner off road
    Thanks to all and for the welcome messages !!
     
  7. Jan 24, 2023 at 8:29 AM
    #7
    WIwhale

    WIwhale New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2020
    Member:
    #18113
    Messages:
    72
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Vehicle:
    2021 SR5 Premium
    Im pretty sure if you hit 88 mph in 4WD you can travel back in time or to the future.

    Id go back to the 80s and convince my dad to get a first year runner and save for many years.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2023 at 8:44 AM
    #8
    RTK

    RTK [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2023
    Member:
    #30842
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Vehicle:
    2022 4runner off road
    The question of "why do you need to go so fast in 4WD" It's due to driving in the north on freeways that are subject to patches compact snow and or black ice (this was yesterday for me for 250 miles) AWD vehicles fly by slower ones un-fettered by the "should I be in 4WD" question. They throw slush and sand/ gravel onto your windshield, not intentionally, that's just how it is.

    If you could without fear pop it into 4WD and stay with the flow of traffic, problem solved. In 2WD I was sliding all over the place, passed a semi and 5 cars in the ditch.
     
    Jackstraw likes this.
  9. Jan 24, 2023 at 8:51 AM
    #9
    kmeeg

    kmeeg LionRunner

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2018
    Member:
    #5853
    Messages:
    3,175
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    19' Limited /21' TRD
    Before I hit the highway when there is snow or ice spots I just throw it in 4H while I drive under 50mph then I don't worry even if I hit 85mph on dry road. As long as I don't do sharp turns like turning to other roads I'm not worried about been in 4H.
     
    Jackstraw and RTK[QUOTED][OP] like this.
  10. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:37 AM
    #10
    Ironguy

    Ironguy New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2019
    Member:
    #12421
    Messages:
    4,073
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ralph
    Bisbee AZ
    Vehicle:
    2020 Black 4Runner Venture 1967 FJ40 Land Cruiser
    New pine scent hanger, new sun shade
    You can go about as fast as you can stand. Stopping is the hard part.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:44 AM
    #11
    Singleminded

    Singleminded New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2020
    Member:
    #15483
    Messages:
    1,646
    Vehicle:
    2020 4Runner Limited
    OEM LED foglights
    Understand, but if you’re passing cars in the ditch that means conditions are unsafe regardless of what kind of drivetrain you have. Cars in the ditch indicate tires losing traction. Doesn’t matter if you have AWD or 4WD if the tires won’t grip the road.

    Your tires are always going to be far more important than the type of AWD system you do or don’t have. Especially once you’re at significant speeds.
     
    Thatbassguy, steelevo and SlvrSlug like this.
  12. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:50 AM
    #12
    Trail Runnah

    Trail Runnah New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2020
    Member:
    #14189
    Messages:
    1,667
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2013 T4R Trail Edition
    Stock
    Once again, if conditions are like that you should not be going 70mph. You hit black ice and start sliding, 4wd is not going to save you.
     
    Thatbassguy and 4scooter19 like this.
  13. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:59 AM
    #13
    steelevo

    steelevo New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2022
    Member:
    #29845
    Messages:
    158
    I run a dedicated winter wheel/tire combo, Blizzak DMV2, and would be hesitant about passing anyone in a ditch. I have been stuck behind slow-moving vehicles and just patiently wait until I have a safe area to pass. Even the winter tire and 4WD will reach their limit if pushed. Measuring limit based on snow depth, incline, ice, etc., and not measuring limit based on speed. Try making an emergency stop or maneuver at 70MPH in icy or snowy conditions. Just because you can trek at 70MPH in a straight line with 4WD, it doesn't make it safe.
     
  14. Jan 24, 2023 at 11:50 AM
    #14
    Branden967

    Branden967 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2022
    Member:
    #29268
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    Agree with above. Why are people driving 50+ in 4WD? 4WD makes it go....it does not make any difference in stopping.
     
  15. Jan 24, 2023 at 11:57 AM
    #15
    kmeeg

    kmeeg LionRunner

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2018
    Member:
    #5853
    Messages:
    3,175
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    19' Limited /21' TRD
    O'niel rally school has lot of good videos including this topic :)

    upload_2023-1-24_12-56-10.jpg
     
    Jackstraw and Singleminded like this.
  16. Jan 25, 2023 at 5:36 AM
    #16
    UofLCardfan77

    UofLCardfan77 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2022
    Member:
    #27330
    Messages:
    834
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Elizabethtown, Kentucky
    Vehicle:
    2019 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium, Magnetic Gray
    Black Out Overlays, Windows tinted (front doors),
    Welcome from the center of the bourbon universe.
     
  17. Jan 25, 2023 at 5:43 AM
    #17
    Steely123

    Steely123 What's the new trend? I'll do it!

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2022
    Member:
    #27323
    Messages:
    545
    Gender:
    Male
    Georgetown, TX
    Vehicle:
    2018 4runner SR5 premium
    Welcome
     

Products Discussed in

To Top