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Thinking of purchasing a 2019 4runner with kdss, quick question.

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by rudnicke, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Aug 28, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    rudnicke

    rudnicke [OP] New Member

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    I'm looking at a 2019 4runner that has the KDSS option. I pretty much only drive the highway to and from work, and would like to have 4wd for the weather and some dirt road travel.

    I was reading on google that the KDSS system can be noisy when on the highway or hitting bumps. Is this true? Should I just go for a model without KDSS?

    Was also looking at a nightshade mode, but not sure I like the constant AWD.
     
  2. Aug 28, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Dark Knight

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    Kdss is a silent system.
     
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  3. Aug 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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    I hear nothing from my KDSS when I drive
     
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  4. Aug 28, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    Agent3056

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    I have zero noise from KDSS. Drive one with KDSS and one without then decide. I think you'll go with the KDSS. Enjoy the hunt.
     
  5. Aug 28, 2019 at 12:37 PM
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    elnip

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    Agree on all of the above.
     
  6. Aug 29, 2019 at 9:26 AM
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    Toffees

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    Test drive with and without KDSS. What's your concern about the AWD?
     
  7. Aug 29, 2019 at 9:47 AM
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    Thatbassguy

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    No noise from my KDSS.

    I agree with @Toffees ; drive both if possible.

    Also, i can't see any negative with the full time AWD. My '03 had it. I had no problems. You can lock it in 4WD or 4LO if needed, if I'm not mistaken.
     
  8. Aug 29, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    Yep, it's just like the other 4WD models, except it has the AWD/FT4WD instead of 2WD mode. Or you can lock it in 4H and 4L.
     
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  9. Aug 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM
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    Tuco S.

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    I only hear the KDSS system when it rocks Led Zeppelin.
     
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  10. Aug 29, 2019 at 4:04 PM
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    Jynarik

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    Welcome! :thumbsup:
     
  12. Aug 30, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    Go with the KDSS - great system. I love that it reduces body roll when cornering and if you are doing alot of highway driving this will make the ride better. Extreme 4 wheelers may not prefer it as it may limit the wheel travel when articulating from side to side. I bought a 2014 Trail for my boys to share with a modest 2" lift and I am glad they have it from a safety perspective - less body roll means more control for those young drivers ....
     
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  13. Sep 5, 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    I own the 2019 TRD off road , and I'm really enjoying the drive (KDSS) also the fuel mileage is very impressive had to throw that in lol cheers
     
  14. Sep 5, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    KDSS actually allows greater side to side articulation when off roading. It's really a brilliant system!
     
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  15. Sep 6, 2019 at 9:08 AM
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    Where's OP?
    Did he buy a silent SR5?
     
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    I have KDSS on my ORP. It gives better articulation (keeps the tires on the ground where the traction is) when negotiating off-road holes, ruts, and rocks. Since it’s better articulated, it allows them to make the sway (anti-roll) bars stiffer so there is noticeably less roll on smooth roads. If your normal is graded roads, you won’t benefit from the articulation, but, depending on your driving style. you might find the anti-roll a plus.
     
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  17. Sep 7, 2019 at 8:19 AM
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    rudnicke

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    Well, I decided to go with a Nightshade model. I know. It’s a grocery go get’er, but I don’t do a lot of true off road (only country roads). Thanks for all the info.
     
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    Congrats ! ...luv my sr5 grocery getter.
     

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