Touareg: 2008 V8
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Colorado, United States
Second Vehicle: Other
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If you can fit the 17" wheels, DO IT. More sidewall is always better for off roading, which sounds like something you would like to do more of. :- )
You do not have the mechanical rear locking differential, according to your photo. But the ABS computer will try to simulate one by preventing the wheel with the least amount of traction from spinning too much. It actually is pretty good, but requires wheel spin to work, so it can eat up tires in extreme situations.
But you do have a center locking differential, which (IMHO) is nice because it allows you to use low range without locking any of the differentials. This allows you to crawl on pavement or turn on dirt easier. But regardless, you do not want to use low range on pavement or hard surfaces for more than 30 feet or so.
The suggestion to join a 4wd club is a good one. If they scoff at your "soft roader", remind them that you have almost 11" of clearance with your air suspension and you have a locking rear diff that is factory installed.
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