My 2007 Ford Ranger with 4:10 gears and Trak-Loc (limited slip) is like a mountain goat, going anywhere. You're right.I get paid to drive off road and have been for over 20 years. At my job we keep the trucks in 2wd for as long as possible and make fun of the guys who have to go to 4wd right when they leave the pavement. A 2wd truck with a locker/LS with the right tires can go 99% of the places a 4wd can go. I am not talking about rock climbing in Utah or finding the biggest mud hole you can sink a vehicle in but normal woods road stuff that the majority of the "off roading" public will face.