I would be interested in hearing just how you changed you driving style. I image it would have to do with giving the computer time to work.
Does the traction control behave similar to the 2001 and newer runners. I've seen those in action (you've seen Mike Brown's). The system only works if the rig is moving, so the computer has time to detect slippage and kick in. When stopped in the middle of an obstacle traction control doesn't work. Thus the reason those guys get a selectable locker (not a stock option for a 2001 and newer runner).
If I'm going to driving this thing over whale rock I need to know these things.