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jacdaw
06-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Any T100 owners have BTDTs to offer regarding improving their trucks? TADs, lifts, armor? I know they got a bad rap early on and Toyota rushed to replace it with the Tundra, but every time I see a clean one, I want one. School me!

Beater
06-02-2009, 07:14 AM
I think I am the only T100 guy, and I have only had mine about a year. There is almost NO support. The truck is a combination of Second Gen 4runner and hi-lux/taco parts mixed with all new. It does share a lot with the Tundra as well.

Tundra:
rear axle (unique to tundra/t100)
Rear bed
running boards
rear bumper
rear springs
rear brakes
I THINK the front diff is the same

4runner/taco:
Control arms
shocks
basically all suspension

Unique to T100:
all interior
Doors and front cab sheet metal

I have never seen an arb or tjm bumper for them, sliders or anything else. And in all honesty, you would have to put some serious bed sliders on past the rear wheels as it is a full 6.5 foot bed on there.

You can do ball joint spacers or replacement t-bars up front (I have spacers sitting on a shelf for mine) and add a leaf to go 33". I have 32" on stock t-bars with alcan aal's on the back to give about an 1.5 over stock in the rear and compensate for sag on the oem weak arse springs.

The upside? For a do everything truck, including mild off-road/camping, I don't think it can be beat. Not enough power to tow anything of weight, (like another vehicle) but plenty of power to pull a few motorcycles, pop-up or whatever. Very high clearance. Everything is nicely tucked above the frame. I even sleep in mine, and I am 6'3" (in the bed). The rear seats are not as usable for a full size adult like my silverado's were, but for my 13yr old, they're roomy enough. In cab storage is a nice touch.

Considering they are half the price of tundra's, (almost) and the fact that those that are still on the road seem to be in really nice shape, They're a solid buy.

That said, if I was looking for a "nice" truck, with no intention to go off road, I would get another chevy, ford or tunda (not particularly in that order). The T100 is still kinda "old school" pick up, with not a lot of noise insulation and more focused on being a "truck" not a "passenger" vehicle if you get my drift. Still a big step up from a hi-lux.

j

nakman
06-02-2009, 07:59 AM
I had one once, right before I joined RS. Wasn't a good purchase decision, the front end was very worked and loose (ball joints, mostly) and it ate through brakes. I had the front rotors turned 2x in 3000 miles... something else was probably amiss but I didn't know anything about vehicles at the time, beyond changing the oil/plugs. Oh if I knew then what I know now... :rolleyes:

But then I traded it in on an 80 series Land Cruiser, and my life has never been the same since. Had it not been for that T100 we probably wouldn't have been so motivated to get the 80, so maybe things do happen for a reason. :)

edit: I did make a bed for the back, and two of us + a big dog slept back there comfortably. And that bench seat in back was perfect for our Golden Retriever to just lay on, she thought it was as good as the couch in the house.

DaveInDenver
06-02-2009, 09:37 AM
John has got it covered, just a few notes. The T100 is and isn't a lot of things, but mostly it's a big, bastard Hilux. When you think about it, in reality it's just a factory Red_Chili (at least pre-SAS). :-)

Engine and drivetrain are same as other trucks (2.7L, 3.4L, etc.) except for driveshaft lengths

Tundra:
rear axle (unique to tundra/t100)
rear brakes
I THINK the front diff is the same

Rear housing is different, although they use the same 8.4" third as Tacoma, etc.
Front brakes and master cylinder are the same as 1992 and newer 4Runner
Front diff is identical to 1986-1995 trucks and the CV axles are the same except the shafts are longer to accommodate the track width (you use T100 axles when doing a Total Chaos suspension)


4runner/taco:
Control arms
shocks
basically all suspension


Same IFS as the '86-'95 Pickup/Hilux/4Runner, not Taco (spliting hairs, but the Tacoma and 3rd gen 4Runner have coil sprung IFS, the T100 is torsion)

BLACKGOLD
06-02-2009, 10:03 AM
A Wasatch Cruisers member has a really nicely built T100, its pretty sweet. He has definitely had problems finding aftermarket accessories however.

IIRC he found a company in Georgia that he got bumpers from...Kennesaw Mountain Accessories. Although he has added a few extra's to the bumpers to make them a little better than they came.

A place called Rock Road Outfitters is where he got Sliders...but he was disappointed in the Sliders due to they way they needed to be attached. Something about having to drill holes in the Pinch Welds I think?

He has a 2" Skyjacker lift, San Diego Off-Road ball joint spacers, and Revtek rear spacers.

He's also done an ARB locker in the rear, and has a winch on the front.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m303/JPGREEN13/2008-08.jpg

jacdaw
06-03-2009, 05:41 AM
Lots of good perspective offered. Thanks guys!

Uncle Ben
06-03-2009, 07:21 AM
John has got it covered, just a few notes. The T100 is and isn't a lot of things, but mostly it's a big, bastard Hilux. When you think about it, in reality it's just a factory Red_Chili (at least pre-SAS). :-)

Engine and drivetrain are same as other trucks (2.7L, 3.4L, etc.) except for driveshaft lengths



Rear housing is different, although they use the same 8.4" third as Tacoma, etc.
Front brakes and master cylinder are the same as 1992 and newer 4Runner
Front diff is identical to 1986-1995 trucks and the CV axles are the same except the shafts are longer to accommodate the track width (you use T100 axles when doing a Total Chaos suspension)



Same IFS as the '86-'95 Pickup/Hilux/4Runner, not Taco (spliting hairs, but the Tacoma and 3rd gen 4Runner have coil sprung IFS, the T100 is torsion)



Thanks Dave......I used to really like T-100's! :rant: ;)

Bikeman
06-03-2009, 03:53 PM
There is a maroon regular cab T100 with an SAS that roams Littleton/H.R. on 37's that is pretty sweet...

jacdaw
06-21-2009, 05:25 PM
Was 1995 the last year for the 3.0 V6 in the T100?

DaveInDenver
06-21-2009, 06:05 PM
Was 1995 the last year for the 3.0 V6 in the T100?
I think 1995 was the first year of the 3.4L and so 1994 would have been the last year for the 3.0L. The T100 got the 3.4L a year before anything else.

jacdaw
06-21-2009, 06:11 PM
Huh. I just read two Denver CL ads for '95 trucks that claim the 3.0 with 4x4 and auto trans. To be sure, I believe you more than the ad writers, Dave. I see lots of Jeep ads that claim a 4.0 V6 as well.:rolleyes: Some people just don't have a clue. Is there a way to differentiate the 3.0 from the 3.4? Are they clearly labeled like the R engines?

DaveInDenver
06-21-2009, 06:20 PM
Huh. I just read two Denver CL ads for '95 trucks that claim the 3.0 with 4x4 and auto trans. To be sure, I believe you more than the ad writers, Dave. I see lots of Jeep ads that claim a 4.0 V6 as well.:rolleyes: Some people just don't have a clue. Is there a way to differentiate the 3.0 from the 3.4? Are they clearly labeled like the R engines?
It's very obvious, the 3.4L says "3400 Four Cam 24" on the front, on the timing belt cover. The 3.0L says "3.0 EFI V6" on the intake plenum on the top of the engine. And don't take my memory as gospel, I'm just fairly sure. Since the Taco and 3rd gen 4Runner came out in 1996 and the T100 had the engine before those two that it would be 1995. Could have been a mid model year introduction, so 1995 models might have gotten either.

Beater
06-21-2009, 06:23 PM
don't get a t100 3.0. it sucks butt in all but 2wd single cab versions, and those have to be at sea level

DaveInDenver
06-21-2009, 06:24 PM
don't get a t100 3.0. it sucks butt in all but 2wd single cab versions, and those have to be at sea level
Yup, it's pretty much a dog. It's a lot like driving a 22R-E powered pickup with more elbow room.

jacdaw
06-21-2009, 07:11 PM
don't get a t100 3.0. it sucks butt in all but 2wd single cab versions, and those have to be at sea levelExactly why I'm asking. Thanks for the affirmation!

jacdaw
06-21-2009, 07:16 PM
Could have been a mid model year introduction, so 1995 models might have gotten either.I hate mid model year changes that are this significant. Thanks for the headsup.

Beater
06-21-2009, 09:28 PM
the built one on craigslist I linked to in the members only section looked the bomb

j

jacdaw
06-21-2009, 09:32 PM
the built one on craigslist I linked to in the members only section looked the bomb

jThe Olive Drab one?

Beater
06-22-2009, 06:51 AM
yep -

I paid around 6k for mine, then added all that stuff on, except for the exhaust/intake. those intake/exhaust parts really wake up a 3.4 ask redchili

j

DaveInDenver
06-23-2009, 12:35 PM
http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1235821172.html

1994 T100 w/ 138K for $3300 OBO

Does have the 3.0L (your call, you drive a 20R truck already so slow is relative)

jacdaw
06-24-2009, 06:33 AM
Thanks Dave! I've seen that one. I use RSS feeds from CL to my google home page. I really need an extra cab and I'm still debating the trans decision. I have never liked automatics, but there are clear advantages off road.http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1235821172.html

1994 T100 w/ 138K for $3300 OBO

Does have the 3.0L (your call, you drive a 20R truck already so slow is relative)