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Ray The Handyman
05-20-2011, 07:27 PM
I'm new to this thread.
I'm a long time wheeler.12 years with the Trail Ridge Runners in Longmont.
Long story short, I'm done doing level 10+ trails, I'm done hauling my rig to trails, I'm done having to work on it after hard trails...I'm done.
SO...
I want a Taco....
What year?
Wheel Base ?
Auto or stick ?
What engine ?
Lift ? I would like to run 33" meats ?
Will taco axles hold up with 33" ???
I want a TRD style package
I will still do up to say level 7 trails
But drive home with the ac on at 75 MPH listening to the tunes
Like to stay under $20,000 so it will be a used Taco, like to get one with under 100,000 miles
Will not be a daily driver, but could it I wanted to.

I really want to go on a trail when they open up with some Taco rigs to check out how they do, like something easy like MSV when we open it in June.
I'm in no hurry, I just want to learn which way to go when I'm ready.
Thanks
Ray

Eldorado556
05-20-2011, 07:48 PM
My Taco was a 1999 TRD. I had the OME suspension and ran 32" Cooper STT's after I wore out the BFG AT's. 33's will rub in front. The TRD was nice, rear factory locker and clutch start cancel.

I wrecked the bed on black ice and had the flatbed built which greatly improved departure angle. The 5VZFE is a great engine. Got around 22MPG. Good HP, better if you get a supercharger.

I'll see if I can dig up more pics.


http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/7a05adf2.jpg

waggoner5
05-20-2011, 08:29 PM
My 03 did everything I asked of it. 285's and OME 3" suspension. Perfect wheelbase, wish I still had it.

Eldorado556
05-20-2011, 08:36 PM
Found my old pics.

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/IMG_0313.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/IMG_0854.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/IMG_0858.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/zion2118.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/zion2194.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/Landcruiser/Tacoma/zion2223.jpg

Ray The Handyman
05-21-2011, 06:30 AM
My Taco was a 1999 TRD. I had the OME suspension and ran 32" Cooper STT's after I wore out the BFG AT's. 33's will rub in front. The TRD was nice, rear factory locker and clutch start cancel.

I wrecked the bed on black ice and had the flatbed built which greatly improved departure angle. The 5VZFE is a great engine. Got around 22MPG. Good HP, better if you get a supercharger.

I'll see if I can dig up more pics.


http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s240/ilbruche/7a05adf2.jpg

What is a " clutch start cancel "
You say 33" rubbed in the front, do you think a 4" lift would fix that ? is 4" to tall for OEM items like steering, drive shaft angle, anything in the front end under bind by going taller ?

Good info so far..

Inukshuk
05-21-2011, 06:34 AM
Two Wasatch Cruiser guys have great Taco setups. One is Kurt Williams - owns Cruiser Outfitters - and I forget the other guys' name but check out Kurt's website and drop him a line. kurt@cruiseroutfitters.com

Eldorado556
05-21-2011, 08:08 AM
What is a " clutch start cancel "
You say 33" rubbed in the front, do you think a 4" lift would fix that ? is 4" to tall for OEM items like steering, drive shaft angle, anything in the front end under bind by going taller ?

Good info so far..

Clutch start cancel lets you start the engine without having to have the clutch in. Helpful if you stall out on a hill.

The only thing I changed up front was my coilovers. New A arms would help articulation. One of the things I didn't like about the IFS was the limited suspension options. The more you mess with it the quicker you wear things out. The CV's don't like the new angle.

I never did any insane rock crawling in my truck. But it did take me anywhere I wanted to go exploring Southern Utah and Arizona.

For the price your looking at I'd think you could put a solid front axle under a Taco and eliminate the IFS limitations. I have actually seen some for sale on IH8MUD for well under 10K. Personally if I was in the market for a dedicated trail rig I'd pick up an old Hilux.

Jacket
05-21-2011, 04:06 PM
You say 33" rubbed in the front, do you think a 4" lift would fix that ? is 4" to tall for OEM items like steering, drive shaft angle, anything in the front end under bind by going taller ?

Good info so far..

There really isn't a 4" lift for IFS. You've basically got one option (with plenty of buying choices) that will give you 2.5 - 3" of lift - anything higher than that you are putting the CV"s at a severe angle and "standing on your tiptoes." Any other lifts are for street trucks and you don't want them.

The axles and CV's will do fine with 33's as long as you don't go crazy with the gas pedal. Most (all?) of the TRD Off Road models came with the factory rear locker, so I'd look for one of those for a nice trail truck.

Myredyota
05-22-2011, 11:23 PM
Here is one all ready to go! :D

http://tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=175247

Ray The Handyman
05-23-2011, 07:03 AM
Here is one all ready to go! :D

http://tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=175247

Nice Rig
The wife "says" if you buy one, it needs to be a 4 door.

I need to sell my rig first.

http://www.raythehandyman.com/Jeep.html

nakman
05-23-2011, 09:20 AM
I wheeled a 4-door Taco and didn't like it. Wheelbase felt very long, was like steering a school bus.. plus the IFS meant continually lifting a tire, so lots of ways to get hung up where a different truck would have just rolled through, had to use the rear locker in all sorts of places my 80 would have just walked open. A front locker would have helped, a solid axle would have helped, but neither one was in the budget. And while I still consider the 01-04 models the best for appearance, etc., I ended up thinking the interior was too small for the family. If I were to wheel a Taco again, it would be a regular cab, short bed, with probably a tray back... more of a wheelin' machine than a city truck on 33's.

Was a fun build though, and still a cool looking truck I'm happy for the experience. But I'm much happier now driving around in the 100 series the Taco paid for.. and wheeling the 80. :)

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=20283&stc=1&d=1281496435

nakman
05-23-2011, 11:43 AM
..Getting sub-20MPG would hurt, too.

It was the road trip to Minnesota and back that was the tipping point. Getting 10-12mpg in the Tacoma with a full truck bed, Thule box and small bike on top.. I could have taken the 80 on 35's and been more comfortable inside getting better mileage. Best tank ever was like 16.. and yes, compensating for the tire size, etc.. that's 33's on stock gearing, maybe re-gearing to 4.56 or 4.88's would have made a little improvement but likely a 4-5 year time horizon on that ROI.

Ray The Handyman
05-23-2011, 02:49 PM
I wheeled a 4-door Taco and didn't like it. Wheelbase felt very long, was like steering a school bus.. plus the IFS meant continually lifting a tire, so lots of ways to get hung up where a different truck would have just rolled through, had to use the rear locker in all sorts of places my 80 would have just walked open. A front locker would have helped, a solid axle would have helped, but neither one was in the budget. And while I still consider the 01-04 models the best for appearance, etc., I ended up thinking the interior was too small for the family. If I were to wheel a Taco again, it would be a regular cab, short bed, with probably a tray back... more of a wheelin' machine than a city truck on 33's.

Was a fun build though, and still a cool looking truck I'm happy for the experience. But I'm much happier now driving around in the 100 series the Taco paid for.. and wheeling the 80. :)

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=20283&stc=1&d=1281496435


This is the kind of info I'm looking for... Great stuff