My beloved 99 4x4 didn't pass the rust inspections so needless to say its time to shop for a new truck, but I can't decide what I want so hopefully you all can help me out. The only thing for sure is that the truck must be regular cab 4cyl with manual transmission. My max budget is 8K. For the 5-lug I'd be doing all the mods my self.
01'-04' 4x2 5 lug
fabtech or doetsch 3" or 6" lift
30's or 31's
2nd Gen 5 lug
I don't do a whole lot of wheel'n...I have a dirt bike for real off road stuff. The lift would mostly be for aesthetics but I would be doing the occasional trail. Nothing too hard core though.
Also I would be using the truck for towing a small boat regularly. The boats I tow weigh around 2000-2500 lbs.
A few additional things i'd like some insight on about the 5 lug:
-Will the 5 lug handle light trail use and small trailer towing with is lighter built frame/suspension and smaller brakes?
-Is the transmission the same in the 5 lug as the 4x4?
-What kind of rear end does the 5-lug have? Locker/re-gear availability?