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Old 11-22-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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3rd Gen 4Runner vs. 1st Gen Taco

Just looking for a bit of advice on what direction I should go with my rig.

As, you can see I own an awesome (mostly)stock 03 TRD PreRunner with 83k miles. I love the truck and enjoy improving it anyway I can. I really want to build it up into a capable offroad rig, but I just honestly can't afford to build it up QUICKLY. It will probably be the end of the coming summer by the time I get the 4x4 conversion knocked out. And then the armor and suspension would take a couple years to get added, me being a poor college student.

Hopefully you guys won't call me a traitor, but I was looking on Craigslist and found a really clean 2001 runner that's ready to wheel (front bumper, winch, sliders, 33s) and its very clean. He only wants 10k for it, which is a few thousand below what I think I can sell my taco for, which would help out my bank account greatly. The only downside is it doesn't have a rear locker like my PreRunner already does.

Should I pull the trigger and let my taco go if I get a good offer for it? Or patiently wait and build my taco slowly over the next few years? I love the way both of the Toyotas look, I'm just eager to get out on the trails.

Thanks guys, hope you're all having a great turkey day!
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Sell the 2wd and grab the 4runner IMO. I reckon a 4x4 4runner is a truck and a trd prerunner is an el camino with higher ground clearance. I've got an 2000 sr5 prerunner and a 97 man. 2.7l 4x 4runner. I love both but the runner is more of a truck it just can't carry mulch.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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Nice, you've got the best of both worlds man! haha I'm hoping my truck will sell but I'm pricing it pretty high, and I'm firm on it.
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Go for the 4 runner if you can. But keep us updated
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Yeah hopefully he didn't wheel it too hard. It will be nice getting all the goodies off the bat, but you never know where its been haha
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Go for the 4 runner if you can. But keep us updated
Will do! and I remember lurkin through your build awhile back, I like your rig man!
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Just depends if you need the truck bed or not. I love my 2000 4runner and they are super comfortable. Plus the 2001 has multi-mode, which allows you to have AWD. I say check it out and see if it is in good shape. Here is a thread that can help out a lot. http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-ge...ers-guide.html
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Just depends if you need the truck bed or not. I love my 2000 4runner and they are super comfortable. Plus the 2001 has multi-mode, which allows you to have AWD. I say check it out and see if it is in good shape. Here is a thread that can help out a lot. http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-ge...ers-guide.html
Yeah I've been checkin that site out a lot, it's great! And the only thing I use the bed for is my dirt bike. so I guess I'll just have to pick up a trailer, to use for a while..
and the AWD has to do with the center locker right?
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Yeah the center diff lock changes it from AWD to 4wd. It would be with it in Colorado. I love the 1st gen DC but 2wd will only get you so far. No rear diff lock shouldn't be a deal breaker either. You can retrofit one in a lot easier than converting to 4wd like you'd have to on you Tacoma. What type of lift does the 4runner have?
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Yeah the center diff lock changes it from AWD to 4wd. It would be with it in Colorado. I love the 1st gen DC but 2wd will only get you so far. No rear diff lock shouldn't be a deal breaker either. You can retrofit one in a lot easier than converting to 4wd like you'd have to on you Tacoma. What type of lift does the 4runner have?
http://pueblo.craigslist.org/cto/3349874511.html
I really like the way he's built it
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looks nice
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randomly came across a picture of it on a build thread I was checkin out, haha small world
http://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-ge...thread-16.html
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and the original guy's build is plain BADASS
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Will do! and I remember lurkin through your build awhile back, I like your rig man!
Thanks a lot! Just checked out the runner... It's so nice! I say go for it. I think it'll be worth it, loading the bike on a trailer wouldn't be much work (not sure how much you get out on it) and I think you'd enjoy that Beauty! I know I would.
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If you don't have much use for the bed of a truck I would go with a 4Runner in a heartbeat. I really miss the 00 Sport we used to have. Around here 4Runner's are far cheaper than similar Tacoma's too. If I didn't actually need a truck bed I would have bought another one. Stock for stock I think they are actually better off road too. More traction with the coil spring rear that actually have some weight over them. Shorter wheelbase too.
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It has been for sale for a while now. Looks nice.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...hlight=4runner

4runners are awesome vehicles. I used to have one and loved every minute of it but I like my dcab tacoma a little more. If I were in your shoes though with the ext cab prerunner Id take the 4runner in a heartbeat.



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It has been for sale for a while now. Looks nice.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...hlight=4runner

4runners are awesome vehicles. I used to have one and loved every minute of it but I like my dcab tacoma a little more. If I were in your shoes though with the ext cab prerunner Id take the 4runner in a heartbeat.



Thanks for the link! Man, now I want this rig even more! It's awesome seeing it in action, and you can tell he's an honest guy.
Fingers crossed someone will purchase my prerunner soon.
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I've seen that 4runner on the forum a bit. Looks like a decent deal. A little bit on the higher side, but that is Colorado for you and it's super clean. Sucks you're trying to sell the Tacoma right before winter. Probably a bit harder since people want 4wd, but I'm sure it will sell. Good luck and hopefully we'll see you on T4R soon!
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I love my runner. I bought a utility trailer with a ramp gate to haul my atv's and it's alot easier loading/unloading onto a trailer compared to a p/u. That is a NICE lookin' runner, hope it works out for you.
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