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Old 05-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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how to identify a trd Tacoma.

What can I look for on a Tacoma that shows it is a true trd? I see a lot of tacomas for sale, they say they are trd's, but no stickers. Isn't there something on the rear axle that I can identify that it is a trd? sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I drive an 84 Toyota now, so this is all new to me. thanks.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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The TRD off road comes with a rear diff lock. the button will be located to the left of the steering wheel.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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The TRD off road comes with a rear diff lock. the button will be located to the left of the steering wheel.
Not all of em. 1st gen Prerunner 4 cyl, for example.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Trd 4x4 will have elocker factory , bigger sway bar up front, if its on factory suspension it will have bilistens stock. Alot of people add the stickers to a non trd Tacoma and try to sell as a trd, so if it don't hs e trd stickers and they say its a trd I find that hard to believe its a trd. Why take them off
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Also I believe trd came with slightly larger tires stock? Maybe wrong but if so you can look on the door code and see what size tires came on it
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Ppl take them off idk why. My dad's 99 is a trd wiith no TRD sticker. Just look for the electric locker motor on the rear axle. Drews is right but that's a rare find
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4 cyl did not have the e-locker option.
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so the 4 cyl trd is just a 4 cyl 4x4 with a trd sticker? and no prerunner 4 cyl trd?
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so the 4 cyl trd is just a 4 cyl 4x4 with a trd sticker? and no prerunner 4 cyl trd?
Beefier suspension parts.

Or so they say.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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thanks for all the replies. Like I said, I see trucks that say they are trd's but no stickers. I would hate to drive several hundred miles only to find out it is not a trd when they said it was. just wanting to save myself some headaches.
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TRD offroad will have an E-locker also look at wheels.
TRD Sport will have a scooped hood and 17" wheels.
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toycoma92, no scoops or 17's on a first gen.
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TRD Sport will have 17" wheels,Color matched mirrors, rear bumper, & as stated a hood scoop. The VIN # should tell all. Do the research so ya don't ge burned. Lot's of bad ass "TRD's" on this site have removed all badges including the TRD stickers.

Shit...Just noticed this is a 1st Gen post...
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toycoma92, no scoops or 17's on a first gen.
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I crunched the bedsides on my 03 trd and didnt get stickers replaced when i had body work done. Look for the rear locker button. If you are driving a distance to look at a truck and have questions about it, ask for a picture of the locker button.
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