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Old 01-28-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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DC LB TRD Sport or Access Cab TRD Off Road

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I am looking to get a Tacoma within 6 months or so and I am deciding whether to get a DC LB or a Access cab. I must have the 6ft bed for the DC short bed is out of the question. I would like to get people's opinion on how one does compared to the other in off road situations, daily driving. This will be my every day driver but I plan to go on some light trails and eventually harder trails once I am more experienced. Why does the DC LB only come in a Sport but not Off Road. That ask the question..."does the DC LB not a good for off road situations?". Thank you all in advance.

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DC LB Sport!!! After driving the Off-Road, I say the Sport is better on street. I've always had a sweet spot for Sports too so I am a little biased.

I wouldn't know about the off road capabilities and such but as a DD and for the street, do the Sport.
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Thanks for the reply man. I am trying to compare more the Double Cab Longbed to the Access Cab. I know the DC LB is slightly longer and has a larger turning radius like the standard DC Tundra. The wheel base is also shorter on the Access Cab which is equal to the DC SB, but I don't want a shortbed cause I carry my dogs back there in kennels so the bigger the better.
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Damn, I never even realized that the DC LB doesnt even come in TRD Off road trim. If you're going to do mostly on road driving id stick to the sport which is what I have. Later down the line you can upgrade your stock tires for better all terrain tires which will help off roading.
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I have done a bit of offroading with my 2WD sport. It has a limited slip diff so it's not too bad, but not as good as a 4WD. On road, real easy to drive, more economical than a 4WD and cheaper to buy in the first place.

FWIW the 2WD happily tows a boat up the ramp with a minimal amount of spinning.
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Thanks for the reply man. I am trying to compare more the Double Cab Longbed to the Access Cab. I know the DC LB is slightly longer and has a larger turning radius like the standard DC Tundra. The wheel base is also shorter on the Access Cab which is equal to the DC SB, but I don't want a shortbed cause I carry my dogs back there in kennels so the bigger the better.
If you don't need the cab space, go with the Access Cab. All differences aside between the locking differential (Off-Road) and the limited-slip (Sport), the shorter your wheel base the better when it comes to off-roading. Try getting to the end of the road and turning around one of those Double Cab longbeds. It's as long as a Tundra, but narrower, so the tires don't have as much space to turn. That's my two cents, anyway.

I mean, you said you needed the bed space, not the cab space.
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Thanks again everyone.

Dustin, That is what I was looking for. I prefer the bed space over cab space since I am getting a truck. I was more worried about the length as you mentioned. I did notice that I was the same as the Tundra and the turning radius is the same as a tundra too. If that is the case...do I go tundra? They are basically giving the tundras away at the dealerships. Our family has a 2007 DC longbed....talk about a long truck. It is 2wd. I'm looking for 4wd and think for an everyday driver the Tacoma would be better.
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Glad I could help!
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Access Cab if no kids, DC if you have kids or are going to have kids, i love my access cab my friends fit back there pretty comfortable plus i like the look of the access cab better, but either one your going to have a bad ass tacoma
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Access Cab. I'm biased cause I have one.

If you need the room, get the access cab, and buy a Sienna too.
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Tino, That's a nice truck. I do like the look of the Access cab. When the bed is shorter than the cab like the DC SB, I'm just not a fan. One reason I specified DC LB...at least it looks somewhat proportional. No kids right now. I have my dogs and that's it. Plus I think having the 2007 Tundra DC LB at the house would solve most of my passenger issues.
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It's a Toss Up: Both Great Trucks

I recently bought the 09 Tacoma DC LB TRD Sport w tow package (Jan 2). I researched and drove both the DC LB and SB. I wanted the DC. I know a guy with an 08 access cab TRD Sport also.

The DC LB has 6" more wheel base than the SB or the access cab. This 6" is huge for road driving. This makes the truck drive much smoother. The Sport definitely has a much tighter suspension compared to the Offroad or SR5. The Offroad DC (same wheelbase as access cab) seemed to bounce from front to back and had rough ride over bumps and potholes in road at normal driving speeds. Longer wheel base definitely helps that. The SR5 drives even smoother but you loose the luxuries of the TRD. Hated the interior cloth of the SR5, but you can upgrade to TRD seat covers (definite must for SR5).

The turning radius is much better than my last truck which was a 00 silverado access cab (roughly same wheel base and length, but much wider). Loved my old truck but needed a new one (300k on old one). PS: Love the new truck. The turning radius is not bad at all for a truck, especially one its length.

I originally wanted the DC LB as TRD Offroad until I found out they don't make it. I would imagine that a LB defeats the purpose of the offroad, since shorter wheelbase is desired in offroading. The difference in the Offroad and Sport is roughly: hood, rims, tires, shocks, locking rear differential, VSC + A-TRAC, HAC, DAC, and skid plate. The DC LB doesn't have locking rear differential, HAC, DAC or skid plate. I'm pretty sure that all Toyota's have VSC now. I will have to check when I get home.

The sport is 4x4 standard. I've driven it in the heavy snow the midwest saw this winter many times (up to 8"). It doesn't get stuck anywhere (when in 4wd). 2wd is questionable in snow unless you have weight in the bed. I would imagine that it would do well in the mud also but haven't gotten there yet.

Love the extra interior. The back of the access cab is tight and not comfortable for more than 15-20 min unless you happen find coach seats on airplanes comfortable too. I'm 6' 1" 180lbs and have ridden the back of many access cabs. It definitely isn't the worst but comfortable is not a word I would use to describe it. Also, never thought of getting a backup camera, but use the one that is standard on the TRD all the time. It is awesome.

I wouldn't go for the Tundra. Even though they are giving them away. The Tacoma is still cheaper, and, if you don't need the extra power and know what you are doing, you can get a great deal. If you get the tow package, I'm not sure about the access cab, but the DC is rated for 6000 lbs.

You need to decide whether you need the interior space or not. Unless you are going to really become a hardcore offroader, the Sport vs the Offroad is not an issue. You can always change the shocks and tires on the sport. That is my 2cents. I love my new truck and wouldn't trade it for anything else, but then again if I had an access cab I probably would trade that either. The DC LB TRD Sport is also an eye grabber cause there aren't many out there. I got the only one within 350 miles. I have seen a few DC LB but no DC LB TRD Sports. If you have a choice, I think the JBL system is a joke in all Toyota's. Save your money for a sweet aftermarket system.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
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SWCURBY,

Great information. Thank you. I think I will go with an access cab, in my other post I am asking for a friend that's why you may see me asking about a 09 DC SB. I don't need the room for inside cabin. If I do I also have a 07 Tundra DC with a 8ft bed in the family.

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You all keep talking about different ride feel between the Sport and the Off Road... They have the same suspension. The only difference in the ride would be the tires. Also, I have two dogs as well. I haul them around all the time in their kennels in the bed of my DC short bed. There is plenty of room if that is all you are concerned about. They are big dogs too, with large kennels.
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SWCURBY,

Great information. Thank you. I think I will go with an access cab, in my other post I am asking for a friend that's why you may see me asking about a 09 DC SB. I don't need the room for inside cabin. If I do I also have a 07 Tundra DC with a 8ft bed in the family.

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Thats cool so what color are you going to get and do want to get 4x4 or 4x2?
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Thats cool so what color are you going to get and do want to get 4x4 or 4x2?
Tino,

I will likely get Black or White. But I am open to Silver or Gray. It will depend on what is available at the time. Access Cab with TRD Off Road 4x4. Looking at your truck made up my mind. My friend has the DC version of your truck. That is a nice color.

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Tino,

I will likely get Black or White. But I am open to Silver or Gray. It will depend on what is available at the time. Access Cab with TRD Off Road 4x4. Looking at your truck made up my mind. My friend has the DC version of your truck. That is a nice color.

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The sport and Off-road are both using blistien shocks... but they're different tunes. So they're not 'identical' per say.

In the long run... if you get into serious serious off-roading, you can always add lockers (expensive, not easy... but can be done) if you have the sport. AccessCab for sure if you don't need the room (honestly I wish I had the DC myself sometimes, but I do prefer the look of AC by far). The locker works well, got me out of sand on fully aired tires in my pre-runner off-road. Flip side is no LSD, which sucks for rain and such. If you have 4wd i'd suspsect that'd be a non-issue.

Also for a point of ref, the DC short bed and Access Cab have the same wheel base and turn radius. The long bed DC is just too massive imo (found a great speedway blue one, 6MT, TRD sport, the works... but decided against it awhile ago). Also you might find this a bit interesting but I'm pretty sure the taco AC has a better turn radius than my G35 coupe did...

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The long bed DC is just too massive imo (found a great speedway blue one, 6MT, TRD sport, the works... but decided against it awhile ago).
I did notice that on Toyota's website. It has the same turning radius of the Tundra DC Standard Bed. But it is nowhere near the Tundra DC long bed we have. As bad as the turning radius is on that truck, it really not bad at all and very easy to drive.

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AC and DC SB - 40.7
Tundra DC and Taco DC LB - 44
Tundra DC LB - 49

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