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Old 10-28-2007, 09:24 AM   #1
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Toyota Wins Truck Challenge

Tundra won the 2008 Canadian Truck Challenge. Tacoma also won in the midsize category!

http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/071019-1.htm

Last year, the Tacoma won overall top spot:

http://www.canadiantruckkingchallenge.ca/2007winner.htm

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Old 10-28-2007, 09:35 AM   #2
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if toyota had a 3/4, it'd have won that too!!!
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:41 AM   #3
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Sounds like the Canadians know a good truck when they see it... Thanks for posting those articles and making my trucks head just a little bigger
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Woohoo! Good news!
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Is there a quick and easy answer to what these 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton designations mean? I seem to recall the Tacoma has a payload capacity of around 1500 lbs. That is 3/4 of a ton. I'd expect the Tundra to have more, but it's classified as 1/2 in that article.
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tacoma's are in the general 1/4 i do believe...i think they go by the supported bed weight and i think the tacoma is listed as 800lbs...so not quite a half ton. i'm not 100% on that, but i think thats how it goes.
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"Supported bed weight" is a new term to me. Is that listed in the owners manual somewhere? I don't have it handy.

I took a few minutes to do some googling with less than satisfactory results. Nothing worth pointing at. They discuss the heavier duty suspension, brakes, rear end ratio, etc. Yeah, I know there are differences. It's those specific fractional tons I'm curious about. It seems that what we have now is just set by historical precedent. Back in the day (when? I dunno. '50's?) the payload capacity was a helpful way to distinguishing the trucks. Now, with better engineering it seems that all trucks in any specific category can in fact carry a heavier payload than their category name.
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may not have found out what the 1/2 ton thing is all about but did find out something interesting. The 4x2 5-speed Regular Cab Prerunner has the greatest payload capacity of all Tacoma's on the market, the prerunners can actually in every category carry more.

For more information go to the toyota site, click tacomas, then get the general e-brochure
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That makes sense. I haven't done the math, but I think the payload is the difference between the maximum curb weight and the gross vehicle weight. So, you gain payload either by making a lighter vehicle, or one with a better max curb weight. The prerunner suspension should improve maximum curb weight. The regular cab and manual tranny would reduce the vehicle weight.
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I didnt think you could get the pre-runner in a single cab? Also, i believe that the supported bed weight is over 800 after the TSB. Can anyone confirm that?
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How am I supposed to discredit those Canucks now?!?
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