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eric0947 04-17-2013 10:01 AM

Best First Off-Road Mod
 
What is the best way to improve the off-road ability of a non-TDR 4x4 V6? I'm running 100% stock at the moment with highway tires. I have budget of about $1,000. Here are my ideas, but shoot me some suggestions.
  1. Off-road tires
  2. 5100's
  3. Bud Built skid plates
  4. Rear locker

MGMTacoFF 04-17-2013 10:03 AM

I would get sliders and skid plates first if I had to do it again. A rear locker is very nice though since you are a not TRD.

Matt

rleete 04-17-2013 10:04 AM

Tires, without a doubt.

rickmeseke 04-17-2013 10:04 AM

if you can install the locker yourself then locker, but i vote tires. tires make a huge difference.

ntilehman 04-17-2013 10:08 AM

Tires is a no brainer man.

Boone Taco 04-17-2013 10:14 AM

Not on the list, but winch and recovery equipment gets my vote.

New Mexico Taco 04-17-2013 10:18 AM

Non TRd
 
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Originally Posted by eric0947 (Post 6754703)
What is the best way to improve the off-road ability of a non-TDR 4x4 V6? I'm running 100% stock at the moment with highway tires. I have budget of about $1,000. Here are my ideas, but shoot me some suggestions.
  1. Off-road tires
  2. 5100's
  3. Bud Built skid plates
  4. Rear locker

I thought a TRD would be nice when I was buying my 2010 Access cab V6 4X4 but have never felt I needed it after I put off road tires and a lift.
3 inches is more than enough if your are not into trails that are hard core.
Like what has been said many times on this website it is mostly between the ears when the going gets rough.
You didn't mention the year of your Tacoma.

eric0947 04-17-2013 10:31 AM

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It's a 2009 - Check out the photos of some mild off-road action at the Badlands in Indiana.

Brandon9402 04-17-2013 10:36 AM

5100s and tires. hell just tires would surprise you what you can do. I have a prerunner with no locker and I can do a good bit when I have good tires

carcharias 04-17-2013 10:40 AM

Tires will determine your lift. Lift without tires looks awkward. Do both at the same time, and there's your first mod.

TacoBurrito07 04-17-2013 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by carcharias (Post 6754882)
Tires will determine your lift. Lift without tires looks awkward. Do both at the same time, and there's your first mod.

This^^^^^
then sliders

ntilehman 04-17-2013 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by eric0947 (Post 6754832)
It's a 2009 - Check out the photos of some mild off-road action at the Badlands in Indiana.


The badlands are great time. I use to camp there a couple times a year and ride dirtbikes and quads.

eric0947 04-17-2013 12:51 PM

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We should try to get a meetup going for the Badlands. Looks like tires are winning so far. I have the Hankook DynaPro MT, Firestone Destination M/T, and Mud-Terrain T/AŽ KM2 in mind. Anyone got an opinion on which is better or if there is a better tire out there? I have an extra set of the toyota steel wheels that I plan to mount them on.

r3dn3ck13 04-17-2013 01:34 PM

Don't have actual facts or stats for ya, but I would go with the km2's. love them.

Large 04-17-2013 01:36 PM

Don't know why anyone would put lift before tires.. you could lift your truck 10 foot but still not have traction with the stock tires..

CASTRATE 04-17-2013 01:43 PM

Rear diff breather relocate

Beavis0076 04-17-2013 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by eric0947 (Post 6755545)
We should try to get a meetup going for the Badlands. Looks like tires are winning so far. I have the Hankook DynaPro MT, Firestone Destination M/T, and Mud-Terrain T/AŽ KM2 in mind. Anyone got an opinion on which is better or if there is a better tire out there? I have an extra set of the toyota steel wheels that I plan to mount them on.

goodgear duratrac is a great choice.. and if you drive in snow its a better choice imo.
P.S. I love the badlands..

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Originally Posted by Large (Post 6755789)
Don't know why anyone would put lift before tires.. you could lift your truck 10 foot but still not have traction with the stock tires..


I did lift first, then tires second.. cant put 285's on a truck before a lift.

carcharias 04-17-2013 01:50 PM

I did a lift first, too, because I needed to fit the tires I wanted. If a person plans on getting the exact same sized tire as stock, then get them first. Whipper just got 265 Duratracs without a lift, and it LOOKED lifted.

Large 04-17-2013 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Beavis0076 (Post 6755858)
I did lift first, then tires second.. cant put 285's on a truck before a lift.

You can it will just rub, I ran 285/70/16s and I think I could run them with no lift honestly, there is also a member who ran 285/75/16 on stock suspension. Going by the title of the thread though, tires are more important, but I would guess 90 something percent of people do tires with the lift

Beavis0076 04-17-2013 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Large (Post 6755980)
You can it will just rub, I ran 285/70/16s and I think I could run them with no lift honestly, there is also a member who ran 285/75/16 on stock suspension. Going by the title of the thread though, tires are more important, but I would guess 90 something percent of people do tires with the lift


ok, fine, it can be done.. but not safetly really.. rubbing can be dangerouse... I put 285/75/16 duratracs on.. no way those would fit without some major rubbing. but in the end.. I fully agree.. tires are more important than lift. this is the first truck ive had that was lifted.. never really needed it.. it was alwayse the tires that matterd..


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