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Long travel or mid travel and off road toy?

View Poll Results: which is best/ makes the most sense?
long travel tacoma 4 20.00%
mid travel tacoma and buggy 11 55.00%
3" lift tacoma and buggy 5 25.00%
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Long travel or mid travel and off road toy?

So i've only really been off-roading once, in Barstow to test my school's SAE baja car, but ever since then, I've been hooked with the entire concept. Once I get my degree, I'm planning on selling my 5 lug and getting a slightly older V6 4x4 2nd gen.
Now the dilemma. I'd love to long travel the truck, but its super expensive and i don't like the idea of my daily driver being my primary offroad vehicle (damages)
My other option is either lifting or doing a mid travel on the truck and buying a buggy of some sort to mess with and have as my primary off roader. I know the second option is probably as/more expensive than the first, but at least i wont have to worry about wrecking my daily driver and I'd be alot more comfortable tinkering with a $3000 fixer upper buggy than with a $20,000 truck. (I'd be lifting/mid-traveling the truck just to be able to tow the buggy around in the desert)
I'm also wondering if you can even build a baja bug/manx, that would be as much fun as a long travel tacoma? and how much does that generally cost? Any input about that would be great too
I know its a bit early to be thinking about this as i still have at least 2 years before i graduate, but my curiosity got the best of me
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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Just buy a trailer and "buggy " and tow it when you go out
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:22 AM   #4
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Just buy a trailer and "buggy " and tow it when you go out
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:33 AM   #5
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Buggy would be the most bang for your buck fun factor
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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What would be the best offroader (i.e. baja bug, manx, custom buggy, etc.)? And about how much would a good setup cost?
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you can buy a built truck for less than putting LT on your truck. definitely go with a built rig you will never see the money again if you put it into your truck.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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k, so it looks like i'll just start with a simple lift and eventually do a mid travel. I kinda get how to mid travel the front (TC uca's CO's and eventually TC LCA's if needed) but I'm kinda confused on the rear. I was thinking of the defined engineering stage one kit with longer shocks. I'd probably keep the stock fenders and just trim them out a little to fit bigger tires. does that sound like a pretty solid mid-travel? any CO and rear shock recommendations? also, could i put the rear shocks in the stock locations, or will i need to build a bed cage?
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oh, and for the front, would i need extended front axels if i do mid travel?
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RJ is selling his MT set up I believe Icons. But you arent quite ready it looks. and im not sure about the axles but I assume the axles are fine you arent getting anymore travel out of the front you are just getting better shocks in a sense that are valved better.
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If you build a bed cage or get an extended axle that is beyond mid travel. Since you have a couple years, I would really research exactly what everything is.. You seem excited and that's awesome but you should check out the site thoroughly. As for the buggy, I have no idea. What type of off-roading are you planning on doing? That's pretty vital information we could use.
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I was hoping to do some high(ish) speed desert running, but nothing too serious. The buggy would basically just be a side project that i could easily sell if i needed to and still have the truck.
So the longer shocks could mount up like the stock ones? ...I think as far as the truck is concerned, i mainly want to increase the ground clearance a little, fit 33's, and armor it up. I figured mid travel is best way to lift it without compromising too much ride quality. I'm pretty familiar with long travel and simple lifts, but i'm a bit hazy about the mid travel grey area in between haha
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Put the money into a sand rail with a LS motor or buy someone's nicely built LT truck at a big discount .
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Keep your truck and buy a UTV.

There is nothing cooler than a newer truck with all the comfort items, plus bookoo suspension and the ability haul ass. But it's expensive as shit to get it there and expensive to maintain.
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Op just setup your taco as a tow rig and put your money into the buggy better to beat on a buggy than the truck I wish I went that route
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