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Old 01-24-2011, 07:21 AM   #1
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Question 2wd to 4wd Conversion: Feasible?

I'm a new Tacoma owner, but have always loved the trucks. I purchased 2010 PreRunner SR5 Doublecab in Aug 2010. Great truck. I opted out of 4wd for budget reasons, but think I'll be interested in some light-moderate off-roading in the future. Does anyone have any idea about the cost and difficulty associated with the 2wd --> 4wd conversion?

Other additions may include a cold air intake and cat back exhaust for improved fuel economy and power. And maybe the supercharger if I get crazy.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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Trade and buy the 4wd. The headaches and cost outweigh the benefits
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are you planing to do the work yourself?
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are you planing to do the work yourself?
No, I'd have it done professionally. A friend of mine that does light transmission work said it shouldn't be too difficult if I could get factory parts, that it should bolt right on. I'd also like to be able to install factory controls if possible.
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New hubs, spindles, Transfercase, front diff, front drive shaft, rear drive shaft.. im prob missing a few more things, but i'd trade it in and get a true 4wd. Unless you can get a sick deal off all the items from a totaled 4WD in a junkyard and you are good mechanic with your tools.... Gonna cost a lot if you get a shop do it for you... Just trade for a 4wd
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Trade and buy the 4wd. The headaches and cost outweigh the benefits
X2 end of discussion.
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I'll be interested in some light-moderate off-roading in the future.
Therein lies the dilemma. If you wanted to build a hardcore rock-crawling rig, a Prerunner would be an acceptable starting point, because you'd be gutting the truck to install a solid front axle, crawler transfer case and new driveshafts anyway.
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No, I'd have it done professionally. A friend of mine that does light transmission work said it shouldn't be too difficult if I could get factory parts, that it should bolt right on. I'd also like to be able to install factory controls if possible.
This is where it can get really pricey too. If you are trying to order all the factory parts and switches rather than buying after market stuff, you will be paying high dollar. And I'm not sure, but I don't think everything will just bolt in, although 80% of the truck is the same, I think you will have to do some mods to get the parts to fit (can an expert verify).
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Best thing for a Prerunner, IMHO. Get teh T-case from an FJ (its a manual T-case ), and the rest is an easy romove and replace. Quite a few people have done this, and if you source the parts from a junk yard, the cost should be quite afordable.
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Trade it in! Cost is way to much for benefit...
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:45 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input guys. I found a how-to on TTORA.com. It seems like more of a headache than I'm prepared to deal with. I may revisit the idea once I'm ready to replace the taco as my primary vehicle.
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Trade in before your truck depreciates anymore. It's what, and extra 3-4 grand for 4x4 isn't it? not too sure, but I'm going to go ahead and say that doing a swap would be more than that and won't take as long as finding the parts and swapping them out, JMO
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Trade in before your truck depreciates anymore. It's what, and extra 3-4 grand for 4x4 isn't it? not too sure, but I'm going to go ahead and say that doing a swap would be more than that and won't take as long as finding the parts and swapping them out, JMO
You can get all the parts for less than that. Some have done the conversion for less than $1000, on first gens. But, if you consider putting a lift on a vehicle "hard", then you dont want to try to convert to 4x4 yourself.
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Best thing for a Prerunner, IMHO. Get teh T-case from an FJ (its a manual T-case ), and the rest is an easy romove and replace. Quite a few people have done this, and if you source the parts from a junk yard, the cost should be quite afordable.
What about all the wiring/electrical crap? I could care less about having a 4x4 indicator light or anything like that. I just want my Taco to be 4x4 with a manual transfercase.

Any chance you'd have a link to anyone doing this?
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What about all the wiring/electrical crap? I could care less about having a 4x4 indicator light or anything like that. I just want my Taco to be 4x4 with a manual transfercase.

Any chance you'd have a link to anyone doing this?
Check on TTORA. A few guys on there have done it, and I think one guy is in the process of doing it on a budget.
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Hmm.. Did a quick search and didn't find a thread where someone actually did it on the '05+, just people asking about it. I'll give it a try again when I get out of class.
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