Originally Posted by chadderkdawg
Pretty awful design huh? If I remember correctly the URD
y-pipe routes the exhaust better, but any reputable exhaust shop will be able to move it to a better location.
How long have they been using this incredibly stupid design? Is it just a 2012 thing?
A few months ago, I bought a new 2012 Tacoma with the off-road package, trusting the many car review ratings on the Tacoma. The first time I visited a small local business that I visit every month or so, I heard a slight underside scrape as I left their driveway. They have a fairly steep driveway transitioning to a level paved road. I had exited many times in the past in other cars (not trucks) with no scraping, including a 1994 Probe GT! I thought I was just scraping a skid plate somewhere.
Yesterday as I approached my Tacoma sitting for a change by itself in a parking lot with no other cars to obstruct my view, I saw something hanging low, below the skid plates and discovered that it was the header hanging down close to the point where the vehicle would crest a hill. Seeing the space between the header and its heat shield, I thought that perhaps it was lower than it was intended to be. I went to the dealer to point it out and looked at another Tacoma with an "Off Road Package" (which I will from this point on put in quotes) they had in their showroom. Exactly the same. They said the "fix" was to add a lift kit, but no matter how much you reasonably
lift it, with a long wheelbase that header is hanging down right at the point where it will scrape the crest of a hill. "Off Road" my ***! What an idiotic design.
I found the URD Competition Y-Pipe for 4WD Tacoma V6 2005+:
but it looks like it would be illegal to highway drive in Kalifornia when I visit there (or does that apply only to residents of the state?). Would that fix this problem and is there anything else from URD or others that would?