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Old 01-03-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Taco 4WD Question

I've been shopping for a small 4X4 pickup for on and off road use. I'm trying to narrow down a year range too look at. I don't like "push button" 4WD systems nor am I particularly interested in torsion bar suspension.

I've done a bit of reading and can't quite seem to nail down an answer to a question I have.

- Did Toyota produce a 4x4 pickup (for the US Market) with a fully mechanical 4WD system after they went to the coil sprung IFS?

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- Were Tacoma's ever avialable with OEM manual hubs?
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I've been shopping for a small 4X4 pickup for on and off road use. I'm trying to narrow down a year range too look at. I don't like "push button" 4WD systems nor am I particularly interested in torsion bar suspension.

I've done a bit of reading and can't quite seem to nail down an answer to a question I have.

- Did Toyota produce a 4x4 pickup (for the US Market) with a fully mechanical 4WD system after they went to the coil sprung IFS?

AND/OR

- Were Tacoma's ever avialable with OEM manual hubs?
I believe late 95 and early 96 are the only 2 years that had OEM manual hubs and I'm not even positive about that (it is relatively easy to convert a 1st tacoma to manual hubs if you can find the parts around though). I know that a lot of 1st gen's (95-04) have manual T-cases. The later 1st gens (not sure when it changed) went from vacuum operated ADD's to electronic ADD's though. All 2nd gens (2005-present) are fully electronic Tcases and ADD.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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Tacomas from 96 thru 2000 had manual hubs as standard equipment.
The ADD hubs were optional, and most buyers must have ordered it,
since most trucks seem to have ADD. I looked a long time before I
found one with manual OEM Aisin hubs. No push buttons for 4wd.
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I can only speak for 96, but my wife's Tacoma had the manual hubs as well as the shifter for 2-4 wheel.
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Thx! That's the info I was looking for. The KISS principal applies to wheelin far more than many other activities. "Convienence" features can be a PITA to fix trailside in the mud. I suspect the dealers ordered most of thier trucks with ADD to pad the sale price. Since most 4's never leave the pavement it went relaively unnoticed.
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My 97 has manual Aisen locking hubs and a shift lever. no buttons.
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I was at the dealer parts counter the other day, and was told that only the 4-cylinder models came with manual hubs. This was a surprise to me.

Anyone out there have a V6 with factory manual hubs (non-conversions) ?
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I was at the dealer parts counter the other day, and was told that only the 4-cylinder models came with manual hubs. This was a surprise to me.

Anyone out there have a V6 with factory manual hubs (non-conversions) ?
My 98 v6 5 speed had manual hubs on it.
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