I have a '11 tacoma without tow package. I got a good deal on it 500 miles away thus I couldn't resist. I figured I could put an aftermarket transmission cooler -as well as maybe oil cooler- on after purchase. I've talked to corporate and they are telling me if I modify in any way, warranty is void and I am on my own.
I am pulling an r pod 177 which weighs about 2600 pounds. I'll have a couple 2000w generators and a few other items thus 2800 or 2900 pounds max pulling. I'll also have a 300 pound scooter in the back of the bed as well as containers of food etc.. I will be pulling with my Tacoma on many trips on all terrain (whatever is found in this vast country as well as Canada).
I feel I may be damned if I do, damned if I don't; thus, should I just say f#%* the warranty and do the modifications anyway or will I be fine with the specs mentioned? I've read the posts in the towing section and plan to: drive 55 MPH all the time, drive in 4th gear (or 4 slot) (and third when in the mountains, right?), keep the weight down and under the recommended 3500 pounds, will have electric brakes for my camper, keep up on maintenence issues, etc. I know I'll probably put these items on after the warranty but I do not wish to damage -long term- my engine or transmission. Any thoughts. I've also thought I could put it on and maybe they would not even notice.