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3rd Gen 4Runner vs. 1st Gen Taco

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by GentryGoon, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Nov 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    GentryGoon

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    Just looking for a bit of advice on what direction I should go with my rig.

    As, you can see I own an awesome (mostly)stock 03 TRD PreRunner with 83k miles. I love the truck and enjoy improving it anyway I can. I really want to build it up into a capable offroad rig, but I just honestly can't afford to build it up QUICKLY. It will probably be the end of the coming summer by the time I get the 4x4 conversion knocked out. And then the armor and suspension would take a couple years to get added, me being a poor college student.

    Hopefully you guys won't call me a traitor, but I was looking on Craigslist and found a really clean 2001 runner that's ready to wheel (front bumper, winch, sliders, 33s) and its very clean. He only wants 10k for it, which is a few thousand below what I think I can sell my taco for, which would help out my bank account greatly. The only downside is it doesn't have a rear locker like my PreRunner already does.

    Should I pull the trigger and let my taco go if I get a good offer for it? Or patiently wait and build my taco slowly over the next few years? I love the way both of the Toyotas look, I'm just eager to get out on the trails.

    Thanks guys, hope you're all having a great turkey day!
     
  2. Nov 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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    Sell the 2wd and grab the 4runner IMO. I reckon a 4x4 4runner is a truck and a trd prerunner is an el camino with higher ground clearance. I've got an 2000 sr5 prerunner and a 97 man. 2.7l 4x 4runner. I love both but the runner is more of a truck it just can't carry mulch.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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    Nice, you've got the best of both worlds man! haha I'm hoping my truck will sell but I'm pricing it pretty high, and I'm firm on it.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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    Go for the 4 runner if you can. But keep us updated ;)
     
  5. Nov 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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    Agreed. 4runners make great trail/expo rigs. Just do a good looking over
     
  6. Nov 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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    GentryGoon

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    Yeah hopefully he didn't wheel it too hard. It will be nice getting all the goodies off the bat, but you never know where its been haha
     
  7. Nov 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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    Will do! and I remember lurkin through your build awhile back, I like your rig man!
     
  8. Nov 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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  9. Nov 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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    Yeah I've been checkin that site out a lot, it's great! And the only thing I use the bed for is my dirt bike. so I guess I'll just have to pick up a trailer, to use for a while..
    and the AWD has to do with the center locker right?
     
  10. Nov 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    Yeah the center diff lock changes it from AWD to 4wd. It would be with it in Colorado. I love the 1st gen DC but 2wd will only get you so far. No rear diff lock shouldn't be a deal breaker either. You can retrofit one in a lot easier than converting to 4wd like you'd have to on you Tacoma. What type of lift does the 4runner have?
     
  11. Nov 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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    http://pueblo.craigslist.org/cto/3349874511.html
    I really like the way he's built it
     
  12. Nov 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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  14. Nov 25, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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    it indeed is gentry
     
  15. Nov 25, 2012 at 1:57 AM
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    Thanks a lot! Just checked out the runner... It's so nice! I say go for it. I think it'll be worth it, loading the bike on a trailer wouldn't be much work (not sure how much you get out on it) and I think you'd enjoy that Beauty! I know I would.
     
  16. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:09 AM
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    If you don't have much use for the bed of a truck I would go with a 4Runner in a heartbeat. I really miss the 00 Sport we used to have. Around here 4Runner's are far cheaper than similar Tacoma's too. If I didn't actually need a truck bed I would have bought another one. Stock for stock I think they are actually better off road too. More traction with the coil spring rear that actually have some weight over them. Shorter wheelbase too.
     
  17. Nov 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    Thanks for the link! Man, now I want this rig even more! It's awesome seeing it in action, and you can tell he's an honest guy.
    Fingers crossed someone will purchase my prerunner soon.
     
  19. Nov 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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    I've seen that 4runner on the forum a bit. Looks like a decent deal. A little bit on the higher side, but that is Colorado for you and it's super clean. Sucks you're trying to sell the Tacoma right before winter. Probably a bit harder since people want 4wd, but I'm sure it will sell. Good luck and hopefully we'll see you on T4R soon!
     
  20. Nov 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM
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    I love my runner. I bought a utility trailer with a ramp gate to haul my atv's and it's alot easier loading/unloading onto a trailer compared to a p/u. That is a NICE lookin' runner, hope it works out for you.
     
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