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4 Runner vs Tacoma

Discussion in '4Runners' started by bryan459, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Mar 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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    bryan459

    bryan459 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Son wants a Tacoma.

    I'm wondering if a 4 Runner might not be a better choice.

    Basically I'm just thinking that as a surfer, her might be better off with a 4 Runner he can lock his boards in when he stops and walks away from truck for whatever reason. Sure he can get a shell on the truck, but he still stuck with length of truck bed vs full interior length of 4 Runner.

    Either way he'll need 4x4.

    Feedback appreciated. How does the 4 Runner compare with Tacoma?
     
  2. Mar 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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    Truck or station wagon? Bet he wants a Tacoma.
     
  3. Mar 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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    As someone who has been surfing for most of my life, I can tell you that a truck with a camper is way better to have than an suv. No issues with water in the cab or wetsuit stank. Just make sure he gets a fullsize bed (not the shortbed with the double cabs).

    And with a folddown rear window in the truck and camper, I can fit longboards through the truck.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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    Sounds like a 4runner is the better choice. Assuming his boards are longer than six feet? But what do i know, i live in Minnesota :)
     
  5. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM
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    I knew there would be a logical reason not to go with a wagon. Thanks,
     
  6. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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    I have a 4th gen 4Runner and 2nd gen Tacoma. I'm no surfer but either one will be fine for a surfer. I've never heard of anyone worry about a surfboard being stolen but in any case. The taco with a camper would be a better choice.
     
  7. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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    Perfect! I didn't know about a fold-down rear window. Problem solved.

    I grew up in an era when leaving boards in the bed or on the roof was a non-issue, but I would expect it to disappear these days.

    Good to know I can put the 4 Runner idea to rest.
     
  8. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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    bryan459

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    lol, that's a no-brainer, but I was trying to remove cool from the equation.
     
  9. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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    The cost of custom boards these days is over the top. Where I spent 300 for a board by known quality shapers, these days the boards are 1500+. When you're not a pro surfer with boards handed to you, ...

    Thanks for the comparison reassurance.
     
  10. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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    With the wet dog smell coming to mind I would say truck but a runner is nice to lock it all up

    Maybe remove rear carpet and apply bedliner?
     
  11. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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    Aren't custom boards easier to find if they are stolen? Especially with one of a kind graphics.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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    Not if a tweaker spray paints it tho
     
  13. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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    Easier to identify if recovered. Easier to find if belonging to a big name in surfing circuit. Average Joe's custom board is more about shape than graphics, so won't really stand out. And even one of a kind graphics have to recognized by someone who knows that they are looking at a stolen board.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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    Only once I had to deal with a stolen surfboard at work. It's uncommon for it to get stolen.
     
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    My 3yr son's SUP board
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  16. Mar 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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    Not sure if you know this, but the 4runner is an SUV, and one of the more capable vehicles on the road, off the lot.
     
  17. Apr 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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    Nothing wrong with a 4runner if I wanted a wagon it would be my first choice. Very capable for sure.
     
  18. Apr 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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    I just traded my built 3rd gen 4runner, I'm into white water kayaking which is simular...for my playboat (5 foot ) boat to fit it still hung out the back window, wet clothes on my carpet kinda stunk, muddy boots, wet boat with water dripping onto carpet.. this wasn't working for me and it was even harder to throw them up on the roof rack.. on a everyday note ..taking trash to dump, hauling anything other than grocerys was just doing more damage to the 4runner than it was worth so I traded for my 99 tacoma and never looked back. You just can't beat it my vote coming from a 24 year old that owned a heavily modified 4runner for 2 years and a fresh Tacoma owner would be the Tacoma
     
  19. Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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    I actually didn't think of the 4 Runner as an SUV (no I didn't think it was a station wagon). The older models are what I picture when I think about a 4 Runner. I saw a late model 4 Runner yesterday and see how it has clearly transformed into SUV status.
     
  20. Apr 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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    Obviously that is a board that is easy to recognize, not subtle at all. Nice!
     
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