1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

4x4 or 4x2 with Off-road

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by stinger86, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Apr 9, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    #1
    stinger86

    stinger86 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    Member:
    #1267
    Messages:
    22
    Hey All,

    So I was out looking at vehicles the other day and my local toyota dealership has two 06 tacomas left and both are a really a great deal. Both were the ones they used for test drives so they have like 1k mi on them and the dealership is really antsy to get rid of them (>20k out the door). So my question is this I do I go for the 4x4 with just the bare bones package or do I go for the 4x2 with TRD Off-road. I mostly drive in the city but I do like to go and hit the trails now and then. I don't really plan on modding this much nor am i particularly able to do so (have the mechanical knowledge of a 3 year old =( ). Oh yeah both are access cabs with standard beds.

    Thxs,
    Chris
     
  2. Apr 9, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    #2
    Golf77

    Golf77 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Member:
    #1073
    Messages:
    27
    I assume that TRD off-road 4x2 is a Prerunner and probably has the locking rear differential (a switch on the dash). This will take you down just about every moderately maintained trail you'll encounter. Deep sand or mud might be a different issue, but if your goal is forest service roads, gravel roads, etc., I wouldn't have any problems with the Prerunner.

    Do your homework, book the trucks out online, and grind them for a great price. You should be looking at several thousand off of window sticker. Don't be afraid to low-ball the price -- all they can do is say "no".

    Edit: FWIW, the Prerunner derives its name from the trucks the Baja race crews use to pre-run the race course. Aside from a lot more suspension travel, these trucks aren't all that different from the Tacoma you're looking at. They have locking differentials and off-road tires, and they run the Baja 1000.
     
  3. Apr 9, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    #3
    coreyredken

    coreyredken Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Member:
    #947
    Messages:
    365
    North Georgia, Mount Airy
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5
    Westin Stainless Steel Oval Side Bars!
    I'd go for the 4x2... all the way... sounds like it has way more options on the truck and is awesome to drive.. Go for it!
     
  4. Apr 9, 2007 at 1:40 PM
    #4
    nd

    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,649
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    I have the 4x4 and the TRD and if you made me choose between the two i really don't know what i'd do. When i bought my truck both of those options were "must have's" for me. If you live in an area that gets much snow or ice i would definately get the 4x4. If not, and you dont plan on going off road much, i would probably go with the TRD.... great suspension!!! My old car was a BMW and i outfitted it with Bilstein suspension and loved it, thats what sold me on the TRD package.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2007 at 2:58 PM
    #5
    surfponto

    surfponto Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Member:
    #61
    Messages:
    195
    Personally I would go 4x4 since you get a transfer case i.e. low range/4L.
    Huge difference if you want to crawl down a steep rocky trail.

    We have an SR5 Access Cab 4x4 4 cylinder truck and it works great off road even w/o the rear diff lock.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2007 at 6:54 PM
    #6
    keith1

    keith1 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2007
    Member:
    #694
    Messages:
    17
    Gender:
    Male
    Maple Valley, WA
    Vehicle:
    07 4x4
    JBA Headers, TRD exhaust, Airraid intake, Pro Comp 3 inch lift
    Gotta have 4WD no if ands or buts
    TRD Off Road pack too
     
  7. Apr 9, 2007 at 7:05 PM
    #7
    coreyredken

    coreyredken Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Member:
    #947
    Messages:
    365
    North Georgia, Mount Airy
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5
    Westin Stainless Steel Oval Side Bars!
    nah... ya don't have to have a 4x4... I don't... would never use it.. so why pay the extra for it.. I test drove both of them.. I like my 2x4 gets me where I need to be.. even if it did snow or ice a lot here I would never take it out.. it can stay in the garage until it melts.. LOL
     
  8. Apr 9, 2007 at 8:05 PM
    #8
    kaszeta

    kaszeta Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Member:
    #1225
    Messages:
    53
    It's all in what you need and do. You can do a lot with a 4x2.

    That said, 4x4 was a definite for my purchase, since ~4 weeks a year I have to drive down 6" deep loose mud. That, and with winter ice, you aren't getting up my driveway without 4x4 or 4x2 with studs.
     
  9. Apr 10, 2007 at 7:48 AM
    #9
    TRDeity

    TRDeity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Member:
    #774
    Messages:
    461
    ATX
    Vehicle:
    '07~TRD Offroad~Idigo Ink~Access Cab~4.0~6speed
    It sounds like you’re in the same situation I was. I decided on the TRD for all extras it comes with, the nicer interior, the bed outlet, nicer wheels, and the great suspension. I do want to do some off roading but nothing too serious, mostly some trails out in the desert and the Big bend area and some dry river beds, and for that the locking rear will be more than enough. I also live in an area where we get ice on the roads once or twice a year but when it happens the whole city shuts down. I had three days off of work this past winter b/c my company closed the doors due to icy roads. Therefore the 4x4 wasn't important enough for me to spend the extra money and I'm totally satisfied with my decision. Good luck to ya and let us know what you decide on.
     
  10. Apr 10, 2007 at 7:53 AM
    #10
    nd

    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,649
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    TRDeity, with the 4x4 you can only lock the rear diff when you're in 4lo. Whats the deal with the locking diff if you are driving a 4x2?
     
  11. Apr 10, 2007 at 9:23 AM
    #11
    sandie

    sandie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Member:
    #1021
    Messages:
    155
    long beach, ca
    Vehicle:
    06 x-runner baby!
    my choice would be the 4x2...for pretty much all the same reasons as TRDeity.

    also, i'd think the 4x4 package would weigh a bit more, which would in turn make the truck SLIGHTLY slower, and probably get SLIGHTLY worse gas mileage...maybe?
     
  12. Apr 10, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    #12
    TRDeity

    TRDeity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Member:
    #774
    Messages:
    461
    ATX
    Vehicle:
    '07~TRD Offroad~Idigo Ink~Access Cab~4.0~6speed
    Well basically you can use it whenever you need to. Although you aren't really supposed to go much over 5 MPH when it's engaged and you should try to go as straight as possible b/c it does make steering more difficult.
     
  13. Apr 10, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    #13
    nd

    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,649
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    That must just be in the 4x2, because i think it is impossible to lock the rear outside of 4lo in my truck. I may be wrong but i dont think so.
     
  14. Apr 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM
    #14
    TRDeity

    TRDeity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Member:
    #774
    Messages:
    461
    ATX
    Vehicle:
    '07~TRD Offroad~Idigo Ink~Access Cab~4.0~6speed
    Right, 4x4 has to be in 4lo but 4x2 is anytime, thats what I meant to say, sorry for any confusion.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2007 at 2:14 PM
    #15
    06tacoma

    06tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2006
    Member:
    #407
    Messages:
    415
    Tampa FL
    Vehicle:
    06 PreRunner SR5 XS-P Trd Longbed Double Cab
    20" enkei wheel,BFG G-Force tires, BHLM, Smoked tail lights, 2 RE Audio 10s, Quantom 900watt amp,10000K HIDs headlights and fog lamps,Borla exhaust, Borla drop in filter,Debadged tailgate,Painted black tacoma badges
    i would go 4x2 with the lsd it works great for me i dont go mudding alot but i did have to get through a winter with a ton of snow i have never expericed something like that because i am from fl but i was working in mo and my truck did fine
     
  16. Apr 11, 2007 at 6:16 PM
    #16
    evile

    evile Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Member:
    #1290
    Messages:
    576
    Gender:
    Male
    Orlando, Fl
    Vehicle:
    2006 DoubleCab TRD OffRoad PreRunner
    Bug shield vent visors Westin Chrome bull bar K&N Airfilter Pioneer CD/MP3/Ipod/DVD head unit KC Daylighters, LED map and dome lights, secondary airfilter removed. Black tube steps, 110v outlet in cab
    I have a 2006 Double cab TRD off road prerunner (4X2) and like the OP i do mostly city driving and on the weekends i go out to the forest and ride my quad but there are some dirt roads to go down to get to the camp site havnt got to go out there yet.
    I live in florida , I didnt see the need for a 4x4 the most extreme off roading ill be doing is some dirt roads and the beach. If you live where theres snow or really wanna go on trails like out west then go with the 4x4 but other than that 4x2 prerunner is perfect locking rear diff should be good
     
  17. Aug 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM
    #17
    RCBS

    RCBS "Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag."

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2008
    Member:
    #5845
    Messages:
    2,517
    Gender:
    Male
    Appalachia
    Vehicle:
    06 Main Runner OR
    4WD ftw.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2011 at 9:32 PM
    #18
    Khaos

    Khaos Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2008
    Member:
    #4570
    Messages:
    6,491
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryant
    Tallahassee FL
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prerunner TRD Off Road
    265/75/16 BFG A/T, 18" Magnaflow, K&N Intake Filter, Ultra-Gauge, Kobalt Toolbox, Metal Tail Light Guards, Cobra 19 and 4ft fiberglass antenna, Plasti dipped Badges/lower valance/rear bumper/grill/bullbar/ac controls, black DIN kit, JVC KD-X40, Wet Suit Seat Covers
    I can get wherever I want/need to go with my Prerunner. Good tires and knowing how to drive go a long way.

    I'd prefer a 4x4 though, obviously.
     
  19. Aug 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM
    #19
    David K

    David K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2009
    Member:
    #18969
    Messages:
    9,750
    Gender:
    Male
    San Marcos, Alta California
    Vehicle:
    2010 4WD Off Road DC
    Differential Breather Mod Light Bar: 2 Hella 4000 HID, 1 Cibie Halogen. Bilstein 5100s Ride Rite Air Bags
    Wow, you both (and now me) have replied to a 2007 thread!! LOL
     
  20. Aug 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM
    #20
    GuapOh

    GuapOh Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Member:
    #53345
    Messages:
    447
    Gender:
    Male
    Nor Cal
    Vehicle:
    2011 SR5 4x4 MT
    Skid Plate, Hood Protector, Wheel Locks, Snugtop XV, Yakima Rack, Weathertechs, Sick Speed Shifter, Avid Bumper, Avid Sliders, Bilstien 5100's, TSB Spring packs

    Yep. Couldn't have said it better. If function is head of the list, 4x4 for sure.
     
To Top