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97' Tacoma, What first?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Whales, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Feb 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM
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    Whales

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    I have a stock 97' Tacoma (2.4 liter, 4 in-line) and I'm looking to use it more off road. What recommendations do you all have to make it a better vehicle for off roading purposes?
     
  2. Feb 20, 2008 at 6:48 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    I would think a nice set of tires would be a start, very popular but expensive are the BFG's AT KO's, but what to look for in tires are good cleaning ability and aggressive shoulders. Once you get a few trail miles under your belt with the new tires maybe a 3" lift would be another mod, kind of have to make those calls after experiencing some of the "ups and downs" of off roading.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2008 at 6:54 PM
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    Invest in some recovery gear.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2008 at 8:17 PM
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    Whales

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    As in tow straps? If so I'm looking into buying some
     
  5. Feb 20, 2008 at 8:21 PM
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    Ya with a stock truck u will if ur wheelin the right way need some tow straps and probably a hi lift
     
  6. Feb 20, 2008 at 8:23 PM
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    A lift to clear bigger tires.
     
  8. Feb 21, 2008 at 6:29 PM
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    350TacoZilla

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    good street/off road performer would be 2.5"-3" lift 32-33" tires and free up the intake/exhaust (K&N filter, performance muffler) keep some straps gloves and a highlift or a good come-along in the truck... they are great offroaders even in stock trim use a decent set of all terrain or maybe mild mud terrain tires if you drive on-road alot
     
  9. Feb 22, 2008 at 12:10 PM
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    Whales

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    Thanks a lot for all the input, now I gotta start saving up
     
  10. Feb 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM
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    Is everything *up to par* with maintenance?

    Taking these trucks offroad puts them through a lot more stress than daily driving. Make sure the truck is fully maintained and functioning properly before going offroad.

    Your truck will do just fine the way it is without modifications. Your best bet is to join a local offroad club and *learn the ropes* of responsible & safe offroading - including how to drive. NEVER offroad alone!
    Here's some tips:
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/General/OffroadTip/OffroadTips.html

    As you gain more offroad experience...you'll soon learn what modifications you'll wanna tackle. But for now..... make sure your tow hooks are attached properly & tightly and get yourself a good tow strap.
     
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