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Best $2000 off-road upgrades.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by perfect_disturbance, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:35 AM
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    perfect_disturbance

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    I'm looking at upgrading a stock 2021 TRD off-road. I have 2000 dollars to spend.

    I'd like to focus the upgrades on expanding the general off-road capability.

    I don't want to impact the function of safety sense etc, or have more than a 1 maybe 2 mpg impact on economy.

    Please be specific ie which models or sizes of tires suspension etc.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:40 AM
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    Iwilltaco

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    Not more than maybe 2 mpg impact? Do nothing
     
  3. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:41 AM
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    Tacospike

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    Like, lights, suspension, rims, tires, armor, bumpers front / rear, recovery? or just wheels and suspension?
     
  4. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:42 AM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    Off-road and fuel economy won't mix. A good set of OR tires will immediately set you back ~2+mpgs by themselves. Let alone armor and roof rack etc...
     
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  5. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:42 AM
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    Anything, those were examples.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:43 AM
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    Put it towards your bank note.

    A blue-titled truck is inexplicably far more capable than a truck that you still owe money on.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:44 AM
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    Key-Rei

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    2.5" coil overs with appropriate valving and springs from @AccuTune Offroad and you will need upper control arms of some sort $2000 well spent. You do not have to lift with this set-up, but the ride is night and day when you're on good suspension vs a cheaper lift.
     
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  8. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:46 AM
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    CalcityRenegade

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    Sounds like you don't really want to do much. Perhaps a front level, new OE size tires and some better fog lights?
     
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  9. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:48 AM
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    Yeah. Do you have specific level kits, tires etc in mind?
     
  10. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Proper off road tires would provide the most capability. An OME kit for a very slight lift would be next, might keep it around 2K.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Stay away from E-rated tires.
     
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    Just throw 255/85/16s on and call it a day. They’ll fit on the stock wheels and (I think) don’t rub on much. Use the rest on recovery gear or @MESO products!

    Most 255/85s are E rated and you’ll take a hit on MPG but you’ll have a 33” tire...
     
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  13. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:51 AM
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    The goal is increased offroad capability? Lockers and a winch. Tires and suspension aren't the same bang for the buck, but they're cute.
     
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    Any brand level would be fine. I would only do 1.5" if you do not want an Add a Leaf. If you do any towing or hauling then get an add a leaf and then go 2" level up front and the truck will be level front to back. Tires really depend on what type of usage and terrain. I am a Duratrac guy as they would well in everything down to snow and ice. Lots of other easy items such as a bed mat and box lights.
     
  15. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    I'm surprised I've read some places where people have put 265/75r16 ko2s or duratracs and not seen more than a 2 mpg impact.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    Good tires , sliders and some lights will be 2K .
     
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    There are both C and E rated versions. I wonder if alot of people have the Cs. Or just havent done anything else. I just installed Yokohama Geolandars M/Ts and lost 2.5
     
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    Sorry I'm a total newbie what would you recommend for sliders?
     
  19. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:55 AM
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    2 full sets of MaxTrax. Great for you, great for anyone else you might be wheeling with. Use them as ramps if needing better clearance. Great for snow, sand, mud. Easy to throw in another vehicle if heading for snow. I throw a set in my wife's car if snow is getting questionable. Cheap insurance. Really Versatile.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2021 at 9:55 AM
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    Are you looking to do serious rock crawling, or just want a piece of mind, or do you rather have steps?
     
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