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Best First Off-Road Mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by eric0947, Apr 17, 2013.

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Whats the best mod?

Poll closed May 17, 2013.
  1. Tires

    134 vote(s)
    60.4%
  2. Skid Plates

    17 vote(s)
    7.7%
  3. Lift

    51 vote(s)
    23.0%
  4. Locker

    20 vote(s)
    9.0%
  1. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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    eric0947

    eric0947 [OP] Active Member

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    What is the best way to improve the off-road ability of a non-TDR 4x4 V6? I'm running 100% stock at the moment with highway tires. I have budget of about $1,000. Here are my ideas, but shoot me some suggestions.

    1. Off-road tires
    2. 5100's
    3. Bud Built skid plates
    4. Rear locker
     
  2. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    CanisLupus

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    I would get sliders and skid plates first if I had to do it again. A rear locker is very nice though since you are a not TRD.

    Matt
     
  3. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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    rleete

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    Tires, without a doubt.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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    rickmeseke

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    if you can install the locker yourself then locker, but i vote tires. tires make a huge difference.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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    ntilehman

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    Tires is a no brainer man.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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    Boone

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    Not on the list, but winch and recovery equipment gets my vote.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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    eric0947

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    It's a 2009 - Check out the photos of some mild off-road action at the Badlands in Indiana.

    image_2.jpg
    photo 3.jpg
    photo 1.JPG
     
  8. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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    Brandon9402

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    5100s and tires. hell just tires would surprise you what you can do. I have a prerunner with no locker and I can do a good bit when I have good tires
     
  9. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    carcharias

    carcharias Giggiddy what what

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    Tires will determine your lift. Lift without tires looks awkward. Do both at the same time, and there's your first mod.
     
  10. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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    TacoBurrito07

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    This^^^^^
    then sliders
     
  11. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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    The badlands are great time. I use to camp there a couple times a year and ride dirtbikes and quads.
     
  12. Apr 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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    We should try to get a meetup going for the Badlands. Looks like tires are winning so far. I have the Hankook DynaPro MT, Firestone Destination M/T, and Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2 in mind. Anyone got an opinion on which is better or if there is a better tire out there? I have an extra set of the toyota steel wheels that I plan to mount them on.

    firestone_destination_m_t.jpg
    hankook_rt_03.jpg
    mud-terrain_t-a_km2.jpg
     
  13. Apr 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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    Don't have actual facts or stats for ya, but I would go with the km2's. love them.
     
  14. Apr 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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    Don't know why anyone would put lift before tires.. you could lift your truck 10 foot but still not have traction with the stock tires..
     
  15. Apr 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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  16. Apr 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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    I did a lift first, too, because I needed to fit the tires I wanted. If a person plans on getting the exact same sized tire as stock, then get them first. Whipper just got 265 Duratracs without a lift, and it LOOKED lifted.
     
  17. Apr 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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    You can it will just rub, I ran 285/70/16s and I think I could run them with no lift honestly, there is also a member who ran 285/75/16 on stock suspension. Going by the title of the thread though, tires are more important, but I would guess 90 something percent of people do tires with the lift
     
  18. Apr 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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  19. Apr 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    Konaborne

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    tires.
    tires.
    tires.

    did I mention tires?
     
  20. Apr 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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    The general consensus is you need a lift to wheel, I've seen a stock truck do pretty damn good without a lift but with a decent set of tars'
     
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