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can i go off roading in a 2006 tacoma sr5 access cab

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by thisERICtaco, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Oct 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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    can i go off roading in a 2006 tacoma sr5 access cab?
    i was planning on getting bigger tires and lifting it with springs and stuff
    or is this truck not able to do it at all:confused:
    its a 5 lug btw 2.7l no 4x4
     
  2. Oct 4, 2009 at 3:15 AM
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    o i seee
    sounds fun
    but what exactly do i need to do to my truck now to go
    right now its pretty stock with bald tires
    i am in the area of what to buy and where
    i work at toyota but i dont know what to buy cause i keep getting diff answers
    they told me im gonna ruin my truck and i shoulda got a prerunner. and i am pissed at myself for not but o well.
    is there like shocks and stuff that will fit or something
    im totally new to the truck world
     
  3. Oct 4, 2009 at 8:41 AM
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    Get new tires and a few other off-roaders together, find a fairly easy trail and have at it. Find out what the limits of you and your truck are and don't exceed them. A person can take any vehicle off-road (I personally wouldn't take my wife's Corolla off-road), but they need to know the limits of what they and their vehicle is capable of. A person could have a very capable off-road vehicle, but if they don't know how to drive it off-road, they are taking chances that they might do a lot of damage to their ride, or themselves. If you look at some of the threads in this forum, you will find that drivers with capable vehicles and a quite a bit of off-road driving knowledge and experience still get themselves and their ride in trouble.
     
  4. Oct 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    Cliff has some very good advice!

    Having been stuck with a lifted 2wd before, about 5 feet into a wash I can tell you being unprepared and stuck in that sand sucked.

    If you lift it, put some decent tires on the rig I would consider adding a locker to the rear. According to my ARB catalog they make an air locker for a 8" ring gear, 12 bolt axle. Not sure what the 5 lug has on it but that option is worth exploring then you would have a Pre Runner.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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    i see
    sounds like a good plan to help me out guys. thanks a lot
    if i lift should i do the easy lift kit which is lilke 2.75"
    or try to find some shocks and springs to lift my front
    my coworker said to get add a leaf and a block or somehting
    what is a slider? i hope they make skid plates for my truck
    and wahts arb air locker?
    that thing where you make the breather in the gas cap area?
     
  6. Oct 5, 2009 at 12:37 AM
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    whats a locker and whats ARB
     
  7. Oct 5, 2009 at 12:59 AM
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    o yeah
    coworker said get spacers and add a leaf
    i dont know what a spacer is
    im so noob this sucks
     
  8. Oct 5, 2009 at 3:42 AM
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    Yes, there are skid plates for your truck.
    The breather thing in the gas cap area is rear diff breather extended to keep water out of the axle housing when off roading.
    No on the spacers & no on the blocks. Get bilstein 5100s where the fronts can be set to 0, .85, 1.75 or 2.5 of lift & an add a leaf (AAL) out back to lift rear. Your factory springs are used with the 5100s up front.
    The locker locks the rear axles where both spin equally when activated. Without it you have only 1 with the limited slip diff. It gives a bit more traction for off roading.
     
  9. Oct 5, 2009 at 4:32 AM
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    ARB is a company that specializes in offroad accessories for Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Jeep. They mske stought bullbars like what is on my FJ.
    [​IMG]

    Air lockers are devices inside the differential that will make a physical connection between the 2 axle shafts.

    More info here at ARB's site
     
  10. Oct 6, 2009 at 12:13 AM
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    oo cool
    thanks for helping me out man so much
    it sounds a lot better now talking to you guys
    so if i get the bilstein then i can set it to wahtever height i want
    i guess ill go with 2.5 or something
    this is better then the lift kits right? cause this is springs and shocks cause the other one is just a block.
    do i still have limited slip even if its 2wd? i dont see the lsd sticker on the diff so i dotn know.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2009 at 12:15 AM
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    also
    they are selling shocks off a trd can i put that in my truck?
     
  12. Oct 6, 2009 at 12:50 AM
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    do i nneed rear shocks too?
    thers a guy selling his trd bilstein shocks for $25 all 4
    i dont know if i have rear shocks
    all i remember is that i have leaf springs in the back
     
  13. Oct 6, 2009 at 9:29 AM
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    before you start dropping money on your truck, my suggestion is that you do some real world homework and head out to the terrain you are going to be wheeling in first...

    given you are in so cal, your offroading options are either fire roads up in the OC mountains or desert wheeling...

    the desert will kill your stock parts, so no point to buying accessories only to ruin that truck...

    adjustable 5100s are for the geometry of a 6 lug not a 5 lug...

    there is a desert race this coming saturday in Barstow... head out to see some suspension systems in person...

    i can also meet up with you in person and take you to see what's involved with doing your truck up right the first time...
     
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    o wow thanks a lot man
    when i have time to go off roading i will def hit you up
    at the moment im just trying to save money first and wait for school to end
    i was reading on the bilstein site that the shocks will fit my truck so im just gonna buy those right now cause a guy is selling all 4 for $25

    i also plan on only off roading in the oc mountain area
    i heard there was on in orange
    other then that not gonna be doing it often cause i know my truck wont handle
    but i do wanna try other things too
    maybe one day in my trucks life sand lol or something
    i just wanna climb rocks for now if thats possible
    small ones of course
    and do dirt trails
     
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    turns out there not much shit that will fit into my truck
    this totally sucks
    why do they even make a 5 lug anyway thats so dumb
    i wish it was always 6 lug or have all parts interchangable
    life right now is sucks cause i cant do much and everything is so expensive
    even worst they dont make springs or shocks for my truck to lift it the proper way
    all i have now is a readylift kit and biggger tires
    i guess its just mall running i can do =[
     
  17. Oct 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM
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    Dont be fooled, there is some pretty neat stuff out there, even for the 5 lug Tacomas. Check out this LT kit that Total Chaos has for the 5 luggers.

    http://www.chaosfab.com/88000.html
     
  18. Oct 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    what does a long travel kit do?
    push the tires out farther from the body?
     
  19. Oct 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM
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    no stock trucks have about 8-10 inches of syspenision travel, a longtravel kit can push it up to 16 or more depending on the kit. check them out there really sick, but be prepared to drop around 4k in your truck
     
  20. Oct 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    awww man
    i wish i hit the lotto. so tht way i wouldnt have to bother with all this stuff but go sell my truck and buy a 6lug one so i can be like you guys and do many crazy things.
    but i dont have that kinda money so i guess ill do this if you guys approve
    i will go out and by the readylift kit. install that
    and then put bigger tires on. and then when time comes again ill buy the uca for the lift so i dont damage anything. and then ill be ready to go off roading? im hoping you guys say yes
     
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