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Conversions to TRD Off-Road

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TGurau, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Apr 6, 2010 at 12:19 AM
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    TGurau

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    So the only regret I have about my truck is that it's not a TRD Off-Road. It crossed my mind to MAKE it one. If anyone here is thinking what I'm thinking or has already done it, please, do tell!
     
  2. Apr 6, 2010 at 1:14 AM
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    x2. Thats the MAIN difference.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    Get an ARB locker.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    Thats it lock it.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    You can always place a TRD sticker on it to make it look cool.:)

    But if you have money than replace shocks, get off-road tires, and a factory e-locker.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    Eff that-If you have the money get better than stockl gear. Set up a real OR rig
     
  7. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    Progressive springs too!
     
  8. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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    What shocks are on the TRD?
     
  9. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    Is this a job that can be done alone?
     
  10. Apr 6, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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    Which "this" are we talking about??
    To convert springs and shocks isn't really hard if you are handy with the right tools.

    The rear end swap to an E-locker rear end could be easy if you get an entire rear end.
    If you decide to get an ARB locker and/or a gear swap....You should probably have it done unless you know what you are doing already.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    Get a Powertrax No-Slip. Very good locker. I have one in my truck. Works great. You can also upgrade your shocks with Bilstein 5100's. You can do this by yourself.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    i wanna be a bm but the more and more i read brunes post the more i feel myself drifting to the aviation side:p
     
  13. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    True dat!! Lol.
     
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    Chances are...if he has to ask Is this a job that can be done alone? then he probably doesn't know.

    To add: An ARB should be done by a professional installer and preferably a person who has experience installing them.

    If you or they screw it up - that's $800 (cost of ARB approx), $$$ for gears/install, plus whatever it destroys in your differential (bearings, etc.) gone down the drain.
     
  15. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    Chances are I knew that...but he left the question pretty open ended....so I covered all the bases.

    And I do not agree with needing a professional installer. It's not THAT hard to set up differential. You need the right tools and the right knowledge- but that professional started out somewhere doing his/her first diff build at some point.

    If you take the time and do it right with the testing/fit checks-You'll be just fine.
     
  16. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:54 PM
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    well you got to ask yourself, do you really wheel that much that you need a locker? If you do then have one put in.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM
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    Doing gears are one thing and manageable for most DIY's.... but installing an ARB locker AND gears and trusting that you've done it properly and hoping you won't blow your $1000 investment?

    Uhhh....I wouldn't even trust myself doing that. That's WAY too much money to take an educated (but no experience) stab in the dark.
     
  19. Apr 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    or you could save your $$$ and get a wicked front bumper and winch and install yourself.
     
  20. Apr 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    I worked on helicopters for about 4 years. There's a mechanism on this helicopter that allows the tail to fold for conservation of space. There's another mechanism called a pin puller that locks the tail in place during flight. It's hydraulicly actuated and it uses gears to pull/push the pins in place. If the pin puller is not installed properly, it can shear the pins and fold the tail in flight, dropping a 30 million dollar helicopter. I assure you, I've never installed this thing wrong. Now, I've never installed an ARB locker but how difficult can it be for a guy with my background? If I have the proper tools and instruction, I can save hundreds on paying some other guy to do it. Anyone agree!?
     
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