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Goodbye FJ, Hello Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by trdReason, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Jan 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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    Hey guys, I'm new over here. Sold my 07 FJ Cruiser for an 08 trd Tacoma!
    I'm pretty excited to start on this new project. I've got the Toytec aal and 3 inch spacers so far. After I install them and I get 1.25" wheel spacers do you think 285/75/16's will fit? If not what size should I get. Not sure what tires I'll get yet.
    The FJ:

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    New Tacoma(so many things to do):[​IMG]
     
  2. Jan 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
    Hey welcome to TW. You're one of the few to switch FJ to Tacoma that I've seen. Most do the opposite! lol
    With a 3" lift and some spidertrax spacers, the 285's will fit with a little trimming.
     
  3. Jan 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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  4. Jan 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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    4X42HEL Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    When I bought my taco last year, it was a coin toss between it or an FJ... I figured the FJ would be more ideal for my lifestyle (I hardly ever need a truck bed...)

    Needless to say, went with the taco for whatever reason... I think I just didn't like the "half rear doors" on the FJ. Every time we see an FJ out, I jokingly ask the wife "should I have got the FJ?" she replies "Not even close, I love your truck."

    I love hearing that :)

    Good choice my man. You will love your Tacoma. It looks really nice btw
     
  5. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    I know what you mean, all my FJ friends were like, "what?! why would you do that?" I hit the trails pretty hard with the FJ, broke quite a few things, it was getting up toward 100k, so I had the opportunity to get the Tacoma, and it's in way better condition. I'm excited to start the new build! And it has the same engine and front suspension, so I know a lot about the truck already....minus leaf springs.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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    The "suicide doors" on the FJ swung out downward. They were hard to close from the inside, pretty much a big hassle. 4 doors is definitely nice to me! Something I'm not used to. The FJ was fun though, I loved it. The Taco is so small for me coming from the FJ with a 3" lift and 34's. Hopefully after spacers, 33's, and other endless mods, I'll love the Taco more than I did the FJ!
     
  7. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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    My wife was the same way, "there is no way I can get the car seat in the back with those stupid half doors."
     
  8. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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    Welcome to TW, btw!!!
     
  9. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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    i like your red "toyota" emblem on your grill of the fj...
     
  10. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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    Hahaha. That is so true. If it wasn't for the car seat, I'd probably gone FJ...

    They had a really nice white one, must have been a special TRD trim or something, but it looked sweet.

    A week later, I run into a buddy at the supermarket by chance, and he was in it haha. I still think FJs are sweet, and from what I *hear*, they require a lot less "lift" to run larger tires... just hearsay tho...
     
  11. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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    welcome to TW. your FJ was a nice truck...
     
  12. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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    That and she absolutely hates the rear door being one BIG DOOR.

    Needless to say, I lost and bought the truck and I don't regret it. Being a home owner, I use the bed of the truck a lot more then I thought I would
     
  13. Jan 1, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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    I had 285/70/17's (33's) with no lift or anything. No rubbing at all, not even off road. Then I had coilovers and spacers in the back, about 2" in the back 3" in the front with 34's, no trimming or wheel spacers, stock wheels. So when I saw that getting just 33" tires on the Tacoma would involve the 3" lift and wheels spacers I was pretty surprised. I coulda ran 35's on the FJ with wheel spacers and the 3 incehs..
     
  14. Jan 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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    nice FJ and TACO. i thought about FJ but kinda wanted a bed to put stuff.
     
  15. Jan 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    On the Tacoma? I got the spacer lift for free until I get coilovers, it needs new tires now, so I won't have the spacer lift long, but I need the wheel spacers to fit the 33's.
     
  16. Jan 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    Nice truck, welcome. FJ is nice, but I think you will like the versatility on the Taco more.
     
  17. Jan 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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    I really want to like the FJ, and I almost bought one before deciding on my DCLB Tacoma.

    I'm SO glad I chose the Taco....the limited versatility and catastrophic visibility of the FJ would have driven me batshit.

    Nice truck you got there, good choice!
     
  18. Jan 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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    nice! Both look great.
     
  19. Jan 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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    Well, with a body mount chop and lots of trimming.

    I do agree though; seems that Toyota has a long history of putting huge wheel wells on it's SUVs but not on the Hilux/Tacoma. I never understood this.

    Regardless, without a regear, the 4Runner/FJ/Tacoma suck with 35s. With a regear and front locker, I get nervous about front axle & CV joint problems. In my opinion, 35s come at a loss of some peace of mind on these vehicles.

    Dan
     
  20. Jan 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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    I know what you mean. 34's and steel wheels on the FJ were pretty rough on the transmission. I couldn't imagine going any bigger without a lot more modifications to the suspension and everything. I hope 33's aren't too hard on the taco.

    Also, does anyone know if these trd wheels are strong and will hold up off road? I was thinking about more steels, but I really like the look of these.
     
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