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Help Selecting a foundation Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by troy28, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Dec 3, 2011 at 7:48 AM
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    troy28

    troy28 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am finally able to begin my Tacoma project. I have often visited but never posted till now because I could not offer personal experience. I would like to begin finding my foundation Tacoma to begin building personal experience to give back.

    What I am asking for is guidance on what foundation model Tacoma's should I be looking at to purchase??????

    I get all 4 seasons but relatively mild for all of them. I would like to build a truck that I know I can drive though a good 2ft of snow and never have to worry. Drive off road through some muddy fields (not mud puddles halfway up the truck) medium inclines no problem. I am the guy that will put on the biggest quality wench not cause intend to use it but if I need it I want it done right.

    Manual or Automatic (one better than the other for my application), 4WD, Locking Diff, V6, at least an access cab like double but do still want a bed for hauling stuff, and target of $10k - $15k or less to purchase my starting foundation. Budget can fluctuate based on what is already done.

    I will be lifting it, exhaust upgrade, intake upgrade, good wheels, bumper with built in winch and extra lighting, skid plates, suspension.

    What years should and models should I be searching for to get started? Any years to avoid?

    Thank you!!
     
  2. Dec 3, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    Krazie Sj

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    07. Last year before they put in VSC. Get an sr5 and purchase an ARB locker after market.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    Thank you for the info! If I were to target a model year range would it 04 to 07 then?

    What is typically included in the SR5 package?
     
  4. Dec 3, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    07. :p

    Power windows, power locks, air conditioning etc. But you get a bigger ring gear in the back versus the Offroad with it's factory locker. Just something to keep in mind, which is why I suggested going with an ARB aftermarket. Much stronger.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2011 at 1:27 AM
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    youll never find an 2007 access cab 4x4 for 10-15K for that price id recommend a 2005-2006 4x4 access cab. Off road package. youll probably be looking at higher milage like around 80-120K which isnt bad at all for these trucks.
     
  6. Dec 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    This is getting harder than it looks to find. If I throw out budget for now and look for best foundation to build off I am liking the 2007 4x4 double cab long bed automatic. However, none seem to be close so I have to call and get info but no one seems to know what they are selling ....? So I must educate myself better.

    It was mentioned the 07 will have a bigger ring gear. Will the double cab automatic long bed still have this bigger ring gear?

    In pictures to the left of the steering wheel there seem to be a number of blanks for switches. Some seem to have a few factory switches some have none. I know one of them is for the outlet in the bed. One appears to be marked RSCA off but some trucks do not have this button. I assume I will need that if I plan to be on angles and would not like to have my air bags going off?

    What other switches should I look to be installed?

    What else should I look for on the vehicle to make sure it has such as differential information lock/LSD....?

    As always price seems to being up so I want to be extra cautions to make the right purchase. Thank you for your help!
     
  7. Dec 9, 2011 at 4:06 AM
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    A stock 4x4 Tacoma will do all those things you listed
     
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