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How can I up my towing capacity?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by ShaLor, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Jun 27, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    On the first generation trucks, the towing capacity is 3500 pounds, but as I understand there are a few of these trucks out there that the towing capacity is 5000 pounds. The truck I am about to buy, I am assuming only has the 3500 pound towing capacity, is there anything I can do to increase the towing capacity to the 5000 pound mark?

    I am about to buy a 2004 Tacoma Double Cab with TRD Off Road package and would like to be able to tow something in the future.
    :confused:
     
  2. Jun 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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    buy a Tundra (new style).
     
  3. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    Yes you need to buy a full size for sure man.
     
  4. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    Moved over to 1st Gen. I have no idea about 2004 trucks....Good luck finding what you need.

    But if you are thinking about needing that much capacity- You are better off with a full size truck- It'll be more comfortable.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    Towing capacity is based on the engine, suspension and brakes
     
  6. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    If lifted, it also limits towing capacities!
     
  7. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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  8. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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    And alot of other things. On a 2nd Gen-You can get a V6 4x4 without the tow package and that'll pull 3500 lbs. With the tow package-6500. Same engine, brakes, suspension. But they add a different fan clutch, alternator, battery, oil and transmission coolers.

    Lots of things play into it.
     
  9. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    Yep
     
  10. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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    "Engine" is a bit simplistic. You say it like that and I think V6 vs I4- not peripheral parts.

    Not to mention- Most tow packages have upgraded trailer wiring and a higher class of hitch.
     
  11. Jun 27, 2010 at 6:31 PM
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    Well sorry for not being specific enough for you:D
     
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    I am kinda slow....~peace
     
  13. Jun 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM
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    Oops. Did I NOT have this in the first generation thread? My bad, but that is where I meant to put this.
     
  14. Jun 27, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    IIRC the 5MTs have pretty good trans cooler up front from the factory.

    You'll need to switch out the fan clutch (green vs orange...i forget which is which. look on your fan, buy the other one.)
     
  15. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:31 AM
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    I've done a lot of towing and you need a full size truck to tow 5000 lbs safely. Yeah, I know people here do it but I said safely and you need to be able to control that load.
     
  16. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:21 AM
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    Before buying that truck - look at the owners manual. It'll tell you exactly what the towing capacity is. You should never exceed the towing capacity - regardless of the modifications you do to it.

    Buy a 2nd generation truck with V6 and towing capacity. That'll give you 6500lb towing capacity. But again....you should never exceed that.

    If you want to tow heavier loads - get a fullsize truck.
     
  17. Jun 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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    Actually, I was thinking of towing around 3500 pounds and to do it safely I was hoping for a truck that did 5000 pounds. Since we are new to this whole area, we are taking it in baby steps. The first generation truck is actually huge to us considering our other car is a Mazda Miata and a Honda Civic.

    We want to be able to tow a very small trailer and the trailers we are looking at are around 2500 - 3000 pounds. After loading them with camping gear I figure I'd be pretty close to the 3500 pound mark, so a 5000 pound towing capacity would be more than sufficient right now. Jumping up to a full size truck or even the second generation Tacoma, may just be a bit overwhelming. At least that is what my wife is saying right now.

    Thanks for the advice on this one guys. It looks like we may not be towing much at all. If we do, I guess I will look into getting a transmission cooler and a new fan clutch. If I gather correctly from this thread that is what I would need.
     
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    I've got an 06 coma, with the 4x4 and towing package, and I have pulled a 5500 pound trailer cross country twice and other various trips. Get the 2nd gen tacoma and a brake controller and go slow....
     
  19. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    Well you guys convinced me. I got a 2nd generation Tacoma with the Tow package. That solves that problem. :)
     
  20. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:32 PM
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    I think a lot of it is the hitch... I think pulling from a ball in the bumper limits you there. Just adding the class III hitch can up it. Just my opinion... don't quote me on that
     
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