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How do you tell if your Tacoma has the towing package?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MrsPib, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    MrsPib

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    It has been brought to my attention that the towing package nearly doubles the towing capacity of I4 5-speeds. We brought our Tacoma used and there is no written record of a towing package except that when you run the VIN, it comes back as being able to tow 6,500lbs. So, before I blow my engine trying to do something I may not be able to do, how/where/what can I check to see if I have the towing package?

    Thank you!!

    :mudding:
     
  2. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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    I believe the 6,500 pound was for the v6 with the towing package, not the I4
     
  3. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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    I see what you are reading there but it just doesn't seem right for the I4 :notsure:

    On my truck it came with the receiver, wiring and on the fan clutch is pink on mine, that is really all I can think of, mines an '08 with a V6.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    It doesn't. When we bought, I even stopped the sales guy and asked "really.....really??"

    I don't understand how they COULD double the towing capacity from a 1st gen to 2nd while still keeping a 2.7 and similar torque etc.

    That's why I'm thinking there has to be a physical way I can check this, besides hooking it up to a 16' and going up a hill :p
     
  6. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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    No expert here; just trying to help. My manual has you at 3500 lbs pg. 487, of the attached file.

    Frank
     

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  7. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    No tow package for the 4 bangers.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    From the mouth of Toyota Dealership Service Desk: 4-Cyl can have a towing package and that can boost the capacity to 6,500lbs. HOWEVER, they searched my VIN in their database and no, I do not have a towing package. Despite some jerkwad putting a trailer hitch on and giving me false info. BITCHES!!

    Edit: not you guys being the bitches....the sale sheet that gave me faulty info!
     
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    It really can't and dealerships have been proven to be morons. It can move the weight but that isn't towing.
     
  10. Oct 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    scratch that. read the manual wrong.
     
  11. Oct 12, 2011 at 4:04 PM
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    Again, I asked, and I clarified, and I asked again just now, on the phone. They swore up and down that 4-cyls can have them. Going through the manual, though, there is NO MENTION of a 4-cyl with tow, so, forgive me, but I really do believe you now :(
     
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    i know i would never tow over 3000lbs with my 4 banger!
     
  13. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:10 AM
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    Tow package on my V6 added engine oil cooler, auto transmission oil cooler, high-capacity alternator and battery, wiring for brake controller and connector for it and trailer lights at rear bumper, and, of course, the hitch receiver bar. That's all I can find different; I don't even think there was a higher capacity radiator added. Nothing different with springs or shocks which are the same as the 4 banger.

    I see no reason why someone couldn't tow 6500 lbs with a 4 banger if they wanted to... with the right hitch of course. It will just be a dog doing it so they should slow down and save the engine.

    There are after-market oil coolers you can get for oil and tranny to keep lubricants from breaking down early and adding to engine and tranny wear. The only need I see for the alternator and battery are to aid with trailer batteries for brakes and accessories, let your trailer's needs guide you there.
     
  14. Oct 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    Understood. But what goes in to setting that number?

    See your point about the corvette... a unibody vehicle should never be used to tow more than a bicycle trailer. But a Tacoma frame, body and suspension is the same whether it's 4 banger or V6.

    The weight differential, though, is worth thinking about even on a V6. The way the semi's do it is to have the (relatively) flyweight tractor carry 1/2 the load directly over the rear axles with a 5th wheel. Tacoma 5th wheel's are kinda theoretical, but an appropriate equalizing hitch should do much the same thing and go a long way to keeping even a 6500lb load under control. IME, highly recommended regardless of whether it's 4 or 6 banger.
     
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