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How extensive can you mod a standard reg 1st gen?

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by Us3r, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Aug 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM
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    I haven't really been able to find much on people modding their 1st gen standard regular Tacoma.

    How extensive can one modify it?

    being on a 2wd platform with a 2RZ-FE 2.4 engine. it's obviously not meant for extreme off road. What's an ideal setup or approach one should take when dipping his toes into off road trucking? moderate off road.

    1998 Toyota Tacoma
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    I've replaced oem shocks with Bilstein shocks. replaced alternator with 140 amp and electric fan. I keep clutch fan in truck as spare.
     
  2. Aug 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    for mild offroad get some bilstein 5100s and some meatier tires and probably wanna re gear it after the bigger tires
     
  3. Aug 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    Prerunner or 5 lug?
     
  5. Aug 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    forgot to add: 5lug will edit 1st post
     
  6. Aug 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    You can go from this (roughly)

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    All the way to this (roughly)

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    All it takes is money.
     
  7. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    I know with money you can do anything

    but lets keep this somewhat on an "off road standard"

    I do everything myself mechanically and I enjoy doing so. I don't want the bare minimal, quality and good track record is what I am after.

    I got this truck cause I got tired of being pulled over and speeding tickets. I used to be a go fast honda/datsun/nissan type of guy


    I did have an old 85 cressida with a 7m turbo swap.


    btw: photo looks likes its a gm truck or something. freaking insane... last pic, truck's useless
     
  8. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    That won't work with a 5-lug.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    Put a locker in the rear and that would be a sweet little rig.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    lame. I can always do a 6lug conversion IF i can come across one at the junk yard....
     
  12. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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    You might as well go long travel.
     
  13. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    never heard of that before....
     
  14. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    too expensive and I want to retain the OEM look somewhat. I can roll and flare my own fenders for clearance. Total chaos quoted me on their kit... I don't think I would do anything extreme enough to utilize the full function of a long travel kit...


    however I am open to opinions
     
  15. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    That is good - this place has a lot of them. From an off road view point - get some good tires, a locker in the rear, and some sliders. The rest will let you know to replace it when it breaks/falls off.
     
  16. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    Hah. I know forums pretty well. Took me an some time before I actually made a thread. It's difficult finding information for 5-lug and standard. I heard something about standard tacoma trucks has very weak frames.

    This thread just confirmed most of what I am looking for. information wise.

    gonna take it step by step.

    I have a turbo laying around, any good with that for off road?
     
  17. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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    yes!
     
  18. Aug 18, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    Turbo... hmm... I think these are not the droids you are looking for... better search for knowledge elsewhere.
     
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