1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

How to tell if you have factory tow package?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by littleblue81, May 17, 2012.

  1. May 17, 2012 at 1:52 AM
    #1
    littleblue81

    littleblue81 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Member:
    #48196
    Messages:
    526
    Gender:
    Male
    I'm looking for a used Tacoma and was wondering if there was a way to tell whether or not the truck came with the factory tow package (oil/trans cooler, alternator, etc) vs someone who had a hitch installed separately.
     
  2. May 17, 2012 at 2:00 AM
    #2
    The Traveler

    The Traveler Desert Chief

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2012
    Member:
    #75806
    Messages:
    6,828
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    1991 Toyota Pickup 4x4 Prerunner
    VIN lookup is the only definitive answer.
     
  3. May 17, 2012 at 2:08 AM
    #3
    t4daddy

    t4daddy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Member:
    #39041
    Messages:
    5,980
    Gender:
    Male
    North Alabama
    Vehicle:
    2008 PreRunner Double Cab
    Pretty sure there's an extra, smaller radiator mounted in front of the regular one. Bottom, right hand corner, if facing the front of the truck.
     
  4. May 17, 2012 at 2:10 AM
    #4
    Manwithoutaplan

    Manwithoutaplan the full Monty

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Member:
    #4500
    Messages:
    49,538
    Gender:
    Male
    ID
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma Speedway Blue Trd 4x4
    -Nitro 4.56 gears - Arb Front and Rear lockers. -Rear Swing out bumper Curiosity of ( Dept .94) https://www.facebook.com/Dept94 -Tinted, -ProComp 6 inch lift with Icon Coil overs and Bilstein's 7100Resi -315/70/17 - 17x8 in Pro Comp Matte black rims 4.5 bs -East Coast Gear Supply Sliders -ALL Pro EXP LEaf pack -Camburg UCA's -CAB mount CHOP
    that is only if you are running a automatic :D
     
  5. May 17, 2012 at 2:17 AM
    #5
    babytruck

    babytruck Babytruck, babytruck...I've got a babytruck :)

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Member:
    #56797
    Messages:
    8,997
    Gender:
    Female
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2010 Barcelona AC 4x4 4.0 6spd

    +1.
     
  6. May 17, 2012 at 3:23 AM
    #6
    skytower

    skytower Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Member:
    #38505
    Messages:
    3,228
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    virginia
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma 4x4
    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Looking at the hitch itself will help. If it says Hidden Hitch, Reece, or Valley, it's aftermarket.
     
  7. May 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM
    #7
    03coma

    03coma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2006
    Member:
    #203
    Messages:
    617
    Gender:
    Male
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB TRD, SR5
    Toyota TRD Pro Grille, Skid Plate, ARE Series II Lid,
    If it's a 1st gen your looking at look for, look to see what color the neck is on the the fan.
    oem colors are orange and green. green would be part of the tow package, it's a hd clutch plate.
    Or look behind the seat on the drivers side (cab wall) to see if you can see the black control box.
     
  8. May 17, 2012 at 7:10 AM
    #8
    littleblue81

    littleblue81 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Member:
    #48196
    Messages:
    526
    Gender:
    Male
    Looking for a 2nd gen and it will be an auto.
     
  9. May 17, 2012 at 7:12 AM
    #9
    bubbagumps

    bubbagumps Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Member:
    #75065
    Messages:
    232
    Gender:
    Male
    Look at the size of the battery. Tow Package comes with HD battery.
     
  10. May 17, 2012 at 7:12 AM
    #10
    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Member:
    #5246
    Messages:
    15,036
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Vehicle:
    Tundra, double cab.
    LED interior lights, stubby antenna, Pioneer in dash screen, good driver mod.

    tow package will have the 7 pin wiring harnes an the trans cooler mounted in front of the radiator. It's black and kinda small.
     
  11. May 17, 2012 at 7:53 AM
    #11
    t4daddy

    t4daddy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Member:
    #39041
    Messages:
    5,980
    Gender:
    Male
    North Alabama
    Vehicle:
    2008 PreRunner Double Cab
    See my original post.
     
  12. May 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM
    #12
    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Member:
    #5246
    Messages:
    15,036
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Vehicle:
    Tundra, double cab.
    LED interior lights, stubby antenna, Pioneer in dash screen, good driver mod.
    is it the engine oil cooler or the trans cooler that is mounted in front of the rad?
     
  13. May 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM
    #13
    t4daddy

    t4daddy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Member:
    #39041
    Messages:
    5,980
    Gender:
    Male
    North Alabama
    Vehicle:
    2008 PreRunner Double Cab
    Tranny, I'm pretty sure.
     
  14. May 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM
    #14
    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Member:
    #5246
    Messages:
    15,036
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Vehicle:
    Tundra, double cab.
    LED interior lights, stubby antenna, Pioneer in dash screen, good driver mod.
    got it. thanks!
     
  15. May 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM
    #15
    zindude

    zindude Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Member:
    #70837
    Messages:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Central Coast, CA
    Vehicle:
    08 DC 4x4 Sport
    how do you do a vin search?
     
  16. May 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM
    #16
    Kelson

    Kelson My Truck is Cuter than Yours

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Member:
    #6597
    Messages:
    4,505
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kelson
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    08 5-Lug Reg. Cab SR5
    SR5 Exterior/Interior (Color matched Front Bumper, Chrome Grille Surround and Chrome Rear Bumper/Silver Scoshe Dash Kit, A/C Bezel, A/C Vent Surround) LED license plate and white interior lights, Wet Okole Seat Covers, iPad in-Dash, JL CL-RLC, JL 13TW5 sub, JL 500/1 Slash V1 amp, JL XR 6.5 Components, Rockford Fosgate 6X9s in Boxes Front XRunner Coils, DJM Control Arms and Rear 4X4 Leafs, Custom 2" Angled Streetacos.com Blocks Front XR Bilstien Struts and Rear XR Bilstien Shocks, CravenSpeen Antennae, RX-8 Rims w/ Fronts:235/40-R18 Sumitomo HTR Rears:245/40-R18 Goodyear Eagle GT, 35% Tint front windows, OEM Sliding Privacy Glass w/ 5% Ceramic Tint, Flowmaster Super 44 dumped before the axle, URD Short Throw Shifter, Door Sill Protectors, Door Edge Guards, OEM Sport Pedals,The Retrofit Source Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III 35W 5K HID Headlights, OEM Fog Lights w/ piss yellow bulbs, OEM Cruise Control, Porsche 944 Bucket Seats, BeefedTaco Skid Plate, Whale
    the batteries are the same size. the tow package battery has more reserve and cold cranking amps though.
     
  17. May 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM
    #17
    littleblue81

    littleblue81 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Member:
    #48196
    Messages:
    526
    Gender:
    Male
    Thanks for the tips. I'll be on the lookout for the mini radiator.
     
To Top