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Installing 4wd on a factory 2wd?

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by shadoest, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM
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    shadoest

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    Alright, first post. Not sure if this is the appropriate forum, but here we go:

    Looking to install 4wd on my '12 TRD sport factory 2wd tacoma. I was talked out of the 4wd on the lot and now, obviously, regretting that one. Looking for some opinions on my options:

    1. Is installation even a viable option?
    2. Would Toyota be willing to do an installation or do I need to look elsewhere?
    3. I'm definitely in no position to install myself, so if I were to go private market on the install, what kind of prices would I be looking at for parts and labor?

    Anything else I need to consider/suggestions? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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    derekabraham

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    Trade it in.
     
  3. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    TrdSurgie

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    Sadly it would be cheaper to sell the truck and buy the 4x4. On the bright side you could spend about 1500-2000 on a new arb locker with air compressor. And have a very capable prerunner. Which is what i will be doing.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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    same shit as everyone else
    Go back to the dealership and buy a 4wd.

    How did they talk you out of it? Maybe you don't really need it? Just lift it up a little and put some bigger tires on it. It'll still be a bad ass truck!
     
  5. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM
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    Trade it in, it's not worth it...

    You will need: A Front Diff, A Transfer case, CV axles, A front drive shaft, A new rear drive shaft, new transmission, 4wd spindles, some electronic shit. I think I'm missing a few things, but you get the point?
     
  6. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    Take it back
     
  7. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    You're either looking at like thousands of dollars to add that stuff to a brand new PreRunner, or you could maybe be adding like $50 a month on your monthly payment for trading in your PreRunner for a 4x4.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM
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    Yep, you bought the wrong truck man...
     
  9. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:25 AM
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    When did you buy it and take it back tell them you don't want it and you want 4wd.I see your in NC where are ?
     
  10. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:27 AM
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    trade it in, take it back not worth it
     
  11. Mar 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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    Not the answer I was looking for, guys, but seems pretty unanimous, haha. Tiedie-- I'm in between raleigh and durham right now. Got her at fred anderson about four months ago. Where are you?
     
  12. Mar 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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    What kind of answers were you looking for? :notsure: With enough time and money, it can be done. But that kind of surgery just to add factory 4wd to a brand new 2wd truck is not worth it. Your entire powertrain warranty would be shot, your truck would be down for a considerable amount of time and you'll end up spending thousands on the swap especially if you can't do the work yourself. It can be done, the reason no has done it is it's not even close to cost effective.
     
  13. Mar 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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    use the search bar theres a thousand threads on this. Personally, I'd only do this if you plan on throwing on solid front axle and one bad ass twin stick transfer box. Otherwise you're looking at about 10grand and a lot of wasted time for the same effect as trading it in.
     
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    As I said before. Get a ARB locker on it. Will it be as good as 4x4? No. Will it be a very capable truck? Yes.
     
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    Welcome. I'm in Raleigh too. I'm in the "Trade it" group. I buy parts from Fred Anderson, but could never get any deals made there as far as vehicle purchases. I deal with Leith Toyota over on Capital Blvd. They have always been good to me. I did stick it to them by trading a 2012 Mustang GT that they gave me WAY too much for recently. But I like dealing with them.
     
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    What kind of dealer talks a buyer into a cheaper truck when he wants to buy the more expensive one!!???

    Gotten 4 Toyotas at Toyota Carlsbad (Calif.), and they always make sure I am getting what I want... They are great, no pressure, no BS.
     
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    Im outside Asheville in the mountains,on Thursday going to Boone.Got my 09 from Jim Barkley in AVL.
     
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