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is it just me or are trucks getting lower?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Marioso, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. Jul 10, 2008 at 11:11 PM
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    Marioso

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    i saw that somebody said the 1st gen sat higher than the 2nds...and this years tundras look very low alot lower than the gen before...whats up with this?
     
  2. Jul 10, 2008 at 11:46 PM
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    zmtnbik

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    Have you actually measured them, or checked frame to ground clearances?
    I do know they are running much larger rims and lower profile tires, which can account for the illusion they are lower.

    To combat my truck "looking" lower, I lifted it.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM
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    I'm pretty sure the Tundra's are higher, the Tacoma's may also be, but I know from the two 1st series Tacoma's I had that the step in height is either lower, or contoured for easier entry. I sometimes had to almost jump up into the first series Tacoma with my short leggies, and at stock height. Might be the lower seats to comply with the new for 03 or 04 head protection standards from rear end collisions. It must have been 03, as I bought a new Jeep in 03 and everyone complained about the seats that year; they were lowered ~3" closer to floor, and the backrest raised by about 4". I am 5'7" and when in the '03 Jeep, and a '04 company Ranger I had several inches of headrest above the very top of my head.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2008 at 1:20 AM
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    idk what it is but the new tundras do look lower and maybe it is the bigger rims and low profile tires but the trds looked low too but eh who knows until i find the measurements
     
  5. Jul 11, 2008 at 6:22 AM
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    My friend has a 98 tacoma w/ a 3 in lifts (spacers in front and blocks in rear)...before i Lifted my truck.....our mirrors sat at the same Level. So my opnion is that the newer tacoma actually sit higher
     
  6. Jul 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM
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    Maybe the first generation tacomas look higher becase the body is smaller which makes the wheels appear larger in comparison. Thats what I've always thought anyway. I have a 2nd gen, and a friend of mine has a 1st gen. Before I lifted mine they were level when parked next to each other. But when you looked at them indiviually his looked taller.
     
  7. Jul 11, 2008 at 10:18 AM
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    mneuls

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    it's cuz the new trucks are much wider.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM
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    thats probably it..the first gens were small so they looked higher...well that all answers my questions thank u
     
  9. Jul 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM
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    It like they want you to spend money for ride hieght.. thats just business
     
  10. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM
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    First gens actually had about 1" more ground clearance than the 05+.

    Trucks are getting lower and more carlike. Because people dont want trucks anymore. They want something with a bed that can haul and entire family, get 25MPG, and ride like a Cadillac. That is where the industry is heading. I expect the 3rd gen Taco to be lower and less rugged than the 2nd Gen, just like the 2nd gen is lower and less rugged than the 1st gen. Thats just how the market works.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM
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    holy shit 05tacotrd is on fire today
     
  12. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM
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    sucks...trucks will be long gone just like minvans
     
  13. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:25 AM
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    nah i think the truck will still be around, just smaller and more air dynamical
     
  14. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM
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    so every trucks gonna be a xrunner haha
     
  15. Jul 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM
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    Not entirely. There will always be a market for real trucks. Think: construction, laborers, etc.
     
  16. Jul 11, 2008 at 3:58 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Sad but true, we are in the minority. I was never inconvenienced by going out to lock in the hubs, pulling the handle at the transfer case to engage the 4x4 transmission. I never found the ride "harsh", just got a louder stereo to drown out the highway song by rough cut tires, didn't mind getting up into the truck, or getting it dirty. I never even thought of whether the leaf springs were going to hold up, or that the tailgate would fail. Don't get me wrong, I love my truck, but I am easy on it. :burnrubber:
     
  17. Jul 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM
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    Nah, probably more like a Honda Ridgeline :(
     
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