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Is it worth it?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by teehext, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    teehext

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    Hey guys, this is my first post here, coming from the world of offroad VW's.
    I have a guy who wants to trade his 2000 Tacoma for my Baja Bug, which I have listed at $7500. I don't know a lot about Tacoma's so I was hoping you guys may be able to help me out on what you think this truck would be worth.

    Here's all the info he gave me:

    2000 Tacoma 3.4 TRD Supercharged
    157k miles
    Prerunner bumper front and rear
    Four 4" offroad lights in front
    HID headlights
    Camburg Mid-Travel kit w/ SAW RaceRunner coilovers
    Shackle lift in back with adjustable shocks
    33x12.5R15 Rims and tires
    Full size spare on rear bumper
    10" sub
    Automatic trans

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    Now I'm new to Tacoma's, but I am not new to cars or offroading, so I have my fair share of concerns.

    First off, the exhaust is still stock, which worries me because I've heard stories of people destroying systems and catalytic converters because the stock exhaust can't handle the supercharger.

    Also, he told me he only has the upper arms on the mid-travel kit, and that the truck has about 9" of travel in the front. Am I going to be able to take whoops at a decent speed with this setup? I know that sounds like a naive way to phrase the question, I guess I'm curious if this is a decent setup or if you need the lower arms for the full benefit. Right now I just pin it through the rough stuff in my bug and it bounces right over. Don't want to give that up.

    Sorry, this ended up being a bit long of a read...but if anyone can help me out at all I'd be very grateful

    Thanks,
    Tyler
     
  2. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is gooder 'en chicken Moderator

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    The CAT concern is not true.

    I don't see a rear pre-runner bumper, only a tire carrier.

    I'd be a little skeptical about 9" of travel. I wouldn't take whoops at decent speeds with that set-up. You need a good LT not a mid travel.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    STLharry

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    As a trade value-wise, that's a real good deal for you as long as that truck is in good shape mechanically. If you wanted something that's comparable to a buggy-type vehicle, then it's not the best match. You would still need to upgrade the suspension to an LT setup first (not cheap).

    I would do it, then just sell the truck if you want something else. That thing could probably fetch more than the 7500 you are asking for the Baja Bug.

    Make sure it's in good mechanical order though first. If he abused it on trails and such, it could just be a money pit for repairs.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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    TRDBen

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    I think it's worth it depending on what you want to do with the truck. If you want a full bad ass crazy baja truck, skip it, if you want a quick capable offroader, go for it.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    SAS T4R

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    That truck looks very clean. You should post up a few pics of your bug so we can make a comparison. But just from the info I obtained, it may be worth the trade depending on what you are wanting to do with it. that truck looks to be a 2WD...is that correct? I would prefer a 4wd... but maybe that's just me.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    4banger4x4

    4banger4x4 Probably should'nt have done that.

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    If your looking to get an equal trave money wise then I would do it seeing as how that truck is worth more than 7k. But keep in mind it's got to drink the expensive gas because of the supercharger.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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    It is a 2WD. Here's a couple pics of the bug

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    The premium gas is a good point. So I guess another question I have, how plausible is it to remove the supercharger and go back to stock? Is it a bolt-on SC or is it more in-depth?

    I'm not looking for a full baja truck, I know it isn't in the budget. But having something I could do a solid 20-30mph offroad in would be nice, don't want to have to crawl too much stuff.

    Thanks for the replies so far, very helpful!
     
  8. Apr 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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    IDtrucks

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    with all the parts in it, as long as it runs great i think 7500 is a great buy!
     
  9. Apr 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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    SnowroxKT

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    I would trade.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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    That bug is freakin awesome.
     
  11. Apr 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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    I think it's two skinnier tires in front and two bfg's in the rear.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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    Twistedfreedom

    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like there is a spacer onto of the C/O
     
  13. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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    woa! just saw that.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM
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    Nope don't trade for that truck.
     
  15. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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    I'm seeing what everyone else is. No rear bumper,it's a 2WD and I'm not sure about it being considered a mid travel ( I'm not very knowledgeable about lifts,but in my short time here I've learned enough to know that spacers will lift but not supply travel ). I'd keep the bug,especially if you're not really into the supercharger.
     
  16. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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    Twistedfreedom

    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    It's got coil overs and UCAs but it looks like there is a spacer stacked on top of the coil overs to me.
     
  17. Apr 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    teehext

    teehext [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Good eye, I didn't notice those spacers at all! I have spacers on my trailblazer, not looking to get another truck with spacers. Really stiffens the ride. Lots of good points, looks like I may be holding onto the bug for a bit longer.

    Twistedfreedom, I noticed you're running the Camburg UCAs. What do you think about them, any before and after opinions?
     
  18. Apr 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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    Good choice, wait for a 4wd with a locker
     
  19. Apr 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    I love them it changed the ride quite a bit from my stock UCAs after the lift was put on. I wouldn't go back to a balljoint after having uniballs.
     
  20. Apr 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    Dig the bug! ...with a gem like that you can hold out for exactly what you want... or sell it for a pretty penny and have $ towards another good offroad beast!
     
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