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Little help for a Tacoma noobie

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by I3uller, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    I3uller

    I3uller [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I'm new to Tacos and pretty new to the off-road scene in general. I'm looking at a 2004 Taco. SR5 TRD 4x4 V6 5 spd manual. Its got 54k miles on it and is going for 14,500. Thats all good and well but it has a Fabtech 6" lift on it and is running BFG 34" tires. I've heard some bad things about the Fabtech lifts and worse things about the CVs with big tires on tacos. The guy said he did some rock crawling in it and used it for hunting to get out into the middle of nowhere. It was his daily so I didn't imagine him doing anything too extreme to it. The underside was really clean and I couldn't find any spots that looked like he fell onto a rock at. Anything I should know about the year or any good questions to ask would be immensely appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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    kmok

    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    I have a 2003 TRD 4x4 V6 5speed manual and I love it. Sorry idk about Fabtech lifts.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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    pittim

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    Hey Ryan!
     
  4. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    I3uller

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    Oh daaaang!
     
  5. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    Andrew H

    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    got an 04 prerunner. no problems with it so far. couldnt tell you about the lift though. seems a little extreme of a lift and some heavy ass tires to be cruising with around as a daily driver. just my opinion though.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:48 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    Welcome to TW! I don't know much about Fabtech lifts, but if that truck is in decent shape, that's a killer deal. I paid $13,000 for an 02 with over 100k miles.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    Delmarva

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    Welcome to TW :wave:

    The 05+ guys are pretty happy with their Fabtech lifts me thinks :D
     
  8. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:09 PM
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    Thanks for the welcome guys. I've heard the fabtech doesn't really help clearance at all. I'm not looking to get too into the off road scene so its not that big of a deal for me though.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2009 at 5:53 AM
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    People are right about the fabtech to an extent -- the drop bracket makes you lose some of what you gain with the 6 inch lift. However, the 6" lets you run bigger tires, so think of your lift coming from there... :D
     
  10. Jan 19, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    Good point haha.
     
  11. Jan 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM
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    Couple pictures of it:

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  12. Jan 19, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    I depends how hard you drive your truck.... that goes for alll suspensions.
     
  13. Jan 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM
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    I'd buy it.
     
  14. Jan 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM
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    ^^^^x2. Looks like a nice taco. Snag it before it is gone.
     
  15. Jan 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM
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    i would def buy that truck if i was in the market

    1st gens are so much better built than the new ones :D
     
  16. Jan 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM
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    Thats a great looking truck... :thumbsup:
     
  17. Jan 19, 2009 at 5:08 PM
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    ^^^x3 Give her a nice solid test drive, maybe if you have a mechanic as a friend have a look at it. But if all is well and to your liking I would snag it up, thats a good deal it seems to me..
     
  18. Jan 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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    Since he's a stupid noob (no offence Ryan ;D) and new to the forum, I'll ask this for him.

    He's near Fayetteville NC...what part of SC are you in Tigerfan? Think you'd be willing to help him out with a look over? Or any of the other CA fix it division people that might be a bit closer?

    Knowing a little more about the truck due to other forums that myself and I3uller are on, the seller seems like he'd be completely honest about the truck, but it would be nice to still have a 3rd parties opinion on the truck.
     
  19. Jan 19, 2009 at 9:14 PM
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    if its fairly close by then absolutely i'd be glad to give it a once over
     
  20. Jan 20, 2009 at 6:28 AM
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    I don't know where in SC you are but just to get to Rock Hill takes me about 3 and a half hours. :(
     
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