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Long travel or mid travel and off road toy?

Discussion in 'All Terrain Vehicles' started by jacobigindi, Aug 19, 2012.

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which is best/ makes the most sense?

  1. long travel tacoma

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. mid travel tacoma and buggy

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  3. 3" lift tacoma and buggy

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. Aug 19, 2012 at 1:07 AM
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    jacobigindi

    jacobigindi [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So i've only really been off-roading once, in Barstow to test my school's SAE baja car, but ever since then, I've been hooked with the entire concept. Once I get my degree, I'm planning on selling my 5 lug and getting a slightly older V6 4x4 2nd gen.
    Now the dilemma. I'd love to long travel the truck, but its super expensive and i don't like the idea of my daily driver being my primary offroad vehicle (damages)
    My other option is either lifting or doing a mid travel on the truck and buying a buggy of some sort to mess with and have as my primary off roader. I know the second option is probably as/more expensive than the first, but at least i wont have to worry about wrecking my daily driver and I'd be alot more comfortable tinkering with a $3000 fixer upper buggy than with a $20,000 truck. (I'd be lifting/mid-traveling the truck just to be able to tow the buggy around in the desert)
    I'm also wondering if you can even build a baja bug/manx, that would be as much fun as a long travel tacoma? and how much does that generally cost? Any input about that would be great too
    I know its a bit early to be thinking about this as i still have at least 2 years before i graduate, but my curiosity got the best of me :D
     
  2. Aug 19, 2012 at 1:11 AM
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    D SPAID

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    Just buy a trailer and "buggy " and tow it when you go out
     
  3. Aug 19, 2012 at 1:18 AM
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    RJALLDAY702

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  4. Aug 19, 2012 at 1:22 AM
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    RJALLDAY702

    RJALLDAY702 U MAD? OH U MAD

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    this.
     
  5. Aug 19, 2012 at 1:33 AM
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    TC yota

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    Buggy would be the most bang for your buck fun factor
     
  6. Aug 19, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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    jacobigindi

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    What would be the best offroader (i.e. baja bug, manx, custom buggy, etc.)? And about how much would a good setup cost?
     
  7. Aug 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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    you can buy a built truck for less than putting LT on your truck. definitely go with a built rig you will never see the money again if you put it into your truck.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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    This ^^
     
  9. Aug 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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    There's always dudes who life is forcing to grow up and selling their toys to buy a family car. Make their loss your gain.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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    k, so it looks like i'll just start with a simple lift and eventually do a mid travel. I kinda get how to mid travel the front (TC uca's CO's and eventually TC LCA's if needed) but I'm kinda confused on the rear. I was thinking of the defined engineering stage one kit with longer shocks. I'd probably keep the stock fenders and just trim them out a little to fit bigger tires. does that sound like a pretty solid mid-travel? any CO and rear shock recommendations? also, could i put the rear shocks in the stock locations, or will i need to build a bed cage?
     
  11. Aug 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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    oh, and for the front, would i need extended front axels if i do mid travel?
     
  12. Aug 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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    RJ is selling his MT set up I believe Icons. But you arent quite ready it looks. and im not sure about the axles but I assume the axles are fine you arent getting anymore travel out of the front you are just getting better shocks in a sense that are valved better.
     
  13. Aug 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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    I was hoping to do some high(ish) speed desert running, but nothing too serious. The buggy would basically just be a side project that i could easily sell if i needed to and still have the truck.
    So the longer shocks could mount up like the stock ones? ...I think as far as the truck is concerned, i mainly want to increase the ground clearance a little, fit 33's, and armor it up. I figured mid travel is best way to lift it without compromising too much ride quality. I'm pretty familiar with long travel and simple lifts, but i'm a bit hazy about the mid travel grey area in between haha
     
  14. Dec 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    Put the money into a sand rail with a LS motor or buy someone's nicely built LT truck at a big discount .
     
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  16. Jan 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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    Op just setup your taco as a tow rig and put your money into the buggy better to beat on a buggy than the truck I wish I went that route
     
  17. Jan 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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