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Looking to buy new 2018, few questions

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SuzukiGS750EZ, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Feb 12, 2018 at 11:21 PM
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    Stocklocker

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    Tacomas, in general, have extremely poor forward visibility, scoop or not. Maybe the worst in the business. Much worse than a Jeep, or more surprising, worse than my full-size F350. It’s one of the negative things about the truck IMHO. I am very glad of not having a hood scoop, as I do a little bit of technical wheeling from time to time. Driving down gravel roads, it won’t make much difference, but when things are getting dicey, the missing scoop is appreciated on my TRD OR.

    I like the way the scoop looks otherwise. It should be retractable! :thumbsup:
     
  2. Feb 13, 2018 at 7:50 AM
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    Good point. Crawling over the peak of a hill I can' see shit over the thing. Although they finally fixed the wind noise from the earlier ones but the new shape sends quite the glare back at you on certain angles
    Looks cool bit that's about all it' good for
     
  3. Feb 13, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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    I was surprised how much difference there is in the suspension of the Pro. I had an 07 SR5 prior to this and the Pro is like sleeping on a feather bed as opposed to sleeping on the floor with the SR5. Not sure how much better the Bilsteins are on the Off Roads, but I know the Fox is awesome.
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    ^^^^ words of wisdom.
     
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  5. Feb 13, 2018 at 8:38 AM
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    All I want to say is that everything on an OR is functional. I like the way the Sport scoop looks but I would feel dumb having one knowing it DOESN'T DO ANYTHING.

    And always remember you can get the OR with color matched bumpers.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM
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    Just do one good functional and aesthetic mod and you'll get rid of those feelings. :curls:
     
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    Ok, so besides the OR obviously being for off road, where do the extra features over the sport come into play on pavement? I live in new england so snow and some yearly heavy rains will be about all i'll deal with and the occassional mud... does the crawl really help with these conditions all that much? We have some wheeling areas around here and while i'd go with somebody if they wanted to go bang their vehicle around in the mud/sand/rocks, it's not really for me. Well, not in a new truck anyways. I like the "sound" of the crawl and have seen videos of it in action but not having really driven trucks much (my grandfathers 04 silverado, not 4x4) is about all i've driven a few places. The shocks aren't really that big of a deal for me because they're easily replaced. But the diff, crawl, etc. do need to be taken into consideration as it's going to be a truck i'll have for a good while. I don't really do many risky maneuvers but if i had to i guess i could see having to pull another truck out of the snow somewhere like plowing or just slipping off the road. How bad are the OR shocks on the road? Like doing 40 and taking a turn you feel like you're on a snow tube?
     
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    Crawl control and the locker have no use at all on dry or wet pavement. Even on snow covered roads, neither is a “go to”. The locker could help you get unstuck, maybe in snow. Handling/ride is very subjective. I think you need to test drive both.
     
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    You will need to test drive both to see what you like, I drive on rough old Rural Roads with many potholes and appreciate the Off Roads smoother ride.
     
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    So sport has rear power window and offroad doesn't?
     
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    If I was you, I wouldn’t listen to those Toyota technicians... I have argued with a lot of them dealership mechanics cause they don’t know what they are talking about or just pretending to know something and ends up the complete opposite.

    Question, have you even replace the diff fluid in your old truck? That is the most common issue. Second common thing that leads to diff failure is using the lockers when you don’t need it.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2018 at 12:40 AM
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    Mine has power rear window and it’s an Off-road. I just have the regular tow package, no premium and it came with powered windows
     
  13. Feb 14, 2018 at 3:21 AM
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    Look up black flip g2. I had the factory one on my lease I turned In.. I liked it a lot. But the back flip looks way better and goes all the way up when needed.
     
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    The Off Road comes with the Sliding Rear Window.
     
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    The sport has firmly tuned shocks to decrease body roll while taking tight corners on the pavement. The Off-Road shocks you are going to feel much more sway. The sport also has street tires so IMHO they will do better on dry/wet pavement. There will also be less road noise with the street tires than the All Terrain tires on the Off-Road (however not much). Keep in mind just because the Sport is tuned more for the street doesn't mean it can't go Off-Road. I've taken my Sport off pavement plenty of times with the stock Firestone tires and rarely have issues. Now I don't do anything too extreme because I'm like you and I don'w want to bang up my truck so I stick to the light/medium trails. Even with the street tires these trucks are badass off-road. If your truly torn between the gadgets that the Off-Road has and the driveability of the Sport. Go take a look at the 3rd gen for sale threads. There are tons of people selling the OEM suspension and tires and stuff. Just a suggestion but you could buy the Off-Road to get the electronics and functionality and then after the fact buy some shocks off a sport for under $100. Then you would have your ideal truck. Just a suggestion.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2018 at 10:47 AM
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    The TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, and TRD Pro all come with power sliding rear window standard from 2017+
     
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