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SR5 or TRD?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Ocean's, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Oct 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM
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    Ocean's

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    I searched but wanted to hear new posts about the Suspension Differences.

    Is the TRD too Bouncy? Will the TRd suspension help keep the rear end from sagging when Towing?
     
  2. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:00 PM
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    I think TRD is an upgrade no matter how you rock it. If you get the Off Road..you get the Locker...a well worth upgrade. I just bought the TRD Off Road and it rides very nice...I hit speed bumps on a stock suspension and it is plush
     
  3. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:03 PM
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    x2 the TRD package comes w/ Billys all the way around...it rides much smoother and performs better off road :cool: Not to mention the locker
     
  4. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:04 PM
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    Get the TRD, Its worth the little bit extra you pay over the SR5. The locker pays for itself
     
  5. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM
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    i have the trd offroad and i love it but the sr5 isnt bad at all either alot of my friends have the sr5 and i never hear them complain
     
  6. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM
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    Thanks Tri(Sounds like Tree)!

    I am soo excited about owning a Truck. It will be my first 4x4 or Truck for that matter.

    I am interested in getting the Locker. Funny thing today i went to Test drive a Used and when I went to lock the Diff via the button on the dash, it just kept blinking RED. The sales guy din't know waht was wrong or if we needed to be stopped??

    Anyway, other than that, it drove like a slot car. Very fun and I had a smile the whole time. The Tacoma bug has bitten deep! :p

    Didn't see all the responses till i posted. thanks for the tips.

    I want the Auto, but isn't there somewher to get the Added Tranny cooler for Towing?
    couldn't find it on website
     
  7. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:12 PM
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    Plus if you plan on wheeling the Locker is a nice thing to have when you get stuck...4x4 is the way to go. I bought a new one because Tacomas hold their value so well that the used ones were almost as much as a new one...plus I got exactly what I wanted. I have a BMW that I drive on a daily basis and wish I was in the tacoma every time.
     
  8. Oct 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM
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    Depends on what you want. I took a complete look at the SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-road packages, and in the end neither of the TRD packages was worth the premium in price.

    I quite like my SR5. I know it's not as off road capable as a 4x4 or a TRD (or a 4x4 TRD), but for what I need and want, it was the right choice.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:04 AM
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    I actually just need the Truck for Towing my boat. I am worried if I only get 2 wheel drive i might get stuck.

    Once I launch the Boat the rear tires could be wet and the ramp slippery. Then, I would have to use the 4 x 4 to get me out.

    I like the PreRunner because it tow's another 200 lbs. but I think i need the security of the 4x4...
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:08 AM
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  11. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:15 AM
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    TRD Auto comes with a towing package that included an oil cooler for towing.

    The locker only engages in 4lo and you have to already be in 4hi to engage the 4lo, and you must be stopped (Possibly in N, I don't remember at this specific time). To engage the locker in 4lo you'll have to either move forward or backward in an S motion to align the gears in the rear diff. to get them to lock, otherwise yes, it will just flash angry red at you the whole time. :D

    PS - Don't engage 4WD Hi or Lo on dry pavement.
     
  12. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:24 AM
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    Those Salesguy's...You would think they would know a llittle something.

    Thx Krazie Sj. I'm a sponge for tips...lol
     
  13. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM
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  14. Oct 8, 2009 at 7:51 AM
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    #1 Just curious. If your stuck in the mud how does does one go forward or backward in an S motion?

    I would like to get the TRD OFFROAD but I might have to buy used, and may only find TRD SPORT. Question I have here is: I prolly won't be doin any off road. My Main points are Towing, (Not getting stuck at the bottom of the ramp)+( I won't ever to be able to load my boat from the shore or from the dirt because of the HEFT...weight) so although the locker is great would it help me at the ramp?

    I mean if the rear wheels start to slide I just use 4x4 Lo right?

    This ramp is an EASy ramp. the others are llike 150' down [\ <--like that...lol

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Oct 8, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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    I have the SR5 and that means I don't have the "Locker" right? What's this Locker thing and what does it do?

    Another question:

    What's the point of getting the TRD if people are going to get a 3" lift, for example, Bilstein 5100 or OME kits? Doesn't that mean you would replace the stock Bilstein suspension that's already on there? I thought when people get the TRD they're paying more because they want the stock Bilstein suspension. :confused:
     
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    I pull boats and trailers with my Taco alot. You will be fine with any of the 4x4 packages. I've never had to use my locker for pulling a boat out of the water. I have had to use 4x4 on slime covered ramps. I doubt you'd need to use 4lo either, just click into 4hi drive straight up and then click out of 4hi into 2x and make any turns.

    [​IMG]

    When stuck in mud and needing the locker...Hold brake for like 5 seconds then click into 4lo, then push the locker button. Shift into D, let off the brake, and the gears should mesh and the light will Locker light will stay on.
     
  17. Oct 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    The point of getting the TRD is the Limited slip that comes with the Sports, and the Locker that comes with the Off Roads.
     
  18. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:28 PM
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    Assuming he's talking new, but pre-09, the SR5 has the true mechanical LSD.
     
  19. Oct 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    SR5 is a "bells and whisltes" option package(s). It has absolutely nothing to do suspension or drive train or lockers. It is all trim, color keyed this and that, bluetooth, JLB, etc.
     
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    My dad has an 07 SR5 and he replaced all the shocks with Bilstein 5100 so the suspension has a more rigid feel. Just to give you an idea...oh and I have the TRD Off Road...
     
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