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Tacoma 04 tow package -- info needed

Discussion in 'Towing' started by jvantassell, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. Feb 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    jvantassell

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    I have a Tacoma 04 TRD and have been pulling a popup for several years. It is now time to upgrade. I called the parts dept at my Toyota dealer and asked what was in the trailer tow package and what would it cost to have it installed. I was told if I wanted the tow package it had to be installed when I bought it and could not be done now. :confused: Next I brought the manual to the dealer and talked with the service department. Since I was having the timing belt replaced they told me I needed a heavy duty fan clutch. Now I see in forums that I also need a heavy duty alternator, larger battery, oil cooler, and trans cooler. I have the break control and hitch.
    Since I cannot trust my Toyota dealer can anyone tell me the specs for the alternator, battery, oil cooler, and trans cooler.
    I see this trans cooler recommended http://www.jegs.com/i/B%26M/130/70264/10002/-1
    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2009 at 9:34 PM
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    ARB1977

    ARB1977 Don't be a dick

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    On my 2002 Taco i added the factory tow option after the fact. Hitch, harness, green fan clutch (non tow options have a orange or red fan clutch). Thats pretty much it. You dont get a secondary tranny cooler or oil cooler. If you have an auto pickup the biggest, stack plate cooler you can fit.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2009 at 9:46 PM
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    Welcome to TW!

    I wouldn't worry about trying to add the components of the tow package. You are fine. The popup isn't much weight. I towed an 18' bass boat with my 2003 Tacoma. No problems at all. I wouldn't worry about trying to upgrade now.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2009 at 3:07 AM
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    jvantassell

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm looking at getting a Jayco 213 with a DVW of around 4500 and GVW of 5500. That would put me near the max tow weight of 6000 with the tow package. I think I would at least have to add the trans cooler for sure. Don't know about the heavy duty alternator, battery, and oil cooler.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2009 at 3:12 AM
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    You are going to drop some serious coin if you try & add all that to your truck, if it can be done. May want to consider finding a Tacoma with a towing package already.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2009 at 5:43 AM
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    maverick491

    maverick491 Towing Guru

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    You have an 04 that's a gen 1 truck. Your tow rating is 5000lbs NOT REPEAT NOT 6000lbs.

    Full tow package was/is only available on gen 2 v6 trucks (2005-2009). There is no larger alternator for a gen 1 truck.

    You can add a bigger battery, but w/o the bigger alternator i dunno if it would be of any benefit.

    As for the trans cooler, the one I linked in the towing bible is fine. Just remember that the tranny can never be too cool, so bigger is better here.

    Also consider a different trailer, as running over the tow rating is when bad shit happens.

    Regards,
     
  7. Feb 23, 2009 at 9:22 PM
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    canadiankid

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    If you could upgrade to 05+ with a tow package it would be a lot better for towing and maybe not cost you too much.
     
  8. Feb 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM
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    I'm beginning to think that I will stay with my popup a bit longer. I have 96,000 on the 04 and that will pull it just fine. Perhaps upgrade my AC so it cools it better when I'm in the south during the summer :(
     
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