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The 5.29 Mega Thread!!

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by JoeCOVA, Jul 6, 2018.

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What gear oil do you use

  1. 75W-90

    33.3%
  2. 85w-140

    54.8%
  3. Other

    2.4%
  4. 75W-110

    9.5%
  1. May 4, 2021 at 9:55 PM
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    Relyk711

    Relyk711 Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting them with my 33"s. I'm also going to be about 600lbs over stock dry, and 1300lbs+ with passengers and gear. Mostly I chose them because I know how the truck feels at higher RPM and how weak it feels at ~1500 rpm going 70.

    It's happiest with stock gears going 40-55, that's just unrealistic for 90% of my miles. I'm either trying to keep up with traffic going 70+ or on city roads/off-road going 20-35.

    I'm by no means a lead footer, I never felt like there was an issue with stock tires until I added a lot of weight, like 1000lbs. With 33s that got worse. Even now I'm still okay with how it drives around town, it's mostly at highway speed where I'm either squeezing it hard to stay in 5th at 65 or it's burning fuel like elon musk going 70 in 4th
     
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  2. May 5, 2021 at 7:09 AM
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    MountainManGuy

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    I see all these comments about doing the front locker at the same time as the gears. Is that just because it's easier to do it while everything is apart?

    Can I do my gears now and add a front locker later?
     
  3. May 5, 2021 at 7:43 AM
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    Texoma

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    A bunch a cool stickers, a bada ass MetalMiller Tx Longhorns grill emblem painted Hemi Orange, JBA long tube headers with o2 sims, Diff breather mod, Red LED interior lights, Fancy head unit that plays ipod n movies, Also DIY install factory stuff like, factory cruise control, factory intermittent wipers, OME nitro struts with 886x springs and toy tec top plate, JBA high caster UCA's for better alignmnet and dey beefier too, Old Man Emu Dakar leaf springs in da rear with the gear, U bolt flipper, Ivan Stewart TRD rims with 33" K Bro 2's, some bad ass weather tech floor liners so I don't muck up my interior, an ATO shackle flipper for mo travel in da rear wit the gear, also super shiny Fox 2.0 shocks back there too, all sorts of steal armor for bouncing off of the rocks like demello sliders, AP front skid, trans skid, n transfer skid, demello gas tank skid, and a tough as nails ARB bumper with warn 8k winch, I'm sure there's more
    Nothing but good, pair that with a tune, and you'll get way more smiles per gallon.
     
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  4. May 5, 2021 at 7:43 AM
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    Texoma

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    A bunch a cool stickers, a bada ass MetalMiller Tx Longhorns grill emblem painted Hemi Orange, JBA long tube headers with o2 sims, Diff breather mod, Red LED interior lights, Fancy head unit that plays ipod n movies, Also DIY install factory stuff like, factory cruise control, factory intermittent wipers, OME nitro struts with 886x springs and toy tec top plate, JBA high caster UCA's for better alignmnet and dey beefier too, Old Man Emu Dakar leaf springs in da rear with the gear, U bolt flipper, Ivan Stewart TRD rims with 33" K Bro 2's, some bad ass weather tech floor liners so I don't muck up my interior, an ATO shackle flipper for mo travel in da rear wit the gear, also super shiny Fox 2.0 shocks back there too, all sorts of steal armor for bouncing off of the rocks like demello sliders, AP front skid, trans skid, n transfer skid, demello gas tank skid, and a tough as nails ARB bumper with warn 8k winch, I'm sure there's more
    Yes
     
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  5. May 5, 2021 at 6:53 PM
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    The_Grey_Pilgrim

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    what he said. I’m on stock tires still, but with a literal half ton of extra weight. Still totally worth it.
     
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  6. May 5, 2021 at 9:27 PM
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    JoeCOVA

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    Can do it later but you will have to pay for labor twice essentially which is why most do it together. That said you will rarely need the front locker.
     
  7. May 5, 2021 at 9:39 PM
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    Vegasstunts

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    That and the stock CV shafts aren't the strongest things in the world
     
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  8. May 11, 2021 at 5:28 PM
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    b3itz

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    Tuned, geared, armored...
    Update - about 700 miles in. I love the way it drives.
    However, I have noticed that during a decel at around 75 mph, I get a noticable moan or whurr and a slight vibe that I can feel through the floor. It isn't enough to immediately startle me. You can't hear it with the radio off. Other than that, seems to drive fine and the break in oil change seemed good
     
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  9. May 13, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    reymataco

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    Stock wheels/tires (actually 17" SEMA pro 265/70/17 vs 16" that came with the truck, but same tire size)
    I am heavy, last trip to Moab fully loaded I was at 6500 lbs. I still have rear armor (waiting on @Apogee Offroad for their dual swing arm rear bumper) and potentially skids (will probably do aluminum as they're 'just in case'). Winch goes in this weekend, that should be all, but will bring me closer to 6900 lbs fully loaded.

    I am considering gears, my taco is heavy and it drives like turds on the highway. I have the KDMax tune, it helps. I don't hate my current wheel setup. I don't need to go bigger for looks nor to keep up with any of the big tire boys on the trails that I do.

    That being said, I wouldn't mind bigger tires/wheels if it helps top speed with the right gears, etc.

    So, my question is: If I am overweight and growing, but am fine with my stock-ish wheel/tire setup, which gears? Read a bunch of this thread, seems to be a split on opinion in my case. Stock tires, 4.88's. Overweight, 5.29's. @b3itz is the closest to my build spec with recent experience/posts, but has a manual tranny... I do want to be able to go 75+ mph (as our speed limits in Colorado dictate) with out issues. Super charger is likely in my future, but I need a good tune from @PapaRee for it first! Couple years off probably for that final piece of the build... I would appreciate any thoughts or feedback on this build decision.

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    Last edited: May 13, 2021 at 7:18 AM
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  10. May 13, 2021 at 7:43 AM
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    plasticsnaks

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    I have 4:88’s and same size tires as you and KDmax LT.....A/T long bed with topper no armor. I’m at ~2300 rpm at 75 mph. With 5:29’s you’re going to be around 2500rpm at 75mph. I’m happy with 4:88’s but, I’m light. My highway (flat S Texas) mpgs are 16-20 depending on headwind.

    .......around 200 rpm difference at 75mph between 4:88’s and 5:29’s. I would lean 5:29’s with the weight you are pulling. Gears are going to make a huge difference for the better!
     
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  11. May 13, 2021 at 7:54 AM
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    Burmapeak

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    That's good to hear. My gears should be arriving today and I've been worry about choosing 5.29's v.s. 4.88's
     
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  12. May 13, 2021 at 8:08 AM
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    Silverlogic

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    4.88s if you don't plan on bigger tires.
     
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  13. May 13, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    socalexpeditions

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    5.29

    Also unless you’re literally carrying rocks for fun, I don’t think you’re 6500lbs. Got a pic of your weigh in from the scales?
     
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  14. May 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    b3itz

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    Tuned, geared, armored...
    I say 5.29 just because you say you don't want bigger wheels/tires now... but oh you will!!
     
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  15. May 13, 2021 at 10:03 AM
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    reymataco

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  16. May 13, 2021 at 10:08 AM
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    reymataco

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    It's been nearly two years into my build, but I just don't feel the need for bigger wheels/tires with all the problems that come with. These trucks are already anemic, I don't want to make it incapable of highway speeds!... Mo rubber mo problems! I think my baby wheels/tires look just fine, thank you! :rofl:
     
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  17. May 13, 2021 at 10:13 AM
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    Bandido

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  18. May 13, 2021 at 10:45 AM
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    Damn she chunky! Definitely 5.29s in my opinion.
     
  19. May 13, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    reymataco

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    Gonna get worse, too! Probably will be 6900-7000 pounds (fully loaded) when its all said and done, depending if I have a front passenger or not.

    I just got off the phone with Slee Offroad in Golden, CO - they recommend 4.88's with stock tire sizes. More or less regardless of weight, from what I gathered. I am leaning to 4.88's since I love their shop and their work/reputation. The other big reason I would lean towards 4.88's would be to maintain highway top speed capabilities. Also, this would align with less deviation from the factory setup. Similar argument for why I won't do bigger wheels/tires, doubly so if I have not identified the need to date for the trails I do. If I were ever to go to larger wheels/tires, 5.29's all day. So long as either option would represent a noticed improvement over stock gearing with my current build, then I think I would be happy either way? I would err on the side of less aggressive change from stock gear ratios? Thanks for all the feedback so far!
     
  20. May 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM
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    Tacolife5

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    My setup of 5.29's with 33's is damn near identical rpm's as stock tires on 4.88's. I haul about 1300lbs of weight every weekend and wouldn't want my rpm's any higher for highway driving. Also your stock tires are lighter and turn over easier than my 33's so from my experience I'd say go with 4.88's.
     
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