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The difference 4 and 6cyl. axles,frame,susp

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by mpgnc64, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Aug 25, 2009 at 9:42 PM
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    mpgnc64

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    So in a discussion with a few guys in my shop, a few say everything is the same on both except the tranny, engine and electonics. I not looking for all the tiny things that are different. So is the frame, axles, suspension the same for both? The discussion was concerning the fact that a 4 banger wouldnt strain or stress certain parts of the vehicle as much as a 6cyl and would or would not contribute to the length of the usable life span of the truck. So whats the general concensus?
     
  2. Aug 25, 2009 at 11:50 PM
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    unless you have a 5 lug lol

    but i know for sure the frame is the same...

    6 lugs have the same susp. throughout the board v6 or i4...and im pretty sure the rear axle as well...
     
  3. Aug 25, 2009 at 11:57 PM
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    The key in my decision to buy (and keep buying) 4-cyl Tacomas is the intrinsically simpler and more robust design of this versus the larger Vs. When Toyota first designed its legendary offroad truck, an all-manual transmission/axle-locking mechanism was built around a simple, refined, and durable 4 cylinder engine. It had many fewer cams, valves, and accessory exhaust components to service, and an ideal weight-to-power ratio for a light truck application. Today the 4 cyl engine is further refined with such improvements as injectors and VVT-i, but is still the cornerstone of Toyota's reputation. If Toyota still made a Tacoma with fully manual transfer case and front axle engagement, I would buy it at once. That's my 2 dollars' worth (2 cents, adjusted for inflation).
     
  4. Aug 26, 2009 at 12:09 AM
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    plus the 4 banger sounds like a diesel lol
     
  5. Aug 26, 2009 at 1:27 AM
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  6. Aug 26, 2009 at 4:14 AM
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    That makes no sense. A smaller engine with less torque should produce less stress and strain on the chassis/suspension than the larger V6. Plus the reduced tow rating of the 4 banger would extend life. I think your buddies have it bass ackwards.
     
  7. Aug 26, 2009 at 4:21 AM
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    true that.

    plus toyota 4-cyl engines are bulletproof
     
  8. Aug 26, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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    Thats what I was saying that it would not stress it as much, but they were wanting to know if the transfer case, axles, and front end was the same as for the 6cyl.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    The 4 cyl prerunner will be the same, except motor and tranny, and no 4x4 components. I would agree longevity should be greater with less stress on the truck overall with the 4 vs 6 cyl powertrain.
     
  10. Aug 26, 2009 at 7:29 PM
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    Yeah i like the diesel sound of the 4 cyl too sounds grunty and tough.
     
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    and slow...lol
     
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    yea i love my 4 banger and wouldn't trade it for anything. And the engine will never stop working. My grandpa drives a 94 pre-taco and it has 315k miles on it and he puts 25,000 on it a year just driving it around the farm and most of those miles are not on paved roads (northern pennsylvania haha)
     
  14. Sep 1, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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    The gearing is totally different 4cyl 4x4 has 4:10 and 6 cyl has 3:96
     
  15. Sep 1, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    Yeah so everything else is the same, transfer case, axles(not gearing), frame. A few guys were saying its a whole different set up. I say its the same truck except the engine and tranny.
     
  16. Sep 2, 2009 at 4:25 AM
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    that would be correct.

    i have a 4 cyl 5 lug and my dad has a 6 lug dclb...

    i think even the rear axle housing looks the same...just different gears...
     
  17. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:34 PM
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    the only thing i can think of is the gearing ratio. on the four banger, the gear ratio is lower than the six. 4;30 on my 2001 fourbanger
     
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