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"To TRD" or "Not to TRD"

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by robbymartin, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Jan 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have looked into TRD's and Prerunner's and finding an affordable TRD is seemingly hard to come by, but Prerunner's seem to be plentiful. What I really want is the locking differential. Would it be better to find a prerunner and add an aftermarket e-locker or hold out and find a TRD? What would be the cost of adding an aftermarket e-locker?
     
  2. Jan 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM
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    I think a locker would be around $700. Im not the best one too listen too someone will chime in
     
  3. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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    op, iirc the diff is different (size?) in trd v. non-trd tacomas...i may be wrong:notsure:. having said that, it may be worthwhile to convert the truck yourself and stop the search...i can't imagine that you'd affect/effect a warranty at this point on a 1st gen.

    price: depends on the truck.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    MowTaco

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    This may seem stupid... but you do realize that the Prerunner isn't 4X4 right? Or are your talking about regular Prerunners vs. TRD Prerunners?
     
  5. Jan 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    get a 4x4


    4x4>e-locker
     
  6. Jan 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    RideFast

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    there are many versions of the all mighty tacoma
    2x4 mini tacoma like mowtaco
    prerunner tacoma looks like a 4x4 truck (no locker 2x4)
    prerunner trd 2x4 tacoma has a locker(looks like 4x4)
    4x4 tacoma non trd (no locker)
    4x4 tacoma TRD with a locker

    I am sure there are more versions out there, these are most common tho.
    My buddy has a tacoma like mowtaco that is 4x4 with the 2.7 from the factory.

    If u have any question that u will go wheeling make sure u at least get a trd prerunner, or install an after market locker.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    if you absolutely want an elocker, i'd hold out to find a TRD truck. It's pretty common to find complete elocker rears for sale, but some of them dont include the factory wiring, plus it might take longer to find a complete rear for sale than it will take to find a TRD truck.

    if you dont care about having a selectable locker, get an aussie.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    I'm talking about a 2WD Prerunner or a 2WD TRD. I looked at the Aussie locker and it looks as though they don't offer a locker for the 1st gens. Any other locker ideas? Maybe I'll just hold out for the TRD...they are just quite a bit more expensive in my area.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    SargeSlapnuts

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    where can i get an aussie locker? are they worth a fuck compared to the powertax lockright?
     
  10. Jan 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    How hard would it be to make a Trd that didnt have the locker into one that dose? cause i bought another tacoma project truck for $800 and it has the locking diff but my tacoma dosent have it but it is a trd 4x4 no dout.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    swap the axle and the wiring harness over.
     
  12. Jan 31, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    lets see the project truck!
     
  13. Jan 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    why do you want locker over 4x4?
     
  14. Jan 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    i think he just wants a Prerunner and can't decide whether or not to pay the extra money for the TRD.

    I say if you plan on modding it like lift and tires it might be cheaper to just get the base and add a locker later.
     
  15. Jan 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    This locker Idea: PowerTrax No - Slip
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/110245-powertrax-no-slip.html
     
  16. Jan 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    Going on 3 years with my Aussie and I have no complaints. Awesome locker and dirt cheap.

    Sometimes it pays to have the 7.5" rear end....
     
  17. Jan 31, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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