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Towing package on '01 Tacoma 2wd

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MyTaco, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Jun 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    MyTaco

    MyTaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    How do you tell if there is one(besides a hitch) and what is the added factory equipment??
     
  2. Jun 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    Barnone

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    Don't know about the first gen OEM towing package. The second gen towing package adds a receiver, wiring, engine oil cooler, and automatic transmission fluid cooler to get it's towing capacity to 6500 lbs from 3500 lbs.

    If needed for your first gen, you could always add an after market engine oil cooler and an automatic transmission fluid cooler if applicable. The auto trans cooler is probably the most needed item if you are towing a big load because the ATs don't like it hot.

    My 2002 reg can 2.4l auto is rated at 3500 lbs but I only tow a max of 2500 lbs and slowly and carefully at that.

    Google will find you sources for the after market items.
     
  3. Jun 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    MyTaco

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    I've never had a Tacoma with an auto trans especially with a 2.4cyl...I'm thinking they dont have enough power to tow much. My 94 22r/ 5spd does pretty good. I'm looking at an 01 with a 2.4/auto and was wondering how well they do.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    Barnone

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    Like I said I tow a max of 2500 lbs which is my John Deere 4100 4x4 diesel tractor and hold the speed down to 50 MPH and allow plenty of stopping distance. The distance is about 30 miles one way. I changed the auto fluid right after I towed one time and was surprised how cool the fluid was.
    2002 Regular Cab 2.4l Auto
    I bought it new in 2001 and it's been a great truck with 95k miles just needing front pads at 90k miles. I think it does have more power that your 22r. I had a 1977 22r for many years and it also was a great truck.
    BTW, what do you plan to tow?
     
  5. Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    MyTaco

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    Usually a 7x10 trailer which weighs 1100lb empty and maybe another 1000-1500lb max depending on the load. My 22r has a tough time with it on the heavier loads and I'm sure 01' has more power, its the auto trans I'm not sure of since I've never had one...lot more $$ to fix than replacing a clutch!
     
  6. Jun 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM
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    Barnone

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    I have never had a problem with an auto trans but have had to replace clutches.
    I do know that I had a 4x4 Taco with the five speed and sure got tired of shifting gears in stop and go traffic.
    For sure though, the 2.4l auto is not a speed demon but it does the job for me.
     
  7. Jun 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    MyTaco

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    I think you work your truck harder than I would so if it works for you i'm sure it would work for me. Thanks for your input.
     
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