1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Towing question - 2010 without towing package...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Earle, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM
    #1
    Earle

    Earle [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2011
    Member:
    #63651
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Earle
    Huntville, AL
    Vehicle:
    11 double cab
    We're looking at a 2010, which has the off-road package, but not the tow package. We towed a camper with our '04 Tacoma, which had the towing package. The total load with the camper is around 2K lb. I'm really most concerned with the two oil coolers. Where we camp, there are very long, very steep grades (3rd gear all the way in the old Tacoma). I realize that this truck does have a higher displacement. I don't think the electrical part of the package is that important to us (other than the after-market costs). Anyone think I might have over-heating problems, engine or transmission?
     
  2. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM
    #2
    whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Member:
    #27905
    Messages:
    35,266
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Christian
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Vehicle:
    10 MGM TRD OR 4wd Auto DCSB
    Banks Monster Exhaust, Pop n Lock tailgate lock, Hook-Ups tie down brackets, USA Spec Ipod adaptor, WO seat covers, color matched grill with Grillcraft insert, Tuffy locking bed box
    Should be fine with 2000 lbs. I would still add a separate tranny cooler if it was me.
     
  3. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM
    #3
    slmgt

    slmgt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Member:
    #44921
    Messages:
    661
    Gender:
    Male
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    11 TRD Sport w/ JBL DCLB V6 AT
    Husky floor mats (Fr and Rr) Hose clamp securing tailgate
    I don't think overheating is a big concern on these aluminum block engines, but installing a hitch with proper frame support could be an issue.
     
  4. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM
    #4
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    28,804
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    I wouldn't hesitate to do it. 2k lbs isn't a lot of weight for the 2nd Gen Tacoma in my opinion. Don't beat on it and it'll do just fine. Obviously supplimental coolers would be ideal but I don't think required at that weight.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM
    #5
    Earle

    Earle [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2011
    Member:
    #63651
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Earle
    Huntville, AL
    Vehicle:
    11 double cab
    Well, one incline is about ten miles long, and, with my old Tacoma required 3rd gear - pedal to the floor. I think that qualifies as "beating" it. I had suspected that the trans overheating was going to be more a concern than the engine. I think that a number of people have successfully mounted Class 2 or 3 hitches on these vehicles...
     
  6. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM
    #6
    wlmuncy

    wlmuncy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Member:
    #32838
    Messages:
    787
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    William
    Knoxville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2007 Double Cab Manual 4*4
    You will not have an issue. I have a Class 3 hitch and have towed 5,000 lbs with it. There was no problem at all. I do have a manual transmission so no cooler needed there.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM
    #7
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    28,804
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    Nah, the engine will keep itself cool so having the RPM's up isn't that bad. The transmission will 'lock' so it shouldn't be slipping and creating a terrible amount of heat unless you keep pouring the coals to it trying to hold 60 up the hill. Either way, with 2,000 lbs, I wouldn't worry about it, just keep up with the maintenance.
     
  8. Sep 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM
    #8
    Earle

    Earle [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2011
    Member:
    #63651
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Earle
    Huntville, AL
    Vehicle:
    11 double cab
    With the '04, I had to pour the coals to it to keep it at 45. That was with a manual, of course. I've owned vehicles with transmission coolers, but I've never installed one. I wonder if there are aftermarket kits available. It's a pretty popular vehicle, after all...
     
  9. Sep 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM
    #9
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    28,804
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    There are aftermarket kits available. Here's a nice write up from a first gen. If you search transmission cooler, you end up with a bunch of scattered info for 2nd Gens unfortunately. Hayden and Jegs seem to be popular brands though.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/108470-hayden-transmission-oil-cooler-install.html
     
  10. Sep 27, 2011 at 4:37 PM
    #10
    JKD

    JKD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Member:
    #18207
    Messages:
    2,006
    Gender:
    Male
    I installed a Hayden trans cooler in an older car of mine after a trans rebuild. It was dead simple to install, the hardest part was figuring out which was the "supply" and which was the "return" line.
     
  11. Sep 28, 2011 at 7:43 AM
    #11
    Earle

    Earle [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2011
    Member:
    #63651
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Earle
    Huntville, AL
    Vehicle:
    11 double cab
    JKD, does it matter. Wouldn't that just dictate whether you're in line before or after the OE cooler?
     
  12. Sep 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM
    #12
    JKD

    JKD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Member:
    #18207
    Messages:
    2,006
    Gender:
    Male
    Yes, and you'll find opinion either way if you search online. If I recall correctly, Hayden's instructions said to put it in the line going from the transmission to the factory heat exchanger (in other words, aux cooler BEFORE the radiator).

    Other people say to put it AFTER the factory heat exchanger, thinking it then delivers the coolest possible fluid to the transmission.

    My trans guy said it was better to put it in before, since then in cold weather the trans fluid would be closer to engine op temp quicker. He also said the cooler would still provide lots of extra cooling capacity when installed before the heat exchanger.
     
To Top