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TRD question from a newbie

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DavidL, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Jul 11, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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    DavidL

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    Greetings, I'm in the market for a first gen Tacoma. I've test-driven a number of 4WD models but have a question about the "TRD" designation. What research I've done said it's an option that includes a locking rear diff. Is that true, and is it true of Pre-Runners and 4WD trucks both? Should they all have an electric locking diff switch on the dash, left of the steering wheel? One '04 4WD I test-drove today had TRD stickers but no locking diff switch.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2008 at 8:51 PM
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    pittim

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    All true TRD's have a auto locking rear diff. It's possible that the previous owner put a TRD badge on for the hell of it. If it doesn't have that button, then it doesn't have the TRD options installed.

    I'm fairly sure that Pre-runners have an auto locking rear diff. Not positive though, I'm sure someone else can confirm.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2008 at 8:59 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The TRD off road Prerunners have the electric locking rear diff. The TRD Sport Prerunners have an LSD. :)
     
  4. Jul 11, 2008 at 9:15 PM
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    JimBeam

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    yeah but the OP asked about an 04 which is 1st gen

    True TRD 1st gens have an elocker. period.
     
  5. Jul 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM
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    The Sport came out in '05 (2nd generation). My friend has a '02 PreRunner TRD Off Road and yes it has the e-lock rear diff.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2008 at 9:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Didnt catch that, Thanks. :)
     
  7. Jul 11, 2008 at 9:33 PM
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    thats ok...ive been gotten like that too :D
     
  8. Jul 12, 2008 at 11:39 AM
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    Prerunners don't have locking diff. I could have used it a couple of times
     
  9. Jul 12, 2008 at 12:29 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The "TRD" ones do.
     
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