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TRD vs. non-TRD, what are the differences?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DavidL, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Sep 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM
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    DavidL

    DavidL [OP] Member

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    I'm in the market for a late 90s, early 00s Tacoma 4x4 and would like to know what set the TRDs apart from the non-TRDs.

    I know the TRDs had the electric locking rear diff which I think is a great feature, but did they have higher suspension lift and higher spring rates as well? I've test-driven one of each, and the TRD truck seemed to have a stiffer ride.

    If I wind up buying a non-TRD truck, what might it cost to have an electric locking rear diff installed?

    Thanks,
    DavidL
    Allen, TX
     
  2. Sep 13, 2008 at 4:55 PM
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    ubermx5

    ubermx5 Well-Known Member

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    The TRD has Bilstiens shocks. That is what you felt. Well at the very least.

    The rest some one else will have to chime in
     
  3. Sep 13, 2008 at 5:27 PM
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    humanoid

    humanoid bite me

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    The TRD models also have the progressive rate coil springs in the front, makes the ride a wee bit stiffer.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2008 at 5:55 PM
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    flyby08

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    unless you can find really good deal, you will end up paying more to install a locker. good luck hunting
     
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