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Upgrading Truck - Need Advice!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Seraph, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Dec 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    Seraph

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    I own a 2002 Tacoma SR5. It's an extra cab, but NOT a Prerunner.

    I go out to the desert 2-3 times a year right now, but am very limited by my little truck. At the suggestion of a friend I've been thinking about this upgrade path:

    -Larger tires (265/75/16)
    -1" spacers in front
    Eventually:
    -Detroit locker
    -skid plate
    -suspension?

    But you guys have the experience. Am I better upgrading my little truck or selling it and purchasing a PreRunner, or a 4WD vehicle?

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. Dec 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM
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    98_Mud_bug

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    how do you plan on driving it? are you hauling ass like the desert racing guys? or are you just goin out driving around?
     
  3. Dec 20, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    tiresmokintacoma

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    you should sell it... I could use a 4wd :)
     
  4. Dec 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM
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    I say throw on a moderate lift ( 3" or less) and throw some nice All Terrains on it (265s or 285s). That locker will make a world of a difference in its off road capabilities


    Edit: I'd keep your truck because its paid off...the MODs you can do to it are damn near endless
     
  5. Dec 20, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    Just driving around out in the desert without needing to worry about getting stuck or low clearance.
     
  6. Dec 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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    What do you do in the desert 2-3 times a year that your truck can't handle? I go out every weekend and handle just fine.

    I really wouldn't consider selling and repurchasing. You've got an awesome 4x4 platform right here. With a little lift and some bigger tires, there won't be much you can't handle as an occasional off-roader.
     
  7. Dec 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    So confused about your truck. Is it a 4x4? Or are you saying it is a 5 lug truck, not the six lug PreRunner? If it is a 6 Lug truck. Then your best bet would be to get a set of ICON Coilovers up front, and a set of Bilstein 5100s out back, with a 3 Leaf AAL set.
     
  8. Dec 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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    I think he means he has a V6 4x4 without locker. At least that's what I'm getting :confused:
     
  9. Dec 22, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    I'm guessing he's 5 lug... He didn't say anything about v6 and specifically said non prerunner. I have a5 lug mini and am about to lift it 3" with spindles. A 235 tire is as big as you can go with no lift I believe.
     
  10. Dec 22, 2010 at 8:51 PM
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    ^^^^ I'm betting the OP has a 5 lug.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    Seraph

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    Yes you are correct, I'm sorry for the confusion everyone.

    A 235/75/16 is the largest tire I can go without a lift? I've read other threads that say 265/75/16 is the largest you can safely run without a lift.
     
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