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Wanting to Upgrade my Taco

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Titus139, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. Oct 26, 2019 at 7:18 AM
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    Titus139

    Titus139 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I’ve got a 2011 DCLB with nearly 200K on it. It’s been a solid truck but lately I’ve been getting the itch to maybe upgrade to a newer year Taco. Still want to stay with the DCLB but decided to see what you all think is the best year to buy newer than the 2011?

    I need to upgrade my suspension and do a little work to my engine (valve cover gasket) are two major repairs needed right now. This isn’t why I’m looking at a newer model, I just want a newer truck!

    So let me hear your thoughts....do I just do the repairs and upgrades and keep charging my 2011 or look into a newer year Taco?
     
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  2. Oct 26, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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    3Dog

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    @Titus139 If you can afford to buy a newer one, with cash (comfortably), and not take a loan, then I say DO IT - buy a newer one. I am partial to 2013-2015 of course. There's a nice looking DCLB in the BST thread if I recall.

    If you would have to finance, I say fix up your current one. Freshen it up. Debt sucks IMO...
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    Bishop84

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    Honestly, start with looking into a new head unit. Apply carplay/andriod auto really refreshes the feel of the truck. New tires always gives a good feeling too.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2019 at 10:56 AM
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    MattCowsmasher

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    Fix the one you have give it a face lift with a lift,new tires, and a head unit.
     
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  5. Oct 27, 2019 at 6:23 AM
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    gotoman1969

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    Take 5k if needed and fix everything that’s needs to be done and do some upgrades that you want and drive that thing another 200k.
     
  6. Oct 27, 2019 at 6:33 AM
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    IvanhoeTaco

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    4.88s nitro gears. Fox 2.5 extended travel coilovers with resis and 14 inch springs. Bilstein 5160s with OME dakars HD rear. Extended rear brake lines. 285/75/17 toyo ATIII. Procomp la paz 17x8.5. FJ cruiser transmission and transfer case. 4runner front diff. Diff drop. DRL mod. JBA upper control arms. Overhead console 4x4 switch and light switches. Coastal offroad front bumper. Coastal offroad rear bumper. Airflow snorkel with safari filter head. Cut exhaust. Front and rear diff breathers extended. Softtopper. Noico sound deadening. Cut front fenders.
    My truck was a prerunner with 205k on it before I did 4x4 conversion. Have put about 3k in mods and upgrades in the last 2 months. Truck is paid off and in great shape.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2019 at 6:37 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    That 'ole 'wanter' is what keeps most Americans from financial freedom.

    If you are already there, good for you, and shop away.

    If not, it sounds like you have a solid truck that is worth keeping.........
     
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  8. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    LAMCKMA007

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    Did you do a write up on how you turned it into a 4WD? I'd love to know more about how you did it.
     
  9. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    IvanhoeTaco

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    I did not unfortunately. I barely have the time to do my mods let alone document them. Hard to do a write up on a cell phone as well. It's easy, cost me about 2500 in parts total (I did all the labor). If you need any more info I'd be glad to go into detail about it.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    I am interested in the basic information, not necessarily a full write up. Did you go with a solid axle? IFS with a frame swap? Which t case did you use? Did you replace the trans? I guess I'm looking for your parts list.
    Thanks!
     
  11. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    I don't know why I wrote frame swap, lol.
     
  12. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:16 AM
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    IvanhoeTaco

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    IFS from a 4runner, FJ cruiser transmission and transfer case (automatic), rock solid toys crossmember( dont waste your money make your own) new front wheel bearings and front axles, 4x4 rear driveshaft with modified center bracket. All the bolt holes are there, if your 2wd dont attempt an auto transfer case like stock, you will need entire truck wiring harness. Fj cruiser transfer case will have to have hole cut in floor.
     
  13. Oct 27, 2019 at 7:17 AM
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    LAMCKMA007

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    Awesome, thank you.
     
  14. Oct 28, 2019 at 12:18 PM
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    Titus139

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    This is so true, glad there is a TW sounding board to keep me grounded! I'll keep the truck and put some $ into it!
     
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  15. Oct 28, 2019 at 12:27 PM
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    You'll be glad you did!!!!!
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