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What is my Tacoma 4cyl 2x4 good for?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 97widerider, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    97widerider

    97widerider [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 02 Tacoma SR5 PreRunner 4cyl, 2x4 and was wondering why have a 4 wheel drive suspension if I don't have 4 wheel drive? I bought it because I think they are the most dependable compact trucks on the road and I like the way the PreRunner looks. But is the 2x4 even with the 4x4 suspension useful? What do I gain by having it?

    The 4cyl seems to have adequate power on the road, for me at least, but how will it perform towing a light trailor with maybe a riding mower or motorcyle? I have had a 600lb motorcycle in the bed and it seemed to be adequate. Is it worth me getting a tow package added or will I be wasting my money? Any insight to what exactly I have would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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    dually

    dually Low and slow

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    Not as many as the 98..
    The prerunner had 4x4 suspension, and a locker, which makes it more offroad worthy than a reg 2wd tacoma with open diff. Welcome to TW!
     
  3. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:34 PM
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    97widerider

    97widerider [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I thought only the 2.7 had locking diff. I think mine is the 2.4L unless all PreRunners in the 4 cyl are 2.7....??
     
  4. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    dually

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    I thought the prerunner only came in a 3rz... anyway. Pretty sure you have a locking diff, but what the hell do i know. Wait till someone else chimes in.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    02 4 cyl Prerunners had the 2.7L. Locker only came with the TRD off-road pkg.

    2.4 was on std 2 wheel drive 4 cyl. Tacomas.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    Forgot to mention my Tacoma is the TRD.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    Bakemono

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    Its got 4x4 suspension without the 4x4 driveline because its a PreRunner. In desert racing, the teams have 2 trucks. One that is a 4x4 that they use for the actual race and other that is identical to the race truck, other than the fact that its not a 4x4. It is used to practice or, "pre run" the course and that is where the concept of a PreRunner comes from.
    In the case of Toyota, the appeal of a PreRunner is for someone who likes the taller stance of a 4x4, but doesnt use 4-wheel-drive enough to justify spending the money for it.
    For someone who lives in a place that doesnt have snowy winters and doesnt need a 4x4, but still wants a truck that looks like a 4x4, the PreRunner is a good option.
    Whats the sense in paying $5,000 more for a 4x4 and dealing with the potential added long-term maintenance of you dont use it?
    Also, for people that do mild off-roading (where they need the added ground clearance but dont really need a 4x4) a PreRunner is another good option.
    PreRunners are actually pretty capable off-road. With the rear locker, they will go 90% of the places that a 4x4 will. Obviously, when you start getting into the serious stuff, such as rock crawling or deep mud, you need the added traction of a 4x4, but for a lot of people, the PreRunner is all they really need.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:43 AM
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    And for older guys like me, the added height makes it easier to get under on a creeper :D
     
  9. Mar 10, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    The e-locker was not included in the TRD Off Road Package on 199X-2004 4-cylinder automatics. The locking differential by itself was not offered as an option on 4-cylinder automatics, either ...
     
  10. Mar 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    Or go back and get a 4X4? ;)
     
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