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why buy trd if you intend to upgrade

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ColdSteelTiger, Nov 11, 2011.

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  1. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    ColdSteelTiger

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    Just wondering why people buy trd off road tacomas when they intend to upgrade the suspension. Why not save money and buy an sr5 4x4 instead of a Trd 4x4. Sure the trd has a better suspension in the usa but if you plan to replace the suspension anyway why waste money on a trd. I know the off road has a locker but you can also add an aftermarket one. The only thing you won't get is a track but to compensate for that one can add in a front locker to. I guess what I am saying is what's the point of paying for things like suspension which you plan to eventually upgrade. However if you plan to drive stock the trd is a good choice.
     
  2. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    I did mainly because of the seats. Much more comfortable than the SR5, imo. Then the looks of the Sport come in 2nd.
     
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  4. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    "Upgraded" suspension isn't the only thing the TRD has over the SR5`
     
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    And this. I use mine a lot.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    The TRD has a rear locker but it is actually a smaller rear end than the base model. Thus you can't upgrade just the locker with an aftermarket, it actually requires a different rear axle. The base models can take the aftermarket lockers.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    I wanted nicer seats, and floormats that say TRD on them.
     
  8. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    chadderkdawg

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  9. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    Common misconception. The ring gears are actually all the same size, the difference is in the carrier itself and the axle housing and there are aftermarket lockers available for both rear ends
     
  10. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    so any sr5 non trd has a larger rear end that can be upgraded with out putting in a different rear axle? Are the bigger rear ends more stronger and durable on the sr5s
     
  11. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    I can't speak on the strength topic just noting that it is a different size and if you do have an issue with the locker or rear end you can only go with stock replacement parts cost effectively. And as said above its only the Offroad with the smaller rear end.
     
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    OP-What model Tacoma did you have?
     
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    I also say get the SR5 if your planning on upgrading. You'll obviously be replacing the suspension, but you can also get aftermarkert lockers wich are usually more reliable than the e-locker anyway.....

    Or (If you like hood scoops and matching paint) get the Sport and toss in a suspension and some lockers....

    I've got the TRD Off-Road now, but I'd get an SR5 if I could do it over again.
     
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    Wrong. Sr5 4x4 access cab V6 payed by dad
    :)
     
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    His Dad sure is nice!
     
  18. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    Why are aftermarket lockers better than e locker?
     
  19. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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    i knew i wanted a tacoma. i knew i needed 4x4. i knew i didn't want the skewp. i went on craigslist and searched those things. i found a truck. i went and drove it. i went back later and let my mechanic look it over. i went to the bank and borrowed 8 thousand dollars. i went back to the guy and gave him a bunch of money. he gave me the truck. . . . . . thats why i bought the trd AND plan on upgrading one day.
     
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