Toyota trucks

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Anorak, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. MedicDB

    MedicDB Adventurer

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    Here is the current incarnation of my 1985 X-cab truck. This thing has a motor with over 300K and I beat it like a redheaded step child every chance I get.:evil She is kinda sick and always comes back asking for more.
    If you are interested in my build up of this truck it can be found here:
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=761084

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    Some video as well (Both are older versions of this same truck):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOyX...xt=C37df8f3ADOEgsToPDskIfxHy65SjnBwmK0thAeTza

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W2I1b5olZQ
  2. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Does the TRD still have a bona fide e-locker in it? Or has it since gone the way of the Dodo and been replaced with traction control as a replacement?
  3. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    There is not just one TRD model, Toyota makes two different versions of TRD Tacomas. The TRD Sport has a limited slip rear diff, the TRD Offroad has the e-locker (among a few other differences).
  4. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Ive had a few toyota vehicles, They were all great vehicles.
    '05 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
    '09 FJ Cruiser
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    Currently I'm driving a Tundra. Love it!
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  5. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    No worries, FatChance, I don't think anyone here thinks poorly of the Taco in a general sense. Hell, they are great trucks and if you get a new one the resale value is downright amazing. Mine was a 4cylinder regular cab and over time I discovered that it just didn't have the inside room I needed, plus it was lacking some amenities that I wanted as well. I would have simply bought an extended cab Taco similar to yours if the dealership hadn't made me such a great offer on the Tundra. I suspect I'd be happy with a bigger more powerful Taco as well, but I do love the Tundra.
  6. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Rolled it out and washed it this weekend. Gotta love that hi-tec engine.:rofl
  7. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Perhaps this isn't the right place for this question, and I confess that I feel like quite a bonehead even asking it, but here goes: What is the best way to wash an engine? I've heard various and sometimes conflicting suggestions. I'm not interested in making one so clean that I can enter it in a car-show, that's not my bag, just getting the major grunge off of it.
  8. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Spray down with a hose. dont spray directly into/onto the air box/ air intake, or any electrical components. Don't use a pressure washer. Wipe clean if you wish.
  9. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Toyota did replace the frame on my '00 Tundra in July '11.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17723956&postcount=187

    They came up with $1100 of stuff that needed to be done that wasn't covered. Legit items that I knew needed to be done, I just wasn't planning on paying for it all at once:huh Muffler, rear shocks, timing belt, right parking brake actuator (rusted solid). I had to take it back for a clunk in the front end which they said was the right anti-sway bar connecting link ( I had already replaced the left one). Charged me $140 for the part and no labor - I think it should have been covered but didn't need any more aggravation so I just paid it. Also a clamp was off of the right CV boot, which they fixed.

    Yeah, I'm glad they did this for "free" but it never should have happened in the first place. I now have rusty old shit bolted to nice new shit. I don't know if I will ever fully trust this truck again.

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  10. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    Look at it this way, at least you don't have rusty old shit bolted to even rustler old shit. :-)
  11. 09Prodigy

    09Prodigy Instigator

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    Very Nice Flyer!
  12. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    No drama or sensation here.

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    03 Tacoma, one wheel drive, 2.4, auto, air, no power nothing, I added the Audiovox cruise control. ( got tired of using a stick wedged on the footfeet on long Montana trips)

    $12000 new in March of 03 put tires, brakes, and a sensor on the exhaust in 83000 miles

    Dealer blasted the sticky shit on the frame about 3 years ago on the recall

    it just runs and runs and runs- 25 -28 mpg on the interstate

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    will buy another one when this one falls apart

    might be awhile

    hope they still make em small enough
  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    One of my retired co-workers just bought a brand new Tacoma 2.4 single cab with a manual trans and 4wd. Manual windows, locks, no toys (other than the 4wd I guess.)

    I didn't know you could still buy trucks that small and it is heartening I tells ya. It's tall, yes, but it's short. I think list is about 20K for the 4wd version. If I were looking for a small truck, that would be the one.
  14. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Yup, that's exactly what mine was.....'08 regular cab 4x4, 4cyl (actually a 2.7L)5speed, no electronic windows, roll 'em up & down. Mine was the most basic model except for 4wd. Had AC and a single CD player. Very decent little truck, although they are somewhat bigger than they used to be back before circa '03. You don't very often see the regular cab trucks, and, at least around here, almost never see them in 2wd version. My experience with the 4wd is that mileage is not that great, 20-21 on the highway, considerably less than that in the city. My ginormous 4x4 5.7L Supercharged Tundra is only about 2-3 mpg less. The big benefit to the Taco is that they are smaller/handier if you don't need a big truck, and quite a bit less $.

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  15. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    That goes along with what I've read, but it doesn't seem to me that spraying with a low-pressure hose is going to accomplish a whole lot. I've seen some products in auto-parts stores for cleaning engines, but have no experience with those.
  16. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    dont bother they are a waste of money. use a little elbow grease...:D
  17. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Simple Green. I have read all the warnings about it also. Here's how I clean my engine compartments:

    Do this when the engine is cold. Use the "gentle shower" setting on a garden hose nozzle. Spray the whole engine compartment with hot water from the hose. Rinse everything down real good. Spray Simple Green full strength from a pump sprayer. Turn the nozzle so it kinda mists if you can. Close the hood for 10 minutes. Let everything soak. Rinse off again with hot water.

    Close the hood and drive around the block let the engine get warm.

    Done. Makes it look new again. Been doing this for several years on all our trucks at work also with no probs whatsoever
  18. 09Prodigy

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    I use Sea Foam Deep Creep. Love that stuff.
  19. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    In, or on?

    Hint: They are boxed frames.

    And it's my understanding the problems arose from manufacturing processes that were omitted on the INSIDE of the frame.

    I.e, on or outside is fruitless.

    I've seen with my own two eyes frames that looked brand-new on the outside, corroded and broke in half from corrosion on the inside.


    Put a locker in the rear and with driver skill you can embarrass most open diff'd 4WD's.
  20. Kris

    Kris Been here awhile

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    Which model years had the recall for frame rust problems?