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Old 02-05-2011, 02:07 AM   #1
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Toyota tacoma off-road vs. 2 door wrangler Rubicon

Anyone observed the real differences between the two in most trail settings, not including climbing boulders?
Also, when is the next model change in the Wrangler?
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:18 AM   #2
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We wheel with guys who drive Taco's and they go everywhere they want to.... Same as we do, occasionally everyone needs a little tug to get over something....

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been curious about my yota.... should be interesting cause she is crap ton heavier then the yj or rather he
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:58 AM   #4
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The only difference I have seen with My wrangler over any trucks Ive ever wheeled with is the fact that Im lighter, shorter, and more narrow. I am more manueverable to put it simple. trucks always have more "power" but on the bottom end like your using in the trail, the wrangler has just as much as a truck. the tacomas are good trucks, the only thing I see size and weight difference, and its not very much at that.

I believe the next model change is 2012. Im not sure if it counts as a change but they are changing that jk... big thread about it on here if you search
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..."occasionally everyone needs a little tug to get over something"....
Indeed! That's what I tell the ol' lady


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Old 02-05-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure our 09 Tacoma would do pretty well off road. In fact if the SHTF it would be our bug out vehicle since I could load a lot more into it than I could in my LJ. I would count on it to be able to travel up the medians and around the traffic. In the snow here in NE Ohio that truck is amazing.

Biggest drawback is probably the IFS once I get her better rubber. Probably Duratracs once the stock tires wear out.
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the taco has a longer wheel base which makes it a bit more stable while climbing, while the shorter wheelbase of the 2 door rubi gives it a tighter turning radius. both rigs do very well on the trail.

and gus, the ifs hold up wonderfully as long as you dont go over 2-3 inches of lift(all you really need to run 33s on them). you learn the limits of the rig, and adjust your driving style according to it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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Friend has a taco and those things go anywhere, But the only problem is you cant take off the top lol but its pretty capiable. The only thing i dont like about is that it cant turn as tightly as jeeps do, especially the little tjs. I can get out of a tight trail doing about 2 k turns, while the truck needs alot more.
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I had a Tacoma single cab prerunner that would just skim across the mud while the full sized trucks just dug themselves in.
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not to hijack the thread but wonder if the axles of a late-model tacoma might make good donors to a TJ?
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not to hijack the thread but wonder if the axles of a late-model tacoma might make good donors to a TJ?
front is independent, so that wouldnt work to well, and the rear is a different bolt pattern, so unless you want to run adapters on one end, that wouldnt be a good idea either. not sure about width though. IIRC, my 4runner rear end was bout the same width as a tj's....
that said, they are good strong axles.
with the exception of the 7.5 axle used up front, they all use a third member design, much like a ford 9"
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thanks. yeah I shoulda been more specific with regards to only asking about the rears; I know what IFS means. I read that they come w/ 3.73s so it wouldn't be that much of an upgrade there, but still- in case one of us came across one dirt-cheap I was just wondering...
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thanks. yeah I shoulda been more specific with regards to only asking about the rears; I know what IFS means. I read that they come w/ 3.73s so it wouldn't be that much of an upgrade there, but still- in case one of us came across one dirt-cheap I was just wondering...
they came with much more then 3.73, some even came with 4.30. all depended on what motor/transmission they had, and what options were ordered.

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