TACOMA 97 V6 LX MOD advice needed - TTORA Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3
TACOMA 97 V6 LX MOD advice needed

Hey everyone!

I am newbie here on this forum. I have a 97 4X4 V6 LX extra cab with only 48K. I want to spruce it up a bit. With a budget of about $1500-$2000 what do you recommend upgrading on this truck????? My intentions are to go off-roading a couple times a month. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most extreme off-road driving (boulder climbing - mud bogger) and 1 being, "dang I got my tires dirty." I would rate my future driving as a #5. This truck is not a TRD model.

I would appreciate any advice from you folks to enhance my trucks abilities!!!!
ifly737 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 08:09 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 168
2 1/2 in OME Lift up front with some 1 1/2 lift shackles in the rear www.wheelersoffroad.com
If you plan on adding a winch/bumper later go with some adjustable coil overs as the OME lift will sag with the extra weight...Donahoe,SAW,Fabtech are some popular brand listed from Best($950) to budget($500) with a few in between those prices.....

Also some 32 11.50 M/T preferably BFG's....they are the best on road offroad tire IMO

This will allow you do do everything you want.

Chris GA

2001 Tacoma
2.7 5spd
2 1/2 Suspension lift
285/75/16 BFG A/T
SilverTaco is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 10:17 AM
Senior Member
 
ByrdDog20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
Posts: 135
Sounds like you found my truck. I looked for several months for your truck, most had a jillion miles or were up in New Hampshire where I was concerned about rust. Found a great 2000 with 93k that rides and drives like new.

My 2 cents, start with a deck plate mod and maybe tires depending on where you off road. I plan on the TRD limited slip for the rear, seen it on here for $199 in the box.

Gotta wait for any more mods, as I am a displaced RJ driver.

2000 Tacoma 4x4 SR5
V6 Sunfire Red Pearl/ Oak
As stock as I can afford
ByrdDog20 is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 06:34 PM
Veteran Member
 
YoTRacer158's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SLO/SoCal, CA
Posts: 4,294
Send a message via AIM to YoTRacer158 Send a message via Yahoo to YoTRacer158
i have donahoe extended coilovers w/ camburg UCA's, 1.5" shackles w/ bilstein 5100's and 32x11.5r15 BFG MT's on mine. the coilovers are great for high speed stuff, and give a little more ground clearance for slower stuff. paid about $1700 for everything, but if you got the regular coilovers w/out UCA's it would be about $400-500 cheaper. you might also want to throw a locker in the rear as well.

2004 V6 5spd 4x4: TRD Charger, URD Fuel Mods/AFR/Unlimiter/2.1" Pulley/Crank Pulley/Short Throw, Supra MAF, TrueFlow Filter, JBA Ti Ceramic Headers, SpinTech Exhaust, SPEC Stage 3+ Clutch, BentUp Front Bumper, Chaos LT/Kings, 62" Deavers/18" Kings/, Glassworks Supercharger Hood/Fenders/Bedsides, 15x8 Black Steelies, 33x12.5 Claws, 4.56's, RR Solid Motor Mounts

youtube.com/YoTRacer158

Last edited by YoTRacer158; 02-09-2005 at 06:37 PM.
YoTRacer158 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:00 PM
The Satanic Panic
 
tanKoma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Hopewell, NJ
Posts: 609
Send a message via AIM to tanKoma
just start out with the basics, coilovers, add a leaf/shackle, get the feel and experience from small lifts, then ull develop a more strategic mind when off roading, then use the rest for utility stuff, winch, tools, etc. take the slower approach and plan out what ur going to do

2007 Dbl cab TRD Tacoma
1950 chevy 3800 1ton pickup converted w/453t Detroit Diesel (shop truck)
tanKoma is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:03 PM
Veteran Member
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakley, CA
Posts: 4,995
Quote:
Originally Posted by ifly737
Hey everyone!

I am newbie here on this forum. I have a 97 4X4 V6 LX extra cab with only 48K. I want to spruce it up a bit. With a budget of about $1500-$2000 what do you recommend upgrading on this truck????? My intentions are to go off-roading a couple times a month. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most extreme off-road driving (boulder climbing - mud bogger) and 1 being, "dang I got my tires dirty." I would rate my future driving as a #5. This truck is not a TRD model.

I would appreciate any advice from you folks to enhance my trucks abilities!!!!
Lockers and rock sliders!

Later,
....Mike
Mike is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:11 PM
Senior Member
 
WILD YOTE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Virignia
Posts: 389
I put 3" suspension lift (cornfed), 3" body lift(perf. acc.) on my truck. That gives me enough room to clear 33X12.50X15 's on 15x8 wheels. All that ran me about $1000-$1200 bucks. I did all the work my self though so no labor is included in that figure. If you've got some cash left over I would focus on protection like heavy duty skid plates, rock sliders, bumpers, etc... If your'e only planning on going once or twice a month like me you don't need a solid axle swap, dual rockwell axles, & a crawler case ya da ya da. With that said wheeling is like crack, you'll get more and more addicted and spend more and more money on it. If you have any other ?'s lemme know.

Last edited by WILD YOTE; 02-09-2005 at 07:14 PM.
WILD YOTE is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:16 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by ifly737
Hey everyone!

I am newbie here on this forum. I have a 97 4X4 V6 LX extra cab with only 48K. I want to spruce it up a bit. With a budget of about $1500-$2000 what do you recommend upgrading on this truck????? My intentions are to go off-roading a couple times a month. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most extreme off-road driving (boulder climbing - mud bogger) and 1 being, "dang I got my tires dirty." I would rate my future driving as a #5. This truck is not a TRD model.

I would appreciate any advice from you folks to enhance my trucks abilities!!!!

Welcome! Seriously, just start out by hitting the trails! Once you find what kind of stuff you like, then you can mod accordingly. I have found that I'm more into forest service roads and camping...to each his own. If your looking for a lift, look into a 2.5-3" spacer lift in the front and an add a leaf in the back with some 32x11.5" tires to start off with. The possiblilties are endless from there!
camaddy is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 07:17 PM
Senior Member
 
Jamier2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Columbia, MO
Posts: 469
I got the Cornfed 3" and some 32x11.50 tires. I would definitely say get some sliders. I went wheeling once (probably near to the limits of my truck) and I crunched my drivers side rocker panel. Not real bad, but some cheap sliders would have kept my truck the cherry that it was. Oh well, live and learn - sliders are the next thing I'm buying.

No Tacoma anymore, had to go bigger and couldn't afford a Tundra.

2005 Ram 1500 Hemi 4x4 Quad Cab
Jamier2 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 10:14 PM
Reppin the Flips on TTORA
 
FlipSideUp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 796
Protection: Stubbs sliders off of EBay: do not bid above $190. So with shipping it'll be $250 max

Suspension: Used SAWs about $425 + AAL (less than $100) + rear shocks (adjustable ones will help w/ the AALs) $175

ARB Locker w/ Air Comp. should bring you in just at 2 grand (not incl. labor).

At least that's the plan of attack for my '97 LX.

'97 Tacoma LX V6 4x4 Extra-Cab
DR 2.5 coilovers, All-Pro Front Bumper, All-Pro T-case skid, Stubbs Sliders, Snorkel, Deckplate Mod, AAL, Downey Shackles, ProComp MX-6 Rear, Swaybar Quick-discos, Powertrax No-Slip, Can-Back w/ rack & Hella 4000, TRD Tranny Cooler, Magnaflow, Cobra 25LTD CB w/ 3' Wilson, 32x11.5 BFG MT on Wheelers 15x10 steelies
'97 Lexus LX450
All Stock (for now )
FlipSideUp is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TTORA Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome