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Hello! I'm not really all that "new" to ttora as I have been reading and searching the forums for quite some time. I thought I would post here and make myself somewhat known. I'm living in Wyoming, 20 y/o, and will be taking a jont over black bear pass/road this summer for the first time. I have done quite a bit of driving on some nasty logging roads in the Big Horns, so it will be nice to finally get on a fairly well known trail. I have an 01 regular cab 4x4 with the 2.7L :( I actually am pretty impressed with it as stock form. I'm thinking it will need re-geared if I decide to lift it and upgrade the meats. As it sits with the a.r.e. topper, the leaf springs are sagging, so the lift maybe coming sooner than I anticipated. If I lift it, I don't want to go to extreme. So I'm thinking of going with Icon c/o's and deavers 9-10 pack. Hopefully the deavers wont give the truck a stiff uncomfortable ride. I hope to start some harder trails (probably with COTTORA) as the truck slowly progresses. I shall return to lurk mode. :D
 

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welcome, dont put down the 2.7, its a little underpowered at our altitude here but does just fine....as long as you are geared. icons and deavers are nice if you have money to throw around. but alcan makes a much better, custom not aftermarket, spring for comparable price. :2cents:
 

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I moved from Sheridan to Gillette. For those of you who don't know they are complete opposite towns and known for their rivalry. Sheridan is located at the base of the bighorns, it is a clean town with beautiful views. Gillette on the other hand is located in the plains it's a windy and dirty town. Not all but many people here have "weird" perspectives on life. haha.

Just curious why you prefer the 2.7L over the 3.4L. I have researched into a kzn185 swap (toyota diesel engine) on the toyota diesel forums. Seems like the wiring harness would be the hardest part. Many people report 25-35 mpg depending on what modifications have been done to the truck. Hope to hear your opinions.
 

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curious to see what nate has to say since he has run both. but i like the 2.7 for a few reasons. Legacy is one of the big reasons. based on the 22re, one the engines toyotas reliability reputation was based on. following that, the reliability is great. Mileage is outstanding. on the highway i can almost get 30mpg and im running 32s and have a few hundred extra pounds on the truck than stock in armor and gear. space, i have tons of room in the engine bay for things like a compressor, PA horn, extra battery, and just space to work. No timing belt, makes life easy. and its got pretty good power for a 4cyl engine.
 

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. No timing belt, makes life easy. .
I agree with everything, but this. T belts are easy as hell to change compared to a chain. now granted you dont have to change chains nearly as often. 2.7s seem to run way smoother than the 3.4. kinda wish i had one instead in my truck.
 

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i have to disagree with the smooth running. its a 4cyl, its going to feel rough compared to any v6. compared to other 4bangers its definitely a smooth running/idling engine tho.
 

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Welcome!

I'm not picking on you, but you'll soon come to appreciate the good fun we have around here, all as friends. One of those is the spelling bee award, for bad spelling.

So, as a welcoming jest and, again, all in fun, but the word you were looking for was Jaunt. And technically, since you are from Wyoming, a jaunt is the improper term, since, technically it refers to a short journey.

I am the grammar nazi, somewhat like a soup nazi, my apologies! LOL!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Again, no offense intended, we like to have fun around here!
 

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the url is... http://toyotadiesel.com/

if you dont care if your engine is produced by toyota you can also look at http://www.4btswaps.com/forum I think the 4BT and the tranny is quiet heavier but the swap has been done on a taco. he reports 35 mpg, but this is the internet too. :)

how the hell are you pulling off 30mpg with the 2.7L, I would love to get that kind of mileage. I too love the room under the hood, would like to stick a train horn there and cause some mischief but they are expensive. haha.
 

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It very well could be a short journey....I havent told you guys about the two jet engines in the bed of my truck and the fold out wings, with an average cruising speed of 400mph and the trip distance of approximately 340 miles....now since your so smart I will let you do the math. Trust me it's an easy one to figure out. :p Nah, I have a wedding to go to in commerce in july. I figured another 6 hour drive to get to black bear pass will be worth it. It will be a side trip with no unnecessary stops. Can't wait to go through Ouray looks like it's a very neat town.
 

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the only time i got 27 with my current setup was a tank of complete highway from moab to golden. usually i get about 22-23, mixed hw/city. on a tank when im driving a little harder than usual ill get 19ish. just gotta drive with a light foot.
 

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Welcoem, We'd love to have ya come down here for some of our annual runs!
 

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thought I would post a few pics just for the hell of it.




Need some advice here, if you guys don't mind. To me the springs don't look to bad compared to the cherokee I used to own. What do you guys think? I just know the tacomas rear leafs aren't really supposed to withstand a lot of weight.
I'm guessing I will need to "update" (muhahaha) the suspension before I travel a great distance...


 

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They look a little flat, but not horrible considering the topper.

I wouldn't think twice about driving it a long distance, but I wouldn't recommend hauling anything heavy.

Unless you really want to hear that they look horrible and you require an upgrade immediately, if that's the case then :xbarf: get that thing off the road till you put on some new ones ;)
 
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