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I am hoping to get a couple hundred miles on my 2005 4x4, V6, 6 spd, TRD before I make the 1,000 mile road trip to So Cal for my sister's wedding. I should have it a few days before I have to go. But in case I don't have too much lead time, what is the prescription for a proper break in?
I am figuring not over 3,800 RPM's and no cruise control or overly sustained RPM's. What about speed? Flow of traffic through many areas will be around 80 with the 75MPH speed limit.

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1. I am good to replace the stock 31's with 32 BFG AT's with no problems, right?

2. I read somewhere that the engine compartment is not as well sealed off from the wheel wells. Is this true? If so, what is recommended?

3. I am not going to be able to use my iPod on the stereo? No cassette deck so........?
Not MP3 player ready I would assume. What about playing MP3 CD's?
 

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With out a doubt I would change your oil at 1,000 miles. I kept saying I was going to and then got busy and did not change it until 2,100 miles. It looked like it hadn't been changed for 10,000 miles. I cut open the filter and it was pretty bad as well. my .02.
 

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wvtaco,

Thanks for that info, that is really good!! I will get an oil change in So Cal.

What about driving habits though?

Obviously I am not going to be hard on the motor, I want it to last a Toyota version of forever.
 

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Most of the break in and seating occurs in the first 20 minutes the engine is ran. The best way to break it in is to allow it to warm up completely and do a few on ramp exercises. Then you are done drive it like you always will. Toyotas have magnificent tolerances and break in with little work. No special routine is needed.

There are tons of old wives tells about break in. THe fact is if your truck was test drove before you got it, most of the break in has occured. Enjoy your truck, your not going to break it by taking a highway trip.
 

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Hey man. Most engines today don't require a complicated break-in period. You'll want to avoid lugging if you've got a 5 speed. Driving at consistent extended speeds (highway trips) is not the ideal type of driving, but I doubt it'll hurt anything. Much of the information out these days has determined that quick bursts of speed followed by quick decelleration is the most effecient way to seat the compression rings. If you choose to go this route, it needs to be done with the engine at operating temperature. You'll also want to change your oil between 500 and 1000 miles too like the other guy said. Don't give it too much thought- it won't make any noticeable difference in the long run.
 

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Ipod..

I agree with the above guys about engine break in, so I won't mention any more on that.

As far as using your Ipod, do a search over on TundraSolutions.com. A couple of guys over there found an adapter that plugs into the AUX input of the factory deck so they could use the Ipod or similiar. I'll try to post the link later tonight when I have more time.
 

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Take a look at the iTrip too. That is something that converts the music into an FM signal. Works for me! The only thing is that sometimes it is hard to get working.
 

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For like $50 from Costco.com you can get a FM transmitter for your IPOD. Just tune in the station on your trucks radio and away you go. I wish I had a new Taco to worry about break periods......... I agree with everyone else, the motors transmission etc has all been tested before delivery so I wouldn't worry to much about it.

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ipod interface

I'd recommend this one:

http://www.logjamelectronics.com/pietoy03aux.html

It's less expensive - you won't be able to control the ipod through your radio, but honestly that's not a big deal. You'd have to create playlists, etc. with the other cable. There are many options for playing the ipod through your radio and I would highly recommend some kind of direct input, NOT the FM transmitter. Worst iPod accessory $$ I spent.

This thread had gobs of good info, including how to take out the head unit. It's a breeze and won't even take you an hour.

http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33072

Here's another:

http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37447

And a link to some photos of how I have my iPod set up in my 05

http://www.tundrasolutions.com/photopost/showgallery.php/ppuser/27613/cat/500
 

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Great Info guys!

This forum is quickly going to become a favorite. That is good to hear on the Taco break in.

I agree on the i-Trip being a bunk gadget. It really does not work that well for me in most cases. I'll see how it does in the truck.

I talked to the dealer today and they said they would know about my order making it by the end of the month tomorrow. I really can't wait. I test drove and Audi A4 1.8T and loved it but.....I think the taco is faster..:).

The 4WD Toyota truck has been an iconic vehicle in my life. It first happened in early High School.

I saw a brand new blue SR5 83' 4WD short bed and was in awe. Even at age 15 it made so much more sense to me than a big smelly Ford or Chevy going, "Blub, blub, blub, blub, blaaaargh!!!" down the street. By the time I could afford a Toy it was only to be a used 82' 5 speed with a nice snug top shell. I loved it. Then, as I was married and poor at the time, I bought a brand new 90' regular cab for $7,000, still not 4WD. I put 190,000 on it before the factory clutch went. Sold it at 287,000 and it still ran great. I had to sell it for it was no good in the snow with rear wheel drive in the high country.

So some 23 years later, I have gained the reward of a hard road to a self taught and self financed career: My first 4WD Toyota truck, snif, snif...sorry to be so sentimental.

.....I just cant get that variable valve timing melody out of my head. :D
 
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