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  • mrsleeve
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    Yes At3's on wifey truck year round, ST Maxxes on the FZJ80 year round and the bridgestones year round on my Pickup, though when it's due for new skins it will be getting a set of the ST Maxxes... While where we are at there can be need for studs depending on your driveway/access situation in the dead of winter, or mostly for when the hard pan gets a little icy, our place is lower down and has great winter time access so we have had no real need for dedicated snows with studs, save for the icy shit a couple days a winter. The wifey rig is neigh on unstoppable in the snow, it's as good as my 80 series is with diff locks left open in the snow.

    You should have no troubles at all in se America's hat running anything mentioned all year, other than the couple days if ICE or if your going way north.

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  • Sea Aych
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    Nice, that's the kind of info i'm looking for, thanks! Out where I am, the Coopers are the most cost-effective of the bunch, so I'm glad you actually have used them.
    Does she run them year-round in Montana?

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  • mrsleeve
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    At3s are fantastic, and what's on the wife's t4r... But not my 1st choice from the cooper lineup, that being the ST Maxx, only reason the at3 are on her truck is because the Maxxes were not available in the correct size at the time we bought them. Maxxes are a little more expensive though, both wear really well over all.

    I have never liked generals, I would also throw a nod at the Bridgestone revo, have ran them on my pickup for the last 12 years (3/4ton GMC) . Or a Goodyear duratrac as they are snow rated for inclmate weather requriing chain up without the need for chains, couple friends of mine run nothing but durtracs though they are the most expensive of all the options

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  • Sea Aych
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    You guys in the northeast/north have any good tire recos? Looking for an AT-type tire to throw on the 1998 4Runner year-round, with as good a balance between snow traction and noise on dry pavement.
    I have General Grabber AT2s on it now, but am open to trying something else like the Cooper Discoverer AT3 which i've heard decent things about.

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  • R3Z3N
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    That overlanding trip has me oohing and awing. Amazing pics! I just bought a 2002 4runner as a replacement to my E30 S54 that just sold on BaT. I can't wait to try my first overland camping experience!

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  • MR E30 325is
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    Originally posted by lambo View Post

    bummed you couldn't make it out man... hope all's good

    on another note, I got some good dispersed camping spots for the next time you make it out there, if you want them
    Bummed myself, but sometimes life forces the 'play' part to the back of the line.

    I appreciate it! I'll keep that in mind. Please keep me in mind if you plan any other trips in the AZ/UT/CO/NM area.

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  • lambo
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    Originally posted by MR E30 325is View Post
    Hell Yes!!
    bummed you couldn't make it out man... hope all's good

    on another note, I got some good dispersed camping spots for the next time you make it out there, if you want them

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  • MR E30 325is
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    Hell Yes!!

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  • lambo
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    Here's a fuck ton of pics from the Moab we took a week ago


    DSC00002 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00005 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00010 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00011 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00015 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00020 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00029 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00038 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00041 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00043 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00045 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00049 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00051 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00056 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00057 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00064 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00067 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00082 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00085 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00088 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00091 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00095 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00102 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00108 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00110 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00113 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00117 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00122 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00123 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00124 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00125 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00127 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00132 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00134 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00135 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00136 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00141 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00156 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00157 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr


    DSC00160 by Phillip Keefe, on Flickr

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  • amyacker
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    My 05 highlander has been nothing but reliable. No major repairs. Car handles well in the snow as well.

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  • cale
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    Get a 14 or 15, won't have rust issues on the frames and more kinks worked out being later model year. Definitely get a v6, which won't be a problem if you're shopping for the higher trim models. Ever hear someone with a 4x4 say "I wish I had gotten the 2wd model"? Not often, but you sure do hear it from people who found an excuse NOT to buy the 4x4. If anything simply buy it to have a more desirable truck when it comes times to sell it.

    I would probably let the availability of an ideal truck dictate which trim I went with rather than searching for a particular one if there's nothing you "need" to have. Find one for the right price with low mileage and history behind it and don't overthink it.

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  • spike68
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    Originally posted by mbonder View Post
    I need opinions:

    I'm working through the idea of starting my own home inspection business that will hopefully eventually evolve into property management, contracting, and investment. I just moved and sold off all of my vehicles except for my wife's e46, which obviously isn't a construction type vehicle. I don't really need to haul a lot to do home inspections, but having the space for step ladders and small extension ladders as well as tools and a drone is what I'm looking for so heavily leaning toward a Tacoma. Living in an apartment currently, but in a year or two I'll look to buy a house and it will more than likely need some renovations so I'll use the truck for heavier materials at some point.

    Thinking Second Gen (2005-2015) here as my budget isn't enough for a new truck. I've done a little research but I'm curious to see which model years you guys think are the best within this range, what to look for and what to stay away from. My hope is to be under $25k, which probably rules out the last couple model years, but from what I'm seeing in my area I should be able to get into a 2013 for around that price, but is that the best year to get compared to any of the others. I know part of the way through they did a huge update and I'd imagine the updated models are better, but I'm not against an older truck if it's going to be more reliable as I need this thing to go forever on routine maintenance.

    Offroading would be cool, but there's not a whole lot of that where I am and there isn't too much snow in the winter, so not sure if I should worry about 4wd or if the prerunner will be sufficient. I'm not all that well versed on SR5, Prerunner, TRD, Sport, whatever packages, it seems Toyota has about a dozen possibilities to make it annoying.

    Also not sure on 4 vs. 6 cylinders, my inclination would be to go v6 because this is America, but I'm willing to hear arguments for the 2.7l as well.

    So what say all of you?
    With your budget I think you could get yourself into a well sorted Taco.

    2nd gen Taco would be a great start. Lots of people use them for construction plus with the way they hold their value it'll probably benefit you once your business grows and you upgrade to something nicer if thats what you want. l'll admit they're limited in comparison to the typical trucks that are used in the construction market, but this is all based on YOUR needs.

    If you don't think you'll need a bunch of towing capacity then the Taco is the way to go. If you're certain that you dont think you'll be taking on any more weight other than some ladders then the Taco is probably the way to go as well with some kind of ladder rack.

    The other parts you mentioned are offroading, drivetrain, and engine:

    - Offroading upgrades - This would be complimentary to your inspection business as you may be entering neighborhoods or properties currently under construction. Not saying that the terrain would be rough enough to require upgraded wheels, tires, and suspension since there are requirements for access on any construction sites, but it would certainly help nonetheless.

    - Drivetrain - Idk where you live, but get the 4WD. If you're considering off roading you'll be kicking yourself in the ass the moments you need it.

    - Engine - Get the V6. the 4-banger might struggle if you get bigger wheels and tires along with having a few ladders on your rig.

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  • mbonder
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    I need opinions:

    I'm working through the idea of starting my own home inspection business that will hopefully eventually evolve into property management, contracting, and investment. I just moved and sold off all of my vehicles except for my wife's e46, which obviously isn't a construction type vehicle. I don't really need to haul a lot to do home inspections, but having the space for step ladders and small extension ladders as well as tools and a drone is what I'm looking for so heavily leaning toward a Tacoma. Living in an apartment currently, but in a year or two I'll look to buy a house and it will more than likely need some renovations so I'll use the truck for heavier materials at some point.

    Thinking Second Gen (2005-2015) here as my budget isn't enough for a new truck. I've done a little research but I'm curious to see which model years you guys think are the best within this range, what to look for and what to stay away from. My hope is to be under $25k, which probably rules out the last couple model years, but from what I'm seeing in my area I should be able to get into a 2013 for around that price, but is that the best year to get compared to any of the others. I know part of the way through they did a huge update and I'd imagine the updated models are better, but I'm not against an older truck if it's going to be more reliable as I need this thing to go forever on routine maintenance.

    Offroading would be cool, but there's not a whole lot of that where I am and there isn't too much snow in the winter, so not sure if I should worry about 4wd or if the prerunner will be sufficient. I'm not all that well versed on SR5, Prerunner, TRD, Sport, whatever packages, it seems Toyota has about a dozen possibilities to make it annoying.

    Also not sure on 4 vs. 6 cylinders, my inclination would be to go v6 because this is America, but I'm willing to hear arguments for the 2.7l as well.

    So what say all of you?

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  • lambo
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    Originally posted by z31maniac View Post

    Oh I know. And if you went "mudding" or anything else it wouldn't work.

    But I've ridden with friends in bone stock Jeeps and stock tires and it's pretty amazing what they will crawl up without needing 10k+ in mods.

    For what the VAST majority do, bone stock 4Runner/Wrangler/etc will do just fine.
    I agree but Will and I aren't the vast majority so I'm gonna continue making fun of his street tires. There's more to off-road tires than just BIG TREAD BRO. Sidewalls are thicker to resist punctures etc etc.

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  • z31maniac
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    Originally posted by cale View Post
    I drove that trail, you couldn't slip off anything if you tried. Not really a fair representation of "off roading" but funny nonetheless.
    Oh I know. And if you went "mudding" or anything else it wouldn't work.

    But I've ridden with friends in bone stock Jeeps and stock tires and it's pretty amazing what they will crawl up without needing 10k+ in mods.

    For what the VAST majority do, bone stock 4Runner/Wrangler/etc will do just fine.

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