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Yotas, Yotas and more Yotas for me, nothing else since 96 or so. I have had 80's vintage pick ups, several 4 runners, a T100 and a couple of Tacomas. I'm running 2004 Tacoma extra cab now with the TRD package, that truck goes anywhere with 4wd and a locking rear diff as long as you do not high center it. Next truck will either be another runner or a double cab Tacoma. My only complaint on the current ride is it is a bit small in the cab. You certainly pay a premium for a Toyata truck but in my mind it pays off due to the reliability the are so famous for.


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The durability of the new Ranger gives me concern with its turbocharger. Time will tell. Gil

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There was reported to be a second identical LR in the wings waiting to take over if the worst should have happened.

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I met my wife in a Warsteiner bar in Munich.

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I did have one great hunting truck before converting to Toyotas, a 1974 Ford Bronco. I was the 3rd owner and had it restored. Slant 6, 3 on the tree with the tow package which included a larger radiator, a heavy duty clutch and a granny gear. Top speed in first gear 2wd was about 12 mph, 2nd gear from single digitits to about 40 mph and that thing topped out in 3rd at 60 mph. A great truck off road but not a good daily driver.


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Hi centered is the key phrase SKB. That is why I remove the spare on my Landcruisers for winter driving. That is where they can get hung up in deep snow, converting your vehicle instantly into two-wheel drive. At least its easier to shovel out the rear instead of the center.
The spare tire winch on my '85 was so rusted out from neglect or lack of use that I had to have it cut out with a torch to drop the spare. Don't know what to replace that winch with as they are not available. Any suggestions appreciated!

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Hal, there's more than a handful of rear tire mount conversions. Not cheap as they involve bumper replacement. A quick search on Ebay for Landcruiser spare tire winch didn't connect for 1985, but had later years if that would help. Any way to McGyver another maker's tire winch? There are many and don't appear to be expensive. Gil

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Spare tire? Ha! Don't y'all know that if you don't carry a spare you won't have a flat? I thought everybody knew that. Carry a spare and you're asking for tire troubles.

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Originally Posted by SKB
Yotas, Yotas and more Yotas for me, nothing else since 96 or so. I have had 80's vintage pick ups, several 4 runners, a T100 and a couple of Tacomas. I'm running 2004 Tacoma extra cab now with the TRD package, that truck goes anywhere with 4wd and a locking rear diff as long as you do not high center it. Next truck will either be another runner or a double cab Tacoma. My only complaint on the current ride is it is a bit small in the cab. You certainly pay a premium for a Toyata truck but in my mind it pays off due to the reliability the are so famous for.

And they keep their resale value pretty well too. Also IMO, Toyota tends to care what the public thinks of their product, so if there is something wrong, they take good measures to fix it. In 2008 Toyota bought my 99 Tacoma back off me for 1.5 times the blue book value because of frame rust issues with that model. That ended being a down payment on a 2005 Tacoma.

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So that’s why I had so many flats. 🤓 I always carried two and have made it back to town more than once having used both of them.

(I also carried a hydraulic jack and a highlift jack, plus a shovel and a tow strap.)

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