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  1. AlwaysExplr87

    Tacoma vs 4Runner TRD Off-Road

    I know it's a tough decision but you really can't go wrong either way. One thing to consider is turning radius. If your living in a more urban place and will be navigating smaller parking lots/alleys/etc the shorter wheelbase of the 4runner can definitely be a benefit in regards to turning...
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    Tacoma vs 4Runner TRD Off-Road

    Awful lot of towing talk but OP never mentioned plans to tow?
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    Tacoma vs 4Runner TRD Off-Road

    With my current Tacoma I never even really considered the bed other than additional dry storage when the topper got added. I honestly would do just fine with a 4runner and don't need the bed often but wanted the additional space over a 4 runner. If I ever need a truck bed I can rent or borrow a...
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    Tacoma vs 4Runner TRD Off-Road

    You can always add a topper/camper/cap (whatever you want to call it) to the tacoma and have substantially more dry storage than the 4runner. I'm on my second tacoma now and think they are by far one of the best mid-size 4wd vehicles available. Never understood all the grief the 3.6L powertrain...
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    Boltrippers 2020 Tacoma Build

    Looks like the makings of an impressive build, looking forward to seeing what's in store based on your Jk history. Funny to hear someone say they love the process of the build more than having a finished truck. Even though it is definitely not my style (rolling around in mostly stock trucks with...
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    Family Mosquito Control

    Impressive commitment! I've heard the mosquitos can get brutal up there. Buying a thermacel now to augment the mosquito coils for our next trip down to the river.
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    Family Mosquito Control

    Agreed. The permethrin sprays marketed for insect control is typically 0.5%, the stuff used to treat lice is 1% and the stuff used to treat scabies is 5%. I'm not suggesting permethrin marketed for insect control/repellent be used to treat parasitic infections. There is just a lot of people...
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    Family Mosquito Control

    Was thinking about the mechanism of permethrin and this is exactly what I was thinking. However, thinking it will be a great tool for when ticks are a big concern. I've always been pretty tolerant of bugs crawling on me and ignored it for the most part. Probably why so much of this is new to me...
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    Family Mosquito Control

    Interesting, never would have considered permethrin a repellent (and wasn't aware it came in a spray). I think I'll pick some up and treat a few items of clothing to try out. May do the same with deet and compare. Glad to hear ya'll are having good luck with the thermacell. I think it may be...
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    Family Mosquito Control

    May be a little more appropriate in the gear section but wanted input from those who have researched options for kid friendly bug control. The bugs have arrived over the last few weeks and while the toddler doesn't seem to mind it is driving my wife ad I crazy. We were having good luck with...
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    Looking to lift a new purchase - Dodge B3500

    Also might want to give U-joint offroad a call. They are in Asheville, NC so a good ways away from you but they should have some knowledge and if you ever want a 4wd conversion they do phenomenal work.
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    Berta: A 2004 F150 Overlanding Build

    Nice looking truck. Your pictures have me missing Wilmington. Glad to see another East NC guy on here.
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    new Chevy Colorado

    Meh, it is what it is. I'm not what you would call a Toyota fan boy. I'm following this thread looking to get out of my Tacoma. That's great, haven't had that experience but I've haven't been paying much attention since I bought my Taco in '07. Everything I had before that seemed to get 3-4 mpg...
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    new Chevy Colorado

    While these may be the EPA numbers my 2.7l access cab Tacoma gets 23-25 consistently on the highway and never sees less than 21 with mixed driving. Given EPA numbers are typically higher than real world numbers I don't think the Colorado will win in the area. The Colorado does have a few more...
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    The 2015 Chevy Colorado build and price is up. Anyone excited? Anyone ordered?

    Been busy with grad school and on a bit of a hiatus from the site but have been eyeing these colorados with the diesel option. It makes a lot of sense for me. I used to drive an f350 for work and hate driving anything bigger than a midsize honestly. That was a big factor in picking my Tacoma...
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    northern expedition build

    Looking forward to reading about this. I just acquired a 1980 f350 DRW 2wd with a 351M from a friend at work for free and have been planning to do a similar build. I'm currently trying to get the 351 unseized and gathering the parts for a 4wd swap. What size tire are you currently running? Do...
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    2011 Tacoma Regular Cab

    Congratulations, you will love the truck. I have an 07 just like yours and it fits the bill perfectly. You should get around 25 mpg mixed stock and I get 22-24 mpg with 265/75s and a cap. I would caution you to watch the weight you add to this truck, it piles on quick and while I feel my truck...
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    2011 Tacoma Regular Cab

    15" wheels will not fit on the new tacomas (31x10.50s are generally only made for a 15" wheel). The stock 245/75/16s are around 30.5" tall and 9.5" wide. You can easily fit a 265/70/16 which is the equivalent to a 31x10.50 or a 265/75/16 which is equivalent to a 32x10.50. These can both be ran...
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    Ollie's "BugEater" Build

    Whoa! I get claustrophobic just looking at that thing, and to think I thought the stock FJC I test drove felt crowded haha. Nice build though. One of the cleanest and most thorough FJC builds I have seen. Good work and glad it works well for your needs.
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    Super hardcore offroad- considering ditching the tacoma for a vw wagon

    My truck gets very good mileage and I doubt a ute would do much better and I would lose alot of space. bushmaster- Love the A4. I wish they would offer the TDI in more of an allroad/subi type setup. Also, I plan to get a cheap older f-250 4x4 to pull truck duties. I plan to be getting back...
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