So my main use for this vehicle is going to be city driving and dirt road driving with occasional offroading and camping. As far as cash to get it right my plan is to buy a really clean one from the beginning rather than take on a project and go from there. After the purchase im gonna do basic baselining and inspect what needs to be done what rubbers gone bad etc and go from there. Basically I dont mind spending a grand if i have to but if it can be avoided ill avoid it.
I appreciate the heads up with toyota parts ive noticed that seems to be a trend in the forum so ill definitely take your word for it!
#2 all the way.
Number two haha
I agree with Onur and Richard; buy the 97. My 97 has lockers and I would say my uses match yours fairly well with the off-roading part being mainly for hunting. In 14 years of ownership I have never used the lockers except to exercise them.
If it were me, one of the biggest deciding factors on which truck to buy would be based upon which of the 2, has little, to no rust. Dealing with rust is a HUGE pain in the ass, rusty nuts, and bolts can take what would be a simple 20 minute job, and turn it into an all day nightmare.
Thanks I do some reading and everyone says get the lockers and they would definitrly help but my thinkjng is save on some of the mods with the 97 such as bumper winch tires and lift and then spring for arb lockers in the future. Would you agree with that?
Yeah thats the nice thing about the 97 is that it has an ARB bumper, ome lift and new tires on it already. Im prepared to do the labor myself I dont mind getting dirty!There will be a long list of things to spend money on without worrying about lockers... tires, an ARB front bumper and a 2.5” OME lift are a long way ahead of lockers on the priority list for me. I say this as an owner of a triple locked cruiser. But really before any mods are done, you’ll need to drop a pile of cash on base lining and getting your rig up to speed.
You’ll need to look at replacing all the hoses, belts, see if you need to do the front axle job, look at your brake lines, maybe get a land tank blue hub fan clutch, fluid changes all around etc etc. Toyota parts are insanely expensive and the price adds up quick just baselining a rig, even one that’s been taken care of. And that’s doing all the work yourself too.
The other one is a 97 with 202k miles and it is immaculate its in really good shape clearly no rust interior is clean and it has some mods I was already gonna do but it has no lockers. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I go the air locker route or should I go with the OEM ones?
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