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#674 of 1986 rear axle misalignment
Mar 26, 2001 (11:56 pm)
the 2001 tundra access cab 4x2 i recently purchased came with the rear axle shifted .25" to the right side. this is obvious as the right wheel sticks out .50" further than the left. when i took this matter to the dealer(who was very helpful) we measured almost every tundra in the lot, from the frame to a consistant groove in the tire. we found every silver(like mine) colored one to be also offset, while other colors were deadon...NO I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!!! the service mgr. call toyota, and the reply was "only a quarter inch? a half inch is normal". well, if toyota thinks this is within their tolerance, it sucks. i would not want a vehicle with this kind of defect if i were looking to buy, can u say dogtracking. buyers of tundras arm your self with a tape measure and do NOT accept defective products.
#675 of 1986 roadmaster spring
Mar 28, 2001 (2:19 pm)
Hi obyone, ordered a roadmaster spring. Called Friday and it got here on Tuesday. The salesman even called to see if I had received it. I haven't worked on it yet but noticed that over the axle, where the roadmaster is supposed to go, there is a cone-shaped thingy. What is that? Will it come out? Any advice before I break into it?
(I'm going to go measure my wheels)
Mar 29, 2001 (7:38 am)
I don't know if this is some kind of major-league joke or what. How did you notice? Are your eyes THAT calibrated that you could see 1/2 inch difference at a distance sufficient to see both sides of the truck? This isn't something you casually spot.
I measured mine - guess I'm just a sucker. My black tundra is dead on both sides. I also looked underneath to see how this might be possible. I can't for the life of me see how this could be bolted in wrong... too many other pieces and parts that connect that wouldn't reach or connect if it was off by 1/2 inch. But I have no way of checking your personal story out.
#677 of 1986 which engine? which options? how much?
Mar 29, 2001 (8:45 pm)
I'm going to buy the Tundra sometime this April. I'm torn whether to brake my bank and go for the $30,000 decked out 4x4 V8 TRD SR5 or just go with the $23,000 supercab with v6, buy the big black fender options listed in the TRD catalog and get the nicer aluminum wheels.. Folks with the v6, how do you like it? Has anyone driven both, and if so, is there a noticeable difference in normal driving?
How is the selection of Tundras with Anti-lock brakes outside of Texas? I can't find a single tundra that isn't at least $28,000 with anti-locks. Toyota must have been smoking crack when they decided to make that one an "option".. that's the only thing I'm really upset about with buying the Tundra.. ohh well. I'm curious how much some of you have "talked down" the dealerships.. ie, what was the msrp and how much did you actually pay? Thanks for any advice in advance!
#678 of 1986 get the V8
Mar 30, 2001 (1:32 pm)
My rule of thumb has always been to get the biggest engine available for the particular model vehicle. You'll always have the extra umphh to get out of traffic and when its time to sell you can get rid of it quicker. On the Tundra the MPG for V8 or V6 is the same so gas will cost you the same. On the 4x4, I asked around and here in Florida is so flat that people that do have 4x4 have never or very seldom used it. (not enough to justify the initial or higher manitenance costs)so mine is 2WD. The dealer did not have any trucks with ABS so I didn't get it. I don't trust ABS anyway and when they brake (and they will) they are a major expense to repair ($1,000s). I have a 2000 Limited with MSRP of $26,968, paid $23,500 plus tag, tax, and title. 8 months old now.
Mar 30, 2001 (7:49 pm)
I have driven both engines. I have the V6. I paid 17000 for mine including all the taxes. The V8 has more standard features and incrementally more expensive than the V6 in the extended cab models. I would forego some things and get the slightly more expensive V8 among the SR5 4x2 models. However, there are some exceptions. If you want a manual you have no choice in the V6.
The V8 has more power with slightly less gas mileage. My V6 averages around 17 in city and 20 on highway. It also averages around 11 pulling my camping trailer.
Overall, I love my Tundra. It was a fantastic buy for the money. I would suggest trying both engines before you buy.
One more thing, whichever model you get, get the FOG LIGHTS.
#680 of 1986 no joke duckcaller
Mar 30, 2001 (9:07 pm)
i wish the offset rear axle were a joke, but it isnt, and i own one and i have measured many others that are also crooked. i align my race car so, i noticed the difference even thow it is difficult with the vehicle sitting so high above the wheels. the tape measure confirmed my eyes. yes, the way the thing is bolt together, it hard to see how it could be wrong, unless the leafs are both bent.
Mar 31, 2001 (5:15 am)
Could it be that the bed was not perfectly aligned when it was bolted onto the frame? It would not take much to give you 1/2" difference. This would make the truck appear to be misaligned. I measured my truck ('00 4WD V8 extended cab) and could not find any offset(and it is silver).