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#2543 of 7624 2005 EXHAUST PIPE CLEARANCE
Mar 23, 2005 (2:30 pm)
Hello, just signed up so this is my first message. I have a 2005 Tacoma Double Cab short bed, 4x4 v-6 with the TRD # 2 package in Silver. Purchased on 12/09/04. It's replacing a 2002 Toyota quad cab with 30,000 miles on it. I love both of these trucks. I have not experienced any problems as listed in the forums. I have 2,800 miles on the truck now and love it, except! If you look under the truck and view the left hand side catyltic converter, the exhaust cross over pipe running back to the muffler extends below the transfer case and is approx 1 1/2" lower than the cross member. What this all means is that the crossover exhaust pipe is the lowest unprotected item under neath the chassis. I have had 4 wheel drives for almost 35 years, and the one thing I know is that if you cross over a rock or hit a dog or cat on the open road, that exhaust pipe is the one thing that is going to take a critical hit.
Any body else noticed this? Is it only on the Quad Door Short Bed? I've seen Borla advertising a cat back system for the 2005, have they re-routed this pipe, or is it the same OEM routing? Anyway, was really surprised when I crawled under my truck and saw how vulnerable that cross over pipe is. Stupid engeering to say the least.
#2544 of 7624 Re: 2005 TOYOTA TACOMA DOUBLE CAB 4X4 [miles5]
Mar 23, 2005 (2:55 pm)
The published MPG for the double cab ranges from 16/20 to 18/22, depending on transmission. I don't know where 19/26 comes from.
How is money lost on a lease a problem for everyone else? It sounds more like uninformed shopping and poor negotiating. You found Edmunds, which is chock full of information to help you with the financials, yet signed the deal anyway?
#2545 of 7624 Re: Motorcycle in Bed [paldente]
Mar 23, 2005 (3:16 pm)
Well, though I don't want to spread gossip, this is what I have heard/read/seen:
If you look on the cleats in the track system near the top of the bed, they say 200 lbs, though I also heard that each track can only accomodate a max of 300 lbs, no matter how many cleats you have in the track (this was from a document from the Nissan dealership comparing the Tacoma and Frontier, so take it as you will...) The D-rings on the bed floor are 400 lbs (can't remember if I read this, was told this, or what).
#2546 of 7624 Re: 2005 EXHAUST PIPE CLEARANCE [singlehunter]
Mar 23, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Technically, I think the dog or cat take the critical hit.
#2547 of 7624 High Miles, No problems
Mar 23, 2005 (4:08 pm)
I was wondering how many miles everyone has racked up so far. I've got 8300 so far since October. No real problems.
#2548 of 7624 Re: 2005 EXHAUST PIPE CLEARANCE [jaytaco]
Mar 23, 2005 (4:14 pm)
Well, you know your right. Although if the exhaust pipe wasn't sticking down so far they might have a better chance.
Point is for a 4x4, and lets choose a rock or stump this time, there is no skid plate, and it curves just below the cross memeber brace, so be carrying a hacksaw so you can cut it out and make it to the muffler shop. Thanks for the reply.
#2549 of 7624 Re: Cheap Tailgates [jackhammer]
Mar 23, 2005 (4:16 pm)
That's something to keep in mind with these short beds as many times the gate will be down with weight on it. One reason I chose Ridgeline (gate weight rating = 300lbs)
"Technically, I think the dog or cat take the critical hit." OK, that was funny.
#2550 of 7624 Re: Cheap Tailgates [gearhead1]
Mar 23, 2005 (5:54 pm)
Congratulations on your van purchase. The 2005 tacoma is awesome. Does your Ridgeline have 4WD low?
#2551 of 7624 GAS MILEAGE
Mar 23, 2005 (6:12 pm)
I just returned from a 350 mile trip from Colorado Springs to Monarch Ski Area CO and back. Kept it under 65 mpg. Got 22.3 mpg -- not bad. I have the V6 with manual tranny with 6500 miles on the truck. You should have seen all the front wheel drive vehicles having problems in the ice and snow. The Taco with the LSD did wonderfully.
#2552 of 7624 Re: Tubes or Running Boards??? [lomares]
Mar 23, 2005 (6:14 pm)
The pics of the DeeZees really answer questions for me. Thanks for the post! A fine machine you have there.