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C.W.
02-17-2008, 06:25 PM
Are the toyota 4wd vans any good for anything?
A friend was asking me and i have never seen one on trails or with any lift or....................

slacker
02-17-2008, 07:29 PM
they are a unibody .. so no solid frame ...

good commuter in snow bound or such areas .. but not an "off roader" .. odd fishing trip worked for me ...

http://www.members.shaw.ca/slacker502/images/camping.jpg

C.W.
02-17-2008, 07:30 PM
Ok thanks

HEAVY METAL
02-17-2008, 07:31 PM
my parents when i was a teenager had the sr5 wagon 4x4... quoting pathy... " i tell you what"...that thing took waazaaaaaaaayy more abuse than it should have...tuff lil car..

highwaystar
02-17-2008, 08:38 PM
my folks have had a 87 4x4 one since 88. It must have a million kms by now. Its still there main vehicle to this day. they are pretty sweet, mildly ok off road, coil rear torsion front, I believe ive seen some with manual hubs. 22RE also. You can take out the back seats and sleep in it, they fold down flat too. Our mechanic gets a chill down his spine when he sees it pull up cuz its hard to work on.

KINGCRUISER
02-17-2008, 11:23 PM
My first vehicle 84 toyota LE van. Took a shit kicken, went everywhere, even did some boggin. Those things would be the coolest with a little lift and some 35's. Oh and a real frame.

C.W.
02-17-2008, 11:36 PM
My first vehicle 84 toyota LE van. Took a shit kicken, went everywhere, even did some boggin. Those things would be the coolest with a little lift and some 35's. Oh and a real frame.
Would it be any good for takin the kids on some mild trails around kelowna/Penticton?
There is no 4lo apparently and its a 3spd auto.

caveman
02-18-2008, 11:59 AM
check out the videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iLZDvH9Ihk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4skJ763zjM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHb4vfm0nJg

highwaystar
02-18-2008, 04:19 PM
my folks is the 4wd auto also. they are slow as molasses but if your stickin to forestry roads and stuff should be fine. Ive had it places it shouldnt be, and the seating is comfortable for all 7 people. but yea no low range and they feel super tippy.

C.W.
02-18-2008, 06:20 PM
That van got pretty beat in those vids. [36]

Hiwaystar how do you think they would be on the deactivated roads around here?

highwaystar
02-18-2008, 10:00 PM
youd probably be disapointed. they dont have the clearance for alot of the deactivated roads. If your lookin for a cool project family hauler I reccomend a pre 89 4runner. Convertable plus mods are plentiful and cheap. Id love one for a project

C.W.
02-18-2008, 10:15 PM
youd probably be disapointed. they dont have the clearance for alot of the deactivated roads. If your lookin for a cool project family hauler I reccomend a pre 89 4runner. Convertable plus mods are plentiful and cheap. Id love one for a project
Been lookin for one but most of them have rotten frames and still want big $$. Also been lookin for a cherokee.
Had an s15 jimmy and it just didnt have the clearance and the 2.8 blew up.

TWOZEROFOUR
02-18-2008, 11:01 PM
i put 200,000 k's on mine,, it was 2wd,, great ride,, there is a club in the USA where the guys mod em up and off road em,, but i think the buggest tire the "hard core" guys were runnin was a 30". very limited space in the frnt wheel wells,, and the seat gets hot as hell cuz yer sittin on the motor

C.W.
02-18-2008, 11:10 PM
Ya i think an engine fire could really suck. :eek:
Apparently a 289 or 302 ford is a fairly easy swap in them too.

TWOZEROFOUR
02-19-2008, 07:45 PM
Ya i think an engine fire could really suck. :eek:
Apparently a 289 or 302 ford is a fairly easy swap in them too.

it would be hard to keep cool,, thats for sure... my 22re over heated like crazy when loaded... temp gauge was a stress meter