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Falkon
11-18-2011, 01:23 PM
So I have been looking around for my latest obsession, a factory e-locked 3rd 4Runner, but I have not seen any whatsoever. I am presuming these are in pretty high demand, does one ever come up anywhere?

What are the thoughts on this vehicles for Overland use? The Tacoma seems to be pretty high on the list, but I already have a Gen1 Tundra, so I dont need another truck with a bed and I would like something that I can sleep in if needed. I have also considered a Tacoma with a shell...

PirateMcGee
11-18-2011, 03:29 PM
I have seen them around, they are fairly common here in the PNW but not sure about out in GA. I would focus on finding a clean 3rd gen first as you can always retrofit an e-locker in later...

FshTaco99
11-18-2011, 03:55 PM
It took me over two years to find my 2000 Limited. Finally convinced a service manager at a local dealership to sell his. Paid a little over what it was actually worth but it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Seems to find another one, you'll have to do some driving to get it... I highly doubt I'll find another 2000 Limited w/ locker and 4.30 gears.

bjowett
11-18-2011, 05:13 PM
My father bought one new back 97 or so (long since traded), nice rig, SR5, no chrome, black fender flares, locking diff. I'll keep an eye out....

xcmountain80
11-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Keep your eye open, most people don't even know they have them. I've found a couple on ebay over the years and ask for pictures to to left of the steering wheel to verify what I'm looking for. Saw a 5 spd on craigslist here in fl a while back. Use crazed list . org and see what you come up with obviously specify 4wd.

Aaron

phsycle
11-18-2011, 08:33 PM
I think it's your locale. Broaden your search area (but stay away from NE vehicles aka rust buckets). I've run across quite a few locked 4Runners. I'd say maybe 30-40%, when I was looking. They'll also be cheaper than a comparable Tacoma, so if you don't need a truck bed, I'd get the 4Runner.

Falkon
11-18-2011, 08:59 PM
Thanks y'all, ill keep looking. It appears the lockers were not standard with any specific trim, makes it a bit harder.

phsycle
11-18-2011, 09:04 PM
FWIW, I saw a higher percentage of Limited's with the rear locker vs. SR5's.

Falkon
11-18-2011, 11:44 PM
That does help, thanks phsycal.

CYi5
11-19-2011, 06:22 AM
x2 xcmountain; look at interior pictures provided on craigslist for the locker button. 4wd Limiteds do more commonly have the locker with the bonus of 4.30's :).

Falkon
11-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Could those in the know, define the pros and cons of the 4.30 gears? This truck will be used mostly on weekends mostly in Ga mountains on some medium rocks, clay/dirt/sand.

Falkon
11-19-2011, 08:54 PM
My father bought one new back 97 or so (long since traded), nice rig, SR5, no chrome, black fender flares, locking diff. I'll keep an eye out....

Thanks bjowett.

xcmountain80
11-19-2011, 09:27 PM
Could those in the know, define the pros and cons of the 4.30 gears? This truck will be used mostly on weekends mostly in Ga mountains on some medium rocks, clay/dirt/sand.

Will depend on your final build plans. I've run 4.56 with 295.75.16 and it wasn't low enough, I since have swapped to 4.88 and am much happier and still running the 295's. You can ask around or pm me and I'll tell you what I know.

Aaron

Stick Figure
11-20-2011, 07:40 AM
About 3 years ago when I bought mine, it took me a couple of months to find the exact vehicle I was looking for.

2000 Highlander edition w/ the locker.

There are a lot of minor changes between years, so do your research on the platform to make sure you get exactly what you want.

http://www.top4runners.com/runhist/runhist31996.html
and
http://www.top4runners.com/ja/highlander.html
are great sources of info if you haven't found those yet.

Falkon
11-20-2011, 07:19 PM
Aaron, thanks for the offer. I wil get with you when I solidify some questions.

Stick, thats a great reource, thanks:luxhello:

phsycle
11-20-2011, 10:02 PM
For expedition builds, 4.30 would be great.

verticaltrx
11-21-2011, 03:16 AM
When I was looking for my 4runner I found a couple nice ones with e-lockers, both were Limiteds and both were automatic. However, a manual transmission was more important to me than the locker so I went that route. (finding one with both a manual and locker is pretty hard).

Honestly, for overland use a locker isn't high on my priority list. With the sway bars unhooked and decent suspension the 3rd gens have enough flex to tackle 95% of the trails in this country (or any other for that matter) with little trouble. I've taken mine through some trails that it really shouldn't have been on and with a little rock stacking I made it fine.

BTW, I used to have a Tacoma and the 4runner, to me, is a better all around overland vehicle. More inclosed storage space, interior sleeping, much more comfortable seats/interior, etc. Off road the performance very similar, I'd say they are both equally capable.

Martinjmpr
11-22-2011, 03:16 PM
E-lockers are pretty common here in CO as well. What you have to remember is that unless the seller is an experienced off-roader, they probably don't know what a locking diff is or what it's for, and they rarely mention it in their advertisement. So you really have to go and look for the switch.

When I got into my current 4runner for a test drive, the E-locker switch was the first thing that caught my eye. As soon as I saw that switch I thought to myself "if this drives OK, I'm buying it."

xcmountain80
11-22-2011, 04:59 PM
For expedition builds, 4.30 would be great.

I don't think that's low enough for the 4Runner (4.30 is stock ratio for some 4x4 1st gen Tacoma's), my 4Runner with a fresh motor, 4.88's and gear still could use a little help on long climbs. For a stock 4Runner running stock size tires or slightly larger than a 265 not loaded a whole lot might be ok. You also have to consider bumpers, armor, and other add-ons that weigh is down. If those aren't applicable than yes 4.30's could work with stock setup IMO.

Aaron

FLYFISHEXPERT
11-22-2011, 05:27 PM
When I was looking for my 4runner I found a couple nice ones with e-lockers, both were Limiteds and both were automatic. However, a manual transmission was more important to me than the locker so I went that route. (finding one with both a manual and locker is pretty hard).

Honestly, for overland use a locker isn't high on my priority list. With the sway bars unhooked and decent suspension the 3rd gens have enough flex to tackle 95% of the trails in this country (or any other for that matter) with little trouble. I've taken mine through some trails that it really shouldn't have been on and with a little rock stacking I made it fine.

X2 on both points. I found two 4Runners, one auto w/ locker and one 5spd w/o locker. I went with the 5spd. Haven driven my friend's with an auto, I find the 5spd way better. I have found out that finding an axle with a locker can be difficult in SE Idaho. Just my thoughts.