Well, as much as it pains me to say this, I am looking at retiring my beloved Isuzu Trooper. Just too many reliability issues (not to mention support) to keep it and be confident. It's treated me well, though.
I am looking at purchasing a 2006 (or newer) 4Runner SR5. Obviously it will be a 4WD, but I'll admit to going batty trying to figure out the different packages and such.
So, my questions are as follows:
1) How can I verify that the truck has a locking rear differential? Is it that switch with the four wheels and an X through the driveshaft? Is there a label code I should be looking for?
2) Is there a decent aftermarket set of skidplates that can be installed on the truck? I know JAOS makes a front skid plate, but I've always considered them a bit too bling for me. Anyone else? What about for the gas tank, etc?
Any other guidance you deem useful will be appreciated. Thanks!