I know it's stated that these will fit the 2nd Gen Tacomas (LB) but would they also fit the 6' Frontiers (2005+) and Colorado/Canyons (2015+) or would you need a specific build for that? I ask because I de-tacomaed myself when the first of the two little ones arrived. They're bigger now and...
From a quick google search the 3RZ-FEs are like the 22R/Es and they can suffer from guide wear. My old '89 with a 22R got treated to a new chain at 200K miles - it sounded like a diesel at idle prior to that so I was pretty lucky.
It's not an overly long job - did it in my driveway in about 5 hrs
Stop at a pemex tomorrow and pick up the Guia Roja (Red Guide) - it's the map I used on my trips to mexico (mainland and baja) some years back.
Enjoy the trip - you're making me want to take my little one (2-1/2 now) on an expedition next year!
I did run into an odd vibration problem on a '98 forester I had previously. After much troubleshooting (including balancing etc) it turned out to be the RF Axle - one of the CVs was bad - bad enough to cause a vibration at some speeds but not bad enough to click on turns.
I had an 09 2.7 5spd 4x4 with a flippac on it and in a heavy headwind the clutch started slipping. Badly. @ 60k km, (a little over 40k miles)
No rough driving, stock tire size.
I replaced the clutch at my cost (1400) and replaced the vehicle shortly thereafter.
It might not help you to...
I'm quite happy with my 03. The AWD is decent, don't get me wrong it's not a subaru or a proper 4x4 but in the snow it's fine.
Fuel mileage isn't great but it is way better than my old double cab tacoma 4x4 (especially up here in canada with fuel now at 1.20/litre).
Over the last 35k kms, the...
Located in Ottawa, Canada and would prefer local-ish purchaser.
Engel MT 45, Transit Case and slide lock - $1200 to replace taxes in. (Canadian side)
In mint condition, test fit only to vehicle and vehicle has been sold with baby on the way.
I second Pedro - check your halfshafts first before considering swapping the driveshaft itself - I tried the driveshaft (and it wasn't cheap) and the vibration ended up being the front right half shaft (very inexpensive)