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Lockers? Rims? 3in? And 33's

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by MAKBski, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Apr 23, 2017 at 5:33 PM
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    What's happening everyone? I have an 05 sport edition 4runner and I am planning on upgrading my stock 4runner. I have been reading up on lockers and been advised to get one but I don't fully understand what it will do for me. And I am looking at a 3in rough country lift in order to put 33's on. I would like to get smaller rims though instead of the standard 17's. what is everyone's thoughts on lockers, rough country lift, smaller rims, and 33in tires?

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  2. Apr 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM
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    A rear locker alone will give you true 3 wheel drive by "locking" the differential, prohibiting the axles from spinning at different speeds due to wheel slip or loss of traction. 100% power to both tires. (Not to be used on pavement). A front locker will give you true 4wd by doing the same.

    Don't go smaller. Keep 17" wheels because they are the new normal and have most sizes available in many different models of tire.

    Rough country 3" lift, take it or leave it. I've installed many in a previous career at the shop, there are better options. However, if you just want to fit 33" tires and only want the look, it works. If you only want the look, save the $2000 and don't buy a rear locker.
     
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    I don't want it to be just for looks. I plan on using it for what it is for.
     
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    My previous '07 Tacoma Sport had an auto-LSD...OP, do you know if your '05 4Runner Sport has one?
     
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    I am not certain. I haven't seen anything indicating it. What should I look for to tell me one way or another?
     
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    There was no switch for it, nor was there a dash indicator. Maybe check your owner's manual.

    I only mention it because my truck worked well for me in snow, and if you're only going to do light off-roading, maybe wait on adding a locker.

    Goodluck.
     
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    Okay gotcha! Yeah it has a push button on the left side of the steering wheel with an"X" in the middle of the wheels.
     
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    But awesome thank you Topdec!
     
  9. Apr 23, 2017 at 8:53 PM
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    NP...and I forgot about that switch. Cool that your 4R has the LSD.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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    17" rims. Keep them. In fact, going with a 33" size tires on factory rims should help prevent rubbing some.
    A 2" - 2.5" lift will likely get those 33's and keep a decent highway, but skip the Rough Country and pick a little better quality unless you are just going to trailer it to a park and drive. If you plan on using it, consider OME, or Bilsteins. Avoid Spacers.

    Lastly, and importantly, the locker.

    SKIP it for now. I'll catch some flak for that comment, but unless you know what you need it for, don't waste the money. I've been to 4 different off road parks and only a handful of times did I really need it, and that was doing some 3/5 trails and up, which you're going to want some experience driving, and better armor, before tackling that.

    The biggest change you can make to make the truck better is a mild lift, and most importantly, better tires.

    When you finally know what you need the locker for, you'll then have to decide if you want to spend the money. The tires, you'll immediately know why you need those, so that's an easy choice.
     

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