View Full Version : "Ivan" - 1996 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab

11-16-2007, 10:09 PM
Now, I know some of you might be thinking Ivan, isn't that a guy's name? Yes, it is. The reasoning behind it is, I like to think of my truck as a really good friend, not a love affair. Anyway, that is beside the point.

My truck is a 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Xtracab. It is powered by a 3.4L V6, which puts out 190 HP. I bought it a year and a half ago, when my old truck finally gave up the ghost. It had around 127 000 kms on it at the time of purchase. It now has around 141 000 kms.

It has an upgraded rear suspension, although I'm not really sure what is upgraded about it. The previous owner did it and I don't remember what he did. I have put in a Pioneer deck and Pioneer speakers. Other than that, I really haven't done anything to it. I'm getting new tires here pretty quick. It came with this nasty white topper; I don't use it very often. It has some sort of bedliner, although I'm not sure what kind. It has a slight rust problem, but I am hopefully going to be getting that fixed in the next little while.

I've used this truck for work and for play and it does both without a problem. ( ( ( (

11-17-2007, 01:02 AM
That truck looks like it would be a great deal of fun offroad. :)

11-17-2007, 01:04 AM
And it is. I'm really glad that I live so close to the Rockies. I can be in the mountains in like 30-40 minutes and it's awesome.

12-16-2007, 10:22 PM
I changed out the dashboard lights on Friday. I got sick of the stupid greeny color that they were and decided to do something about it. My dad has a VW Jetta and it has blue dash lights, which I really like. So, I got some blue LED lights, took apart my dash and popped them in there. It looks a lot better now.

I didn't change out the light behind the climate control panel because I couldn't find the right type of bulb in the right colour. When I find it, I'll replace it. It is a lot easier to do then the instrument panel was.

I've also got new tires, which will hopefully be going on tomorrow. ( ( (

The final product: (

12-17-2007, 12:35 AM
Wow you must really love your truck :) I like the way you're keeping it mostly stock on the outside, though. Sometimes, there are things that are just meant to be there. :D

12-17-2007, 01:20 AM
Damnit, I wanna do the orange to blue swap in my car too! How long did that tkae you?

12-17-2007, 01:39 AM

This picture is awesome. Nice truck, those are probably the only pickup I would own.

12-17-2007, 02:55 PM
I like that light swap! Blue always looks great IMO; but, I see that beyond 6000 RPM there should be little red lines on the tachometer?

By the way, my name is Iván too. :D

12-19-2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your comments.

Driv3r, it took a couple of hours. I thought it was pretty easy to do. There was some tricky parts, but once I got those figured out, it was alright.

Killua, yeah, there is. You can see them when you are in the truck, that picture just doesn't show it well enough. Plus, even if they weren't visible, I know where they are. I don't really look at my tachometer very much, I just know when to shift based on speed and engine noise.

12-19-2007, 01:29 PM
Nice job on those gauges. Good work :thumbsup:

02-18-2008, 01:15 AM
Just some new pictures in the snow. I did get my new tires on. I got my new tires on and they made a big difference in traction in the snow. You can see the nasty white topper in the last picture. ( (" (

02-18-2008, 08:07 AM
I just noticed how high that truck really is. Must be a real great view up there. :D

02-18-2008, 10:17 AM
Do you run snow chains? Or is the snow not deep enough for them?

02-18-2008, 11:05 AM
No, the snow really doesn't get deep enough. If I lived further west, like out where some of my friends live, I might consider having them.

03-28-2008, 12:54 AM
Driv3r showed me this link ( a while ago, but I wasn't sure if it would apply in Canada. I asked my Toyota dealer and they said yes and that they expect it to affect about 10 000 trucks. He also said that he doesn't expect Toyota to repair most of them, just buy them back. I don't think they are going to have to buy mine back or repair it because, as far as I can see, there is no rust perforation on the frame, but maybe I'm missing somewhere. I guess I'll let them be the judge.

In other news, I made a time lapse today of me driving around in my Tacoma where I live. I recently figured out how to do it with my camera and was finally able to get my tripod stable in the rear seat of my truck. It isn't anything terribly exciting, more of a test really. I'm hoping to do a longer, cooler one tomorrow night on majors roads like Deerfoot, Crowchild and Glenmore Trail. Anyway, here is the link:

This is an old picture, but I figured I should at least have one picture in this text-heavy post. We don't even own that truck in the background anymore. (