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Is the TRD Pro worth the search/investment?

Discussion in '3rd Gen TRD Pro (2014+)' started by memario1214, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Jan 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM
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    I am looking to upgrade from my Tacoma (some of you might know me :wave:) to a Tundra and have been looking into a TRD Pro. I know it is a major PITA to find an Inferno Pro right now, so I am wondering if a guy gets the Inferno 2016 (Platinum or Limited) and gets an upgraded suspension. Would I be money ahead and have a better suspension going with a less expensive truck and getting Kings?

    Also, is it possible to get ventilated seats in a truck that isn't a Platinum or higher?
     
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  2. Jan 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM
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    This is a tough question, I think it really comes down to each individual's needs and wants. If your like me, and like to customize a vehicle to your individual needs and likes, then you should just go with an SR5 and build it up.
    If your the kind of person who wants a nice truck already dialed in from the factory and don't think your going to want to make any major suspension mods down the road, then you should consider the TRD pro
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2016 at 5:44 PM
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    The limited (Plat too, i believe) comes with the TRD shocks.
    If you're planning on upgrading relatively soon, I would skip the TRD part if you're going straight into Kings.
    Keep in mind, the Pro edition has a completely different shock setup. If you're changing out the Pro shocks,
    Don't go with a Pro
     
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  4. Jan 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM
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    I would love having one of the new sand color ones.
     
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    The Sand color is really cool. Saw a 2016 Sand Tacoma up close at Stevenson's West. Fully loaded. Totally awesome truck. Pretty sure the sticker was $35K
     
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  6. Jan 4, 2016 at 6:46 PM
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    DITTO^
     
  7. Jan 4, 2016 at 6:49 PM
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    No the platinum does not have the same billy's as the pro.
    Kings cost lest than the price of the Bilsteins on the pro. And then of course you get to decide the ride height if you go the aftermarket route. Not to mention ability to tune and rebuild.

    Unless you want the butt warmers, ballsack coolers, manly cross stitched leather, and woman features like blind spot monitoring that come with the platinum, get the cheapest fucking truck you can get and add the suspension you really want. Unless you're just rich and decide to do both :anonymous:
     
  8. Jan 4, 2016 at 6:56 PM
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    But... I like the women features. (not necessarily my truck, but maybe in my truck.) :spy:
     
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    I was trying to be facetious considering I bought the Platinum and said fuck it...added kings (with an obscene amount of shock tuning shortly after) and a supercharger.
     
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    SC'd Platinum? Has to be pretty cool. Warmers and all. :thumbsup:
     
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    Limited has the warmers too...but he has the ball coolers :(
     
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    Could of used the B Coolers in AK in my Taco.
     
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    I may or may not have designed a custom domed door badge that says Supercharged Platinum instead of Platinum Tundra :anonymous:
     
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    May or may not have?????
     
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    I really wish my leather had ball sack coolers... That black leather gets hot in the summer!
     
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    That would actually be a good problem to have depending on how far north you live. :cookiemonster:
     
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    Meanwhile I'm like this in the summer:

    [​IMG]
     
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    This is exactly right.


    It is a nice color with all black highlights. Wouldn't mind it myself.

    I agree with getting a cheaper truck and building it up with the best items you want.

    Like this
     
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    Yeah I'm all about building up a truck, as I don't even want to know what has gone into my tacoma over the years. However, there are just some niceties in interiors that I would like... can you get an SR5 with everything besides leather and ventilated seats in terms of interior comforts? I would love to say that I won't tinker, but I'd be a liar. If i were to get a limited or even a used platinum for the interior and electronic goodies I desire, can a set of kings be adjusted custom to get the lift of a pro or slightly higher while having the on/off road compliance of a raptor for example? I've driven plenty of raptors and really like them, but I'm not down with coughing up that kind of cash... and I really don't require that much truck. I want to be able to run a fire road at a little speed when wanted, but have a very compliant ridea on pavement as well. I have a complete 3" OME setup on my tacoma and to be honest it'll beat you up if you're not used to it. Pretty stiff
     
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    Kings are adjustable. Mine are set 1/ 2" higher than the pro. But let me put it this way. I have a platinum with kings. And I have a very good friend with a raptor, and another with an ecoboost with Fox's all the way around. Neither could keep up before I got the supercharger. Not even fun now that I have the s/c. And this is my mall crawler.
    At the end of the day HP and torque don't mean shit unless you tune the suspension. Tune to the truck and the driver. Tundra, Raptor, dodge, doesn't matter. It's all about tuning.
    I could take a bone stock 2nd/3rd gen tundra and have it run circles around a factory raptor on everything but a strait line on a paved road with nothing more than a set of UCA's and premium shocks all the way around. But give me some time with the raptor shocks and I'll fix their shit whoop valving without bending the frame.
     
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    I had the same dilemma last year when I was looking into purchasing a truck. I initially wanted the TRD Pro but there was a 3 month wait at the time & there wasn't a single dealer in Texas that had one on their lot much less had one arriving in the time that I wanted a truck. Every TRD Pro at the time that was arriving were all spoken for. Most dealers in Texas at the time didn't even have one for me to test drive much less look at. That gave me time to do some research and I realized that what I really wanted (features, upgrades, customizing, etc...) I could accomplish with the Limited. At the end of the day I was able to find a dealer to find me the Limited I wanted as well as adding all of the aftermarket upgrades I wanted by purchase time. So like Airbagged said it's really about your individual needs. I haven't regretted the decision one bit & I'm sure you won't either regardless of which model you choose.

    Good luck! You will be getting a great truck either way.
     
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    Well said. I'm not rich so I would go with the SR5 and mod it up!

    I like it too, but white looks even better!

    Fuck yeah, me too... hot in Columbia, SC. My black leather needs ball sack coolers.
     
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    So you're telling me that you'll help me get my shocks tuned properly when I get a different truck? I know that you'd be the guy to ask and I had my fingers crossed that you would chime in. :)

    I am confident that I will tinker with the appearance of whatever truck I get as well, but I really like the inferno color. I don't have a dealer close by, but I will make a few visits in the upcoming weeks and just see what the offerings are in person at different trim levels. I could certainly go for a white one, and to be honest a lot of colors would look really good with light modification.
     
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    Oh one or two.
    Yeah I really wanted an SR5 with the upgrade package but they only offered the Off road, platinum and the pro in the color I wanted so i went off road because I knew I was going to be pulling just about everything off. I bought the Off road slapped some Kings, 35's, custom Katskin's, pro grille and HID projectors and still under what I would of payed for the Pro OTD.
     
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    Unless you buy one and drive it for a few 1000's miles you will never know the answer. I for one love my Pro, especially the color. Its such a great performing truck right from the dealer and it is so nice to drive down the road without seeing dozen drivers with the same truck. In fact, I have never seen another Inferno Pro on the road.
     
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    I will give you my valving and spring rate for Kings. But understand, ride characteristics are subjective.
    That said there are 2 other trucks on this site that also use my specs ;)
     
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    My whole thing, and the only reason I am hesitant on getting the SR5 is that I want some of the niceties that come with the higher trim packages. I plan to buy this truck and have it for the next 6+ years as I have had my Tacoma for that long. I would really like cooled seats, but I am not sure that it is required... I would likely get at least a Limited, but I am looking at like a 2014 Platinum to get a little bit of the price off of it. Something like this one: 2014 PLATINUM

    I realize that my goals and everyone else's are not necessarily in line, but I am just trying to hit as many of my "want" buckets in one swoop.

    I love the inferno color. I have a Speedway blue Tacoma and love that the color sticks out.

    Off the top of the head, does anyone know how much travel each of these trucks has?
    Stock Tundra:
    Stock TRD Pro Tundra:
    Stock Raptor:
    jberry's Tundra (or one similarly equipped):


    Jason or Jerry, how are your trucks in terms of manners on the road? Is the suspension soft or harsh at the top?
     
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    I cycled over 13" with Kings and TC UCA's.
    On-road manners are better than stock (IMO). Progressive valving so the slow speed shaft movements are butter. I put in a flutter shim in the coilovers and the rear smooth bodies to give even more amiable street ride, but stiffend up the high speed shims so it handles business with hard g-outs, washboard, and whoops. Truck had more body roll than I would like for a mostly street rig, so I got the sequoia front sway bar and the TRD rear sway bar. Truck handles like it's on rails now.
    Ask @Relentless. He's been in my truck on and off-road and can make an honest comparison to the 3/2 lift he has.
     
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    How is the rear of your truck lifted? I think the majority of the stiffness in my truck is the 3" leaf pack
     
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