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99 tacoma prerunner frame compatibility to 97 tacoma 4x4,

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99 tacoma prerunner frame compatibility to 97 tacoma 4x4
JA: Are you fixing your Tacoma yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: none
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

they are the same frame. the prerunner is basically a 4wd tacoma converted to 2wd. it has 4wd suspension and all.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
The person selling me the 99 prerunner said, the springs is the only difference.
True?
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

that is true the prerunner has lighter springs due to the reduced weight of the truck from not having the 4wd components

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I think he was talking about back springs, under the bed.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

same both the front and rear are lighter springs. but it is a straight swap over to put the 4wd springs on to it.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
He said, I would not be able to use my 97 tacoma 4x4 rear springs on the 99 tacoma prerunner frame. True?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
can I use the front springs 97 tacoma 4x4 on to the 99 prerunner frame?
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

that is not true the springs will work all the way around.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
my 97 tacoma 4x4 rear springs will work on a 99 tacoma prerunner frame?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Did 99 tacoma models had the same rust problem as models before?
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

yes they all did for a number of years. however it is an open customer satisfaction recall through toyota and if your is deemed unsafe then it will be replaced free through a dealership

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Well that recall was good for 15 years old models thats why Im trying this 99 prerunner frame, looks in good condition.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

i have seen ones in your year range be done. and the 99 frame will work. i

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
In the case that my 97 tacoma 4x4 rear springs don't work on the 99 prerunner frame ,should I change the gauge of the springs to support the extra weight?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
extra weight of the 4wd components.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

yes i would but it is not manditory. you will have a softer ride with the lighter springs and to be honest you may not even notice the difference.

Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
What tacoma year models would have the same body as the 97 tacoma 4x4
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

i believe it is either 92 or 93-97 have the same body.