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Newbie Questions #616444 06/20/05 03:03 AM
Hey guys/girls...I had some questions regarding a few '92-'94 4x4 pickups I've been looking at to buy. I did try and search first, but still had questions. Here I go:

1) I need something able to tow a sport compact car. I wanted to know if a 4cyl p/u would cut it? I really would like to buy one of these style pickups, but there are not any 6cyl ones around. When I find them, they are already sold. This isn't gonna be a "tow truck", but when the car breaks or when I take it to the track I'll need to get the car home without worring about getting help.

2) Any well known problems with these as well?

thanks in advance for any help. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Newbie Questions #616445 06/20/05 05:16 AM
I can you that I rode with a friend in his 87 4x4 with 22RE
pulling a loaded 2 horse trailor. He ran 3rd gear at 55mph without any trouble. This he did almost every weekend. I remember being very impressed with the performance. I would suggest the 4 cyl is a better engine than the 6.

Re: Newbie Questions #616446 06/20/05 08:30 AM
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TheGreyFox Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
i agree with gotoy on this. my 88 4runner with the 22re hauls fire wood and broke down fords really well! but 3rd gear at 55 is kinda high for rpms. i say buy it!

Grey Fox - 1988 yota 4runner 5 spd
Frankenstine - 1988 yota 4runner 5 spd (receiving motor)
Re: Newbie Questions [Re: TheGreyFox] #616447 06/20/05 01:19 PM
That's good to hear. I was just iffy on getting a 4cyl truck to tow. I did find a 94 with a ford 302 v8 in it though. It's just about 200 miles away though.

Thanks for the info so far.

Re: Newbie Questions #616448 06/20/05 03:30 PM
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DirtyHarry Offline
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In my opinion the weight of the truck and the brakes are a lot bigger issues than the motor when it comes to towing and Toyota pickups are marginal in that category. I would suggest a fullsize truck if you are planning on towing the car on a trailer.

If you do get a Toyota, check the timing chain guides if you get a 4 cylinder and the headgasket if you get a 6 cylinder.

Re: Newbie Questions #616449 06/20/05 03:33 PM
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Stan_Marshall Offline
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Any well known problems with these as well?

the only common problem is the plastic driver's side timing chain guide getting munched.

but, you can get a replacement kit from engnbldr for something like $60. it takes 5 to 10 hours to swap it out. (EB is a good guy who runs a top-notch business...he posts here a lot and many of us use his stuff...never heard a single complaint about him.)

4crawler has a great write-up on his website on how to do it here.

if you do a search on this board for +timing +chain +22RE and you'll find out more than you could want to know.

other than that, they are one of the most reliable engines ever made.

1994 4x4 22RE W56 truck
Re: Newbie Questions #616450 06/21/05 07:02 AM
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Snowtoy Offline
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I have towed using both the 4cyl and the v-6, and the six wins hands down, no problem cruising down the highway in 5th(not maxed out in 3rd). If you are only going to need to tow the sport compact every once in a while to and from the track(within your area), the 4 cyl will do fine using a tow dolly. Though as Harry mentioned, if you are going to use a trailer and/or tow often/long trips, then it is best to pick up a full size just for towing.

More than tread lightly. Leave it like you were never there, nor anyone else.
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Re: Newbie Questions [Re: Snowtoy] #616451 06/21/05 08:13 PM
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Pappy Offline
I towed/dragged a FJ40 home with my modified 85 22re (ported head, cam, header). Sucked. Guess I disagree, the 22re is a lousy tow motor.

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