What could look more aggressive than a dually Tacoma? It’s one of those trucks that turn heads everywhere it goes, which is why so many people want to know about then.
In this guide, I help you understand the pros and cons of a dually Tacoma. I will also show you some pictures of what they look like, so you can see if this style appeals to you.
What Is a “Dually”?
The dually truck has four back wheels instead of two. A typical truck has two rear tires, one on either side. Yet, the dually has two tires on each side in the back, as you can see in the photo below.
To accommodate more wheels, the dually also has a stronger rear axle. This design helps to increase the truck’s carrying capacity.
For that reason, dually options are usually only offered with “one-ton” pickups. These trucks can haul more than 2,000 pounds in the bed and tow some of the heaviest trailers, campers, or boats.
If you haven’t seen a Tacoma with the dually setup, take a look at these pictures. These will help you decide if it’s your style or not.
Pros and Cons
Making your next Tacoma a dually doesn’t make sense for most people. Consider these pros and cons of the dually truck, in general.
|Higher towing and payload capacity
|Reduced fuel economy
|Increased stability, especially when towing
|More difficult to maneuver and park
|Enhanced traction, especially in mud and dirt
|Great for a 5th-wheel trailer or heavy loads
|Higher maintenance costs
However, the downsides of having a dually Tacoma go beyond this list because massive modifications need to be made for the truck to accommodate more tires. These are the factors to consider as you look at trucks.
Sadly, you aren’t going to find a conversion kit to turn your Tacoma into a dually truck. Dually configurations are normally only found on heavy-duty trucks to increase capacity. The Tacoma doesn’t quite fit the bill.
On Amazon, there are plenty of conversion kits available for Ford, RAM, GMC, and Chevy trucks, but Toyota isn’t going to make a conversion easy. In fact, to modify something like this for your Tacoma, you would need to replace the rear axle. Even after that’s done, you create too much damage to return it back to stock.
This means that unless Toyota decides to offer a dually Tacoma from the factory (which they never will), you’ll need to custom-fabricate all parts to convert your Tacoma to a dually.
Remember, you can do anything you want to your Tacoma with enough money and patience. It’s just a matter of whether it’s worth the time and energy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Outfit Your Tacoma?
With the dually option primarily out of the equation, what are some ways to modify your truck that still get you excited? You can add performance wheels and tires, install a new suspension, or add fresh lighting.
Even though the lack of dually compatibility is disappointing, there’s no reason to be discouraged. You can still make the Tacoma anything you want it to be and allow it to stand out on the road.