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My Cobra = totaled... but got a '99 Tacoma!

Hi all,

I had my last car - a 1996 Mustang Cobra (super clean, tastefully modded) for 8 yrs. That changed last week when I was rear-ended by a Wrangler doing approx. 45 MPH... totaled.

When I told my uncle what happened, he offered to sell me his almost 300k mile 1999 Tacoma (SR5 ext cab, 2WD, 5 spd) for $700... and I, of course said yes! I always liked his truck, and having just purchased my first house, I was wanting a truck even before the wreck. It's dark red with the black 14" steelies and beauty rims, a billet grill, and dark tint all around. Mechanically, this thing is perfect - he's an engineer and he really kept on top of the maintenance.

The only thing it needs (soon) is tires. It has 215/70/14's right now, but I was thinking of putting on some 225/70/14's... this shouldn't be a problem, right? Also, is 300k miles pretty high for these trucks? I know of the legendary toughness/reliability... anyways, I'm off to use the search function, but any help and/or pics of the 225's would be much appreciated!

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Re: My Cobra = totaled... but got a '99 Tacoma!

(1) Welcome to CT!

(2) 300 K-miles is not as much on a Taco as it is on most other vehicles - provided it's been well maintained and not abused. The 'record' is over 3 times that much ...

(3) The 225/70/14's are reasonably close in diameter to your stock 215/70/14's. They'll throw off you speedometer reading by only about 2% (slower). This is within the 5% factory tolerance. An even closer option would be 225/65/14's (which would make the speedo read 1.3% too fast).

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Re: My Cobra = totaled... but got a '99 Tacoma!

Welcome TaCobra!


Play around with this for tire sizing.. Says "Miata", but tire size is tire size, works great..
http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Any plans for your truck? Rims off your Mustang bolt right up.. 5x4.5 = 5x114.3

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Re: My Cobra = totaled... but got a '99 Tacoma!

Good to see another Cobra owner with a Taco
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