2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD Specsby Ryan Casima
The 2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD (Toyota Racing Development) package is an optional off road upgrade for the standard 2002 Toyota Tacoma. Although it is a rather small pick up truck, the 2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD can haul large loads and navigate in poor road conditions exceptionally, particularly due to its light weight and suspension. Toyota has announced four recalls for the Toyota Tacoma, particularly focusing on a small component in the suspension, a defect in the fuel delivery system, and exterior lighting.
The TRD package is available for the 2.7L 150 HP 177 lbs. torque I4 engine, the standard 2.4L 4 cylinder 142 HP 160 lbs. torque model, and the 3.4L 190 HP 220 lbs. torque V6. However, certain upgrades are only available for the V6 model; a TRD supercharger can be installed on the 3.4L, boosting engine power to 260 HP or by 40 percent.
The standard TRD package comes with tough Bilstein shocks, both in the front and back. A thicker stabilizer bar is used in the front. Also, the coil springs in the front have been replaced with models that function at a progressive rate. The leaf spring suspension in the back also has been modified to improve off road performance. The TRD package for the largest model 2002 Toyota Tacoma, the Double Cab, is identical to the standard package in every way except that the Bilstein shocks have been interchanged with Tokico shocks.
Included on all TRD packages are 16 by 7 inch rims coupled with thick BF Goodrich tires sized at P265/70R16. TRD logos are displayed throughout the Tacoma and black overfenders set it apart from standard models. A locking rear differential is available exclusively for the 4WD models with the 3.4L V6 engine. Optional cosmetic accessories, such as a body kit developed by TRD, can be installed at any Toyota dealer. Several other non-TRD upgrades, such as the Toyota StepSide cargo system, are available for the Tacoma.
Ryan Casima is a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is going to major in bioengineering. He has been featured on various websites as a cardio-fitness expert. Casima has studied human anatomy, body function and medicine in general since 2009.