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Old 12-12-2019, 09:36 AM #1
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Going back to a 4th gen

Sold my 4th gen a year ago and have been kicking myself ever since. I'm looking to buy another.

I had a 2006 sport V8 previously. Im seeing a lot of base SR5 models for sale. I'm really not interested in the xreas suspension. Besides larger brakes what else did the sport have that the SR5 does not? I see most have manual seats but some also have leather and electric seats.

Sports are nearly impossible to find in my price range so I'm thinking the SR5 is a good alternative. Would like the 06+ due to fender flares.
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Did a little digging and was actually able to answer my own question. Funny how that works...

Sport also comes with tune steps, hood scoop, color keyed Mirrors and a few other things.

So let me rephrase my question. For someone who is browsing the used 4th gen market for a vehicle that is 13+ years old, does getting an SR5 make more sense vs the sport who has potentially failing/leaking xreas?
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Right on! The 4th gen crowd wants you back, could always use another build thread

Sport features:

- X-REAS suspension
- unique 6-spoke 17" wheels (SR5 has optional 5-spoke 17" rims)
- 17" white-letter outline tires
- silver roof rails (optional in black on the SR5)
- silver bumper trim (compared to body-colored on SR5)
- color-keyed, heated mirrors
- hood scoop (non-functional)
- dark charcoal cloth interior (stone and taupe on SR5)
- silver-trimmed shift knob
- telescopic steering wheel
- leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls (optional on SR5)


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SR5 vs. Sport Edition
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does getting an SR5 make more sense vs the sport who has potentially failing/leaking xreas?
You can eliminate the xreas
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You can also upgrade the brakes to sport edition or even 5th gen brakes which are beefier still if you have 17" rims. Love my sr5, less stuff I needed to remove to make it awesome. Xreas is very limiting if you plan to lift and off road with it.
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Xreas is very limiting if you plan to lift and off road with it.
How is it limiting? As far as I know it has the same travel as SR5, same sway bars. Couple of extra parts to remove if you want to replace with bigger shocks. Aftermarket springs will work with either, and they make spacer lifts for both.
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How is it limiting? As far as I know it has the same travel as SR5, same sway bars. Couple of extra parts to remove if you want to replace with bigger shocks. Aftermarket springs will work with either, and they make spacer lifts for both.
I suppose it's a matter of opinion. Some people don't like lifting with spacers, in which case you'd need to completely remove the xreas for different shocks.
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Feel the same way about my old one. Every hill in my 2019 seems like a big effort. My wife even commented "why is it making that noise?" The V8 would fuss less towing boats uphill.
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Going back to a 4th gen

Id say either way it will probably need new struts/shocks.

Removing the extra Xreas parts will only make the process slightly more annoying. You could basically just remove the soft lines and leave the rest if you wanted.


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Seems like the 4th gen just doesn't get the love that the other gens get.....I personally think the 4th is "the best gen". I wouldn't limit my search to a specific trim level, a clean, lower mileage, stock vehicle would be on my radar over the trim. As others have mentioned, the xreas is easily replaced if it craps out or you prefer a different strut/shock setup. I've always liked the mono-chromatic, body-colored accents on the sport....to me, it just looks better!
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Seems like the 4th gen just doesn't get the love that the other gens get.....I personally think the 4th is "the best gen". I wouldn't limit my search to a specific trim level, a clean, lower mileage, stock vehicle would be on my radar over the trim. As others have mentioned, the xreas is easily replaced if it craps out or you prefer a different strut/shock setup. I've always liked the mono-chromatic, body-colored accents on the sport....to me, it just looks better!
same. i wouldnt even want a 5th gen at all because of the v6 in them to weight and modded weight ratio. love my 4.0 v6
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I don't think it'll matter which you buy if the suspension hasn't be replaced yet it will be due soon, even a 2008 is 11 years old at this point

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Keep in mind also that a lot of SR5's were optioned out quite well from order. For instance, my 06 SR5 came with leather interior and steering wheel, and upgraded stereo (not the top of line JBL though) with steering wheel controls. I like the fact that there is less "computer stuff" to go wrong LOL, and at the age and miles that most have you are going to most likely be replacing suspension and brakes anyway, so you can upgrade those to your liking, as others above mentioned.

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Thanks for all the input. My last 4th gen was a V8. This time around I'm looking at both. Seems the v6 is just as reliable. I will opt for the v8 if I can find one. They are pretty common on the 03-05 models in my area.
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Thanks for all the input. My last 4th gen was a V8. This time around I'm looking at both. Seems the v6 is just as reliable. I will opt for the v8 if I can find one. They are pretty common on the 03-05 models in my area.
Stick to '06 and up if you go the V6 route to avoid potential head gasket issues. Plenty of clean trucks out there if you're persistent...
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