first taco build, ive done 9 earlier toyotas, but this is my first taco. please post pics of your front frame tie in and radiator protection...thanks!
Some years of the auto (not sure which ones '98 for sure) have a cooler on the bottom for tranny fluid. Mine was replaced with one of these awhile back after a front end collision. It is now used as my P/S cooler as I have the manual.I'm pretty sure the automatic radiators hang down lower than the 5spd ones. Why? I'm not sure I just have a piece of 1/4" welded to the bottom of my front spring hangar and it clears just fine.
My radiator hangs down a full 4" from the frame. Pretty rediculous!
I've noticed in some of those pictures, the radiator doesn't seem to hang down as far on some rigs, but its hard to tell with different crossmembers and stuff. I was looking around on http://www.radiatorexpress.com and they list the core sizes (not overall size) for their radiators. It looks like there are some different heights, while the width stays consistent (for mount purposes I'd imagine).
My 3.4 V6 4runner lists a 22-5/8" tall core, but some are 20" tall (Taco 3.4L manual or 2.7L) and some are even 18" (2.4L 2wds for example). There was also an 18" one that advertised a dual core vs. single.
My thinking is that if I went to one that was even 2.5" shorter, it would make a significant difference in ground clearance/approach angle and how low I need to build protection, but I would lose only about 10% of the core surface area.
I don't know if any one else has looked into this...