Where we wheel only the old straight front axle Toy pickups work well (talking near stock, different tires + lift + gears & lockers, Toy pickups and Jeeps & ignoring FJs, etc.). The ones with independent fronts seem to be "bash it harder in an attempt to slide over" vehicles. The jeeps are normally better (although the less well driven ones are still in the "air time/slider" category). The old straight front axle Toys are awesome for stock/near stock vehicles.
Toyota independent front pickups are basically on road vehicles or for moderate trails (IMO) as they have ground clearance issues due to the front axle. The Toyota pickups that came independent are normally modified with straight front axles to run the rougher trails (taking them out of the near stock category).
The differential gears on the small independent front Toyota pickups (7.5 & 8" ring gear) seem to be a bit weaker than the Jeep differentials (yes, weaker than a RC 30 front) in stock condition they seem to fail at about the same torque/power/abuse level as a 35c rear (although we see relatively few so the sample is small).
I have yet to see a full sized stock or near stock Toyota pickup on the trails where we play (we do see bobbed straight axle Toyota buggies that do well). The large pickups may be better than the smaller pickups but the independent front end will almost certainly be a clearance issue to some extent (it seems to be a problem on every IFS equipped vehicle that I see on difficult trails, off road) and they will have the same issues weaving through the trees/picking a line as the full sized Chevy and Ford pickups. I have yet to see an independent front Toyota do as well a similarly equipped TJ.
That said due to size differences any Toyota/Jeep (CJ/YJ/TJ) comparison should be kept to similar vehicles as the wheelbase makes them optimized to different wheeling styles and terrains, off road.
...a well prepped, well driven, vehicle should do well in any terrain, including the highway.
Carburetors became obsolete during the last century... do what ever it takes to get fuel injection...It makes bigger grins off road.
Last edited by Happy Joe; 04-14-2009 at 08:42 AM.