Ok thought id throw one of these together.
What I started with was a 2000 Toyota Tacoma SR5 with 58000 miles, 2.7 Manual with Firestone Destination LE 265/70R15s.
Not to bad imo. And that's my Finance smiling. (Its really her truck atm... my aunt sold it to us at a great deal right before this)
Not Much happens except we add a free shell i got from a brother in law off his work truck. Just need to fix rear window that had torn off the hinge( btw ARE is terrible, they wanted me to buy a complete rear window assembly, screw that; took the hinge apart, some JB weld and rivets and is good as new.)
Now my Driveway is sloped but the rear springs are shot, the extra weight of the shell and another year really started to take its toll on the suspension.
Now for a year ive been reading Tacoma forums pretty regularly waiting for the extra cash to start some projects.
Things ive done:
I did the Deck-plate mod, the only difference was that i plastic welded a computer fan shroud into the opening to block the big stuff. looks decent, sounds louder, little more pep i think, but don't think any difference in MPG. wife already had bought a K&N filter.
New Denso Spark Plugs and NGK Blue wires as preventative maintenance. Feels tad smoother idle.
Changed all Gear Fluid. Put WallyWorld Synth blend in diff's and MT-90 in TC & MT. was hard to shift in winter, i hope this helps.
Put a Marlin Crawler Shift seat in. Was having trouble shifting, some play in shifter. this helped i think.
Goodbye 15" hello 17" FJ rims and 255/75R17 BFG MT Tires. ( Sorry for bad pics, maybe this week end ill take better pictures if people want ).
Wasn't to pricey as this as take offs for people pimping their rides. So far there great, they are louder than before but thats to be expected. Feel more nimble driving around now. and shifting and gearing feels better.
And just tonight i got some ebay black-out Headlights.
Looks much better. Just need to re-aim the lights.
I have sitting in my spare room a box of OME Suspension Parts front and rear. after alot of agony i just bit the bullet and bought the 881 Sport kit from Low-range off-road here in utah. Im a bit nervous because i wasn't sure if the 881s were to much for my regular cab. If i were to buy again though id probably go wheelers, they give you alot more in their kit. I played alot with going with 5100s and rebuilding my own rear leafs but one thing i have learned is do it right the first time.
I also have moog ball joints ill install at the same time.
And another big undertaking, im going to Por15 the entire chassis in hopes of stopping this terrible surface rust. seriously looks worse than my 82 Mercedes 300sd. I inspected the frame nothing major no holes or anything, tried having the dealership inspect it but the idiot lady behind the counter claimed the rust extension didn't apply to it and it had been taken care of in 2002. oh well i figure ill do a better job than what they could.
Satoshi grill is in the works with lights behind.
Fix some minor dents before they rust badly.
Over a year away, but i want to make a shell top basket that comes up from the bed like a exoskeleton over the shell but doesn't touch it. Maybe put my tire mount and hijack mounts up there. its just an idea at this point though.
Ill post more as i do them.