So I figured I would start a thread for anybody that might want to build their 5-lug seeing how we are so few, but first a little introduction and background info on the build stages... Mainly just a bunch of nonsense.
It all started out back in 2002 when I received the truck so I could commute to work after High School as a plumber apprentice making $6.75/hr! It was my first vehicle and sometimes I wish I had left it stock.
Though I worked at the shop most of the day I really grew into the desert scene since my work was located right next to JD Fabrication where I learned a lot about trucks and builds for getting into the big desert scene...
So this is how she started out... Can't find a silver version but thats it:
2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Ext Cab 2WD 4cyl 2.4L Gas saving 5-speed manual.
It didn't take long for me to hit the dirt and see what it was capable of doing with lack of ground clearance and a 1 tire fire on 27's. I did go much further then I thought by having a spotter and picking the right paths but that didn't last so I went with a lift.
Fabtech 3" lift coils, new wheels and tires (30x9.5 r15x7).
Later down the road I bought the lift spindle and jumped to 31x10.5r15
I had also gone through a couple trucks before doing the lift on my Taco. I had bought an 88' p/u when I wasn't really sure what to look for and ended up with a heap. Full cage, custom front suspension, c/o, bumps, fuel cell, etc.
BUT I still use some of the parts from that truck as you can see the tires went to the tacoma as well as a few other things that I ended up using down the line so it wasn't a complete loss.
Here's the junker:
I learned very quickly through the help of Dezert-Rangers (back when you could ask a question and they would give a good response) that what I had bought was crap, but thankfully I parted it out and made most of the money back.
Afterwards I found a fun little 4x 87' that I built up a bit and cruised around in for a while until I got to the point of wanting to cage it. Here she is, only picture I have left;
I realized that putting nice racing seats in a single cab and being 6' tall wasn't going to work and be comfortable with a cage so I ended up parting her out and she found a new home in Hawaii!