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Old 04-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Smile BigOly's 2004 TRD DC "CARGO" build, A New Journey Begins

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step" - Some old Chinese Proverb

How CARGO looks today, perched pretty June 2013:


I became a new proud member of TW in May 2012 with my eyes all set on acquiring a 1st gen Taco. After almost 5 months of searching, I ended up purchasing my dream truck with my hard earned cash in early October. It ended up being a rare, color keyed/no chrome, 2004 SR5 DC 4X4 TRD in Black Sand Pearl with 123K on it. It came with a factory paint matching A.R.E. lockable camper shell and a nice gray color interior that's in immaculate condition. The engine bay looked clean with no mods and nothing to hide. A professional rhino liner spray was done in Hawaii (where this truck must have originated from), and best of all the entire frame rust free!



Now with my mod bug on the rise, I figured it would be a good time to finally start documenting my build. So what to name her? Since having owned her for 6 enjoyable months now every time I think of hauling and storing all the cargo I have I think of my truck. The A.R.E. lockable shell that came with it really started to grow on me and it's a great place to store all my crap. I really didn't like the looks of the shell at first but it did come with nice Yakima rails (I hope to use these soon) and It's really nice to just throw tons of sh*t in there like travel/camping gear, bikes, crap loads of bags, a dirty JRT dog, etc. when I go out traveling in pouring rain or snow. It's like having a huge portable storage locker that follows me everywhere I go. So with that all said, I've decided to name her "CARGO".

Cargo will be my all-in-one, multipurpose, on-road and off-road vehicle.

**MODS AND UPGRADES**

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION:
-5VZ-FE 3.4 L V6 Engine (kept stock)
-A340F 4 Speed Auto Transmission

SUSPENSION:
-All Stock
-BAMF BPV relocate bracket (powder coated) (from BAMF GB deal -to be installed with future lift)

WHEELS AND TIRES:
-BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO 265 75 R16 (installed October 2012)
-2nd Gen TRD wheels (installed)
-Spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers (installed)

DRIVETRAIN/BRAKES:
-Factory Gearing
-Factory TRD Rear E-locker
-Factory Front Disks/Calipers

ARMOR:
-B.A.M.F. Rock Sliders (installed April 2013) My first major mod and I love them! omg omg omg

PERFORMANCE:
-MagnaFlow 15811 Stainless Cat-Back system (aftermarket cat-back installed)


**INTERIOR**

COMFORT & ENTERTAINMENT:
-Pioneer SPH-DA100 (AppRadio 2) head unit (got it used and really cheap and will be installed shortly)
-$25 cheap seat covers mod -thanks rman808 for the recommendation (installed)
-4Runner tweeter sail panels mod -idea from Bhavesh at customtacos (installed to prep for the surface mount tweeters and amp upgrade)

LED LIGHTING (currently set to BlackOps All Green Theme):
- HVAC unit swap color from orange to green (Taken from a 3rd gen 4runner) already has all green -idea came from wesb1023 - (installed)
- LED ignition key ring illumination (Taken from a 3rd gen 4runner)
-KerlyQ on the wire hookup (installed)
-LED dash gauge color swap from orange to greeen 5K (installed LEDs from Vleds)
-Orange digital clock swap - green clock taken from an older gen taco (swapped/installed)

MONITORING & ELECTRONICS:
-Scangauge (monitor transmission and engine temp, MPG) -ISO only cable obtained from scangauge folks to avoid ABS issue- (installed)
-36500 Cipa Auto Dimming Mirror with digital compass, outside temp, map lights (installed)
-Blendmount mount to securely attach the Scangauge to the Cipa Mirror (installed)
-Gray Wire Mod 2003greenbean's writeup (complete)

SECURITY:
-SVAT AUTOLOCK200 Auto Steering Wheel Security Lock (used daily)
-Free Keyless functional Alarm Mod 03-04 1st gens with Glass Break Sensor and Alarm LED Module -using CT writeup (complete)


**EXTERIOR**

STYLING & ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONALITY:
-Toyota OEM front bug guard (installed)
-OEM style Depo Crystal Red/Clear tail lights -no more yellow! (installed)
-InstaGate bed extender -recommended to me by John Schneider, aka Bo Duke (installed)
-LED lighted license plate (installed)
-A.R.E. lockable shell with Yakima style railing (came with the truck)
-BAMF 1st gen light bar (powder coated) (from BAMF GB Deal)
-BAMF 1st gen CB Mount (powder coated) (from BAMF GB Deal)

MAINTENANCE
-Toyota Genuine Air Filter (changed November 2012)
-Mobil 1 5w-30 synthetic motor oil (October 2012, February 2013)
-Purchase bulk of genuine Toyota Oil filters (October 2012 purchase complete)
-Fumoto Qwik Valve F-103N (installed February 2013)
-Mobil 1 75w-90 synthetic gear oil (replaced front & rear diff and transfer case March 2013)
-Akebono ACT436 Brake Pads (4 piston version) (replaced front pads March 2013)
-Timing belt, water pump, thermostat (replaced in March 2013)
-3M 39042 Tire Restorer (this sh*t makes your tires look new again April 2013)
-SeaFoam to clear any of Cargo's constipation issues (April 2013 to do)
-B&M 70264 SuperCooler Automatic Transmission Cooler (to bypass radiator and avoid pink milkshakes) (Installed August 2013)
-Eastwood Frame Encapsulator (If I decide to travel outside Cali)
-Replaced rusted parts, gasket, nuts and bolts -> exhaust pipe
-Case of Toyota ATF Type T-IV transmission fluid "drain and fill" (not flush) - doing this via 2 rounds using 4 quarts per round at 130K (July 2013)
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more first day pics

A few more pics from the day I first acquired Cargo:




















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new shoes and wheels

In the beginning, my first order of business was to get Cargo some new shoes -> BFG KO LT265/75/R16 on her stock TRD suspension. I had to go all "white lettering out" FTW!

Then I snagged a set of 2nd gen TRD wheels from Craigslist, looked great, but had some rubbing issues in the front where the tires would rub against the front frame at full turn. I'm pretty sure it was the combination of the newer wheels of the 2nd gen and the taller 75 aspect ratio of my bfg tires over the 70s. So it looks like I had to snag some spacers to fix that issue, but no biggie.



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first oil change

One of the first things I wanted to do with Cargo was replace all her fluids. The easy peasy part of this was changing her engine oil. So I spent one morning in mid October to do my first maintenance task. I changed oil using synthetic Mobil 1 5w-30, oem Toyota oil filter, and installed a Fumoto F-103N drain valve. No more engine oil mess moving forward...well sort of... I still need to figure how to relocate the oil filter but I'll save that for another day!

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First task for Cargo -the mighty workhorse

So why did I purchase Cargo with all my hard earned cash? UTILITY! My gawd it's nice to own a truck again!

The same month I purchased my truck I had already put her to good use. What she was primarily designed for was a mini workhorse! I wouldn't say I purchased my..what I call.."mighty mouse" 1st gen double cab primarily as a working man's truck but I did haul 450 sq ft worth of laminant flooring + rolls of under-layer pads with ease today from Lowe's that included driving the entire family home. I used a 10% Lowe's coupon plus they had a pretty sweet sale on flooring, got everything under $500 out the door. It was a hefty load of fake wood but the taco pulled everyone and everything home without hesitation! With the wife and I plus the 2 kids filling up the entire cab, I think that is pretty impressive. I just LOVE the utility and off road joyfulness our tacos bring!



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B.A.M.F. my first real major mod

So in late November, Jerry over at BAMF had a crazy black friday sale. The prices were amazing so I could not pass this up. On top of this crazy deal, since his shop was only a city away from me, I ended up saving even more not having to pay shipping! So I got kind of giddy and ordered a pair of hefty bolt on BAMF rock sliders with powder coating. I could not wait to install them!!!
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sick and tired of tires rubbing the front frame

In late November I Installed some Spidertrax wheel spacers on my 1st gen. I was tired of my new BFG's rubbing on the frame at full turn. I figured I'd get it done while I save up $ for a decent lift.

I got the Spidertrax Toyota 6 on 5-1/2" x 1-1/4" Thick Wheel Spacer (1.25") Kit.

They only come in pairs so I ordered 2 sets from the spidertrax website. If those who end up going the 2nd gen TRD wheel route make sure you get the hubcentric version that fits into the 2nd gen taco wheels. Since I run BFG KO 265/75/16 (a little taller than stock), like I mentioned earlier my front tires rub when I am close to full turn, the tires will rubbed on the frame after I upgraded to the newer style 2nd gen TRD rims where the backspacing is an issue.

Total was $215 shipped. You can get a blemished version for $40 off I think on their website. They ship pretty quick.

I like them so far and they actually give my truck a little beefier stance. I purchased spacers for both front and back to keep things looking even. It's nice to finally go full turn without rubbing too!



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Cipa 36500, Scangauge, and Blendmount installed

Finally had time in March to install a Cipa 36500 Rear Auto Dimming Mirror with a Blendmount that holds my scangauge. The Cipa Mirror is an amazing unit that has two bottom LEDs that have direct focus downwards towards the driver side and passenger side cabin via soft buttons without making the entire cabin freakin glow like the entire world can see you at night -it's what the OEM factory map lights do that are above seen in the picture-. The Cipa also has the standard digital compass and tracks outside temperature. The mirror is small enough that the sun visors clear (it helps that it has a lower placement for the scangauge) and the blendmount helps hide the wires for a perfect install. A huge plus is that the entire unit with scangauge blocks the center from sun glare. Love it!

The most stressful part was adding a strong epoxy to the button/windshield and aligning the mirror so that the sun visors cleared when used on both driver and passenger sides. The most annoying part was waiting for the epoxy to cure (5+ hours) before installing the mirror to the button, anxiety that it fit was killing me. I plan to hook the wiring up over the weekend so it will be all lit up with compass and outside temp.

Pics of CIPA 36500 Auto Dimming Mirror with Scangauge Blendmount (sun visors down and clearing):





Button with crazy strong epoxy:


Sunvisors up:


Mirror wired up:
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More maintenance is a good thing! Gear and Engine Oil Changes

Finally got the urge in late March to do some more maintenance for my beloved Cargo, she needed all her gear and engine oil changed using Mobil 1 Synthetic.

Spent a day changing gear oil and engine oil using plastic parts I ordered off the internets. Boy do they make oil changes easier to complete!

Plastic pump to squirt gear oil (screws right over the mobile 1 bottles ), had to modify (extend) the tube that sticks in to suck out entire bottle-



Plastic AST funnel that screws right into the oil filler (just like the OEM oil cap) for a "no spill" engine oil pour. I also use this funnel on our Sienna as well since the funnel fits most Yotas! -



Here's the part #s for those interested:
Amazon # B000BQW5LK
Lubrimatic Fluid Quart Pump 4cc

and

Amazon # B002YKETS8
Assenmacher Specialty Tools OFTOY1038 Threaded Oil Funnel for Toyota
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Gear oil change continued...

A weekend later I finished replacing my front differential gear oil. M#@$F#@#%ing pain in the arse! It made my rear diff and transfer case feel like a breeze to replace.



A few annoyances along the way-

1) You need to remove the skid plates to get to the front diff.

2) Whoever did the last gear oil change torqued the hell out of the drain and filler plugs.

3) The 10mm hex socket/bit I purchased was too long to fit near the filler plug area.

4) Because of that combo of bad luck I had to use a breaker bar to loosen the plugs and also hack the 10mm hex bit with a dremel because the fitting was just so freaking tight in the filler plug area.









After all was said and done I got er dun and now have a modified tool I can use for future changes!
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Akebono Brake Pads ACT436 fit

Near the end of March I finally got around to replacing my front brake pads.

I'm happy to report the Akebono ACT436 brake pads fit like a glove! I tested them out and love them!!

Akebono on the top in the pic, already has the metal backing and the old pad on the bottom for comparison. They both match and look squarish.

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Alpine HU to drive the "boom boom"

So now it's early April and well my factory Toyota POS double din head unit,you know, the one that can play those 80's slow jam old skool cassete tapes lol, well the damn unit decided to crap out on me!

I installed a cheap ($98) but sweet new Alpine unit I scored online. It's the Alpine 42BT (mechless, it's the future folks!), no CD player, but all the bluetooth/pandora music streaming and bluetooth chit chat via my iPhone that I could ever want. It's a pretty sweet setup for the price but the most impressive part about this unit is that, like other aftermarket HUs, it has a freaking display clock! I really hate where the clocks are located on our tacos.






UPDATE: so the Alpine 42BT is a nice unit but the blue square Alpine button is blinding at night! I can't stand it!! There is no way to dim the blue light so I put black electric tape over it for now. I've made plans to return the unit and go with a different Alpine unit that has a multi color display Thinking an all green or all red Alpine display would be much more pleasing to my eyes! But my only one requirement is that it also has a display clock!

SECOND UPDATE: Alpine 42BT swapped for a much nicer more improved Alpine 147BT!

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Ignition Key Ring Illumination Retrofit

So I scored a used ignition key illumination ring part with the black plastic surround off a 3rd gen limited 4runner.



I missed being able to see where the ignition slot is in the dark when I had my 4Runner and noticed it wasn't a feature on my 1st gen taco . So having noticed another member already having done this retrofit, I figured I would also be up to the challenge.

Here I am taking the front panel cover that goes over the ignition key area.

Oh btw, I hate that stupid clock, I forgot I even had one!

The illumination ring that I snagged from the 4runner fits like a glove around the ignition unit, almost as if was meant to surround it!


The original black plastic cover will not surround the illumination light because its opening is too small so you will need to use the plastic surround cover that came with the 4Runner. Mine has security jargon etched on it but you can find a 3rd gen 4runner that is just plain black with no etching. Notice that the 4runner has a bigger opening.



You will notice the back is similar on both plastic surrounds, the 4runner one fits just fine around the plate panel hole.




And here's the final look of the retrofit (still need to wire it up):


UPDATE: I found a good thread where the OP possibly found wires to tap to from the A piller. You can follow the thread HERE

SECOND UPDATE: KerlyQ, is the man! Got this mod done and lovin it!

Instead of taking the A piller panel out (I hate doing this), I crawled underneath behind the fuse box and found those wires you were talking about. On my 04 Double cab I found a wire harness that was wrapped in gray foam like material.

Just like KerlyQ said, Black is positive, black with white stripe is negative.

I tapped into those wires and the ring lights up and dims just like the dome light! This should have been standard on the tacos! I still need to get rid of the green light too and swap it with a natural white LED.

Here's a pic of the wire harness I tapped into:


WHITE LED SUCCESS UPDATE:

So here's an update:

My order of white LEDs (5 led -3 on top 2 on sides- 360 angle type) came in the mail so I had to rush home from work to get going on replacing the weak green incandescent bulb in the 4Runner light ring. Here it is connected to the light socket:


On my way home I hit ratshack and got me 2 packs (I only really needed one pack but never hurts to get an extra) of 1 watt 100 Ohm resistors:



Then I took a pair of them and secured them together using a couple of butt connectors:



Plugged everything together and the white LED lit up!! WOOT!!! I also notice that the ring light blinking issue I posted earlier went away when turing off the dome light. WOOT X2!!!!





Here's the white LED ignition ring in all its glory:
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B.A.M.F. Bolt On Rock Sliders for Cargo

So far April has been a great month for my precious Cargo! I had the pleasure of finally meeting Jerry, the owner of BAMF in person and was lucky enough to live only a few miles away from his shop. I had this feeling that most of my excitement would be picking up my rock sliders (so worth the wait) but he had his freakin "beast of a rig" 1st gen taco all perched pretty in front of his shop. Seeing his rig in person almost had me forget the reason for my visit. Thanks again Jerry for the great deal! Your sliders are top notch!









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Nice rig, I really like the all black. That color would have been my second choice.
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Thanks man! I was pretty excited finding a black DC with gray interior. The only problem is it's damn hard to keep clean. Eventually the honeymoon will be over and I'll keep it dirty 24/7

Btw, I'm lovin your build, so clean and simple. I want the exact same lift you have, still saving $ for one, can't wait!
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Old Skool "The Club" car theft system

Ok, I admit it, I'm a bit old sKool. Owning my precious "Cargo" truck in full (I've got the title in my grubby little hands ) comes the added paranoia of theft, and yes I have insurance, but my rig is irreplaceable. So as part of my auto theft deterrent arsenal, beside a few other booby traps I have installed that I can't disclose here , is using a cheap ass generic version of the "The Club". It's the SVAT AUTOLOCK200 Auto Steering Wheel Security Lock that I purchased off amazon for $15 bucks. It's the price of a steak dinner!



It's amazon part #B00065ZIJ2 and a decent product but smells like lead, almost like a toy that came from China, oh wait, I believe it did!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:27 AM   #18
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Great build thread! I think Im gonna order the drain plug mcgee from Fumoto. And those BAMF sliders look so perfect under Cargo they almost look factory! Great job so far!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:06 AM   #19
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Thanks!

Thanks for the complement! I'm really diggin your build and really like what I see. What a sweet capable machine you got going on there !! Love it!!! I also like how you kept your mods clean and in good taste and I'm diggin your satoshi grill with the corner TRD badge, its like icing on the cake, and look is starting to grow on me!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #20
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Truck is looking awesome! I love the rim and tire combo you've got currently.
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