got my lights mounted and wired
put the switch in the right blank by the shifter
then built the mount for the lights (100% bolt on)
and the lights wired up and working
added a "marine grade" battery terminal on the positive side, and cleaned up and painted my battery tie down.
and got a PID setup on torque to read my trans temp and i'm getting screwy readings.
Got new shoes on her today (BFG A/T KO's 265/75/16, load range E)
and i flexed it a little
I used to own a 1995 5 lug tacoma, but it got replaced by this truck.
Specs: 2003 V6 DC TRD 4X4
Mileage: 108,377 when i bought it.
camper shell delete -$ free
stereo -$ free (for me)
grey wire mod -$free (already had the stuff)
2lo mod -$free (already had the black tape)
Bilstein 5100's set in the middle
marine grade battery terminal on the + side
Future mods :
4x innovations slider -$185
skid row skids -$200-300 Or ISU2014 skids.
1,000 watt inverter wired to plugs in the back of the center console -$?
CB under the Pass. seat -$ 50?
relentless front bumper -$ 1,105 or all pro apex.
4x innovations rear bumper -$850 or CBI fab bumper with swingout.
Homertaco 01-04 homeroshi grill kit.
extended brake lines to handle flexiness
dash mat -$40
deck plate mod
accessory fuse box
Further down the road
Front ARB locker
unlimited OBA (A/C compressor)
Waaayyyyyyyy down the road
5 SPD swap?
dual t-cases or lefty t-case?
and now the pics
(installed lift on 9/23/13, truck had ~108,500 miles)
Installed my shocks today set at the middle setting, took me about 9 hours from start to finish.
front right before lift
Front right after lift
front left before lift
front left after lift
Diff lock works
and 4x4 works
Had to cut this off
Front left post lift, pre settle, i'll get more pics after i get an alignment and everything settles
Her new stance.
Here is the inspiration for my build, i really like this truck, except the RTT.
Its build is here
And saved for future reference
Here are the threads that i have for the info on this alternator swap.
The dual battery info is..well..self explanatory but here is a nice blunt thread that i liked
yea in that case..don't even think about lockers yet.
Look at where i go..i have no lockers..only been to one place where one would have been probably required..but sadly..due to the LBJ failure just before it..i didn't even really attempt it for saftely purposes.
And getting out and doing different type of wheeling will really help dial in what you want out of the truck. For all you know, just a basic lift and tires with sliders could make the truck all the capable you want and sticking to rough roads.
Or..you'll want to do some pretty serious crawling and bashing..
or..go super fast over terrain..
you don't know till you get out and try
I had been more or less offroading a lot all my life. But never in anything out side a more or less stock rig with oversized tires. But it never stopped us. You can take your rig MANY places as it is now. You'd be surprised. It will also make you appreciate the armor or shocks or whatever it is you add to the rig, that much more.
I always talk shit to my buddies about not needing a locker on here as im sure many have noticed. But do i want one. You bet your ass i do. I want two. I want to go to the next level. But at the same time, i have learned to pick lines very well..because it was a necessity for me. Would it make wheeling easy? of course. But i will appreciate the lockers that much more when i get them from going for so long without them.
Don't be rushed about getting all the coolest armor and stuff for it. Its expensive man. really expensive. Make sure the money you spend, is going to last as long as possible and take you the places you want. There is no need for the biggest badest truck on TW as fast as possible. You'll get there. its inevitable haha
but take your time. Choose wisely, spend your money once and enjoy the living shit out of it.
Got my retrofit kit from the TW group of www.theretrofitsource.com
my kit consisted of
ballasts: morimoto 3five 35w
bulbs: H1 morimoto 3five 5000k
shrouds: mini gatling gun
H4 relay harness
it was a pretty easy project, start to finish about 2 hours.
i followed this guide and the instructions found on TRS website.
basically you heat your oven up to 250, let it cool, stick the headlight in for 5 minutes, pull it out and pry the lens off.
the rest is pretty self explanitory, mount the projectors via their website instructions (some people say to jb weld them in place, our kit uses a lock ring and nut, i didn't see the jb weld as necessary) , put the lenses back on, route the harness and adjust your lights!
I didn't take any progress pics because I had limited sunlight! But I will update this post with the ballast and harness mounting.
I will also post better output pics when I get them level, aside from a bad ground that took me a while to find that has been the biggest PITA
thanks Mark! I'm sure I would have done it earlier but the group buy got postponed almost 2 months, they were waiting on a new style harness.
the shrouds are an exact match to the headlights so they look like they are oem.
The headlights I have are "eagle eyes" off ebay, they came apart really easy and have small metal clips to help clamp them together, I would say spend the $50 and get those, the OEM come apart a little different, also you can do them at your own pace and still have headlights on the truck while doing the retro!