Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Builds > 1st Gen. Builds

Notices

04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-07-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
local523 [OP] local523 is offline
Junior Member
local523 is on a distinguished road
Name: Jeff
Joined: Dec 2013, #117654
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Gender: Male
Posts: 7
local523's Tacoma Gallery
04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build

First off, a big thanks to all who have ever contributed to this site. The amount of corporate knowledge is vast and overwhelming. Iíve been actively reading posts on the site for the past 2 years but didnít join until recently. Basically every question I ever had about my Taco had already been answered, so I never needed to post anything until recently. This post covers my build. It doesnít cover any new ground, but just details the parts and process of building up my 2004 4X4 Double Cab TRD. Hopefully someone will read this and pull some useful information out of it for their own build.




Back in 1999 I bought the first compact crew cab that was available in the U.S., a Nissan Frontier. It was a great truck but I had truck envy a year later when Toyota debuted their double cab. I eventually sold the Frontier and downsized to Civics for the better part of a decade while I changed careers and money was tight (and I cared about things like gas mileage). I knew one day that Iíd be back in a 4-door pick-up, and that it would probably be a first generation Tacoma. As my wife says, ďGuys should drive Trucks.Ē I couldnít disappoint her, now could I?

My last experience with a Toyota was my 1986 X-Cab 4X4. It was gutless, but I beat on that thing and it never complained. Talk about an indestructible truck! I eventually sold it to help fund the Frontier.
Back to the present Ė I spent 4 months looking for a low mileage Tacoma. The search was nationwide and I eventually found one in Sacramento, CA. It had 52,000k miles on it when I picked it up at the dealer in 2011. The frame rust issue has always been a concern since it spent 5 years in Jersey, but itís been given a clean bill of health (so far).






Upgrades were far and few between during the first year, but the stock CD player had to go immediately.



First round:
Sony DSX-X300BTX
Polk DB6501 Component System
Polk DB651s
Jensen 400.2 amp
Gorilla GLA1-1000
Pioneer 12Ē shallow mount sub in enclosure
RAAMmat/Ensolite in all doors, kicker panels and behind passenger seat
Clifford paging alarm system






The forums were indispensable for installation hints and dash tear down. I found a sub enclosure that fit nicely behind the rear seat, though itís the minimum cu ft. required for the sub. The RAAMmat/Ensolite was install was quite a task, but the reduction in road noise was noticeable. When I get motivated again Iíll probably do the floor.

Over the next year the mods were sparse. I added a shell from Craigslist and did the deckplate mod for S&Gís

It was time to replace the stock coilover and shocks this year.



The housings were literally falling (rusting) off the rear shocks from its time in Jersey, so instead of just buying new shock I decided it was time to go big.

Second Round:
Icon Front coilovers and rear shocks
Icon rear shocks
Icon AAL
ProComp Baja style wheels with new lug nuts
BF Goodrich A/T 285/75/16
AFE air filter
BPV bracket
Rear brake line extension
Front diff drop



A good friend (and mechanic) spent 6 hours installing everything while I assisted. A few of the top bolts of the old coilovers were frozen and had to be cut off with the grinder. The new coilovers went on without incident. They came set up for 2 inches of lift and we gave them an additional 6-8 turns to get another ĺ of an inch, just below the maximum recommended exposed thread of 2 1/8 inches.




We did the diff drop kit next. Iím not sure how much of a difference this really made, but at $30, it was a no-brainer while we were installing everything else. The kit also included spacers for the rear plate of the front skid plate. We had to enlarge the rearmost holes of the rear plate to get the bolts to line up. I ordered new CV boot clamps this week and will be installing them shortly to resemble something close to the ďCV Boot ModĒ found on this site.




Next up was the Icon AAL which advertises 1.5Ē of lift. I got closer to 1Ē, most likely due to the weight of the shell on the back of the truck. The AAL is actually 3 leafs that replace the stock overload leaf. A couple of the old U-bolts were rusted on pretty good and had to be cut off with the grinder. Installation was pretty straight forward and we put the rear shocks on at the same time.





We installed the rear BPV (purchased from Toytec) at the same time, based upon other Tacoma drivers input of the rear brakes disappearing after the lift. We gave the bracket a bit of a dog-leg bend to get it to fit correctly. In hindsight I would have purchased the bracket made by forum member JLee as itís shape doesnít appear to require any bending and the bolt hole options for different size lifts is more extensive. The rear brake line extension was added at the same time. This was recommended for more aggressive off-roading, which doesnít apply to me at this point, but who knows what the future holds.







After a trip to the alignment bay we were done. The rack and pinion bolts were frozen and had to be torched for 5 minutes before they could be moved.

When all was said and done, I added 2.5Ē of lift in the front and 1Ē in back. I went from 265/70 to 285/75 tires. I initially didnít have any rubbing issues. The next weekend my 1.5Ē spacers arrived and I decided to give back a bit of the lift we added with the 6-8 turns on the coilovers.



They were adjusted back down to the preset height and thatís when the rubbing started. I had already done the pinch weld mod in anticipation of the lift, but I was still getting a bit of interference on the rear end of the fender flare and corner of the front bumper. I decided to crank the front end back up to minimize the fender trimming. While adjusting the second coilover, one end of the Icon spanner wrench snapped off.



After a trip to the hardware store for the purchase of a 1Ē X 10Ē anodized pipe (breaker bar), I was back in business and completed lifting the front end. With the aid of a Dremel tool and a hammer, I was able to trim and bend things out of the way.

Handling has improved immensely. The truck corners with much more confidence and very little roll. Hitting the bumps, the truck rebounds and stabilizes immediately.

If I had to do it over again, I probably would have passed on the wheel spacers to avoid cutting and bending things up front since Iím the kind of guy thatís always worrying about resale value, but this is the dream truck so I have no intention of selling.




Itís at about 75k miles now. Next up is spark plug and wire replacement and a Seafoam treatment.
Attached Thumbnails
04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-040312142512.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-040112140332.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-040112134844.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20131226_164522.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_2997.jpg  

04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3000.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3008.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3014.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3019.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3023.jpg  

04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_3024.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20131230_161919.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20131231_121320.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20140104_151327.jpg   04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20140105_191147.jpg  

04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20131231_121258.jpg  
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2014, 10:18 PM   #2
Senior Member
kevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant futurekevinthefawker has a brilliant future
 
kevinthefawker's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2012, #70020
Location: San Diego
Gender: Male
Posts: 867
kevinthefawker's Tacoma Gallery
awesome build so far, it is still my dream to find a first gen double cab that is still mint and build it up.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 09:10 PM   #3
local523 [OP] local523 is offline
Junior Member
local523 is on a distinguished road
Name: Jeff
Joined: Dec 2013, #117654
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Gender: Male
Posts: 7
local523's Tacoma Gallery
The insane part is that when I bought it 2 years ago with 52k miles it still Blue Booked for 23k! They hold their value like crazy.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
Senior Member
kigmob is a splendid one to beholdkigmob is a splendid one to beholdkigmob is a splendid one to beholdkigmob is a splendid one to beholdkigmob is a splendid one to beholdkigmob is a splendid one to behold
 
kigmob's Avatar
Name: James
Joined: Jul 2012, #82906
Location: New Orleans/Baton Rouge
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Posts: 603
kigmob's Tacoma Gallery
Awesome build! Next is UCAs
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
Junior Member
Camps is just really niceCamps is just really niceCamps is just really niceCamps is just really nice
Name: Greg
Joined: Aug 2012, #85274
Location: San Jose, CA
Age: 36
Gender: Dude
Posts: 27
Camps's Tacoma Gallery
Nice looking rig Jeff! Sliders?
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2014, 09:17 PM   #6
local523 [OP] local523 is offline
Junior Member
local523 is on a distinguished road
Name: Jeff
Joined: Dec 2013, #117654
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Gender: Male
Posts: 7
local523's Tacoma Gallery
UCAs. Just gotta save up a bit more...

Did the Seafoam treatment today and had a great time smoking everyone out.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2014, 09:25 PM   #8
Senior Member
2stroketrush will become famous soon enough
 
2stroketrush's Avatar
EMS:
Name: Tyler
Joined: Feb 2012, #72157
Location: Baltimore
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Posts: 252
2stroketrush's Tacoma Gallery
Looks great man! V6? Gotta get some Armor on her!
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 09:19 AM   #9
Junior Member
03TacoDblCab is on a distinguished road
Name: J.T.
Joined: Dec 2013, #118570
Location: Keizer, OR
Gender: Male
Posts: 2
03TacoDblCab's Tacoma Gallery
Very nice looking truck, I own more or less it's twin minus the lift. How does that sub sound in that small airspace box? I was curious cause I had a sub in some of my other vehicles and miss it now.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2014, 08:17 AM   #10
local523 [OP] local523 is offline
Junior Member
local523 is on a distinguished road
Name: Jeff
Joined: Dec 2013, #117654
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Gender: Male
Posts: 7
local523's Tacoma Gallery
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03TacoDblCab View Post
Very nice looking truck, I own more or less it's twin minus the lift. How does that sub sound in that small airspace box? I was curious cause I had a sub in some of my other vehicles and miss it now.
The sub is decent. The box is the minimum cu. ft. recommended for the Pioneer 12" shallow mount and I had to remove some material from the box with a Dremel to get the speaker to fit. I'm a metalhead, so it fills out the bottom end nicely but doesn't thump. I wanted something that was out of sight and also allowed me to keep the spare tire tools behind the seat. It's a tight fit with the RAAMmat back there, but it works great. There are very few choices for the 01-04 and it's either this one or the dual 8"s. I think the dual 8"s take up the entire space behind the seat. I just noticed that the links for Car Audio Factory appear dead now.

Attached Thumbnails
04 DC 4X4 TRD Dream Build-img_20140112_074632-1-.jpg  
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2014, 05:26 PM   #11
Back to Back World War Champions
tylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtylershane17 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
tylershane17's Avatar
Name: Tyler
Joined: Oct 2012, #88312
Location: Northwest Alabama
Gender: Male
Posts: 873
tylershane17's Tacoma Gallery
Thumbs up

That is one sexy taco
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
pick's build - 04 TRD 4x4 XCab davidpick 1st Gen. Builds 127 08-23-2014 07:43 AM
Gear ratio confirmation ('04 DC 4x4 TRD OR) steve2267 1st Gen. Tacomas 3 11-27-2013 08:54 AM
Rippin101's Build - 2004 4x4 DC TRD Rippin101 1st Gen. Builds 5 04-30-2013 02:51 PM
MTNative's '04 DC 4x4 build MTNative 1st Gen. Builds 115 01-03-2013 07:16 PM
A new excited member with a '04 SR5 DC 4X4 TRD BigOly New Members 8 10-09-2012 07:57 PM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.