This is the first time I've ever had a lot of parts to put on a vehicle at once rather than just putting things on as I can afford them so I figured I would do a build thread. I hope to be updating this quite a bit in the next few weeks but I just got back from a 14 month deployment so the house and all of our vehicles need a little TLC. Because of this, I haven't had much time to work on the truck yet.
About 2 months before I got home, I bought my '01 Tacoma Xtracab. It's a 4WD, V6 manual and I bought it bone stock except the radio head unit.
I've been wanting one of these for 3 or 4 years now and every time I've seen one I liked, I haven't had the money for it. Thanks to my deployment, I had the money for this one and it was too good of a deal to pass up. I bought it from my sister-in-law's boyfriend who is a shop supervisor at a dealership (Chevrolet?). He has already done a lot of maintenance on the truck including a new clutch and master cylinder. He had Krank 17X9 wheels and Grabber AT2 tires on it and while they weren't terrible, I preferred the 5-star OEM wheels so I put those and some Goodyear Wrangler AT tires on.
While I was deployed, I had a lot of time to figure out what direction I wanted to go with this truck. There is a lot of off-roading near where we live but it's mostly rock crawling. I didn't really want to go that route but ultimately decided on trying to build an all-around off-road truck with an emphasis on overlanding. My wife has family in Phoenix and there are some really beautiful places not too far from us where you can drive old logging trails for days without seeing anyone else.
See post 2 for a build sheet.