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Old 08-14-2014, 04:16 AM   #1
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Eric's '03 Prerunner Double Cab -slooow- Build

As purchased... (Jun 2014)


  • 2003 Tacoma Prerunner Limited w/ 116,000 miles
  • 18in 4Runner Limited Wheels
  • Westin Bullbar
  • Mesh grill insert
  • Toolbox
  • Roof rack
  • Brembo brake covers
  • Clear turn signal bulbs
  • LED Tail lights
  • Double din stereo w/ bluetooth (love this)
  • Tacoma seat covers


Current Snapshot... (Aug 2014)


  • 2003 Tacoma Prerunner Limited w/ 117,500 miles
  • 16in Black TRD Beadlock "style" wheels with 265/75/16 BFG AT KOs
  • Deck plate mod
  • Westin Bullbar
  • Roof rack w/ cargo basket
  • LED Tail lights
  • Double din stereo w/ bluetooth (love this)
  • Tacoma seat covers
  • Window rain guards and hood bug guard

Coming (not so) soon...
  • Tacoma Brake Upgrade (w/ SS braided lines)
  • 1.5in lift with new struts and leaf springs
  • Some kind of spare tire holder (tiregate HT?)
  • New bullbar lights w/ updated wiring and switches
  • Bed lighting
  • Modification to my homemade PVC bike rack to handle holding fishing poles!

My goal for this truck is something that can handle camping w/ the family, fishing, and mild Florida trails. It's my daily driver so I don't plan on an extreme build, just minor upgrades
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The first thing I did when I got the truck was to remove the Brembo brake covers, just not my style

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Next up was adjusting the front bumper a bit as the gap between it and the body seemed a bit excessive

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The AC drain was leaking right onto the frame and over time caused one of the swaybar bolts to rust. I replaced the bolt and then attached a hose to extend the drain tube past the frame.





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Deck plate mod installed

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Rain guards installed. I went with the stick on type as I had heard mixed reviews about the "in channel" ones messing up window tint and making a not so nice grinding sound as the window closes the last little bit.

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I removed the front mesh grill, I prefer the stock look much more. This grill also came with an extended handle to allow you to pop the hood (as with the mesh grill in place you could no longer reach the release). I took all the handle hardware and brackets out as well from behind the stock grill.

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I also found that my oil filter was on pretty loose and was leaking oil, I was able to tighten by hand, not good.



I also found my driver's side corner light was missing one of its clips (white clip in picture below) used to hold it in place, that has since been ordered and installed (it's the little things!)

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New wheels and tires! These are the black TRD wheels from the FJ Cruiser with 265/75/16 BFG AT KOs mounted on them. I got a really good deal on 5 wheels and tires, now I just need someway to mount the 5th spare as it doesn't fit under the truck (and looks to nice to be kept there anyway).





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Latest additions are a Curt cargo basket and a homemade PVC bike rack for the bed...





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The kids like it...

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No new work yet on the truck but I took it out to Ocala National Forest and tried out a few roads out there.





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