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PcBuilder14 12-21-2012 08:42 PM

PcBuilder's 2003 Tacoma Build
Build thread of my 2003 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 4x4 SR5/TRD Off Road Edition. Bought it on December 21st 2012 with 119,000 miles. Now has just over 132,000 miles.

Plans for this will to eventually have full mid-travel with great ride quality for off road trips as well as on the highway for long periods of time. Will also be a camping rig with full camping gear and trail repair gear...



- 2003 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab
- 3.4L
- 4x4

Links to Specific Parts of Thread

- Plastidipped wheels and step bar removed
- Plastidipped bumper and grill
- Snow Pics
- Lifted!
- Lift Specifics and photos
- New Tires
- Trip to Potawatomi Offroad Park
- Rustoleum Bedlined Fender Flares
- Matt's Birthday Trail Run
- Bare Metal Bumper Pics
- Finished D2S Retrofit and Painted Bumper
- Wet Okoles
- Kansas Rocks Recreation Park


- 01-04 Blinker Relocation Mod


Front - Bilstein 5100's/Eibach coils
Rear - All Pro Expo Leafs & Rear Icon Remote Reservoir Shocks

Wheels & Tires:
- 33x12.50x15 KM2's
- Summit Racing 85 Black 8 Series Wheels/15x8/3.75" Backspacing

- Relentless Fabrication Front Bumper
- 4XInnovations HREW Kickout Sliders

- BetterBuilt Lowpro black tool box
- Satoshi'd Grille (Made by 03tacoman) with M1 Homertaco mesh
- 15% window tint

- Weathertech floormats
- Locking Glove Box Latch from a 4Runner
- JVC-KDR840BT stereo
- Orion C0700.1M2 amp
- 10" Kicker CompVT10 subwoofer
- Wet Okole Seat Covers

- 35w Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini D2S retrofit w/ amber halos
- Rigid Industries Dually D2 Driving Beam Lights
- LED Reverse Bulbs
- LED interior lights
- Under Hood Lights - Pics
- Bed Lights

- Rustoleum Bedlined Bed Rails
- Grey Wire Mod
- Rustoleum Bedlined Fender Flares
- B.A.M.F. BPV Bracket
- 14" Magnaflow Muffler Dumped
- 1" Diff. Drop Kit
- UltraGauge
- 20lb CO2 Tank
- Trailhead Auto Tire Deflators
- Uniden 520XL PRO CB
- Diff. Breather Mod
- Aux. Relay/Fuse Block
- Redline Tuning Hood Struts - Pics
- CVT Mt. Shasta RTT

Future Mods:
- Bilstein/Eibach suspenion
- 33x12.50x15 KM2's
- Magnaflow Muffler
- CO2 Tank System
- Uniden CB Radio
- 4xInnovation Rock sliders
- HiLift, recovery gear, etc.
- White interior Lights
- MagLite & Quickfist Mount
- Diff. Breather Mod
- Tint
- Upgraded Sound System
- HomerTaco M1 Mesh
- Relentless Fabrication Front Bumper
- HID retrofit
- Rigid Industries Dually D2 Driving Beam Lights
- Aux. Relay/Fuse Block
- All Pro Expo Leafs
- Rear Icon Remote Reservoir Shocks
- Wet Okoles
- Hood Lights
- All Pro Bed Rack
- Shovel
- Fiskars Axe
- Bed Lights
- CVT Mt. Shasta RTT
- Re-gear 4:88's with ARB front locker
- Relentless Front Bumper
- Budbuilt Skids
- Magnaflow Catback Exhaust
- Marion Bumper2Bumper Alternator/Wiring upgrade with IBS Dual Battery System
- CBI Bushmaster 1.0
- Full Size Spare Tire
- Rotopax First Aid and Water Kit
- Rigid Industries Rock Lights
- TJM Stealth 9000 Winch
- 2 Lightforce 170 Striker HID Spot Lights
- Hood Light Mounts With Rigid Industries Dually D2 Driving Beam Lights
- Line-x Bed
- Rigid Industries Dually D2 Wide Beam lights reverse lights
- 40" light bar on the roof
- Snorkel
- Deck Plate Mod
- Frame Plates
- U-Bolt Flip Kit



PcBuilder14 12-21-2012 08:54 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6165757)

Haha it's gonna be a while before the mods, hold onto your popcorn!

BigOly 12-22-2012 07:55 AM

Can't go wrong with a 1st gen! :)

PcBuilder14 12-22-2012 07:47 PM

Removed the ARE topper today as well as inserted some foam between the dash and windshield to make it stop squeaking.
Where the bed topper was on the bed of the truck, there were some gouges in the paint, so I'm going to get some Duplicolor bedliner or something to paint the rails of the bed. Unless somebody recommend a better type of bedliner in a can.

PcBuilder14 12-25-2012 09:18 AM

Painted some Rustoleum bedliner on the driver side bed rail yesterday, didn't have time to paint both sides. Got some tools for Christmas and enough money to buy a toolbox tomorrow!

PcBuilder14 12-27-2012 12:09 AM

Spent all day looking for a toolbox today, but nobody carries any that will fit in my truck in black...

PcBuilder14 12-30-2012 09:45 PM

Well I've been a little slow on updating this... So far I've painted both bed rails with Rustoleum bedliner and still can't find a black tool box to fit my truck, except for the skinny 12 inch wide ones. I sold the camper shell to a friend of mine, and I got payed all the extra money that the military owed me in my last paycheck, so it looks like a lift is in the very near future! :) I just have to wait until I go back to my base and see what tools and other things the garage on the base supplies.

PcBuilder14 01-04-2013 09:40 PM

Got my truck back from Toyota yesterday after having them replace the timing belt and water pump. I also finally found a black tool box that would fit in my truck, although it was a little pricey....
Took some pics of the truck as well, just got and instagram and I think I'm addicted... Haha

PcBuilder14 01-04-2013 10:34 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6225717)
how you liking the locker?

Also, have you put thought into painting the fender flares black? it will shave years off your truck. at least it did mine.

I haven't used the locker too much, but I can definitely tell a difference when I get a tire in the air and the truck is still pulling by itself. I have yet to do the 2lo locker mod, I can't wait to test that!

As for painting the fenders, I want to use Rustoleum bed liner since I plan to paint the whole lower quarter of the truck in it. I'm just waiting to see how well it holds up on my bed rails and whether or not it fades much.

PcBuilder14 01-04-2013 10:42 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6225740)
4lo? you have the push button 4wd?

Uhm, Huh? Haha mine is the stick shift 4wd without the button.

PcBuilder14 01-04-2013 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6225884)
then there is no 2lo mod if you have the j shifter. did you mean the grey wire mod?

Whoops, yes that's what I meant!

PcBuilder14 01-04-2013 11:34 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6225940)
;) it is fun but useless at the same time.

I just want to see how much of a difference a locker makes. But I can see how it's more something to play around with than use.

The only thing is I'm not sure how much I'll ever get to drive off road at all when I go back to Missouri....

PcBuilder14 01-05-2013 07:58 AM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6225956)
mine sees 99.9% pavement. just the way life is. and it makes the times you get to hit the dirt so much more worth it.

Yeah, true. I just don't want to buy all these parts to set it up for off road and then never be able to use it.

YotaKid62 01-06-2013 05:41 PM

Nice lookin truck! I really liked what you did to the last one so im lookin foward to a good build! Speaking of which what did you end up doing with your old one?

PcBuilder14 01-10-2013 08:25 PM

Hmm, I'm really wanting to do something to my truck this weekend... I plan on dong the grey wire mod and extending the antenna for my keyless entry.

I'm debating on whether or not to plastidip the bumpers and grille to get rid of most of the chrome. Thinking about tinting my taillights as well. I can't decide if it'll look good or not... Any thoughts?

I'm going to attempt to remove the chrome step bars as well, if I can think of a place to store them!

PcBuilder14 01-10-2013 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6257643)
chrome steps will be a good start ;)

Definitely! The only problem is having somewhere to put them after I take them off...

PcBuilder14 01-10-2013 09:36 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6257657)
dumpster :D hahah jp get the steps off and paint your fenders black and that thing will look sharp!

Yeah I might just plastidip my fenders until I see how good the rustoleum bedliner lasts on the fender rails.

But I still have to figure out where to put the steps until I can sell them! Haha

PcBuilder14 01-10-2013 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6257683)
dont derp the fenders :o youll regret doing it twice. I used rustoleum paint not bedliner, and it certainly was an amazing difference. just tear the fenders off, buy replacement clips, and go to town. i really feel it makes a BIG difference in how the vehicle looks aged, or lack there of.

The closest Toyota dealership is 40 miles away... Haha so I'll probably go buy some of that back to black cleaner and buy some clips later. I thought you painted your fenders green like your truck?

PcBuilder14 01-10-2013 10:13 PM


Originally Posted by m3bassman (Post 6257733)
find the clips on amazon. tear em off first to see what you need exactly though. each flare has 6-7 clips. i only used 4 per side when putting them back on.

and hell no, the black looks good with everything else. too hard to try and color match 12 year old paint ;) debadge is another cheap and easy mod.

Man your truck looks great! I'll see what type of clips I need and then order some, for now I'll just go buy some back to black, wash the truck really good, and then plastidip the bumpers and grille.

192 01-11-2013 04:57 AM

Sense we almost have the same truck i'm going to watch this thread... I'm planing on changing up my truck, but for now i'm just doing all the mantinace. I fininshed up the timing belt, water pump plugs, wires, oil and fuel filter last weekend this weekend will be Amsoil in all the gear cases.

love the black tool box you got ... I like the one on my truck but wish it was black... I'm going to change it ... don't know if I'm going to paint it powder it or just sell it and get a black one.

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