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deez 02-10-2013 07:12 PM

My 02 SR5 4WD Build - "Taco Belle"
Tacoma Belle
(current, as of 07/02/14)






Mod List
(current, as of 12/17/14)


- AFE Stage 2 ProDry S air intake + K&N DryCharger filter wrap
- TRD billet oil cap
- URD short shifter kit
- Magnaflow 11226 muffler + OEM exhaust

- Fumoto F-103 oil drain valve
- 4x Innovations Transmission Mount

Front Suspension

- Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.5 extended travel coil-overs
- Total Chaos 1" uni-ball UCAs
- Total Chaos gusseted spindles
- Total Chaos gusseted upper coil buckets
- Total Chaos gusseted LCA cam tabs
- Total Chaos steering rack bushing kit
- Moog Greasable Front Sway Bar End Links
- Energy Suspension 9.5162G Greasable Sway Bar Set

Rear Suspension

- Icon v.2.0 rear shocks
- Deaver J59 8-leaf springs
- Deaver J59 bushing kit
- Demello Offroad rear frame reinforcements
- All-Pro extended rear brake lines
- BAMF BPV relocate bracket


- Demello Offroad aluminum Baja front bumper + D.O. Fatty fairlead
- Demello Offroad rack with swing-up tire carrier + (2) removable Jerry can carriers
- Demello Offroad rear wrap-around tube bumper
- All-Pro kick-out sliders

- RAT Products IFS skid plate with steering rack coverage (1/8" steel)


- 42" ELS Atlas LED

(1) Ironman4x4 20" LED

- (2) Rigid Dually flood LEDs + smoked covers
- (1) Rigid Dually diffused LED + amber cover

- (2) Acro A3840 LEDs
- (2) Amber LED blinkers

- (2) 10W reverse LEDs (750 lumens each)
- (2) VisionX 1W LEDs (under hood)
- (1)
VisionX 1W LED (winch)


- Dual AGU fuse block [60A fuses]
- (2) Blue Sea Systems 5025 6-circuit fuse blocks [inside engine bay and cab]
- (2) 40A SPDT Relays [for Acro 55W and
Ironman4x4 LED]
- 20A TE micro SPDT relay [for Rigid Dually flood LEDs]
- (3) OEM LED rocker switches [for ELS Atlas LED, Ironman4x4 LED and Acro 55W]
- (2) LED mini rocker switches [for Rigid Dually flood and diffused LEDs]
- (2) Waterproof pushbutton switches [for hood and winch LEDs]
- Tridon EP35 Flasher


- (2) Corbeau XRS seats + sliding seat brackets
- (2) Schroth Rallye 3 ASM 3-point 2" harness belts
- Alpine CDE-143BT CD/USB/Bluetooth receiver
- MB Quart FSB213 5.25" components (door)
- Infinity Kappa 682.9CF 6x8" 2-way speakers (rear)
- Kicker Hideaway 11HS8 compact powered sub (8" 150W)
- UltraGauge
- Husky floor liners (front)

- (2) Blue Ridge Overland MOLLE seat panels + various pouches
- Midland 75 handheld CB

- Yaesu FT-60 handheld Ham radio
- Hi-Lux shifter console
- Momo shift knob
- Wheelskins leather steering wheel wrap
- Razo aluminum pedals

- Blueinstinct center console cover
- GunVault NV200 NanoVault
- Tinted front windows (35%)

- Amerex Halotron Clean Agent Extinguisher [2.5lb] + H3R Universal Exiinguisher Seat Mount


- TJM Stealth 9000lb winch + 100' of 5/16" Dyneema synthetic line + Factor 55 Loaded ProLink thimble
- (5) Konig Countersteer Offroad wheels (16x8" in Matte Bronze)
- (5) BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (285/75/16) + Gorilla splined ET lug nuts (Black) + NoLoss captive tire valve caps
- Line-X'd bed

- Gobi Stealth Tool Box
- AMP Research BedXTender HD
- AVS vent visors
- (2) ARB 3/4" Bow Shackles
- Comet SBB5 146/446MHz dual band antenna + Comet 3D5MB 5m coax cable
- CB Firestik FL4 + ProComm HS818TNKT 18' coax Cable
Ellis Precision Billet Hi-Lift Mounts
- (2) Sickspeed 118dB Horns
- SSM Billet Folding Whip Mount
- Hi-Lift Jack [48" Black] + WabFab Wabbit's Foot

- Rear diff breather mod


- Redline Tuning Hood QuickLIFT Elite
- Powertank Bracket (tube-mounted)
- (6) KC Cyclone LED rock lights
- Quick-Fist shovel/axe mounts (tube-mounted)


Belle is my second 1st Gen Taco (and third Toyota), overall.

My very first Toyota was a 1st Gen
Taco - a 2003 Lunar Mist Metallic V6 TRD SR5 Xtra Cab 4WD 5-Speed (from 2002-2007). The only photo in existence below:


Nearly identical, minus the color-keyed package. That Taco served me well for 5 yrs and sparked my love affair for 4-wheel drive. Every vehicle since then has been 4WD.

After a few years, I was considering a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 instead, for more serious off-roading endeavors. Until I happened to catch the Toyota FJ Cruiser (production-version) debut at the NAI Auto Show on TV. It was love at first sight. Screw the Jeep. So in 11/2007, I eagerly traded the Taco in for a 2007 FJ Cruiser 4WD A/T.

As much as I love my FJ, I missed my old Tacoma (and manual transmission)! After the latest round of FJ mods, I realized she was no longer a suitable daily driver. Since I now I needed a second vehicle, why not another Taco?

With this in mind, I set out to find another 1st gen V6 SR5 Xtra Cab or DC in 4WD. After a 4 month search, I finally found her last week (2/02/13). I really wanted a DC this time around, but an Xtra Cab will do. Beggars can't be choosers...

Lunar Mist Metallic V6 TRD SR5 Xtra Cab 4WD 5-Speed

Belle - before her extreme makeover.



102,7XX miles from one previous owner. Engine runs great, smooth idle. Clutch is good. Nothing broken, no electrical or mechanical issues. Everything works as it should. The obvious blemishes were a missing TRD Off-Road Decal on the driver side and a small crack in the driver seat side panel (where the recliner lever is). No biggies.

Otherwise, in super clean condition for an 11+ yr old truck. No accidents, no rust. No stains, rips, tears, or cig burns to the upholstery. And, a clean title.

Also, completely stock. No upgrades or mods, except for a Rugged bed liner. The liner looks pretty new, no weathering and zero scratches/gouges. I doubt I'll keep it though. I don't think it will work with a bed rack I plan to get eventually. Update - sold locally on craigslist.

Tires are Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S 265/75/16s. These and the wheels definitely have to go, along with the suspension. Update - sold locally on craigslist.

deez 02-10-2013 08:01 PM

1st Mod - AFE Pro Dry S Air Intake Kit

Like with all my vehicles, I swapped out the factory intake with a CAI.

I had narrowed my choices to - AFE, AEM, and K&N. No personal preference here. AFE does make the TRD CAI for Toyota, but they're basically all the same IMO. I ultimately went with the AFE based on price - $226 shipped (after $20 rebate).

A dry filter was also preferred, for easier maintenance (especially here, where it gets dusty out on the trails).


* Minor issue with product - it was missing all the hardware needed for install. Fortunately, AFE is local (20 min drive), so I drove over there to pick up the missing hardware. Not only did I get my hardware, AFE was nice enough to give me a t-shirt for my troubles.

* Minor issue with install - one screw was completely stripped on the MAF Sensor (preventing removal from factory intake), which took some time to extract. Other than that, install was easy as cake.


K&N DryCharger filter wrap added to the AFE filter.


Goes well with the TRD billet oil cap.


deez 02-10-2013 08:18 PM

URD Short Shifter Kit

Compared to my old Hondas, I've always disliked the long shift throws on my old Tacoma. Fortunately, URD had a sale on their Short Shifter Kits...


Install was simple, no issues. IMO, well worth it. Throws are much shorter and crisper.

deez 02-10-2013 09:25 PM

Hilux Shifter Console Swap + Misc

Since the entire center console (front & rear) was removed for the short shifter install, I thought I'd try a little swap.

Belle's shifter boots looked a bit ratty, so I found a new Hilux shifter console with boots online. The grays don't match, but I like the switch cut-out in the rear. Currently, it is filled in with an old FJ Cruiser blank switch I had. Reserved for OEM rocker switch (for future rear lights).

Another thing I like is these boots look like leather, not like the cheesy original vinyl boots.

Physically, it's not a perfect fit with the center console, but it's close enough.


What I hate on my cars are plastic/vinyl steering wheels and shift knobs. They just feel terrible in my hands when driving.

The remedy:

1. TRD Leather Shift Knob

2. Wheelskins Perforated Leather Steering Wheel Wrap (Dark Gray). Since I wanted to match shift knob, I had to special order red thread (came with gray thread). Meanwhile, I'm driving with the unstitched wrap around the wheel to work the leather in.


Since the T/C Shifter Knob looked a little grungy, I painted it with Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric Paint (Dark Gray).


While I was at it, I did the floor trim on both sides too. I think they'd look better in black, along with the T/C shift knob.



The rest of the interior plastic looks great, except the center console bothers me a little. Eventually I'll paint that (black) too.

The original cup holder tabs needed replacing, so I swapped them out with new OEM ones. They appear to be of a different type of rubber than the old ones. Hopefully, these will last longer.


Once everything was re-installed, I wiped down the entire interior (where applicable) with Aerospace 303 Protectant, as well as all black rubber & plastic interior/exterior trim and seals.

Since Belle was missing a TRD decal on the driver side, I found a pair of silver/red ones online. I decided on this color combo to be a little more subtle (vs. black/red).

These decals are an exact match to the original, except for one thing - they are die-cut vinyl.

For now, only the driver side is installed. The original black/red TRD decal remains on the passenger side.


Eventually, I'll do the passenger side to match. The console swap and everything else was enough for me today.

deez 02-11-2013 07:23 PM

UltraGauge, Razo Pedals, Broadway Mirror, LED Dome Light

After years of driving with an UltraGauge OBDII Scanner in my FJ, I find it hard to live without one now. It's affordable enough, so I got one for Belle.

Mounted with 3M Dual Lock.


I uninstalled the lower drive dash piece so I could route the cable cleanly through the dash. I'll eventually add some zip tie anchors to the dash to clean it up.


Belle's pedals were dressed up with JDM Razo RP123 Pedals.


IMO, factory rearview mirrors are too small for comfort. So, as I do with all my cars, I added a JDM Broadway 240mm Convex Rearview Mirror. I can now see out the entire back window and then some.


I also swapped out the dome light bulb with a JDM 12-LED bulb.



mudpuppet 02-11-2013 07:55 PM

Nice Build. You don't find many first gen's in that good of shape. Did you have to solder resistors for the Dome light LED install? People say the 1st gens have flickering issues due to lack of resistance without the ignition key on.

deez 02-12-2013 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by mudpuppet (Post 6424378)
Nice Build. You don't find many first gen's in that good of shape. Did you have to solder resistors for the Dome light LED install? People say the 1st gens have flickering issues due to lack of resistance without the ignition key on.

Thanks, mudpuppet! Yours looks like my first one :thumbsup:

I didn't add any resistors to the LED. It does flicker without the key on, but not a big deal to me. I rarely use the dome lights in my vehicles anyhow (switch is always OFF). The dome light is more for my passengers to use.

I usually use the map lights instead, which remain incandescent in the Taco.

mudpuppet 02-12-2013 05:22 PM

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to following your build as you continue modifications. There is a thread on here somewhere with a cupholder modification using a plumbers gasket found at lowes for about $1.50. There is also a template you can print on your computer and cut the pieces out. It's worked great so far, however I couldn't find the gasket in Black only Maroon so I had to use a industrial sharpie.

mudpuppet 02-12-2013 05:30 PM

Obviously your cup holder tabs are new. Here is the aforementioned link in case you need to do them in the future. Scroll down to socar's writeup.


deez 02-12-2013 05:42 PM

AVS Vent Visors, Husky Floor Liners, PIAA Silicone Wiper Blades, Shorty Antenna

Belle came with some cheesy floor mats, so I ordered a set of front and rear Husky Classic Floor Liners. Kinda pricey but I have a set in the FJ and they're great for protecting the floor and containing dirt/debris. 5+ years of use/abuse and still good as new. IMO, well worth the $.



Another must-have for me - AVS Vent Visors.


A few days after I brought Belle home, I gave her a good clay-barring and a coat of Mother's Brazilian Carnauba Cleaner Wax. Of course, it rained for a few days thereafter. The old wiper blades squeaked and streaked, so I swapped them out with PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades (17").


Swapped out the factory antenna with an AntennaX Shorty Antenna (13") that used to be on the FJ.


deez 02-12-2013 08:30 PM


Originally Posted by mudpuppet (Post 6430023)
Obviously your cup holder tabs are new. Here is the aforementioned link in case you need to do them in the future. Scroll down to socar's writeup.


Thanks for the cupholder tab info, mudpuppet! Good to know for future reference.

williamsdouglas73 02-12-2013 10:30 PM

subd to see more! great looking taco! whered you get the led dome light?

deez 02-13-2013 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by williamsdouglas73 (Post 6432134)
subd to see more! great looking taco! whered you get the led dome light?

Thanks, williamsdouglas73!

I got the LED from eBay. Oznium is a good reliable online source for LEDs, but eBay has better prices.

williamsdouglas73 02-13-2013 02:18 PM

do you have like what model or kind it is? ive seen em before and they are bright!

deez 02-13-2013 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by williamsdouglas73 (Post 6435139)
do you have like what model or kind it is? ive seen em before and they are bright!

PM sent with link

deez 02-13-2013 04:05 PM

Konig Countersteer Wheels

After much thought, I decided to pull the trigger on a set of Konig Countersteer (16x8) wheels in matte bronze.

(Image courtesy of FN Wheels)

Wheels won't be ready until mid-March, but I wanted to take advantage of FN Wheels pre-sale offer - $25 off + free black splined lug nuts. Plus, they're local (Corona), so I'll be saving another $75 on shipping.

I should hopefully have Belle's suspension done by the time they're ready for pick up.

423 TACO 02-13-2013 11:20 PM

Nice truck man! How was the install on the short shifter?

deez 02-14-2013 10:15 AM


Originally Posted by 423 TACO (Post 6438060)
Nice truck man! How was the install on the short shifter?

Thanks, 423 Taco!

Short shift install was a piece of cake. Anyone with some common sense and basic knowledge of hand tools can do it in ~ 45 mins.

(FYI, still on sale for $110 at URD)

423 TACO 02-14-2013 06:55 PM

Might have to look into that. I've never really put much thought into one but it would be really nice

deez 02-15-2013 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by 423 TACO (Post 6442125)
Might have to look into that. I've never really put much thought into one but it would be really nice

Yep, definitely nice to have but not necessary.

I've had short shifters before ( in my Hondas), so there's no turning back for me now!

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