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Old 02-13-2009, 11:04 PM   #1
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Modding a New Toyota

Hey guys, I'm about to purchase a new truck. It's going to be a 2004 Tacoma, Single Cab, 4WD SR5. I'm looking to do a few things to it and I need any kind of advice that's available. I'm not really what you would call knowledgeable but I can grasp it.

The first thing I plan on doing will be putting a roll bar on it with, more than likely, cheap, off-brand flood lights on the top. Mainly because my reasons for this are more aesthetic than anything else although I'm sure I'll use them. My plan is to go to A1, a car salvage yard, and see if I can find a roll bar that will fit it. I don't know how good of an idea that is, but like I said, I just want it to look good, really.

At A1, I'm also going to be on the lookout for a sturdy bumper guard. This might be harder to come by but any help on this would be nice.

As far as long term modding, I'm thinking I want to go with a 3" Suspension lift combined with 6" body. Good idea? Bad idea? You guys are far more educated than me with this stuff.

Basically I'm a beginner that has SOMEWHAT of an idea but no real experience or expertise so any help would much appreciated. I want this truck to be my pride and joy!
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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firstly, in my opinion-adding a rollbar for aesthetic reasons would have been something that you did when back to the future came out-but that's just me, and my opinion aside;
i doubt you'll be finding a tacoma roll bar or bumper guard in a junk yard at all, let alone in good condition. i could be wrong, but i just don't see it happening.

as far as you lift, i'm hoping you just accidentally swapped the words body and suspension..? a 6" suspension lift and 3" body lift is doable, but not the other way around. although, if you really did do a 6" body lift-PLEASE post pictures!

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Old 02-14-2009, 12:13 AM   #3
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haha, i would love to see that..biggest i've seen is a homemade 4inch on a ford..looks horrible. anyways...i kinda think this whole post is a joke...i mean 6in body lift w/ a rollbar? i'm with 6shooter on the whole back to the future thing..put the 6in body lift, a helluva rollbar (chrome, three to four tubes) and a flux capacitor and you're set!
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:16 AM   #4
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any roll bar from 84 to 04 will fit, I say no to the body lift at most go 2 inch body lift and 3 inch suspension
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:59 AM   #5
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I first fell in love with Toyta trucks when I saw the "Back to the Future" truck. I built my first Toy to look just like it. Installed a roll bar, push bar, lift, rims/tires, and even painted it black. I also bought my first truck when I was 15 in 1995...
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I just got my fix by installing a nice chrome rollbar in my 1998 Tacoma. Always wanted one, can't weight to see what it's like when I flip on the 6" Daylighters!
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seeing as how he hasnt been active since feb...i doubt he's gonna answer
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seeing as how he hasnt been active since feb...i doubt he's gonna answer
ahhh yes...didnt notice that. Thanks for enlightening me.

That makes the Canuk the ancient thread bumper....damn
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SnareAce, your description says you have a PreRunner 4x4. Since those two are contradictory, which one do you have, PreRunner or 4x4?

LOL... I just noticed that too.....
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:18 AM   #12
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Nice old thread.

Anyway, my only contribution is that people please start referring to it as a "show bar" or "light bar" rather roll bar as it'll do nothing in the event of a rollover. Roll bars provide safety. The thin-wall tubing used on the show bars will provide no protection.
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SnareAce, your description says you have a PreRunner 4x4. Since those two are contradictory, which one do you have, PreRunner or 4x4?
Thread title also says modding a new toyota. It's 2009, 2004 isn't new, maybe new to OP but not new new. How bout modding my new 1st gen?
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Mine is a 2000 prerunner 4x4 SR5 2.7 V6 Automatic 5 speed TRD Limited Base Extended regular cab AWD with the submarine option so I can go offroading underwater....
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No matter what they are called, they suck!
Semantics that could lead to safety issues. True roll bars are functional and necessary in many cases. I don't want someone to search through old threads, find this one, get the wrong idea, and end up injured or dead because he thought he was running a roll bar.
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Semantics that could lead to safety issues. True roll bars are functional and necessary in many cases. I don't want someone to search through old threads, find this one, get the wrong idea, and end up injured or dead because he thought he was running a roll bar.
I know what you mean. A friend of mine got one for an old 4x4 mail jeep. He had it welded to the frame and all, but it was thin crappy tubing. i told him if he went wheeling, I was going in my Dakota back then, no way was I going in that death trap. i never liked those show bars.
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Hahaha why is this thread still going....

The ancient thread bumper struck again, but it's essentially about nothing now because the original question is no longer moot. Funny
I just go with the flow....LOL.
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