Well I am starting again. I sold the Indigo ink pearl 08 DCSB a while back since I was given a company vehicle. Sold that truck.
Well, August 8th 2011 decided to roll its ugly head and I lost both my parents in a motor vehicle accident, while they were on vacation. I had talked about buying another truck again with my dad as I missed my other tacoma. He said he wanted to help me find a truck and build it up like my other toyota's in the past and we would start looking when they got back from vacation. I really wanted to build another pickup like I had when I was a teenager with him. I did some research and this trucks production date was August 8th 2011. This truck holds a very emotional attachment to me. I truely feel my parents are with me everytime I drive it.
I decided that I was going to do it right this time. I really wanted the Barcelona Red color in a double cab short box. I looked at 6 dealers that were within about 2 hours of home. The only dealer that had the exact truck I was looking for was not negotiable on price. They wanted MSRP, they said this body style is very popular and they wouldn't budge. So I moved on to the next dealer. They didn't have the color I wanted, but would negotiate on price. I keep them in the back of my mind and pondered if color really made a difference. Last dealer ship I called ended up about 2 to 3 weeks time total since I started looking, had the truck I wanted in the color I wanted still on the transporter truck. They hadn't unloaded it yet. I loaded up the wifey and kids and we headed down to take a look see. When we arrived they were still unloading trucks. Mine was on the top rack towards the front.
Once they got it off, I looked at it. Kinda cool with all the white plastic stuff on the paint to protect it. Seats had the plastic on them too.
I had already talked with the guys with the Costco buying program. Price was set. I got it for roughly $4000 less than window sticker. I was happy. No haggleing or negotiating required.
Once we made it inside to sign papers on the truck, I said I had a few goodies that I wanted installed on the truck before I took it home.
I had this and that installed
I also had the clear bra installed at the same time. Can't really take a picture of that as you cant really see it.
I was pondering between the sport and off road for a while. I really liked the look of the sport, but wanted the function and features of the off road.
The truck I ended up buying was the off road. To fix the problem of looks, I ordered the painted door handles, mirrors, and hood scoop from the dealer. I had them paint the hood and will get it installed this next Tuesday. I also found Jim Sickles from Downey Off Road was selling left over inventory on Ebay. I ordered the Downey Suspension from him. So I have the Downey modified Billy 5100 with (ebiach) spelling, with add a leaf for the rear.
I have ordered the the rear 5100 and LR UCA's as well. These should be here on Tuesday. I am ordering 16x8 Raceline Raptor wheels in chrome on Monday and 285 75 16 BFG tires as soon as I have time to drop the truck off and have the lift kit installed. I am also going to pickup a GemTop fiberglass tonneau cover on Tuesday as well. It is then getting dropped off to be color matched to the truck as well.
Sorry to be so long winded but this is what build ups are about. Your thoughts, questions and constructive criticisms are welcome.