After many hours of lurking, learning, and asking questions... I begin my modest build.
I began in 2010 by trading in my 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 for a silver 2009 Tacoma AC 4cyl, 4x4. The Tacoma had 19000 miles on it and the A.R.E. shell came with it. At first I was going to sell the camper shell but after taking it camping, I will never get rid of it.
The truck is a 5 speed, 4 cylinder, which I was looking for. After my Chevy, I really wanted a smaller gas bill.
I definately needed/wanted another 4x4 though. This is my front yard last Christmas..
And this is my neighborhood from the air..
And the wife and I really enjoy camping and taking the dogs everywhere..
My first upgrade was getting rid of the stock tires. They lasted about 20000 miles and were junk in my opinion. I went from the 245/65/16's to a 265/70/16 BigO Bigfoot X/T. I bought 5 so my spare would be the same. These tires are excellent. They were a little pricey but after my first ice/snow/rain trip to our cabin in Lake Tahoe, the were worth every penny. (Not my rims).
So I love the truck, no complaints at all, everything works as advertised.
The wife bought me a few Christmas presents, (not Holiday presents...) and they are as follows:
A Toytec Bilstein lift, Light Racing upper control arms, and 16" VTec Raptor's. God bless her heart
So, that is the first chapter of this modest build. The above parts are on their way, a buddy and I are going to do the work when they get here, (he doesnt know it yet..), and I will be taking pictures as we trundle along. As for now, I have my binoculars out waiting for the parts
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? I will update the post when it all begins.