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Old 09-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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Benson X's 'Bout Time BBQ Build

Okay, after almost 2 years, I finally got motivation to get my build thread started.

I call it the BBQ build, because it has been S-L-O-W paced and LOW budget.

I bought my '11 MGM TRD Sport DC/LB brand new on 10/18/2010. It is just pushing 30k right now, so it's on par with avg. DD miles.


3 Years Later (10/20/13):


2 Years Later (9/25/12):


1.5 Years Later (4/2/2012):


IN THE BEGINNING (10/19/10):




CURRENT MODS / AFTERMARKET PARTS:

SUSPENSION:

FRONT (3.25" Lift)

  • OME 90k Nitro shocks w/ 886 Coils
  • 1/2" Toytec Top-Plate spacer
  • Light-Racing UCAs
  • Swaybar Removed
REAR (3.75" Lift)

  • OME Dakar Leaf Pack with D29XL AAL

WHEELS / TIRES:




  • 285/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R (originals)
  • Plasti-Dipped Stock 17" Sport wheels
  • (4) 1" BORA Hub-Centric wheel spacers (write-up HERE)

INTAKE / EXHAUST:
  • aFe Pro Dry S CAI
  • aFe 3" Cat-Back exhaust (write-up HERE)
  • Doug Thorley "Pipe Bomb" Y-Pipe (purchased for the higher clearance)

EXTERIOR / ARMOR:









  • Home-Built Sliders (write-up HERE)
  • Home-Built IFS Skid & Mid-Skid
  • Debadged
  • Black TOYOTA Emblem on the Grille
  • Black Chrome TRD Emblem (mounting pics HERE)
  • LEER 100XL Shell w/ Thule Tracker II rails
  • 10% Tint
  • WeatherTech In-Channel Window Deflectors
  • Custom-Designed TRD Skull Decal (sockmonkey made the 1st one for me)
  • Tinted Tail Lights (09+ LED Style)
  • 886 Reverse Light Mod
  • Custom pin-striping, scratches, and dents

INTERIOR:(not much here)


  • WeatherTech Digital-Fit Liners
  • Driver's Seat Maglight Mount (my first mod, the one that started it ALL!!!)
  • Interior LED Swap (Map/Dome Lights) from csjumper2003
  • Garmin 60CSx w/ RAM Mounts (How-To thread HERE, but I did it a little differently)


WINCH / RECOVERY GEAR
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  • ARB Front Bumper (Part# 3423030)
  • Home-Built Hidden Winch Mount (write-up HERE) *Removed 9/28/13*
  • Warn VR8000-s Winch
  • Warn Spydura Synthetic Line
  • Black Roller Fairlead w/ Daystar Delrin Rollers
  • Tuff-Stuff Black Clevis hook
  • 60" All-Cast Hi-Lift (HL-605)
  • 32" 3.5 lb. True Temper axe
  • 14" True Temper hatchet
  • Bully 44" D-handle shovel
  • VIAIR 85P Compressor
  • FirstAlert PRO5 Fire Extinguisher
  • Addtl. Recovery point welded up front
  • DIY Hi-Lift & Tool Mounts (write-up HERE)
  • (4) RUD Grip 4x4 Snow Chains (Model 2532)
  • Recovery Bag: (2) D-Shackles, Snatch Block, Shackle Receiver Hitch, 30' Recovery Strap, 8' tree-saver, 20' tow strap, tow hitch w/ 3-balls, ER tape
  • Recovery Tote: Emergency blanket, food/water, gas, hand tools, tie-downs, jumper cables, flares, 2-person tent, handsaw, paper, fire-starter, (5) tarps, bungee cords, rope, 2x pair leather gloves, Off-Road spill kit, Rain gear
  • Bug-Out Bag (Blackhawk! S.T.O.M.P II Bag - 60MP01DE): Spare clothes, first aid kit, N. American Rescue TTS (tactical traction splint), (3) LED flashlights + spare batteries, food, headlamp, (2) Firestarter, Silva Ranger Hi-Vis Compass, Pens/Sharpies/Hi-Liters, Trail tape, paper, duct tape, (2) multi-tools, (2) knives, Zip-Loc bags, toiletries, paracord, survival/safety literature.

MISC. MODS / PARTS:



















  • OEM Heated Side Mirrors Mod (write-up HERE)
  • Hidden CB Install (write-up HERE)
  • On-Demand Rear-view camera (I used this write-up, pics HERE)
  • Anytime ON Foglights (I used this write-up)
  • Always-On 12v Plug (I used this write-up)
  • Disabled Seatbelt chime
  • Silent Fob (Arm/Disarm) (this write-up works)
  • Illuminated 4WD Switch
  • Horn Relocate (write-up HERE)
  • Engine Bay / Winch area LEDs (write-up HERE)
  • Rear Diff. Breather relocate (I used this write-up)
  • ABS Kill Switch (write-up HERE)
  • Yellow-Wire Mod (enables TRAC in 4LO) (write-up HERE)
  • Redline Hood Struts
  • Black SS Extended Brake Lines (from OCTaco)
  • Relocated 7-PIN Plug
  • 10" SeeLite SR LED Light-Bar (write-up / review HERE)
  • Home-Built LED light cover (quick write-up HERE)


FUTURE MODS:

  • Seat Covers (W/O maybe???)
  • Custom-installed fogs in the ARB Bumper
  • Custom Spare Tire mount for the bed (home-built???)
  • 4.56 Gears w/ ARB Lockers Front & Back
  • T-Case and Rear Diff skids (home-built)
  • High-Clearancerear bumper (home-built???)
  • Shackle Flip


Thanks for looking!!!

PM me with any questions about my build, or leave comments here or in the respective write-ups as needed.


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Old 09-26-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Love that home made hidden winch mount! Awesome start so far and liking the fact that you did much of the mods with your own twist
Thanks Anthony! I'm loving it, but still have a plate bumper scratching at the back of my mind...I always told myself I don't need one, too expensive, etc. but the extra clearance would be nice.

I like to do my own mods, or see little ways to improve on existing mods to share with TW.

With the exception of mounting the tires/alignment, everything on my truck was done by hand in my garage. My uncle in-law helped IMMENSELY with the winch-mount and sliders.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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Here's some cheesy vids too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAn27oHrFkY&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVSqqBwJHic&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmS6CyAQEHM&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-YLfIqN-I&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...SZ0j_eof5tWUGQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=_c2DGUSInS8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=uF3O9uZL7MU
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Lovin it!

Looks like you've done a lot of the stuff that I would like to do.

Needless to say, great job!
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Nice truck man! That's a good lookin color! Well built!
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Nice truck man! That's a good lookin color! Well built!
Thanks Thomas! I'm quite fond of it myself

The paint used to be flawless and sparkly and shiny...now it looks like a hoochie hoodrat ex-g/f took her fake nails and went to town on it.

The MGM paint looks good, but it show scratches, swirls, and pinstripes worse than black paint.
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almost as awesome as Roy Shildt himself:


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[QUOTE=Benson X;5757876]Thanks Thomas! I'm quite fond of it myself

The paint used to be flawless and sparkly and shiny...now it looks like a hoochie hoodrat ex-g/f took her fake nails and went to town on it.

The MGM paint looks good, but it show scratches, swirls, and pinstripes worse than black


Haha still looks good man.. Better then the desert tan or meca tan.. Whatever color mine is lol...

And the scratches gives it character, haha personally, battle scars! Proud wounds from adventures!
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finally a build thread Ben, tell Ninja Steve, keep up with the sick as pics. So when we going wheeling again?
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Nice clean layout of the mods, I'd +1 but on my phone, it'll have to wait til I turn on my pc.
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finally a build thread Ben, tell Ninja Steve, keep up with the sick as pics. So when we going wheeling again?
Thanks Gary! Still got some work to do, but it's slowly getting there. Ninja Steve is still jumping out of trees, and taking badass pictures. He's having to teach me the ways, since I just got a new D-SLR too.

Let's get a meet put together soon! Maybe somewhere local up here? Mike and I were talking about scouting Evan's Creek, or maybe somewhere accessible even in the snow (since it's getting to be that time soon)

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Nice clean layout of the mods, I'd +1 but on my phone, it'll have to wait til I turn on my pc.
Thanks Cody!
Let me know if you have any questions on the mods.
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Just stumbled across this build. Honestly one of (if not the) cleanest, most well thought out rigs that I've seen on TW. Just my opinion, don't add a plate bumper! You're rig is PERFECT the way it's set up. Especially the hidden winch mount. Nice ride!
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Just stumbled across this build. Honestly one of (if not the) cleanest, most well thought out rigs that I've seen on TW. Just my opinion, don't add a plate bumper! You're rig is PERFECT the way it's set up. Especially the hidden winch mount. Nice ride!
Hell yeah, thanks Wes! There's still a few things I wanna do to it: lockers, regear, skids, rear bumper, tool mounts, addtl. roof rack, maybe wheels. But, as you might have figured out, TW is a blood-sucking, gold-digging tramp that takes all your money.

I basically want to make it a capable overland/expedition rig that is pretty versatile and still aesthetically pleasing.

Slowly getting there.
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Hell yeah, thanks Wes! There's still a few things I wanna do to it: lockers, regear, skids, rear bumper, tool mounts, addtl. roof rack, maybe wheels. But, as you might have figured out, TW is a blood-sucking, gold-digging tramp that takes all your money.

I basically want to make it a capable overland/expedition rig that is pretty versatile and still aesthetically pleasing.

Slowly getting there.
No doubt TW is blood sucking! This is the 05 that I sold last year for a full size truck (very stupid mistake).

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...90k-miles.html

I'm currently in the market for another Tacoma and plan do set it up very similar to yours
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No doubt TW is blood sucking! This is the 05 that I sold last year for a full size truck (very stupid mistake).

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...90k-miles.html

I'm currently in the market for another Tacoma and plan do set it up very similar to yours
Dude, that was a sweet ride! You have good taste

If you get another Taco build started, check out my write-ups and let me know if you have questions.
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