So, the first mods I've done are the cheap tailgate theft-protection using hose clamps and the anytime foglight mod. I know they've been well documented in the past by other more appropriate users but, since this build thread is about MY journey, I'll still get some pics and document my mods for anyone who finds my experiences with performing these mods useful.
TAILGATE THEFT PROTECTION
- This one was SUPER cheap and easy; only took me about 2 minutes to complete. I think the best part about this mod is the improved sleep I get now that I'm making it just a little harder for people to just walk away with my tailgate.
One thing I didn't do, which I'll probably go back and change, is to add a strip of bicycle innertube rubber to prevent any chance of the hose clamp scratching the paint around the hinge point. I actually performed this mod over this past weekend while I was just hanging around my campsite. The general store at the lake just happened to have the right size hose clamps so I said screw it.
One thing I question, I have the newer tailgate with the backup camera so I'm wondering if that's even one that thieves commonly steal? I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this. It seems as though the added difficulty in having to unplug the tailgate from the backup camera wiring harness would also be a deterrent to potential thieves. Who knows, who cares. as long as my tailgate is present and accounted for every time I come back to my truck, I'm happy.
- This one is just as easy, just requires some more tools. I chose to go the quick splice route just because, well, honestly, I love this truck so much I don't know if I'll ever let it go so I'll have no need to undo this. Also, I figured I'd rather put a slight nick in the wire insulation that can easily be covered with electrical wire as opposed to potentially breaking off the tab on the relay and having to buy a new one. I didn't quite have the right connector to attach my wire to the power source (light green wire). What I used was one of the flat spade connectors that I cut down the sides of the tab in order to fit in with the power source connector however the tab became rather flimsy after cutting it so may need to get a different connector. I don't recommend for other people to do this. just go out and get the right part. But otherwise, this mod in general works like a dream and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Now I can have foglights on all the time, hooray!
UPDATE: My fogs can go on anytime but my headlights are now on ALL the time. Anyone have a fix for this?
Also, feel free to submit any ideas you have for my truck. I'd love to hear what other people would do with a truck like mine. Who knows, your suggestion could be my next mod.
Also, forgot to mention, i've got the factory skidplate on order and am picking that up tomorrow. Any tips on painting that would be much appreciated. I was thinking about a few layers of black followed up with a clearcoat to give it a matching shine. Anyone have any paint recommendations. Do i need a high heat paint or does it not get hot enough for that? Also what type of clear should i put on top, if any? Should i even put a clear on top. Sound off people, let me know what you think.
Originally Posted by mountainman94
I think...you've got a sexy truck there. i would definitely look into lifting it a little bit, throw some new shoes on, debadge it, tint the windows, BHLM, stuff like that. oh, and you can have the satisfaction of knowing that this 1st gen owner is rediculously jealous of your truck. i look forward to seeing it grow.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm definitely doing the BHLM, tinting, new shoes and slight lift. Instead of completely debadging it, I was thinking of painting a few choice badges red and maybe some re-positioning of them. Trying to figure out other places I can tastefully incorporate the red accent color. Just want it to be in a few tasty places just to kinda make it stand out a little.
Speaking of 1st-gens, my step-dad has a '96 4 banger Taco manual trans that's pretty much mine if I want it...and now I'm thinking I want it. It's a bone stock access cab that needs TONS of work but could be fun to revive. After I get to a happy point on this one, I'll probably start a build of that guy.
Originally Posted by evh5150
No you need to buy my TRD Sport new in box gray Clazzio leather seat covers first. Then lift the bitch
I was actually pricing out custom black leather seats with red stitching...kinda have a particular look in mind. Thanks for the offer though!