Gentlemen, first off I'm a new guy here, so herro! Seems like a great forum, despite some pretty aggro dudes here and there
I'm new to trucks, but been into cars my whole life and currently own a heavily modified & supercharged M3 and a bare to the bones Ariel Atom. I was about to buy a new sports car (C63 Black Series), but I've always had a thing for Tacomas (favorite TG episodes ever are those on "killing a toyota") and I think the time is right.
I've been looking for a Baja Access Cab w/manual transmission in black or white, but they're apparently impossible to find + everyone and their cousin on this forum says BUILD YOUR OWN SUCKA!
Since I don't know anything about building my own, I'd love to hear suggestions on exactly what parts to buy. I donít want it to look too ostentatious nor too redneck (no offense to anyone, my two best friends are rednecks), but thatís not me. If we need to classify the look, letís go with Steely Cold Viking (born and raised in Norway). I just had my first born son 3 months ago and Iím turning 40 (hence the midlife crisis) this year, so Iím also not looking to impress any high school chicks. College, maybeÖ kidding! (not really)
Seriously though, I'm not going to do any crazy off-roading, jumping, rock crawling, or desert racing, but I want it to be able to handle the occasional rutty-as-hell dirt road (I whitewater kayak and mountain bike so I do like to access off-the-beaten-path areas). I also want it to ride smooth and handle well at 90mph on the highway when I drive for 13 hours to get to Colorado (live in SoCal).
More than anything I want it to be headache and maintenance free (which is why I was leaning towards the Toyota OEM Baja vs DIY).
Anyway, I've probably said a bunch of stupid contradictory shit and offended half the community with my ignorance, so please bear with me and make your suggestions on what to buy:
1. base truck model
2. OEM truck options
4. wheels/ tires
7. functional additions
8. cosmetic additions
10. what else?
Cheers fellas! This should be fun.