Here is how she looked when I finally got her out of the garage and got the front end aligned on July 6, 2013:
Here's how she looked when I brought her home on April 9th, 2013:
My winter "meats"...
- Color-matched bumpers and mirror covers
- Blacked-out Toyota logo
- Super White OEM front grill
- Super White OEM door handles
- Black head light mod (BHLM)
- Depot LED tail lights from eBay
- Intermittent wiper stalk
- Custom c-notch
- X-Runner Bilstein shocks & struts
- DJM 3" front drop kit, zinc + powdered coated black
- StreeTacos 3" Drop Blocks
- RoadMaster Active Suspension (Install details)
- Raybetos front rotors w/ black paint coating for rust protection
- Painted front calipers
- Painted rear drums
- Summer: TSW Spa (European) 19" x 8", +40mm offset
- Summer: Nitto Motivo 245/40R-19
- Winter: Toyota OEM RAV 4 17" Steelies
- Winter: Michelin X-Ice Xi3 215/60R-17
- Schrader EZ-Sensor cloned TPMS sensors
- Window tint
- VentureShield clear bra (purchased but waiting for paint to cure)
- G2 epoxy caliper paint
- Take your time on the Black Head Light Mod! It's not that difficult of a modification, but you can easily screw-it-up by rushing.
- Dupli-Color caliper paint and VHT high-temp caliper paint are both garbage. They flake off with the slightest tap. I recommend using an epoxy caliper paint like G2.
- StreeTacos lower blocks are not compatible with AIR LIFT 59564 Ride Control Rear Air Spring Kit. The blocks are too long, preventing the lower mounting bracket for the air bags from being able to hook around the u-bolt. One of the many reasons I opted for the RoadMaster Active Suspension kit.
- The RoadMaster Active Suspension Kit for 2wd Tacomas doesn't fit very well. It's almost impossible to get the mounting bracket to not rub the driver's side shock. To remedy this, you should contact "Nolan" at RoadMaster at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-398-5036 and order the brackets from the 2nd generation kit.
- Discount Tire Direct is one of the only tire shops that knows how to clone TPMS sensors, but be careful because many of their own employees don't know what "sensor cloning" is. See my post on TPMS Options for Multiple Wheel Sets if you, like me, have Summer and Winter tires and want to avoid the TPMS light but still want the system to work.