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Old 08-21-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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I'm Steveo. I'm from Pittsburgh. I have a 2011 TRD Off Road package Tacoma.

I bought the truck as a new daily driver as I got sick of driving my '03 Malibu. It was boring, ugly, and just no fun.

When I was truck shopping, I fell in love with the look of the TRD Sport trucks. Color matched parts, big 5 spoke wheels, just sleek, clean over-all looks.

Only problem is when I was truck shopping, all I could find with what I was looking for - V6, 6 speed, long bed, access cab, 4wd - was a TRD Off Road.

I didnt know much about it other than it was TRD and it was what I was looking for. So I bought it.

After finding this forum and researching a lot, I learned the differences. Turns out the TRD Off Road had more of the important option I wanted - Atrac and locking differential.

Anyways.... Long story short. Here's whats going on with the truck -

Plans for this truck are pretty simple -

1. I wanna keep it close to stock so its super reliable, but at the same time
2. I plan on upgrading some things to make it more practical, fun, and more capable off road on hunting and fishing trips.

As much as I wanted to go nuts on the build, I cant. I already have a full on built show car for that stuff...

After a lot of searching around, I fell in love with the look of these 2 trucks -





Basically, I want to turn this truck into that.

Its going to be a hybrid TRD Off Road / Sport - all the Off Road mechanicals and Sport esthetics. Almost as if it was factory built.

Plans call for sourcing 17" TRD Sport wheels w/ larger tires, painted trim bits (mirrors, door handles, ect), minor lift w/ uprated shocks, tonneau cover, uprated lighting all around, upgraded entertainment, ect.. Pretty Simple. OEM+ if you will.

I wanna keep track of the stuff I do to the truck and share some DIY's so I'm going to do a small "build" thread..

I have a pretty extensive background with cars so putting this truck together should be pretty easy.


Anyways, heres my fun/show car. Its a '92 VW Jetta. I've been dicking with it since 2005 -


Its currently in the body shop getting the engine bay re-shaved and the exterior resprayed.

And here's the build thread for it -

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ct-Thread-LA1Z


and this is my girlfriend's '99.5 VW Jetta, its her fun/show car, which I've also done all the work on -

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And here's the build thread for it -

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...uff-amp-things


I like doing these kinda threads to keep track of stuff and post pictures.


MODIFICATIONS -

Current Mods :


Front suspension

- Bilstein 5100s set at 1.75" w/ stock TRD Off Road springs


Rear Suspension

- Wheeler's Progressive 3 leaf add-a-leaf


Brakes

- Painted front calipers


Wheels & Tires

- Stock 17" TRD Sport alloy wheels
- 265/70/17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, C rated
- 1.25" Spidertrax wheel spacers


Interior

- Rear headrest delete
- Lighted 4wd indicator
- Painted radio bezel
- Painted dashboard bezel
- Black Weathertech floor mats
- TRD cloth mats
- Constant 12v socket - mounted in rear center console
- Constant 12v socket - mounted inside center console
- Constant 12v dual USB socket - mounted inside center console
- "Anytime locker" rear locker modification w/ glove box mounted switch
- Center console lock
- Center console false floor


Entertainment

- Full '14 non JBL headunit w/ navigation retrofit
- Dashboard mounted USB/3.5mm socket


Exterior


- Plastidip'd front badge
- TRD skidplate
- Additional bed rail hold downs
- Xtang Trifold tonneau cover
- TRD grille badge
- TRD tailgate badge
- Trimmed front mudflaps
- Debadged tailgate
- OEM TRD Sport Silver Streak Metallic painted side mirrors
- Pop & Lock tailgate lock
- Constant 12v bed socket
- Bed mounted bottle opener


Lighting

- LED license plate lights
- LED side marker lights
- 30" LED light bar behind bumper
- Yellow Lamin-X on front fogs
- Any time fog light modifications
- Brighter reverse bulbs
- Daytime running lights converted to driving lights
- LED bed lighting
- LED map lights
- LED dome lights


Engine/Trans/Underhood

- K&N panel filter
- Blue Sea System 6 circuit fuseblock w/ negative bus




FUTURE MODS -



Front suspension

- Light Racing upper control arms (currently being rebuilt)
- Eibach #620 front coil springs
- Toytec top plate spacers


Rear Suspension

- Bilstein 5100's


Brakes

- Uprated front brake rotors and pads


Wheels / tires

- FJ TRD center caps
- Matching spare wheel/tire


Interior

- Console organizer
- Painted HVAC control panel
- Additional 110v outlet in the center console


Entertainment


- Bluetooth/voice command steering wheel control retrofit


Exterior

- Additional D rings in the bed
- TRD exhaust tip
- Painted door handles
- Painted rear bumper


Lighting -


- Auxiliary LED reverse lights
- Raptor style grille lights
- BHLM retrofits w/ TL projectors
- LED underhood lights
- Ambient footwell lighting
- Center console lighting
- Puddle lights


Engine/Trans/Underhood

- None


Anyways.

On to some pictures -



Here's how she sat when I bought her -




Also. The Front Bilsteins are are currently on a UPS truck somewhere in the Mid West. And I have 2 more bed rail hold downs in the mail as well.


I will try to update this thread when anything fun and/or exciting happen.

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definately lookin foward to this thread, you VAG guys are all meticulous as hell, guessin this will be much of the same.

i too know a thing or two about VW's, my ex was all into them and stuff (lowered mk4 gti) and i went to countless shows. dub n' rub, waterfest, H20i (im going again this year)
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:beer: Thanks.

But this thread/build won't be anything near the intensity VW stuff is. I'm gonna go easy on this one since the MK2 is still my main focus.

What part of SEPA are you from? I have a TON of friends out there who are into Volkswagens.


We'll be at H2O in the GF's MK4 Jetta. This year will be my 7th year in a row now.
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:beer: Thanks.

But this thread/build won't be anything near the intensity VW stuff is. I'm gonna go easy on this one since the MK2 is still my main focus.

What part of SEPA are you from? I have a TON of friends out there who are into Volkswagens.


We'll be at H2O in the GF's MK4 Jetta. This year will be my 7th year in a row now.
valley forge/kop/phoenixville area

last year was my first year there, but I had a damn good time, definitely not gonna miss it this year
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Cool. I've got some friends in Allentown, Emmaus, and Philly
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Thanks. Heres a few more pics of it -





And heres how it currently sits -

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These showed up today :



Should be going on sometime this week :thumbup:


And in other news, after spending an assload of time, the engine bay in the Jetta is ready for for polyester spray filler.
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That car looks familiar, were you on Pittspeed?
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Yes, I was. I've been good friends with Nick (Starboy) for years.
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i was on there for a good while. Can't say i've been on there recently much though. i probably havent posted anything on there in well over a year.

This is what i had when i was on there, never should have sold this car.
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I havent been on there in atleast 3 years now.

Cant say I remember that car. What part of PGH are you from?

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Funny. I'm from Upper Burrell. Small world
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Finally got around to installing these -




Before -



From the ground to the fender its about 34 1/4"



During -



After -





From the ground to the fender its about 37" now.

I set them at 1.75" and they came up almost 3". I'm hoping they settle out a little bit. If not. no biggy.

I don't have any good pics since it was dark when i finished the instal.





I'm really impressed with the ride quality of the 5100s.

I need to order the rear add a leafs now that I have the fronts sorted out.


ALso, I'll snap some better pictures in the daylight when I get a chance

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The 5100s have been on the fronts for a few days now.



I love em.

The front end feels so much tighter now. Doing 75mph on the highway is no longer scary. It doesn't feel like its going to roll over any more.

I'm super happy I went with these over those stupid spring spacers.

Anyways, I ordered the rear springs today. I ended up going with the Wheelers progressive 3 leaf add-a-leaf. Eventually I plan on replacing the rear shocks with 5100s as well.

And in other news, the engine bay in the Jetta finally got primered this weekend.



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you suck GTFO,Newb!





lol,I would have never thought i'd see you on another forum, how have you been? I was searching wheelers and this thread popped up. Jetta looks good man, mine was sold,gutted and auto-x rebuilt by a guy up in boone.
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Woah!


Im good. Whats goin on? :beer:
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Woah!


Im good. Whats goin on? :beer:
Not much dude got my tacoma in June, getting ready to put a old man emu lift kit on mine. So what's going back in jetta, didn't you have a VR6 in it? I miss mine and wish I could have drove it with the built 16v. If I ever get another ne I'm doing ITB's.

Your truck looks good, is it a prerunner trd or 4x4?
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Its getting another 12v for the time being. I havent driven mine in 2 years. I miss it.
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