Hi my name is Brandon and I want to share my build with the community (FULL PICS BELOW). I just bought a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Sport, Double Cab, w/o Entune, and tow package. I've wanted this truck for over three years and spent the last month researching out the right parts for my driving style, needs and the look I was trying to achieve. I did alot of this with Tacoma Worlds help scouring countless threads to find all the right components, do's/dont's etc. So here we go....
I use my truck 90% of the time on the freeway for road trips and work, however I love to go out in the southern Utah desert just about every day to get quiet and decompress from the days stress. I also use the truck for camping, mountain biking and the occasional trip to Home Depot. My goal has been to achieve a more balanced look by lifting the truck and giving it more room to clear obstacles when camping or exploring fire roads without compromising the factory ride. I know I've heard some folks say the factory ride sucks however I found it to be extremely comfortable especially upgrading from a 2002 Jeep Liberty with trashed shocks.
I'm really particular when it comes to upgrades. I wanted to make sure everything fit perfect and didn't leave me with any bumping, creaking, rattling or squeaking noises. When I'm out 4 wheeling I'm really casual, cautious and patient. On Sundays I usually rub the truck with a diaper like camerons dad JK JK. No but in all reality I like my stuff to last and I take good care of the truck. Here are the upgrades:
-Icon Stage 1 with purchase of the Icon "Add a Leafs". At first I wanted the complete Stage 4 kit but after thinking of my needs I couldn't justify the price plus I would never put my truck through the paces enough to justify the beefy aluminum upper control arms ($1400 depending on where you purchase). My opinon on this kit on a scale of 1-10 is a 10! The truck feels great on the street and freeway plus the body roll is significantly reduced which is great on high speed turns and the off road performance is where it really shines. The city is building a new section of freeway here in town out by the airport. I went flying down that dirt road about 65 and the suspension really soaks the bumps up. After about 500 miles the suspension gets buttery smooth. Purchased from www.wheelersoffroad.com out of Oregon. Ask for Johnny. Nice guy, had everything in stock, free and fast shipping and no tax.
-Method 301 race wheels (17x8.5 w/6 on 5.5 and 4.5 back spacing). I was going for something sporty yet fashionable that I think will stay a classic like the ole Mickey Thompson Classic Truck wheels even if they get over played. The other thing I liked about these wheels are they were each 10 lbs lighter than the factory wheels which shaved another 40 lbs off the total weight of the enhancements. This was another goal of mine because I had a 1994 Jeep Wrangler back in the day and it felt super clunky and heavy after I hopped it up and I wanted to avoid that with the Tacoma.
-Toyo Open Country A/T 2 --- P285/70/17. After tons of research trying to find a tire that looks aggressive and will last as long if not longer than a BFG All Terrain I found these tires. They have a 65,000 mile warranty, are super quiet, have siping, and are great in all weather. The best tire out there (in my opinion) for my application! Absolutely no rubbing with this set up. None. Totally stoked. Wheels, tires and lug nuts where ordered from www.desertrat.com out of Tuscon. Ask for Barry. Great pricing, service and communication.
-Last but not least I opted to go with the TRD cat back exhaust. This was hard to select because most of the videos on YouTube weren't that great of quality because everyone uses their phone. But none the less I compared enought clips to make my judgment. Mind you I was going for something a little more discreet because I'm pretty conservative when it comes to drawing attention but I really wanted to accentuate the awesome sound of that Toyota motor. I'm sooooo glad I went with the TRD exaust because it's freakin perfect. No drone in the cab but when you punch it she sounds amazing without sounding ricey. At highway speeds (65-75 mph) you hear a very soft humm. I may record a sound clip here soon of the exhaust if I get enough requests.
Here are the pics: