This is a modest build comparing some of the great ones that are on this site, but it's the journey of my truck!
My first Tacoma that I owned (95.5) which belongs to my brother now and my first Tacoma that I purchased (06 Access Cab)
July/August 2011-ish: About a week after getting the new ride aka the "stock" picture:
I was able to keep a few things that I purchased for the 06 such as the TRD Skid Plate, All-Weather mats, and my toolbox. For Christmas, I got Weather Tech mats for the rear seats. I also got a shortie from AntennaX, but am currently Antenna-less as it broke off a few months ago.
December 2011: I tinted my front windows with some Christmas money that I had gotten:
The truck stayed like this for a while and I was pretty happy with how it looked, then the TacomaWorld fever took over.
May 2012-ish: I bought my rims and got them mounted. While I was at it I got my white-letters flipped inside:
December 2012: "Santa" brought me some n-FAB running board, which I installed on the same day:
March 2013: I got bored one day and tried to plasti dip my emblems, which didnt turn out too good, so I removed the dip and did my front emblem instead. I also painted my TRD Skid Plate using some bed-liner spray:
April 2013: Next came the tires and lift:
Toyo Open Country AT2 265-75-16
Before the Lift:
After the Lift:
September 2013: The pinstripes started to become flaky, so I decided to remove it. I never liked it in the first place anyway. I used non-acetone nail polish removal, a credit card, soap/water, and wax. Came out alright (no damage to the paint)
December 2013: I was getting getting bad vibes between 50-60mph with my current set-up and it was driving me nuts, but thanks to this website I discovered hub-centric rings. I went ahead and ordered me some as well as some Gorilla lugs and installed them. After the install, I was very pleased to find no vibe. Best 50$ mod known to man.
March 2014: After seeing many write-ups and pictures of people debadging their trucks on here, I was going back and forth on debading mine, mostly because I did not want to have any 'shadowing'. One day, I was like 'screw it!' and debadged the tailgate and couldn't believe how stupid easy it was. It was one of these mods that I wish I had done a long time ago.
Since the picture--I have taken the V6 off, leaving only the side emblems
With the beautiful weekend we had around here, I took advantage of it and plasti-dipped my side emblems.
The overall look after the emblems has been blacked out.
TRD Decals came in! It took me much longer than I anticipated. About halfway through the process of using a hairdryer/goo gone/nails to remove the original decals, I grew impatient with this approach so I ran to Advance Auto
and picked up a 3M removal wheel. Needless to say, I'm a true believer of the product now. It made the process a whole lot faster. Once I reached the point of removing the transferring paper, I encountered some issues with the decal not sticking to the truck. I carefully removed the transfer paper far enough to push a pin through--popping the bubbles and whatnot. I'm happy with the results though.
I went to Jumping Off Rock, SC, which's close to Table Rock State Park and here's a couple shots from the trip. I strongly recommend you guys to make a trip out there if you haven't already. It's one of these hidden gems:
Here's a few pictures that my friend took:
April 2014: I got bored one day and decided to pick up some Paracord 550 and went to town.
Also ordered/installed some front DigitalFit mats by WeatherTech
to go with the ones I already had in the rear via a group buy.
May 2014: Finalized my customized center console organizer. It's not perfect, but it does its job just fine.
This is all for now...Enjoy!