So maybe it's time I do a build thread.
This is my second Toyota Pickup, but the first one I was about to completely pick out from new. My first, a 1993 Xtracab was found after months of searching. At the time I was looking for anything that was 4cyl, 5spd and not rotted out. This go-round I knew I wanted the AccessCab in MGM. It's my first automatic transmission vehicle, but I knew for this vehicle it was my more practical.
It's been a pretty mild build compared to some beasts, but I'm pretty happy with it to date. My mods list and some pictures/description can be found below.
Engine / Transmission / Driveline:
- 100% stock
- WeatherTech floor liners (front)
- OEM All-Weather Mats (rear)
- OEM Sill Protectors
- Flyzeye Design V1 LED Light - White / Blue / Red
- ScanGauge II
- TundraPart.com OEM Style Light Switches
- Pyle PA Speaker
To Be Installed
- Cobra 29 LX CB Radio
- Cobra External Speaker
- OEM Toyota Chrome Exhaust Tip
- OEM Toyota Aluminum Skid Plate
- OEM Toyota Bed Mat
- ARB Deluxe Bumper
- ARB Optional Fog Lamps
- Hella Optilux Bulbs - Yellow
- Philips Daylight 4 LED DRL Kit
- Firestik 4' Antenna
- IPF 9000XS Driving Lights
- KC Daylighter 6" Long Range Lamps (x4)
- N-Fab Light Bar
- Debaged "V6" Emlem
- TRD Sport Bodycolored Grille
- D-Shackle Rear Tow Plug
- toolblutacoma06 fuse panel plate
- Blue Sea 12 slot fuse panel
- Blue Sea 100A circuit breaker
Wheels / Tires
Spring / Summer / Fall
- BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO - 265/75-16, Load Range "E"
- FJ Cruiser Trail Teams / Tacoma T|X TRD Beadlock Wheels - Black
- TRD Lug Nuts
- Hankook I-Pike RW11 - 265/70-16
- OEM TRD Off-Road / SR5 Optional Alloy Wheels
- OME 885 / Dakar (?)
- OEM Subwoofer (?)
- Light Racing UCAs (?)
So, now that I've spelled out where the truck is at, a little more background. My first Toyota, the aforementioned 93 started out like this:
Ended up like this:
As you can see...that was very much the inspiration for my Tacoma...as well as the always popular Marty McFly Xtracab from Back to the Future (hence the user name).
In November 2012 I took deliver of this:
which was a gleaming new 2013 Tacoma TRD Off-Road in Magnetic Gray Metallic. I was back and forth between that model and the TRD Baja, as well as back and forth between the 6MT and 5AT. I knew I didn't want a black truck having dealt with a black car and the pain of trying to keep it clean and scratch free, so I was looking between the red of the Baja and the gray of the Off-Road. Ultimately gray won out with the hope of getting the Baja TRD Beadlocks. I finally settled on the 5AT after reading reviews of the 6MT and caving a bit to the pressure of family who can't drive stick.
My initial plan was to purchase the TRD Baja wheels but I kept hitting dead ends, even after trying to bribe the local parts counter guy to order me a set. I was able to secure a set of four of the black beadlocks from TRDParts4U which worked well enough for me.
I swapped over to those wheels with a set of BF Goodrich All-Terrains in 265/75-16 and resold my OEM set for $840 - score! Truck was at 843 miles when I did it a few weeks before Christmas. So, so worth it.
I saw a member on here post a picture of his Tacoma with a Marty McFly style light bar. At the time he wasn't able to post who made it but I spent hours upon hours trying to figure out who built the truck until I figured out it was N-Fab. Multiple emails to the member's contact went unanswered until I emailed the owner of N-Fab himself to get a hold of someone to sell me the bar. After the headache that was ordering that (I literally had to mail a check...so annoying) and dealing with the long shipping times, etc, etc, I actually finally got the bar. While I was waiting I had a member on here build me a fuse panel to house a circuit breaker and fuse panel for the auxiliary lighting I hoped to run. I also found out that Tundra-Part.com made switches that fit under the HVAC I could use to run the lights.
As the year wore on I decided for the winter the All-Terrains weren't the best choice for slippery surfaces as I had a habit of having them lose traction on bumps with the Off-Road's touchy break system. I also didn't want to deal with getting the beadlocks all ruined with the salt.
I purchase a set of winter tires and wheels, which were Hankook I-Pike RW11's in 265/70-16 mounted on MB TKOs in 16x8.5 in matte black. At first I was really excited to get the wheels and tires on the truck but once I actually got them on, I didn't really like how they looked. The Hankooks weren't an aggressive looking tire and the low offset of the MB wheels made the whole setup look strange. I had seen those wheels on knobby AT/MT tires with white lettering and I thought it looked great, but on my truck, not so much.
I started searching around for a replacement set of wheels that were more OEM looking. Originally I wanted either Ivan Stewart wheels or even a set of the accessory "Baja" wheels to run, but I stumbled across a set of near mint Off-Road wheels for $140 including OEM lugnuts. The MBs were sold for $350 which netted a quick $100 profit after dismounting and mounting costs. I used that to purchase a Flyzeye V1 unit and a Gilmour Foaming gun.
Next came the fun cosmetic stuff. I already had the body colored grille, so I did the BLHM.
Followed that up with the heavy hits. Got an ARB bumper which really beefed up the front end. Added a set of IPF driving lights to help out on dark roads as well.
Added the optional fog lamp kit with Hella Optilux bulbs in yellow and put in a Philips DRL kit to fill the gap where ARB wants to put in a set of turn signals I couldn't use on the Tacoma without hacking into the truck wiring. It came out really well.
Added in a new OEM accessory skid plate this weekend and here we are.
As far as what the future brings...I really don't know. I may eventually lift the truck with the OME 885 / Dakar setup but I really need to see if I can clear my garage with the roof lights. I may add some bass to the audio system depending on what's out there. If I find an OEM style X-runner sub, that might work, or I might just toss in one of my spare subs if I find an amp deal that's too good to pass up. I have a roll of waterproof SMDs I'm going to use for a bed light project at some point and I still need to do the remote face CB so I can install that and get that setup. The only other thing I was thinking about is changing up the winter wheels again if the right deal hits. Either a straight trade for the Ivans or a set of spare style steel wheels in which I could sell my TRD Off-Road wheels and made money in the deal, but I'm not going to actively seek it out either.
Otherwise, I think I'm just driving it as-is for now.
Thanks for reading!