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Old 08-04-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Let the Good Times Roll

Just thought I'd introduce myself to everyone and get a progress thread started for my new truck.

I just picked up a "new" 2012 DCLB TRD Sport a few days ago and I'm extremely pleased with my decision. I've been a car guy most of life, mostly VWs, Audis, and Porsches; but sometimes life changes and your interests change with it. The Tacoma is going to replace my Porsche 911 and my 2004 Ford F-250 Powerstroke, which has been a great truck, but it's way more truck than I really need and doesn't make a very good daily driver since it's 7 feet tall, 18 feet long, and has the turning radius of a train. The fuel mileage didn't help much, either. The 911 is a great car as well, but it's a pain to sit in traffic with, is high-maintenance, and only seats two. Also, I'm really into motorcycles as well, so I find myself wanting to ride the bikes whenever the weather is nice, while the car languishes in the driveway.

So, now that you know my life story, here's the truck:







As you can tell, it already has a few upgrades done to it, such as Bilstein 5100s set to 1.5" of lift in the front and the Method wheels. The tires that are on there are absolutely terrible, so they'll be going away soon for a set of 265/70 Hankook Dynapros.

Also, I'll be ordering a 3" lift in the coming weeks. I'm thinking I want to go with the Toytec Bilstein coilover kit (http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/...rs_p_364.html#) with a set of LR upper control arms. Still not sold on the AAL for the rear, but I'll give it a shot and see how I like it; if I don't I'll order Dakars or something.

Other short term plans include
- Bi-xenon projector retrofit (none of that drop-in HID bullshit for me)
- LED light bar
- Weathertech floormats
- Side steps (probably Nfab)
- More cupholders, as 13 isn't nearly enough...

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Old 08-04-2014, 12:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to TW! Nice truck too, love the DCLB! Just an FYI, If you're gonna start a build thread, it shld be posted in here:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-builds/
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:32 PM   #3
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Oh, and I'm happy to report my engine doesn't tick, my driveline doesn't vibrate, and my frame isn't rusted through.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #4
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Not bad, just filled up with gas for the first time, and I got 19.5mpg on the first tank.
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The Tacoma is going to replace my Porsche 911 and my 2004 Ford F-250 Powerstroke, which has been a great truck, but it's way more truck than I really need and doesn't make a very good daily driver since it's 7 feet tall, 18 feet long, and has the turning radius of a train.

Isn't your Tacoma DCLB also 18 feet long?
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Isn't your Tacoma DCLB also 18 feet long?
yep.... but i can report that the turning radius is much better than a train
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Isn't your Tacoma DCLB also 18 feet long?
Now that I double-check, turns out my F-250 is actually 20.5' long, and that 2.5' makes a BIG difference when parking in the city!
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Got around to doing the bixenon retrofit this weekend. This is usually one of the first things I do to vehicles if they don't have HIDs from the factory.



The projectors are Morimoto Minis with 35w DDM ballasts and 4700k bulbs. WAY better than the stock light output.
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