After fighting the urge to not modify my truck for the last several months, I realized I simply can't leave well enough alone. I put 5500 miles on it in stock form, so that shows a small amount of self-control, I suppose...
Anyway, I didn't like the weak and wheezy intake/exhaust sound, so today I bought an AFE Pro Dry S air filter, and a TRD Catback system. I didn't want anything obnoxious, but I want to be able to hear it when I get on the gas, so I figured that combo would deliver. Considered a CAI, but the stock box is already drawing air from the fender, so I'm going to leave it for now. Might try to retrofit a smooth tube from the box to the manifold, but that's not a priority right now.
Got a set of Toyota roof rails too, because I've already taken a trip where I ran out of bed storage and could've used a roof rack.
Took off the stock running boards that came with the truck, and I like the clean profile much better.
Next mods will be a set of All Pro rock sliders and a TRD Supercharger. Last vehicle I had was a supercharged E55 AMG, and I miss the torque positive displacement s/c delivers, although I know the Taco won't be anywhere near what the AMG was, but should still make the driving experience more fun. Might do the CAI once I have the s/c...gotta do more research to see if it would be worth it with f/i.
After that a mild suspension lift, larger tires, bumper upgrades, winch, other things that would make the truck more capable offroad or after a hurricane.
ETA: order for the AFE filter, exhaust, and rails placed on 10/10/10.
AFE from Streetside for $59.xx shipped.
TRD Catback exhaust from Toyota of Richardson for $357.xx shipped;
Toyota stowaway roof rack from Toyota of Richardson for $240.xx shipped.
I was originally going to order the exhaust and roof rack from TRDParts4U due to many good reviews I've read of them on here. I'd rather pay a few more $$ to support a company with a proven rep for good service, than deal with some cutthroat with shitty service. FWIW, the exhaust from TRDParts was $390 and the roof racks were $222. The fact that Richardson was $15 less was trivial, but when I got to the shipping, TRDParts4U wanted almost $190!!!! (That was regular shipping plus truck freight.) I also found a few good reviews of Richardson on here, so I'm hoping things go smooth. Richardson offered free shipping, but had a note that there might be shipping charges on larger items such as exhausts, so we'll see if they 'modify' my charges retroactively. Even if they do, it will likely still be significantly less than TRDParts4U.
Will update this thread when the items arrive.