So almost a year ago I bought a VW Golf TDi and haven't driven my truck much. I have two people that could help me out on this project as I know nothing about cars. I came here to seek advice on parts. My girlfriend's dad is a parts guy at Toyota (has been for over a decade I believe) and a friend of mine is a mechanic at the same dealership.
Changes I'd like to make:
1. Brush/grill guard w/winch (I have no idea what to get, I just want it to be strong enough to pull the truck out of a sticky situation)
2. external lights (either on the brush grill or a separate light rack) - I think I would prefer a separate light rack since it would provide lights at a higher elevation and can possibly use to spotlight shoot hogs.
3. toolbox (or some other lock box) for guns
So any suggestions? I found this ShrockWorks site (http://www.shrockworks.com/Toyota) and they mention something about needing a different skid plate. This will be a slow ongoing project and I will refer back to this thread (hopefully if people reply) since it will take quite a bit of funds to get this done. It's especially hard when I'm trying to a) not buy anymore guns for awhile and b) save up money to ask my girl to marry me...
Anyway, I don't think I want to do a lift (at least for now) since I don't want ride quality to get crappier (and any lift that wouldn't reduce ride quality is probably pretty expensive).
So, what should I get and from where? My truck is a 2005 Tacoma, double cab, 6-speed manual, 4WD. Since it's a shortbed I'm not really sure if I want to do the toolbox if I did a light rack since it would get cramped in the back if I need to store anything.
Edit: oh yeah, and on that ShrockWorks website I see brush guards for winches but they don't have a place for the license plate. In Texas we are supposed to have front and back plates so I'd rather not do the front plate in the window thing.
Edit: of course after posting I see the garage section with the 2nd gen builds... duhhhhh