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01' Single Cab Advice & Insight

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by NightForce27, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Oct 10, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    NightForce27

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    Purchased this gem after I stumbled across it driving in TN. 188k miles 2.7L with a immaculate frame and minimal rust. Previous owner (old man) coated the front bumper I'm assuming to resist rust. OG Rhinoliner. After driving back and forth to work a few days I've started to keep mental notes of potential upgrades that are practical. The reason for this post is I'm looking at options for simple suspension upgrades. Wouldn't mind adding an inch maybe two replacing shocks ect non lift kit. I owned a 95' where the previous owner had replaced the rear shocks for minor hauling which gave it a better stance. Just curious who has upgraded their single cab set up. Are any TRD suspension components interchangeable? Would love to see pics, know options and thoughts. Thank you in advance

    Plans/Progess..
    1. Replace steelies with 4Runner/ Tacoma TRD takeoffs. In Western NC if anyone has any..
    2. Suspension - New Shocks
    3. Replaced Muffler to stock tone (10/10)
    4. Coated frame with Berkebile PFC

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  2. Oct 10, 2019 at 6:12 PM
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    If you are 5' 11 or over you might not be comfortable driving for long periods as the seat only tilts back so far... I took my slider rails off the seat frame and welded a few washers between the rails and the frame for some more tilt... didn't do much for the seat back but changed the leg angle. Not perfect but an improvement, at least for me.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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    Thanks man, yeah thats me. Thought about that when I test drove it. Luckily I'll just be driving it back and forth to work. About 20-25 miles a day.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2019 at 4:22 PM
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    1997tacomav6

    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 660k

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    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Projector headlights HID 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    Read through my build thread below,
    You will surely find something there.

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  6. Oct 12, 2019 at 6:25 AM
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    1997tacomav6

    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 660k

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    97 reg cab, v6 5sp 300hp supercharged, Methonal Injection, 660,001 plus miles, Original Owner
    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Projector headlights HID 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    If you want more leg room and head room,
    I installed LG1 seats, they are non suspension seats and are a lot thinner and 100 times better than stock.

    I gained 2” in leg room and headroom.
    Here is a list of fun stuff that I did,

    Added grey TRD supercharger in 1998, rebuild it each 150,000 miles, now has 600,000 miles on original supercharger
    Added all Gates belts including Gates supercharger belt
    Added SUPERCHARGER emblems tags to top of rear bed of truck
    Added snow injection methanol progressive kit, July 2017, 526,000 miles
    Added green light on boost guage for when methonal when spraying + Amber for low fluid
    Added "METHANOL ONLY" windshield cap made of brushed aluminum inscribed in red paint
    Added "METHANOL INJECTED" timing cover emblem made of brushed aluminum inscribed in red paint.
    Added a 4Runner hood scoop that was cut into the original hood as functional
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...into-1997-tacoma-for-trd-supercharger.452234/
    Added hood struts, red line,
    Added KN cold air intake, (have not bought an air cleaner in 525,000 miles)
    Did the air intake elbow conversion which actually makes a nice difference for the KN system to work better for the supercharger
    Added air conditioning to the truck
    Added Smitty built front push bar
    Added viper alarm system with electric locks and remote
    Added H4 glass Hella lens
    Added HID bulbs
    Added HID resistor for working hibeam indicator
    Added 2.050 steel supercharger pulley,URD pulleys are made old soft metal and last 25,000 miles before they wear out and belt will slip.
    Added URD supercharger tension pulley
    Added DENSO IK22 531
    plugs
    Added TRD alloy oil cap
    Added dick cepek rims and locks
    Added Dyno pro ATM tires 31x15LT(Last 100k miles)
    Addead boost guage on pillar of truck
    Added fixed gps garman on top of steering column
    Added gentex rear view 453 mirror with, temp, compass, auto dim function, Homelink
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...mp-compass-auto-dimming.553041/#post-17999152
    Added Honda 76810-TK8–A01 windshield spray pattern nozzels
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/windshield-sprayer-upgrade.542571/
    Added 4Runner dual console over head lights
    Added LED bulbs for over head console
    Added 2004 door mirrors
    Added LED back up lights
    Added 4Runner speaker pod for tweeter
    Added Alpine head unit with satilite reciever
    Added 300 watt sub amp
    Added 12" kicker sub speaker and kicker enclosure
    Added polk audio split speaker, tweeters in doors and tweeter pods
    Added Corbeau LG1 seats with sliders and new seat belts
    Added Leather TRD shit knob black
    Added black 4Runner low range shift knob to match black shift knob
    Added Tinted windows all sides
    5 speed standard transmission
    Added Amsoil Extreme oil for diff and transmission, original trans and diff at 530,000
    Added magnet phone mount
    Added Door sills covers
    Added chrome side nerf bars
    Added 4 Cadillac horns, no more beep beep
    Added red top optima battery
    Added spray in X-LINER for the bed
    Added TRD fender extenders(1st style, made of fiberglass)
    Added class V towing hitch for towing double axle enclosed 20 foot trailer
    Added electric towing brake module
    Added, add a leaf springs for towing
    Added stainless steelhitch reciever and ball, no rust to deal with
    Added 600,000 miles since new
    Added Tacoma rubber mats
    Added Tacoma cloth mats
    Added Bilstein TRD shocks front and rear
    Added drilled and slots 3600 grade high carbon rotors
    Added green stuff EBC 7000 series brake pads
    Added 2012 rear tail gate TACOMA badge
    Added cat back exhaust
    Added free flowing exhaust muffler, nice little rumble sound
    Added SS exhaust tip
    Added TRD Stainless steel skid plate
    Added wheelskin steering wheel cover leather red stitching
    Added Raised exhaust flush with body line by the exhaust tip
    every exhaust pipe line should be nice and tight like this
    Added TRD battery hold down bracket
    Added Scanguage II
    Added Volvo MAF tube non restrictive swap
    Added DESNO quick change port with Volvo MAF
    Added stainless steel brake lines LCE
    Added Innovation digital combo boost and AFR Gauge.
    Added Custom made aluminum Extruded design radiator
    With 170 thermostat engines temperatures are 175 to 180 now
    Added wireless tire pressure and temperature remote kit
    Added having the throttle body bored out for more air flow
    Added having the supercharger ported inlet and outlet, (nice power difference)
    Added 105 amp alternator,old one was 60 amp
    Added wireless tire pressure and hear sensors kit

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  7. Oct 12, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    NightForce27

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    The only issue I may have with that is this truck has a the bench seat unfortunately. LOVE your build man! Your build page is a great resource

     
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  8. Oct 12, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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    1997tacomav6

    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 660k

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    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Projector headlights HID 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    Bench seat, ok, save your money, that HAS to be the 1st thing to go,:) if your spending any time in your truck.
     
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  9. Oct 12, 2019 at 7:15 AM
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    Everything but the driveshaft. B03A - 410
    Thanks for sharing this. Somehow I need to get the front of my seat up by 2".
     
  10. Oct 12, 2019 at 8:24 AM
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    The 1st gen is peak Toyota Tacoma and the regular cab is its purest form. My favorite vehicle I’ve ever owned. This one’s my forever truck.

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  11. Oct 12, 2019 at 8:39 AM
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    Rust, dents, miles, extra metal.
    With that many miles it would be good to check on your suspension parts. A failed lower ball joint can really put a damper on your day.
     
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  12. Oct 12, 2019 at 4:34 PM
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    Love the rig sir! Read through your build, great stuff.

    So starting out and I apologize for being elementary in my knowledge here. If were to start out replacing suspension components, do I start with shocks front and back and a quality set of coils? Bilstien 5100s seem to be the most common on here. Im not going to be getting too crazy just simply because of the 2.7.
     
  13. Oct 12, 2019 at 4:36 PM
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    Yeah the more I drive it understand where you're coming from. What options did you look at when replacing?
     
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    I had 4runner seats before which work very well, but wanted seats that hugged me, so went with LG1 seats
     
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  15. Oct 13, 2019 at 7:53 AM
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    Tyler Lacasse

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    There are some good looking regular cabs in this thread!!

    For practicality, 35s.
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    Just kidding. You cannot go wrong with OME all the way around (including leaf pack) and Wheeler's Superbumps if you wheel your truck. If you are mostly on the street, the Bilstein lift is economical and would be perfect for you.

    Call it after that. If you do find yourself being overly cautious about breaking or bending something like a skidplate once you're on the trail, you should probably upgrade it at that point. But I wouldn't bother with anything like that unless you feel that way.

    Another popular one is the deck plate mod.
     
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  16. Oct 13, 2019 at 8:10 AM
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    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Projector headlights HID 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    Here are photos of both for comparisons.

    You can also look for bucket seats out of a SR5 Tacoma that should fit directly in without dealing with the 4th leg modification of the 4 runner seat. You can find these depending for 200-400
    Or LG1 for 1000
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  17. Oct 13, 2019 at 11:09 AM
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    paetersen

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    what lift did you get with the 880? I'm a little up in the air about 880 or 881.
     
  18. Oct 13, 2019 at 12:42 PM
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    I got a ton of lift with 880’s on my regular cab. I bet 881’s would be too much.
     
  19. Oct 13, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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    NightForce27

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    Should I have any concerns having the 2.7 if I do 2-3" of lift?
     
  20. Oct 14, 2019 at 7:04 AM
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    Not one bit. It is going to be an up size in tires which will kill you. Lift doesn't really have much of an impact. It technically does, but so minimal you wouldn't notice it.
     
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