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08 Taco must have addons

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dave, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:11 AM
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    Dave

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    Well thanks to Toyota I am getting a new 08 4x4 XTra cab.

    Are there any "must have" addons?
     
  2. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM
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    Whats your budget and how do you plan on using the truck?
     
  3. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:19 AM
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  4. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM
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    Unlimited Budget? Shit, wanna adopt Me?

    First I would start with a lift so you have more clearence and can run larger tires. Most people lift only 3" because it looks the best and will not make the truck any more top heavy.


    For $300, you can get a great kit from Toytec. The Toytec 3" Lift with OME Coils and AAL is used by a lot of people. I wouldn't suggest something unless I would put it on my own vehicle, and I would love to have the 3" from toytec. You probably want to get the Diff Drop for your front differential. Talk to Toytec and they will hook you up with what you need.

    If you just want the truck level and the ability to run slightly larger tires while having a better than factory ride, Bilstien 5100 Shocks are what you want. They can give you up to 2.5" of front lift to level your truck out.

    I'd suggest tires but I do not know anything about snow tires. BFG All Terrains are highly recommended, I don't know about their snow performance.

    USA Spec PA-Toy is the best kit out there for using your iPod. It wires in to your factory head unit and allows you to plug your ipod in without changing your head unit. It is easily installed by anybody.

    The TRD CAI is also very nicely reviewd. It'll make the truck sound better and have better acceleration. Some people even report getting better gas mileage by 1-2 mpg. It also works well with the TRD Catback.

    If you want step rails, check out N-Fab. They look good and are priced well.

    Any other questions or mods your considering?
     
  5. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM
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    This is what my truck looks like with some of the below add ons- now I'm broke > I bought the truck on 02/29/08:p
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    TRD cat back
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    TRD cai
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    Lift kit Icon Dynamics coilovers
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    Icon add a leaf and shocks with reservoirs
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    New stereo.

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    Better tires. I love my nittos.
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  6. Apr 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM
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    I got really excited, right up until the second half of that statement. :devil:
     
  7. Apr 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM
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    That truck gets two thumbs way up! I had no idea that you put so much into the suspension. How do you like the Icons??
     
  8. Apr 16, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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    The IPod thing is a must. I was both surpised and disappointemnt that there was no mp3 option or even a IPod hookup available thru Toyota. The Camry I'm using has a mp3 player and it's a great feature.

    I will also scope out all those other options as well. Thanks
     
  9. Apr 16, 2008 at 2:16 PM
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    Thanks Da Hui. So far so good, no vibrations and tracks true.
    Expensive, but worth it.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2008 at 2:30 PM
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    bed mat, exhaust, good tires, bull bar/lights, vent visors........just to name a few.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2008 at 3:57 PM
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    WeatherTec or Cabelas front floor liners, back too since you can afford it. I have had my Taco for 5 months now and it has already caught (2) spill overs of the ice chest I take to work. Water got by the rubber PEP boy's deep ridged rubber mats but the floor liners caught it.

    Tailgate mod "now", use a piece of rubber under the clamp to not scratch the paint and start rust. It'll rust soon enough for ya.

    ScanGauge device. So useful.

    The add on skid plate that is aluminum, well, it's aluminum. Put that $200 towards the off road package and get a steel one with it. Off road package might be very helpful in the snow. You get a locker too with it.

    Tow package. Worth it to just go ahead and have it there if and when you need it. Bigger battery, bigger alternator, receiver hitch, oil and tranny fluid coolers, better shocks, and brake wiring done and it has a socket for the trailer plug.

    Bed mat like others have mentioned, it's almost a necessity. Otherwise everything slides around in the bed.

    Just some tips I have picked up over the last few months. Good luck and you will not regret getting one of these trucks.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2008 at 4:17 PM
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  13. Apr 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM
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    The tailgates are easily removed on these trucks. They get stolen easily.

    Look on the right where the tailgate meets the truck. The metal thing going around it is a hose clamp. This keeps the tailgate from just being lifted off the back of the truck (literally).

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  14. Apr 16, 2008 at 4:44 PM
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    Agree with the bed mat and Scangauge! Bed mat is the best thing you can do to keep things from sliding around the bed (yourself included when it's wet), and the SG will help you get the best MPG. Also good for reading engine codes, monitor RPMS, intake and water temps, extra trip meters, etc.

    As for the lift, you don't need the diff drop kit. General consensus is it's a waste of money and not needed.

    I have the Toytec 3" spacer/AAL lift, but I'm planning on upgrading to OME coils, shocks, and Dakar leafs. Then again I offroad, and the spacer lift is rather harsh over large obstacles (tree stumps, logs, holes, rocks, curbs, etc).

    If you want more ideas, check out the thread in my sig.
     
  15. Apr 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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    People put hose clamps on the passenger side of the tailgate hinge to make it harder to remove (they get stolen a lot apparently). The rubber just keeps the clamp from rubbing the paint off.


    EDIT:

    er, yeah, what Da Hui said. :D
     
  16. Apr 16, 2008 at 6:46 PM
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    Definately bedmat.....Okay - as for the interior; Wet Okole Seat covers (get charcoal and black if you have a grey interior).
     
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