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2012 Molon Labe Build-up

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Molon Labe, Oct 16, 2012.


Do you like what I have done to my truck

Poll closed Nov 15, 2012.
  1. No! I think this is the worst looking truck in the world

    1 vote(s)
  2. It's Ok, but not what I would do

    3 vote(s)
  3. Somewhat, I like some of the options but not all of them

    6 vote(s)
  4. I think it's great and looks great

    11 vote(s)
  5. Dude! that is one fraking Bad Ass Ride!!!!

    10 vote(s)
  1. Oct 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    2012 Molon Labe (come and get them) Build
    Hello and thanks for checking out my build. All this information is also available in the proper forums but compiled here. So I have a 2012 DC TRD Off Road 4x4 Spruce Mica Toyota Tacoma.
    I sold my 2007 Tundra Limited for the Tacoma. I got 20,500 for my Tundra and I paid ~27K for my Tacoma new with the following options included:
    OEM Side Step Tubes
    Leather Heated Seats
    OEM Roof Rack
    OEM Bed Tool Box
    I think the sticker on the Tacoma was 35,500. So I paid way below sticker even with the added options.

    Tacoma the day I got it. I had to bring it back to the dealership a week later to have the options added.

    The first Mod I had done was window tint. I tented the two front side windows tinted at 10% and the rear sides and all the back windows tinted at 5%.

    The next Mod was to add window vent visors.

    The next Mod that I did was debadge/ rebadge. I hate chrome so I painted the badges black.
    Here is a picture of all the mods up to this point

    My next Mod was the roof rack fiasco.

    I have now owned all three versions of the Baja Rack for the Tacoma and I had an issue with one version. I started a thread here to ask for assistance in dealing with the issue; however, Baja Racks being the excellent company that it is, fixed the problem and I promised to do a write up on the racks once I wrapped everything up. So here it is...

    Ok so I got my Tacoma in May 2012 and one of the accessories I added to the purchase was the OEM roof rack. This is the two bars that run along the sides of the roof. I like the design because it stows nicely and is still functional. In any case, I knew I would want a proper roof rack/ roof basket in the future. Up to this point, my experiences with roof rack all needed and existing “luggage” rack with cross bars and then the roof rack would attach to the luggage rack. There several pros and cons for these types of racks. From my perspective you can always remove it when not in use to cut down on wind noise; however, adding lights to this type of rack would mean that the wiring would need to be temporary as well or have a detachable connector somewhere in the line. Another issue is the weight limit. I am sure most of us have seen a Disco with a roof tent, or a spare oversized tire on a rack along with hi-lift mounted on side, etc....

    Anyway, how can you put something like 600 lbs on a roof rack? Well I found out that the answer was to have a bolt on roof rack.

    But I degrees,
    So I had a spanking new Taco and needed a Baja Rack, a member here had one for sale and I jumped on it. Once I got it, i learned that the accessory light bar offered from Baja Racks only fits the bolt on rack version and that the “Pre Runner” (one that attaches to the OEM roof rack) was actually a different width.
    Here are the pics of the Pre Runner rack



    But I decided I wanted the bolt on version so I sold the Pre Runner rack and the OEM roof rack here on TW to another member and I ordered the bolt on version from Baja Racks.

    This rack arrived via UPS freight (tractor trailer) and was packaged very well. It was inside a large thick cardboard box, inside there was foam on all four sides, the rack was wrapped in a plastic bag and bubble wrap around the wind deflector. The mounting hardware was wrapped in foam sleeved and inside another box that was zip tied to the rack.

    Mounting the hardware is straight forward:
    Pull the rubber rain drip rails off the roof.
    Remove the tape seals over the pre drilled mounting holes.
    Insert the included threaded punch pins into the pre drilled holes.
    Place the rubber rain drip rails over the punch pins and hit the drip rails with a mallet to force the pins through. This is done so that you know where to drill the holes in the drip rails.
    Drill the holes in the drip rails.
    Remount the drip rails.
    Place the mounts on the roof and bolt through the drip rails.
    Attach the roof rack.
    This entire process took me about an hour to complete.
    However, I ran in to an issue. I have a 2012 Tacoma with a shark fin XM antenna on the roof. The Baja Rack did not fit because the fin protruded up too high and the rack rest on the antenna with at least 1” of space between mounts and the rack.


    So my dilemma was to either get a different XM antenna (like a 2011 Tacoma XM antenna) or cut the rack. This is when I started a thread to ask for help on how to remove the XM antenna. Well it would require separating the roof liner and a good amount of work. An “old” version of the XM antenna would cost 80.00 new and after spending just under 600.00 for the Baja Rack I was not happy. I called Baja Rack and explained to them the issue. Baja Racks was already working on the 2013 racks with a cut out for the XM antenna because all 2013s will have the shark fin. They shipped me a shark fin version and arranged to pick up the bolt on rack.

    In this picture I placed the shark fin version in front of the bolt on version.

    I also purchased the light bar and here are the pics



    All and all I am extremely pleased with Baja Racks and their customer service. I found the quality of the racks to be first rate. The welds, finish, and design are excellent. The only thing that I think Baja Racks should change is the nuts and bolts used to mount the rack and light bar. They should be black rather than a stainless finish.

    But the problems did not end there.
    As requested, here are few pics of the mounting brackets:



    And this is when we noticed the dents in the roof.

    Also at this time, Sergio (Owner of Baja Racks) got on this forum and stated that Baja Racks would fix the problem.
    I offered my suggestions on the mount rebuild:
    Sergio, I notice the "denting" at all four mounts. It is most pronounced on the front mounts but is present at all the mounts.

    I did tighten the mounts down tight. I do not think loosening them up will fix the issue as they would have to be very loose to not push on the roof. I do not know what Baja Racks is considering to address the issue but I think it would require a redesign of the mounts so that the portion of the mount that interfaces with the drip rail would sit lower. I am guessing that for the weight to be distributed to the roof frame the "legs" of the mounts would have to be at an angle or if they need to remain straight, the top bracket could be extended to meet the rack bolt holes. Either way the bottom of the mounts would need to be smaller or profiled on the inside as they are on the outside.
    Here is what I am talking about.

    I have no doubt that Sergio and Baja Racks will get this issue addressed. Their customer service has been first rate. Sergio, feel free to contact me if you need any additional information.

    Ok, well as hatch017 has already discovered, the dents are still there after the rack is removed.
    Here is a pic of the dent
    Here is a closer picture. As you can see the dent is very pronounced. It looks like there is a slight deformation of the rain drip rail lip as well.
    Here is a pic of the rear.
    Not only is there a dent on the inside of the roof towards the center of the roof but there is also a very pronounced linear crease on the outer section of the roof closer to the door. I have an appointment with Painless Dent Removal for a quote on Saturday. I e-mailed them these pictures and they said it would be at least $300.00 but that they needed to see the damage to provide a proper quote. They also said they are not sure the outer linear creases can be fixed without a traditional paint repair. Once I have a quote I will let you guys know what I come up with. I am asking everyone who has the dents to send me a PM so that we can compare notes.

    Hello everyone, well I had the dents removed by painless dent removal. They are not perfect but I guess it will have to do.

    I am not happy about the dents on a 3 month old truck with only 1500 miles but it is what it is.

    On a good note, Baja Racks has agreed to reimburse me the dent repair cost. I said it in the first post of this thread. Baja Racks is a customer service oriented company and their products are great. Also, the new brackets arrived this past week. So I am in the process of determining all the lighting for the rack and I will do a complete installation write up in the next week or two.

    Ok, well I have now installed the rack with the new mounts. Here is a pic of the mounts

    So what follows is the promised tutorial:

    Keep in mind that Baja Racks offers three different racks for the Tacoma. The Pre-Runner rack bolts to the OEM roof rack. The other two racks are direct applications (bolts directly to the roof) every 2nd generation Tacoma has pre drilled and threaded holes under the rain drip rails (two rubber strips) on the roof. The rubber strips are snap in place strips that are partially held in place by small plastic replaceable clips. According to Toyota these clips are not reusable. The strips are also partially held in place by the rear window rubber seal and double sided tape.

    Before you begin the installation you will need several things ( I have added some links to similar products). You can view the Baja Racks installation instructions here
    Silicone sealant
    2 part epoxy
    Toyota part number 75561-02020 (You will need 4 of these)
    Scotch indoor/ outdoor mounting double sided tape

    You will need the following tools:
    Rubber Mallet
    Cordless Drill
    5/16” drill bit
    Ratchet and extensions (3”, 6”)
    Sockets and wrenches (12mm & 1/2”)
    #2 flat head screwdriver (Wrap blade with electrical tape to prevent marring)
    Pocket knife
    Black Sharpie (or contrasting color to you truck)

    Step 1 mounting the mounts
    Open all packages from Baja Racks and inspect all hardware.
    With the flat head screwdriver pry up the front of one of the rain drip rails. Once started gently pull the drip rail past the first mounting holes. If you have never mounted anything to the roof before, the pre drilled holes will have a thin film covering the holes. Remove the film with a knife. In this picture you can see the unpainted rectangle around the pre drilled holes, this is where the thin film was prior to removal.

    Once you have removed the film, use the sharpie to mark where the white plastic clip is located. In the picture above you can see one of the plastic clips. Next, remove the plastic clip with the flat head screwdriver. [So, here is where I divert from Toyota about these clips. Toyota says they are a onetime use item. The instruction sheet to replace them says to use a heat light? to mount them. I have no idea what a heat lamp is in auto motive terms. On the underside of the clips is a square of a white substance that feels like dried glue. I tried to see if there was a film of tape over the glue but all attempts to remove a film with a razor blade failed. I then tried a heat gun and that ended up melting the clip. So I came up with the epoxy mounting and if you are careful, reusing the clips is not an issue. Also keep in mind that the roof rack will be holding the drip rails on so the clips are not that important.] Mix up a small amount of the 2 part epoxy and mount the replacement clip.

    Ok so inside the supplied hardware, there should be two threaded rods with pointed tips, these are about 1 1/2” long. You can see them in this picture on the left side under the mount.
    Thread these into the two mounting holes with your fingers and the points facing up till there is about 1/2” protruding from the roof. Press the drip rail back into place and use the mallet to hit the drip rail to start the two pointed rods into the drip rail. (The purpose of this is to mark the drip rail where you will drill out so that the mounting bolts can pass through them.) After a few hard hits, lift up the drip rail using care to not damage the plastic clip. (It is not necessary to fully engage the plastic clips when putting the drip rail back on. You only need to engage them during the final application of the drip rail (when everything is mounted.)) If you can see where the two rods have perforated the underside of the drip rail them you can remove the rods, you are now ready to drill. If you cannot see the perforations then unscrew the rods until another 1/4” protrudes the roof and repeat the mallet hitting process.

    Once you have to marks that you can use to determine where to drill on the underside of the rubber drip rails, hold the section of the drip rail in the air with one hand and drill the marked areas with the 5/6” drill bit. This should go without saying but.... Be careful to not damage your roof with the drill. Ok, so you have the holes drilled, clean them up with the knife so that the bolts will pass through them unimpeded.

    Press the drip rail back in place. Locate the correct mount for the location you are working with (all four of the mounts are marked with a sticker stating where they go.).
    Also locate two of the 10mm bolts and two washers. Place the washers on the bolts and apply the silicone sealant on the threads of the bolt. Thread the two bolts through the mount, drip rail and into the mounting holes. Tighten the bolts with the ratchet till they are fully tightened. Do not over tighten; the mount should compress the rubber drip rail a bit. This is a picture of one fully tightened.

    Once you have the mount completely on and the drip rail back in place with the white clip engaged, repeat this step for all four mounts. The only difference is the two rear mounts. When you have finished drilling on the rear locations, you will need to use the Scotch indoor/ outdoor mounting double sided tape. Using the scissors cut a piece to fit like in this picture.

    Keep in mind that you will want to clean the area on the roof and on the underside of the drip rail where the tape will mount. Once the mount is bolted down, lift up the drip rail and remove the top film of the tape. Starting at the mount and working your way to the rear window, press the drip rail back in place. Lastly tuck the drip rail inside the rubber rear window seal.

    Step 2 mounting the rack
    This is best accomplished with two people.
    Lift the rack and place it on the mounts. Using the remaining hardware bolt the rack to the mounts. I found it best to hand tighten all the bolts then use the ratchet on each bolt. Crossing to the opposite corner with each bolt till the rack is fully tightened down.
    That should be it for mounting the rack.




    Things of Note:
    If you plan on mounting lights, think out the method you will use to route cables and switches. You can pull the rack off the mounts to attach the lights later; however it is less work to mount the lights first. I have done this and will be running all the wiring in the next few weeks.

    Consider getting the roof 3M clear film coated prior to mounting the rack. This will protect your roof from scratches that can be caused from bungee strap hooks. I did not do this but I considered it.

    If you have read my first posting in this thread, you know that I have owned all three of the racks that Baja Racks makes for the Tacoma. With mounting and removing the mounting hardware three times now, I managed to strip out two of the roof mounting holes. This is not the end of the world..., on one of the holes i was able to re-tap it and it works fine. The other hole was too far gone. The bolt would thread into it but would not tighten down. I went to the local Ace hardware and got a nut and large flat washer for the 10mm bolt. I simply pulled back the headliner under the bolt in question and mounted the washer and nut on the bottom of the bolt and tightened it down. This is not a big issue to do.

    I will do a write-up on how I did my lighting in the future and I will link it in this thread.

    Thanks for the interest.

    The next Mod was the sliders
    I ordered these sliders from Famous Fabrication. These guys were great, the price was great, the quality is awesome, and the shipping is cheap and fast. I picked them up from Fastnel on the 6th (My birthday :), cleaned, primed, sanded, and coated them 6-7. Installed them this afternoon. Very happy with the price, availability, communication, quality, look, and the exact fit!!!!





    Ok, well after I posted some pics on the Baja Rack thread that I wrote, I received a PM requesting a write up on my Satoshi Grill. My grill is not that different form the many other ones that have already been written up so I will attempt to address some of the issues I ran into and hopefully keep this short.


    So I cheated a bit in my build. I purchased an additional 2012 grill from a member here. Both the one I purchased and the one that came on my truck were chrome. I absolutely hate chrome, and I knew that I would want to color match my grill to my spruce mica Tacoma.


    Additionally, this write up comes at an opportune time because I have noticed an error with my grill today. One of the biggest challenges with the 2012 grill is that the head lights protrude inside the grill opening. this prevents us from making the grill very deep like on the previous years. Further, the sides of the grill opening must be at an angle rather than straight towards the radiator.



    I finished my grill Friday. Today was the first day that I took a hard look at it and noticed that there is a gap on the drivers side between the hood and the grill. There is a gap on the other side as well but the gap on the drivers side is about twice as big.



    So I thought that the headlight was pushing on the grill side. I sanded some of the side of the grill away to fix the issue but the gap is still there?





    So I think tomorrow I will put the chrome grill back on and see if the gap was there all along and I am only noticing it now. It looks like the Satoshi grill is fitting properly and I notice that the headlight on the drivers side has a larger gap as well so perhaps there is an issue with something else and not the grill. I will post whatever I find.

    As for the lights and light bar, I used Hella 500s and I have not wired them yet. For the bar I used 2” x 2” angle steel from Home Depot.



    Also I had to relocate the horns so I made a bracket from 1” steel again from Home Depot.


    Ok, for the painting information. I wanted the chrome grill surround to be color matched to my truck and I did not trust a body shop to do it correctly. I took the grill to my local Toyota dealership and ask the body shop there to do it but they told me that they would not paint it because they could not guarantee that the paint would not peel from the chrome. So I went to the dealership that I purchased my truck from and they said they could do it. The painter came out and spoke with me and told me that he could add something to the paint to make it more flexible so that it would not chip and it would not peel from the chrome. It took a week for them to get it back to me and they only charged me 65.00 for the job. Well worth it in my opinion. I painted the inside walls myself with Toyota color match Dupi color from advanced auto parts and put on at least 6 layers of clear coat.

    The mesh I used was steel wire mesh from metal mart. It came in a 4’ x 9’ sheet and cost about 19.00. The guy there told me that this mesh is mostly used as a vent in older homes above the door header from one room to the next. I painted the mesh with KG Metal Coatings 2400 series flat black. This is a military spec gun coating that is Teflon moly based and must be baked on. Once cured it makes a molecular bond with the metal and will prevent the steel mesh from rusting and is very durable. I gun smith a bit so I had everything to do this already.

    Well I think that is about it. I will post once I figure out what is going on with the gap issue. Feel free to ask further questions and I hope this helps those who are considering this mod. Thanks for the interest.


    The next Mod was to wire up the lighting
    2012 Tacoma Aux Lighting Write-up
    Hello everyone, after my write-up on the Baja Roof Rack I was asked how I did my lighting by several members, so here it is.
    Ok, I am not an electrician nor am I an auto mechanic, so please excuse the lack of some of the technical terms.
    I should also not that this would not have been possible without the direction and assistance of my close friend and fellow Soldier DAC.

    So I have a 2012 DC Taco and I have a Baja Rack (BR-TYTCM-SFA-1-0) that bolts directly to the roof via pre-drilled holes (all tacos have them) and allows for the shark fin XM antenna. I also have the Baja Rack light bar accessory.
    Included in this write-up is the behind the grill lighting, bed lighting, and tool box lighting I did as well.

    The breakdown:

    Behind the grill:
    2ea Hella 500 55w fog lights

    On the roof rack:
    Front 4ea Hella 500 55w fog lights
    Sides 1ea (on each side) 5LED 15w spot lights
    Rear 2ea 5LED 15w spot lights
    NOTE: I purchased the LEDs for the roof rack from e-bay here is the link

    In the bed:
    2ea Optronics 12LED fog lights on the outside of the tool box to light the bed
    2ea Optronics 12LED fog lights on the inside of the tool box to light inside of the tool box
    NOTE: I got the optronics 12 LED lights from Northern tool here is the link
    So with all this lighting I wanted a somewhat OEM look to the switches and their locations inside the cab. I chose to use switches from OTRATTW here is the link
    The switches I used are the V1D1JCNB SPST
    Additionally, I wanted a clean install as well as a safe install. So with that in mind I decided to add a fuse block, main fuse, almost all lighting on relays and I used 16 gauge wire.
    I used this fuse block
    I used 12v 20/30amp relays
    I used this kit for the 4 gauge wires and 150 amp main fuse
    I used these terminals

    I also used the Baja Rack accessory wiring harness.

    It should go without saying that there is a ton of other things I used such as connectors, electrical tape, shrink tubing; as well as a ton of tools, dremel, cordless drill, wire crimpers, etc...

    So before I started I needed to develop a plan for the layout. My friend DAC created a wiring diagram Here it is

    Ok well I cheated a bit and installed all the lights before I placed the roof rack on the taco.

    So with the lights installed I turned the rack up side down and used the first half of the Baja Rack wiring harness to connect the 4 Hella 500s. I then wired the 2 side LEDs and ran the wires inside the conduit of the Baja Rack harness.

    I mounted the side LEDs at an angle on the front Air dam and the rear LEDs at the Baja Rack rear mounts. However, due to the included LED mounts being too short and would have forced the rear LEDs to be angled down and the fact that I wanted them to sit lower, I fabricated my own mounts and drilled an additional hole in the rear rack mount.

    Once the harness was secured with zip ties I then had to cut out pass through squares in the bottom air dam of the roof rack. I used some rubber door edge to finish the edges of the cutouts so that the wires do not get cut.

    Next, I decided to use one of the Baja Rack mounting bolts as a common ground. It should be noted that the Baja Rack wiring harness brings all 4 Hella 500s to two red wires rather than one. I assume this is done due to the amps the lights require. The harness is not designed for specific lights and some lights may be HIDs or high amp lights. So if you look at the wiring diagram we maintained this layout and brought both red wires for the Hella 500s to one 20/30 amp relay.

    So the total wires that were grounded was 4 wires (2 from the Hellas, 1 from the side LEDs, and 1 from the rear LEDs).

    I then had to decide how to get the red wires off the roof and to the engine compartment. The Baja Rack wiring harness is designed to run down the rear window and under the cabe but I did not like the look of the harness hanging down in the back so I decided to go through the cab. I considered three options:
    Drill hole under the water drip rail (rubber strips on roof) and run down the inside of the A pillar.
    Drill hole in rear roof mounted brake light and run wires under the head liner and down the C pillar and along the drivers side under the door seals.
    Drill hole through the shark fin XM antenna and run wires under the head liner along the drivers side then down the A pillar under the plastic molding and into the dash.

    I decided on the XM antenna method for several reasons. The holes were already there and the additional hole would be covered by the rubber antenna seal. Additionally, my free subscription to XM has expired and I will not be buying a subscription so the antenna otherwise would not be used (however, this method would not affect the operation of the antenna). Lastly, the antenna is close to the rack than the break light.


    So I removed the head liner then removed the antenna. I drilled a hole in the front of the fin and inserted a rubber grommet. I then cut out the hole in the rubber antenna seal. The metal antenna insert already had a hole so there was no need to drill it out.

    I punched through the rubber boot near the parking break to get the wires into the engine compartment.

    Next, I needed to build wire harnesses for the switches. I needed 4 wire harnesses and each harness would have 4 wires. You can see the wire diagram for details.

    Next, I ran the wires to the switch locations and into the engine compartment through the same rubber boot. I used a dremel to cut out the switch holes on the center console and I had to modify the switch holes in the dash to fit the switches.

    Next, I fabracated a mount for the fuse block and relays.

    Once the fuse block was mounted and all the wiring run, I had to cut off the OEM battery terminals and wire up the new ones. Then I finished out the wiring to all the relays and switches.

    Next, I needed to tap a fuse for the LED back light in the switches. I tapped the gauge fuse under the dash. This fuse is a 7.5 amp fuse and I used a 5 amp fuse for the switches.

    With everything wired and hooked up and after several lighting tests throughout the process, I was done with the rack and grill, so I moved on to the tool box.

    I located the LEDs on the outside and inside of the tool box but I wanted to have the ability to pull the tool box out of the bed if needed so I used a connector and wired the common ground to the drivers side frame and I tapped the hot wire to the drivers side rear light for the power. I wired a switch inside the tool box.

    Here are the pictures of everything completed.

    Well I hope this was helpful to some of you. Please let me know what you think or if you have questions.

    The next Mod will be the rear bumper and I have pre-ordered an ARB bumper for the front.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
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  2. Oct 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    bjhn83 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    First Name:
    Columbia, MO
    05 SR5 DCSB Grandpa Shell
    3" Toytec lift, 285/75/16 BFG AT KO's on Pro Comp 7089's, Yellow fog lights, Satoshi
    Wow great build write up, very descriptive. I like your light setup and switch locations, something new :D. Excited to see where this goes!
  3. Oct 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    bjhn83, thanks for the comments.
  4. Oct 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    NC15TRD Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    First Name:
    16 Sierra SLT All Terrain
    Readylift, Truxedo, Husky Liners, Carven
    Excellent write ups, awesome truck (digging the color!), love the switches!
  5. Oct 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    NC10TRDSPORT, thanks for the comments
  6. Oct 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    tacos 4ever

    tacos 4ever Member

    Oct 21, 2012
    First Name:
    07 Access Cab 4.0 V6 Debadged
    LED's all the way around, Flat black aluminum grill, Bushwhacker pocket style flare's, Leer tonneau cover w/lock synced to door locks, Carr aluminum side steps Audio: Pioneer AVIC 920bt head unit w/backup camera and sirius sat. radio, JL Audio speakers all around pushed by JL 1200w 4 channel amp, two 10" Boss Audio phantom series subs in custom box pushed by a Boss 4000w mono amp wired in at 1.4 ohms (thing hits like the f#*king hulk himself!!)
    Wow. Beautiful work man! I generally spend a fair amount of time making sure things are done right and clean, its great to see someone else put that kind of excellence into their build! A+
  7. Oct 26, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    gusher SUPERCHARGED!!!

    Mar 5, 2008
    First Name:
    Hudson NH
    08 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 long bed, TRD Sport
    '08 Indigo Double Cab TRD Sport 4x4 Long Bed, Grillcraft grill, Pioneer AVH-P3200BT head unit, XM receiver, Boyo backup camera, Custom devil horns Toyota logo, Black headlight mod, Fog lights on anytime mod, Maglight mount, Weathertech floor liners, Debadged, Trex color-matched eyelids, Access tonneau cover, Toyota bed divider, Sno-way 7'4" snow plow, Auxiliary backup lights, Rear spring TSB, Removed front mud flaps, 2.5" Hell Bent Steel front lift, 285/70-17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, Satin black MB TKO wheels, Black Go Rhino Dominator II nerf steps, custom HomeLink install, CompuStar remote starter, Redline Tuning QuickLift Elite hood struts, Toyota bed mat, Custom short Taco antenna, TRD cold air intake, TRD exhaust, TRD supercharger
    ^^^ I agree -- very nicely detailed, documented, and done. I need some aux lights!
  8. Oct 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Onetime27 Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2012
    First Name:
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    ‘20 OR DC
    275/70/16 AT3Ws
    Looks awesome! I was just thinking today that maybe I should have got this color.. I absolutely love it
  9. Oct 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    tacos 4ever, gusher, and onetime27, thank you for the comments and kind words.
  10. Nov 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    BrentPaucke Love Your Leisure

    Sep 28, 2010
    First Name:
    Central Pennsylvania
    2007 sr5
    arb bumper blacked out tail lights camper shell hella 500 grill lights cb radio custom black dee zee tool book bhlm pioneer deck OME 3 inch dakar leafs URD stage 4 clutch aluminum fly wheel
    pretty much a wiring god
  11. Nov 1, 2012 at 7:47 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    Hardly, but thanks for the comment. In all honesty I leaned heavily on my friend DAC's expertise. This would have been on big fire in the cab if I had attempted this by my self. The little knowledge I have about electrical, I learned myself by building this fraking model that is now over two years in the making.
  12. Nov 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Cmurder 2011 TX TRD Offroad

    Dec 30, 2011
    First Name:
    Kansas City
    2011 TX TRD Offroad
    nothing cool
    Uhhhh... Awesome.
  13. Nov 2, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    DSYLEXC Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2012
    SoCal, USA
    Yea...wow sub'd for future pondering. Lots of good ideas here. Truck looks awesome.
  14. Nov 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    Cmurder and DSYLEXC, thanks for the comments.

    Everyone, a few update to come soon.
    A member has asked for some steps to remove headliner so I will do a quick write-up.
    Also I bed lined my rear bumper so info on that coming up.
    Hope to have the stuff posted this weekend.
  15. Nov 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    2012 DC Interior head liner removal write up

    Well, I have been asked how to remove the head liner after doing the roof rack wireing write up. So here is the how to write up.

    You will need the following tools:
    1- #1 (small blade) flat tip screw driver
    1- #1 (small) phillips head screw driver
    1- #2 (medium) phillips head screw driver
    1- pair of needle nose pliers
    1- 10mm socket
    1- ratchet
    1- 3” or 6” socket extension
    1- large (18mm) open ended wrench

    This entire process took me about 1.5 hours to remove the head liner and about 45 minutes to re-install it. I took my time to not damage anything.

    Things to consider:
    My Tacoma has side impact airbags
    My Tacoma has lighted mirrors in the sun visors
    My Tacoma has a roof console with map lights
    Driver side and passenger side are symmetrical (no difference in terms of removal)

    In this write up I refer to the following frame members:
    A-pillars (these are the pillars on each side of the windshield)
    B-pillars (these are the pillars on each side mid cab between the front and rear doors)
    C-pillars (these are the pillars on each side of the rear window)

    I will break down these steps into 3 sections starting from the front to the rear.

    Section 1 front
    Step 1 Removal of the A-pillar covers and hand holds


    With the small flat tip, remove the two covers on the hand hold. Use the 10mm socket and ratchet to remove the 2 bolts, pull the hand hold out of the pillar cover.


    Wedge fingers between top of pillar cover and head liner and pull the top of the piller cover away from the head liner. rock the pillar cover (front to back) and pull away from where it meets the dash. It should come out and completely detach.


    In this picture you can see what the A-pillar looks like exposed.


    Step 2 Removal of side impact air bag sensor
    I have no idea how these things work but I have removed them several times and never tipped the air bags so I guess they are safe to remove. (use your own judgment)


    With the small flat tip, pop the cover open from the top. Use the 10mm socket and ratchet to remove the bolt. Hold head liner in place and pull sensor away from roof. If you remove the bots from the sensor, the sensor will come apart. This is not a big deal, just make sure you recover all the parts. There is a washer on the back side of the sensor that mall fall free. Do not loos this piece, it is not metal.


    This is a picture of all the parts of the sensor in order from the bolt to the washer. If your sensor came apart, just re-assemble in this order and you should be fine.


    Here is an assembled sensor


    Step 3 Sun visor removal

    With the sun visor in the stowed position, use the medium phillips tip and remove the exposed screw.


    Flip the sun visor down and hold it in place, use the medium phillips tip and remove the second screw.


    Un hook the sun visor from the other attachment point and pull the sin visor away from the roof.


    The sun visor attachment points that are to the inside of the vehicle are simple turn and pull removal


    Simply turn the attachment point towards outside of vehicle.


    Pull away from roof. The plastic clip has two small tabs that may make it difficult to remove just use the small flat tip if needed. I end up breaking one of the tabs off, no big deal, it still licks in place and does not hinder function.


    Follow steps 1-3 for both driver and passenger side.

    Step 4 Dome light removal

    Use small flat tip to pop lens cover open.

    Wedge fingers between the dome light and the head liner and pull down gently.


    There are two small metal clips that hold the dome light in place. Both of these clips will disengage but you may want to help them to pop with the small flat tip. In this picture you can see the two metal clips. These clips snap in to the light but may have one end that pops out when you remove the light. The two yellow arrows show the ends that may pop out. just make sure they are on top of the plastic where the arrows are when you remount.


    Once the two metal clips are free, there is a plastic tab on the drivers side, shift the light towards the passenger side to free the tab. the light will now hang free.


    Rotate the light and unsnap the wire connector.


    here is what you should now see


    Step 5 Roof Console removal

    Flip down the rear sunglasses tray. The yellow arrow shows the phillips head screw. Use the small phillips tip to remove the screw.

    NOTE: This screw will most likely fall once it is free, if you have disassembled the center console between the seats and the screw fall inside this area, it is damn hard to find, you will need a long magnet and a flash light to recover it. So try to not drop the screw.


    Wedge fingers between the front of roof console and head liner and pull down. Metal clips hod the console in place and should pop free. 
The rear of the console has tabs that secure it in the head liner so when pulling down, do so in a swinging motion like the rear of the console is hinged.

    Once the front is free, shift the console to the front and the rear tabs will drop free from the head liner. Continue to support the console and unsnap the two wire connectors, these are different so that there no confusion when you reinstall.



    This completes section 1

    Section 2 middle
    Step 1 removal of B-pillar covers
    The B-pillar covers and the C-pillar covers are very similar. They have a top section and a bottom section. They also have seat belts inside them. Take care when you reinstall them to make sure the seat belts are not hung up on anything inside the covers.

    Wedge fingers between the top of the B-pillar cover and the head liner and pull out. The cover will not come out very far, there are plastic tabs that hook on metal mounts just above the top of the cover. just pop out about 1”.


    Pop out the front and read door seals, just wedge you fingers under them and pull up.


    Wedge fingers between the side of the bottom section of the B-pillar and the rubber weather seal on both sides and pull towards inside of cab. The bottom section should pop free.


    You do not have to remove the cover completely, only enough so that you can access the two 10mm screws that are marked here with the yellow arrows.


    Use the 10mm socket and ratchet to remove the two screws. The top half of the B-pillar cover should now be free to fall.

    Note the plastic tabs on top and where they hook inside the head liner. Also note that what holds this top half o f the cover in place are the side plastic clips. These clips wrap around the pillar and the rubber weather srtiping is what holds them in place. When re installing make sure the top red plastic clip is lined up with the hole. It will be easier to pull the rubber weather seal off its track and push the top cover in place, while holding the top cover in place screw the two 10mm screws in place then reapply the rubber weather stripping. Make sure the stripping holds the side plastic clips next to the pillar and that the clips are not outside the stripping.

    On the bottom section notice the two white plastic clips marked here with yellow arrows. These will need to be pulled out of the pillar and attached to the pillar cover where the red arrows are.


    Use the needle nose pliers to grad the plastic clips and leverage against the pillar to remove.


    Snap the clips in place on the pillar cover


    Complete Step 1 for both sides of vehicle
    This completes Section 2

    Section 3 Rear
    Step 1 remove rear storage section.
    Ok, so if you have done all of sections 1 and 2, you will only need to remove one of the C-pillar covers to be able to remove the head liner. I find it easer to remove the drivers side.

    Fold flat the drivers side rear seat (remove head rest), you should now see the rear storage section. There are three 10mm bolts to remove with the 10mm socket and ratchet.


    Pop the top of the storage section away from rear wall with your left hand.


    With your right hand, reach under the storage section from the side. lift up and tilt top away from rear wall. This is a bit tricky but just keep working on it and it will eventually pull away free.


    Once the storage section is out, there are three white plastic clips that will need to be removed from the rear wall or may have fallen off the storage compartment. The three yellow arrows show where they need to be snapped back on the storage compartment.


    This is you exposed rear wall


    Step 2 removal of the driver side C-pillar cover
    Wedge hand between the rubber weather seal and bottom half of the pillar cover, pull away from pillar to expose the two 10mm screws shown here with the two yellow arrows. Use 10mm socket and ratchet to remove screws.


    Use small flat tip to pop open cover on top section of pillar cover. Inside there is another 10mm bolt. Use 10mm socket and ratchet to remove 10mm bolt, the small round cover may fall free. The top pillar cover cam now be pulled away from pillar.


    similar to the bottom B-pillars, you will need to make sure that the four white plastic clips are installed on the top half of the C-pillar cover. Shown here with the yellow arrows.


    Note, the bottom half of the C-pillar cover has different clips from everything else. These clips are two part clips. There is a black part that needs to be attached to the pillar cover and a white part that will be on the pillar. These are tricky when reinstalling. I found it easer to remove the rubber weather seal from its track in the bottom corner near the pillar to allow me to line up the back plastic part with the white part. This will be a trial and error process for you. But its not impossible. I installed the rear most black plastic clip on the pillar cover but the one closest to the corner of the door I had to partially insert into the white plastic part and hold in place while positioning the pillar cover then connecting the black part to the cover. I know this woulds confusing buy I have no idea how else to explain how to do this.

    Step 3 removal of coat hanger clips
    There are two of these above the rear window. They come out by turn and pull like the inner mounting points for the sun visors. Turn them towards the outside of the vehicle and pull away from roof.


    Step 4 removal of rear hand holds
    There are two of these above each rear door.
    Use the small flat tip to open the covers on each end. Inside there are two 10mm bolts. Remove bolts with 10mm socket and ratchet. pull hand hold away from roof.


    Section 3 now complete and head liner should now fall free. There may some parts that are still held in place by the rubber weather seal, just pop head liner out of seal.


    To reinstall the head liner, just go in reverse order. I recommend that you hold the liner in place when reinstalling with the two rear coat hanger hooks and the two inner sun visor attachment points.

    One other tip, when you are ready to overlap the head liner with the rubber weather seal, use the large open end wrench to assist you with this.


    Well, I hope this helps some of you and thanks for looking at the write up.
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  16. Nov 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    Ok so I have tossed around the idea of getting a plate rear bumper. I figure it would cost about 600-800. I already have the ARB on pre-order and I will be putting a wench in it so that is a huge hunk of cash already. I decided that I will most likely never need the plate rear bumper and was only considering it to get rid of my chrome rear bumper. So I ran across this thread.

    So, I followed the thread on the bumper removal. I sanded my bumper with 80grit and primed it. I then used the same spray-on bed liner that I used on the sliders.

    Here is how it came out.



    I recently did a write up on removing the head liners and took that opportunity to take a pic of the underside of the roof rack mounting rackets. In this picture you can see the two bolts coming through the roof via the OEM pre-drilled roof rack mounting points. Notice that one has a washer and nut. This is how I fixed the stripped out pre-drilled points. Most likely these stripped points will hold better than the points that were not stripped.
  17. Nov 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    Deleted the pics of the vest, too many questions about it.
  18. Nov 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    TSSTaco Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    First Name:
    OKC, OK
    '13 DC 4x4 TSS Tacoma
    Sick looking vest man. Is this your only work so far?
  19. Nov 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM
    Molon Labe

    Molon Labe [OP] Never LBS

    May 27, 2012
    Metro Atlanta Area
    2012 Spruce Mica DC 4x4 Auto V6
    see my build
    Nope, but it was a culmination of everything I knew at the time. I really dont make much gear anymore since the wars are slowing down. I have outfitted several ODA members and but several prototypes but my dreams of getting into the tac gear market died two years ago. If you really want to see some innovative kit, you should check out lightfighter.net the RYO (roll your own) thread is the cats pajamas.

    Anyway, this place is about trucks and thats what the rest of my posts will be about. Thanks for the indulgence.
  20. Nov 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    brian Another Traitor

    Apr 15, 2009
    Elizabeth City, NC
    2017 F-250 Powerstroke
    I'm sorry, I've never seen your name but when I first saw this thread title I thought it said "Moron Lube-up" It made me lol a bit.

    Nice lookin rig! Good to see a 2k12 with a modded grill too!

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