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BassAckwards' 2TR-FE PreRunner

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by BassAckwards, May 19, 2017.

  1. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    Toyota Tacoma 2009 PreRunner Base Model
    - Access cab
    - Timberland mica (6T8)
    - 5 speed manual (R155)
    - 2.7L :turtleride:


    Current pictures

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    Picture of when I first got it/earliest unmodified pic I could find
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    Current mods

    Performance:
    - TRD brake pads & stock rotors: 3-11-18
    - Extended 3" blue SS braided brake lines: 3-11-18
    - LCEngineering equal length header: 2-2-19
    - Replacement R155 trans w/ 77k miles: 5-17-19
    - Metal coolant bypass pipe: 8-17-19
    - 5.29 Nitro gears: 11-2-19
    - Detroit TrueTrac LSD: 11-2-19
    - LCE lightweight 19lb steel flywheel 12-15-19
    - SPEC ST703H-2 stage 2+ clutch 12-15-19
    - AEM 50-1000 340LPH fuel pump 12-30-19
    - K&N PF-2300 fuel filter 12-30-19
    - Mildly ported throttle body: 12-30-19
    - URD Supercharger: 1-1-20

    - MAPECU3 & AFR calibrator module: 1-1-20
    - URD Type F jumper harness: 1-1-20
    - Stock fuel injectors & 61lb 5th injector boost referenced: 1-1-20
    - URD power pipe & o2 simulator: 4-28-20
    - AEM 30-4110 AFR gauge: 5-10-20
    - AEM 30-4406 Boost gauge 5-10-20
    - Hurst/Core short throw shifter: 6-1-20
    - Replacement 2005 2TR-FE w/ 110k miles: 10-25-20 @272,115 miles
    - 2.5" 304 stainless catback w/ Borla ProXS 400490, 400496, & 40364 mufflers: 11-19-20
    - 0-5v wire from AFR gauge to MAPECU3 for logging: 11-22-20
    - Hewitt-Tech SAI Bypass: 12-8-20
    - Snow Performance stage 3 water/methanol injection: 12-13-20

    - Vibrant 2690 billet aluminum vacuum manifold: 12-25-20
    - Stage 2 URD S/C pulley & idler: 1-9-21
    - 180* OEM Thermostat: 1-12-21
    - 2.5" Flex and V-bands added to LCE header & URD midpipe: 2-7-21
    - ARP head studs: 3-7-21
    - Mahle .030" MLS head gasket coated w/ Permatex copper spray: 3-20-21 & 278,450 miles
    - LCE billet aluminum oil cap: 3-27-21
    - TRD catback exhaust tip: 3-27-21
    - R156F swap 33030-35A90: awaiting install

    - Stock shifter 33530-35670
    - FJ Cruiser VF2A Transfer Case: awaiting install
    - Billet Fuel Rail for 2TR-FE: awaiting install


    Interior/Cab:
    - Ultragauge: 6-23-16
    - Wet okoles all black w/ Tacoma imprint: 12-25-16
    - Color matched dash bezel: 8-5-16
    - Center console organizer: 2-3-17
    - Redline Goods shift boot: 3-14-17
    - Custom fridge platform: 4-13-17
    - 50Qt ARB Fridge/Freezer w/ insulated cover: 4-14-17
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    OEM All weather vinyl flooring: 10-17-17
    - ARB CKMTA12 Twin Air Compressor: 4-27-18
    - OEM overhead compass/thermometer: 11-15-19
    - Lotek a-pillar for 52mm gauges: 5-10-20
    - 80Mil Kilmat sound deadener (roof & rear wall) (floor & doors): 11-13-20
    - Pioneer AVH-221EX w/ PAC RP4.2-TY11 harness & parking brake bypass: 11-24-20

    - Glove box organizer: 12-15-20
    - USB/Aux plug: 12-21-20
    - OEM Intermittent wipers: 12-30-20
    - OEM Cruise control: 1-7-21
    - OEM 2006 Tacoma leather steering wheel: 1-7-21

    - 03-09 4Runner airbag: 1-7-21
    - 04-09 Prius clock spring/spiral cable (84306-0E010): 1-7-21
    - OEM Bluetooth radio controls (
    84250-04010-B0): 1-8-21
    Exterior:
    - Color matched rear bumper: 11-20-16
    - OEM bed mat: 1-10-17
    - Pop-n-lock tailgate handle: 1-24-17
    - Pinstripe removal: 2-25-17
    - Total Chaos Channel Stiffeners: 3-31-17
    - Smittybilt D-ring receiver: 5-9-17
    - Masterlock hitch pin: 5-9-17
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    One Piece Splash Guards: 10-29-17
    - ARB snatch strap: 12-14-17
    - Rear diff breather relocated to driver bedside cubby: 1-14-18
    - Cab mount chop w/ BAMF fill plates: 2-24-18
    - FJ40 rear mud flaps: 10-26-19
    - Thule 58" cross bars: 11-8-19
    - Black Softopper: 11-15-19
    - Universal 48" wind fairing: 1-26-20
    - 12-15 TRD Sport mirrors 4-12-20
    - FJC 8 hole wheels painted metallic silver 5-10-20
    - X-Runner style fiberglass tailgate spoiler: 5-10-20
    - 102" stainless CB antenna mounted on Caliraised Passenger side mount: 6-1-20
    - UWS toolbox TBC-42-W-BLK: 6-12-20
    - AVS in-channel window deflectors 7-26-20
    - AVS flush mount hood deflector: 8-13-20
    - OEM thin lip satoshi grille w/o mesh: 12-12-20

    Armor:
    - 4x Innovations weld-on DOM sliders w/ kickout: 2-24-18
    - Pelfreybilt aluminum IFS skid: 5-1-20
    - Pelfreybilt aluminum mid/transmission skid: 5-10-20
    - Pelfreybilt aluminum t-case skid: 5-10-20
    - Custom adapter to fit IFS & Trans skid on PreRunner: 5-10-20
    - DTF Type B bumper: 10-16-20

    Wheels/Tires:
    - FJ Cruiser 8 hole wheels; 17x7.5 w/ 4.85" backspacing & +15mm offset: 7-12-17
    - Cooper Discover S/T Maxx 295/70/17: 3-9-18 @ 230,275 miles
    - Full size spare Cooper Discover S/T Maxx 295/70/17
    - N-Fab spare tire carrier: 10-18-20

    Lighting/Electrical:
    - V3 Triton amber DRLs: 4-15-16
    - Oznium rocker switches: 6-10-16
    - Curt 4flat T-Connector trailer harness: 1-24-17
    - 100w Renogy monocrystalline solar panel: 5-25-17
    - Blue Solar 75/15 MPPT charge controller: 5-25-17
    - 1000w Pure sine inverter: 5-25-17
    - 2.7-30V Digital voltmeter: 6-2-17
    - Paranoid Fabrications Aux Fuse Panel: 11-19-17
    - 6 Circuit Blue Sea Aux Fuse Block: 11-19-17
    - Baja designs squadron sport driving/combo amber LED lights: 4-12-19
    - Hypertech speedo calibrator 12-15-19
    - Midland MXT275 radio: 12-29-18
    - inverter, charge controller & ARB compressor moved into cab: 10-19-19
    - solar panel mounted on Thule roof racks: 11-9-19
    - TYC base model incandescent tail lights 4-13-20
    - TYC TRD Sport 05-11 headlights: 8-5-20
    - PIAA 510 SMR driving lights: 8-11-20
    - Uniden CB radio: 11-22-20
    - SDHQ billet battery terminals: 3-27-21
    - Coupe adjustable narrow bridge battery tie down: 3-30-21
    - EverStart Platinum 24F AGM battery: 3-30-21 & 279,082 miles
    - (4) Trail gear 120210 light tabs welded to DTF bumper: 4-4-21
    - PIAA 520 crystal ion fog lights: 4-4-21

    Suspension:
    - King 2.5 Extended Travel Coilovers w/ adj & 14" 700lbs coils: 8-11-17
    - Total chaos uniball UCAs: 8-11-17
    - King 2.5 RR shocks w/ adj. built for 1.5" of lift: 7-12-17
    - 3 leaf progressive 1.5" AAL w/ overload removed: 11-3-19
    - Moog stock replacement LCAs: 8-20-20
    - Sway bar removed: 10-16-20


    Trip Pictures:

    - Jambo 2018
    - Colorado 2018

    Planned Maintenance:
    300K

    - Replace driver door check arm 68610-04021
    - 14x600lb king springs
    - front coilover rebuild
    - TC UCAs uniball replacements
    - Total Chaos cam Tab Gussets or Marlin IFS/LCA gussets
    - Inner TRE's (L&R sides 45503-09490)
    - Outer TRE's (L&R sides 45046-09340)
    - fan clutch
    - front brakes
    - rear brakes
    - tires
    - alignment
    350K
    - alternator
    - starter
    - rear wheel bearings

    Future Add Ons:
    - Jerez cluster LED swap to green w/ white needles
    - Core/Hurst shifter for R156F
    - DIY OEM keyless entry
    - Bolt in bed cage & dual spare carrier behind tool box
    - Relocate microphone to OEM overhead console
    - Long Range Automotive Fuel Tank (34 gallon)
    - OEM keyless entry: DIY Thread

    - Door control receiver 89741-04010
    - Custom side pipes w/ exit before passenger rear tire
    - Haltech Elite 1500 & SNP harness
    - NST pulleys - crank, power steering, & water pump
    - TRD OR/TRD Sport seats
    - Clazzios or Katskins seat covers
    - Speaker upgrade
    - 5th Gen T4R front brake upgrade
    - Ceramic coating for header & midpipe

    - HPS coolant & heater core hoses
    - TC SUA w/ stock shocks & bumps - install guide
    - McNeil Racing +2" fiberglass front fenders
    - Paint match rear fender flares
    - Repaint passenger front fender
    - Repaint roof failing clear coat
    - DMZ Rear frame box/gusseting
    - Archive hammer hangers & cross bar
    - TC coil bucket gussets
    - Front bumper gussets
    - - Rebuild fridge platform w/ added storage
    - locking rotopax handles
    - AEM 50-1200 fuel pump

    - Coolant temp gauge- AEM 30-4402
    - Oil pressure gauge- AEM 30-4401
    - Oil pressure gauge- AEM 30-4407
    - Oil temperature gauge- AEM 30-4402
    - Fuel pressure gauge- AEM 30-4401

    - Greasable sway bar end links
    - Oil cooler line wrap
    - Derale oil cooler
     

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    Part numbers & discount codes for reference:

    Discount Codes:
    Rago Fabrication

    NEWS10 10%
    URD:
    Forummember 10%
    Tacomaworld.com 10%

    OEM All Weather Flooring:

    Thread with install pics/info
    Part# for manual transmission access cab is: 58510-04850-B2
    Part# for automatic transmission access cab is: 58510-04840-B2
    Part# for automatic transmission double cab is 58510-04870-B2
    Part# for manual transmission double cab is 58510-04890-B2
    - SR5 5 speed Leather Shift Knob: 33504-22140-C0
    - Front Doors Weather Stripping for Windows:
    RH:68160-04020
    LH: 68210-04020
    - Nylon Fender Liner/Screw Grommets 90189-A0002
    - Front Door Interior Push Clips 90467-A0016-B2
    - Access Cab Rear Seat Panel Clips 90467-10161
    - 2TR-FE Engine Air Filter 17801-YZZ04
    - 2TR-FE Spark Plugs 90919-01191/SK20HR11
    - 1GR-FE Engine Air Filter 17801-0P010
    - 1GR-FE Spark Plugs N/A 90919-01235
    - Cabin Air Filter 87139-YZZ09
    - Diff Breather Union 90404-51026
    - Diff Breather Plug 90930-03136
    - Bellhousing Dust Seal/Cover 11354-75030
    - Leer 100R Rear Window Gas Shocks TAG# 51629/C16-06389
    - 2.7L Intake S-Hose 17881-0C081
    - TRD Performance Brake Pads PTR09-89111
    - OEM Brake rotors 43512-04052
    - 2.7L Cyl Head Gasket (under valve cover gasket; spark plug seal gasket) 11214-75012
    - 2.7L Valve Cover Gasket 11213-75041
    - Windshield wiper resivoir 85315-04090
    - Oil drain plug crush washer 90430-12031
    - Secondary air pump cover 17613-0P010
    - R155 Transmission mount 12371-0C140
    - Metal coolant bypass pipe 16268-75112
    - Thermostat 180*F 90916-03093
    - Water inlet housing gasket (thermostat gasket) 16325-76010
    - Thermostat housing gasket 16325-75011
    - Upper radiator hose 16571-0C120
    - Lower radiator hose 16572-0C110
     
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    Somewhere around this time in 2016, joined Tacoma world, and got the bug.


    A few of the first things I did were adding an ARB Bumper (since I live in deer country), color matched the A/C & radio bezels, added a set of PIAA 520's & ARB fogs, Oznium rocker switches, V3 Triton LED Switchback blinkers, auxillary reverse lights, an Ultragauge, and a Leer 100R



    added old cb radio my grandpa gave me under the front passenger seat



    Side shot of how the color changes in the lighting


    At this point, I picked up a used Leer 100R off of Craigslist for 500 w/ thule rails/rack, sliding windows, carpeted headliner, and interior dome light. Got tired of seeing white and decided to try to color match it myself. Was quite a bit of work, but im pleased with the results for only 200 in materials




    My shift boot & knob were starting to get worn out so i replaced i them with a redline goods shift boot and an OEM leather shift knob that comes in the SR5 model 4 cylinder trucks


    Damaged my driver's side front quarter panel & fender flare a while back so i decided i'd take my chances and try a little body work. Replaced the front fender and color matched it the same way i did my shell.

    Test fitment prior to paint


    Finished product with new fender & flare

    Added some redline tuning hood struts that i got through a group buy on here. If you haven't added these yet and you are in and out of your engine bay frequently, i highly recommend these


    Made my own blinds for my camper shell using a roll of reflectix insulation I got from lowe's. Made cardboard cutouts of the windows, then cut them to size and used sticky velcro to attach them to the window frames.




    Installed a pop n lock and a KB voodoo tailgate cap. The tailgate cap has been great and its helped keep the rubber gasket on the rear window of my shell from rubbing the paint off my tailgate.


    Took a gamble and bought a scooped hood off ebay to see if it would fit. Ended up getting damaged during shipping so i was able to get a refund and they didnt want the hood back, so i took some heat to it and beat it back in shape.


    Next up, i made a platform for my ARB fridge for the passenger side in the back of my access cab. Also mounted an ARB 2500 awning to the crossbars on my shell.




    Brought home a '13 DCSB Sport 6 speed recently so i could retire my other as my daily driver and also be able to start building on it more.


    Built a battery box to hold a 31M. Welded it to the OEM receiver hitch and will be relocating the spare tire onto a Wilco hitchgate solo hi clearance. Whenever the battery comes in i'll be fabbing up a bracket to tie it down.



    Ext travel kings w/ 700lb coils:headbang:
     
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    Welcome sir! Its an honor to have the @ChadsPride as the first to sub my build! :thumbsup::hattip:
     
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    Glad to be here!!! :fistbump:
     
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    Finally pulled the trigger on a 100w solar panel, 75/15 MPPT charge controller, and 1000w pure sine dc inverter. Once everything gets here next week i can build a box that will go under my sleeping platform to house everything and tidy things up. The plan is to have a separate battery and charging source from my primary that i can use when im out camping and to use when im running the fridge and the truck is parked.


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    OH MY GOD THE SHIFT BOOT GOES INSIDE. You just changed my world.
    PS subd. Loving the build, very similar to what I've got going on. I'm pretty sure we've discussed this already!
     
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    yeah, i love the way the shift boot fits, much better than stock! it took some bending and tweaking of the metal wire piece that holds it into place but after taking it in and out 10 times or so i got it the way i liked it. If you end up getting a shift boot like this one be careful when you're installing it, i broke a few of the plastic tabs on the inside when i was trying to get it to fit just right. And thanks man, i appreciate it! Glad to finally get a build thread going:thumbsup:
     
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    Not quite sure how I never realized it was supposed to get tucked under the center console. It has driven me nuts for the past few months having it lift up when I would shift. Thanks man!

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    Got my solar panel mounted to my cross bars today. I used 6ft aluminum angle and ubolts to fasten it down. Dont plan on cutting the long pieces shorter just in case i want to make a mount for a gas can or something else up front.

    Also added a 3ft NGP Firestik on the hood using a relentless bracket.
     
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    Solar Panel Install on Separate Auxillary Battery

    Please note, mounting of solar panel to cross bars is in post #13

    Decided to do a write up for a very simple and basic solar panel install that anyone with little to no wiring experience could tackle. I spent a few hours prior just trying to understand how a basic solar panel setup works, and i found that the diagram below was very useful for a beginner like myself. The purpose of this build/truck is mainly for recreational use on the weekends, traveling, camping and basically to have a home away from home wherever I may end up.

    Basic Diagram/Info
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    Threads I used:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/solar-panel-install.472522/


    Materials/tools needed/that I used:
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    Heat shrink
    10-12 gauge butt splices
    Mc4 connectors
    Electrical tape
    Electrical tie wraps
    Ring terminals 3/8in 4 & 6awg
    2 In line fuse holders for 1/4” x 1 1/4” fuses
    7-7.5 amp fuses 1/4” x 1 1/4”
    Blue solar 75/15 MPPT charge controller
    10 or 12 AWG wire
    100w solar panel
    Heat gun
    Wire strippers/razor knife
    Sta-kon pliers/wire crimpers

    Running wiring:
    I opted to run my wiring from the roof of my shell down in between the cab and along the frame rail to the back of the truck where my second battery is mounted.

    Heres a couple of pics of how i ran the wiring along the cross bars and towers
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    I ran the wiring from the solar panel down from the tower and in between the cab and the shell and then along the frame rail to the back of the truck. I had trouble figuring out where i wanted to run it to making it the cleanest and settled on this.
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    I ran the wiring up through the gap between the bumper and tailgate and into the shell to my charge controller.

    Wiring a set MC4 connectors onto the red (+) and black (-) wires that run from the solar panel to the charge controller was necessary since the Renogy panel i got came with them on the ends. It was either this route, or splicing into them and i wanted an easy disconnect so i decided to buy a few extra MC4 connectors and add them onto my wiring. Please Note, the video below is just a basic reference on how to wire up the mc4 connectors, in order for the connectors to work properly with a renogy panel, i suggest looking at the ends of the connectors coming off the solar panel and fitting the right connector onto those to ensure they make contact. I noticed when doing this that pieces you are wiring onto your 10-12 awg wire were the opposite of what the video below explains.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGksTZpEGJI

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    Adding in-line fuses:
    After you have your wiring in place, now you can add a fuse to the positive line coming from your solar panel (Red wire) and into your controller. You will also need to add an in line fuse of the same size for the positive lead going from your charge controller to your battery (Green wire).

    Cut into the wiring and strip the ends down so you can get ready to splice in the fuse. The fuses i bought from home depot were 12 AWG and came in one piece like pictured below. You will need to cut it and strip down both ends. Once you get all of the wires cut, make sure to go back through and twist the ends of each of them tight.

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    Next, take your in-line fuse and splice them into the wire using 10-12 AWG butt splices or by soldering the wiring. When using butt splices, make sure after crimping the connections, that you pull on each of the ends and make sure the connection is tight. The picture below is just for the positive wire coming from my solar panel. You will need to do this again to the positive wire going from your charge controller to your battery.

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    After finishing that up, tape up your connections well and add the fuse size of your choice. In my case, i went with a 10 amp. I used the formula in the first wiring diagram that stated your fuse size should be the Panel’s ISC x 1.2
    Edited: I was able to find the correct size fuse (7.5amp) at O'reilly's auto parts.

    My panel’s ISC is 5.75 so my fuse should be roughly 6.9 amps. I looked for a 7 amp fuse but was unable to find any so i settled for a 10.

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    For my setup, i used some wire that i had laying around and so the red(+) and black(-) were running from my panel to my charge controller. The green(+) and white(-) wires run from the charge controller to the battery.

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    I used an aluminum box off of an old feeder that normally houses the battery, timer, and motor to mount my charge controller. Drilled pilot holes, and then used self tapping screws to mount it vertically. Drilled holes to run the wires out from the controller into the bed area.
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    Here's where i mounted my auxillary 31M northstar battery. Fabbed up a mounting box using steel angle and welded it to the oem receiver hitch. Still need to fab up a tie down solution, just ratchet strapped it in for now.

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    Update (6/23/17): Fabbed up a tie down solution. Used some j bolts i bought at o'reilly's and drilled holes in some extra steel flat bar i had laying around.

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    At this point, you can start adding ring terminals to the wires running from the charge controller to the battery (White(-) and Green(+)), and hook them up. this would also be the time to add a digital voltmeter and hook it up to the battery as well to keep an eye on things. Just today, i've observed from 12.7v to 14.3v, depending on the amount of sunlight and whether or not my fridge was running.

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    Couple more pics from up top
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    Also wired my fridge to the battery using a basic relay and switch so i could test everything out. Next up is to wire up my fuse block, inverter, mount my volt meter and tidy things up, but this is a basic guide of what all it takes to have a basic off the grid setup.

    If you have any questions or need more specific pictures, feel free to post in here, and I'll do my best to answer them.

    Edited to add: Link to my Aux fuse block & inverter setup here
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Thanks man! I'm hoping it will help some folks get a better understanding of a basic setup. there's really not much to it, its just time consuming figuring out how you want to set it all up/run the wires
     
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    Added a couple of voltmeters yesterday so i could monitor my truck (starting) battery and my auxillary battery that my solar panel is hooked up to. My truck didn't come with power mirrors, so i just popped out the blank that was there and put them there. Required no modification to the dash area of the truck.
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    Also made a run out to Junction TX and checked out South Llano river state park. Pretty cool area, great swimming and kayaking out that way. Here's a bridge on the way into town, had to stop and take a pic of it.
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    Got my wilco hitchgate solo hi clearance & 3.5gal fuelpax installed. Fabbing up a license plate relocate bracket next

    EDIT: Please note if you have the hitchgate and buy the single rotopax mount that also allows you to mount a hilift jack, a 3.5 gallon rotopax can WILL NOT FIT. It fits in these pictures, but that is because my receiver hitch is mounted slanted downwards (I did this by accident and after fixing it, the can hits the tailgate). Notice how the spare tire looks like it's tilted towards the back at the top of the wheel. This is how it was able to clear, but the tire did not sit perpendicular to the back of the truck
     
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    :cheers:
     
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    :hattip:Welcome back sir!
     
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