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Bedouin's Quicksand Build

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Builds (2016+)' started by bedouin2w, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Aug 10, 2017 at 1:23 PM
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    bedouin2w

    bedouin2w [OP] Active Member

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    '17 TRDOR DCSB 4WD
    A Bedouin and sand... it kind of goes together doesn't it?

    Here's what I have right now. Stock '17 TRDOR 4WD AT DCSB with tech and tow package. Husky Liners are on order thru my dealer. I convinced them to not charge me for the stock Tacoma mats since I was going to replace them anyways and order the Huskys.

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    Right now my plans for this truck are very minor by comparison to some of the build threads on TW.

    Internal
    1. Cheap neoprene cover for rear seats (any recommendations?)
    - I have two kids who are still in car seats and a GSD that sheds like a German Shepherd. I'm just going with something inexpensive for the time being since with the car seats in the back I won't be using the storage under the rear seats.
    2. Some small motion sensor AAA or AA powered LED lights for the glove box and console box.
    - Amazon has some possibilities, and I saw MattGecko's lights but that thread hasn't been active in a while but I'll probably message him or post in that thread when I get ready to add these.
    3. Coverking or some other premium seat covers for the front.
    4. Premium seat covers after the kiddos are out of car seats
    - This is wayyyyy down the road, but I might go ahead and purchase these if there is a TW Group Buy or fantastic deal too good to pass up.
    5. Some kind of under the rear seat lock box like this
    - Again, this will be pointless to do until the car seats are no longer back there

    External - Function
    1. New tires and possibly new wheels
    - Kind of leaning towards BFG Rugged Terrain T/As on this considering I won't be doing a lot of off roading, but I still need the 4x4 capability. A muddy road out to a fishing hole or blind is going to be the harshest thing I plan on doing with this truck.
    2. Nerf bars or sliders or some type of side step into the cab
    3. I am thinking about adding a bull bar or light bar on the front
    - The Revtek looks great, but I am not sure how much utility it would add aside from giving me a place to mount some LEDs.

    External - Appearance

    1. Plasti Dip (Derp???) the grille. Right now I am unsure about keeping the Toyota logo silver or not.
    2. Plasti Dip the badging.
    - I might replace the badging with rrentrop's vinyl decals. I'm on the fence about one or the other but the chrome must go.
    3. Get Tacoma inserts for the tailgate like these
    4. 3 Magnets of these made then put on the front driver/passenger doors and hood.
    - If you get the joke, then good for you :thumbsup:

    Other
    1. Receiver hitch cargo carrier
    - The steel Harbor Freight one is positively reviewed on here, T4R.org, jeepforum.com, and a few other places
    2. Tarp and cargo netting
    - I really hate tonneau covers

    So I guess these build threads work by me updating the thread (and the OP) as I go along, so that's what I'll do.
     
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  2. Aug 13, 2017 at 12:21 PM
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    bedouin2w

    bedouin2w [OP] Active Member

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    Harbor Freight has a $20 off coupon for the receiver hitch cargo carriers making the steel one only $35 plus tax. At the price, I went ahead and picked it up along with a cargo net and tarp for the bed.

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    The cargo net fits nicely into the small storage on the passenger's side of the bed and the tarp fits into the storage box on the driver's side.
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    Also, the cotter pin assembly for the cargo carrier fits in there with the tarp, but I probably won't keep it in there since I will likely use this cargo carrier with my Tahoe as well.

    The carrier was easy enough to assemble. I followed the 4 step instructions and didn't have any problems. One of the negatives I read about the HF cargo carrier was the finish was kind of light, so I went ahead and bought a can of black semi-gloss Rust-Oleum and sprayed the carrier down. I let it dry over night then added some reflective stripes so the fucking idiots less than attentive drivers on the road are less likely to hit it.
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    When the dew point is like 90 degrees the adhesive on the reflective tape doesn't like to stick to the cargo carrier.

    While I was at Lowe's picking up the spray paint and the reflective stickers, I saw some safety grip tape and decided to pick it up.
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    $33 for Genuine Toyota Door Sill Protectors? Naw dog.
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    ~ $5.25 after Lowe's military discount and the sales tax.

    24" strips for the front and 18" strips for the rear doors looks about right.
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    Pro-tip: Go ahead and square off the end of the front of the roll
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    One roll gets you the two 24" strips and the two 18" strips. There's even enough left over to redo an 18" strip if you mess it up somehow.

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    I found an index point on the trim to make sure both sides are in a uniform location. Parallel with the top design thing works.

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  3. Aug 13, 2017 at 12:43 PM
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    bedouin2w

    bedouin2w [OP] Active Member

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    Well shit, I didn't expect this.

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    The bolts around the cross beam won't let the cooler slide into the basket.

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    I'll find some flat headed bolts to change these out. I really want to keep the cooler on the cargo carrier and out of the bed so I can leave the drain open. Believe it or not, coolers stay colder if you get the water away from the objects (look up your laws of thermodynamics if you doubt me).

    These new bolts won't be more than a few bucks each, so in total the Harbor Freight stuff was about $47 and the stuff from Lowe's was $15.74 after mil discount and sales tax. Roughly $64 spent this weekend, but a ton of utility added to the Taco.
     
  4. Aug 29, 2017 at 1:32 PM
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    bedouin2w

    bedouin2w [OP] Active Member

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    I took the Tacoma to Cola Warrior near Liberty, MS this past weekend.

    What's Cola Warrior? 5 Obstacles, eat 5 Peeps, disassemble and reassemble an AK, run 1/2 mile, shoot pistol and rifle targets, drink 72 ounces of nonalcoholic carbonated beverages. 5 minute penalties assessed for every obstacle not completed, target uncleared, and if you puke before you finish your carbonated drinks.



    Liberty, MS doesn't exactly have a booming hotel industry. Besides, everyone stays in a tent at the camp anyways, so even with the hurricane in the gulf I was going to sleep on a cot in the back of the Tacoma.

    With the lower profile screws I was able to get the Pelican cooler onto the cargo rack. I left it draining after I loaded it up Friday morning and I still had ice in it when I unpacked everything back home Sunday afternoon.

    On the drive to Liberty, I hit 1,000 miles on the Tacoma.
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    Going down there I got about 18.7 MPG, mostly interstate with a new US and state highways. I filled up between Jackson MS and McComb, MS because I didn't want to take the chance of needing fuel but the hurricane disrupting the gas supply.

    The Toyota GPS couldn't exactly find the address, but that's not surprising. The location was in the middle of nowhere. Cell service wasn't good enough to use my phone's GPS either, so I just drove on the road until I saw something that looked like Cola Warrior.

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    That looks like a it could be it. So another thing with this Cola Warrior. This was a Cola Warrior Classic, so signups were initially offered only to those who have placed in the Top 10 at a previous Cola Warrior. After that, signups were offered to people who have ran a Cola Warrior before, then after that it opened up to new people to the event. I was in this last group, so I was competing with some seasoned Cola Vets. Another thing, the obstacles must be ran wearing rifle threat rated armor plates.

    As soon as I get down there the guy running the show (Rusted_Ace) asks if I'm ready to go. It took me some time to change into the shorts and shoes I was running it, load my magazines, get my plate carrier on, and all that. I give Rusted_Ace my guns, eye and ear pro, and 6 ginger ales and got ready to run.

    I failed all five obstacles, missed the 400 meter rifle target and missed two pistol targets on the dueling tree. I was able to finish all my ginger ales without puking before I completed the 6th. I did immediately puke afterward.

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    I finished 49th overall, with a time of 74:11 after penalties were assessed.

    As I was recovering from the brutal run, Rusted_Ace rides up on a 4 wheeler and presents proof that I am now a Cola Warrior

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    The heat wasn't bad. It was only 85 degrees. But the humidity was a killer. With the humidity, the heat index was 101. No breeze whatsoever. Brutal.

    So after I recovered, I got to drink some cold beer, meet some new friends, and hang out in paradise. I set up my tent, which can strap to a military style X frame cot. I used a Litefighter 1 tent, which is a pretty good single person tent.

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    It has a rainfly which I needed when the rain started around 2am that night. With the rainfly on, there is not a lot of air circulating in the tent, especially with no outside breeze.

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    With the cot in the back, there was still enough room to keep some stuff in the bed beside the cot. I put my hardcases with my guns and nightvision into the cab though.

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    When it started to rain I pulled my shoes and other stuff into the tent, but you get the idea with how much space I had left.

    It looks steamy, doesn't it?

    After the final runs were completed, we had an awards ceremony. Even with my relatively poor finish, the sponsors - especially Geissele and their sister company ALG Defense - made sure my pain and puking was not in vain.
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    A picture of almost all the Cola Warrirors (some had already left, a lot of guys from the Houston area who obviously needed to get back home).
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    I packed up and got on the road back home because my wife said the kids were being a handful. I filled up again in Tuscaloosa after getting 19 MPG on that second tank. One the final 155 miles, I averaged 20.6 MPG.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2018 at 1:13 AM
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    bedouin2w

    bedouin2w [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
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    Vehicle:
    '17 TRDOR DCSB 4WD
    I added the tailgate letter inserts a few months ago and have been driving nothing but highway with the occasional exception of going off road to get to a spot to shoot or fish.

    I've been following a few threads to give me ideas on how I want to upgrade the Tacoma. @Mr. Nobody @TurdOR89 @nindark @tweakit88 build threads have given me some good inspiration for some affordable and high value improvements.

    I'm deployed right now, so those threads have helped me build an Amazon wish list for items to get once I get back.


    In addition to those above, I really like RCI's 3rd Gen offerings. Probably going to go with the powdercoated sliders and aluminum fuel tank skid plate from them eventually.
     

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