1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Beefing up my 2 Door Taco

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Ahawe37, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Navelfunk

    Navelfunk Not So Smart...

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2011
    Member:
    #61974
    Messages:
    428
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gym
    Whidbey Island, WA
    Vehicle:
    2011 Magnetic Gray, RC, AT, 5-LUG!!!
    Trinkets...
  2. Navelfunk

    Navelfunk Not So Smart...

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2011
    Member:
    #61974
    Messages:
    428
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gym
    Whidbey Island, WA
    Vehicle:
    2011 Magnetic Gray, RC, AT, 5-LUG!!!
    Trinkets...
    Cooper Discover H/T 235/75/R15's. I'm pretty sure you could go up a size or two, though.
     
  3. 98_Mud_bug

    98_Mud_bug 98_mud_bug

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Member:
    #8431
    Messages:
    3,207
    Gender:
    Male
    lucedale Ms.
    Vehicle:
    98 tacoma sr5/ 06 x-runner
    3 inch suspension lift, night shades corner and blinkers projector headlights with halos and 3 led's 18 inch kmc xd rockstar wheels,275/65/18 kelly safari tsr's, bush whacker fender flares 7 inch touch screen, 2 kenwood 12's, Magnaflow exaust single in dual out,
    Its a base model 2wd, why lift it? There are quite a few threads and such about lowering these trucks, they look better lowered anyways, and gas mileage is better
     
  4. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    Yeah I've been changing things and getting rid of ideas and what not, I realized I just want the wheel well filled up some more... And I'm not going to lower a truck, I can't stand the look of those "cholo-machines"
     
  5. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    I like it :D


    idk if you have this problem, but when I'm driving through my alley, trees always catch my antenna, and it pisses me off/worries me that it's just gunna snap, should I be worried about it or not?
     
  6. 98_Mud_bug

    98_Mud_bug 98_mud_bug

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Member:
    #8431
    Messages:
    3,207
    Gender:
    Male
    lucedale Ms.
    Vehicle:
    98 tacoma sr5/ 06 x-runner
    3 inch suspension lift, night shades corner and blinkers projector headlights with halos and 3 led's 18 inch kmc xd rockstar wheels,275/65/18 kelly safari tsr's, bush whacker fender flares 7 inch touch screen, 2 kenwood 12's, Magnaflow exaust single in dual out,
    Cholo machine? Judgemental much? Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you have to be insulting about it.
     
  7. tacotruck 2.7

    tacotruck 2.7 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2012
    Member:
    #92775
    Messages:
    181
    Gender:
    Male
    Katy TX
    Vehicle:
    09 cab and a half 2.7
    your budget will dictate what and when you can change of course. you and i esentialy have the same truck 2 years ago i started by sanding and priming those 15" steelies and got some flat black rattle cans and painted them. suprised i got alot of positive comments truck color charcoal grey. then my grill decal got the same treatment tinted windos etc
    finaly this year i jumped in the fire and orderd some 15" x7 aluminun polished weld wheel copies 95$ ea. discount tire and some 31x 10.5x 15 all terrains . against all popular trends i stayed 15" just for $$$$$$$ reasons next time your in a tire shop look at the price diffrence between a 17 or 18 popular all terrain to a 15 " and you make your own conclusion. i was more after higher ground clearance than anything else. not to say they dont look nice with those wheels just my opinion. aftermarket foglights l.e.d lighting strips underneath the headlamps . b happy to email you pictures. just let me know. hope this was helpful.
     
  8. Who Dat Popcorn

    Who Dat Popcorn Dafuq

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Member:
    #4992
    Messages:
    1,472
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ricky
    Richmond, VA
    Vehicle:
    Sold :/
    SOLD
    Yeah :rolleyes:
     
  9. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    I quoted it because that's what I hear them called all the time...
     
  10. mlittle

    mlittle T O Y O T A

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Member:
    #35568
    Messages:
    668
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    Fort Sill, OK
    Vehicle:
    2014 Toyota Tundra Crew Max 4x4
    I like the wheels. Since you're changing gears on what you want to do, why not add ground effects and go for the X-Runner look. I know it's totally opposite from what you original wanted, but I think you'll have better luck as there will be more parts available.

    Either way that you go, it's your truck and your money. Good luck. Definitely go with those wheels. They'll look sharp on your truck.
     
  11. GEORGE STRAIT

    GEORGE STRAIT (Not the real George Strait)

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Member:
    #79239
    Messages:
    1,739
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Da Magic City, AL
    Vehicle:
    Smart Fortwo '10 Hybrid
    let's be honest, 99% of people who drive lowered trucks are cholos.

    That being said, there are some cool lowered tacos on here, like who dat and the white one from hawaii, cant remember the name.
     
  12. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    is there any specific way to take off the little dash thing to the left of the steering wheel where the buttons go in? or a thread on how to do that stuff...?



    EDIT: I'm talking about this [​IMG]
     
  13. Hot Taco

    Hot Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Member:
    #26526
    Messages:
    290
    Gender:
    Male
    Richfield, WI
    Vehicle:
    2013 Base Regular Cab
    Beefed Taco 3" Lowering Blocks Bilstein Shocks/Struts DJM 3" Front Lowering Kit Custom C-Notch Intermittent Wipers LED tail lights
    Here's jmarquez808's regular cab, base model truck with just X-Runner 18" wheels on it. I think the wheels made a huge difference in making the truck look more "beefy", even w/o lowering it and w/o messing-up his speedometer or wrecking his fuel economy.

    [​IMG]

    By going with wider, low profile tires, your truck will handle differently. The ride will likely be a little more harsh, acceleration will be a *tad* slower, and braking distances may be a *tad* longer. You'll also notice that your tires will want to 'drive your truck' sometimes. By that I mean that wider tires have a tendency to follow ruts in the road, especially roads that are rutted-up by heavy semis. The lower profile tires should handle better, however, and they obviously look much better.
     
  14. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    Yeah it's not bad, I've just never been a fan of low profile tires... But do you think those wheels would go good with it? (The wheels I posted on page 2)
     
  15. bjboucher

    bjboucher Mama says Tacoma World is da devil!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2012
    Member:
    #84371
    Messages:
    2,244
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brad
    San Antonio, Texas
    Vehicle:
    Former 2012 DCLB 4x4 SR5 Texas Edition
    OME complete kit w/ 885s on Nitrocharger Sports, 1/4" spacers, Dakars w/ Nitrocharger Sports, LR UCAs, 265/70-17, Duratracs, G4 Elite tonneau, Weathertech Window Deflectors, Weathertech digital floor liners, factory JBL/Entune, rear differential breather relocate.
    That's a matter of opinion. I don't think wheel/tire combos like that look good on a truck. Would be different if it were a car.
     
  16. Rich91710

    Rich91710 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2012
    Member:
    #73470
    Messages:
    16,498
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rich
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    08 Base
    Satoshi with FJ badge, factory cruise, factory intermittent wipers, Redline Tuning hood-lift struts, Hellwig Swaybar, Rosen DVD-Nav
    Open the coin tray, stick your finger up in there and pop 'em out.

    Once you get the big square one out (power mirror blank) you can reach up between the plastic and the frame and pop the top ones out.

    Factory fog light switch goes on the top left.

    The switch that you got with the fog lights will not fit there.
     
  17. tacotruck 2.7

    tacotruck 2.7 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2012
    Member:
    #92775
    Messages:
    181
    Gender:
    Male
    Katy TX
    Vehicle:
    09 cab and a half 2.7
    as per your fog lights..... when i installed mine the options were go to the stealer and buy a toyo pushbutton lighted switch for only 70$ or use the suplied switch in the kit . if u got the $ go for it otherwise do like me and take one of those acesory knock outs and drill it out to fit your switch. word of advise if the switch in kit is a long one in length change it to the shortest one posible from your autozone etc. reason ; the shorter the togle switch the less likely youll bend and break it everytime you egress its easy to do with the knees.
     
  18. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights

    Ffffffffffuck. Alright, should I just look up 08 tacoma stock fog light switch...?
     
  19. Ahawe37

    Ahawe37 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Member:
    #94009
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Dallas, TX
    Vehicle:
    '08 Base Standard Cab
    aftermarket foglights
    Is this the right kind? And omfg why is it so much?!?!
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Hot Taco

    Hot Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Member:
    #26526
    Messages:
    290
    Gender:
    Male
    Richfield, WI
    Vehicle:
    2013 Base Regular Cab
    Beefed Taco 3" Lowering Blocks Bilstein Shocks/Struts DJM 3" Front Lowering Kit Custom C-Notch Intermittent Wipers LED tail lights
    I personally like the wheels you picked out. On the 2nd generation Tacoma's, it's my opinion that the optimal wheel size as far as looks are concerned is from 18" to 20" because the fender gap is so large. Even though a 17" wheel isn't a small wheel, it will likely look small on your truck. It won't look horrible, but probably won't look as "baller" as you might hope ;)
     
To Top