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Best new "Peace of mind" upgrades

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by RedZeppelin, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:16 PM
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    RedZeppelin

    RedZeppelin [OP] Member

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    Hi all, new to me 2017 TDROR DCSB owner here and I wanted to get some advice. The truck currently has just over 26k miles and I plan to give it a lot more, but I wanted to ask you veterans if there was a list of changes that would give me the best peace of mind. What I mean by that are things like this
    • tailgate lock to prevent tailgate theft
    • fixing TSBs to help truck run smoother/longer/efficiently
    • ac drain mod to prevent rust
    Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what I'm looking for. I know there's plenty of threads on this subject but I'm more focused on drivability/livability. Truck came with a bed mat so I've already got one checked off the list!

    Thanks
     
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  2. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:24 PM
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    Looks like a good start. Considering mods for fun, or just preparedness?
     
  3. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    Rear diff breather extension
     
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  4. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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  5. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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    RedZeppelin

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    Oh I hadn't done any of those yet, just trying to gauge their impact. From what I can tell the first owner put in a spacer lift up front (and possibly back) to level out the truck. As for right now I want to keep it as close to stock as possible. My last vehicle I rushed in headlong so I want to be slower and more methodical. I guess all that to say more for preparedness and reliability than anything else at the moment
     
  6. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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  7. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:32 PM
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    St.Germain

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    came here to post this. top choice (the NOCO)
     
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  8. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM
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    Good idea with the NOCO. I also have a tire repair kit and ARB single compressor from my last one so that's some good peace of mind there too. Along with a bunch of tools, straps, sockets, etc
     
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  9. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:46 PM
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    PacNW_Taco

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    Welcome OP!

    Two of my favorite (and fairly inexpensive) mods.

    @mattgecko led lights. I have them in the bed and under the hood, and I use them OFTEN. Sooo worth it in my opinion. Great customer service too. https://mattgeckoleds.com/
    Redline tunning Hood struts. https://www.cjponyparts.com/redline...plus-kit-toyota-tacoma-2016-2019/p/212701502/

    Both have paid for themselves many times over already. Affordable and easy to install. Good luck out there!

    P.s. ALWAYS bring a shovel (and axe if you have one) when off road. That's saved my bacon a few times.
     
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  10. Jul 31, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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    Always Be Blazing

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    Do you have good quality floor liners and seat covers?
     
  11. Jul 31, 2019 at 7:16 PM
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    Skydvrr

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    Yap. Diff breather, floor mats, AC drain, hose clamp on tailgate, cut the bracket under the heater hose annnnnnd check tranny fluid
     
  12. Jul 31, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    More deets on cutting the bracket and why?
     
  13. Jul 31, 2019 at 8:07 PM
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    Center of the front of the motor, there's a black bracket that rubs on a heater / radiator hose. It's the hose with the expandable braided sheathing on it.
     
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  14. Jul 31, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    Just the factory ones. Definitely way too slippery for my preferences and I've heard good things about husky liners. Probably front only, I'm not so concerned about the rear liners. Hadn't looked into seat covers yet though.

    More details on the tailgate hose clamp?

    Definitely interested in the hood struts
     
  15. Jul 31, 2019 at 8:56 PM
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    Can you point me to other threads on Tacomaworld regarding the heater hose bracket? I did a search and couldn't find anyone else discussing this.
     
  16. Jul 31, 2019 at 9:09 PM
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    Having a portable air pump that uses the car charger or Battery is helpful. Also having an 18 in breaker bar and a deep 21mm socketin case you need to change a tire. I have both.
     
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    Cheap insurance. Hose clamp the right side of the hinge of the tailgate. Makes it harder for someone to easily lift the right corner off and steal it.
     
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    I can't find it either. There a bracket on the front of the engine that rubs a coolant hose. Grind the corner off so it doesn't rub. It's probably a throttle body hose and the bracket might be for the intake plenum. I forget.
     
  20. Jul 31, 2019 at 10:00 PM
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    Dashcams, front and rear.
     

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