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Building a Toy, a photo essay.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by justinmbowen, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM
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    justinmbowen

    justinmbowen [OP] ....................

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    This is a slow build.

    I tried to buy a Tacoma as my first car when I was 16, but Gen 1's were still relatively new and expensive. So I waited until I could afford the one I wanted. Almost 15 years later, I was able to purchase 2015 TRD Off Road with a 6 Speed Manual.

    Due to modern manufacture's disdain for manual transmissions, I had to special order my 6-speed and it took 4 months to arrive. It was well worth the wait.

    I received my degree in advertising photography, but now I am an airline pilot for Southwest Airlines.

    MODS
    Fog Lights Anytime
    OEM Bed Extender
    OEM Bed Mat
    35% Window Tint
    Truck Covers USA, American Roll Cover - My Review
    Custom Image on Home Screen
    Anti Dark Hood Light
    Antenna X - 14 Inch Antenna
    Icon Stage 2 Suspension - Coils, Rear Shocks, AAL
    Steal Custom Series Wheels - Stealth 6 in Gunmetal with machine lip
    Toyo Open Country Tires - Toyo R/T LT285/70R17
    Pop N Lock PL5400 - Locking Tailgate Handle
    Bed Light
    Husky Floor Liners
    TRD Shift Knob
    Plefreybilt Rock Sliders

    As the Toy sits - 4/15/19
    67873DF6-F08F-4018-961E-177E47A97948.jpg Tacoma_Arnold.jpg
    Tacoma Rain.jpg
    Sunrise.jpg
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    CHRONOLOGICAL PHOTO ESSAY

    Order Date: July 31, 2014
    Build Date: November 14, 2014
    Delivery Date: November 28, 2014

    11/28/14 - First photo with only 4 miles on it when I picked it up.
    First Photo.jpg

    11/29/14 - Did a quick photo shoot the day after I brought it home.
    Fisrt Shoot.jpg

    12/16/14 - I wasn't able to do much with it during the first couple weeks, but I finally got it off road and in some snow in South Lake Tahoe.
    Snow.jpg

    12/22/14 - "Fog light anytime mod from @nd4spdbh.
    Fog Light Mod

    1/4/15 - Installed OEM Bed Extender. I use it way more as a "bed shortener" than I do as an extender, but it comes in handy all the time.
    Bed Extender-2.jpg
    Bed Extender-1.jpg
    Bed Extender-3.jpg

    2/2/15 - 35% Window tint on all windows.
    Tint.jpg

    3/26/15 - Installed Truck Covers USA, American Roll Cover. I love this thing and I use it all the time. Awesome quality, and I think it really set the truck off. I got it with free shipping, which was funny because it showed up on a semi truck. My short review can be found here.
    Semi Truck.jpg IMG_4988.jpg

    4/29/15 - Custom Start-Up Screen Photo. This is probably the cheapest mod anyone can do to their Toyota. It takes about 10 minutes. Just follow the directions here.
    Start-up Screen.jpg

    6/3/15 - Hood Light Instaltion. @BeeRadd and @Mach375 over at Anti Dark make an awesome hood light that is super easy to install. I highly reccomend it.
    HoodLight1.jpg
    Hood Light_v4_darker.jpg

    8/5/15 - Wheeling around Lake alpine and Slick Rock trail.
    Lake Alpine0.jpg
    Lake Alpine2.jpg
    Lake Alpine1.jpg

    10/28/15 - Installed the Icon Stage 2 suspension with new coil overs up front and AAL/shocks in the back.
    Tires - Toyo Open Country R/T in LT285/70R17
    Wheels - Stealth Custom Series, Stealth 6 in gun metal grey with a machined lip.
    SCS-Toyo_0.jpg
    SCS-Toyo_2.jpg
    SCS-Toyo_1.jpg
    SCS-Toyo_3.jpg
    Icon.jpg
    11-1-15_Icon.jpg

    11/10/15 - Installed Pop N Lock PL5400. Overall quality seems decent and it functions as advertised. Only time will tell if it holds up.
    Before
    PopNLock1.jpg

    During
    PopNLock2.jpg

    After
    PopNLock3.jpg

    11/16/15
    - Bed Light from here
    BedLight1.jpg
    BedLight3.jpg
    BedLight2.jpg
    Bed Light_TW.jpg

    12/7/15
    i Added TRD Shift knob, Husky floor liners and gave it a quick wash.
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    9/13/16
    Truck in Grass 1.jpg
    Truck in Grass 2_v2.jpg

    10/14/16
    Tacoma Rain.jpg

    4/15/19
    67873DF6-F08F-4018-961E-177E47A97948.jpg
     

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  2. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM
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    justinmbowen

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    Garage Remodel
    My wife and I bought a small house in Pleasanton, CA in the end of 2013. It was original from the late 1970's so we gutted it and remodeled the interior. One of the main reasons I was drawn to the house was because I could fit 2 cars and a workbench in the garage. All the garage work was done by myself and my father.

    10/18/13 - Here is the garage as it was when we purchased it. The previous owners left some crap for me to deal with and never really did anything useful with the space.
    Original Garage.jpg

    11/7/13 - With the help of my father, we took the original kitchen cabinets and re-organized them to make a work bench. Here are the old kitchen cabinets as were in the middle of adding lighting and a gas line. The cabinets just sat in the garage for a couple months while we finished the interior.
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    5/9/14 - It took about 6 months to get it to be a functional garage. We built a workbench out of the lower cabinets with a solid piece of ply-wood as the upper surface. The spots where the dishwasher and sink used to be made for great cubby holes for my shop vac and whatever else I need quick access too. I have since moved the skateboards and ladder because I couldn't get behind the Tacoma once. (The car is my 2002 VW GTI. Had it forever and it still runs great, surprisingly).
    Garage 2.jpg
    The lower cabinets did not run the full length of the garage so we built a locker to keep all my photography gear.
    workbench.jpg

    6/5/14 - One of my favorite additions is the garage door opener. There is no center track on the ceiling of the garage. There is one small box on the left that simply rotates the garage door around a bar and it is very quiet. It also has an automatic lock overtime it closes. Its made by lift master.
    Garage Door Opener2.jpg
    Garage Door Opener.jpg

    12/5/14 - The old side door was rotten and falling apart so I replaced it with a metal door with that had a window and blinds built in. Got it from Lowes on sale for about $150.
    Replaced Door1.jpg
    Replaced Door2.jpg

    10/23/15 - There were some large gaps in the garage remodel due to life getting in the way. We just finished hanging the sheet rock and began the mud/tape process on the ceiling. I removed the ladder and skateboards to make more room behind my truck, as well as texturing the back wall. I have always like the looks of a "finished" garage, so thats where mine is headed.
    Garage-ceiling-1.jpg
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    11/23/15 - Finished mudding/taping off the ceiling and the first round of sanding. Needs a bit more mud and sanding before we texture.
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  3. Nov 10, 2015 at 6:13 PM
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    justinmbowen

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    I'll update this post with photos from my job flying around as a corporate pilot. My flights cover all of North America, and sometimes further.

    11/12/14 Centennial, Colorado - Citation CJ3
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    12/26/14 Calgary, Canada - Citation Sovereign
    An airplane spotter got a cool shot of me landing. I randomly found this on the Internet.
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    1/5/15 Lake Tahoe, California - Citation CJ3 This is one of my favorite photos I've ever taken from the plane. This is looking west at sunrise over Lake Tahoe, but you can still see the moon in the middle right. There is no editing or filter on this photo.
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    2/5/15 Sierras, Califonia/Nevada - Citation CJ3 This is called a "solar terminator." From high altitude you can see the shadow cast by the earth as the sun sets below the horizon. It's literally the line between day and night.
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    4/16/15 Colombia, California - Marchetti My wife got this shot of me doing a high speed pass at a "fly-in" in Colombia, Ca.
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    5/15/15 Houston, Texas- Citation Soveriegn The entire airport was shut down due to severe thunderstorms. This is just before Houston experienced massive flooding.
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    8/26/15 Lewiston, Idaho - Phenom 300 The massive wildfires over the summer caused us to divert to this small airport because the smoke was so thick.
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    8/1/15 Eagle, Colorado
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    11/19/15 Mt. St Helens - Citation CJ3
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    11/25/15 Bend, OR
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    12/6/15 Santa Rosa, California - Phenom 300
    The approach into here was at the lowest allowed visibility minimums.
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  4. Nov 11, 2015 at 3:27 PM
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    Kbattlefield

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    Looks great! Did you add wheel spacers for the current stance? Great choice in lift. I'd like something similar in front and looking at rear options. Any feedback on pricing for the icon coil overs or do they cost the same all over? Top notch photography
     
  5. Nov 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM
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    justinmbowen

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    I did not add spacers. The Stealth Custom Series wheels come with 4.5 inches of backspace. The tires stick out just past the fenders a little less than an inch. I think the coils are priced the same independently or a part of the different stage packages. I'm not totally sure on that so you will probably just have to google it.

    Thanks for the compliment! :cheers:




    Installed the Pop N Lock PL5400 today. Overall the quality seemed decent, but we will see how it holds up over time. It was super easy and I just followed the youtube video that Pop N Lock made. Only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
     
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  6. Nov 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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    ODNAREM

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    TRD catback exhaust,FJ Cruiser trail team wheels,BFG All Terrain K02 tires,Grillcraft front grill,Pelfreybilt IFS/Mid skids,sliders,standard rear bumper,Total Chaos bed stiffeners.TRD Pro Bilstein front/rear suspension.
    Very nice Justin!
     
  7. Nov 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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    icegrill

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    I have this exact setup in the works. Did you have to trim the front fender area at all?
     
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  8. Nov 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM
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    justinmbowen

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    I had to removed the front flaps like everyone else, and a piece of the plastic wall right behind the coils. Other than that I did not do the cab chop or trim any of the fender. It's set at 2.5 inches with no rubbing. I haven't taken it off road yet so we will see if I need to eventually do the chop.
     
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  9. Nov 16, 2015 at 1:44 PM
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    Volant CAI w/Ram Air Scoop, Volant Throttle Body Spacer, Flowmaster SS Dual Exhaust, JBA Cat4ward Headers, Body Armor Side Steps, ProComp 3in Suspension w/Pro Runner UCA's and shocks, Various KC Hilites LEDs.
    Bad ass lookin truck...them wheels are so gnarly.
     
  10. Nov 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM
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    What camera / lens are you using to shoot? Pics look nice. 4th pic down I had to do a double take - looks shopped almost.. ha!
     
  11. Nov 16, 2015 at 2:15 PM
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    Gnarly. I like that. Thanks!
    Most of these photos were taken with a Nikon D300 and either the 24-70mm f2.8, 12-24mm, or perhaps the 70-200 f2.8.
     
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  12. Nov 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM
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    your photography skills :thumbsup:
    sweet looking truck too.
     
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  13. Nov 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM
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    I agree nice pictures. And good looking truck.
     
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  14. Nov 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM
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    Awesome photos & a great build! I really dig the SCS wheels with the machined lip. Sub'd for more.
     
  15. Nov 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM
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    Great photos. What's the camera setup?
     
  16. Nov 18, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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    Thanks!!:cheers:
    The photos that look better were taken with a Nikon D300 and either the 24-70mm f2.8, 12-24mm, or perhaps the 70-200 f2.8. Many were taken with an iPhone as well.
     
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  17. Nov 20, 2015 at 8:24 PM
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    Dr. Jekyll

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    Glad you finally got a build thread up. These pictures deserve a home! Once again congrats on magazine / catalog quality photos. :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Nov 20, 2015 at 8:34 PM
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    Thanks! :cheers:
    I have more to add, and hopefully I'll get some more photos this winter in the snow.
     
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  19. Nov 20, 2015 at 8:42 PM
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    Dr. Jekyll

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    Did you crank the coils a little bit? They come out of the box at 2" right? Did your tire set require the additional lift? I think that's the perfect combo IMHO
     
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  20. Nov 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM
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    Great looking truck! Super clean!
     

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