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Cheap custom ideas

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MitchHamwich, Jun 5, 2021.

  1. Jun 5, 2021 at 9:24 PM
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    MitchHamwich

    MitchHamwich [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I love my Tacoma and want to upgrade it bit by bit and make it my own. However my wallet and my wife don’t agree with my ambitions. What are some of your cheap mods that you love and have made your taco unique?
     
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  2. Jun 5, 2021 at 10:10 PM
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    v5ensx

    v5ensx CARB legal is not CALI legal

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    Wonton and 4dz
     
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    TacoBike

    TacoBike The Researcher

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    Just gonna say 40's and tons before @Kwikvette does

    Or go for led swap the dash
     
  4. Jun 5, 2021 at 10:18 PM
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    Kwikvette

    Kwikvette Chief Executive Officer at Kwik Fab

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    Son of a bitch...
     
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    0xDEADBEEF

    0xDEADBEEF Trash Aficionado

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    The best modifications are the ones that tick up the odometer and make memories along the way, imo.
     
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Glamisman

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    there are vendors in the vendors section that do custon vinyl work. Stripes, stickers etc are a cheap way to make her different.
     
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  8. Jun 6, 2021 at 8:32 AM
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    Wsidr1

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    otis24

    otis24 Hard Shell Taco

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    What do you like to do with your truck?
     
  10. Jun 6, 2021 at 11:40 AM
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    hogeyphenogey

    hogeyphenogey Back in a Tacoma

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    Honda Odyssey washer nozzles, USB ports where the power outlets are, dye the shift boot and armrest top, add some led pods, get new floor mats or make your own!, led bulbs all around, new LED plate lamps, LED high brake lamp, inexpensive seat covers, differential breather tube extensions, home made bed divider, cheap toolbox for the back, switchback lights from Roachwerks, and same for lighted ignition ring, etc.

    You can nickel and dime some cheap mods!

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  11. Jun 6, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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    MitchHamwich

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    I go hunting and fishing, camping that sort of thing but I also use it as my daily driver.
     
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  12. Jun 6, 2021 at 11:55 AM
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    Thank you, the led dash swap is Definitely on the to do list!
     
  13. Jun 6, 2021 at 1:23 PM
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    I love what you have done. I have been debating on those seat covers for quite a while haha what did you use to dye your shift nob and center conceal?
     
  14. Jun 6, 2021 at 1:24 PM
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    Myself I would just keep up on the maintenance side of things once that is up to speed then decide what you can not live without.
     
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    hogeyphenogey

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    I used duracolor vinyl spray. I’m thinking about taking both off and letting them sit in a container of RIT black dye. The spray got crinkly on the shifter but looks great on the console
     
  16. Jun 6, 2021 at 6:42 PM
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    hogeyphenogey Back in a Tacoma

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    And the seat covers are very protective. My 5yo puked all over and I just tossed them in the washer and hung dried them. Seats had nothing on them
     
  17. Jun 6, 2021 at 8:11 PM
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    Kevins60

    Kevins60 axle wrap tells me my rear brakes are working

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    My faves and some of the less expensive are the head unit and backup camera.

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  18. Jun 11, 2021 at 6:22 PM
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    What back up cam did you go with?
     
  19. Jun 11, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    Kevins60 axle wrap tells me my rear brakes are working

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  20. Jun 11, 2021 at 11:38 PM
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    jbrandt

    jbrandt Made you look

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    So lemme get this straight: You want to make it your own by asking other people what you should do to it... m'kay.

    lol

    EDIT (to add actually helpful advise): @MitchHamwich

    We are not you, and you are not us. We can tell you what mods we've done, but they in all likelihood won't really apply very well to you and your needs.

    If you really want to make it your own, figure out what you do with it, and what you wish it could do. Is this a daily driver commuter, a hunting/fishing truck, a dedicated trail/rock crawler, etc...

    Once you decide on that, we can help you figure out HOW to do what you're trying to do, but we can't really tell you WHAT to do.

    Like, ah man, I wish it had a backup camera. Or I want to install a winch but I want it to remain as stock looking as possible. Or I wish the cig lighter plugs were hot all the time so I can charge my phone without the key in the ignition. etc...

    We can all help point you in the right direction for all that stuff and more.
     
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