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Chris(NJ); Slowly but surely, a build journal

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Chris(NJ), Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Nov 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

    Chris(NJ) [OP] Well-Known Member

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    08 Indigo 4x4 DC OR
    Debadged, GC Mesh Grill, Yellow Fogs, Color Matched Headlights w/ Retros, Diff Breather Mod; mickey thompson classic IIs, 5100s, toytec springs, Dakar Leaf pack, ss brake lines, Lots more...just check the build page.
    How it sits as of right now:
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    I figure I should start this now before I forget the things I've done along the way. Gonna be a slow build, but here goes.....
    I purchased my truck in January 2010, used, from Camelback Toyota in Phoenix. It had 32k miles on it when I purchased it.


    Truck Specs
    2008 Indigo Ink Blue
    Double Cab, TRD Offroad, 4x4
    6 Speed Manual 4.0L V6

    Front Suspension
    Bilstein 5100 set to .85
    Eibach/Toytec Coils
    Downsouth UCA's
    Toytec 1/2" Spacer
    Swaybar removed​

    Rear Suspension
    Bilstein 5100
    Dakar Leaf Pack
    3mm Axle Shims
    Driveshaft Carrier-Bearing Drop​

    Aesthetics:
    15% Tint
    Debadged
    WeatherTech Digital Fit Mats
    WeatherTech In-Channel Window Vents
    Grillcraft Front Grille
    Rear diff Breather Relocate
    Removed Front mudflaps
    Plasti-Dipped Lower Front Valence​
    Sockmonkey Bed Decals
    Army Surplus Additional D-Ring Tiedowns
    Redline Hood Struts
    Yeti Bortle Opener

    Lighting
    Morimoto HID Retro Fit w/ Philips 4300k Bulbs
    Indigo Ink Matched Headlight Bezels
    Fog Light Anytime Mod w/ Yellow Lenses
    Oznium LED's under hood ​
    Random LED's under rails in bed
    BDF Light Bar, behind grillcraft
    Rigid Industries SM-R Flush Mount Auxiliary Reverse LEDs

    Wheel/Tire:
    MT Classic IIs 16x8
    Duratracs 285/75/16

    Brakes:
    Goodridge Front SS Brake Lines
    Toytec Extended Rear SS Brake Lines​

    Exhaust/Intake
    TRD Exhaust
    Intake Manifold Spacer

    Recovery Gear
    ARB Snatch Strap ARB705US

    Armor
    . . . . . . .

    Still to do:
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    Heres how it looked when I took ownership:
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    No mods were done for a few months. I drove the car back home to NJ in March.
    A few things had to change. For one, the front tint wasnt even close to a match. From the dealer, it was more of a mirror tint vs charcoal. no bueno.
    So, once back in NJ (04/2010), it needed a retint (15%) and a debadge.

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    10/2010, I ordered a GC mesh grille and painted the outer portion to match. Writeup here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/116768-grill-finish.html?highlight=

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    11/2010: yellow fog mod, oznium under hood lights and ditched the front mud flaps.

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    12/2010: It was time for the Color Matched Headlight Mod. Indigo Ink Headlights, here I come! (Writeup is here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/128360-headlight-removal-pics.html)

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    2/05/2011 - Fog Anytime Mod, New Wiper Blades, New Air Filter and New Cabin Filter. No pics necessary :)

    3/9/2011 - Diff Breather Mod. Relocated the breather to the rear storage compartment.
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    3/14/2011: Plasti-Dip the lower valance.

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    Added some sockmonkey stickers on 4/14/2011:
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    and put this on, for somethin different:
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    HID Retro completed on 4/21/2011

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    Cargo locks added on May 9, 2011
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    6/25/2011 and 48,500 miles, I added the TRD exhaust.
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    7/10/2011: Redline Hood Struts and Rear lift was done. Rear height measures at 39 w/ stock tires, prior to any settling. Gonna remeasure eventually.

    8/12/2011 and 50k miles: Front lift was completed using 5100s, eibach springs and 1/2" top place spacer. Also installed the MT Classic IIs and Duratracs in 285/75/16

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    Heres a combo pic. On 12/15/2011 and 53,780 miles, the BDF lightbar went in along w/ a new Die Hard Platinum Battery. I also painted the center section of the engine cover, which you can kind of see in the pic. (also relocated the horns)
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    Pictures of the Rigid Industries SMR flush mount reverse auxiliary light....

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    Here's how far they stick out...
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    And for reference, here's the same shot w/o the truck in reverse.

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    04/25/15: Yeti Bottle Opener. (Best mod yet?)
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    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
  2. Mar 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    I'm not sure how many pics I can put in each post, so I might as well put this mod in a new one...reserving a space for future pics and mods :)
     
  3. Mar 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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    mcleod90

    mcleod90 150,000 miles and counting

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    Damn that looks good. How do you like that grill craft
     
  4. Mar 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    HomerTaco

    HomerTaco That "grill guy" Vendor

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    Core-Hurst short throw shifter & T-handle / Carbon Fiber Interior / custom console light / De-badged / leather interior / Heated Front seats / Red Line Hood Struts / Painted speaker grills /one-off TRD Satoshi Grill/ Pioneer AVIC-X920BT HU / Scangauge II / Black LED Tails / Dash Mount for iPad / Safari Snorkel / Illuminated 4x4 switch / Leer 100XQ Cap / 4x Innovations sliders / Rear Diff Breather Mod / front windows tinted to 35% / Brute Force Fab Hybrid Front Bumper / BAMF Rear Diff Skid / Budbuilt Skids / CBI Trail Master 2.0 rear hybrid bumper / Fox rr coils/ TC UCA's/ TC spindle gussets/ TC Cam Tab gussets / Dakar leafs / Defined Engineering shackles / All pro U bolt flip / Timbren Rear Bumpstops / BAMF LCA skids / Exhaust Dump / Fog Light anytime Mod / LowRange Off Road extended rear brake lines / ATO Shackle Flip / sectioned Bushwhacker flares / re-geared to 4.56 / ARB Front & Rear Locking Diff / ARB CKMA12 compressor / PrInSu full rack system / 1" body lift
    win! +1 for you!:cool:
     
  5. Mar 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Thanks guys :)

    The GC is great! Fitment was tight, but overall, installation was easy. I was debating the lower piece, but w/ the ezpass and eventual installation of some fogs in that area, I thought it was best to leave it as-is for now.
     
  6. Mar 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM
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    chaz834

    chaz834 Tacoma 4 Life.

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    Looks good man! :thumbsup:
     
  7. Mar 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    gusher

    gusher SUPERCHARGED!!!

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    Looks good! I like the underhood lights. Which ones did you use and how do you turn 'em on and off???
     
  8. Mar 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    They are the led floods (warm white) from Oznium. I installed a hood pin switch so they come on when you open the hood and turn off when you close it. Heres how the pin switch was mounted:

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  9. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Gotta reserve some more room for pics :)

    waiting on everything to arrive for the 3" lift, light bar, hood struts and still have to install the headers :goingcrazy:
     
  10. Jul 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Plasti-Dip on rear bumper and rear lift installed.

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  11. Jul 15, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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    Dr. Pepper

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    Good looking truck man. I'm loving that compass decal you put on your fender, good postion and def something different.
     
  12. Jul 15, 2011 at 7:31 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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  13. Jul 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    oh, just from some random ass swb truck that was parked across the street one day :cool:
     
  14. Aug 5, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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    JLink

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  15. Aug 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Sure did! Pics coming soon :cool:
     
  16. Aug 15, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Added the classic IIs. Fwiw, here is the weight, minus the center caps (obviously).
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  17. Aug 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM
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    feltsphoto

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    Great lookin truck! Can't wait to get going on mine. Curious, did you remove the front flaps cause they rubbed? or just cause you wanted to?
     
  18. Aug 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    I removed those a while ago for no other reason other than I liked how it looked w/ just the rears on.
     
  19. Aug 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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    leveltwo

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    i see you went from 18 mpg to 14 mpg with your lift and tires...

    :pout:
     
  20. Aug 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Yea, that was a bad tank lol. I dont think it'll actually be 14. I'd say 15/16 is more likely the actual #.

    ^^^^.

    And it is absolutely still on!!!! :drunk:
     
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