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Ender's Taco

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds' started by Enders Taco, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Nov 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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    Enders Taco

    Enders Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    All Pro APEX Front Bumper, All Pro Sliders, Icon Coilovers with rear shocks and add a leaf pack, URD short shifter, Pioneer X930BT Nav with Polk speakers
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    4-2014

    Mod List

    Suspension
    Icon Standard travel front shock with king 700# 14" springs and 2.0 VS shocks in the rear
    Icon UCA
    All Pro U Bolt flip
    All Pro Expo Leaf pack
    Front Sway bar delete

    Exterior
    All Pro SS Brake lines
    Rear diff breather relocate to fuel filler
    Gibson Exhaust
    AllPro APEX front bumper with front hoop
    Warn VR-8000S
    AllPro bolt on Sliders
    AllPro 3 piece skids
    ATO Bed rack - modified, top lowered 9 inches, widened by 5 inches
    Brute Force Hi clearance rear with quarter panel protection and swing out
    CVT Mt Shasta RTT
    Wilson 1000 whip CB antennae, roof mounted
    OEM roof rack
    Koenig Countersteer 16x8 with 4.5" BS
    BFG ATKO 285/75R16 Load Range E
    Color matched front grill/badge delete/flap delete
    Lifetime LED headlights
    Fog anytime mod mk III (disassemble fuse box version, was PITA)

    Interior
    URD Short Shifter
    Pioneer AVIC x930BT Nav with mute wire mod
    Make shift iPhone 5/5s adapter cable
    Polk speakers front and rear
    iPhone connection cable
    Midland 75-822 Cb mounter to dash stack
    Hidden power point under cup holders

    Bed
    Expedition outfitters fridge slide with camp stove
    LED lighting
    Custom switch panel in bed pocket

    Upcoming Mods
    BHLM with Retrofit
    dual battery / marine battery
    fridge (arb 50qt has arrived)


    Purchased 2011 Tacoma DCAB 4x4 6spd OR in October of 2011.


    This was the first time she towed. Drove like crazy to get the first 500 miles on then up we went. Was the first time I needed 1st gear.

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    Here is the last stock pic I have of it. Went out to Texas for Christmas and there is something about this truck at my dads place. It fits!

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    The first mod I did was sound. My last two cars were Lexus and I got used to higher sound quality so I picked up an Pioneer x930BT and Polk Audio speakers for the front and rear. It made a huge improvement in sound quality. I have also modded the radio to allow video playback while in motion. Makes long trips so much easier.

    Next up was suspension. I had planned on going OME but at the last minute went with standard travel Icon's instead. If you are thinking about suspension, I must admit that I am hugely impressed with the Icons. Here is a pic of the stock vs Icon so you can see the difference in shock size.

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    I was super impressed! I got a wild hair up my arse and wanted to see how it looked compared to the Baja Taco. My rake was more pronounced and IMHO I like my set up better than what they have.

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    I have done three aesthetic mods to the truck; debadging, delete mud flaps and color matched grill. I love how clean it looks with the grill color matched. I dont need no skewp!!

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  2. Nov 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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    Enders Taco

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    I started saving for armor and just as I was getting ready to buy some, I came across All-pro's APEX release sale. I love the bumper and get compliments all the time, but I would encourage anyone to read up on the customer service aspect so they know what to expect prior to ordering. I purchased the APEX and their rock sliders.

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    I was going to paint it flat black rustoleum however, it was hot as hell and my time for painting was interrupted by work and rain. I ended up going with rustoleum bedliner and have been very happy with the appearance and the texture. It also covered a lot of the parts where I had issues. Used four cans between the bumper and the sliders. The same day these were installed, my Konig countersteers and BFG all terrains came in. I went with the load range E for the taller profile and lower price. I've been very happy with them even though they are heavy as shit!

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    I get the itch for a RTT. Although it has not arrived yet, I found a smoking deal on a bed rack for it. I picked it up last month. I understand it was ATO's original design.

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    I talked to a local welder that makes a lot of jeep bumpers about cutting it down about 9". I'm hoping it will bring at least half of the tent into the trucks slipstream while still leaving the bed usable. I'll also be getting some brackets for my Hi Lift welded on too.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM
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  4. Mar 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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    Enders Taco

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    It's been too long since I updated this. These are the final pictures to the altered bed rack

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    With hi lift mounted

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    Then came the tent!

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    Since these were taken, I've had the tent deployed at ShoeCreek in temps that dipped down in the low teens. My bag is rated to 0 and I was nice and cozy all night. Also, I have a preteen daughter that's becoming a book nerd. I don't like getting drunk around her so I installed some LED lights in the tent so she can read and I can drink. I was very pleased with the trial run but I need to clean up the internal wiring a bit.

    I've also installed AllPro's expo leaf packs and its made a big difference in ride comfort and raised the rear stance.

    Lastly, I gave up on a b-pillar mounting for a CB. My ass is just too big and my legs too long. After pulling it from the pillar a couple of times getting out of the truck, I went to a Midland 75-822. It's small, doubles as a portable and does the job
     
  5. May 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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    sweeeeeet build!
     
  6. May 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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    Long Bed Leer cap, Wheather tech floor liners, Black badges, Demello Offroad front plate bumper, rear wrap around tube bumper and sliders. Scorpion lined bed, rocker panels and fender flares.
    So you like the Icons... I've been thinking about what I want to do with the suspension on mine. You can do a moderate lift with them right what did you set yours at? Also how's the ride on the road?
     
  7. May 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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    Enders Taco

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    Mine are set at 2 1/4 and the ride is as good as stock on road and substantially improved off road. Worth the money.

    I do wish I would have got the extended travel, especially in the rear. That's my only regret tho.

    If you have a plate bumper or are planning one I'd recommend ordering it with a more firm spring or a longer spring. I do plan on upgrading them when I go for a winch.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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  9. Aug 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM
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    Very nice. Would love to have the bed rack and tent setup.
     
  10. Aug 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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    It's nice. I use it constantly, just because I can. Need to update pics. Just added underbelly protection. And the winch is pending installation
     
  11. Oct 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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    Updated suspension/mod listing. I'll get some photos from URE this weekend
     
  12. Oct 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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    The plan for this weekend...

    Meet up time with Me, Phil, ckeene, Ronnie, and possibly Paul at, 1400 Country Lane, South Hill, 23970 at 730PM

    Some of us are meeting at 1800 at the Crackel Barrel at that same exit. If you look on google maps at the address, you will see it...
     
  13. Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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    1800 Friday?
     
  14. Oct 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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    Yes Sir...
     
  15. Oct 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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    loco Have Lockers will Travel!

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    Way too much...Click on the build thread!
    Ohhh yes Big Ben is coming!
     
  16. Oct 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    loco Have Lockers will Travel!

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    Way too much...Click on the build thread!
    Also you bringing your Pooch? Mines coming since my wife is outta town with the other dog.
     
  17. Oct 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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    Enders Taco

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    I was planning on bringing the dog and leaving the kid.
     
  18. Oct 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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    Sounds like a plan. Hopefully ours get along.
     
  19. Oct 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    Enders Taco

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    My gps has an issue with the address. Will check in when I cross into NC
     
  20. Oct 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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    Enders Taco

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    URE pics!
     
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