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First 5 mods to our new Taco

Discussion in 'New Members' started by ak_sharks, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:29 PM
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    ak_sharks

    ak_sharks [OP] New Member

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    We’ve been wanting to buy a 2nd gen Tacoma for a while, and finally pulled the trigger a couple weeks ago on a 2015 access cab TRD sport. It’s beautiful and we love it!

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the truck so I’ve been looking up forum posts and Youtube videos of mods, and below are the 5 mods I decided to do that are cheap and easy and make the truck that much better and that much more ours. More details and pictures further down.

    1. Update lights to LED (convenience)

    2. Interior organization (convenience)

    3. Unifilter mod (mechanical)

    4. AC drain hose extension (rust prevention)

    5. Tailgate hose clamp (theft prevention)


    1. Update lights to LED, interior and exterior

    Cost: $19.99
    Time: 10-15 minutes

    This simply replaces all the interior light bulbs as well as the license plate and reverse light bulbs to LED. It provides a brighter, whiter light that looks more modern. The kit is available on Amazon here.

    Replacing the bulbs is very straightforward and there are several Youtube videos on accessing the interior light bulbs (like this, and this).
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    The license plate and reverse lights are also very simple and explained in the owner’s manual. The license plate light has 1 screw to remove, and the reverse lights has 2 bolts holding the tail lights mount.
    IMG_2165.jpg IMG_2166.jpg IMG_6778.jpg

    2. Interior organization

    Time: 10 minutes

    This is simply just getting some things on Amazon to create more useable spaces in the truck cab. We got:

    - Glove box organizer: $18.99
    - Center console organizer: $14.99
    - Center console lid organizer: $14.57
    - Seat gap organizer: $16.95

    3. Unifilter mod

    Cost: $16.72
    Time: 20 minutes

    This is a preventative measure to avoid potential problems down the road. There’s an air injection pump that has a foam filter that CAN break down and get sucked into the pump. It’s an easy cheap fix that can avoid the problem. The mod is quick and easy, and there are lots of videos on Youtube that shows how to do this.

    Here’s the new filter installed, and the pieces you will have taken out:
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    4. AC drain hose extension

    Cost: ~$5
    Time: 30 minutes

    This one seems pretty important. The drain hose coming out of the AC unit is very short, and often it drains straight onto the frame. In some places that may not be a problem, but in humid areas where the water will just sit there, it may lead to frame rust, which is already a problem with Tacomas.

    To help, all it takes is to add a hose extension to the stub. This video has a good step by step guide, but the pictures below can also give you an idea.

    This is the front passenger wheel well. Behind the tire, there’s this shield that you can pull aside by pulling out these two plastic pins.
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    The black drain hose can then be seen (where my thumb is).
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    You can also see if you get below the truck and look up in front of the passenger seat. That drain hose has an internal diameter of 3/8” and an external diameter of 5/8”. So get about 3 feet of tubing that has an internal diameter of either 3/8” or 5/8”. If you get the larger, just slip it over the drain hose and secure with a hose clamp. If you use the 3/8” internal diameter hose, you need to get a hose connector like I used here:
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    Then just thread the new hose down below the frame and cut it so it doesn’t extend too low. I used some cable ties to secure it away from elements that can get hot:
    IMG_2156.jpg

    5. Tailgate hose clamp

    Cost: ~$3
    Time: 5 minutes

    Finally, if you aren’t aware, removing (or stealing) the tailgate is very easy on these trucks, as it doesn’t lock. You can add a lock if you want, but as I am getting a topper that should secure it, I wanted to just keep the tailgate from being stolen too easily.

    Here’s a video on how to do this, using a hose clamp. Basically, on the right hinge of the tailgate, just pass a medium sized hose clamp around the hinge and tighten it down. Somebody could just remove the hose clamp before taking the tailgate, but it will take a minute rather than 10 seconds, so it’s a decent deterrent.
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  2. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:32 PM
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    JaCado

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  3. Sep 10, 2020 at 4:22 AM
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    Hardscrabble

    Hardscrabble Well-Known Member

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    Leather seats, WeatherTech's, Access LiteRider tonneau cover, extra D-rings in bed & tailgate. Pelley lightbar with Hella 700FF's. Temp./compass O/H console.
    Welcome to TW! Looks like you’ve got a nice 2nd Gen truck.

    Great pictures of the mods you’ve done. Many members create a Build thread in order to document the mods and progress on their trucks.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2020 at 4:23 AM
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    Bigdaddy4760

    Bigdaddy4760 Well traveled Older Than Dirt

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  5. Sep 10, 2020 at 5:27 AM
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    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard new member
     
  6. Sep 10, 2020 at 7:07 AM
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    ErickNdp

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    Welcome!
     
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  7. Sep 10, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    buckhuntin-tacoma

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    Welcome to TW!
     
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  8. Sep 12, 2020 at 5:18 AM
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    boogie3478

    boogie3478 Tacomaholic & Hollywood

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