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Gear Head's Silver 2000 TRD Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds' started by Gear Head, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Jul 11, 2013 at 6:39 AM
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    Gear Head

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    Well I finally decided to make a build thread. Tacoma's are my all time favorite truck and have been since I knew about them. I bought this truck off my old man and it had 222k miles on it. He owned it since 160k so I know all the maintenance history back to then. It was exactly the truck I wanted when I was looking for my first Tacoma so I just had to buy it. I hope you like my truck as much as I do.

    How it sits now as of 03/22/14

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    Specs:
    2000 TRD SR5 3.4L Auto 4x4 241k miles

    Interior:
    Alpine Head unit
    2 10" Kicker cvr's
    Rockford Fostgate 400w 4 channel
    LED gauges, hvac, map lights, and dome light
    Smoked lights on the door handles

    Exterior:
    Mini H1 retro, halos, 35w 5000k, Mini gatling shrouds
    Dipped badges, grille emblem, and door handles
    Painted Grille
    Dyed bumper
    15x8 Mickey Thompson Classic ll's painted black
    31x10.50x15 Yokohama Geolander AT's
    Ventshades
    Bug Shield (Removed)
    Ebay black housing headlights and corners
    Smoked turn signals
    Bedlined UWS toolbox

    Suspension
    5100 fronts
    Eibach coils
    Removed sway bar
    63" Chevy swap
    12" 5125's
    Custom U-bolt flip
    Boxed rear frame

    Future Mods:
    Hybrid Front Bumper
    Sliders
    Custom Rear Bumper DONE
    Creeper Joint rear hangers
    33's or 35's
    Bed rack
    Snorkel

    And because I'm a picture whore, the Truck that started it all. My old 96:

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    Now back to my current. When I bought it..

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    Bought some Mickey Thompson wheels with four mud tires for $170. The tires were on my red tacoma when I totaled it and they had a flat spot from locking it down so I put the wheels on my truck and sold the tires for $200.

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    The wheels have a really low backspacing so they rubbed. Bent the pinch and trimmed the fender liner.

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    Had DRL's (daytime running lights) and hated them so I disabled them

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    Scored a UWS toolbox off Craigslist for $100 :cool:

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    Picked up some ebay headlights and corners to get rid of the god awful stockers. Also dipped the grille emblem.

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    Was leaking oil since I bought it so I did valve cover gaskets and rear main seal.

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    Painted them gloss black
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    LED's
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    Dipped my wheels
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    Dyed my bumper with Duplicolor Trim and Vinyl dye and smoked my turn signals with VHT Niteshade. Also dipped emblems and door handles.

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    Needed MOAR black so I bedlined my toolbox
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    Picked up a Sony 1000w amp, Rockford 400w 4 channel, and 2 10" kicker CVR's for $180 and sold the sony for $60

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    Started gathering parts for my lift. Billy 5100 fronts, 12" 5125 rears, Chevy 63's. Bought my 63's and took them apart

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    Sorry it's sideways

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    Made some hangers out of cardboard. Going to a friends house Friday to use his plasma cutter and welder and get these built.

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  2. Jul 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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    Slodgetto

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    Looking good, man. Sub'd
     
  3. Jul 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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    Gear Head

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    Thanks man! I know it's not much, but everybody's gotta start somewhere.

    On another note, that guy I mentioned before with the 5.29's... turns out he has install kits for both sets of gears. He said I can get it all for $325 which is a smoking deal. If I buy it all what should I be able to sell the rear 8" 5.29's and install kit for? Rear gears are Yukon.

    Orrrr... how much would an e-locker axle cost? I've looked around locally and can't find an axle to get a ballpark price? I think I would rather swap axles to kill 2 birds with one stone and get a locker and not have to resell then by more 5.29's.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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    That's looking great!
     
  5. Jul 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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    Looks good and that 96...how could you let that go...
     
  6. Jul 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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  7. Jul 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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    Thanks!

    Dude I kick myself everyday. I totaled the shit out of it and it sat for 6 months and when I fixed it I just lost interest and played vehicle hot potato for the next 2 years. BMW, Mustang, XJ, back to the Mustang, now my '00 Taco. Not gonna make the same mistake twice ;)
     
  8. Jul 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
  9. Jul 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    Went to my buddy's house to work on a few things this evening. Got one of my hangers made and wire brushed and painted the chevys. My friend laid some pretty nice welds.

    These things are stupid beefy.
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    Still have to cut the chevy shackles and shackle hangers off the main leafs lol.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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    hanger looks good. Personally I would have made it a little longer so the slope is even more gradual. Since you're moving the hangers forward on the frame they are more prone to get hung up on rocks in that new position. Making the hangers longer allows for almost a flat transition from the frame so it will slide over rocks instead of getting hung up.

    But that's getting nit-picky. They look great.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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    Now that you've told him that, he can always add some plate to it to lower the angle.
     
  12. Jul 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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    Thanks man! Means a lot coming from a fabricator like yourself! And yeah the original design I was using was 13" long and while the transition was smooth, I thought it looked goofy :eek:. The ones I made are actually 9" long but that picture makes them look super short. The angle may not be ideal but these things are BEEFY haha. I know they will get beat up which is why I boxed the angled part. Will make it super strong and the hanger wont get tweaked wedging the springs in there.
     
  13. Jul 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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    Like I said, they'll be plenty strong as they are. Not worth changing what you have. Proceed.
     
  14. Jul 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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    Yessir! :D
     
  15. Jul 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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    I should have a quite a few packages getting here on Tuesday :spy: Also headed back to my friends shop to get the other hanger made and finish the chevys on Tuesday as well. I put a jack under my hitch today and lifted the rear 3.5" today to visualize my new ride height... :eek: haha I'm a little excited.
     
  16. Jul 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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    Got some goodies today! Eibachs and extended rear brake line.

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    I've been spraying all the bolts I'll be removing with wd40 for about a week now. Hoping for smooth sailing. I'll still probably have to cut the bolts for the stock leafs though. 233k miles is up there...
     
  17. Jul 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    Hanger looks great, man! Have fun getting those old bushings out of the springs. :D:D:D
     
  18. Jul 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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    Thanks! And they aren't dry rotted that bad at all.. I'm going to use them as they are :eek: I'll change them if they become an issue. Nothing a torch can't fix :D
     
  19. Jul 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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    More goodies!! 5100 fronts and 12" 5125 rears.

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    Now the only things I need is plate to box the frame, upper crossmember/shock mount, and come up with a way to mount the shocks. I know a lot of people use tabs but I like the idea of using the stock threaded dowel type mount. If I can get those out of the stock mounts, then I can cut them to length and weld them to the axle and crossmember. I want to do it like this so that the shock can pivot freely around the mount during articulation. I feel like with tabs range of motion will be limited, kind of like a leaf spring trying to twist inside the shackles.

    I really hope someone understands what I just type :confused:

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  20. Jul 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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    I need some more people in my thread so it's not so damn quiet!

    Got some more work done tonight. Finished one of my chevy 63's and I need to get a new center pin for the other. Also got my other hanger built. My buddy tacked it together and I actually welded her up! For my second time welding, I'm pretty damn proud of myself! Mocked up the hangers and they fit like a glove. I'm really happy with how they came out. I think the angle is perfect. Now on to the pics....

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