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Getting my first Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rigger4343, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Jan 27, 2018 at 5:49 PM
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    rigger4343

    rigger4343 [OP] Active Member

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    Hey everyone!
    Been shopping for a replacement vehicle for my old Grand Cherokee and finally settled on one. First part of next week I will be picking up a 2014 Double Cab, 4.0, 2WD Tacoma. It only has 36,000 miles on it and is pretty clean. It has always been a local truck and does not need a thing other than getting the front tires balanced a little better than they are now.
    It is really nothing special, just a regular Tacoma but I actually really like the fact that it is just a simple truck. Just enough stuff to be comfortable but not loaded out with so many options that it takes forever to figure out how it all works. (Not to mention, stuff breaks!)

    It has the Entune Audio plus system in it. From the little I have read up on it, it does most everything but have navigation. I really dont care about having navigation but I saw a couple of youtube videos where it looks like you can do some software downloads and tie your phone's GPS/Nav to it. Anybody play with doing that?

    I am thinking of putting some sort of a tonneau cover on it. I was thinking of one of the tri-fold vinyl covers that I have seen on some trucks. They seem really simple, light and easy to take off and I have seen some for under $200 on ebay. Anybody have any thoughts on those?
    Maybe something like one of these...
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-2005-2...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    Might do some step/nerf bars on it too. I have a couple of little girls that would probably like having some sort of a step up into the truck.

    It has the stock steel wheels on it but at some point, somebody put a set of those black, plastic wheel covers on it. I dont think I really like them very much so they will probably get pulled off. I think I like the grey steel wheel better. I may keep an eye out for some nice looking aluminum take off's for it in the future. I have already seen a few sets on my local craigslist.

    I am looking forward to spending some time on the forums here. Looks like some good tips and tricks here. I am sure I will do a few simple mods to it but she will probably remain pretty much stock.

    Here is one picture I have of it...

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  2. Jan 27, 2018 at 7:20 PM
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    mangler

    mangler Well-Known Member

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    Depending where you live I had a cheap vinyl trifold and the plastic latches kept breaking in the cold. Might be better in a warm climate .
    Running boards id suggest if you have little kids. My kids need them to get in by themself .

    And 3rd gen takeoff wheels and tires are everywhere . I scooped up a set with 500 km on them from a 2017 trd off road for $1000

    Enjoy the new truck

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  3. Jan 28, 2018 at 4:16 AM
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    airsavage

    airsavage Well-Known Member

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    Good looking taco. When you start the mods you will always want more. Add this and it looks good, add that and it looks better and so on it goes.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2018 at 6:26 AM
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    rigger4343

    rigger4343 [OP] Active Member

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    I live in SC so really cold temps dont happen to often. I wouldnt think a cheap cover would be effected by cold temps around here.

    I was just mainly thinking of one of those cheap tri-fold vinyl covers because they look like they would be so easy and light to remove. Long time ago, I had a Sport-Trac with Ford's Bi-fold hard cover on it. It worked great and came off easy but it was heavy and awkward to remove.
    Just seems like one of those cheap covers would work well for a simple and inexpensive cover.

    Looking for good versatile ideas for a cover or any other storage ideas for the bed. Sometimes we hit the road with a camper and will need the bed for camping stuff. Other days its just a couple of book bags and some groceries. Or just the weekend run to Lowes for stuff. I would like to get back into kayak fishing too.

    Maybe a tri-fold cover and possibly a bed extender may be the trick for what I would like to do....

    Anyway, I am looking forward to the new ride and playing around here looking for tips and tricks!
     

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