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How Soon Would You Starting Modding a New Vehicle?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Hot Taco, Feb 14, 2013.

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When buying a new vehicle, I start modifying it...

  1. As soon as I bring it home from the dealership.

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  2. After I've put a few miles on it... to make sure it works.

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  3. After the warranty is complete expired.

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  4. Never... I'm too darn scared that the dealership will void my warranty!

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  1. Feb 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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    Hot Taco

    Hot Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be purchasing a new Tacoma this Spring and I've already got a list of modifications for it that's about a mile long (and I blame all of you on the Tacoma World forums for making the list so long! :p ) At the moment, I plan on starting the modifications as soon as I bring the truck home. For me, "modifications" means color matching the bumpers and various parts as well as significant suspension work (lowering in my case).

    So my question is this... am I crazy if I start modding a brand new truck? Would you (or did you)? Some people would want to drive the truck for a few weeks, months, or maybe even a few years to 'make sure' they didn't get a lemon and won't have to take it back to the dealer. Part of my brain is telling me this is what I should do (i.e., wait a little while and put a few miles on before the mods begin.) Some might not even think about doing major modifications until the warranty is up.

    The other part of my brain is thinking that once I've signed the paperwork and I drive off the dealer lot, it would pretty much take an act of God in order for the dealer to take that truck back, regardless of the defects that may show-up. I've read many posts on these forums about what I think were manufacturer defects on trucks and in pretty much every case, the dealer just tried to fix the defect but never gave the owner a new truck. Therefore, what's the point of waiting to do modifications if you're pretty much stuck with the truck you buy?

    What do you do? Mod right away or wait? (and why?)
     
  2. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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    HIst8ofMIND

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    I wait six months for major modifications. Minor stuff on the other hand. As soon as possible.
     
  3. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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    bmgreene

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    I think the earliest I've ever done a serious mod was about 3-4 months after purchase.

    I'd personally hold off on major mods until the engine is broken in (about 500-1k miles), but smaller/cosmetic stuff probably wouldn't be a big deal to do sooner.
     
  4. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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    thelivestone

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  5. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM
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    jtav2002

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    If you already have ideas I'd just start as soon as money allows.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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    WVHellbilly

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    As soon as possible for little stuff, maybe wait a little while on suspension ect.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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    Hot Taco

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    I should probably mention that part of the driving force behind me wanting to starting do modifications right away is that I plan on buying a 2wd regular cab Tacoma, and I think the stock truck looks incredibly dorky (Sorry to offend some of you, but that's my opinion!) My current truck (Gen 1 Taco) that I will sell to get the new truck looks really nice and I can't bare the thought of having to wait several months before I can have a nice looking truck again! :D
     
  8. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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    berg2065

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    For cosmetic things....right away. For drivetrain and mechanical mods, I would drive the truck a few thousand miles to get the feel of that particular truck and then move forward on those mods.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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    thebigsmit

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  10. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    When I have enough money to buy a brand new vehicle, I will probably budget lots of parts in with the price. Then have them before the vehicle.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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    cmack

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    when it's paid off. if paid for in cash, then start in. that's the way i do it, at least
     
  12. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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    Good point. I feel I've made the mistake in the past by throwing new swaybars and coilovers on a vehicle all the same time, right after I bought it. By doing that, I couldn't really tell if I 'improved' anything because I barely knew what the vehicle handled like before the change :eek: (Although the big grin on my face after test driving with the suspension usually means 'I dun good'!)
     
  13. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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    KenLyns

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    Do the major suspension work when the truck is new. Modding is far less enjoyable when the bolts have rusted.
     
  14. Feb 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM
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    Also a great point! I live in Wisconsin, and rust is the precise reason I'm not buying a new truck until Spring. I don't want to subject a brand new vehicle to our salty roads :( Putting new suspension on is certainly easier when you don't have to use "the fire wrench" on every bolt :rolleyes:
     
  15. Feb 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM
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    I really dislike the stock look, so I begin buying parts even before the deal is done.
     
  16. Feb 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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    Personally, I would be too bored with the truck to care by then.
     
  17. Feb 15, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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    toughtaco

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  18. Feb 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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    cmack

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    well you do realise, if you take all the extra cash you end up blowing on it, instead of buying mods, add it to your monthly payment, it'd be paid off quicker, then you'd be able to mod it even more because you're saving a monthly payment everyt month. I'm a banker for trade, so I know most don't think like me....then again tho, I've also paid for all my vehicles in cash.
     
  19. Feb 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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    Bought a lift before I owned the truck :anonymous:
     
  20. Feb 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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    I lifted mine within two months of buying it. Stock suspension was way too soft. I put the rock sliders on at about eight months of ownership. It's all up to what you feel comfortable with. I bought the truck knowing what I was going to do and had everything researched and planned out beforehand.
     
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