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ICON & METHOD RACE BUILD UP

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by firefly335i, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Aug 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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    firefly335i

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    Hi my name is Brandon and I want to share my build with the community (FULL PICS BELOW). I just bought a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Sport, Double Cab, w/o Entune, and tow package. I've wanted this truck for over three years and spent the last month researching out the right parts for my driving style, needs and the look I was trying to achieve. I did alot of this with Tacoma Worlds help scouring countless threads to find all the right components, do's/dont's etc. So here we go....

    I use my truck 90% of the time on the freeway for road trips and work, however I love to go out in the southern Utah desert just about every day to get quiet and decompress from the days stress. I also use the truck for camping, mountain biking and the occasional trip to Home Depot. My goal has been to achieve a more balanced look by lifting the truck and giving it more room to clear obstacles when camping or exploring fire roads without compromising the factory ride. I know I've heard some folks say the factory ride sucks however I found it to be extremely comfortable especially upgrading from a 2002 Jeep Liberty with trashed shocks.

    I'm really particular when it comes to upgrades. I wanted to make sure everything fit perfect and didn't leave me with any bumping, creaking, rattling or squeaking noises. When I'm out 4 wheeling I'm really casual, cautious and patient. On Sundays I usually rub the truck with a diaper like camerons dad JK JK. No but in all reality I like my stuff to last and I take good care of the truck. Here are the upgrades:

    -Icon Stage 1 with purchase of the Icon "Add a Leafs". At first I wanted the complete Stage 4 kit but after thinking of my needs I couldn't justify the price plus I would never put my truck through the paces enough to justify the beefy aluminum upper control arms ($1400 depending on where you purchase). My opinon on this kit on a scale of 1-10 is a 10! The truck feels great on the street and freeway plus the body roll is significantly reduced which is great on high speed turns and the off road performance is where it really shines. The city is building a new section of freeway here in town out by the airport. I went flying down that dirt road about 65 and the suspension really soaks the bumps up. After about 500 miles the suspension gets buttery smooth. Purchased from www.wheelersoffroad.com out of Oregon. Ask for Johnny. Nice guy, had everything in stock, free and fast shipping and no tax.

    -Method 301 race wheels (17x8.5 w/6 on 5.5 and 4.5 back spacing). I was going for something sporty yet fashionable that I think will stay a classic like the ole Mickey Thompson Classic Truck wheels even if they get over played. The other thing I liked about these wheels are they were each 10 lbs lighter than the factory wheels which shaved another 40 lbs off the total weight of the enhancements. This was another goal of mine because I had a 1994 Jeep Wrangler back in the day and it felt super clunky and heavy after I hopped it up and I wanted to avoid that with the Tacoma.

    -Toyo Open Country A/T 2 --- P285/70/17. After tons of research trying to find a tire that looks aggressive and will last as long if not longer than a BFG All Terrain I found these tires. They have a 65,000 mile warranty, are super quiet, have siping, and are great in all weather. The best tire out there (in my opinion) for my application! Absolutely no rubbing with this set up. None. Totally stoked. Wheels, tires and lug nuts where ordered from www.desertrat.com out of Tuscon. Ask for Barry. Great pricing, service and communication.

    -Last but not least I opted to go with the TRD cat back exhaust. This was hard to select because most of the videos on YouTube weren't that great of quality because everyone uses their phone. But none the less I compared enought clips to make my judgment. Mind you I was going for something a little more discreet because I'm pretty conservative when it comes to drawing attention but I really wanted to accentuate the awesome sound of that Toyota motor. I'm sooooo glad I went with the TRD exaust because it's freakin perfect. No drone in the cab but when you punch it she sounds amazing without sounding ricey. At highway speeds (65-75 mph) you hear a very soft humm. I may record a sound clip here soon of the exhaust if I get enough requests.

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  2. Aug 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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    BMOC

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    great combo. :thumbsup:

    looks great
     
  3. Aug 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM
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    bigtaco06

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    Love it!!
     
  4. Aug 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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    firefly335i

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    Thanks guys :)
     
  5. Aug 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    looking good ICONs FTW!!! you plan on getting new UCAs too?
     
  6. Aug 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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    firefly335i

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    No UCAs but on a random note, I am planning on adding "Ridgid Industries" LED lightbar for Tacoma.
     
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  7. Aug 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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    ChamYota

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    Very impressive. :cheers:
     
  8. Aug 26, 2013 at 6:15 AM
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    HighTQCummins

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    just about exactly how I want to set mine up! looks really good man
     
  9. Aug 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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    Thanks for the love gents :)
     
  10. Aug 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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    Beautiful truck, Brandon.
    I'm curious, any trimming or rubbing?
    Did you leave the Icons set at 2"?
    I'm thinking of doing a very similar set up..
     
  11. Sep 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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    Sweet. Same wheel tire combo I'm looking at. This confirms it will look good.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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    Hi :) No trimming or rubbing and I left the shocks at the factory setting which I was told was 2.5" of lift :) Truck rides fantastic. You'll love it. Your truck looks great too :)
     
  13. Sep 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    Thanks Sparky :)
     
  14. Feb 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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    Have you ever thought about putting a cold air intake in? If so which would you choose? I was thinking of just getting the TRD but idk. By the way your truck look awesome man. :cool:
     
  15. Feb 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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    The truck looks awesome nice choice on the icons
     
  16. Feb 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM
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    Looks good! Tough and clean.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2014 at 7:45 PM
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    No trimming or rubbing :)
     
  18. Feb 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM
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    Naw I'm not planning on adding a cold air intake. I wish I could be of assistance but I have no recommendations.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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    I forgot to answer that last question. I left them set at 2.5". Which is what they come set at. To my knowledge if you crank down the collar it only affects the pre-load/stiffens it up (doesn't lift the truck). Plus when I throw my dirt bike in the back it sits level which is nice. :)
     
  20. May 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM
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    Icon C/O, Icon 2.0 Resi's, LR UCAs, Alcan 8 leaf pack, Aero 2525XL, Michelin LTX MS2, Lifetime LED heads and fogs, aFe Pro Dry filter, Weathertech mats, Best Top, Hybrid Audio, Arc Amp, Arc Sub, Ram matting, Core/Hurst Short Throw Shifter, OEM Bed Mat, Antenna X....
    Looks killer man! How was the street ride improved with the icons? You said the body roll improved, that sounds like what I need. Mine has gotten pretty bad now.
     
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