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Just picked up a 2017, first time Tacoma owner

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ncyrider, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Jul 7, 2019 at 10:04 PM
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    ncyrider

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    Just got a super clean 2017 SR5 V6 2wd 4-door with 33,xxx miles. It seemed that it was in near perfect condition, perfectly maintained, not hammered on and didn't see any off-road use when I first looked at it and test drove it. For some reason I didn't do much research or anything before finally buying this truck, besides going to a few Toyota dealers to look into and test drive some of their used 3rd gen. Tacomas. Seemed like the other Tacomas didn't ride quite as nice as this 2017. At $26k I'm really hoping I made the right decision with this one, and that I'm not missing out by not getting a TRD sport/off-road, of which were all priced much higher. I was told 2016-2019 models are basically the exact same, nothing important has changed over those years. I don't NEED 4wd, and I thought most trucks ride a little better in their 2wd version not having the extra components and unsprung weight? The main reason I'm posting all this is so I can get all the info possible to make sure I got the right Tacoma.
    Upgrading from a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4, and I have no experience with Toyota trucks, I've only owned Ford Rangers and Explorers. I bought this Tacoma thinking that it's my new long-term "project" truck, and I'll want to throw a good amount of upgrades at it. I do use my trucks off-road some times and I like lots of things on a truck to be geared towards off-road use. I'm still in the process of checking over everything, and verifying everything is how it should be on this truck.
    It's had 2 owners, the guy I bought it from did the upgrades to it, which include a DV8 front bumper (fenders and stock bumper had to be cut back a lot, a well-known truck shop did the install), Bilstein 5100 series shocks all around (he claimed they are better than the TRD Pro shocks), TRD Pro black wheels, Cooper a/t tires, and some other smaller things.
    I've been checking out the bumper and how they cut the bodywork to make sure it was all done right, so far the only thing I've noticed is both wheel wells (the black inner fenders) are held with a couple zip ties on the front. This is an upgrade where I would be worried about a shop maybe messing something up on a brand new truck because of how much modifying/cutting had to be done.
    I found broken glass under the back seat, tinted glass that looks like it was the back window. The guy didn't know anything about this. Not sure if this is something I should look into, but the back window is good and I haven't seen any other signs that a window has been replaced.

    Are there any must-do first mods on this truck? I saw the TRD Pro/Raptor grill with running lights upgrade which I like. What about an air filter upgrade or removing the air box snorkel?
    I heard the Bilstein shocks are currently on the "low" setting, like they can be adjusted to raise ride height by a couple inches, it might be in the front only. How can I do this?
    How often should I change the oil on this truck - up to 5,000 miles like all the other trucks I've owned? (I do 4000-4500 miles) I have the receipt from the last oil change on this Tacoma, just under 4,000 miles ago by a dealer. I know this truck takes synthetic unlike my older Fords, and who makes the best oil filter(s) for it? I liked using Royal Purple filters on my sport Trac because they were noticeably bigger than all the other quality oil filters for that truck.
     
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  2. Jul 7, 2019 at 10:29 PM
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    Stocklocker

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    Sounds like some nice mods are done already. Welcome to TW. Reward us with some pics!
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2019 at 10:41 PM
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    Searat99

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    Awesome description of the truck,, What color is it? lol. Welcome to Tacoma World.
     
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  4. Jul 7, 2019 at 10:46 PM
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    Bigdaddy4760

    Bigdaddy4760 Well traveled Older Than Dirt

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  5. Jul 7, 2019 at 11:07 PM
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    pics or it didnt happen
     
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    Welcome! Post up the pics
     
  8. Jul 8, 2019 at 1:28 AM
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  9. Jul 8, 2019 at 1:57 AM
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  10. Jul 8, 2019 at 2:49 AM
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    Welcome! I have an SR5 too and wasn’t sure if I made the right choice by not getting a TRD. But honestly I’m super happy with it. It what was within my budget and I only do light off-roading, so it’s perfect.
     
  11. Jul 8, 2019 at 4:11 AM
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    The only significant change I’m aware of 16-19 came in 2018 with the addition of Toyota safety sense. Toyota recommends oil changes at 10k.
     
  12. Jul 8, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    A lot people ask if they got the right truck . If you are happy that's what counts and the sr5 is a great truck
     
  14. Jul 8, 2019 at 4:46 AM
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    Buy truck.

    Go to forum to ask if you will like it?

    That’s messed up.
     
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  15. Jul 8, 2019 at 7:04 AM
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    cblow5

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    I get my oil changed at 6k intervals because I am obsessive and compulsive. The only upgrades that I have done that were not based on my needs for camping or expeditions are the OVtune and the TRDCAI. Sure the Hondo Garage radio knobs are nice as is the bed step and bed mat.
     
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  16. Jul 10, 2019 at 8:11 AM
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    What is the ovtune and trdcai?
     
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  17. Jul 10, 2019 at 8:14 AM
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    ncyrider

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    Here is the truck
     
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    St.Germain

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    clean!
     
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    Welcome to TW.
     
  20. Jul 10, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    OVtune has a whole giant thread on what it does. Just use search in 3rd gen and you should find it. It is a very well thought out performance upgrade for your Taco for either automatic trans or manual. I love what it has done for my truck. But you may want to wait as your truck is brand new and it may void your warranty although the stock tune can be replaced at anytime.

    Naysayers will tell you the TRD Cold Air Intake will do nothing for your vehicle that is measurable on a dyno...which I won't argue with...but I felt the TRD CAI made the truck noticeably more willing to rev which improved response from pedal input to engine. It is a Toyota part so won't void your warranty and is CARB approved so will pass smog in all 50 states. Pretty easy to install if you have basic mechanical skills.
     

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