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MAUIAUSTIN's High School Tacoma Build "Ava"

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by MAUIAUSTIN, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Jun 20, 2018 at 1:06 AM
    #1
    MAUIAUSTIN

    MAUIAUSTIN [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2016
    Member:
    #188067
    Messages:
    40
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Austin
    Maui, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    1995 Ext. Cab 4x4 SR5
    How she sits as of 6/24/2018
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    How she sits as of 5/31/2018
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    4/22/18
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    2/3/2018
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    SPECS

    1995 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab
    3.4L V6
    5 Spd Manual Transmition
    SR5
    4WD

    Wheels/Tires:
    Stock Rims (Painted Black with High Heat Paint)
    BFGoodrich All-Terrain 31x10.5x15

    Suspension:
    Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Front Shocks (set to middle with stock springs)
    Bilstein 5125 Rear Shocks
    Toytec 1.5" AAL

    Exterior Lights:
    Genssi LED 7x6 Headlights with DRL (Main Headlights)
    Auxbeam Side Shooter LED Pods 4" (On CBI Ditch Light Brackets)
    Nilight 20 Inch LED Light Bar (Front Light Bar)
    Kawell Flood Lights (Reverse Lights)
    ONLINE LED STORE 7" Single Row LED Light Bar (Side Lights)

    Audio:
    Sony MEX-GS610BT Head Unit
    Kicker 40CS654 6-1/2" 2-way car speakers (Front Speakers)
    Polk Audio DB 652 DB+ Series 6-1/2" 2-way car speakers (Rear Speakers)
    Kicker CompVR 43CVR102 10" subwoofer (in custom box)
    Rockford Fosgate Punch P500X2 (amp)

    Misc:
    Toolbox
    Lumber rack

    The Build:

    It all started with Tacoma World. My eagerness to drive this tacoma lead me on endless ventures through the forums of this site. Crazy, built tacomas with big lifts and lights, had me drooling over the endless possibilities of the truck. So began the high school build.
    My first order of business was to make the truck bright. (The stock sealed beam headlights weren't cutting it any longer)
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    I went with Auxbeam LED Pods mounted on CBI Ditch Light Brackets and a 20" Nilight Light bar on the bumper. (Both ordered from Amazon)

    The Result... (Pretty Bright) :)
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    Then I blessed Myself with the ability to listen to my own music with a brand new head unit and speakers!
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    Custom Sub Box:
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    Also Installed a Paranoid Fab switch panel with some rocker switches and a Dual USB Charging outlet...

    Then came the wannabe retro hood decal: +5 Horsepower??
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    Blacked out rims:
    Before-
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    During-
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    After-
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    New Genssi LED Headlights:
    Before:
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    After:
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    After After?:
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    Eventually the original struts on the truck were too worn to drive safely so I bought a 1.5" lift for Ava! (from Toyteclifts.com)
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    Before Installation:
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    After: :)
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    At this point, Ava was everything I ever wanted in a high school build. I took her off-roading everywhere.
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    Until one of my friends reversed into me... crumpling the light stock bumper. :(
    New Bumper cost in Hawaii: Nearly $1000!!! :((((
    I had my uncle smash out the dent as well as he could...
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    Trail Gear bumper with Center Light Bar Hoop: $864 shipped!!!!
    3 Weeks later Before:
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    After:
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    With the center bumper hoop welded on:
    IMG_2829 (1).jpg
    Painted the bumper and bumper filler pieces:
    IMG_2861.jpg
    Heres a little comparison between Ava and her little sister! She is a stock 96 which looked exactly like Ava at one point...
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    Last edited: Jun 24, 2018
  2. Dec 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM
    #2
    Cornflake

    Cornflake 95.5 Tacoma 2.7 4x4

    Joined:
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    Member:
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    Messages:
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    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeremy
    West Georgia
    Vehicle:
    Tan 1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 4x4
    Clear Blinker lens 15x8 black American Racing wheels 31x10.50r15 Ironman all country
    Did you have to do any extra wiring for the 7x6 headlights? Or just plug and play?
     
  3. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM
    #3
    MAUIAUSTIN

    MAUIAUSTIN [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2016
    Member:
    #188067
    Messages:
    40
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Austin
    Maui, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    1995 Ext. Cab 4x4 SR5
    Sorry for the late response. I purchased this wiring harness. very easy to install and basically plug and play.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:18 PM
    #4
    Cornflake

    Cornflake 95.5 Tacoma 2.7 4x4

    Joined:
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    Member:
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    Messages:
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    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeremy
    West Georgia
    Vehicle:
    Tan 1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 4x4
    Clear Blinker lens 15x8 black American Racing wheels 31x10.50r15 Ironman all country
    Do you have a link for the harness?
     
  5. Apr 2, 2019 at 5:01 PM
    #5
    MAUIAUSTIN

    MAUIAUSTIN [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2016
    Member:
    #188067
    Messages:
    40
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Austin
    Maui, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    1995 Ext. Cab 4x4 SR5
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019
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  6. Apr 7, 2019 at 4:50 AM
    #6
    Cornflake

    Cornflake 95.5 Tacoma 2.7 4x4

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2018
    Member:
    #273195
    Messages:
    166
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeremy
    West Georgia
    Vehicle:
    Tan 1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 4x4
    Clear Blinker lens 15x8 black American Racing wheels 31x10.50r15 Ironman all country

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