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Millsy's Simple & Effective Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Millsy, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Jun 3, 2019 at 11:48 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    How it sits as of July 2021:
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    The day I brought it home:
    tacoma_stock_01.jpg

    I bought this 2013 DCSB 4x4 used from a local dealer with 68,000 on the Odometer in October of 2017.

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    I also owned this 2001 Ranger that I bought back in 2007 that became a 2WD go-fast build. I put quite a bit of dirt miles on this truck, but it was starting to give me trouble in it's old age. I retired the Ranger a year or so after purchasing the Tacoma. I wanted this new build to be a bit of a sleeper, loaded out with the essentials, but not drawing much attention. The purpose of this build is to be highly capable of exploring the deserts and mountains and getting lost from time to time, yet remaining humble in appearance.



    --- THE LOADOUT ---

    Front Suspension:
    Fox 2.5 Reservoir Coilovers
    Camburg Balljoint UCAs
    Sway Bar Delete
    Energy Suspension Bump Stops


    Rear Suspension:
    Fox 2.0 Performance Shocks - Stock Location
    Stock Leafs with Wheelers Add-A-Leaf
    Wheelers U-Bolt Flip Kit


    Wheels & Tires:
    265/75R16 BFG KO2 All-Terrains
    Pacer Nighthawk 166SB Wheels 16x8


    Lighting Solutions:
    20W Amber Fog Lights with Cali Raised Fog Bracket - REMOVED
    Diode Dynamics SS3 Sport Fog Light Kit
    KC 6" Halogens with Spread Reflectors Behind Grill
    KC C2 LED Floods with Cali Raised Lo Pro Ditch Brackets

    Amber/White LED Dust Light Bar Independently Wired - REMOVED
    LED Chase Lights Box (Amber Dust Light, White/Amber Alternating Strobes)
    20W Flush Mount LED Floods in Rear Bumper

    Electrical / Comms:
    Blue Sea 12 Circuit Fuse Block
    Bussmann 100 Amp Circuit Breaker
    80 Amp Circuit Breaker for Rear Cab
    Ulincos 19mm Push Button Switches
    Always Hot Quick Charge Dual USB Outlet and Voltmeter
    Rugged Radios VX2200 UHF Radio Mounted in Center Console
    Cobra CB Radio Mounted in Center Console Cubby
    Tech-Deck with Ram X Phone Mount
    USB Power Extension for Phone.


    Exterior:
    Custom Car Grill Insert
    Modified Smittybilt/N-Fab Light Bar
    Mudflaps Deleted
    BFH'd Pinch Welds
    Debadged Completely
    Stubby Radio Antenna Replacement
    Trailer Harness Relocation
    Tail Pipe Chop Above Axle
    Rear Diff Breather Mod
    Uni Filter Mod


    Short Bed:
    265/75r16 BFG Spare in Stock Location
    Bed Mounted Tool Box with Race Jack, Tools, Recovery Gear

    DIY Pressurized Road Shower on DIY Rail Mounts - REMOVED
    DIY Road Shower with Electric Pump
    OBA Mounted Above Passenger Cubby and Tapped into Bed - REMOVED
    OBA Secured in Lockable Ammo Can Mounted to Bed Rail
    DIY Tailgate Semi-Anti-Theft Mod
    KB Voodoo Bed/Tailgate Caps
    Cargo L-Tracks


    Double Cab Interior:
    Silver Trim Painted Flat Black
    Husky Front Floor Mats
    Rear Seat Storage Bins Deleted
    Dog Platform

    Modifications Sitting in the Garage Waiting for Install:
    LED Lighting for Engine Bay


    Future Plans:
    Front Aluminum Skid Plate
    US Offroad Bumper
    TC Spindle Gussets
    Rear Shock Relocation Kit
    ICON RTX Springs
    Steel-Braided Extended Brake Lines





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  2. Jun 3, 2019 at 11:49 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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  3. Jun 3, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    Beretta4x4

    Beretta4x4 What makes the green grass grow? TTC#0114

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    Welcome and nice build!
     
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  4. Jun 4, 2019 at 6:21 AM
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    CaliRaisedLed

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    Great looking build and welcome! :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Jun 11, 2019 at 7:06 PM
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    djm68

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    Love the understated build -- that is what I am wanting to do with my 2012.

    Bunch of questions:

    The Tech Deck -- did you get the heavy duty version or the standard? I was going to install one as well, saw the the heavy duty version install is quite a bit more involved, but appears straight forward enough with modest DIY skills.

    The always hot USB charger/volt meter: did you remove one of the lighter charging sockets and replace it with the dual charger? Did you wire it to the Blu-Sea fuse block or did you connect to the cigarette lighter wires?

    Is this the type of charger you installed?

    Thanks,
    DJM
     
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  6. Jun 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    @djm68 For the Tech Deck I got the heavy duty one but haven't installed the extra support bar yet. I have my phone mounted 99% of the time and a small tablet only when camping in remote locations for GPS. It's held up well with no shaking of any kind with it just bolting into the sides of the head unit.

    For the USB charger, I actually installed that exact one from Amazon. I removed one of the stock lighter sockets and cut away some of the plastic as the charger needs a slightly larger hole. For the wiring, it is connected to the daisy chain of pos and neg cables that jumps from each of my 8 aux push switches, then back to the blue sea fuse block.
     
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  7. Jun 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM
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    troopah43

    troopah43 Blood Taco

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    Toytec Boss CMC Chinese Light Bar (front & rear) Stereo Other cheap DIY mods
    Love this build! I think the 'sleepers' are pretty cool, I mean as much as I like light bars mounted to every surface and all...

    Side note: Do you have any detailed pictures of your bed storage? I've been looking at low profile ways to store everything and haven't found a great way without spending a lot of $$
     
  8. Jun 15, 2019 at 2:46 PM
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    djm68

    djm68 Well-Known Member

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    @Millsy Thanks a bunch for the addition info -- most appreciated.

    Cheers,
    DJM
     
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  9. Jun 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    @troopah43 Here are a couple photos of the bed box. The box contains a floor jack, tire iron, wood block, wheel chocks, large bolt cutters, small shovel, hatchet, jumper cables, recovery gear, tie downs, and basic tool box. I still have a good amount of space left over for more gear when I need it on a trip.

    tacoma_bedbox_01.jpg

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  10. Jun 18, 2019 at 10:21 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    Spent a few hours this weekend getting my air compressor permanently mounted. Was a bit of a pain in the ass to get it bolted down, but the end result is clean. Mounted the compressor to the top of the storage cubby so it sits between the bed and fender behind the tail light. Then ran the air line to a quick connect in the bed.

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  11. May 18, 2020 at 11:29 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    This thread could use some updated love. I have done quite a bit of work/mods since last I posted:

    I went and built a dog platform for the rear of the double cab since my pup rides back there more than human passengers. I removed the stock storage bins to allow for more storage space for extra gear.

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    I think she likes it!
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    Not too long ago I replaced the strap on the vertical piece with some rubber hood latches I grabbed from Amazon.

    dogplatform05.jpg

    I was cleaning out the garage and stumbled upon a few items. One was a mounting kit for a mag-lite, that I mounted to the drivers seat.
    maglightmount01.jpg

    and the other was a clamp on exhaust tip. So far its held up and hides my butchered sawzall job.
    exhausttip01.jpg

    Some time went on and I decided to build a pressurized water tube and mount it to the bed side.
    watertube01.jpg

    It was nice addition...but then having to pull the compressor lines out to pressurize, and turning on the compressor got old real quick. I decided to change things up and add a 12v pump to it.
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    I cut and modified the tube in order to attach a hose and added an on/off switch for the pump.
    waterpump04.jpg

    I picked up a cubby door and added a lock to it.
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    Hose and spray nozzle all locked up.
    waterpump07.jpg


    Because I added the 12v pump, I had to relocate my OBA Compressor as it was mounted above the cubby in the fender space. I figured nice and simple was the way to go. I had a spare ammo can lying around and mounted the compressor inside. The mounted the can to the bed rail.
    OBA02.jpg

    Then to keep honest people honest, I installed a can lock.
    OBA03.jpg


    A little ways down the time line I picked up a few items:

    A tailgate mount from Cali-Raised, for a new CB coax and antenna I ordered:
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    A battery tray to secure my yellow top:
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    And some Husky Floor mats for the front seats:
    husskymat01.jpg



    A few months go by then I ordered the Bed Cap Kit from KB Voodoo and man did that clean up the bed lines!
    voodoo01.jpg
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    Shortly after I ordered an Add-A-Leaf and U-Bolt flip kit from Wheelers to get rid of the Bro-Lean. Now I need some new bump stops.
    wheelers01.jpg
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    Slight rake but it will settle.
    bend01.jpg


    And just recently I used a 3M kit to restore my headlights, which was much needed.
    Before:
    headlights_before.jpg

    After:
    headlights_after.jpg


    I also installed a usb extension for my phone to clean up power cables hanging on the console.
    usb01.jpg
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    And then installed some ABS to clean up the aux switches as well as a dimmable RGB LED strip to give some lighting to the console area at night.
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    I got a few things ordered and waiting arrival, so I'll update this again once those are completed. Quarantine is getting boring/expensive.
     
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  12. Jul 28, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    This thread could use some love...

    I was able to get quite a bit of work and modifications done to the truck during the pandemic.

    Soon after this thread's last update, my set of At The Helm bed stiffeners arrived and since I was working from home I had them installed the same day upon delivery.

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    While I was at it installing the stiffeners, I finally got around to installing the rear diff breather mod (the parts had been sitting on my work bench for almost a year)
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    With the pandemic giving me ample time to clean out the garage, I stumbled upon a shift knob still in the box (most likely for the Ranger, since I needed a thread adapter to use on the Tacoma) Feels pretty good compared to stock.

    Stock:
    03_ShiftKnob01.jpg

    Not Stock:
    04_ShiftKnob02.jpg


    A couple months go by, and after a day trip out to Anza with a buddy, my steering wheel had finally begun to deteriorate. I ordered a wrap off Amazon and spent a couple hours sewing it in place. The new wrap made a world of difference. I also painted the side panels black to eliminate the oem silver.
    05_SteeringWheelCover&Paint01.jpg


    Next on the modification list was a throttle controller. I went with a SpeedFrom Controller given the decent price point and overall good reviews. I am thoroughly satisfied with this modification. The truck now had solid acceleration and no bullshit electronic delay.
    06_ThrottleController01.jpg

    07_ThrottleController02.jpg


    I eventually got tired of the Cali Raised Fog Light Bracket and Pod and ordered a set of Diode Dynamics SS3 Sports to replace them. Luckily I kept the OEM fog housings and reinstalled them once the SS3's arrived.
    08_SS3FogLights01.jpg

    09_SS3FogLights02.jpg


    On the topic of light replacement...I've had these KC SlimLites for nearly 15 years on multiple vehicles and they are still going strong. I decided to replace the original Spot Reflectors with Spread Reflectors to open the light output more.

    Old Spot:
    16_SlimLite01.jpg

    New Spread:
    17_SlimLite02.jpg


    Later on I replace the OEM front bump stops with a set Energy Suspension ones.
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    After a bit of time, I decided to work on improving the interior of the truck. I sound deadened the rear of the cab and began to install carpet over the matting. I had extra carpet left over from the dog platform.
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    I also added a rubber mat that I cut to size for the dog platform to give my lab more comfort.
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    I think she is happy with it!
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    Continuing with the interior work, I wanted to clean up the control console area. It was still bugging me having rushed the install of auxiliary switches. I picked up a new OEM console piece from my local dealership for a decent price.

    I then spent a good week taking my time with drilling, dremeling, wiring, soldering, and cable management to make the console as clean as possible. I installed a new USB/Voltmeter that showed red lighting, as well as a new 12v Plug (both being always hot...drove me nuts that the truck had to be on to use the outlets). I moved the OEM USB/Aux plugover and installed a dimmer knob to control interior red LED strips (One in each footwell, and one below the tech-deck)

    I installed the new console and properly labeled the switches.

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    The Control Center!
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    Moving on... I then installed a set of L-Tracks to the bed. You can never have too many tie down points.
    18_LTracks01.jpg
     
  13. Jul 28, 2021 at 11:06 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    This was a fun install! My wife surprised me with a 56qt fridge for valentines day!

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    Having a fridge for camping meant I now had an excuse to get solar!! and the wife did not object!

    I purchased a Victron MPPT Solar controller to install next to the battery. (I am not running a dual battery setup, just a single deep cell agm) and added a quick connect cable for the panels.
    21_SolarController01.jpg

    I then installed a fuse panel and 12V outlets in the rear of the cab.

    22_12VOutlets01.jpg

    Followed by securely mounting the fridge to the dog platform behind the driver seat.

    23_Fridge02.jpg

    Ordered a 100W Foldable Panel Kit, then put it to use on a group trip out to JT BLM. This setup did not skip a beat!
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  14. Jul 28, 2021 at 11:22 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    Over the weekend I installed a larger secondary fire extinguisher on a quick release mount.

    30_FireExtinguisher01.jpg

    And the Amazon emergency led lightbar I modified as a chase bar finally crapped out on me after 2 years. We had a spare trailer light box laying around the warehouse at work that I was allowed to take, so I ordered some LED trailer lights and put together new chase lights. The left amber is on its own switch, while the white and right amber are on another that's connected to a strobe controller. I like the old school/race truck/utility truck looks of it.
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  15. Jul 28, 2021 at 11:36 AM
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    Millsy

    Millsy [OP] Sláinte

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    Here are some photos from pandemic trips.

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