1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

NeonTaco's build log

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by NeonTaco, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Jan 15, 2018 at 11:35 PM
    #1
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Hey, thanks for reading!

    This thread is mostly so I can keep track of the work/money I have spent and mods I want, it's very link/image heavy, be warned...

    Where she sits now as of January 2018:
    20180115_161153.jpg 20180115_160815.jpg 20180115_161217.jpg


    History:
    I told my wife exactly the type of truck I wanted one friday night in February 2016, so she started searching online and found one a few hours later. The next morning we were there looking at a Tacoma sitting in a tiny 15 car lot in the small city of New Braunfels, TX.

    2004 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab SR5, 3.4L V6, 5-Spd 4x4, Lunar Mist Metallic paint.

    One previous owner, 90% of service records back to 2005, Completely stock (save for the Firestone
    Dueler AT 265/70R16). I had it taken to a big Toyota dealer and the head mechanic took a look at it on the lift with me...

    "It's been babied" was his remark after doing a once over with a flashlight through the engine bay and under the whole truck.

    It was at 135k miles at the time, I test drove it in a parking lot that day in 1st / 2nd gear only (I drove stick like a nervous virgin) I liked it!

    I went home and slept on it, talked to the bank and did some adult money stuff. Given the circumstances I was going to take the risk...and signed that papers the next day. She was mine... Just had to learn how to drive stick to get her home...
    :burnrubber:

    As I was about to pull off the lot a gentleman showed up with the full asking price ready to be transferred from his bank, we talked for a minute and he said that he saw it online too and was there to buy it and drive it to Mexico that day...

    She's a rescue.

    Tacoma n tree.jpg
    20170303_152705.jpg
    Pics are a few months after purchase, tool box is the biggest mod in these images.

    The plan:
    I want to have a daily driver that is extremely capable off road and will excel in primitive camping environments. Traveling across Texas, camping with the wife and dog, and tackling some ruff trails is the target. (pun intended) Budget is extremely tight but I'm luckily a metal fabricator and extremely DIY orientated, so ~90% of the work will be done by myself. I want safety to be #1, so no skimping on critical components that will leave me hurt/stranded. I'm located in the Texas hill country so the entire state is within a days drive and I can select from beaches, swamps, deserts, grass lands, steep hills, etc.

    This truck is capable (without any mods at all) to go almost anywhere, but where is the fun in that? I like to tinker too much to let things be...:rofl:

    It's going to be a long journey these next few years, but I can and will learn, as much as possible from the communities that are around. I look forward to meeting new friends!:fistbump:
    Mods completed:

    Wheels and Tires:
    4 Pro Comp - Series 51 Steel Wheels - $200
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F0R6K34
    /ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    4 Hankook Dynapro ATM 31x10.5r15 - $600
    http://www.hankooktire.com/us/passenger-cars/hankook-dynapro-at-m-rf10.html
    No-name keyed concentric lug nuts from DT in black. - $25

    Painted wheel weights black with nail polish. - $5
    (need to do again after balance)

    Trimmed wheel well to fit new tires after 2 weeks of rubbing... - Free
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-2#post-16960988
    (also need to do again)
    Engine/Drivetrain:
    Exterior/Armor:
    Powder-coated black Ebay stock bumper - $10
    (Found on Craigslist for $50 sold old one for $40)

    Repainted Skid plates - Free

    Rear sliding window found at scrap yard in perfect condition - $30
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-3#post-18653333

    Westin tube steps (temporary until proper sliders) - $30
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-3#post-18653333

    Fabricated custom front grille - $10
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...-look-at-the-grille-mod.567297/#post-18657297

    Custom 1/2" Aluminum Transfer case skid plate - Free
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-3#post-17964373

    Interior/Gadgets:
    DIY Leather Car Steering Wheel Cover - $15
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018FM55UE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    BOSS stereo - Bluetooth, MP3/USB/SD AM/FM & pocket/harness - $50
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CG8N0H8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Performance Teknique ICBM-776 400w Stereo Amp - $10
    Garage sale find.


    Auto-darken rear-view mirror with compass - $15
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-4#post-18676513

    Dash/back up camera - $50
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZZXQ93W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    120w inverter for my laptop - $10
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Everstart-120W-Slim-Power-Inverter/109463375

    Dog mod - $20
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/dog-mod.122345/page-4#post-18636640
    Lighting/Electrical:
    Comms/Nav:
    2 cheapo old Walmart walkie-talkies - $ ?

    Aluminum phone mount on dash with velcro - Free
    Recovery/Tools:
    10' hooked chain, jumper cables, socket & Torx sets, 2lb hammer, basic drivers/pliers, jack stand, 1gal gas can, OEM jack & bars.

    Master Flow MF-1040 Air Compressor - $50
    https://www.amazon.com/Master-Flow-MF-1040-Portable-Compressor/dp/B000L9AD2K

    (I ordered the 1050, but they sent this one instead...whatever...)

    Maintenance & other random Mods:

    DIY Trama rip-away bag on passenger headrest. - $60?
    (ACE bandage, tourniquet, gauze, rubber gloves, chest seals, Mylar blanket)
    (Basic first aid bag in passenger door pocket too)

    Removed mudflaps. sway bar, back seats/belts - Free
    (selling/trading/gifting all this stuff)

    Engine Oil Drain Valve - $25
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UT822G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Replaced blown outer tie rods & LCA bushings. - $150
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/#post-16908935

    Alignment done! It was way off from installing new outer tie rods. - $80
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/#post-16921334

    New valve cover gaskets, spark plug/wire change, clean throttle body. - $100
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-2#post-17011786

    New Quarter window arms - $15
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/neontacos-build-log.529039/page-2#post-17094385

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mods "planned" (Will probably change over time):
    * = greatest importance, will be done first.

    Suspension:
    Full set of Bilstein 5100's - $350
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CK0LFME/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=IRU8KNGMQ5V3D&colid=2EGBS78WQLTDP&psc=0

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CK0LG8M/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2QTHCSZTQS4AH&colid=2EGBS78WQLTDP&psc=0

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CK0LFSI/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2XWMYQJI8YP91&colid=2EGBS78WQLTDP&psc=0

    OME 883 front lift coils - $180
    https://bilsteinlifts.com/shop/toyo...-2004-toyota-tacoma-1996-2002-toyota-4runner/

    Light Racing UCA – Adjustable Upper Control Arm - $500

    https://wheelersoffroad.com/product...-racing/light-racing-ucacontrol-arm-set-1717/

    OME Dakar Leaf Spring Set - $370
    https://wheelersoffroad.com/product...mu-cs046r-dakar-leaf-spring-set-98-04-tacoma/


    Wheels and Tires:
    *Single spare tire matching 4 main - $180 (soon)

    New set of 5: 33x12.5r15 tires after completed lift & armor with upgraded / higher quality wheels.

    Engine/Drivetrain:
    Hilux 167 snorkel mod - $150

    OEM locker install - $?
    Grey wire mod (after OEM locker install) - $?
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/grey-wire-mod.4405/

    Dual batt install - $?
    http://bajataco.com/dualbatts/dualbatteries01.html
    Exterior/Armor:
    ARB 3423020 Winch Compatible Bull Bar - $870
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LQCG7E/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2VAIJ41RQHUZ1&colid=1YQJSCSB5WRTJ&psc=0

    DIY Rock Sliders - $?

    DIY Aluminum under belly & A-arm skids 1/4" plate - Free (self made)
    http://puretacoma.com/20052015-taco...6.html?zenid=2bfa4f785c64ad985e7eba1b00be5463

    Camper shell & exterior roof rack with custom ladder - $?
    Similar to: http://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/168812-First-Gen-Tacoma-Shell-350-San-Diego

    *Herculiner bed, bottom 3rd of panels, fender flares, part of hood, roof, sliders & bumpers - $100
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...ker-panels-for-bed-liner.282078/#post-7023018


    Interior/Gadgets:
    Lighting/Electrical:

    4, four-inch spot lights mounted on the roof rack like Black dog has - $?
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5542/11883146785_3275ffe635_b.jpg

    Blinker to corner light mod - $?
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/alternate-corner-blinker-light-mod.500948/

    Under-hood LED strip install -$?

    Side mirror LED install. - $?
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/1st-gen-side-mirror-lights.248168/

    DIY programmable RGB LED lights under seats and dash that will pulse Neon colors to the Retrowave playing through the speakers. An Arduino running a script to cycle to certain colors with the peaks in the audio. (Think 80's neon, synthesizers, Lazers, guitar riffs & deep beats that make you want to hit the beach in summer)
    Watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZC_Cx0YpW8

    Comms/Nav:
    Recovery/Tools:
    *Smittybilt 29312B Receiver Hitch, D-Ring, receiver lock - $40
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001CF1A7O/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3R201WBNYOCEN&colid=2EGBS78WQLTDP&psc=0

    Smittybilt 2722 Universal Trail Jack - 54" - $60
    https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2...rd_wg=SMVY7&psc=1&refRID=JMV9GNRY7DVMF607DMB5

    MAXSA Escaper Buddy Traction Mats - $150
    https://www.amazon.com/Escaper-Trac...rd_wg=k6v3B&psc=1&refRID=VW1DCC0RDVA1PFQXATHA

    4X4 EZ tire Deflator - $20

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NQGCDC8/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I6L7LM007NGE3&colid=1YQJSCSB5WRTJ&psc=0

    *Smittybilt 2733 Tire Repair Kit- $20
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EQ1IOS4/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I28LGL4YJM4GTF&colid=1YQJSCSB5WRTJ&psc=0

    Small tire Iron Set - $30
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OCT7FI/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=IJ2RCILXVSDXK&colid=1YQJSCSB5WRTJ&psc=0

    Maintenance & other random Mods:
    OEM air & oil filters - $?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C67FLA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Genuine-Parts-90915YZZD1-Filter/dp/B0044AVLF0/ref=pd_bxgy_263_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0044AVLF0&pd_rd_r=02818JFC29EB8A72PDT9&pd_rd_w=SziKg&pd_rd_wg=HIwXI&psc=1&refRID=02818JFC29EB8A72PDT9

    Exterior 4Gal hot shower roof top tank: - $?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG2HK9JsAjw&t=0s&list=WL&index=5
    (or a regular RV tank in the toolbox)

    *Fram fuel filter - $20
    https://www.amazon.com/FRAM-G6680-I...1&refRID=6EYYK863WSGTH6QV48N3#customerReviews

    Window tint 20% - $?

    Mount compressor under hood/in tool box and add switch for on-board air. - $?
    http://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/16835-05-Tacoma-On-Board-Air-On-The-Cheap

    Replace/relocate windshield wiper fluid reservoir - $?
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...r-1st-gen-tacomas.441906/page-2#post-16847286

    --- Much needed maintenance as of Sept 2018 ---

    *Steering fluid flush, wash exterior.
    *Touch up small paint chips/paint hubs flat black.
    *Replace driver side door seal.
    *Seat belt return spring mod? or replacement...​

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trip Reports! (The reason I have this beautiful money pit!)

    2017 - Padre Island National seashore camping, 120+ miles of sand driving!
    2018 - ...Soon...
    :burnrubber:


    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Final notes

    Many more images incoming soon!​


    This thread is a major WIP and will be updated (semi)regularly. Feel free to suggest mods & products!

    :D
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  2. Jan 16, 2018 at 3:30 AM
    #2
    LostHusker

    LostHusker ZA/WRCX467

    Joined:
    May 14, 2017
    Member:
    #218979
    Messages:
    14,071
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    South, TX
    Vehicle:
    2016 TRD OR BR
  3. Jan 16, 2018 at 4:39 AM
    #3
    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2016
    Member:
    #186002
    Messages:
    17,888
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    Vehicle:
    PreRunner
  4. Jan 16, 2018 at 6:55 AM
    #4
    Suspender

    Suspender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2017
    Member:
    #216743
    Messages:
    90
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colin
    Orange County, CA
    Awesome. The exact truck I want as well; been looking for months and can't find it in CA with low miles.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2018 at 7:34 AM
    #5
    PintSize

    PintSize Crossthreaded & torqued down

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2016
    Member:
    #189793
    Messages:
    2,250
    Gender:
    Male
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2011 2.7L 5 spd RC 4x4
    Subd
     
    ChadsPride and NeonTaco [OP] like this.
  6. Jan 16, 2018 at 8:42 AM
    #6
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Yesterday I noticed that a boot on my outer tie rod was blown on the left side...
    20180115_163141.jpg
    Right side was bad too...
    20180115_163337.jpg

    This was my first time doing tie rods so I learned quite a bit.

    20180115_183750.jpg 20180115_194516.jpg 20180115_194606.jpg 20180115_194749.jpg
    So after the new ones were bolted & torqued back on I looked at the wheels and could see my alignment was completely screwed in the process. :annoyed:
    There was an attempt to keep the stick out the same but it's off a few threads one each side so my tires are toe out pretty badly...

    Well now the plan is to hobble it over to the alignment shop 10 minutes down the road and have them fix it.:help:

    LOL.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
    ChadsPride and LostHusker like this.
  7. Jan 16, 2018 at 9:55 AM
    #7
    ChadsPride

    ChadsPride Tacoma Owner & Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Member:
    #143119
    Messages:
    112,620
    Vehicle:
    Sponsored by TacomaWorld.com
    Nice!!! :thumbsup:
     
    NeonTaco [OP] likes this.
  8. Jan 16, 2018 at 10:58 AM
    #8
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Represent! :thumbsup:
    20180115_160826.jpg
     
    ChadsPride likes this.
  9. Jan 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM
    #9
    ChadsPride

    ChadsPride Tacoma Owner & Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Member:
    #143119
    Messages:
    112,620
    Vehicle:
    Sponsored by TacomaWorld.com
    I dig it!! :headbang: :taco:
     
    NeonTaco [OP] likes this.
  10. Jan 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM
    #10
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Thanks for the decal ma' dude!
     
    ChadsPride likes this.
  11. Jan 16, 2018 at 7:44 PM
    #11
    Titus94

    Titus94 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2016
    Member:
    #201739
    Messages:
    3,030
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colton
    Vehicle:
    1998 Tacoma SR5
    Awesome!
     
    ChadsPride and NeonTaco [OP] like this.
  12. Jan 16, 2018 at 8:34 PM
    #12
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Thanks Colton! :hattip:
     
    ChadsPride likes this.
  13. Jan 17, 2018 at 1:00 AM
    #13
    Dalandser

    Dalandser ¡Me Gustan Las Taco-mas!

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Member:
    #149090
    Messages:
    10,189
    First Name:
    Anthony
    Downey, LB
    Vehicle:
    08 PreRunner Regular Cab / 98 4x4 Extra Cab
    Empty Wallet Mod
    NeonTaco [OP] and ChadsPride like this.
  14. Jan 17, 2018 at 4:49 AM
    #14
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Already subscribed! Very well made videos.

    I Have a few plans to build my own armor, but I need more. Any ideas of smaller things that I can build out of aluminum are needed. I can't build massive things like bumpers/racks but smaller things are ok.
     
    Dalandser and ChadsPride like this.
  15. Jan 17, 2018 at 4:32 PM
    #15
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Alignment done!
    tmp_14506-20180117_180520438865254.jpg
     
    ChadsPride likes this.
  16. Jan 17, 2018 at 7:11 PM
    #16
    arctic04trd

    arctic04trd VA7XTE

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2015
    Member:
    #170508
    Messages:
    840
    Gender:
    Male
    British Columbia
    Lots of stuffs
    Did you end up needing 1/4" wheel spacers for those Pro comps? I initially bought those wheels. But they rubbed the caliper. Ended up with 98 series.
     
    NeonTaco [OP] and ChadsPride like this.
  17. Jan 18, 2018 at 4:45 AM
    #17
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    ChadsPride likes this.
  18. Jan 18, 2018 at 7:01 AM
    #18
    arctic04trd

    arctic04trd VA7XTE

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2015
    Member:
    #170508
    Messages:
    840
    Gender:
    Male
    British Columbia
    Lots of stuffs
    ChadsPride likes this.
  19. Jan 18, 2018 at 7:03 AM
    #19
    NeonTaco

    NeonTaco [OP] ಠ_ಠ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Member:
    #217564
    Messages:
    636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Wimberley, TX
    Vehicle:
    04 v6 4x4 5spd Xtracab in Lunar Mist
    Thanks!

    Why is that? I don't believe I compromised the integrity of them.
     
    ChadsPride likes this.
  20. Jan 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM
    #20
    arctic04trd

    arctic04trd VA7XTE

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2015
    Member:
    #170508
    Messages:
    840
    Gender:
    Male
    British Columbia
    Lots of stuffs
    Just doesn't give me that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
     
    ChadsPride and NeonTaco [OP] like this.

Products Discussed in

To Top