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New to forum need some advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by veeju966, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Feb 19, 2010 at 4:08 PM
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    veeju966

    veeju966 [OP] Member

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    Hi all. I'm new to a lot of things. I'm new the forum, new to Tacomas, and new to 4x4's. I just bought a 2010 tacoma crew cab 4x4. After some initial problems with the transmission shifting abnormally, heater fan motor noise (which was replaced btw), and engine noise (dealer told me it was because I have an aluminum block engine), I love my truck. I do need advice on aesthetics. I bought the base package and so far have just added a tow hitch. I've been surfing the forums for a while now and am looking to add an Avid light bar, some PIAA 420's where the factory fogs should go, PIAA 425's on the bar, and some Lightforce 240's on the bar. What's the opinion on grouping the lights? How should I arrange for best affect. Also, does anyone have any experience with the above lights? And what's the best way to use this truck for recovery of other cars. Remember, I'm new to off roading. I have a drawbar with a shackle on it and some chain and tow straps. I work as a traveling salesman in md, va, wv, pa. I go on a lot of unpaved roads. And see some great places to get this baby dirty and stuck. Please let me know. And also, wonderful forum.
     
  2. Feb 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    bigmooze

    bigmooze Well-Known Member

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    Bilstein 5100's all round (0" up front with stock springs), 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, K&N 63 Series Aircharger Kit, Flowmaster Super 44 Muffler, Delta Champion Toolbox, fog lights, back-up lights, Sirius satellite radio with PA15-TOY, Midland 1001z CB radio with 2' Firestik II antenna, Weathertech floor mats, AVS sill protectors, Marathon SuperHides Seatcovers (Universal Digital Camo), trimmed front mud flaps, Viair 20005 OBA, Warn W650D driving lights and W650F fog lights on N-Fab light bar, Hi-Lift X-treme jack with off road accessories, TracRac "TracONE" system
    I would recommend buying the front tow hook (found as a standard accessory on to TRD Off-Roiad model). I bolted it in place of the passenger-side shipping ring on my base model 4x4 access cab. Part number is 51961-35080, with two bolts: 2x90119-A0193. Fairly pricey, but if you get stuck, you might need a front recovery point.

    Also... what engine noise are you referring to? The ticking? This is apparently normal, my '09 did it from day 1, and everyone else I have spoken to has the same.

    As for the other questions re: lights, you'll have to wait for others to chime in.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2010 at 6:01 AM
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    bigmooze

    bigmooze Well-Known Member

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    Bilstein 5100's all round (0" up front with stock springs), 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, K&N 63 Series Aircharger Kit, Flowmaster Super 44 Muffler, Delta Champion Toolbox, fog lights, back-up lights, Sirius satellite radio with PA15-TOY, Midland 1001z CB radio with 2' Firestik II antenna, Weathertech floor mats, AVS sill protectors, Marathon SuperHides Seatcovers (Universal Digital Camo), trimmed front mud flaps, Viair 20005 OBA, Warn W650D driving lights and W650F fog lights on N-Fab light bar, Hi-Lift X-treme jack with off road accessories, TracRac "TracONE" system
    I've put a picture of my front tow how on my Photobucket site, in case others want to see where it bolts on.

    I keep a 10' chain, a 20' tow rope and 30' recovery ("snatch") strap in my truck, along with a receiver mount shackle, some spare D-shackles and a tow hook that fits into a 2" receiver - in case another vehicle doesn't have a rear tow point (remember you'll also need an extra hitch pin though. Also, I have a folding shovel, a small hatchet, tools and a tarp in the tool box.

    My only lights are headlights and fogs. If I did more offroading I would likely invest in some extra driving lights, but I want to install my new shocks and the AAL before I add anything else.
     
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