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New to Tacoma World and New 1st Gen Owner

Discussion in 'New Members' started by chuckers, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:13 PM
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    chuckers

    chuckers [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Sneads Ferry, NC
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    Last year I had my first overland experience courtesy of a CAM Mobility multi-day off road driving course. Absolutely a great group of guys, and more than happy to share their knowledge and experience during our bumpy trek from Grand Junction to Moab and back. One of their trucks, along with a sweet 2nd Gen Land Cruiser and several Land Rover Discoveries was a 1st Gen Taco. I loved it. I needed one.

    I've been creeping around this forum for about 6 months, and finally pulled the trigger on a Tacoma of my own. I'm now the proud owner of a 2004 TRD Offroad. It has a couple upgrades already, with so many more to follow.


    IMG_2722.jpg IMG_2718.jpg 226055cf-7d77-44e0-a86a-a29fb4f67151.jpg The Wife's 4 Runner and the Ol' Cummins (For Sale) lurking in the back.

    Mods it came with:
    OME shocks at least.. not sure of details and if the springs and leafs are stock or upgraded.
    Leer Topper
    Yakima roof rack with a pretty nice basket
    2018 Tacoma wheels with BFGs

    Well, I started with the internet shopping already. Anybody, please feel free to weigh in if Im off in the wrong direction. Currently headed my way is:

    ARB 3423020 Winch Compatible Bull Bar
    Smittybilt 97495 XRC Winch - 9500 lb. Load Capacity
    ARB CKMA12 Air Compressor High Output On-Board 12V Air Compressor
    ARB 10000011 Orange Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit Series II
    Lumitek 96W 9 Inch LED lights
    Mechanics Tool Kit (Its a Stanley set in a nice plastic box.. on sale of course)
    Recovery kit with tree saver, snatch blocks, straps, winch line dampener, etc
    2 Ram Mounts- One for Cell Phone, and one to mount an iPad in.
    I ordered an otter box defender case for the iPad mini 3 to modify for use with the Ram Mount.
    I'll be running Gaia GPS, unless I find something better.

    On the docket/ In the Cart

    -Safari Snorkel Kit
    -Dash modification to switch the thermostat control position with the radio position, add accessory switches and USB hub, and maybe dash mount the Comms.
    -Dual band 10M/70cm.. Icom or Kenwood. Price pushes me toward Icom.
    -Swingout gate with spare tire and jerry can holder leaning towards 4xinnovations, but I'm also impatient and that's a 6 week wait.
    -Jerry cans for water and fuel
    -Dual Battery.. Still working on the design for this. I don't know if I should go under the hood or in the bed with the Aux battery. In the bed lets me put my distribution panel, inverter, isolator, and monitor all on one board right in the back where my big power draws will be (the fridge and several battery chargers, along with whatever I plug into the inverter.. I don't know. Im not an electrician, but my friends are, so Ill come back to that.
    -Some lights. I don't like the look of light bars so much, but can't beat the price per lumen.
    -Rooftop tent? I have to see what the limits are on that old Leer Topper, but my 6'2" isn't sleeping in the bed.
    -Cab roof rack and move the current basket over the cab. Prefer hard mounted, but need to do some homework on how that would work.
    -Last but not least, after the weight of the winch and bumper Ill see what my sag looks like in the front. I might just scrap the OME setup that's on there since I have no clue how old it is or how many miles are on it. Maybe I'll be just fine. If not..
    -Icon stage 2 and front diff drop kit, dialed to 2 inches front and 2 inches rear with 700 lbs in her bed.

    Thanks for all the articles, posts and the community of experienced Tacoma folks here. Im happy to be a part of it!

    -Chuck

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  2. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    Bigdaddy4760

    Bigdaddy4760 Well traveled Older Than Dirt

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  3. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    Taco critter

    Taco critter Mall crawler proud , patw and ,ttc#0247

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  4. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    chuckers

    chuckers [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I forgot Rock Sliders. 4xinnovations are sweet and the price is great, so Ill get those.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    ODNAREM

    ODNAREM MEMBER Of The Church Of @ODNAREM

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  6. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:29 PM
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    Beretta4x4

    Beretta4x4 What makes the green grass grow?

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    Welcome! I've got the ARB winch bumper and it's fantastic. I also have the 4xInnovations sliders and super gait with them. You'll be happy!
     
  7. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:29 PM
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    FastEddy59

    FastEddy59 TTC #0061

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  8. Apr 1, 2019 at 12:48 PM
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    irayfz6

    irayfz6 TTC #0249

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  9. Apr 1, 2019 at 1:16 PM
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    chuckers

    chuckers [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Beretta4x4, nice build thread. Ill have to do one once I start wrenching. How much better is your approach angle with that bumper over stock? And how do you like your swingout? Im really shopping hard for one.
     
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  10. Apr 1, 2019 at 1:21 PM
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    EricL

    EricL Tomahawk Chopper

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    Nice, good looking truck. Welcome to TW!
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    Beretta4x4

    Beretta4x4 What makes the green grass grow?

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    Thanks!

    Still waiting on the swingout to be finished (quoted 4-8 weeks about 2 weeks ago) and I haven't tested out the front bumper yet, but I can tell the angle is much better
     
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  12. Apr 1, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    Rob Daman

    Rob Daman The Taco Formerly Known as Hard Shell Taco

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  13. Apr 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM
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    buckhuntin-tacoma

    buckhuntin-tacoma Shed hunter

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    4 inch lift - complete blackout, n-fab step bars, Black Horse bull bar, 20 inch light bar, anytime fog lights, added led day running lights, Fuel wheels and Falken Wildpeak tires ,custom fit seat covers, Gatorback mud gaurds
    Welcome to TW!!
     
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  14. Apr 1, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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    Reh5108

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    OME lift, 4x sliders, Demello rear bumper, custom front bumper, Engo 9000lb winch
    Welcome. I'd keep the OME in the front and focus more on the rear suspension if you have to choose. A good set of tuned shocks in the rear will stabilize the truck faster after bigger hits. Most of your weight will likely be over that axle as well. I still have ome in the front but 2.5" Kings in the rear and I don't get rocked like a boat anymore. I do plan on getting kings in the front at some point but I'm able to keep up with guys with performance shocks in all 4 corners now.
     
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  15. Apr 2, 2019 at 3:26 PM
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    boogie3478

    boogie3478 Tacomaholic & Hollywood

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  16. Apr 2, 2019 at 5:20 PM
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    chuckers

    chuckers [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
    Thanks!
     
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  17. Apr 2, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    ovrlndkull

    ovrlndkull STUKASFK - HC4LIFE

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    Welcome hope to see ya around the area!
     
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  18. Apr 2, 2019 at 5:58 PM
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