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PennSilverTaco's "Perfect 5-Lug Regular Cab" Build and Aspergers (and general BS) MegaThread!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by PennSilverTaco, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Jul 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

    PennSilverTaco [OP] On the spectrum...

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    ABOUT ME:

    My name is Charlie, and I was born in Northern California on March 14th, 1989. I've been living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania since July 2005. I am the proud owner of a 2010 Toyota Tacoma regular cab 2WD (5-lug) that my parents bought brand new for me as a present of sorts when I finally got my learner's permit in 2009. The truck has been paid off since at least 2013, the title is in my name, and I pay for the insurance and most of the maintenance, so yes, this is MY truck.

    I also have Aspergers Syndrome, which is a high-functioning form of autism. Some people who know a lot about autism spectrum disorders can tell that I'm on the spectrum, but the vast majority are shocked when I tell them I have it. I was diagnosed in 1998 at the age of 9.

    People are surprised because many of them lump all people with autism into one perceived stereotype, and are shocked that someone who is on the spectrum can do all the stuff that I've done. I have a driver's license, a college degree, a good job, and a ton of friends. When I hang out with my guy friends (some AS, some not), we do the same things a bunch of bros without AS would do; We get drunk, talk about cars and women, and happily engage in locker room talk about things like sex and bodily functions when there are no adults or females present. Some AS people I know are very socially awkward when it comes to romantic relationships and life in general. I won't go into explicit detail (literally or figuratively) on a public forum, but I can proudly say I've had quite a bit of fun with various women over the years.

    Obviously, since I own a Tacoma, I know how to drive and thus have a driver's license. I also know how to drive a stick shift! This is something that none of my friends with AS who have driver's licenses, and only a few of my friends who don't have AS, can do!

    I have four close friends with Aspergers, and all of them have driver's licenses and their own vehicles. Sadly, none of them have trucks of any kind. One drives a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, one drives a 2017 Kia Forte, and one drives 2011 Nissan Altima. The 4th one FINALLY got his license in October 2019 at the age of 30; He drives a 2017 Chevy Trax. When my one friend still had his learner's permit, I took him to the DMV course after hours and taught him how to parallel park in my truck.

    I got my learner's permit when I was 20, in August 2009. My dad bought the Tacoma in September 2009. In 2011, at the age of 22, I finally took the driving test in my Tacoma. I failed the first time because I couldn't parallel park correctly, and finally passed it on the third try in May 2011.

    Anyway, I have wheels and a license. I also graduated from Bucks County Community College with an associate's degree in journalism. I actually plan on becoming an HVAC technician, but even now, I am still not 100% what I want to do for a career.

    From December to 2014 to January 2019, I worked as a barback at a bar/restaurant/music venue, owned by a friend of mine. I started out as a regular customer back in 2010, then made friends with the owner. A new general manager was hired in 2011, right around the time I got my driver's license. My Tacoma played an indirect role in my first meeting with my future boss (a story for another day, available upon request). If you'd told me ten years ago I'd be working at a bar and actually kind of enjoying it, I'd laugh at you. I started out as the general manager's personal assistant and errand runner, and then after about a year of working at Puck, I was put on the books as a barback. For those who don't know, a bar back is bartender's assistant who also performs duties like bussing tables, cleaning bathrooms, and picking up various bar supplies. It's not glamorous, but it beats the shit out of retail! I was effectively furloughed in January 2019, when the bar closed indefinitely for renovations (work hasn't even begun)!

    I detailed cars at a large dealership from September 2018 to June 2019, while simultaneously working as a barback during my last four months or so at Puck. I did not like the detailing job very much for reasons too numerous to list here.

    I currently work at a defense contractor called Navmar Applied Sciences (where my dad has also worked since 2007); My primary job is taking care of the company vehicles, and I have been there since September 2019. It's a desk job and it can be boring sometimes, but I love the company and who I work with; I also make $16/hour, get paid vacations, and have a 401K, so I'm not complaining!

    When Puck reopens, I will barback on weekends to supplement my income; I also deliver food for DoorDash on weekends to make extra money.

    I am lifelong fan of Chevy trucks and hope to own one someday in addition to my beloved Tacoma, but my Tacoma is also much better for navigating congested streets and narrow alleyways of Doylestown than a full-size Chevy or GMC 1500.

    It's worth noting that the "powers that be" recently lumped all autism spectrum disorders together in the DSM5 and did away with Asperger's Syndrome as a diagnosis. I do not agree with this, especially since autism can go hand in hand with other intellectual disabilities and mental problems!

    Interests of mine include photography, writing (obviously), Chevy and GMC trucks, Rolls-Royce motorcars, dogs, women, building LEGO models, binge-watching South Park on Hulu, and so much more!

    I have recently developed an interest in postwar Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars, and dream of owning one someday (preferably a 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, a 1986 Rolls-Royce Camargue, or a 1992 Bentley Continental R)!

    Anyway, I have Asperger's and I drive a Tacoma. I'm wondering if anyone else out there is like me.

    I am also on the following forums:

    Tundras.com

    4Runners.com

    AstroSafari.com

    hvac-talk.com


    ABOUT MY TRUCK:

    With regards to my truck, my goal was to do a "Built the way Toyota should have built it" build! I'm happy to say that his goal has pretty much been reached; Unless I want to go through the trouble of adding power windows, power locks, and rear disc brakes, which I probably will not do, I do not think that there is much else I can do!

    As stated above, my truck was a gift from my parents when I got my learner's permit, purchased brand new in September 2009 with just 20 miles on the odometer. The title has been in my name since December 2016. As of January 2020, my truck has almost 109K miles on the clock, and still runs like the day we brought her home!

    One thing my truck sorely lacked was intermittent windshield wipers; this was added in December 2016! If you go by the listed date, all mods to my truck are easy to find in this thread! Everything from the 2016 backup camera install onward can be found here!

    After more than ten years of ownership and almost 110K miles of travel, the two most major things my truck has needed are a master cylinder in February 2014 and an A/C evaporator core in September 2018. Everything else has all been either routine maintenance and/or normal wear and tear!

    I switched to full synthetic oil at exactly 79,500 miles (January 2018), and I have been running Mobile 1 since a little over 84K miles (June 2018). I change the oil every 7,000-7,500 miles.


    Exterior (as of January 2020):
    • @HomerTaco Toywerx Satoshi-style grille (May 2017)
    • Weathertech rainguards (June or July 2017)
    • Weathertech bug deflector (May 2018)
    • 26% Window tint (the darkest I could go at this particular shop and still be legal under PA law - June or July 2017)
    • Tacraft blackout emblems (August or September 2018)
    • Switched from 16" aftermarket wheels back to 15" stock wheels after more than five years (March 2019)
    • Cooper Discoverer AT/3 tires - 225/70R15 (March 2019)

    Interior (As of January 2020, not including stereo):
    • Weathertech floor liners (unknown when I got these; Believe it was sometimes in 2016)
    • Ellis Precision billet aluminum custom engraved "TACOMA" gearshift lever (October 2017)
    • Wet Okole seat cover (September 2018)
    • Pep Boys steering wheel cover (I've had one for years and I just recently replaced it with an identical one in the summer of 2019 when the first one wore out)

    Stereo system/electronics (As of January 2020):
    • Pioneer AVH-1330NEX head unit (March 2018; CLICK HERE)
    • Rockford Fosgate R150X2 Prime 2-channel amplifier amplifier (powers component speakers only; March 2018)
    • Kicker 11HS8 8" Hideaway powered subwoofer (March 2018)
    • JBL GTO 609C component speaker system (installed in April 2018; Replaced Pioneer component system from 2013 that was worn out)
    • RoadKill sound deadening applied to back wall of cab (April 2018)

    Functional/Safety:
    • Clarion CC250 backup camera (installed with now-gone Sony HU in September 2016)
    • Variable/Intermittent windshield wipers (December 2016)

    Future plans:
    • Paint wheels black or buy chrome wheels skins and paint them black (still on the fence about both options)
    • Fog lights
    • Alarm system/remote start
    • Trailer hitch
    • Cruise control


    MY ORIGINAL (But edited) 2014 POST FROM THE "NEW MEMBERS" SECTION: Hello. My name is Charlie and I had another account on here, but I deleted the email account associated with it and don't feel like going through the hassle of getting it back so I just started a new account. My baby is a silver 2010 Toyota Tacoma regular cab 2WD with an automatic transmission. My dad bought the truck brand new on September 30, 2009; The truck was basically a "Congratulations on finally getting your learner's permit" gift from my parents; I took my driver's license test in "Emma" in May 2011. At this point in my life have no plans to get rid of her. I have added three pictures of Emma to the member photo gallery. Emma is pretty much stock, but I have added a Pioneer stereo system and custom wheels. I plan on adding a subwoofer and amplifier once I have a little extra money to do so. My only complaint about my truck is the lack of intermittent wipers, but my dad and I are looking into adding intermittent/variable-speed wipers.

    As of July 2014, Emma is about halfway to 38,000 miles.

    I have many reasons for joining Tacoma World. My primary reason is to connect with fellow Tacoma owners and enthusiasts. Emma has not had a significant problem, but quite simply, life happens and I trust online forums more than I trust the Toyota dealer in some cases. I will be adding a few of the issues I've had to the appropriate threads.

    Thanks and nice to meet everyone!
     
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  2. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

    PennSilverTaco [OP] On the spectrum...

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    In general, my Taco has been a GREAT truck. However, this weird thing with the A/C has been going on for almost as long as we've owned it (purchased new in September 2009).

    If I'm driving at highway speeds (about 55-70 miles per hour), and I have the A/C going, the A/C will cut out VERY BRIEFLY during bouts of rapid acceleration, like when I am passing a big rig or slow-moving vehicle in the left lane. For example, I will be traveling at 55-65 MPH and will briefly accelerate to 65-80 MPH (depending on the speed limit). It blows cool instead of freezing cold, and then goes right back to freezing cold. It is as if the compressor completely shuts off or disengages.

    Just recently, I told my friend who is a mechanic about this and he thinks I might need a recharge. The guy at the Toyota dealer where I always bring my truck for routine maintenance said it is normal, and the engine is reducing strain on itself by reducing power to or completely shutting off the A/C compressor. Again, I have owned the truck since new and this has been going on since at least 2011. A/C works fine and blows cold otherwise.

    I would like a second (or third) opinion. Thanks!
     
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  3. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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    That's pretty normal. Most cars, particularly those with smaller engines, do this. Rapid acceleration will cause the compressor to disengage. That way all of the engine's power is used to accelerate and not to drive the AC compressor. It used to be determined by a vacuum switch. With today's electronics, I'm not sure that's the case any longer.
     
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  4. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:19 PM
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    Built for maximum low end torque, tooter II.VII intake manifold spacer, LCE long tube header, Injen long tube intake, 2,900 rpm torque peak.
    It might also preserve the A/C compressor from spinning at excessively high rpms.
     
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  5. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM
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    Just as a check, you can run the car and have someone watch the compressor, then rev the engine up like you are passing someone and see if it clicks off. If it does the clutch may be having issues.
     
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  6. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM
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    I doubt it'll do it without a load on the engine, but that would confirm whether there is an RPM cutout.
     
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  7. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

    PennSilverTaco [OP] On the spectrum...

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    In addition to the problem with my A/C cutting out for like a millisecond during rapid acceleration, I have noticed that my A/C at times times doesn't seem to be as cold as it should.

    The truck was purchased new in September 2009, when I still had my learner's permit. Summer 2010 in my area (Southeast Pennsylvania) was downright brutal and A/C worked flawlessly.

    Finally got driver's license in May 2011 and A/C worked perfectly that summer.

    Summer 2012 in the Northeast was another memorably brutal summer with numerous heat waves. A/C again worked perfectly.

    Summer 2013 was pretty hot, though not as bad as 2010 or 2012. A/C worked perfectly.

    It is now about halfway through summer 2014, and this officially the 4th full summer I have had my license and thus have been driving the truck. A/C works, but it just seems like it isn't as cold as it as should be some of the time. In any vehicle with R134a, even when the A/C is working perfectly, the cooling performance will suffer when the vehicle is idling and/or in traffic and/or not moving that fast. Once you get going, the A/C works better. Most of the time, even when sitting in the hot sun, my A/C blew ICE COLD. However, this summer I've been noticing that the A/C struggles more than it did before in extreme heat (90°F+). The air coming out of the vents cools off almost immediately after I start the truck, and once I get moving, the A/C works good regardless of outside temperature. At times, it seems to blow colder in the evening than during the day, though this isn't that noticeable. In 2010, temperatures in my area went over 100°F and the A/C was working perfectly.

    Overall, I'd say the A/C in my truck works just fine, but I'm just worried I have a slow leak somewhere?

    The condenser has never been damaged or replaced, and neither have any other A/C components. The blower was replaced under warranty in 2011 or 2012 due to an annoying noise it made, but the A/C system has never been opened up or serviced.

    I crawled underneath the truck and saw no damage to the condenser, though there were bugs in it (The A/C in my aunt's 2001 Jeep Cherokee stopped blowing cold due to a dirty condenser, and once it was cleaned it worked fine). Tomorrow, er, later this morning LOL (it's almost 12:30 where I live), I will wash the condenser with the garden hose. I inspected the compressor and lines, as did my mechanic friend, and there were no signs of any damage.

    Again, as of right now, the A/C in my truck works and blows cold for the most part, but I am worried there could be an unseen leak.

    Opinions? Thanks!
     
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  8. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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    Ambient temperature and humidity both have an impact.
    Humid air hurts cooling ability, as the moisture condenses on the cold evaporator coils, which adds heat to the system.
     
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  9. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

    PennSilverTaco [OP] On the spectrum...

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    It's been REALLY humid here in Southeast PA the last several days. That could actually explain a lot. Do you think based on what I said that my A/C is probably fine? Thanks for the quick reply!

    Also, how did you do the old-school block lettering in the grille of your truck? I'd like to do that with mine!
     
  10. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM
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    Same out here. Thankfully, the most humid days have been a bit cooler because of the cloud cover, but when I walked out the door this morning it was like walking into a sauna.
    I've got the AC running right now even though it's down to 70 (inside and out) just to keep the air dry. Humidity is still 52% inside.
    That is an 80 series FJ emblem that I put on perforated mesh.
    Look up "Satoshi" for the procedure on the basic grille mod.
     
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  11. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM
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    PennSilverTaco [OP] On the spectrum...

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    Do you mean the A/C in your truck or the central air in your house? LOL
     
  12. Jul 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM
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    Anyway, yeah...

    It has been extraordinarily humid here. There is absolutely reason for my A/C to be leaking. Still gonna spray the dead bugs out of the condenser with the hose tomorrow though.
     
  13. Jul 16, 2014 at 4:24 AM
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    Welcome to tw!
     
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  14. Jul 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM
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    I absolutely love my truck, except for two things. The first thing I DISLIKE about it is the lack of intermittent/variable-speed windshield wipers. The second thing was poor factory stereo system. The speakers were absolute garbage. For $240, I purchased a Pioneer head unit and Pioneer component speaker system. Needless to say, it now sounds awesome!

    Anyway, I would like to install a subwoofer and amp to further improve my stereo system. I bought the head unit, speakers, and all installation gear through Crutchfield.

    Crutchfield is awesome, but they only offer enclosures for the extra cab and crew cab models. Does anybody know of a company that makes prefab enclosures for regular cab models, or has anybody fabricated an enclosure? I am looking to add an 8-inch subwoofer and a 250-500w amp.
     
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  15. Jul 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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    IMHO, if you have a leak that took 5 years to leak out a little bit, thats not worth fixing ... yet. Take your truck to an A/C shop and have them top off your refridgerant.
     
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    I'm not even gonna do that much if I do indeed need a charge. I'm gonna buy a can or two of R134a and have my buddy who is a mechanic top it off for free.
     
  17. Jul 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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    That should do it. I hope your buddy knows the proper way to charge without overcharging (which could damage the system).
     
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    ecotecin Wait, whut........

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    Humidity plays a large role in the performance of the a/c. On really humid days here in WV, my A/C doesnt perform as it should. It keeps it cold but not as cold as usual. I believe your a/c is good, just hope for not alot of humid days.
     
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    It was about 80°F today with low humidity. I drove around with the windows down for most of the day because it was so beautiful out. However, I was driving through a work zone so I rolled up the windows and turned up the A/C. It was blowing crisp and cold like it should. Also, on extraordinarily hot days even with high humidity, if I am driving at 60-70 MPH for a while with minimal stopping, the A/C gets so freezing cold that I have to turn up the temperature!
     
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    My truck was purchased brand new in September 2009, and I absolutely love it. The two things I disliked about my truck from day one, however...

    The first issue was the lackluster factory stereo system, which I replaced with an all-Pioneer system in Spring 2013. Needless to say, it's a 110% improvement over stock. Stereo systems in 2005-present 2nd gen Tacomas are much easier to replace than many people think.

    The second thing I hate about my truck is the lack of intermittent/variable-speed windshield wipers. Tilt/telescoping steering column has been standard in the Tacoma since 2005. Side curtain airbags and a limited-slip differential became standard in 2009, and air-conditioning finally became standard in 2011. The base model Tacomas (including the extra cabs and crew cabs) still do not as of 2014 have intermittent wipers.

    I did not realize my truck lacked a feature many of us take for granted until two days after we bought it.

    Anyway, my Toyota dealer refuses to mess with it and the service department there thought I was making too big a deal about what they see as a small issue in an otherwise awesome truck.

    Several mechanics I know seem to think it could be done, but have requested to look at the truck first. I've done research online and it appears that it is indeed possible to install intermittent wipers on a base model Tacoma. However, how should I go about doing this?:

    Do I look for a wrecked higher-end Tacoma in a junkyard and take the wiper control stalk from that

    Do I buy the wiper control on eBay or some other website?

    Do I order the parts from the Toyota dealer or a parts distributor?

    Once I get the necessary parts...

    I am afraid to install the part myself. How difficult is this?

    Should I take it to a mechanic or Toyota authorized service tech (outside the dealer)?

    On another note, how hard is it to install cruise control?
     
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