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(Recs welcome!) Slowly evolving DD to weekend warrior

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Sweed07, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. Dec 30, 2020 at 1:15 PM
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    Sweed07

    Sweed07 [OP] Member

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    TRD Pro 17" wheels with BFG 265/70/R17 T/A KO2 (C-rated), AlphaRex Pro-Series projector headlights, Cali Raised 3X2 18W LED fog lights, Cali Raised 32" lower bumper flush LED bar, BPF skid plate, BPF tow hook w/ 3/4" shackle, Yotashop Rear Diff breather mod, Cali Raised bed channel supports, Pioneer AVH-4200NEX stereo and midrange speakers, backup camera, MAXTRAX MKII Gunmetal Grey, Cali Raised DCLB Zero-degree Rock Sliders w/ Kickout (LINE-X'd), Bilstein 5100 3" lift (885 medium-duty coils) / Dakar rear leaf /new SPC upper control arms, and 3-ton More Power Pully w/ 35' of 5/16" Am-Steel-Blue Rope
    Hey all, I've had my '07 Tacoma TRD Sport since I got back to the States in late '06, and have loved it ever since. I finally started putting some modifications into it this year (#thankscovid), and realized I want to increase its off-road capability a bit from the DD it's been for the last 14 years ... if for no other reason than I'm moving from FL to PA next summer. I've mainly used it to launch kayaks from sandy spots over the past 8 years, but imagine I'll have more snowy roads and trails in my future.

    Bottom line, although I've been pouring over the forums, I'm definitely looking for any recommendations of what makes sense next, more to keep it operational and less about aesthetics. I move a lot with the military, so my tools are pretty basic, and I'm still a novice at DIY. I've kept up with all recommended maintenance (169K mi), but not done any major repair/replacement work (outside of manifold, drive shaft, rear diff, and warrantied rear lefs), so wondering what else I should have inspected/replaced when I take it in for a dealership frame rust inspection.

    Original specs:
    2007 Tacoma TRD Sport V6 4x4 DCLB with Towing Package

    Tweaks:
    Pioneer AVH-4200NEX stereo + midrange speakers + back-up camera
    Cali Raised Tacoma Bed-channel Supports
    32" LED Light Bar - 5D Optic 32" OSRAM Lower Bumper Flush LED Bar (Combo Beam)
    Cali Raised LED Fog Lights (3X2 18W LED Pods)
    AlphaRex PRO-Series Projector Headlights w/ DRL converters
    Bullet Proof Fabricating Skid Plate + Tow Hook + 3/4" shackle
    MAXTRAX MKII - Gunmetal Grey
    Yotashop Rear Differential Breather mod
    TRD Pro 17" Wheels
    BFG 265/70/R17 T/A KO2 (C-rated)
    (Not pictured) Extang Trifecta Tonneau Cover
    (Pending delivery) Cali Raised DCLB Rock Sliders w/ Kickout (Line-X'd)

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  2. Jan 4, 2021 at 1:13 PM
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    Sweed07

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    Quick sanity check for the masses. I’m thinking that the next logical work would be to update the suspension, which hasn’t ever been touched. I’m not trying to do anything crazy like long-travel, but I’m having a hard time discerning what might be a good approach from the other build threads. Does anyone have any recs for suspension threads that might help a relative newb learn more about the components and upgrade options?

    Thanks!
     
  3. Jan 4, 2021 at 1:16 PM
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    12taco12

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    All gonna be dependent upon needs
     
  4. Jan 4, 2021 at 1:17 PM
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    Unless you actually plan to use it off-road or you just want it to really look good keep it close to stock as possible
     
  5. Jan 4, 2021 at 1:46 PM
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    Sweed07

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    That’s a great point. I’m definitely not doing crazy wheeling with it ... at least not in the near term. I’m hoping to make it useful for reaching back country trails, campsites, and fishing holes, with the added ability to navigate northern (Penn) winter trails a bit. So I don’t know how to break that down to a capability range, but hope it makes sense. Thanks!
     
  6. Jan 4, 2021 at 1:51 PM
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    NY here and ill tell ya not many backroads that a good set of tires can't handle. and the best mod is driver, learn up on how to pick lines and navigate trails and until you start getting into harder stuff can get away with tires and some recovery gear
     
  7. Jan 4, 2021 at 2:01 PM
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    That’s awesome, and totally makes sense. I’m not looking to submerge my truck in mud anytime soon, but I am probably lacking on the recovery front. Looking at the More Power Pulley that another dude posted, which looks pretty portable for some peace of mind.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2021 at 2:17 PM
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    If you're just looking to update your old suspension, I would recommend buying a slightly used set of shocks and springs from a 3rd gen. Should get you a 1" lift up front.

    If you've got some coin to drop there is the Bilstein 6112/5160 combo. It was what came on the TRD PRO's from factory until they switched to Fox.

    There's also the eibach pro truck kit. It's like $600 I think, and you can choose your lift amount up to 3". I would personally go with this one.
     

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