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SANDY EGGO BUILD & BS

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

  1. Apr 30, 2020 at 1:41 AM
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    5th Gen 1993 Toyota Picked Up Extended Cab Forest Green 2WD 250,000 Miles

    1st Gen 2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Pre-Runner Black 4cyl 2WD 200,000

    2nd Gen 2009 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Pre-Runner Black V6 2WD (Currently 122,000)

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    NickLee Creations Thread


    ×PAGE NAVIGATION

    ~ MODs, BUILD, MT/RE: Page 1-2
    ~ SCENIC PLACES: Page 2-3
    ~ B.S. & UPDATES: Page 3+

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  2. Apr 30, 2020 at 2:17 AM
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    If you see something and have any questions about how to or where from, please don't be afraid to ask!

    ×LISTED MODIFICATIONS
    ×NOT IN ORDER×

    ×OEM FLOOR MATS

    http://www.amazon.com/

    One of the first things I got for this truck. Not much coverage but they looked OEM and are light years better than the rugs.

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    ×HUSKY HEAVY DUTY FLOOR MATS

    https://www.huskyliners.com/

    More floor protection needed so I upgraded to these.

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    I ended up having to Dremel some anchor holes because they wouldn't stay put. I used small rubber gaskets to seal the holes.

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    ×CUSTOM TAILGATE CAP

    THREAD:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/solved-custom-tailgate-cap.640366/

    I had a lot of damage on the top of my tailgate and didn't feel the need to buy a whole new gate. So I did some searching and couldn't find single thing I was looking for. One day out of nowhere, a fellow member ended up making me a custom one. (Shout out to @christian06) This cap protects the top part of the gate and as a bonus it also covers the preexisting damage.

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    ×FREEMOTOR802 AFTER MARKET TAILGATE CAP

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/113861997657

    To complement to the custom cap I replaced the banged up old cap with a new one.

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    ×KBHMOTOR LEATHER CENTER CONSOLE COVER


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/152347102786

    This vinyl arm rest cover added some much needed contrast to a heavily tan Interior. I had to wrestle it a bit to make it fit but it honestly came out looking OEM. I also added a few pieces of thick fabric underneath for extra cushion.

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    ×KBHMOTOR LEATHER ARMREST COVERS

    https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/222867698743

    My door armrest covers were looking real bad. So I decided to match the armrest center console cover I had installed with the same vinyl leather material. I removed the OEM carpet and prepped. To remount the pieces I used small screws and washers. To apply, I used 3M heat resistant spray adhesive to mount the vinyl and some extra fabric for more comfortability. Looks and feels great.

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  3. Apr 30, 2020 at 2:36 AM
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    ×WEATHER TECH WINDOW DEFLECTORS

    https://www.weathertech.com/toyota/2009/tacoma/side-window-deflectors/tacoma-cab/access-cab/

    This things are awesome. Easy to install and I think they look much cleaner than the tacky adhesive ones.

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    ** I did have a small fitment issue with the driver side window. It would make a load crackling/sealing noise. I installed/reinstalled them as directed. Still I couldn't figure out why it wasn't fitting right. So I ended up taking it back out. I examined the piece and noticed there were wear marks from where the window was rubbing. So I took some fine grit sandpaper to the noticable parts, polished and reinstalled. It worked... It now has zero issues sharing the same channel with the window. These shields are durable and have not damaged a thing on my truck. Would definitely buy again

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    ×CALIFORNIA VINTAGE LICENSE PLATE

    http://DMV.ca.gov

    I hated those awful white CA license plate the state automatically issues you. Those damn things fall apart in less than a year and I was more than happy to upgraded to a vintage black one.

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    ×FRONT COVERKING NEOSUPREME SEAT COVERS

    https://www.autoanything.com/seat-covers/61A7669A0A0.aspx

    One of favorite purchases I've made for this truck. These seat covers fit snug and are crazy easy to clean. They're super comfortable and if you haven't noticed yet, black is my favorite color.

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  4. Apr 30, 2020 at 9:39 PM
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    ×LINE X FOG LIGHT COVERS
    currently gun smoke with yellow option

    https://www.lamin-x.com/precut-film-covers/toyota-tacoma-05-11-fog-light-covers.html

    These things are a PITA to put on. But they look great on the stock fog lenses. I have a yellow set I'm debating replacing the current ones with.

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    ×DASAITA HEAD UNIT

    https://ebay.com/usr/dasaita-store

    Freaking love this thing. This head unit is worth every penny. I was looking for a affordable new unit that would suit my needs and wants. Luckily I came across the 2nd gen dasaita thread ( https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/dasaita-head-unit-for-2nd-gen-tacoma.620084/ ) and I was sold immediately. If your looking for a new head unit, look into a Dasaita.

    Specification:

    OS : Android 9 Pie CPU : RK3399 , Dual Cortex-A72 + Quad Cortex-A53, 64-bit RAM : 4 GB ROM : 64 GB GPU : Mali-T860MP4 Radio : ST7708 Bluetooth : CSR BC6 Resolutions : 1024*600 Screen : IPS
    Fast boot functions, 1 Second ( warm start only) Build in GPS/Wifi/Radio RGB Button illuminations Two Camera input ,front/rear Full HDMI output for headrest 1 Sub 1 Mid 4 Audio Output (2V) 3 USB output ,1.5A Each

    Etc....

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    ×BLIND SPOT ATTACHABLE MIRRORS

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/382115733924

    These things are cheap as hell and definitely not built to last. But they get the job done, they don't fall off, they don't obstruct my view and they are only a $1.39 for a pair. I bought a ton of them because I constantly lose them and or break them when I power wash the truck. Don't judge me...

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    *TIP: To make them look more flush: paint/plastidip the back of the plastic mirror black to hide any 3M tape residue.

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    ×EMBLEM PLASTIDIP & REMOVAL

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093BSNB0

    What ever your thoughts and "feelings" are on plastidip... I don't care, I love the stuff. I could rant all day about the pros out weighing the cons. I've changed the color of the emblems several times over the years. Easy stuff, tape off area, spray and clean up.

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    Removing the emblem is real easy and even easier on a hot day. If your not planning on doing this in the middle of the summer, bust out a blow dryer and some fishing line. Take your time and you'll find these pop off pretty easy. Afterwards use some goof off or paint safe adhesive remover to get the sticky residue off. If you're truck has some milage on it you'll notice some tan lines where the badge used to be. Don't worry, use a buffer with a bit of compound and wax. Takes a bit of elbow grease but it will clean up nice.

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  6. May 1, 2020 at 11:53 AM
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    ×HEADLIGHTS, FOGLIGHTS & TAILLIGHTS

    ~OPT7 PROJECTOR DRL LEDs - BLACK / REX HEADLIGHTS / HALOS (SOLD)

    These were my first ever set of aftermarket headlights. In the past I've always stuck with OEM but eventually caught the bug and pulled the trigger on these. Really good quality IMO. The wiring was semi plug and play with minimal wiring. The low beam output was decent and high beam output was super bright even for a h1 bulb. I later put in an HID kit and quickly realized it was not a good idea. The light output was god awful..


    Overall this set of HLs were awesome, fun to change out the tiny LEDs color.


    http://www.opt-7.com/2005-2011-toyo...GGlyOhefCvlLs2DpJ3soyo5vI9bLcdABoCPlsQAvD_BwE

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    ~SPYDER PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS BARS DRL × 1*

    https://tacomabeast.com/collections...-projector-headlights-light-bar-drl-version-2

    https://www.spyderauto.com/product.php?id=PRO-YD-TT05V2-LB-BK

    These headlights are awesome. Easy peasy plug and play. The light output is mediocre but it makes up for it with style. I'll figure something out when the warranty is up.

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    ~LED TUBE BLACK SMOKED TAILIGHTS
    https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/162597881402

    Way better than the oem eurotrash taillights. These look great and haven't let me down yet. Plug and play.

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    ~Bolt AC Series: 55w HID Kit

    Meh.. Good quality but I wouldn't recommend these in a deep blue color. The fan is really loud and obnoxious.

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    Currently rocking these H1's. They're brighter than the ones the TB headlights came with. They're nothing to be overly excited about but they are better.

    ~FieryRed LED Fog Lights

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085C5PH45/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rXr-EbYB3DCR9b

    Better then OEM, Morimoto grade definitely a solid upgrade and good quality. I also put yellow lamin-x film covers on them.

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    ~DRFG LED Fogs (CURRENTLY 2021)

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    I bought these for fun because they look cool. Not expensive, Nothing special but they are extremely bright.

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    Never put a LED in a halogen housing, don't be that guy.

    Always consider the other drivers on the road before you rig your vehicle up like a Christmas tree light factory. No one likes being blinded on the highway...

    ×Lamin-X Lamp Guard

    https://lamin-x.com/toyota-tacoma-05-11-headlight-covers.html

    Bought these to protect the headlights. They come two forms, per precut or full sheet. A pain to install but worth the protection.

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  7. Jul 5, 2020 at 10:41 PM
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    ×FLYZEYE TCMA-0515 V1 LED Light - Amber White Amber w/BLACK

    http://www.flyzeye-designs.com
    (OUT OF BUSINESS)

    Just before they went of business, I ordered three of these. One for the center console and two for the sun visors. It's nice have a bit of anytime light in a variety of colors.

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    ×Custom Piece By Piece Grille

    ~Grillcraft Black Upper Mesh Grille Insert Kit

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UY1XIG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_S4T0X5MVVTJC9VEM60WX

    Part number: TOY-1946-B

    ~Genuine Toyota Land Cruiser 1985-1987 BJ70 Front Grill Emblem/Badge
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/174125050725

    ~TEQ Silver Black - Custom 3.5" Grille Badge
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/675102734/teq-silver-black-custom-35-grille-badge

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    I pieced this grille together from several different parts. I wanted something different from the usual cookie cutter grilles out there. I painted the surround with black plastidip and glosiffier and I mounted the letters with a few L brackets. Kept it simple.

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    ×Black Climate Control Swap

    This was a bit of a project, I first had to figure out if was worth the effort. A few years ago I did a little research and found that it can be done as long as you aquire a custom made harness. The harness is required because the female ports on the back of the panel differ from early to late second gens.

    (Shout out to @Xx Ares xX for doing the wiring)

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    Once acquired you then need to track down a black climate control from a 2.5 Tacoma in working and excellent cosmetic condition. For me, it wasn't that hard to find. They are in abundance on eBay. It's totally worth it when the mod is officially finished, especially if your looking to upgrade or do a interior black out.

    •Check out this thread I created if your interested in the mod. I posted as much information as possible to learn everything you need to know:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/black-climate-control-swap.655341/


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    Above is the wiring diagram for the harness

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    ~ AJT Knobs
    I finished the mod with some really nice AJT CC knobs. Great quality.

    https://www.ajtdesign-llc.com/

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    **There is another option if you don't want to put in all that work. You can remove the face plate and paint it. It's very easy to remove and a very simple mod all together. :)

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    ×Rear Cab Removal

    This mod came alive because we plan on getting dogs soon. So I needed the extra space in the cab and to defend against any K9 wear and tear. Plus in my situation, no one ever sits back there. If someone does, its uncomfortable for them or they comment on how small the seating room is. :facepalm:

    So be it! The access cab is now a two seater!

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    So I went to town and took apart the whole back panel including the seats, seatbelts and head rests. The space really opened up nice.

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    The last challenge was to "properly" cover the air pressure vents. If you seal them, you can create some serious issues with the HVAC and potentially blow your eardrums out due to cabin pressure. So with that in mind, I purchased a 3/4" thick rubber mat and custom fitted it to the wall. I secured it with 3M sticky Velcro so the whole process could be reversed.

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    To help with road noise I installed sound dampening material on the back wall and pillars. With only about %50 of the truck finished I can honestly say its a game changer. Here's a sneak peak before I finish the write-up:


    ×Tacoma Pro Grille Style Steering Wheel Emblem

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/JimmyRigged88

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    So this mod was a bit challenging.. All the directions pointed to removing the airbag. That was further than I was willing to go just for a small cosmetic mod. Just the thought of putting the folded bag back in wrong was enough for me to avoid that instruction. So while I was trying to build up the courage, I unplugged the battery and waited a bit. I finally decided to just try and pry the emblem out. I taped off the area to avoid damaging the airbag cover. I wasn't too worried about damaging the OEM emblem because I despise chrome more than cauliflower and I really hate cauliflower. Surprisingly it came out really easy, it has about six small tags and three large tags that embed it to the airbag cover. The small ones came out but the large ones had to be cut. Once I had it out I cleaned up the area, I readied the new emblem which came with new small tags that insert perfectly. I used E6000 adhesive and slapped that guy on there and pressed it with some gorilla tape for a couple of hours. Airbag mess avoided and looks really clean.

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    *The down side: I feel I have created a semi painfull projectile if the airbag ever deploys.

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    ×Chris's Anti Theft Device

    Chris's ATD is an awesome invention and I am 100% certain that it has saved my gate from getting stolen. Easy to install and worth the piece of mind. (I highly recommend his product. See here: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/anti-theft-device.593155/ )

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    I did have an issue with the screw that had to be removed. It was and absolute hell removing it. I ended up drilling it out and replaced it with a tamper proof screw also supplied by Chris.

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    ×Pop & Lock Tailgate Lock PL5410


    So I was finally forced to buy a pop-&-lock...

    Two reasons..

    1. I work in downtown SD and the homeless tend to use my tailgate as their park bench.

    2. Several times after grocery shopping I've found my tailgate randomly down.

    So apparently it seems that I also need stupid A-Hole tailgate security as well. lol.

    With all the pro's outweighing the negative reviews, I chose to buy one. I went with the gloss option because of the all the reviews complaining about the plastic version severely fading. Also, the night before I installed it I soaked the working metal pieces in silicone lubricant. The reason being that the bad reviews complained about rusting parts that led to malfunction. Time will tell how this mod works out.

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    ×Stereo Sound Upgrade

    I'm going to say it... The entire stock stereo system from speakers to head unit is complete garbage. I happily upgraded the "OEM" crap with these products.

    ~Pioneer TS-G690

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    ~Rockville USS8 8 600w Slim Under-Seat Powered Car Truck Subwoofer Sub Amp Kit

    I've had JL 12s, Audiobahn 10s etc. I'm tired of setting off car alarms everywhere I go and hauling around a giant sub box. I chose this little guy because it simply balances out the sound in the truck. Sounds great and most importantly it's out of the way. exactly what I was looking for. (Shout out to @DG92071 for helping with the wiring.


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    Tweeters are next...
     
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    ×BIRDDAWG CLEARVIEW-REARVIEW MIRROR RISER W/ RAM BALL

    http://www.birddawgindustries.com/tacoma-mirror-riser.html


    I purchased the mirror riser to clear up some windshield space and make room for my dash cam. Great product easy ass install.

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    ×Anker Roav Dual Dash Cam Duo

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NP8XQ31/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_b1cdFbHPAQ9C2

    I've only been in three major car accidents in my life and none of them were my fault. If I had a dash cam at the time, my cases would have been expedited in my favor. These days I will never roll with out one. Worth every penny and worth the piece of mind.

    I was able to mount it to the birddawg mirror riser which mounts perfect underneath the rearview mirror. It came with a ram ball for that specific reason but I ended up using two screws instead. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a arm that fit the camera properly.

    ·SPECS
    Dual HD1080p, Front & Interior Wide Angle Car Cameras, Dual Sony Sensors, IR Night Vision, GPS, G-Sensor, Loop-Recording & Parking Mode.

    This little guy does pack a punch but it is far from perfect. The only main thing that stands out to me is it is not wifi enabled.

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    ~Front view
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    ~Rear view
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    ~In action

    https://youtu.be/Gl50nBbJ6_M



    ×VIOFO A139 2CH

    Currently phasing in. :stirthepot:

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    ~FRONT
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    ~REAR
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    ~SPECS

    3 Channel 2K 1440P
    Front + 1080P Interior + 1080P Rear Dash Cam
    Sony Starvis Image Sensor
    F1.6 Aperture 7 Elements Glass Lens
    140°+ 170°+ 170° Wide Viewing Angle
    Voice Notification
    Dual Band Wi-Fi Built-in 2.4GHz & 5GHz
    G-Sensor & Motion Detection Supported
    Parking Mode Supported
    Quick Release Mount
    GPS Logger (Included)
    CPL Filter (Included)
    Support Micro SD Card Class 10 up to 256GB


    ×External Power Source

    Portable Charger 30000mAh iMuto Power Bank X6 USB External Battery Pack

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYVF137/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Kn3sFb2X3DG1Y

    The external battery is wired to the head unit; serving a constant recharging power source. This allows me to charge things 24/7. Great for camping and road trips.

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    ×Panlong Bluetooth OBD2 OBDII Car Diagnostic Scanner Check Engine Light

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PJPHEBO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_64cdFbCDYN3V0

    There's expensive ones like this one and probably betters one's too. But this guy was $12s, it reads what I need to, it syncs to my head unit and phone. It sends me the fault code report to my email and never lets me down. I'm happy with it.

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    ×Spiker Engineering Hood Struts

    http://www.spikerengineering.com/

    Long over due. I really love this mod, literally a game changer. The only thing I regret is not doing this sooner. If you ever decide to do this mod make sure you have pivet gun available.

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    ×Husky Custom fit Sunshade

    http://www.huskslyliners.com/

    Heavy duty, really well made. Speaks for itself. Liked it so much that I bought my father one too. Highly recommended.

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    To make it a bit more custom I taped off the HUSKY label and filled it in with silver paint pen. I then put a decal of my favorite sports team to finish. I like :laughing:

    Before:
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    AFTER:
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    ×TIRES & WHEELS

    ~17x8"/7x150mm BlackedOut MB RAZOR's

    Nothing special. Got them from a buddy who works at discount tire, originally for my 1st gen. They're still going strong and haven't felt the need to upgrade. Yes, I sprayed them with black plastidip. :burp:

    ~265 /75 R16 BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2 Baja Champions

    ~285 /75 R17 BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2 Baja Champions

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    BF's are the only tires I will buy... Damn things last forever.. Enough said..
    :mudding:


    ×THREE INCH SPACER LIFT

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BB556KJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rvLdFbQKTMK6P

    I previously ran stock everything (mechanically) with the addition of a 3" spacer lift. Just for hell of it, just till I could gather up all the pieces I needed for a proper front end lift.

    I am aware of the stress it puts on the suspension etc. Personally I haven't had any issues. I don't do any super heavy off-roading in this truck, it's a daily driver and most importantly the spacers were TEMPORARY.

    *I apologize if spacers hurt your feelings :cool:


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    ~DIRT KING UCAs

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    ~ BILSTEIN 5100s

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    ~3RD GEN COILOVERS

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    CURRENT AS OF 04/08/2021

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    ×Delta D Rings, 2" Diameter Black Steel V Ring BoltOn Cargo Tie-Downs

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/262826020391

    Tacomas in general really lack in tie-down points. Probably because of how weak the bed walls are. But this isn't going to stop me from adding more cargo rings. They really come in handy.

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    ×Tufskinz INTERIOR CUP HOLDER INSERTS

    https://www.tufskinz.com/product/in...tacoma-withautomatic-transmission-5-piece-kit

    Cheap simple mod. Stands out, protects and looks good.

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    ×STUB RADIO ANTENNA

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9JZBSQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_v1KdFbG6DCE64

    Looks good and really well made, but the only issue is that the reception is weak in rural areas. But honestly I don't remember the last time I used FM/AM radio because I live in the future.

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    ×WINDOW TINT

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    https://sdwindowtint.net/

    I have never owned a vehicle without tinting the windows. It offers a bit of privacy, protection against UV rays and keeps people from seeing what you have laying around inside. I run 5% in the rear windows and 15% on the front passenger and driver side windows. If you live in San Diego, check out SD Tint. I'm happy to say that they have done all of my vehicles.

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    ×Led Third Brake Light

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CY516L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Al36DbAPR2P0P i

    Looks good, better than OEM. The only issue is there seems to be a small leak and it's causing the reflection pieces to corrode. It has been difficult to find a decent looking one that doesn't have this issue. This is my third one, but all in all its held up better that the rest.


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    I am currently running a new version due to moisture.*

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/382383756436

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    ×CENTER CONSOLE ORGANIZER TRAY INSERT DIVIDER CLAPBOARDS

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/202441696487

    I needed this to kind of organization help in the center console. I didn't use it as directed by got the job done.

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    ×USB, HDMI AND ECIG CHARGING PORTS

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/183910299262
    Center console blanks

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/123709118304
    Driver side blanks

    These ports are wired directly to the dasaita head unit. The HU is capable of four USB connections, serving data, streaming and charging all at once (yours may differ).

    With that said, if anything uses a USB it'll work. I hooked up a vuse charging port, USB for the HU and HDMI (in progress) for media devices (fire stick, PlayStation, etc). The trick is to find the right blanks that fit each slot. eBay is where you'll find them linked above.

    ** I found that the cheap USB wires that came with the slots were not strong enough for Android Auto. I swapped them out for USB 3.0. Made a huge difference and highly recommended.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/141848065288

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    ×TRD Black Leather Shift Knob

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/123944203217

    When you get this shift knob finally mounted correctly, it's pretty sweet! Nice feel, good weight and balance. The only problem is the included adapters don't fit, so you have to get creative. Im happy with it, very comfortable.

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    ×TAMPER PROOF HARDWARE

    Any screws that are exposed and can easily removed to steal anything off the truck has been replaced with tamper proof torx screws. It's not 100% certain but it does throw off any would be thief's. This can be found at any local hardware store, make sure to buy a bit set.

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    ×LOCKING GAS CAP & MESO GASSHOLE

    ~MESO CUSTOMS GASSHOLE

    https://mesocustoms.com/products/

    ~AFTER MARKET LOCKING GAS CAP
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000B8JUAW

    A little over a year ago I came out to find that someone tried to siphon my gas tank. So I purchased a locking gas cap then realized that it didn't have a leash or a way for it to be modified to have one. I came across the gasshole and i freaking love it. I'm the type that would definitely leave the cap at the gas station.

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    ×CUSTOM PAINTED INTERIOR

    So, what started this epic journey of interior painting was the absolute ugly color combo of silver, black and tan. It drove me to change one thing and led to a complete overhaul of the OEM scheme. My end game was to eliminate the silver trim. (Complete)

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    I used Rust-Oleum flat black and Rust-Oleum adhesion promoter for most. Black PlastiDip for the low traffic areas. I think it turned out great.

    ~List of things I painted:
    Tweeter rings
    Window/door lock bezel
    Door speakers covers
    Pillar handles
    Shifter bezel
    Stereo bezel
    Dome light trim
    Dome console trim
    Gauge cluster rings


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    The final result is absolutely epic. I'm extremely happy with how everything turned out.

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    ~CURRENTLY

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    In the future I will break down how I removed each piece. If you see what I have done and have questions, again don't be afraid to ask.
     
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    ×LED SWAP

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/

    I swapped most of the halogen bulbs for LED's (Not including the the headlights). Map lights, dome light, taillights, shifter indicator, switches, fogs, etc.

    ~2ND GEN BULB SIZE CHART:

    Parking Light Bulb Size: 2827 or 4157NALL
    Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 4157NALL
    Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 3157-A
    Tail Light Bulb Size: LED
    Stop Light Bulb Size: LED
    High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: 168
    Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: 9145
    License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
    Back Up Light Bulb Size: 921
    Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 2827
    Map Light Bulb Size: 168
    Dome Light Bulb Size: DE3022

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    ×PATCHES

    Started collecting specialty patches a while ago and it just took off. Very addictive :rofl:

    ~The first patch
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    As of 6/13/20
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    As of 7/20
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    7/29
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    8/3
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    8/7
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    8/25
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    9/27
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    10/20
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    11/27
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    7/29/21
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    1/31/22
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