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"SLW N LOW" Build (2013 Reg Cab)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Hot Taco, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Jul 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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    Hot Taco

    Hot Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Beefed Taco 3" Lowering Blocks DJM 3" Front Lowering Kit Custom C-Notch Intermittent Wipers LED tail lights
    I retired my "HOT TACO" license plates from my lowered 1st generation Tacoma with "SLW N LOW". Unfortunately, after lowering my new truck 3", it's hardly low compared to my last truck, but it will have to do because it's a daily driver. (Heck, my wife's stock RAV4 is a little lower!) None-the-less, I like how the truck has turned out so far. I was aiming more for a sport truck look as opposed to a low rider, and I think I achieved that. I typically use my truck to haul kayaks and bicycles over Wisconsin's bumpy roads, so I had to make sure I was somewhat sensible about my modifications... especially since this truck will have to be driven in the Winter! (With snow tires.)

    Here is how she looked when I finally got her out of the garage and got the front end aligned on July 6, 2013:

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    Here's how she looked when I brought her home on April 9th, 2013:

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    My winter "meats"...

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    Exterior
    • Color-matched bumpers and mirror covers
    • Blacked-out Toyota logo
    • Debadged
    • Super White OEM front grill
    • Super White OEM door handles
    • Black head light mod (BHLM)
    • Depot LED tail lights from eBay
    Interior
    • Intermittent wiper stalk
    Suspension
    Wheels & Tires
    • Summer: TSW Spa (European) 19" x 8", +40mm offset
    • Summer: Nitto Motivo 245/40R-19
    • Winter: Toyota OEM RAV 4 17" Steelies
    • Winter: Michelin X-Ice Xi3 215/60R-17
    • Schrader EZ-Sensor cloned TPMS sensors
    Future
    • Window tint
    • VentureShield clear bra (purchased but waiting for paint to cure)
    • G2 epoxy caliper paint
    Lessons Learned
    • Take your time on the Black Head Light Mod! It's not that difficult of a modification, but you can easily screw-it-up by rushing.
    • Dupli-Color caliper paint and VHT high-temp caliper paint are both garbage. They flake off with the slightest tap. I recommend using an epoxy caliper paint like G2.
    • StreeTacos lower blocks are not compatible with AIR LIFT 59564 Ride Control Rear Air Spring Kit. The blocks are too long, preventing the lower mounting bracket for the air bags from being able to hook around the u-bolt. One of the many reasons I opted for the RoadMaster Active Suspension kit.
    • The RoadMaster Active Suspension Kit for 2wd Tacomas doesn't fit very well. It's almost impossible to get the mounting bracket to not rub the driver's side shock. To remedy this, you should contact "Nolan" at RoadMaster at either nolan@activesuspension.com or 800-398-5036 and order the brackets from the 2nd generation kit.
    • is one of the only tire shops that knows how to clone TPMS sensors, but be careful because many of their own employees don't know what "sensor cloning" is. See my post on TPMS Options for Multiple Wheel Sets if you, like me, have Summer and Winter tires and want to avoid the TPMS light but still want the system to work.
    • The "e-coated" Raybetos front rotors I original put on the truck didn't survive the Wisconsin winters any better than any non-painted/coated rotors. After 3 years, the rotors look like horrible rust balls. I've since replaced the rotors with ATL Autosport performance rotors that are zinc coated as I've had better like with this type of rotor in the past.
     
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  2. Jul 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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    WHPLSH3

    WHPLSH3 Fortified with horsepower-adding goodness...

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    Sharp unit! Nice and clean...:drool:
     
  3. Jul 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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    Kavik

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    Very nice job :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jul 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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    Brendo Ballz808

    Brendo Ballz808 Slammed or lifted.. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN STOCK

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    Dayum that looks sweet!!!!!!! I wish I has a reg can now shit!

    I can imagine u paid a fortune for dem tires
     
  5. Jul 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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    R09ster

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    very clean!
     
  6. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:06 AM
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    HighTQCummins

    HighTQCummins Instagram: stormtrooptaco

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    that looks amazing! i'll be watching this for future updates for sure! great work sir.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 AM
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    Damn this is a sick RC... good job man.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:16 AM
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    TacoFMS

    TacoFMS Bubble bubble bubble pop

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    One or two things modded... Check out the build
    Very nice!! exceptionally clean truck, I really like it! Would love to see more specs on the build and pics if you have them. Thinking of getting a 5 lug in the next year or so for a daily driver cuz this one will go a little farther off the deep end for a trail truck and its got a drinking problem anyway!!
     
  9. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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    Hot Taco

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    Thank you for all the compliments, guys. I'm a computer-nerd by day, so getting this truck to look like it does took a lot of blood, sweat, holding back tears on occasion, and quite a bit of a learning curve. :p Seemed like every time I turned around, I needed a new tool to get something apart.

    My goal was to create the truck I wish Toyota would've built to begin with, but with nicer wheels and lower. :cool: I call this look "OEM +1". I.e., I wanted it to look like it had the SR5 package that's only available on the higher-end models but used to be available to all models. :mad:
     
  10. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:24 AM
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    Computer nerds need to stick together :spy:
     
  11. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:27 AM
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    TacoFMS

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    well crap I guess I need to show myself the door out then, cuz I barely know enough to get me on here! Hopefully you guys will be non comp nerd freindly????
     
  12. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:29 AM
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    Always man, always. 5 Stars for this thread!
     
  13. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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    Hot Taco

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    Believe-you-me... when it comes to wrenchin' on your vehicle, you don't want to be a computer nerd. We have sissy, girlie-soft hands :eek: Even after doing all the lowering work myself, I only have one callus on my left hand... What the heck?!?!?
     
  14. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM
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    Ehh, I guess I'm more of a hands on nerd, I've always had my hands dirty.. per say.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2013 at 6:41 AM
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    TacoFMS

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    well I work at a rock quarry so the only time Im not doing manual labor is when Im on here talking to you guys or entering paperwork. And Ive always loved gettin under vehicles and bustin knuckles.
     
  16. Jul 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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    Who Dat Popcorn

    Who Dat Popcorn Dafuq

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    Damn, the updated front looks mean!!
     
  17. Jul 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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    I agree! Seems like a lot of people didn't like the front-end update in 2012, but when I saw it, I new it was time to sell my 2001 and get a new truck. I like how the lower valence (gray part of bumper) compliments the shape of the grill.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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    What a transformation, very clean. I like it! :thumbsup:
     
  19. Jul 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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    cool man, love the notch, and nolan has not responded to me blast him!!!! lol
     
  20. Jul 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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    2012s look good mini'd, needs mo lowerdz though
     

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