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Smithr's TAT/Overland slow build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by smithr1730, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Aug 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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    smithr1730

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    Sold the Taco about a year ago. Here is how she sat when I sold her:
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    Ended up going with a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for a little over a year:
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    BUT, I missed my Tacoma, so I picked up this 2015 TX Pro:

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    Current/Future Mod List:
    Armor:
    - Prinsu Cabrac [x]
    - Caliraised 25* Sliders [X]
    - SOS Hybrid Front [x]
    - Allpro Rear bumper [ ]
    - Handle scratch guards [x]
    - Bed brackets/tie downs [x]
    - Winch (Warn) [x]
    - RCI Front skid plate [X]
    Engine:
    - Bay lights [ ]
    - Aux Fuse Block [x]
    - Oil catch can [ ]
    - AFE Pro CAI [x]
    Lighting:
    - LED taillights - $50.00 [x]
    - Rock lights [ ]
    - Ditch lights [x]
    - MESO interior lights [ ]
    - Diode Dynamics Fogs [X]
    Lift:
    - Elka 2.5 Reservoir Coilovers
    - Icon RXT Leaf pack stage II [X]
    - Bilstein 5160 rear
    - RTT CVT [ ]
    - JBA UCA's [X]
    Misc. Mods/Gear
    - Kill switch [ ]
    - Diff. breather relocation [x]
    - OBA compressor [ ]
    - TRD auto shift knob [X]
    - Painting engine cover [ ]
    - Tuffy bedside storage [ ]
    - Recovery gear [X]
    - ARB Deflator [ ]
     
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  2. Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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    Any comments or helpful advice is welcome!
     
  3. Aug 15, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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    Just got in the bed lights, cooling panel, and rock lights! Will post pics of the install later tonight!
     
  4. Aug 18, 2014 at 6:34 AM
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    Went camping over the weekend. Did some shooting practice preparing to get my CCW this friday!! :woot:

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  5. Oct 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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    LED headlights ended up failing so back to standard headlights
     
  6. Oct 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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    CanisLupus

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    What brand? Did they overheat?

    Truck looks good. I would recommend Pelfrey for your armor needs though, I've seen many All-Poo products not living up to expectations.

    Matt
     
  7. Oct 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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    Lifetime and Im still a bit away from armor and Im still reading up on people's reviews. Thanks for the advice tho :thumbsup:
     
  8. Dec 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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    Finally getting a lift after Christmas! Here's wht I'm going with:
    5100s
    stock springs for now (can't decide on wht brand to get)
    Wheelers OR HD 3 leaf AAL
     
  9. Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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    65 degree weather today so shes washed and waxed plus put in some BriteAssLeds headlights in

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  10. Mar 16, 2015 at 8:03 PM
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    Looking good. I desperately have to give mine a wash, still a little bit too cold to do that though.

    for rear springs have you looked at the dakars from OME? I cant comment on the others, but just another suggestion for You. I have been pretty happy with mine for hauling stuff in the bed without sacrificing over all ride quality.
     
  11. Mar 17, 2015 at 2:58 PM
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    I did think about those but as of now they are a little outta my budget. One day tho..I've decided on Wheelers 3 leaf HD AAL for the rear
     
  12. Mar 17, 2015 at 4:12 PM
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    That will work. Look forward to seeing some pics.
     
  13. Sep 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM
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    Finally got to install my lift over the weekend! Ended up with wheelers 3 lead aal, 5100s all around, and OME 884s for now.

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  14. Sep 14, 2015 at 10:33 AM
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    Looks sweet! How do you like the ride?
     
  15. Sep 14, 2015 at 10:33 AM
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    So far so good. Much better than factory. Just need to get it aligned and everything should be back to normal
     
  16. Sep 14, 2015 at 1:16 PM
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    Nice happy to hear.

    How do you like your cAp by the way? Really like the versatility of the fabric caps, just want to make sure I know all the pros and cons prior to purchasing.
     
  17. Sep 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM
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    It's awesome! I camp out of it too even through some pretty heavy rain storms and it's kept us dry..doesn't take up space if I fold it up so I can use the whole bed..only downsides/things to consider are it can be hard to see behind you at night cuz the windows are tinted, it shakes a bit on the freeway but stays strong, the fabric shrinks in the winter to the point where you wouldn't be able to get it back on if you took it off, and finally, the part where it is close to the cab and mounts to the bed, the mount is Velcro and when I first got it, it would come loose at freeway speeds and flap like crazy..the fix is simple, I just took a flat aluminum bar from the junk yard and used some left over clamps from a tonnue cover and clamped it down on top..I've been running that for about 2 years without any problems. If you've looked at the softtopper as well, there is only one really big difference which are the side windows in the Bestop which give you visibility out the sides of the top..hope I helped..best of luck on your decision!
     
  18. Sep 15, 2015 at 6:02 PM
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    Thanks, helped a bunch! Really appreciate it. I am pretty concerned for winter really. But I don't think I would be opening it the winter. So folding it in the winter is pretty much out of the question eh. Regardless compared to a hard top, I still have the option.
     
  19. Sep 15, 2015 at 6:37 PM
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    smithr1730

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    You can its just extremely hard to get back in place
     
  20. Sep 15, 2015 at 7:26 PM
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    Gotcha. Thanks again. There has been a few times that I have been stuck with a Tonneau cover in the winter where I had to take it off. I figure with the extra space of the cap I should be fine. Worst comes to worst my sisters place has a heated garage.
     

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