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SoulArmored Cement Build

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Builds (2016+)' started by SoulArmored, May 2, 2018.

  1. May 2, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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    SoulArmored

    SoulArmored [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Year: 2018
    Make: Toyota
    Model: Tacoma TRD Off-Road
    Package: Technology / Paint Protection Film
    Drivetrain: V6 4X4 Auto
    Color: Cement

    My truck finally arrived and could not be happier. After having a lot of issues with my Nismo Frontier I finally bought what I probably should have initially. My wife picked out the color...yes I'm keeping her and keeping the truck : )

    Located in Central FL

    Feel free to suggest/comment

    Thanks and God Bless
    Evan

    Suspension:
    Bilstein Pro Baja Spec 6112
    Bilstein 5160 Extended Travel Rear Shocks
    Eibach Pro Baja Spec 650lb Coils

    Wheels/Tires:
    4R 17x7 Pro Wheels
    265/70/17 Falken Wildpeak

    Brakes:
    ATE Slotted Rotor
    Stoptech Street Pad

    Exterior:
    Toyota Blackout Emblems
    Toyota Blackout Tailgate Inserts
    Debadged V6 Emblem
    Replica TRD Pro Grill
    Window Tint
    Tailpipe Chop / Akrapovic Tip

    Lighting:
    Rigid Industries Fog Light Pods

    Miscellaneous:
    AFE Pro Dry S Air Filter
    All Season Mats
    3M Scotchgard Fabric
    Simoniz Glasscoat
    Knurled Entune Knobs
    Smittybilt Billet Adjustable Hitch
    TRD Off-Road Decal by Taco Garage
    Business Graphics


    Today:

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  2. May 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM
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    SoulArmored

    SoulArmored [OP] Well-Known Member

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    First Mod was installing the Toyota Blackout Emblems which included the rear tailgate as well. I removed the V6 Emblem off Tailgate instead of blacking out.

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  3. May 2, 2018 at 5:16 PM
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    SoulArmored

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    I'm a technician by trade and worked at dealerships for roughly 10 years as well as doing a lot of detail work on the side. Dealers will always try and sell "Paint Sealants" or "10 Year Wax" and so forth for anywhere from $500 to well over $1000. I do not think any of them are worth spending that much money but I always tried out everything they offered on my own vehicles. The only one that I was truly impressed by and still use years later is Simoniz Glasscoat. It looks like you sprayed another coat of clear on and it lasts a LONG time. I will usually prep paint, apply Simoniz, let cure overnight and then apply Collinite 845. Yes the Simoniz is not supposed to be sold outside of dealers but it is fairly easily found online (I don't sell it). One bottle will do 1-2 vehicles on average. Very easy to apply. This has been out for a while and much better than a lot of the other ceramic coatings/sealants out there and I've tried many!

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  4. May 2, 2018 at 6:39 PM
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    MMoreno16

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    Congrats on the new truck dude, let the mods begin :spending:
     
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  5. May 3, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    If I had known the 18's were gonna have Cement in the offroad, I would have waited. Love this color.
     
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  6. May 8, 2018 at 7:24 AM
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    SoulArmored

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    Wheels showed up today!

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  7. May 9, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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    Wheels / Tires Installed.
    265/70/17 Falken Wildpeak
    17x7 TRD Pro 4R Wheels

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  8. May 10, 2018 at 7:13 AM
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    TRD Baja

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  9. May 12, 2018 at 2:41 PM
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  10. May 12, 2018 at 2:42 PM
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    Baja Rear

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  11. May 18, 2018 at 1:37 PM
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    Front Installed.

    Measurements

    Factory D/F 35 1/2"
    Factory P/F 35 3/4"

    Baja D/F 37"
    Baja P/F 37 1/8"

    Measured with full tank. Very little lean. Measured after approximately 25 miles installed.

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  12. May 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM
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    TRD Pro Baja Road Review :

    Been driving truck all day running errands and here is my initial review on the Baja kit which are a few still around for sale. This is Road review as have not went off-road to test yet. Ride quality over stock O/R is firmer but better and definitely not harsh. It soaks up bumps better. I have no additional weight added to my truck as well. 650lb springs are what these come with so I have room to grow in my opinion. Braking is what made a large difference. These have virtually no brake dive and feel much more confident in braking and turning. Quality is clearly there with them being a tested and proven setup. Would I say these are worth their original price of around $1800? That's hard to say without seeing how they perform off-road as well. For someone looking for OEM reliability, fit with more function over lift...I'd say yes. These fit the bill exactly for me. I'll update with more time with them...
     
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  13. May 18, 2018 at 5:04 PM
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    AFE Pro Dry S Review

    Driven approximately 3 tanks full of mixed driving since this has been installed. I did do the suspension in that time as well. Quality of filter is excellent. I have used on multiple vehicles with good results especially in my MK7 GTI. This made a noticeable but not drastic change in pedal response. Id say it is worth the money for that alone. I have not tried the Pedal Commander to compare the difference that makes. Gas mileage is essentially the same overall which I see as an improvement as did and do normally see a decrease in MPG with a lift and larger tires even though my setup is modest to most. Overall definitely recommend especially if needing normal replacement.

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  14. May 19, 2018 at 5:52 AM
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    If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you pay for your trd Baja suspension kit? And did you go with AAL in the rear? Truck is looking amazing :thumbsup: cement is the best color, but then again I’m biased :anonymous:
     
  15. May 19, 2018 at 7:15 AM
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    I’ve seen a lot about ceramic coatings recently, and have been tempted to try one. But I’m interested in the glass coat you did, is that applied the same way as a ceramic coating?
     
  16. May 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM
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    I paid $700 for the kit. No AAL in rear. Factory OR Leaf Pack just with extended travel shocks.
     
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  17. May 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM
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    It is a ceramic glass coat so application is very similar while this one being fairly easy to put on. Vehicle must be prepped just like you would sealant or wax and on cool panels so not in sunlight. I used a small applicator pad and usually have two or three good microfibers at hand. Apply one or two panels at a time and let start to slightly dry and then polish with microfiber. I let cure overnight before driving. Can put multiple coats but I have not found much benefit over one good one. I do apply Collinite 845 Wax over after Glasscoat has cured 24hrs. It has been around before the "ceramic craze" and I have found to work a lot better than most.
     
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  18. May 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM
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    You got a good deal, I myself got in on the trd pro kit which is basically the same thing except for the springs (600lbs). Do you have bro lean? If I didn’t install the AAL, my truck looked like it was ready to blast off the front nose was pointing to the sky lol
     
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  19. May 19, 2018 at 2:03 PM
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    Thank you for the reply! I might give that a try then, I’ve never done a ceramic coating but I have always done all my own detailing. I think I should be able to figure it out as long as I do a lot of research.
     
  20. May 19, 2018 at 5:57 PM
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    I'd definitely recommend. Any questions feel free!
     

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