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SPR TCO - Gilmorec61's Supercharged 2013 DCSB Build/Adventure Thread!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Gilmorec61, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Jan 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Gilmorec61

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    ** Adventure Reports **
    1. Tray Mountain - 1/12/19-1/13/19
    2. Windrock - 1/25/19 - 1/27/19
    3. Sarahs Creek Campground / Earls Ford - 2/1/19 - 2/2/19
    4. Hawk Mountain GEORGIA TW Camping Trip - 3/1/19 - 3/3/19

    Hi fellas, so I figured I would start a little 'build' thread on my new to me Tacoma. This will help me keep track of modifications/maintenance/repairs I've done and want to do, as well as hopefully give you all something to follow along with!

    First, a little about myself and some background. My name is Chris, I'm 23 and pursuing a ME degree at KSU(previously SPSU for those that are familiar with the area) in Atlanta, GA while working full time as a Mechanical Designer at Georgia Tech. I get to use fancy shmancy CNC machines, 3D printers, waterjets, etc. all day, pretty neato stuff. Still have alot to learn!

    I have wanted a Tacoma for the past 5 years, and have off and on been shopping for one this whole time. Recently, the want for a Tacoma has grown and the ability for me to afford one became more realistic. I was doing tons of research between the 2nd gen and 3rd gen and was really undecided on what to go for. Long story short, I finally made up my mind that I was going to get a used 2nd gen, as I didn't want to carry the financial burden of a brand new Tacoma. Initially, I was going to wait until I graduated this May to treat myself especially if buying new, however once I decided I was going to get a used one I started really shopping. Biggest criteria was that it had to be a TRD Offroad double cab short bed 4x4. I was also dead set on finding myself a 6spd manual but then I got to asking myself, why do I want a manual? Well, I wanted mainly for the fun factor, as well as the alleged claims that manuals are 'better' off-road. I realized that I didn't necessarily need the fun factor, as I own a mildly built 06 RSX Type-S with a 6spd, so I always have it and its mansmission. *Its currently on the TE37's!*
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    As far as the factor of a manual being better off road claim, I don't have any first hand experience with a manual offroad, all of my experience offroad has been in an automatic, and I never had any complaints. I'm not disagreeing that a manual is better offroad, but with my experience, i knew an auto would suffice.

    Once I had figured out what I wanted, this Tacoma popped up. Newer 2nd gen TRD OR DCSB, decent mileage, all the modifications I was planning on doing (sliders, lift, wheels/tires) and then the cherry on top... SUPERCHARGED!

    I contacted @SlapChop7 and inquired about the truck. Being that he was 6+ hours from me, I was a little skeptical about actually purchasing the truck. Not too long into inquiring about the truck and asking all the necessary questions, he offered to meet me halfway and I knew I had to check it out then. **As a side note, he was the absolute best person to work with in regards to the purchase and was extremely helpful and patient, even with my nit-pickyness. Thanks again man for being a great human being!** Ok, back to the truck. We met, I test drove it and it was everything I wanted. There were a few small issues that I wasn't initially aware of, but nothing at all that was a deal breaker. I purchased the truck on 12/29/18 and can officially say I am a Tacoma owner! :bananadance: As soon as I purchased the truck, I drove straight to Clayton, GA to give the new to me truck a good test. I put it through the ringer, doing a few quick pulls to 110mph(supercharger is faboo) on the way to Clayton, then a few creek crossings, fairly steep climbs, tested out the atrac, hac, dac, 4wd, rear locker... The truck performed FLAWLESSLY and didn't skip a beat.
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    So, now onto the 'build' part of this thread. I am going to get fairly detailed, just because.

    Lets start with how I purchased it.
    As of 12/29/18 and 94,988 miles:
    • Installed at approx. 60,000 miles - Magnuson(TRD) Supercharger w/ boost and AFR guages as well as other related/supporting mods I am still learning/finding out about (2.85" pulley, AEM fuel pump w/ external filter, K&N air filter)
    • Cobra CB Radio
    • OME suspension and lift
    • SPC UCA's
    • Sway bar spacers
    • Weld on rock sliders
    • Method Double Standard 16" wheels w/ Falken Wildpeaks
    • Tinted windows
    • Rear view mirror relocation(not to sure what this is all about, haven't read into it yet)
    • Interior LED's
    • Fresh Mobile 1 synthetic oil change w/ Mobile 1 filter
    Now onto things that I've done since I've owned it!

    12/31/18 and 95,354 miles:
    1/3/19 and 95,568 miles:
    1/4/19 and 95,615 miles:
    • Passenger side slider cut off, flipped over and rewelded. *slider was installed upside down by shop that PO had them installed at:rolleyes:. Ended up having to cut 3 of the 4 legs off of the slider and move them as well, see pics, forgot an after picture*
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    1/5/19 and 95,627 miles:
    1/6/19 and 95,681 miles:
    *side note, these were the only real mechanical issues with the truck when i purchased it*
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    1/7/19 and 95,742 miles:
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    1/8/19 and 95,767 miles:
    • Alignment at Firestone. Toe was obviously out due to tie rod replacement.
    1/9/19 and 95,798 miles:
    1/10/19 and 95,820 miles:
    1/12/19 and 95,875 miles:
    • Rear driveshaft u-joints cleaned
    1/13/19 and 96,098 miles:
    1/15/19 and 96,142 miles:
    1/16/19 and 96,163 miles:
    1/20/19 and 96,267 miles:
    1/23/19 and 96,345 miles:
    2/1/19 and 97,128 miles:
    • Lamin-x fog light film installed. Cant say i would highly recommend this product. Film started to peel on edges after a couple weeks. I found the same was happening with another person that had the same kit, except his was starting to turn brown in the center from the heat!
    2/2/19 and 97,398 miles:
    • Lost my passenger side bumper filler in a creek crossing :annoyed:
    2/10/19 and 97,506 miles:
    2/11/19 and 97,529 miles:
    2/15/19 and 97,720 miles:
    • EZ down tailgate assist installed! Install report and pics HERE. Accidentally stumbled upon the kit on Rockauto for cheap($13!!!) when i was purchasing my replacement rack and pinion. Didn't hear great things about it, but it was so cheap i figured id try it. I had to do a little grinding to one of the brackets to make it fit right, but i am overall very pleased with it! It did push my whole tailgate slightly to the right, but its not noticeable unless youre looking for it.
    2/23/19 and 98,156 miles:
    • Replaced the highly dreaded rack and pinion with a new Cardone Select unit from Rockauto. Was not as difficult of a replacement as i initially assumed! See my comments about it here. Quality seemed solid, no issues with it so far. I have noticed that the steering wheel is intermittently straight if that makes sense. Im not sure if its an alignment issue, or something internal the rack. Will continue to monitor and report back
    • Outer tie rods replaced with OEM units (rockauto had these too, what?!?)
    • Steering rack bushings replaced with Energy Suspension bushings. Instructions here.
    2/24/19 and 98,210 miles:
    2/26/19 and 98,283 miles:
    2/28/19 and 98,303 miles:
    3/3/19 and 98,426 miles:

    Pending!

    Future modifications/maintenance/repair!

    This about covers it! Apologies for the in-depth post, however I prefer to be too thorough rather than not enough. If anyone has questions about anything please let me know. I will do my best to link everything I purchase/use! I will also continuously update the original post as I do more things as well as post my adventures

    Here's a few more pics to get yalls willys wet:
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  2. Jan 9, 2019 at 5:14 PM
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    Great looking truck! Reminds me of my last one. Almost twins.
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    If you want to color match the rear bumper have it powdercoated Cadillac gray from prismatic powders. You know, until you get your aftermarket bumper.

    The TRD exhaust is pretty mellow. Not sure if it flows any better or if it’s just acoustics. Flowmaster 50 series delta flow is a good option if you just want to muffler swap, not loud but you get a grumble.

    I like your plans, look forward to seeing the build.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2019 at 11:46 AM
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    I was considering the TRD exhaust, but for the price point, I think i can get something that will perform better. Like i said, im not really looking for more sound, more so improved flow. Thanks man! Thanks to you Im going to add PC'd rear bumper to the future modifications list now :cool:
     
  4. Jan 10, 2019 at 1:14 PM
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    Alright guys, so I received my Viair portable air compressor yesterday. I ordered it Tuesday at 11:30 PM and it came in Wednesday around 1PM?? Amazon prime ftw!!

    Anyways, unpackaged the unit, and first impressions are fantastic. Really seems like a solid unit. Was a little worried about the power cables/air lines not being long enough to reach the furthest tire, but it did it with room to spare. And it came with a nice tote! I think this little guy will be around for years to come.

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    Today I got my wheels and tires rebalanced. When i purchased the truck, there was an intermittent steering wheel vibration. I replaced the inner tie rod, and it fixed the intermittent part, however there was then a consistent, not as noticeable vibration around 50-60mph. The rebalance seems to have completely eliminated all the steering wheel vibes! Extremely happy, the truck drives as smooth as can be now.

    Also, had to pick up the rsx today to get an adjuster to look at some rear end damage and snapped a pic of the two ladies while they were together:cool: (temporarily storing the rsx at a friends place, as i dont have room in the driveway where I'm currently living)
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  5. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:05 PM
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    Congrats on picking up your Tacoma!
     
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  6. Jan 10, 2019 at 7:13 PM
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    Thanks! The eggsitement is real!!!
     
  7. Jan 14, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    Alright guys, its been a few days, but I got the LED interior lights installed and man WHAT a difference! Virtually put the sun in my truck! Also got the rear extended diff breather installed, i extended it to one of the tool cubbies in the bed; just in time for my little trip this past weekend. Ill post more about that later. Did the reverse light upgrade last night and what a difference. I don't currently have any pics, but will see if i can get some when i get a chance.

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  8. Jan 14, 2019 at 5:44 PM
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    Sick truck!

    Man I miss my RSX!

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  9. Jan 17, 2019 at 8:13 PM
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    Thanks a ton man!

    NICE!! RSX was sick man! What a beaut. What all did you have done to it aside from the obvious cosmetic stuff?
     
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    Congrats on picking up a supercharged Tacoma...Nice find! I would definitely recommend swapping from the K&N oiled filter to the full AFE intake w/ dry filter (or any dry filter) for better flow and eliminate any oil residue getting sucked into the blower.

    I also have similar speedhut boost & AFR gauges and they're great. They have a lifetime warranty although I'm not sure if it's transferable between owners (I would think it is).

    For exhaust, I would recommend going to a full 3 inch exhaust after the y-pipe to maximize flow for your supercharger. I originally had the TRD catback on my truck and it sounded awesome, but it's only 2.5 inches so not as good for airflow with a blower. I have banks monster 3" exhaust now, but it's one of the louder systems, which I like.

    Check out the Supercharger thread...lots of good info and mods for the blower. Very friendly and helpful group of guys over there.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2019 at 6:18 PM
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    Thanks for all the great info man!

    I definitely plan on getting an AFE intake as soon as i see a used one or them on sale. You have the same gauges I have? If the LT warranty transfers, i may look into that. the boost gauge needle does illuminate like the AFR gauge does. Ive been thinking a 3" exhaust would get the most out of the supercharger. Ive also been looking at aftermarket y pipes as well.
     
  13. Feb 3, 2019 at 6:19 PM
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    A little video of a creek crossing this weekend :D

     
  14. Feb 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM
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    Here's my SpeedHut gauges. If you want the best y-pipe available, check out this thread - roostfactor's work is outstanding.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...pe-for-2nd-gen-tacoma-t4r-fj-cruisers.578228/

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  15. Feb 19, 2019 at 2:38 PM
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    Ahhh nice yes they are similar minus your black background!

    I’ve seen that y-pipe, it looks delicious. Definetly in my to get list. I may be getting it sooner than later, as I have full skids headed my way with the rerouted y pipe option selected o_O
     
  16. Feb 25, 2019 at 9:27 PM
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    So I've been crazy busy lately and havent had a chance to update this thread, so I'm going to try to catch up now. First, I am officially the SPR TCO of Georgia :cool:

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  17. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    Been so busy I haven't updated this in a month! Heres the latest:

    2/1/19 and 97,128 miles:
    • Lamin-x fog light film installed. Cant say i would highly recommend this product. Film started to peel on edges after a couple weeks. I found the same was happening with another person that had the same kit, except his was starting to turn brown in the center from the heat!
    2/2/19 and 97,398 miles:
    • Lost my passenger side bumper filler in a creek crossing :annoyed:
    2/10/19 and 97,506 miles:
    2/11/19 and 97,529 miles:
    2/15/19 and 97,720 miles:
    • EZ down tailgate assist installed! Accidentally stumbled upon the kit on Rockauto for cheap($13!!!) when i was purchasing my replacement rack and pinion. Didn't hear great things about it, but it was so cheap i figured id try it. I had to do a little grinding to one of the brackets to make it fit right, but i am overall very pleased with it! It did push my whole tailgate slightly to the right, but its not noticeable unless youre looking for it.
    2/23/19 and 98,156 miles:
    • Replaced the highly dreaded rack and pinion with a new Cardone Select unit from Rockauto. Was not as difficult of a replacement as i initially assumed! Quality seemed solid, no issues with it so far. I have noticed that the steering wheel is intermittently straight if that makes sense. Im not sure if its an alignment issue, or something internal the rack. Will continue to monitor and report back
    • Outer tie rods replaced with OEM units (rockauto had these too, what?!?)
    • Steering rack bushings replaced with Energy Suspension bushings. Instructions here.
    2/24/19 and 98,210 miles:
    2/26/19 and 98,283 miles:
    2/28/19 and 98,303 miles:
    3/3/19 and 98,426 miles:
     
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    Thoughts on the rack and pinion replacement:

    "So, a little R&P update, ended up ordering the NEW version of Cardone's unit from Rockauto, mainly because it came with the lifetime warranty for only $100 more. Also picked up some OEM outer tie rods because why not(actually got them on rockauto as well, they dont pull up under tacoma, you just have to search the exact part number and they are there). Finally got around to installing it this past weekend, and everything is operating properly, minus one issue which i will mention below. First, a few notes in regards to the install:
    1. Make sure you completely REMOVE the bolt holding the steering linkage to the rack! Didn't remove it and only loosened it, and it wouldn't come off. Finally thought that maybe it had to be removed completely as it being in there stopped it from coming out, and i was correct. Its probably mentioned somewhere in this thread, i just didn't remember reading it if so.
    2. The drivers side R&P bolt worried me, as I read horror stories about getting it out. I ran into the same exact issue as expected, however my remedy was quite easy. While most people were grinding the head of the bolt down, or just cutting the bolt in half, i used a ziz wheel and just cut 1/4" off the end of the bolt which gave the bolt enough clearance to be removed. I was able to reuse the bolt using this method, and it took all of 30 seconds to cut the end of the bolt off.
    3. It was somewhat of a headache initially trying to get the rack and pinion actually out of the truck. I learned that removing the passenger side bolt for the front diff and removing the front skid plate supports is very important. Once those are removed the rack and pinion slides out with almost no obstructions. I left the inner and outer tie rods on, and was able to remove it this way.
    4. Make sure to make sure your friend removes the seat belt from the steering wheel when making sure everything is operating properly and filling the reservoir with fluid!! :rofl:My buddy didnt remove it and thought it would be able to rotate with some slack, and kept telling me the steering wheel was only moving a half turn then getting stuck. I wasnt watching him to see if he had removed the seatbelt or not(i assumed he would have; granted it was 2AM) so i started stressing and researching what the problem could be. Finally i thought to try it myself when i found he had left the seat belt wrapped around the steering wheel...:facepalm:
    That pretty much sums up the install! Filled with Mobile 1 full syn ATF and have yet to see any leaks or hear any odd noises. Steering feel hasn't changed much, steering was tight before. The old unit was replaced just because it was leaking.


    Now, my ISSUE!
    Got the R&P in, and now the TRAC light(squiggly lines) is on. I thought it would go away after I got it aligned this afternoon, however I just picked the truck up and drove it a few miles and it still hasnt gone off. Will it eventually go off? I read something about possibly have to do a VSC relearn procedure, is this true?

    I will say, after i installed the rack, the steering wheel was off about 1/8th of a turn to the right. I corrected this temporarily by straightening the wheel, and adjusting the inner tie rods, and actually got it pretty damn close. I did notice when pulling the old rack off that the number of threads on each tie rod was different from each other, meaning that the distance from the center of the rack and pinion to the center of the outer tie rods was slightly different, if that makes sense. When i straightened the wheel and adjusted the tie rods, the number of threads was almost identical on both sides. After the alignment, the amount of threads on both sides is still identical. I think the PO may have had some adjustments made at some time and maybe had a relearn done with the old rack and pinion slightly 'off' so now i have to do another one now that its in the correct position?? Does that make sense or am I just making things up??

    EDIT: So, got the issue taken care of! The VSC relearn procedure took care of it. I only drove a couple miles but it didn’t come back on, we’ll see if it stays off in the coming days. Thanks for everyone’s input with this whole process, much appreciated!"
     
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    Chris
    Huntsville, AL
    Vehicle:
    2013 Supercharged DCSB TRD OR 4x4
    Yes
    Adventure Report 1

    Tray Mountain - 1/12/19-1/13/19

    This was my first trip since purchasing the truck. Truck performed absolutely flawlessly. Found the need for Weathertech mats, and they were ordered soon after arriving home from this trip. It was really neat to see the offroad capabilities in action, such as A-TRAC. Recorded a video of it live! Got to use my new Viair compressor and it worked great. Took maybe 10 minutes to air all tires from 8psi-32psi. Overall great trip, minus not being prepared in the camping department(not my first camping trip by any means, just got overly eggsited about wheeling and forgot about the camping part:rofl:).



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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019

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