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Taco Adventurer Build (Pictures Fixed)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Santos23, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:39 AM
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    By the time I got the new tires on and the paint buffed and cleaned up I started to really get a vision for the truck. I wasn't really a fan of the tires being tucked in under the fender so I went and bought myself 1.25" Spydertrax Wheel Spacer and installed those. It doesn't seem like much, but it was definitely better than stock.

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  2. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:41 AM
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    I had some more time the same day so I went a grabbed a few cans of plastic-dip and painted away. I touched up the fender flares I bring them back to life - they had been sitting in the sun for I don't know how long - probably 15 years haha

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  3. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    Next mod was something just for cosmetics. I've always liked raptor lights in the grille so I went on superbrightled.com and found some that I could make work. It was a pretty simple mod, all it took was splicing into the corner lights + and - wires and connecting the raptor LED lights.

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  4. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    After adding the 100 HP from the raptors lights, I decided it was finally time to de-chrome, almost completely. Bye bye chrome bumpers and grille! (I don't have a picture of the rear.)

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  5. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    Up next on the list was to level out the front. I've had a spacer leveling kit before on an 03 Taco I had and wasn't too much of a fan. So I began my search for something a little better. That's when I came across Bilstein. I liked this option because I could level for now, and then lift whenever the wallet was ready for it. So I went ahead and ordered the 5100's and had them installed. (I promise I started doing everything on my own after that install.)

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  6. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    Next on the list was to protect this thing from rust, since I currently live in ND. A little rustoleum undercoating and that mod was done.

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  7. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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    I hated not being able to listen to my own music, so out with the old and in with the new.

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  8. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:59 AM
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    Some ND views for you guys and gals.

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  9. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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    My dad went out a bought a 2019 TRD OR with a few upgrades and for the small amount the shipping was, I had some new wheels!

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  10. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:01 AM
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    I had been familiar with @Box Rocket build for quite a while and he's inspired a lot on this truck! Which is the main reason I went with the trail gear front tube bumper. My favorite was the (3) 7" HID's he threw up front. The little sag in the front I fixed after about 2 months cause it really started to bother me haha.

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  11. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:02 AM
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    In the bed of the truck I had a plastic liner and I wasn't feeling it much. I ripped it out and bought some rustoleum truck bed coating and went to work. in the end, I regretted doing this mod just because it doesn't stick to the surface too well and was pretty messy to apply.

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    Next I had to choose between a bed rack or a topper shell. I was super interested in a shell, but for the price, it almost wasn't worth it for me. I had looked around for bed racks for a good two months and saw that they're pretty basic, easy to build, but expensive to purchase from a company. So why not build one? So my search began for a bed rack build. I realized @Box Rocket had made one and I really liked the design! so the building process began.

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    After that I needed to add some storage space. Something I could take with me everywhere and easily remove whenever I need to. Thats when I found @overlandunderbudget on IG. His build became a HUGE inspiration for mine. Although not the sleekest, his roof rack was exactly what I needed. Yakima Q towers with 117 Q-Clips. Up top is a Pelican V770 case and my traction boards.

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  14. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:13 AM
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    Then I was able to score this RTT from Tepui for a damn good price! (brand new too)


     
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    Now, I needed a new rear bumper. Something strong enough to support a spare tire, water and gas. Low on cash, why not build one? Good thing I have a buddy with a shop! Again, rear bumper inspired by @Box Rocket !

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  16. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:22 AM
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    Need more pics :D
     
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  17. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:24 AM
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    Once the rear bumper was done, I decided to add some better lights to my truck. I added some 7" HID lights to the front of my bumper (as seen on @Box Rocket) and also made my own retrofit headlights.

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  18. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM
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    Up next is the tire carrier. Once again, didn't want to spend the money, so I made one! Ordered the hinge from a company called EMS Off-road and I am super happy with it!

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    Finally decided to add a lift kit. Went with Toytec coils on my Bilstein 5100's and a rear AAL. Super stoked we could save me cash and do it in the front yard. (Also, snapped my lights and had to rebuild the mount lol)

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  20. Jun 18, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    New lift calls for new tires. 285/75/16 BFG KM3's. I love these tires! no rubbing at all, perfect fit!

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