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Thunder's 04 Ext Cab Derp Edition

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by ThunderOne, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. Jun 1, 2015 at 12:32 AM
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    ThunderOne

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    Useful threads I will need to look at later before they fall into the abyss of my post history:
    Needle bearing fix (can't do with Harrop e-locker)
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...earing-vibration.276853/page-14#post-19749856
    Air damper clicking fix (done but keeping here)

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/air-servo-damper-no-2-possible-aftermarket-part.500522/#post-16582776
    Steering column "fix" (done)
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/sloppy-steering-column-fix.502851/
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/first-gen-steering-wheel-clunk-fix.106254/
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/sloppy-play-in-steering-wheel-gone.370052/#post-14171357
    Relocate washer fluid reservoir with OEM tank from older Tacos (done - used original style tank)
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/diy-wiper-fluid-reservoir-relocation-for-1st-gen-tacomas.441906/
    welder:
    https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/764170-hobart-handler-140-115v-mig-welder.html?feedsource=3
    removing 3rd leaf from bottom for better ride:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/alcan-leaf-springs.606690/page-2#post-21031679


    If I ever install LED turn signals:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/led-turn-signals-no-need-for-resistors-mod.514193/


    TORQUE SPECS:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/need-help-with-torque-specs.441887/#post-14295028



    Hello :wave: and welcome to my little corner of the interwebs. Feel free to have a look around and don't be afraid to ask questions. Try to look past the plastidip.. I did other things too and they feel left out. :D

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    So far the list of mods is as follows. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Exterior:

    Off-Road:

    -All-pro Bilstein height adjustable coilovers
    -Custom Alcan leaf packs, built with 2.5" of lift and an extra 200lb load capacity
    -Stainless rear extended brake line
    -Bilstein 5125s 170/60 valving in rear, 8.5” travel
    -ARB bumper with Gamiviti clear turn signal lenses
    -Coastal Off-Road high clearance rear bumper
    -RevengeFab sliders
    -BudBuilt skid plate and belly pan + crossmember
    -Fabtech angled spare tire carrier in bed
    -TRD rear e-locker with 4.56 ECGS gears
    -Harrop front locker
    -Rear diff breather extension behind gas cap plastics
    -Smittybilt H2O 10k winch (Gen 2 Comp Series)
    -285/75/16 BFG KO2s
    -Pro comp 8069-6886 gloss black wheels (16x8 - 4" BS sadly discontinued)

    Paint:
    -Plasti-dipped in anthracite grey with dipped black trim pieces

    Brakes:
    -NAPA eclipse 231mm Tundra brake calipers with Tundra OEM discs and pads

    Random:
    -NWS deep toolbox loaded with tools, recovery gear, etc
    -Dynomax super turbo muffler
    -Homemade BPV bracket
    -Street Guardian SG9665GC Dash Camera
    -Bluesea fuse box

    Lighting:
    -Mini D2S 3.0 projectors with Philips 4300k bulbs and DDM tuning relay, TRS 35 watt ballasts
    -eBay high beam dash light fix module for h4
    -Alixpress 7" LED front aux lights
    -Black eBay headlights with smoke/clear corners
    -eBay LED tail lights
    -XPrite (eBay) 7.5" LED aux lights on rear bumper
    -LED turn signals from eBay bolted to side of ARB bumper

    Short Range Comms:
    -Uniden 520XL Pro CB radio
    -Firestik 2' or 3' fiberglass CB antenna on heavy duty spring and extra long mirror mount on toolbox
    -Uniden amplified PA speaker (BC23A)
    -Baofeng BF-F8HP HAM walkie talkie



    Interior:
    -Pioneer DEH-P6000UB head unit
    -Warm white LED dome/map lights from superbrightleds with soldered 100 ohm 3 watt resistors
    -15% tint on factory tinted rear glass, 5% on front (approx. 3.5% all around), -15% windshield strip
    -4Runner locking glovebox latch
    -Toyota Hilux carbon fiber/leather shifter knob
    -Door dinger removed
    -MechanicJon's seat reinforcements
    -Wet Okole seat covers in Charcoal Grey with black piping

    Here are some random mods and write ups I have done over the years:

    4Runner locking glovebox latch in Tacoma:
    http://www.ttora.com/forum/2-early-tacoma-tech/194893-locking-glove-box-mod-very-simple.html#

    Increase OEM keyless entry range:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/how-to-increase-oem-keyless-entry-range.406672/

    Better Bed Lights installation:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/installing-better-bed-lights-on-the-1st-gen.440036

    Stock RS3200 Glass Break Sensor Installation (for 2003-2004):
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/tvip-upgrade-to-stock-rs3200-alarm-system-2003-2004.524376/

    Softer shocks to fix poor ride quality for lifted 1st gens:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/stiff-rear-end-after-lift-you-got-the-wrong-shocks.471164/

    AC Drain Extension:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/frame-rust-from-ac-condensation.390399/#post-10740024

    Doing away with plastic clips for trim paneling (2001-2004 Ext Cabs)

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/no-more-rattling-ext-cab-rear-trim.448164/

    PLASTIDIP THE WHOLE DAMN THING:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/plasti-dip-full-truck-dip-thread.362577/

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    And how she looked the day I bought it in 2008.

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  2. Jun 1, 2015 at 2:12 AM
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    ODNAREM

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    TRD catback exhaust,FJ Cruiser trail team wheels,BFG All Terrain K02 tires,Grillcraft front grill,Pelfreybilt IFS/Mid skids,sliders,standard rear bumper,Total Chaos bed stiffeners.TRD Pro Bilstein front/rear suspension.
    Looks sweet thunderone!The gray color looks good!
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2015 at 1:30 AM
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    Dude, in love with that color. Looks awesome
     
  4. Jul 12, 2015 at 1:37 AM
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    ThunderOne

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    Thanks! It cost about $200 in supplies to do and I did it at my friend's Line-X shop. I used about 3.5 out of the four gallons I purchased. It's not perfect but it really came out great for my first time dipping!
     
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  5. Oct 3, 2015 at 10:53 AM
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    AZoverlandTaco

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    TRD Sport Grille, Baja Fog Lights, 265/75/16 Wildpeak Tires, Leer Shell, WeatherTech Floor Mats
    SICK TRUCK!!!
     
  6. Oct 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM
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    some duct tape and zip ties
    Just going to sub..
     
  7. Nov 6, 2015 at 6:29 AM
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    Digging the look of this truck and the mods done to it.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2015 at 10:59 AM
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    I'm thinking about plasti dipping my truck but I have seen that it only lasts a little over 2 years. Plus you have to wash it with special solution. How do you wash yours? And how long have you had it done? Any peeling or damage since then?
     
  9. Dec 26, 2015 at 8:12 PM
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    well I'm going on almost a year with the dip, and so far so good. No real damage to speak of so far. Anything that peels up (usually around crevices and door handles that get lots of contact or water buildup) can be laid back down with some paint thinner dipped on a rubber glove and a light touch.

    I haven't washed my truck with anything other than regular car wash soap, but if mud gets on it, you basically have to wash it with some simple green, because it really sticks. I usually just sprayed it onto the wet truck, and scrubbed with a soapy sponge. I'm sure the dipwash stuff works best, but I haven't tried it yet. Occasionally I apply some of the Turtle Wax Ice.

    If the truck doesn't have any stuck on mud, I can get away with washing it with regular turtle wax soap, which is what I do mostly.

    Basically I have had zero issues with the dip. There are some places that have started coming up (namely the areas around the door handles) but I haven't addressed them with paint thinner yet and it's not getting any worse so it's not a high priority. Basically the prep work and laying thinner down on more immediate areas from exacto slicing detailed areas was the biggest pain, but I haven't had a problem since. The only reason I had to lay down thinner over the exacto'd areas was because the knife did slightly pull up the dip where I was cutting. Thinner corrected the problem.

    I would suggest keeping some extra dip left over in a jar so that if you're really OCD, you can paintbrush rock chipped areas down by the rocker panels. I have some left over for this reason and for other touch ups, but I've only one touch up work on one occasion and that was over the summer.

    Anyways, I'm sure the response was a little long but hopefully I eased any of your concerns.

    One thing I've yet to figure out is if the dip will hold up when tree branches and thorns scrape it.
     
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  10. Dec 29, 2015 at 3:15 AM
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    Badass truck.
     
  11. Jan 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM
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    Love the color ! How many miles on her?
     
  12. Jan 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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    about 15 miles away from 160k
     
  13. Jan 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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    Right on, curious. same year - just rolled 171K
     
  14. Jan 13, 2016 at 9:42 PM
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    ThunderOne

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    Finally got new tires.

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    I'm diggin your truck. Looks good.
     
  16. Jan 19, 2016 at 6:39 PM
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    Are you happy with the ride of the new tires?
     
  17. Jan 19, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    I am! I told the tire shop to just do a "static" balance with sticky weights on the inside of the wheel and it rides surprisingly smooth! And they're pretty quiet too. I'm sure they'll get louder as time goes on. Not that it's a problem :D
     
  18. Jan 19, 2016 at 7:51 PM
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    Need a new set, love those tires, but kind of spoiled with michelins
     
  19. Jan 19, 2016 at 7:58 PM
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    Michelen's are hard to beat for ride quality. But I'm a sucker for the classic BFG white lettering
     
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  20. Jan 23, 2016 at 7:23 PM
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    ThunderOne

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    Sprayed the living crap out of the frame with 4 cans of Fluid Film. Then proceeded to play out in the snow and help poor souls stuck in their Mazda Miatas and Mustangs :D


    Tires did an awesome job in the snow. I had to really TRY to get the tires to break loose.

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