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Tigerian's Unicorn Build - The Pika

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Tigerian, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM
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    Tigerian

    Tigerian [OP] Well-Known Member

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    AS IT SITS TODAY

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    THE STORY


    Before the Tacoma I had a little 2007 Corolla. It had been my car since high school and after graduating college I had planned on replacing it with something more rugged when I could afford to. FJ or Tacoma. Something more suited for winter and offroad. I had a lot of experience with different Tacoma's since @Shellshock (my brother) seems to have a tendency to get bored and buy a new truck every couple of years.

    The plan was expedited by a mule deer jumping into the side of my car while I was working out in Colorado in 2017. After fighting with the insurance company and Shellshock towing it back to Iowa, they finally decided to deem the car totaled. After a bunch of deliberation and many conversations with Shellshock I finally decided on a Tacoma. My biggest want was something with a manual transmission. Not even a week later pops up the unicorn. A 2013 Tacoma SR5 Access Cab with a 4 cylinder and manual transmission. It wasn't even on the dealership lot yet. I wasn't convinced on the 4 cylinder though, as the automatic 4 cylinder Tacoma's I had driven in the past left much to be desired. My doubt was quickly extinguished. Shellshock and I went down to the dealership, test drove it, and bought it on the spot.

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    Immediately purchased OEM running boards and Rokblokz mudflaps. Joined TW. Then the planning began...while I moved to Minnesota.

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    The plan for everything I do with the truck is emphasizing functionality and making the truck really my own. My biggest gripe when I had my corolla was how common they were. I had a couple of times where I accidentally went up to somebody else's and tried to get in. I wanted there to be no doubt that my Tacoma was mine, and no one else's.

    Fast forward to spring of 2018 and some of my first mods start appearing. I wanted to personalize my truck. It had to be my truck, and not just look like every other Tacoma on the road. First step was blacking out some chrome. I started with plastidipping the grille surround and the Tacoma badges. I also got a really nice retro decal to replace everything on the tailgate and an SR5 bedside decal from @CBoy808. I also figured out a way to make my access cab more useful for me. Slap in some Dewault toolboxes and a TrackMat and I have a level storage surface.

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    After that I replaced the interior overhead lights with Diode Dynamics LEDs. Not a lot happened after that for about a year. I moved to a different spot in Minnesota. Winter came and went. I knew I needed new tires on my truck and I wanted to get some new wheels as well. I really wanted the TRD Beadlocks but was heavily considering SCS instead because of the price difference. After much deliberation I decided to pull the trigger on what I actually wanted instead of settling for something else. TRD Beadlocks and Falken AT3Ws.

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    Shortly after the wheels and tires I ran into an issue with my reverse camera and lights intermittently working. After some research I replaced a part that was like $5 and it was working flawlessly again. I also ended up replacing my reverse lights with Diode Dynamics LEDs. During this time I had been looking for a method to hold and charge my phone and iPad for when I got to the point of taking real trips with my truck. I did a lot of searching for this, bounced around the idea of a techdeck amoung other things as well. Then I found it. The TPAM by Expedition Essentials.

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    So far the most complicated thing to install but by far the most useful mod yet. This is currently my favorite functional mod I have made to my truck. Another move and motorcycle purchase and that brings us to the present.
     

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  2. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM
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    Tigerian

    Tigerian [OP] Well-Known Member

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    THE PARTS

    Current

    Interior
    Electrical
    • TPAM
    • X2Power 24F Battery
    • Battery Tender Hookup
    Lighting
    • Diode Dynamics Map and Overhead Lights LED Replacement
    • Diode Dynamics Reverse Lights LED Replacement
    • Rago Ditch Light Brackets
    • Switch Pro
    • Iggycorp Switch Pro Mount
    • Rigid Ditch Lights
    • SDHQ Battery Terminal and Switch Pro Mount
    • Runnin4Tacos Grille Lights

    Exterior
    • Tonneau Cover
    • OEM Running Boards
    • RokBlokz Mudflaps
    • TRD Beadlocks
    • Falken Wildpeaks AT3W
    • Softopper
    • RDJ Trucks Pocket Style Fender Flares
    • Redline Tuning QuickLIFT ELITE
    • Stubby Jr Antenna
    Visual Mods
    • Shift Knob
    • Climate Control Knobs
    • Patches, Patches, Patches, and Patches
    • Caliraised Faux Pro Grille
    • Grille Surround Plasitdip Paint Blackout
    • Badges Plastidip Blackout
    • Tailgate Badge Removal and Retro Decal Replacement
    • SR5 Bedside Decals

    Coming Soon™
    • Rigid Fogs + ?Bracket
    • NATIKA Front Camera
    • The Child Decal
    Sometime Soon
    • Mobtown Offroad Sliders
    The Future

    The Short List
    • Rear Bumper Blackout
    • AJT Designs knobs and shifter
    The Long List
    • Recovery
      • Maxtrax
      • Blue Ridge Snatch Strap Kit
      • Recovery hitch
    • HAM Radio
    • Raptor Lights for grille
    • Armor
      • SSO Slimeline Hybrid Front
      • CBI Bushmaster 2.0 Rear
    • Suspension
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:34 AM
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    Tigerian

    Tigerian [OP] Well-Known Member

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    THE PICTURES

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  4. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    OVTune, SOS Armor, MESO stuff, UpTopOverland roof rack, Softopper, Rigid & BD lights, RCI Armor, ROAM awning, misc stuff
    Reserved
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:52 AM
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    Shellshock

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  6. Apr 14, 2020 at 10:02 AM
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    CygnusX191

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    Rush window shade, stuff from RCI, Total Chaos, Victory 4x4, Meso Customs, and a bunch of stickers.
    Fire extinguishers are cheap and easy to mount. Move that up to the top of the list there. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Apr 14, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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    Tigerian

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    Oh I know. It is one of those things that I added to my list a while back and haven't really thought much about since. It'll definitely be done sooner rather than later. Anything in the future section is subject to multiple re-orderings and changes in priority level. :rofl:
     
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  8. Apr 14, 2020 at 10:07 AM
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    Shellshock

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    I got one out of rich's garage for free.99
     
  9. Apr 14, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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    Sasquatch3153 *autistic screeching*

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  10. Apr 14, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    So I’m kinda confused.
    Are you the chicken getting pet.. or is this your pet chicken giving me the “you don’t eat me” look?
     
  11. Apr 14, 2020 at 11:09 AM
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    Shellshock

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    That’s the chicken with the “who let this guy in here” look lol
     
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  12. Apr 14, 2020 at 11:23 AM
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    So. You’re the chicken getting pet.

    What a weird spirit animal to choose. That’s different.
     
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  13. Apr 15, 2020 at 6:54 AM
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    The truck is going to look sick soon. Thank you government for stimulating my truck build. :anonymous:
     
  14. Apr 15, 2020 at 8:17 AM
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    Got mine last night.... Was also browsing diode dynamics.... So many lighting options
     
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  15. Apr 15, 2020 at 8:26 AM
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    I might have to take a look to see what else Diode Dynamics has. I've been super happy with everything I've gotten from them so far.

    Lighting is the next major upgrade on my docket. I finally found an interior mount for the switch pro that I like for the second gen. Most of the ones I liked for 2nd gen aren't in production anymore and I hate the idea of using one of the glasses holders for switches.
     
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  16. Apr 15, 2020 at 8:58 AM
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    My biggest thing with diode is looking at their upgrades for what's already in the truck.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2020 at 9:24 AM
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    Shellshock

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    I’ve got their interior stuff in the taco, I still need to do the tundra. Everything outside is rigid.
     
  18. Apr 18, 2020 at 4:40 AM
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    Hey, @Tigerian , are you still digging the Rokblokz mud-flaps?

    My new tires are rubbing the OEM mud-flaps, so I ordered some last night.
     
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  19. Apr 18, 2020 at 5:38 AM
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    Tigerian

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    They are great. I’ve never had any issues with them.
     
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  20. Apr 18, 2020 at 5:43 AM
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    Plus they are flexy
     
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