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TruKnight's Autobot Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds' started by TruKnight, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    2010 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab SWB

    You know, I never used to be a truck guy, let alone a lifted truck guy, but since finding TW when I got my truck ive loved every second of it and I love doing cool visual / cosmetic mods and keeping a clean build. I enjoy seeing and reading about all of the other awesome trucks on here, and ive learned alot, so I think its time to share and post up this thread about what ive done to my own ride.

    1-17-15 PAID OFF! YAY!! (current pic)

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    current crazy mod project: 12-15 front end swap! (photoshops of what I have planned)

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    6-9-14:
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    Just after lift was complete:

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    9-28-12 Lift Complete! It took 3 months from planning to end, but today its finally done!

    Special thanks to Bret (BulletToothTony) and Mr OZ-T for taking the time to answer my questions and help steer me in the right directions.

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    FRONT SUSPENSION
    > OME 90000 NitroCharger Sport FrontShocks
    > OME 885 Coils - no top plate spacer
    > Light Racing UCA
    > Swaybar Relocate


    REAR SUSPENSION
    > OME N182 NitroCharger Rear Shocks
    > OME CS047 Dakar Leaf Spring Set -coated with ez-slide
    > OME FK29 Driveline Carrier Bearing Drop


    WHEELS & TIRES
    > Stock Sport Rims
    > LT 285/70R17 BFG AT T/A KO
    > 1.25" Spidertrax Hubcentric Spacers


    EXTERIOR MODS
    > UWS Tool Box
    > Plasti Dip Black Lower Bumper & Grill
    > TRD Mudflaps
    > OEM Running Boards
    > Tailgate Security Mod
    > Tailgate Debadge
    > OEM non-smoked replacement headlights
    > short radio antenna
    > oem bed mat and bed cargo net


    INTERIOR MODS
    > swap to 12-15 style steering wheel
    > swap to 12-15 black center console
    > swap to 12-15 style vent, radio bezel, clock and a/c controls.
    > swap to 12-15 style cluster faceplate w/ led mod
    > Pioneer 4000nex stereo
    > Wet Okole front and rear seat covers & armrest cover
    > OEM TRD Off Road Mats
    > 12-15 OEM Shift Knob
    > Door armrest mod w/ wet okole neoprene material
    > 3M carbon fiber wrap on window controls, door pulls, column handles, overhead console, radio bezel, and a/c controls.
    > interior light led's
    > Salex Console Organizer
    > rear window security bar
    > 20% Tint
    > Painted Engine Cover (+5 hp)


    FUTURE MODS
    > swap to 12-15 style front end
    > swap to 12-15 style turn signal mirrors
    > swap to 12-15 oem black carpet
    > flux capacitor
    > hover conversion & mr fusion

    Pics in post below
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2015
  2. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This is the pic that started it all, I knew when I saw it that this was what I wanted:
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    Mabye two-ish weeks later, I came home with Tacomus Prime:
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    A week or so after that, I got my first paint scratch :eek: (fixed later with oem paint pen)
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    This was my old ride, a 98 firebird in a more recent pic after I gave it an overdue wash. After riding on the ground for 12 years I was ready to move on and havent looked back:
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    My first mod was a couple months later, with the addition of a uws toolbox:
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    I also got these trd off road mats at about the same time:
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    It doesent snow here in south arkansas very often, so when it does, its time for pics:
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    Almost a year goes by, as I lurk on tw, minding my own business when I get bitten by the mod bug again, and I pull the trigger on a set of wet okoles, a new shift knob and an awesome console organizer:

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    Around this time I also give him an overdue wash, wax and detail:
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    Soon after that, being slightly jelly of not having the 4x4 thing on my back flaps, I came up with a 4$ fix to the problem, stickers:
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    Then, while saving up for my lift kit, I decided it was past time to get the windows tinted. It was also the 110+ days that helped seal the deal:

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    The tint came out better than I expexted it to, and matches the stock tint really well from inside and outside:
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    Painted my engine cover, one of the more useless mods I know, but I like it:
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    Added OEM Running Boards:
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  3. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Parts:

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    Installed lift w/ dad in about 7 hours. I think everything went together ok, the uca bolts were a pain as advertised, and the dakars required some maneuvering and I watched out for the abs data lines as best I could. Will be rechecking all the bolts and things in a week and then in a month to make sure everything is all tight.

    Only driven him home so far, but may have a 20 mph vibe, nothing jarring, prolly a medium one. will be installing carrier bearing drop kit next week when it comes in and mabye it will go away.

    Anyhow, heres a pic with the stock 265's on still:
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    LIFT INSTALL PICS: (from multiple angles)

    The lignting was perfect this morning, so I took abunch of em.
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    Looks great!!!! You are doing a fine job on her.... I just picked up a 2008 Super White TRD Sport Access Cab... Really like your shifter.. Where can i get one? Dealer? On Line?
    Thank you

    >Gman
     
  5. krob32

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    Nice truck! Great start. Looking forward to seeing where you go next.
     
  6. 4Wheelin4Banger

    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

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    3" OME lift 885s & Dakars riding on 33" KM2s Click the sig pic to see the build thread .
    Great start & good choices.
    When you get your lift I suggest you try it without the sway bar rather than relocate it.
    885s gave my 4Banger 3" up front and will probably get you around 2.75". I never had a problem with sway bar or relocated it. I was trying to find a way to disconnect it for off road & keep it out of the way and couldn't find one so I removed it and figured I could reinstall it if I didn't like the way it handled on road. It's still off.
    Have you priced Hover Conversion & Mr Fusion install? It's out of my price range.
     
  7. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys!

    Gman, I got mine from ebay, if you search for "trd shift knob" you should find one, but lots of other places carry them too. They are also labeled "sicon accessory" sometimes too. Id say its a 0.1/10 on the mod difficulty scale.

    Ive been debating on whether to keep the sway bar or ditch it. Most on here say to ditch it, and im not a reckless driver by any means, but it seems a small price to pay incase I ever did need it in unforseen cirumstances.

    My next mod, after the lift, will prolly be the armrest mod w/ swb neoprene material (same as seat covers) Ill have until 2015 to save up to install the hover conversion and mr fusion tho!

    "when this tacoma hits 88 mph your gonna see some serious stuff" :eek:
     
  8. JNome

    JNome Made in Maine.... Yessah bub!

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    Glad I could add to your build! I think it will look good with those OEM Running Boards!
     
  9. BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Gold Member

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    So did you ever get your lift installed? Want to see some pics of it...
     
  10. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    not yet, have minor problem, details here ( http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...-springs-arent-assembled-correctly-they.htmlv)

    atm I have sitting here my new uca's, rear shocks, spidertrax, ubolts and 1 front coil assembly.

    wating for the new coil and dakars (were on backorder) to arrive sometime this week. Then I need to apply some ez-slide to the leaves and put em back together. Then I have to find a tire shop, order the tires and have them put on - and that after whichever weekend dad has free for us to install everything.

    short answer: prolly 1 month from now ill have pics to share, I hope :confused:
     
  11. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    bump for lift install, info in 3rd post from the top.

    expect many more pics on sat I hope ! =D
     
  12. BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Gold Member

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    :woot: looks great man!!!! :thumbsup:
     
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    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    *BUMP* Lift complete! Pics up top! :D

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    nice clean build...good work
     
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    Very nice!! Well done! Planning makes perfect!
     
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    Nice taco man.
     
  17. TruKnight

    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys!

    visually theres no difference between my prerunner and a 4x4, just no front differential or rear locker. alot of 4x4 guys run this same setup I think.
     
  18. BulletToothTony

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    Looks good tru glad it turned out for you :thumbsup:
     
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    Very nice build think it looks great!! Hope to follow those mod's soon as well...
     
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    Looks good. Awesome job. :thumbsup:
     
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