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TruKnight's Autobot Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by TruKnight, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    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.

    current: 10-5-17

    5-18-15 Autobot Transformation Complete! :transformer:
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    1-17-15 PAID OFF! YAY!!
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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.

    ===

    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
    > FJ Sport Rims
    > LT 285/70R17 BFG AT T/A KO



    EXTERIOR MODS
    > swap to 12-15 style front end
    > swap to 12-15 style turn signal mirrors
    > 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
    > swap to 12-15 oem black carpet
    > Pioneer 4000nex stereo
    > Wet Okole front and rear seat covers & armrest cover
    > OEM TRD Off Road Mats
    > Solid Aluminum Shift Knob, Matte Black

    > 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
    > flux capacitor
    > hover conversion & mr fusion


    Pics in post below
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017
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  2. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    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. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    TruKnight

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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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    :D
     
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  4. Aug 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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    gman2530

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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. Aug 21, 2012 at 12:54 AM
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    krob32

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    Nice truck! Great start. Looking forward to seeing where you go next.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2012 at 1:16 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

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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. Aug 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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    TruKnight

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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. Aug 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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    JNome

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    Glad I could add to your build! I think it will look good with those OEM Running Boards!
     
  9. Sep 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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    BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Wheres Francis?

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    no mods until the warranty is up!
    So did you ever get your lift installed? Want to see some pics of it...
     
  10. Sep 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    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. Sep 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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    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. Sep 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Wheres Francis?

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    no mods until the warranty is up!
    :woot: looks great man!!!! :thumbsup:
     
  13. Sep 29, 2012 at 7:14 AM
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    TruKnight [OP] Well-Known Member

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

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  14. Sep 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    nice clean build...good work
     
  15. Sep 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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    Very nice!! Well done! Planning makes perfect!
     
  16. Sep 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    Nice taco man.
     
  17. Sep 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    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. Sep 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Wheres Francis?

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    no mods until the warranty is up!
    Looks good tru glad it turned out for you :thumbsup:
     
  19. Sep 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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    Very nice build think it looks great!! Hope to follow those mod's soon as well...
     
  20. Sep 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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    Looks good. Awesome job. :thumbsup:
     
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