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Want to customize my 2010 V6 Access Cab 4X4

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by amudgarden, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Feb 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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    amudgarden

    amudgarden [OP] Member

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    I am looking to do some modifications to my 2010 Tacoma...basically want to lift it, new wheels and tires, upgrade suspension for off-roading, add supercharger, upgrade cat-back/exhaust, and add light bar and hella lights. How do I go about finding an experienced mechanic in my area (Maryland) to work with me on this?

    The dealer was no help. Their parts department literally wasn't even aware that a TRD supercharger existed for the Tacoma. I change the oil myself so I don't have a mechanic I know and trust.

    Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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    Jux

    Jux :D

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    Take your money out of your wallet and lay it on the table. Savor it, enjoy the moment. Maybe wistfully enjoy some bourbon while fondly remembering the fun times you had together. Cherish those moments.

    Because you will never see it again.
     
  3. Feb 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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    MontanaTaco

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    OME lift
    If you get a supercharger I want pics
     
  4. Feb 21, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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    amudgarden

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    The last time I did that was the night before I bought the truck.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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    Island Cruiser

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    The last time I did that was the night before I asked out my (now)girlfriend.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM
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    ShawnR

    ShawnR Roads?? We don't need no stinkin' roads...

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    The last time I did that was the night before I married my wife.
    Do you have any idea what "window treatments" and "wall art" cost??
     
  7. Feb 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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    No, but I will kiss my wallet everyday and everynight from now on. Lol
     
  8. Feb 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM
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    tail gate lock, rear view mirror bracket, hood hinge brackets, and the list grows.
    I see a trend here!
     
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  9. Feb 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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    mm1ssdv

    mm1ssdv heavy user

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    good mechanics are always hard to find, but they tend to be in the smaller shops. it's helpful to be able to talk to them before they work on your car, sometimes you can get a feel for their level of 'give-a-shit'. a good indicator is if the mechanic has a modified vehicle (obv truck would be better for your scenario). i honestly have never felt ok letting others work on my cars because i feel like i get burned every time i go to a shop.
    for the suspension install i would recommend that you be a part of it so you really understand whats going on under there. there are people in your area that have installed lifts before and would be willing to help. there are tons of weekend mechanics all over that have lifts, jack stands, air compressors, and all the tools you would need to do your stuff. i've helped a bunch of my friends lift their jeeps and tacos in exchange for beer.
    i strongly encourage you to get your hands dirty though, and if you don't feel comfortable taking the lead on a project like that you should be able to find someone who is experienced enough to help you through it.
     
  10. Feb 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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    mm1ssdv

    mm1ssdv heavy user

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    every one of those mods pretty much has it's own extensive thread. there is a ridiculous amount of information on tacomaworld, so much so that you can essentially become an expert without ever asking a single question.

    don't take anyone's opinion as truth.
     
  11. Feb 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    amudgarden

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    Thanks for your input. My level of "getting my hands dirty" has been limited to simple oil/filter changes and bolting on a brush guard and running boards. I'd actually prefer to do as much of the mods on my own as possible, but I'll ask around to try and find a weekend mechanic who's willing to work with me while i stock his fridge with beer (and subsequently help him empty it).

    This forum is incredible for the amount of information on it. There are people on this forum who can probably disassemble a Tacoma and rebuild it from rote memory.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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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 .
    Post in your local thread that you are looking for help.
    A lot of TWers are very knowledgeable and willing to help.
    Local Mod Day.
     
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