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what to do with $4500

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by MsTRD, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. Oct 26, 2008 at 8:44 PM
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    MsTRD

    MsTRD [OP] hell yes i love my truck

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    I'm getting $4500 in a couple weeks and want to spend some of it on the truck but i don't know what to do. my truck is completely stock other than the black headlights and the intake thats in the mail now. what would you do?
     
  2. Oct 26, 2008 at 8:47 PM
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    Marioso

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    list ur priorities lol then think of ur truck
     
  3. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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    Brunes abides. Thor

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    Yeah...That's a LOT of weight. You can do a TON of little mods- or build out a whole system just the way you want it.

    What is the TOP thing you'd change about your Taco??
     
  4. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:08 PM
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    Khaos

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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Thor

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    Dependent on whether you want a lift or not will affect my answer.

    If you're staying at your stock height, I'd upgrade the tires and add a decent stereo.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:10 PM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Thor

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    don't encourage her. She said she wanted to spend some of her $4500 on her truck.
     
  7. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:12 PM
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    MsTRD

    MsTRD [OP] hell yes i love my truck

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    sorry my OP should have been more specific i'm just super tired...some things on my wish list...lift, wheels and tires, fiberglass fenders and bedsides, allpro bumpers, new grill, exhaust..all i can think of now. i'm thinking i don't want to spend all the money at once so what do you guys think my first mod out of those should be?
     
  8. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    I just installed a lift (coil overs and UCAs), new tires, brush guard and lights. I've also ordered a fiberglass painted tonneau cover and i'm looking into sliders. I'll still be under $4k.
     
  9. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:14 PM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    First mod you should do... Lift and tires and/or wheels.
     
  10. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:16 PM
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    MsTRD

    MsTRD [OP] hell yes i love my truck

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    thanks that gives me a good idea on what i can do. what lift did you get?
     
  11. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:17 PM
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    deadbolt

    deadbolt do w3rk!

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    Yeah. Lift + rims + tires. That would seem to benefit you the most.
     
  12. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:20 PM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    ToyTec adjustable coilovers on 5100s. I bought the coilovers from ToyTec and the shocks from DownSouth motorsprots. I also bought the machined top plates from ToyTec as well. The thought was that I was going to save $200 buy buying the parts separate. However, I wish I would have just bought the coilovers mounted on the struts already. Just less hassle and it came out to about the same price or maybe a touch more.

    I also have the rear TSB springs and I bought a 2" AAL from ToyTec that I haven't installed yet.
     
  13. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:22 PM
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    lsocoee

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    I'd save most of it and spread out the mods. Every few months I start to get an itch to mod the truck. I can spread out my truck enjoyment for years by doing it slowly. Next up for my Taco is a sticker and a new grill emblem. This should last me a few more months, but I'm really wanting to get a sub.
     
  14. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:25 PM
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    MsTRD [OP] hell yes i love my truck

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    that's my dilemma, i can't decide if it would be smarter to save the money and do little things or scratch something off my wish list. if i decide to do something big, i'll probably go with the lift wheels and tires. $4500 in a 17 year old hands is a little dangerous :) decisions, decisions...
     
  15. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:27 PM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    Oh, damn - didn't see your age.

    My suggestion - spacer lift (cheaper), tires (no wheels), then put the rest in an IRA. :)

    I'm actually glad I put the new tires on my stock rims. Saved me money and I actually like the stock rims I have.
     
  16. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:32 PM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    This is actually a GREAT time to get some really good deals on investments. This down market is the best time to buy low!
     
  17. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:35 PM
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    lsocoee My hair is all natural Thor

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    yeah, that's a lot of money for a 17 year old. I'd want to spend it too, but I'm trying to be the voice of reason here. Unless you know you'll be rolling in the money in your future, then I'd hold onto most of that money.
     
  18. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:38 PM
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    MsTRD [OP] hell yes i love my truck

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    maybe i'll do something not so expensive and put the rest in a future truck mod fund :)
     
  19. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:40 PM
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    pittim Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

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    What I would do:

    Spend all of it:
    Wheels, Tires, Lift (Icons and Deavers), Armor (BudBuilt skids, Schrokworks bumper, Allpro sliders), toolbox...am I over $4500 yet?


    If not,

    Wheels, tires, toolbox, maybe stereo.



    OR

    Buy a dedicated trail rig.
     
  20. Oct 26, 2008 at 9:42 PM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    You could always replicate on a Tacoma what ShadowWarrior did on his FJ. Oh wait - that's what I wanna do... :)
     
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