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Where Have You Off-Roaded Today? 3rd Gen

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by rysingsun, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Feb 22, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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    highwhey

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    So should I try hand polishing to see if the scratches will clear out? I gave it a good wash and a good amount of the scratches were removed but there are some that remained on both sides of the truck. I'd be more upset if I didn't plan on keeping the truck.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:03 PM
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    You can attempt to hand polish it out but you will see better results if you use a DA polisher. When you run your finger nail across the scratch, do you feel any gloves?
     
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  3. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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    highwhey

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    Not really. There's only 1 deep scratch. How much does a good DA polisher cost?
     
  4. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:09 PM
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    A couple pics from the Mojave Road back in January


     
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  5. Feb 22, 2016 at 6:13 PM
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    Yea the one I test drove was out at Toyota of Cleveland and I've talked to the guys over at Capital who told me they aren't discounting them at all. I ordered mine in Nashville and got it for $400 over invoice through a guy that my brother-in-law and sister have both bought cars through. Capital actually called me 2 weeks ago and asked if I was still looking to purchase one. I told him the deal I got and he told me he wouldn't even waste my time trying to talk me into coming to him cause he couldn't touch it. I had a salesman at North Georgia tell me the same thing and actually said he didn't believe me so I showed him the papers. How was the trail on Lookout? I have never done any type of off-roading before but I want to get into it. Just don't want to get in over my head with a brand new $40,000 truck.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM
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    Taco2k16

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    Took these bad boys out to the beach during the night....thats why i dont have a pic of the off roading we did...here is an after pic at the wash! Mine is the Barcelona and my buddy has the charcoal grey one! taco1.jpg
     
  7. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:34 AM
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  8. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM
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    friendlywithbears

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    Is that realistic to use over the whole truck? I'm still crying after pinstriping pretty much every inch of the truck, and am considering my options -- finding something I can do or bringing it somewhere that can do something professionally.

    My poor girl...

    I'm sure I'll get over it.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM
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    I guess it depends on how much time you're willing to put into it. I did the same thing. Desert striping all the way down both sides. It took me about 15 hours over 3 days. I ended up buying full size equivalents of the 3000 grit sandpaper and the rubbing and polish compounds since the kit only has sample sizes. I'm not sure if at that point it would have been smarter to just buy a full DA polisher, I did like the smaller heads from the kit since I had to get into all the curves of the metal, and it was nice to be able to just use my drill. So it was a ton of work but I just couldn't stand looking at my brand new paint all scratched up. Now that my back and hands have recovered I'm super glad I did it.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM
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    I should also point out that if I had the money I would have taken it to a professional in a heart beat! LOL But all in all this solution only cost me about 50 bucks and a lot of time. Luckily the weather is gorgeous in AZ right now so I didn't mind spending two Saturdays and Sunday sanding, rubbing, polishing, washing and waxing.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2016 at 10:12 AM
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    Damn, I think I need to try something like that. My passenger side looks at least as bad as your pics (says something about my driving that it's the passenger side that takes all the brush). I was going to bite the bullet and pay to get it buffed/detailed, but I might try one of those kits first.

    -Craig
     
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  12. Feb 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM
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    Leave it! It shows you love your truck! :mudding:
     
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  13. Feb 23, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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    So you use that with a drill? Did you use any compound like meguiars? Thanks, and that after pic looks great.

    Edit: just read your other posts.
     
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  14. Feb 23, 2016 at 11:46 AM
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    Good deal. Just get some recover gear and stay safe. I won't do things I don't know I can safely navigate. There have been times when I have turned around in my 2016. Just be safe

    My biggest fear is crushing the exhaust line that goes under the transfer case.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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    Why didn't I buy a 4x4?? :facepalm:
     
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  16. Feb 23, 2016 at 2:46 PM
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    why didn't you?
     
  17. Feb 23, 2016 at 2:58 PM
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    I've always had cars and have never even thought about doing anything off-road, but you guys/gals look like you have a blast. And in a lot of beautiful places too. I'm sure there is still a lot I can do with the 4x2, just feel like maybe I sold myself short here.
     
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  18. Feb 23, 2016 at 3:01 PM
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    For how I use my truck, I'd be getting towed/pulled out of places once a week if i had 2wd
     
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  19. Feb 23, 2016 at 5:18 PM
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    Yeah I'm sure that's what I'll do as well. This will be my first new vehicle I've bought for myself. As much as I want to take it off-road and explore, I still want to keep it looking good and not damage it. I'm sure as time goes on and I get more experienced off-road I'll open my mind to more demanding trails but I want to work my way up to that.
     
  20. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:32 PM
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    Off-Roaded on the pavement a little today. Lol! Not sure the pics do this incline justice but it was "pucker factor" steep. I was very impressed with the approach angle in these bumpers...
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