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xJRich5's 1996 Tacoma LX Build Up

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds' started by xJRich5, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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    xJRich5

    xJRich5 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    K&N Cold Air Intake, Blacked out grill, front and rear bumper, clear corners, and custom tails.
    How she sits today. (5/23/12)
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    How she sits today. (12/1/11)
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    So this is my 1996 Toyota Tacoma 3.4L V6 that I picked up on February 7, 2011. It was originally purchased to be a commuter to and from the mill I work at, but I fell in love with the darn thing and now I plan to slowly build her up.

    There isn't much done to it yet, but I plan on putting a lot of time and money into her.

    This is the first day i got it, after a fresh bath.
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    Messin around, throwing my '04 Banshee in the back.
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    I drove her like that for a week until my K&N Cold Air Intake came in, then I threw it on there one night after work. I love the sound of it, and you can tell it added some horsepower.
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    After that I purchased some clear corners, fender lights, tail lights and new headlights.
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    I got sick of the chrome trim around the fender wells so i ripped that off.
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    I've been toying with the idea ever since I got it of getting black wheels on it. Well if I were to do that, those ugly ass chrome strips had to go.
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    That was nothing but a pain, but came out pretty good I think.

    Now that I had those off I got bored one night and took off my emblems so I could paint 'em black.
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    I love the look of them now!

    I decided it was time for my grille to go, I am not a huge chrome fan, I'm all about the black. So I ordered a new grille and installed it, then I had to paint my Corner light frames, I love the look!
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    So I got sick of my decals on the tailgate, so i peeled those off.
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    Then I decided it was time to continue the process of dechroming the Yota.
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    Painted it all black and put it back on.
    It turned out like crap, and now I'm really stepping up the process of finding a nice front bumper.
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    Same with the rear.
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    I ended up finding a pair of stock wheels from a '97 4Runner, so I purchased them for $80 and sent them in for powder coat. Should get them back any day now.
    I want to purchase new wheels, but that will have to wait until after I lift it, so this should tide me over for now.

    Future Upgrades:
    Bedline the bed
    Wet Okole Seat Covers
    Airaid Throttle Body Spacer
    Old Man Emu 882's up front
    All-Pro Expo 3" Rear Leaf Springs w/ Bilstien 7100 short body rears
    1" Body Lift
    Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrain 33x12.5x15
    Pro Comp Series 98 Black Wheels 15x8
    4x Innovations Rock Sliders w/ kickout
    Shrockworks Front Bumper with PreRunner Bar
    Shave my rear quarters
    Custom rear bumper
    Headers
    Full Exhaust
    If I'm missing anything, let me know. I'm always looking for new ideas!
    Thanks for checking it out, hope you like it.
     
  2. Jun 21, 2011 at 4:27 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    I would remove the throttle body spacer and the body lift.

    Nice truck, looks alot better from when you bought it! :D The 97 front end is always awesome.
     
  3. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:51 PM
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    egan

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    i have those same chrome strips on the bottom of the body.
    how hard was it to take those off?


    and why did you go with a 5lug grille? not hatin, just curious..
     
  4. Jun 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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    xJRich5

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    The strips weren't too bad, just use a heat gun, don't be scared to heat them up, once they are warm, just peel them back. I only heated up about 6 inches at a time, you can't pull it all off at once.
    Once you pull it all off, that damn sticky stuff is gonna be there, use your heat your heat gun again, and I used a little plastic scraper to get it all off. A nice heavy duty one from NAPA. Worked great and didn't ruin my paint.

    To be a 100% honest, it was a mistake. Lol. But I think it worked out just fine.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    K&N Cold Air Intake, Blacked out grill, front and rear bumper, clear corners, and custom tails.

    I don't want a body lift, and the only reason I would purchase it is if my tires rub and I just need that extra inch. The TB spacer doesn't do much? I figured it's cheap, why not?
     
  6. Jun 22, 2011 at 9:13 AM
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    Your truck is comin out very nice. Was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where you got all your white clear or "white" lights tails corners and bumper. How much did they come out too?
     
  7. Jun 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    eBay, they have plenty to choose from. Just search for clear corner lights and then select the year and make of your Yota. I got mine in a package with the clear corners, turn signals, and taillights. I think my total was $105. But just the corners and turn signals comes out to like $45 I think.
     
  8. Jun 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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    Got the wheels back, took 'em to my local tire and shop and had them put on and balanced.
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    I think they came out great!
     
  9. Jun 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    nothing, all stock expect got a OE replacement air filter K&N.
    why didn't you black out the 1st grille you had it on instead of the one you have on now. the chrome is a 4wd and the black grille is 2wd.

    edit: btw, nice truck.
     
  10. Jun 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    The wheels look great!
     
  11. Jun 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    Looks good man... :cool:
     
  12. Jun 22, 2011 at 9:39 PM
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    Thanks man I've been looking for clear corners and all that stuff. The wheels look bitchen man I had chrome wheels and went to black looks better IMO
     
  13. Jun 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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    K&N Cold Air Intake, Blacked out grill, front and rear bumper, clear corners, and custom tails.
    Buying one was just simple and easy.

    Thanks for the compliments, I just can't wait to lift this thing!!
     
  14. Sep 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    nice truck man!! coming along good. are you going to lift it?
     
  15. Oct 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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    So I haven't done much cosmetically to my truck as of late, but I did just replace the oil in my rear and front diff and transfer case with AMSOIL Severe Gear 75w90. simple to do, and gives you some peace of mind. Next weekend I'll be doing the tranny, got 3 quarts of Redline MT90 waiting, heard it's the best.
    Next up is greasing the driveshaft. Should have my sliders on in the near future, will post pics soon.
    Thanks everyone.
     
  16. Oct 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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    Looks sick bud!
     
  17. Nov 16, 2011 at 12:14 AM
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    K&N Cold Air Intake, Blacked out grill, front and rear bumper, clear corners, and custom tails.
    So I thought I would post a couple updates of my baby.
    Went riding last weekend, had to take a pic.
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    Plasti-dipped my toolbox cuz I was sick of the chrome!

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    I think it came out nice!

    Got me some new tires and wheels!

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    Just some basic cheapo Pro Comp steelies.

    Went with 32x11.5 R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlars cuz I think they look sick as all hell.

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    Last but not least, ORDERED MY LIFT!

    Decided to with Billy 5100's front and rear, a toytec AAL, diff drop and new front shock bushings!

    Junk should be here Thursday, I get off a graveyard that following Monday morning, but should have it on by the time I go back to work on that Friday!
     
  18. Nov 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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    Its going to look sick with the lift and that wheel/tire combo
     
  19. Nov 18, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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    i love how you blacked out everything. thats what I want to do. you need to get some pics up with the lift and new tires :thumbsup:
     
  20. Nov 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    Nice truck! Love the black out! :cool:
     
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