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My 2008 Expedition Tacoma build
Updated 3/11/11

Well my future plans for my truck are to build it in to an expedition/overland rig. As I enjoy Camping, Caving, Trailing, Hiking and basically anything out-doors, it is only fitting that my truck be ready for what I can throw at it. I'll keep everyone updated on my progress as I get to doing more upgrades and modifications.......Stay Tuned.


SPECS:
08' Toyota Tacoma SR5
Double Cab, Short Bed
4WD TRD Off-Road, Rear Locker
4.0 V6 5 speed Automatic
COLOR-Indigo Ink Pearl
Purchased on January 10, 2008


CURRET MODIFICATIONS
Fog Lights Anytime
Toyota Bed Mat
Day Time Running Lights
TRD Skid-Plate
Front Window Tint
Extra D-Rings (6 Total)
Differential Breather Extension
Mag Light Mount
GPS-Garmin nuvi 200W
WARN Receiver Shackle Bracket
Locks for Bed Compartments
Wet Okole seat covers
Grillcraft (Mesh, black) with 78 FJ40 emblem
Removed Mudflaps (Front & Rear)
Pop-N-Lock
Bestop Supertop
Relocated 7 Pin
Bed mounted Axe and Shovel
BFG Mud Terrain KM2's 255/85/16
OME 886 Coils and 5100's (at stock setting) in the front.
OME HD Dakar's Leafs and N-182 Shocks in the rear.
OME Drive Shaft Spacer's
Sway Bar Removed
ToyTech Diff Drop
BHLM
DeMello Rock Sliders (Line-Xed)
Bed Mounted High Lift
OEM Roof Rack
Custom Painted Engine Cover
Color Matched Grill
Weathertech Floor Liners (Front & Rear)
Lighted 4WD Switch
TRD Sport Hood
Color matched bumper
LED Maps & Dome Light


FUTURE MODIFICATIONS
ARB Bumper
Powdercoat Rims (Flat Black)
Warn 9.5xp Winch
TC UCA's
TC LCA Skids
Budbuilt Skids
U Bolt Flip Kit
Rear Bumper with Swing out Tire Carrier
Eezi-Awn RTT
Snorkel
Custom "over the bestop" Bed Rack
In cab 400 watt power inverter
TRD SE or Trail team FJ wheels...*Dreaming I know*
Engel Fridge
Sound system upgrade <-- Thinking about this soon
Cobra CB
Dual Battery System (Optima)
Fuel and Water Cans
On Board Air System
Bed lights
Redline Hood Struts
Extended Brake Lines
Back Up Lights
Supercharger ;)
Baja Rack Basket (The Mule) with Baja Rack Light Bar

STATES VISITED
Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina


Stock....


A little less stock.....









I'd be glad to answer any questions about the mods done thus far, just drop me a line.
 

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Yeah, I joined the portal a while back, sweet rigs over there.

The 8 ply BFG A/T's are next on my list, I bout got stuck last week with these crappy rugged trails.:disappoin

Here are some updated pics from today.

OEM Skid-Plate..


Tint..


Day Time Running Lights..
 

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Bilstein 5100's arrived today on time as scheduled via UPS. I ordered on the 4th, from Wheeler's Off-Road, great people, and for $207.00 shipped you will have a hard time beating that. Installation tomorrow. :D

http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/05uptacoma.htm

 

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Let me know how it rides with just the front ends.
Well Da Hui, it rides GREAT, took it down the highway, through town (plenty of pot holes to try out) and down some gravel roads, AWSOME! Hard to describe. Its not too different from the TRD Bilstein, but just different enough that you know you got something better. If that makes any sense. I had them set on the 3rd (1.75) setting, which left just enough rake so when I tow my boat the truck will still look right. Sorry no pics of installation, I had a local shop put them in. Paid $60 for the install, not too bad I think. Here's some pics :D.

Before 5100's


After 5100's


 

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Looks way better now! Nice job!:clap:
Thanks for the compliment! I would have to agree. :smokin:
The wash and tint don't hurt either. :lol:

$60 ?

that's cheap. i wouldn't have done it for $60, you got a good deal.
Local Rhino Lining/Off-Road Shop, I've known the owner for about a year. We buy all our accessories there for our landscape trucks at work so I'm sure that helped me quite a bit. I'm hoping I'll get the same treatment when I go to our tire/repair shop for some new treads . :naughty:
 

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Thanks for the compliment! I would have to agree. :smokin:
The wash and tint don't hurt either. :lol:



Local Rhino Lining/Off-Road Shop, I've known the owner for about a year. We buy all our accessories there for our landscape trucks at work so I'm sure that helped me quite a bit. I'm hoping I'll get the same treatment when I go to our tire/repair shop for some new treads . :naughty:
it's all about who ya know!:thumbup:
 

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The weather was great today (70 degrees) so I took advantage and got some more done today. :D

Cut some holes out for my extra D-Rings. That mat is tough by the way. :eek:


Maglite Mount, $5.00 at ACE.




Differential Breather Extension, took a lot longer than I thought it would. I brought it up to the gas cap "pocket" (whatever you call it) and left it a little long so I could strap it up out of the way. I've seen to many guys leave it almost touching the gas cap, and I just didn't like that.




Had to throw in a pic of my helper. :D
 

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Garmin nuvi 200W and Warn Receiver Shackle Bracket

Picked up a Garmin nuvi 200W last night, pretty nice unit so far, has some cool features as well.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=9122

Not quite sure where I want to put it right now, so I'm trying out a couple different spots till I get a different mount and make a shortened power cord.





It has a slide show feature which I thought was cool. You can load up your own pics to the unit like a digital picture frame.


I also got my Warn Receiver Shackle Bracket in the mail today (a day early) from Sierra Expeditions.

http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/index.php



 

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nice truck-beautiful dog too.
Thanks! :D
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Got a set of Hella 500 Fogs off of 06Blacktaco for my ARB bumper that I plan on getting later this year. Thanks again Chris :thumbup:



Drove up to my parents for the weekend and snapped a pic with my Dads Tacoma. Its an 03' SR5 TRD Off-Road Auto V6, all stock :)disappoin) except for a Swiss cap and a tomtom GPS I got for him. Great truck, haven't had a single problem.

 

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did the mag lite brackets mount well? the door doesnt get close to it does it? i really love this idea and might try it out myself if you say it works well.
 

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Brackets mounted fine :thumbup: I installed them with only a screwdriver and the provided screws. There is plenty of room for the mag and it works very well (much better than rolling around the floorboard) but don't just take my word for it, there are quite a few guys that have done the same. Do a little searching and you should find many good reviews.

Welcome to TN by the way! :cool: Glad to have the privilege of your first post. :D
 
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