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Winch. Insurance in case you get stuck while exploring by yourself. No other mod I have done (on previous vehicles too) has allowed me to explore more places, all because I'm willing to take the risk of getting stuck because I can (almost) always get out.

I used cbi's hidden winch mount and smittybilt's 10k h2o winch. Will set you back about $850 and an afternoon installing.
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Hello,

I have a 2018 TRD Sport and have wondered what a few good first mods would be for my truck to get into off-roading. Also if anyone knows of any spots to go in the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota area?

Welcome to T3G!!

First thing I would do is hit the dirt!! You'll quickly figure out what you actually need and what you don't. Some things that are always a good idea before spending money on crazy and unnecessary upgrades are safety items. A radio to call for help (I like the Baofeng UV5-R), a shovel, traction boards, a snatch strap (rated), and a hitch receiver shackle mount with a D-ring. It's a good idea to have 2 of the hitch shackle mounts, and 2 D-rings so you can hook up another truck. Basically you're anticipating that they wont have a way to connect to a snatch strap, so you bring the connections. Also the front mounting hook and loop on the Tacoma are not rated for recovery so DO NOT attach a strap to them. They can break off and kill someone.
 

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Hello,

I have a 2018 TRD Sport and have wondered what a few good first mods would be for my truck to get into off-roading. Also if anyone knows of any spots to go in the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota area?

Oh man! I’d go balls deep.

First mod would be Nitro REM polished 529 gears. Then the fun would start.
  • CMC (cab mount chop). Eventually, you will need this, so start with it.
  • At least 33” tires
  • Suspension (I’d go King, but that’s just me). This includes UCA’s (I went with TOTAL CHAOS, but that’s a personal choice
  • ARCHIVE Hammer Hangers with cross bar. This is a must
  • At least Deaver U402 II’s leaf pack
  • And since you started with gears and went with the Sport model, I’d put a locker in the rear. If you’re feeling extra spicy, then add one up front.
  • Probably should move some armor up on the list. But as a bare minimum I’d go with sliders
I’m likely forgetting something, but this should cover the basics.

Oh, and some recovery gear is good to, but it is a Tacoma, so you know;)

Enjoy the build process.
 

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Oh man! I’d go balls deep.

First mod would be Nitro REM polished 529 gears. Then the fun would start.
  • CMC (cab mount chop). Eventually, you will need this, so start with it.
  • At least 33” tires
  • Suspension (I’d go King, but that’s just me). This includes UCA’s (I went with TOTAL CHAOS, but that’s a personal choice
  • ARCHIVE Hammer Hangers with cross bar. This is a must
  • At least Deaver U402 II’s leaf pack
  • And since you started with gears and went with the Sport model, I’d put a locker in the rear. If you’re feeling extra spicy, then add one up front.
  • Probably should move some armor up on the list. But as a bare minimum I’d go with sliders
I’m likely forgetting something, but this should cover the basics.

Oh, and some recovery gear is good to, but it is a Tacoma, so you know;)

Enjoy the build process.

Don't forget to add Magnuson's new Supercharger since he's going big right off the bat. 😈🤪
 

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I am planning to purchase a few things this week and need help making sure I don’t buy cheap product or from a scam company. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!!
My list:
- Tac Fender Flares
- Tacoma Lifestyle, Black Emblems and the TRD Pro Grille (i have the 2020 TRD Sport)
- Vinyl Graphics from Vinyl Status. I want to put custom text on the windshield.
 

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nickyreno CaliRaisedLED raptor style blacked out led taillight
https://caliraisedled.com/collectio...6-2020-toyota-tacoma-raptor-style-tail-lights

Normally I'm the jerk that says "oh look this idiot made it harder to see his taillights in the daytime" but I figure the LED's backlighting it should be bright enough. I thought they looked cooler than the factory tails

I hate the OEM pro tails. Too ricey imo.

Any trouble installing those? I’ve heard of people getting radio interference and hyperflash issues with those Winjets.
 

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I am looking at purchasing a set of TRD Pro rims on 265/75/17 KO2's. I am lost on offsets and backspacing. All I want is the tires to sit flush or .5 to 1" outside the wheelwell.
 

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I am looking at purchasing a set of TRD Pro rims on 265/75/17 KO2's. I am lost on offsets and backspacing. All I want is the tires to sit flush or .5 to 1" outside the wheelwell.
Offset is measured in millimeters. Generally, Positive means it's inside the wheel well more and negative means it'll poke.

For flush wheels you'll need roughly 0 offset and to stick out you'll need something negative offset

If you go with TRD Pro rims, you'll need to get hub-centric spacers to have them poke since the offset is positive.
 

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Offset is measured in millimeters. Generally, Positive means it's inside the wheel well more and negative means it'll poke.

For flush wheels you'll need roughly 0 offset and to stick out you'll need something negative offset

If you go with TRD Pro rims, you'll need to get hub-centric spacers to have them poke since the offset is positive.
But heads up on the front wheel spacers. Can't go a bit bigger than the 265's or you'll run into some rubbing at both the front and rear part of the front fenders.
 

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Currently I've got an Icon Stage 4 kit, "17 Method 701s, CMC plates, a C4 hybrid front bumper, and a set of 285/75/17s sitting in my apartment almost ready to go on the truck. Would you recommend doing the CMC first or starting with the lift and identifying where the rubbing is prior to cutting and massaging plastic?
 

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Currently I've got an Icon Stage 4 kit, "17 Method 701s, CMC plates, a C4 hybrid front bumper, and a set of 285/75/17s sitting in my apartment almost ready to go on the truck. Would you recommend doing the CMC first or starting with the lift and identifying where the rubbing is prior to cutting and massaging plastic?

It's kind of a 6 one way, half a dozen the other kind of answer. You could easily tell your shop to give you an aggressive CMC in anticipation of your lift/tires, or you could install and then start trimming. Either way works and no matter which way you go, you'll likely be back under the truck running a bit more here and there as the truck flexes over time.
 

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I am looking to purchase a 20/21 TRD Pro or TRD off-road 4 door Tacoma. I like the initial look of the Pro (of course) over the off-road.
1. Is it truly worth the cost of the TRD Pro over top of the off-road?
2. Also, what dealership seems to have the best pricing in the country? (I have a ton of miles and can fly anywhere to pickup)

thanks,
 

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Currently I've got an Icon Stage 4 kit, "17 Method 701s, CMC plates, a C4 hybrid front bumper, and a set of 285/75/17s sitting in my apartment almost ready to go on the truck. Would you recommend doing the CMC first or starting with the lift and identifying where the rubbing is prior to cutting and massaging plastic?

Don't forget to order the wrench for the coilvers if you don't have it already. There's the height Icon tells you it'll sit at once installed then there's the height it actually sits at. Most cases, you'll need to wrench a bit more height out of the default coilover setting up front at least if you've added some weight up there. Best of luck
 
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