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hellopuppie's 2018 Grey Guthe Trail Limo TRD Off-Road DCLB 4x4 Build and BS

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my build thread and thanks for taking a look! I'm creating this mostly to document everything I do, have done, and plan to do to my latest Tacoma. I'll also be posting pictures of off-road adventures with friends and feel free to BS in here. This is my 4th Tacoma and I've also had 2 other Toyota pick-up trucks before they went to the Tacoma branding. So basically, I've been driving a Toyota truck since before I got my driver's license at 16. Here's a list of them:

1983 Toyota Single Cab Long Bed Pick-Up 4cyl 4-speed Manual, Tan - Sold
1992 Toyota XtraCab Long Bed 4cyl 5-speed Manual, Dark Gray Metallic - Totaled (my fault)
1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road XtraCab PreRunner V6 Automatic, Black Metallic - Traded
2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB PreRunner V6 Automatic, Black Sand Pearl - Totaled (not my fault)
2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB 4x4 V6 Automatic with JBL, Black - Sold

Current Truck Purchased 12/19/2017:
2018 Cement TRD Off-Road DCLB 4x4 V6 Automatic with Premium Off-Road/Tech, Leather and JBL.

12/19/2017 - The day I took delivery.
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1/26/2018
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8/6/2018
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12/8/2018
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Suspension:
ICON Toyota Tacoma Suspension System - Stage 10
ICON S2 Secondary Bypass Shock System - Stage 3
ICON Rear Hydraulic Air Bumpstops
ICON 2.5" Extended Travel Remote CDCV Coilovers
ICON 700# Springs
ICON 2.5" Extended Travel Remote CDCV RXT Rear Shocks
ICON RXT Multi-Rate Leaf Springs Setting 2
ICON Billet Aluminum Delta Joint UCAs

Wheels/Tires:
ICON Alloys REBOUND Satin Black 17"x8.5" Zero Offset
TOYO OPEN COUNTRY M/T 285/75R17

Lighting:
ME-SO Customs v3 Ultimate LED Turn Signals
Baja Designs Baja Designs Amber Squadron Sport (Driving/Combo) Fog Pocket Kit
Baja Designs Baja Designs Squadron Pro Ditch Lights
Baja Designs Baja Designs Amber Squadron Sport Chase Light
Baja Designs Baja Designs 30" OnX6 Plus
Baja Designs Baja Designs 10" OnX6 Plus x2
Baja Designs Baja Designs 20" OnX6 Plus

Performance:
TRD
Cat-Back Exhaust
T-SB-0062-18

Armor:
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD
Prototype Double Cab Long Bed sliders
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD Billet Aluminium ABS Guards
Pelfreycriminal IFS skid (very temporary for protection) Anybody want it in the Phoenix area? free99
RCI
Aluminum Fuel Tank Skid Plate
M.O.R.E full skid package
CBI High Clearance Rear Bumper
SSO Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper
SSO Slimline Hybrid Stage 2 High Clearance kit

Misc:
De-badged
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD Cab Mount Chop
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD A-Pillar Light Brackets
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD Stealth Winch Mount
SDHQ OFFROAD SDHQ OFFROAD Dual Battery Kit
Toyota Bed Mat
Toyota Door Sill Protectors
Toyota Factory All-Weather Floor Mats
OEM Tacoma TRD Pro Grille
AJT Designs Injection Fob
5% Window tint all around
Toyota SR5 Fog Light Bezels
Nitro 4.88 REM Polished Gears
Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
Motorsport36 Motorsport36 Custom Blacked Out Headlights
Prinsu Designs Cabrac
Prinsu Designs Load Plates
Tufskinz Interior Foam Inserts
Tufskinz Side Door Foam Inserts
Rago Fabrication Hi-Lift Jack Mounts
Hi-Lift Jack
Powertank 20lb. mounted in bed
Switch-Pros
WARN
ZEON 10S Platinum Winch
Optima Group 34 batteries x2
Maxtrax
CVT
Mt Shasta Extended Roof Top Tent (thanks Stormy Stormy )
CBI
Overland Bars

Future Planned Mods:
Dynamat Interior Floor, Doors, Back Panel
 
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Ok, so I'm just going to start from the beginning and work up from there. I don't have the best pictures because I wasn't really planning a build page, but for future mods, I'll be sure to get some good ones.

Anyhow, around August of 2017, I wanted a new truck and I knew that it would be another Tacoma. I had originally "ordered" the usual from my buddy at Toyota, Black TRD 4x4 Sport DCLB. The only problem was that they had no idea when the 2018s were coming out, and they pretty much had no information on them at all, so obviously I had to wait. In the meantime, allocation finally went through in September 2017 for my new truck... cool! Thanks to the interwebs, I did a ton of research on the 2018s and found out a few things that would have pissed me off had I not been so excited to get a new truck and done my research.

  • The black for 2018 was Midnight Black Metallic. (Not a fan of metallic blacks. My 2008 was Black Sand Pearl and actually hated it although technically, not a metallic)
  • Toyota was bringing Cement over to the TRD Off-Road and TRD Sport
  • You could finally get factory leather seats in the Tacoma.

Within hours, I had changed my allocated "order" to the truck you see here. A Cement TRD 4x4 Off-Road DCLB with Premium Off-Road Package and Technology Package which included my leather trimmed seats that I'd wished they had done a long time ago. I added OEM all-weather floor mats and the TRD performance exhaust because I always do that anyhow. I didn't have to deal with all of the bullshit dealer add-ons or anything like that. Total MSRP came out to be $42,252.00 but I got it less than "invoice" cuz, well I know a guy. Allocation on this truck finally went through in early November with a build date for the week of December 11th. It actually got built on December 12th and was delivered to me on the 19th. This was 1 of 2 Tacomas in this configuration allocated for the Denver region, which for whatever reason, we're in. So it looks like I got one of the first ones like this. Merry X-mas to me!

Once I got word that my truck had been allocated, I started buying stuff for it! Once again, I did my research and knew exactly what I wanted to do for suspension, wheels and tires.

ICON - 2.5" Extended Travel Remote CDCV Coilovers with Factory 650 lb. Springs
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ICON Billet Aluminum Delta Joint UCA's
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ICON Alloys REBOUND 17"x8.5" Zero Offset
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TOYO OPEN COUNTRY M/T 285/75R17
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1/12/2018 - The first big mod was to upgrade the suspension. Huge thanks to @JerryTaco2.0 for the full suspension installation, use of his garage and payment in IPA!

Loading the truck up before work with suspension components and currency.
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At work before suspension.
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During install.
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Front done.
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Jerry goin' to town on a bolt that needs cuttin'.
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Such a huge difference over stock in the rear! Front too, but no side-by-side of that.
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After suspension install waiting for an alignment.
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1/15/2018 - First time off road in the new rig with new suspension and stock wheels. Quick test up at Table Mesa Road Trail. ICON is stellar my friends!

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1/19/2018 - Wheel & Tire and CMC day! Dropped her off at SDHQ to get the wheels & tires mounted and the cab mount chop done.

Tires loaded in the bed, wheels loaded in the back seat. I love the space in my long bed!

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Cab mount chop completed. SDHQ does a great job at this and looks factory. They even trimmed some plastic for me.

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Wheels & Tires and Cab Mount Chop... done!

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1/20/2018 - Got my ME-SO Customs smoked tint v3 Ultimate LED turn signals installed. Took all of about 5 minutes for both sides.

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2/1/2018 - Stopped by @JerryTaco2.0's house on the way home today and got the TRD fog bezels switched out for SR5 fog bezels. Thanks buddy!! The SR5 fog bezels really do flow better with the lines of the truck. They even match the shape of the bezel frame behind the bulky TRD bezels.

Here are the part numbers if anyone is interested:
Driver's Side: 52128-04020
Passenger Side: 52127-04020

TRD fog bezel
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SR5 fog bezel
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TRD on the left, SR5 on the right.
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2/14/2018 - LED map lights and dome light. Huge difference!

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2/18/2018 - In the meantime, I did some sticky foil (Dynamat Xtreme) on the back wall of the cab. Surprisingly, it does make the cab a little more quiet and the bass from the sub seems to hit a little harder. I'm actually kind of confused with the 3rd gen JBL system. My 2012 Tacoma with JBL sounded way better! Has anyone else experienced this or is there some kind of issue with mine? @JerryTaco2.0's 2017 JBL sounds 10 times better than my 2018 at much lower volume levels.

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2/27/2018 - Dropped my truck off at SDHQ to get Nitro 4.88 gears installed.

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2/28/2018 - Got some pics from SDHQ during my gear install!

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3/2/2018 - Along with the gears, my Prinsu came in! The box is a little jacked up but I haven't had a chance to look at it yet.

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