1. Welcome to Tundras.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tundra discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other Tundra owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Advice for new (first time) owner?

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by FireAC, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Mar 27, 2017 at 7:34 AM
    #1
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Any tips or advice for a first time owner? Absolutely loving my new 2016 Platinum! Anything I should know that might not be common knowledge? Anything that should be done up front to keep it looking new, inside and out? All advice welcome! Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 27, 2017 at 7:38 AM
    #2
    dandailey

    dandailey King Tundra

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2015
    Member:
    #1030
    Messages:
    2,535
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan D
    Newport News Va.
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD 4x4 DC Tundra 5.7 Blue Ribbon
    Bakflip Revolver X2 ,Nestahedition Firestalk antenna, TRD dual exhaust, WeatherTech liners, in channel deflectors, 20% tint front, Tundra bed mat.AFE pro dry s filter,SA XDM 3.8 compact 9mm., Wheel to wheel N-Fab 3 steps.Lamin-X yellow on fogs, Bilstein 6112's top setting, BFG KO2's 275/70-18.Pioneer HU, JL RD amp, Focal speakers everywhere.
  3. Mar 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM
    #3
    831Tun

    831Tun heartless Bastrd

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Member:
    #3549
    Messages:
    11,327
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Warren
    Santa Cruz
    Vehicle:
    '16 CM limited
    TC long travel. Deaver 420 SU leaf packs.
    Hey Adam, Toyota says you don't need to change your oil 'til 10k mi. I did my first oil change at 5k. I guess I'm old school but I believe in getting the first oil change early.
     
    AnonVet, DalTee, TheBeast and 3 others like this.
  4. Mar 27, 2017 at 7:47 AM
    #4
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    I think I can handle that advice!
     
    Sixpack and Metro14536 like this.
  5. Mar 27, 2017 at 7:48 AM
    #5
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Yeah I was surprised to see the oil change only after 16000km (canadian here...lol). But I figure they know what they're talking about... I always did my other vehicles every 6000km...
     
  6. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:01 AM
    #6
    COMiamiFan

    COMiamiFan SSEM #3. Don't forget to try the search bar. #PSL

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    Member:
    #2160
    Messages:
    25,305
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jose
    Parker, CO
    Vehicle:
    2016 White Crew Max TRD
    TRD Pro Grille, ESP Storage, Tailgate Inserts, Line-X Bedliner, Weathertech Floorliners, Wet Okole Seat Covers, 5" Shorty Antenna, Mickey Thompson MM-366 Wheels, ToyTec Boss, 35" BFG KO2 to name a few.
    Just read up on manual on how to handle the vehicle during break in period. After that, just enjoy.
     
    FireAC [OP] likes this.
  7. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:12 AM
    #7
    Eclipsed & Floating

    Eclipsed & Floating Over it.........

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2017
    Member:
    #6454
    Messages:
    12,545
    Gender:
    Male
    I’m right where I need to be
    Vehicle:
    Voluptuous Whitey
    My advice....take it places other people can only see in photos and calendars!!
     
  8. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:15 AM
    #8
    MicahTX

    MicahTX New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2016
    Member:
    #4753
    Messages:
    106
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    Vehicle:
    2016 White Tundra TSS
    Bakflip G2 bed cover Tailgate inserts
    The 5K oil change advice is good. However, if you're like me and don't put a lot of miles on your truck, get it done after 6 months. Also, I only hand-wash my Tundra. (Retired and got the time.) I have this fear one of those carwashes will have a rock stuck in the brush when my truck goes through it. :-(
     
    Big Tom, 15whtrd, 040Tundra and 2 others like this.
  9. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM
    #9
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    I like that advice!!
     
  10. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:33 AM
    #10
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Yeah...we honestly won't put alot of miles on quickly... if I waited the 16000km it might literally be 18 months before I changed the oil!
    I will NEVER go through an automatic carwash with brushes... so much grit on those things that you're just asking for trouble. My wife and I are both firefighters on 24 hour shift...so we've got lots of time on our days off to keep this beast shining by hand. Gave er a nice bath yesterday and towelled dry... Can't get over how much I love the color!!
     
  11. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:46 AM
    #11
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Thanks Steve, the only thing I jumped the gun on is new wheels (Black Rhino Warlords in Gunmetal Grey) which are on the way...with BFG KO2 rubber. Pretty sure I'm gonna do a 2" lift in the front to level it out...but other than that, I'll do the same...wait and see what I really want/need. (Considering doing a tint on my tail/brake lights...but not sure yet...) You're a ff in NJ?
     
    Crewmax Chris and COMiamiFan like this.
  12. Mar 27, 2017 at 9:46 AM
    #12
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    IAFF local 1053 here, brother... 17 years next month. How many years you have on? And what are you gonna do with yourself in retirement?
     
  13. Mar 27, 2017 at 9:51 AM
    #13
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Congrats! Gonna be hard to pull the plug...or you ready?
     
  14. Mar 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM
    #14
    10forty2

    10forty2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Member:
    #5793
    Messages:
    58
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    NC
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tundra TRD-4x4 XSP-X
    Just my $.02 worth, but if you bought her brand new, you may want to consider a front and rear diff fluid change around the 5-6K mile mark too. I going to do mine to make sure I catch and dispose of any floating metal from the break-in period. Say what they want, but there ain't no way new gears aren't going to generate small metal flakes as they settle in. There's got to be a reason why they put a magnetic plug in there!

    Other than that, if you're like me....this is the nicest vehicle I've ever owned! I plan to enjoy and take care of her!
     
    DalTee and FireAC [OP] like this.
  15. Mar 27, 2017 at 10:59 AM
    #15
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    I hear ya....
     
    SouthBoundSteve likes this.
  16. Mar 27, 2017 at 10:59 AM
    #16
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    That's def something I wouldn't have considered...thanks
     
  17. Mar 27, 2017 at 11:09 AM
    #17
    HUTCHJ

    HUTCHJ I can ride my bike with no handlebars

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2016
    Member:
    #5308
    Messages:
    728
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    J
    Try not spending all your money on it. Lol. Enjoy!
     
  18. Mar 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM
    #18
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Good luck with that one!
     
    SouthBoundSteve and HUTCHJ like this.
  19. Mar 27, 2017 at 11:29 AM
    #19
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Thanks! Couldn't be more excited!
     
  20. Mar 27, 2017 at 11:53 AM
    #20
    HUTCHJ

    HUTCHJ I can ride my bike with no handlebars

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2016
    Member:
    #5308
    Messages:
    728
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    J
    I have the same problem!
     
    FireAC [OP] likes this.
  21. Mar 27, 2017 at 12:36 PM
    #21
    040Tundra

    040Tundra Teddy 2013-2019

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Member:
    #5188
    Messages:
    3,809
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    Las Vegas, NV
    Vehicle:
    040 '16 CM LTD 4x4
    A little of this and a little of that.
    Adam, welcome from Las Vegas to the Tundras.com family. My father was a FF for 26 years then retired. I used to go to the station all the time and hang out with him. They'd work on their trucks and build stuff. My dad and I welded and built a 6' W x 9'L x 7' H trailer at the fire house on a Saturday. He then transferred to a less busy station about 5 years before retiring out at McCarren International Airport. That wasn't so much fun for me as we had to have an escort on and off the property as the station was in the middle of the airport. So it made it difficult for frequent visits to the station.

    If you're like the rest of us you'll love your truck forever. There are so many mods you can do to your truck it's crazy. Check out, if you already haven't, the Mods & Tutorials section of the website to see what I'm talking about. Everyone on here is great and so willing to help. All you have to do is ask. There's no stupid questions, so don't feel bad about asking for help. Enjoy your new baby!
     
    FireAC [OP] likes this.
  22. Mar 27, 2017 at 1:10 PM
    #22
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Hey Aaron...thanks for the welcome! What a great forum to be part of! Everyone has been great, already. I was asking questions before I even picked up my truck! I'll definitely be browsing for ideas and info regularly...but I've been informed by my accountant, aka my wife, that I have currently run out of funds in the truck fund...lol... but she'll get over it...
    Some cool memories for you hanging out with your dad at the station!... My wife and kids usually come visit every shift but the rules are a bit sticky on us doing anything for our personal vehicles in the stations... Things have changed that way... when I came on 17 years ago, I helped my first captain build a trailer right in the bay as well... You don't see things like that happen anymore, unfortunately...
     
    040Tundra likes this.
  23. Mar 27, 2017 at 1:17 PM
    #23
    15whtrd

    15whtrd Mr. Blonde

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Member:
    #1829
    Messages:
    9,389
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 Tundra DC SR5 TRD 4x4 5.7L, White 2003 Sequoia 2WD
    TRD Pro suspension, +2 Coachbuilder shackles, 2015 TRD Pro headlights, 20% ceramic tinted windows, clear ceramic tinted front windshield, aFe drop in pro s dry air filter, TRD airflow accelerator, TRD oil fill cap, TRD 18 psi radiator cap, BDX Bullydog tuner, Weathertech floor mats front and rear, rear seat fold down mod, DNA hard trifold tonneau cover, Linex with uv protection, TRD rear swaybar, TRD center caps, TRD Pro grille insert with color matching surround and bulge, TRD PRO headlights, aluminum oil filter canister, Real truck tailgate seal, Pop-n-lock tailgate lock actuator, rear diff breather relocate, RCI front skid plate. 275/70 R18 BFG KO2s
    Get a nice quality microfiber drying towel. They make nice thick ones I forget where I got mine but it's Bitchin. And don't let it touch the ground! And I use the two bucket wash method one to rinse my microfiber sponge in and one for the soapy water. And I use a separate one for the lower part of the truck.
     
    FireAC [OP] and NewImprovedRon like this.
  24. Mar 27, 2017 at 3:09 PM
    #24
    040Tundra

    040Tundra Teddy 2013-2019

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Member:
    #5188
    Messages:
    3,809
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    Las Vegas, NV
    Vehicle:
    040 '16 CM LTD 4x4
    A little of this and a little of that.
    I feel your pain in the accountant dept. My wife HATES when I spend money on my truck too. She is so obsessed with saving money she's forgetting that what's the point if you don't enjoy the ride a little. She just got done being really mad at me for 4-5 days for putting a small lift on it and I paid the price dearly. I'm going to cool it in the mod dept for a little while. I still have some Spidertrax in my garage and a set of headlight LED's that I can install when the urge to mod hits me like it usually does.
     
    DalTee and FireAC [OP] like this.
  25. Mar 27, 2017 at 3:11 PM
    #25
    Spvrtan

    Spvrtan Amateur fabricator

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2015
    Member:
    #1140
    Messages:
    1,659
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kris
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    Black '14 CM SR5 w/ SC; 40s on 17s; 5.29s
    Since we're throwing in random, lesser-known, tips.. when offroading, don't ford water deeper than your rear axle without doing a rear differential breather mod.
     
    040Tundra, FireAC [OP] and 15whtrd like this.
  26. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:11 PM
    #26
    15whtrd

    15whtrd Mr. Blonde

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Member:
    #1829
    Messages:
    9,389
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 Tundra DC SR5 TRD 4x4 5.7L, White 2003 Sequoia 2WD
    TRD Pro suspension, +2 Coachbuilder shackles, 2015 TRD Pro headlights, 20% ceramic tinted windows, clear ceramic tinted front windshield, aFe drop in pro s dry air filter, TRD airflow accelerator, TRD oil fill cap, TRD 18 psi radiator cap, BDX Bullydog tuner, Weathertech floor mats front and rear, rear seat fold down mod, DNA hard trifold tonneau cover, Linex with uv protection, TRD rear swaybar, TRD center caps, TRD Pro grille insert with color matching surround and bulge, TRD PRO headlights, aluminum oil filter canister, Real truck tailgate seal, Pop-n-lock tailgate lock actuator, rear diff breather relocate, RCI front skid plate. 275/70 R18 BFG KO2s
    The diff breather mod is super inexpensive and a great peace of mind. Do it!
     
    FireAC [OP] likes this.
  27. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:16 PM
    #27
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    thanks! so u use a microfiber sponge to wash...then a microfiber towel to dry?
     
  28. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:18 PM
    #28
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    The saying is true...it's easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission... At least she was fully on board with me buying the truck in the first place...that was a huge victory in itself...and I think she loves it almost....but not quite...as much as me..
     
    JH5370 and 040Tundra like this.
  29. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:20 PM
    #29
    15whtrd

    15whtrd Mr. Blonde

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Member:
    #1829
    Messages:
    9,389
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 Tundra DC SR5 TRD 4x4 5.7L, White 2003 Sequoia 2WD
    TRD Pro suspension, +2 Coachbuilder shackles, 2015 TRD Pro headlights, 20% ceramic tinted windows, clear ceramic tinted front windshield, aFe drop in pro s dry air filter, TRD airflow accelerator, TRD oil fill cap, TRD 18 psi radiator cap, BDX Bullydog tuner, Weathertech floor mats front and rear, rear seat fold down mod, DNA hard trifold tonneau cover, Linex with uv protection, TRD rear swaybar, TRD center caps, TRD Pro grille insert with color matching surround and bulge, TRD PRO headlights, aluminum oil filter canister, Real truck tailgate seal, Pop-n-lock tailgate lock actuator, rear diff breather relocate, RCI front skid plate. 275/70 R18 BFG KO2s
    Yeah they have nice big puffy soft ones for drying . I have a microfiber sponge mitt with the yarn fingers all over it. I really try not to run anything over the paint that is smooth surfaced. If they pick up debris it just holds it on the surface and smears it and scratches your paint. I like stuff with texture so it contains the dirt. Then I dip it in a clean bucket of water, pull it out and ring the dirt out side of the bucket a couple of times. Then back into the soapy water to wash another panel. It makes it take a little longer but if you're trying to limit the amount of scratches you put on the paint it's the right way to go. And there's guys more anal than me.
     
    FireAC [OP] likes this.
  30. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:20 PM
    #30
    FireAC

    FireAC [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2017
    Member:
    #6804
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    NB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 Platinum Magnetic Grey Metallic
    Good tip... I won't be doing that alot...but sometimes get into some nasty spots when heading out hunting or fishing... I'll keep that in mind. I'll have to look into it, cuz I honestly don't know anything about doing a job like that...
    By the way... incredible transformation on your truck! Nice work...a beauty!
     

Products Discussed in

To Top