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

Another new guy, hello

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pamtnman, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:19 PM
    #1
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    It's like third grade, and the teacher is shoving me to the front of the classroom to tell my fellow students my name, the color of my bike, that I like fishing and climbing trees.
    So, here goes: I've owned several Tacomas, one of recent vintage and pretty tricked out, but even with the towing package they lacked the towing ability a V8 would give. It is true that I nearly went with a Dodge Ram, having driven one last year that got 24 MPG up and down the Sierra Madres for a week. The Sierra Madres are the huge mountains in California, and they are either straight up or straight down. For a four-door V8 pickup to get 24 MPG in those conditions was nearly a religious experience. Impressive performance by Dodge Ram, gotta say. Kudos!
    However, there is more to owning a pickup truck than just MPG, and one of those other things is reliability. Our family just buys new Toyotas, runs them until we've had enough fun, and then we buy another Toyota replacement. We have never been let down buying Toyotas, despite the recalls for incredibly picayune, tiny things that are hard to believe a successful manufacturer like Toyota would screw up. And so it was that I returned once again to a Toyota pickup truck. Mister Reliability.
    The newest family member is a 2017 Tundra SR5 TRD Crewmax.
    We all like it a lot. The back window rolling down is dope as heck. Except when I left it down during a rain storm two days after bringing it home. That was dopey, not dope.
    So far it has a Rugged bed liner (eh), an AMP bed extender (nice), a second set of winter wheels that are stock Tundra OEM steel with the Falken Wild Peak AT3s, WeatherTech front floor mats (pretty good, could be better), Mossy Oak seat covers (nice), and a BAK Flip hard top tonneau cover over the short bed.
    Next up are subtle sliders\step bars (still shopping), a mix-n-match of skid plates from both RCI and BudBuilt, the SDHQ winch mount and Warn 8000 winch, an AC power receptacle in the bed, and possibly an ARB rear differential locker.
    You know what I like about the ARB diff locker? The compressor. That is what I like, because it's always nice to have air on hand, wherever I am. What I do not like about the ARB diff locker is the very high price and the even higher install price. Seems like overkill, because the Tundra is now set up with an in-effect posi-lock system, which is pretty good.
    OK, now that I am several thousand dollars poorer it is time to quit, before more things are added to the list.
    Last thought: Sitting outside the Toyota dealership the day I bought this truck, I called Toyota HQ and pleaded for the next generation of Tundras to be big Tacomas. What I liked about my Tacomas, especially the recent one, was how much stuff was made to put on them, and how well it all worked. But my brand new Tundra doesn't even have under-seat storage in back. That's screwy, Toyota.
     
    4x4_Angel, ColoradoTJ, Law323 and 2 others like this.
  2. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:26 PM
    #2
    zcarpenter92

    zcarpenter92 Yotas, Coronas and 'Merica

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2015
    Member:
    #973
    Messages:
    5,198
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    NE Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2008 Desert Sand 5.7L DC
    In sig
    Welcome from eastern CO! You planning on lifting it as well I assume?
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  3. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:27 PM
    #3
    Eclipsed & Floating

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

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2017
    Member:
    #6454
    Messages:
    12,543
    Gender:
    Male
    I’m right where I need to be
    Vehicle:
    Voluptuous Whitey
    I can certainly tell you, that's not the first time i've heard that exact story on this forum.....including myself. The only difference is that i'm in the high Rockies and you're talking about the Sierra Madres

    Welcome to this forum and a bunch of people that traded Tacomas out for Tundras for the same reason, but wish they had the accessories they used to
     
    4x4_Angel, Law323 and pamtnman [OP] like this.
  4. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:30 PM
    #4
    GAknight

    GAknight New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2017
    Member:
    #8933
    Messages:
    1,652
    Gender:
    Male
    Shade of a Pine, GA
    Vehicle:
    '14 TSS 4x4
    3" level kit, Icon shocks, rear bags S&B CAI, anytime fog lights, LEDs, and...list growing.
    Welcome from GA.
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  5. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:31 PM
    #5
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Well said, Almaboy: Loved those Tacomas. Really functional and rugged. But dangit, just not enough oomph for the bigger projects. If only Toyota would make the Tundra a bigger version of the Taco...Heaven
     
  6. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:33 PM
    #6
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Probably not any higher than it is already. Doesn't the TRD work lift it a bit? I think so. High lift trucks scare me, because I am a bad driver. I am also not nearly cool enough to get away with driving one. Your recommendations are most welcome
     
  7. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:35 PM
    #7
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you! I whitewater rafted in Georgia a long time ago. The Chatahoochee, I think. It was a lot of fun. Never would I have guessed there'd be nice trout water in Georgia, but there it was. Nice place.
     
  8. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:48 PM
    #8
    duece292

    duece292 Appalachian American

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2017
    Member:
    #6776
    Messages:
    1,887
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Greg
    Green Bay, WI
    Vehicle:
    2013 Tundra SR5 CM TRD 5.7 4X4
    Welcome from WI
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  9. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:49 PM
    #9
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you! Greetings back from Steelers country!
     
    duece292 likes this.
  10. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:50 PM
    #10
    COMiamiFan

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

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    Member:
    #2160
    Messages:
    25,301
    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.
    Welcome from Colorado. Sounds like you're on your way to your own build page ;)
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  11. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:50 PM
    #11
    joonbug

    joonbug bacon

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2015
    Member:
    #1948
    Messages:
    16,006
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Joon
    NorCal - Dublin
    Vehicle:
    2020 Limited DoubleCab
    Welcome bud
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  12. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:51 PM
    #12
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Unfortunately, I think you are correct. But I know you guys will give me lots of support. And encouragement
     
    COMiamiFan likes this.
  13. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:52 PM
    #13
    GAknight

    GAknight New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2017
    Member:
    #8933
    Messages:
    1,652
    Gender:
    Male
    Shade of a Pine, GA
    Vehicle:
    '14 TSS 4x4
    3" level kit, Icon shocks, rear bags S&B CAI, anytime fog lights, LEDs, and...list growing.
    Hopefully you were up in north GA mountains if you were in the 'hooch?! I'd be careful of any fish from it south of the mountains, and wouldn't get in it south of Atlanta!
     
  14. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:52 PM
    #14
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you, Joonbug!
     
    joonbug likes this.
  15. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:53 PM
    #15
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Yes, you are correct, we were up north. Man that is pretty country. Not the humid, hot, festering blazing madness of Atlanta etc down below
     
  16. Aug 8, 2017 at 8:56 PM
    #16
    GAknight

    GAknight New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2017
    Member:
    #8933
    Messages:
    1,652
    Gender:
    Male
    Shade of a Pine, GA
    Vehicle:
    '14 TSS 4x4
    3" level kit, Icon shocks, rear bags S&B CAI, anytime fog lights, LEDs, and...list growing.
    Indeed it is. All my family's from north GA, so I've spent many days in them hills.
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  17. Aug 8, 2017 at 9:03 PM
    #17
    boardude

    boardude I am Batman

    Joined:
    May 30, 2015
    Member:
    #1353
    Messages:
    4,972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kris
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    [YODAGAN]
    2015 Inferno Ex-Pro
    Welcome from AZ!
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  18. Aug 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM
    #18
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you, Batman!
     
    boardude likes this.
  19. Aug 8, 2017 at 9:17 PM
    #19
    T-Rex266

    T-Rex266 Independentoffroad who? That's cute. Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    55,084
    Gender:
    Male
    Welcome from CO!
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  20. Aug 8, 2017 at 9:31 PM
    #20
    blue16

    blue16 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2017
    Member:
    #6237
    Messages:
    2,817
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    steve
    Mesa AZ
    Vehicle:
    2016 tundra
    Welcome from AZ
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  21. Aug 9, 2017 at 3:21 AM
    #21
    TXRailRoadBandit73

    TXRailRoadBandit73 RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL AND THE TÜNDRA CRÜE

    Joined:
    May 30, 2016
    Member:
    #3487
    Messages:
    48,463
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    RGV, TEXAS
    Vehicle:
    Searching for my Fundra
    None yet
    New member!!! Bienvenidos de Tejas! Good God got sleepy after few sentences...I believe i speak for all of us on here we wana see your ride!!!
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  22. Aug 9, 2017 at 4:25 AM
    #22
    jfrd30

    jfrd30 Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of My Way

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Member:
    #2496
    Messages:
    693
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Vehicle:
    2013 TRD Tundra
    Welcome from the sweat stain known as Florida!!!!! We need pictures of your new ride........It's how we roll around here. LOL
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  23. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:28 AM
    #23
    zcarpenter92

    zcarpenter92 Yotas, Coronas and 'Merica

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2015
    Member:
    #973
    Messages:
    5,198
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    NE Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2008 Desert Sand 5.7L DC
    In sig
    Nope it doesn't provide any lift, only the PRO shocks have any additional height to em. Just figured since you were adding sliders and armor you were gonna be off-roading.
     
    pamtnman [OP] likes this.
  24. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:45 AM
    #24
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you, Sean! Colorado is a beautiful state.
     
    T-Rex266 likes this.
  25. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:45 AM
    #25
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Thank you, Blue, I have yet to get to AZ, but I am headed there next year, with the Tundra.
     
    blue16 likes this.
  26. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:49 AM
    #26
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Yeah, Ramirez, it was a long post :)...if ya can't fool em with facts, just pile it high until everyone gives up. That's what I did;) Pics coming of the new Tundra, I promise. Right now those aggressive Falkens are on separate winter wheels, and not on the truck. They do look like they will get the job done
     
  27. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:50 AM
    #27
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Yinzer! Love it. Pics comin
     
  28. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:52 AM
    #28
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    JF, Florida is too damned hot for me, although I do enjoy fishing the Everglades every other year. I am a Northeast mountain man, and the colder it is the better I like it. I hunt and trap, so I wait for that cold snowy weather all year...and then it is gone...thank you for the welcome!
     
  29. Aug 9, 2017 at 6:59 AM
    #29
    Law323

    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2016
    Member:
    #3081
    Messages:
    9,868
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Law
    Baton Rouge, La
    Vehicle:
    2012 4.6 L MGM DC
    Toytec BOSS suspension lift @ 3" (front) Toytec BOSS remote resi's (back) 1" Toytec block (rear) 275/70r18 Toyo AT2 Info system mod 3D MAXpider Kagu floor mats LED interior lights 50% ceramic tint front windows 35% ceramic tint windshield brow Bed mounted YETI bottle opener Paracord wrapped oh Sh!t bars 3" stubby antennae TRD sway bar Upcoming: LED backup lights OEM Backup camera Iron Cross Patriot step bars Trifold or roll up tonneau cover
    welcome from TN!
     
    NewImprovedRon and pamtnman [OP] like this.
  30. Aug 9, 2017 at 7:04 AM
    #30
    pamtnman

    pamtnman [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Member:
    #8958
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    God's Country
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tundra TRD CrewMax
    Working through the list
    Z, I did not know that. Already you guys are helping me, thanks. This truck is a TRD, not the TRD Pro, and I guess I am still learning the differences, though when I am done with this project it'll be at or close to that Pro performance level. Because I am in the land, timber, mining, gas etc natural resources business, I am outdoors and in the woods a lot. Timber haul roads, skid trails, ATV trails, old overgrown farm lanes, you name it, we drive through it. Believe it or not, I do not enjoy off-roading, but it is a fact of my life that I always have to be prepared for, and I have had hairy experiences and butt-ugly stupid moments where buddies had to come get me out, so as I am a slow learner it has taken a very long time to figure out that to avoid these situations, it is now best to simply have the vehicle prepared ahead of time. Having run multiple generations of Tacomas for a long time, I enjoyed their high performance in rough conditions. There is not a better woods truck anywhere than a Tacoma TRD, even the newer bigger Tacoma. But I was really struggling with the Tacoma's limited towing capacity, which got better and better with each generation, but still was not up to what we need. Enter the Tundra, which I will say nearly lost to the Dodge Ram just on MPG alone, and the positive testimonials of my buddies who drive Rams (but they do admit Rams are not nearly as reliable as the Toyotas, and they put up with a 50,000-mile breakdown threshold that no Toyota owner could ever imagine).
    Yes, I do use an ATV for those really steep, remote, rough places, and I do not enjoy that either.
    As Ramirez is my newly appointed word police, I am done for now.
    Pics coming.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top