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Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2014+)' started by Cubanchem, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:11 PM
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    3 baby mods so far- tailgate decal, interior and bed LED lights.
    Incoming-TRD Pro grill
    Led exterior lights all the way around. Stay tuned for those pics.
     
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  2. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:12 PM
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    Nice. Are you going to make this your build thread? :popcorn:
     
  3. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM
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    I'm new to the forum so not sure what you mean. Can you explain?
     
  4. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:26 PM
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    A build thread is for your truck, just keep adding to it as you customize your rig so we can see all of your mods in one thread.
     
  5. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:38 PM
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    I'm digging the tailgate decal! Nice rig!
     
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  6. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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    Thank you!
     
  7. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:56 PM
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    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    We can move it if you want to use it as your build. Check out the build section and see how others have done.
     
  8. Feb 15, 2016 at 8:08 PM
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    Sure, if you think it's appropriate to move it please do. Sorry for the inconvenience.
     
  9. Feb 17, 2016 at 5:45 PM
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    Installing soon to lighten my way...
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  10. Feb 17, 2016 at 7:53 PM
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    What was the price on that led conversion kit
     
  11. Feb 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM
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    $219. I went with 2nd generation LEDs. The 1st generation is about half that much
     
  12. Feb 20, 2016 at 7:26 PM
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    So had a little time this morning to install the GTR Lighting headlights, but before the install, needed to make sure I had the proper tools:
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    And then in case I was a bit of a caveman on the clips:
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    So off to the races: grill taken off...
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    I tried to pop in the GTR Lighting Gen 2 LEDs, but noticed one of the flanges was a bit too wide for the notch in the housing;
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    A little bending and voila;

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    Popped right in, trimmed the rubber seal to prevent over heating and reassembled. Best part was showing my son how to work on the truck;

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    End results- not too shabby, I am little concerned about the weird spread pattern. Anyone else observed this?

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    PS: I bought the blinker kits from GTR Lighting as well, but even though they are LEDs, still needed to do some splicing and install a ballast, so I opted out of that. Don't like cutting wires. Prefer to leave that to the professionals.

    To be continued...
     
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  13. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:48 PM
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    So I think I figured out the issue with my LED headlights, apparently they can be adjusted as to the angle which they are installed. Since they are not radial in design (the diodes are on one side of the "bulb") you have to adjust the orientation of the flange ring. That way the low beam diodes are pointed in the same direction on each side as well as the high beam diodes (i.e., the low beams are both angled to about 60 degrees in and the highs are angled 230 out). Anyway, I adjusted the orientation and even though GTR Lighting recommends a vertical orientation, which I could not achieve, I think it's better now. Will know better once the sun goes down.

    In other mod news;
    New Stubby antenna
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    New Weathertech bug deflector;

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    And a couple new screen images reflecting the past and the present;

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    More to come this weekend.
    Cheers,
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  14. Feb 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM
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    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    Where did you get the kit of Toyota retainer clips?
     
  15. Feb 26, 2016 at 5:24 PM
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    So a couple packages arrived and I had about an hour before the wife and kids got home, so...

    TRD Pro grill installed
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    Toyota tow mirrors installed
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    And without any extra wiring, the blinkers and parking lights work!
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    To be continued...
     
  16. Mar 3, 2016 at 4:35 PM
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    This just happened
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  17. Mar 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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    I would be interested as well as to where you got the clip assortment...
     
  18. Mar 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM
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  19. Mar 4, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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    Thanks, P!
     
  20. Mar 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM
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    You're very welcome
     
  21. Mar 4, 2016 at 9:55 AM
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    So you have an updated pic of the lights on the garage. The ones before the fix are not good. Light is going everywhere.
     
  22. Mar 4, 2016 at 11:09 AM
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    I still have that weird spread but it's symmetric now. I ordered a pair of Pro headlights with the intent to retrofit. I'll see if those do the same thing.
     
  23. Mar 20, 2016 at 4:47 PM
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    So I was supposed to have a nice, non-rainy day. So much for predicting East Bay weather.

    Dipped my front bumper ends,

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    Unfortunately, the rain hit before it fully dried and in hastily taking the masking off, I pulled the dip off in a few spots. Supposedly having a dry day next Saturday, I'll try it again then. On the positive, the flat black dip blends perfectly with OEM bumper. So I'm looking forward to doing it better next time.

    Once the rain broke, I installed this:
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    Of course it started raining again but that didn't stop me. 30 minutes to install. Fits great and super useful! Thanks ESP!

    To be continued...
     
  24. Mar 21, 2016 at 6:42 AM
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    Those bumper end caps will look good if the rain will leave you alone. Really like the storage install!
     
  25. Mar 21, 2016 at 6:51 AM
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    Thanks. It was good practice and as far as I can tell, I didn't screw anything up so I'll try again next weekend. The Dip leaves a nice textured surface, which honestly, feels just like the center bumper piece. I'm really digging it.
     
  26. Mar 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM
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    Installed Master Lock tailgate lock. Took all of 30 seconds. Bam!
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  27. Mar 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM
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    I give up. Took the entire front bumper off, took the ends off. Spent a couple hours spraying dip on them. Upon reinstalling them, scratched them all up. Looks worse than before. Maybe I'm expecting perfection or maybe I just suck at it. Bought some Goo Gone. As soon as I get home off with the dip and leaving it to others.
    In other notes, tried to install my N-Fab light bar. The instructions are horrible and practically illegible. I can't find a single useful instal video or demo on line so I gave up. Is it me? Should I be happy with what I've got and stop trying to make it something it's not???? Sorry, just venting. Hope you are all having a better day. image.jpgimage.jpg image.jpg
     
  28. Mar 26, 2016 at 4:11 PM
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    Don't give up, P. I think we all have had projects that didn't work out the first time or two. I know it can be frustrating when you do all the homework you can, get the parts, etc., and then stuff happens. Wish I could help on the N-Fab light bar but no experience with them. I mounted an Aries 3" Bull Bar on the front of my truck specifically to mount a light bar to the front end (see my Avatar pic). It worked out well for me without having to dismantle my truck. Just a relay, some wiring, and an OEM type switch. It is a 180 watt light bar and really puts out a lot of light for those times when I might need it. I plan to PlastiDip my bumper end caps and badges when the weather stays warmer but I plan to dip them on the truck and not take them off. Take a few deep breaths and chalk it up to experience. It will get better.:)
     
  29. Mar 26, 2016 at 4:55 PM
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    I appreciate the thought Ron, but there's a reason some people do this professionally and I don't. I'll stick with what I know and let the auto professionals do there thing.
     
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  30. Mar 26, 2016 at 6:33 PM
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    Hey bro, everyone makes mistakes or fucks up, trust me, I have done some damage to my truck. It's a learning experience and there's some projects that should be left to the professionals. Salute
     
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