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Blue Ribbon 4x4 Build Thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by BlueRibbon4x4, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Feb 21, 2021 at 6:21 PM
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    Took the lady out offroad today. Realized the light strips are finally going out. Timing seems to be perfect. C2127138-6B6E-43AE-8E00-D0B40B6169E7.jpg
     
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  2. Feb 22, 2021 at 5:08 PM
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    Starting the two tone bezels. I used Rustoleum Professional Enamel flat black. This stuff is fantastic. Great coverage, super fast drying, and costs the same as any other can.
    The two tone pieces look great together, but I’m torn on the sheen. I like the idea of just 2k gloss clear on everything, except the reflector behind the Panamera shrouds, I’d like those to stay matte.
    But the matte areas would look great in contrast with the gloss 8T5. We’ll see what happens. 630E6C8D-7D2F-4FE3-8991-607B4EA28A57.jpg D394BE85-12D6-43ED-A892-B2413D217B67.jpg 82ACAECA-A567-44C0-8B71-1F666876D57F.jpg C36EF3BF-1EC2-4E08-B163-CB7CE94B0B12.jpg A9DB25A5-B20E-4726-A9E6-3867670610CF.jpg
     
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  3. Feb 25, 2021 at 8:29 PM
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    In the idea of everything turning amber, I’ve really been wanting amber fog lights. The Spyder fogs I have currently give terrible output. But this project was supposed to cost me no money, short of some cans of spray paint. So instead of spending a chunk of cash, I bought a $10 Laminx sheet for my current ones. I can get a smart pair of amber fogs later.
    The Laminx installed super easy. I started in the center, and worked my way out in a spiral, when I got to the edge, I pulled as much as I could over and pressed around the edge, it was wrinkled around the edge. I trimmed off the excess, hit the edge with a heat gun, and pressed the wrinkes out. That’s really it, super easy.
    These are side-by-side comparisons between the orange Laminx and the white LED Spyders.
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  4. Feb 25, 2021 at 8:35 PM
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    Thanks Geno. Now another thing I gotta do :rofl:

    I assume this is their amber Laminx and not the yellow? Reason you did the amber and not yellow?
     
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  5. Feb 25, 2021 at 8:38 PM
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  6. Feb 25, 2021 at 8:40 PM
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    And added to Amazon wishlist. :fistbump:
     
  7. Feb 26, 2021 at 4:08 PM
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    Glad I went with the orange Laminx. It’s pretty close to the Raptor lights that got switched back from the white ones. I’m thinking about ditching that light bar in the grille also, just to clean everything up. Maybe in it’s place, some amber pods.
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  8. Feb 27, 2021 at 3:44 PM
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    Getting that 2K clear down. I use Shopline JC830 and Shopline JH8380. This clear is easy to work with and inexpensive ($50 for a quart of clear and hardener). I use a purple Harbor Freight gun and disposable cups. I bought this gun to throw away every year, but it just keeps working great. Keep it clean and lubed up and it will last.
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  9. Feb 27, 2021 at 3:53 PM
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    Blue and sunshine makes my brain smile...lookin' good!
     
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  10. Feb 27, 2021 at 4:26 PM
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    Thanks!!
     
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  11. Feb 28, 2021 at 10:24 AM
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    Cleared, flat black applied, and epoxied the black striped cover to the bezels. Repainted the blinker buckets silver for better reflection.
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  12. Mar 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM
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    Ok, ok so I bought some more shit. These are some amber light pods I grabbed to get rid of the hideous light bar behind the grille.
    I used two pieces of 3/4” PVC to elevate them above the bottom of the grille. One long bolt holds the bracket, through the PVC, and into the crossmember. They are pretty damn bright for $50. I went through a ton of reviews to find these. They still need to get aimed a little better.
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    Headlights with lightbar and pods 53A338A8-ED98-4B30-A3FB-8227C0DEABD7.jpg
     
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  13. Mar 1, 2021 at 7:50 PM
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  14. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:40 PM
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    Update on the Laminx orange foglight covers. They severely hinder the output of the foglights, if you could have guessed. I’ll just be replacing these POS Spyder fogs shortly.

    Also, the wife is going out with her sister tonight, so these retrofits are coming out and going in the oven for dinner. Just in time for the weekend swap!D6835B25-948E-4369-B3E5-03C41283D060.jpg
     
  15. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM
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    You know... I hate to see those blue halos gone but that orange ties in so well and looks awesome!!!
     
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  16. Mar 4, 2021 at 3:11 PM
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  17. Mar 4, 2021 at 3:44 PM
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    Thanks Robert! Definitely a change, but I like it!
     
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  18. Mar 5, 2021 at 8:12 PM
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    Got the old ones apart and painted the shrouds Rustoleum Metallic Cobalt Blue. Then masked off and painted flat black. Reassembled loosely and had to get a sneak peak at the lights. 43AB106F-0277-4986-AB57-E343A0FF6A5A.jpg 16359B96-C2FD-474D-B67F-0135DAFDADE2.jpg 2B7A6768-EB86-4784-8A5F-5620DFEBF798.jpg 238247F2-4CA0-4B7F-AAD6-B0F379C68ADA.jpg 6E55D5FF-3A6E-4883-9AC7-77DFB37DA446.jpg 29D2E115-04C2-4B1D-A9CA-66F32F863247.jpg C143A6B0-E1A0-4C25-849D-ED6AC9F8EB9A.jpg
     
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    Time to take it offroading again bro let's llan a trip
     
  20. Mar 6, 2021 at 5:03 AM
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    I agree! I’m down for Hungry Valley again so that’s closer to you. We can invite a bunch of peeps from here too. Last time was a great time.
     
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    Is there an area near you that's also good?
     
  22. Mar 6, 2021 at 9:59 AM
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    Only if you like fire roads, really. Nothing too challenging. If you have Alltrails, you can check Del Sur Ridge rd, and Lake Hughes Truck trail, those are fun and not crazy if you just want a relaxing ride.
     
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    The shroud harness getting cleaned up. I put a 3 conductor plug on one end for easy disconnect when removing the headlamps. C51E3112-5C2C-4DF1-AB10-5D66556C2D12.jpg

    Then I had to reconnect the stock DRL under the dash (that was fun). Would have been easier if I had depinned the harness the first time, but at the time, I couldn’t get it to come out.9FF7E898-BD74-407F-9EE8-7077861B78A8.jpg

    Nice and clean. Soldered up all new connections and taped and shielded.
    From the top left and clockwise:
    Reattached signal harness, DRL harness, level adjust, side marker harness, headlight connect, and last is the high beam connect.
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  24. Mar 6, 2021 at 3:32 PM
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    More wiring! The HIDs come with a small boot to go inside the stock boot. Passing through are the wires for the headlight and highbeam switch. I always put opposite ends in spots like this (male-female), so nothing needs to get labeled or hooked up incorrectly. Also had a buddy hangin in my shop with me.
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