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New member; First-gen veteran; Excited second-gen convert!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by frieselu, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:36 AM
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    frieselu

    frieselu [OP] 13 years with a 1st gen; recent 2nd gen convert

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    Hello all, I've learned a ton from this community over the past few months and I really appreciate it. I've had a Tundra for 14 years but missed out big-time on this knowledge until just recently. Here are my rigs:

    My first love: The day I got her brand-new off the showroom floor, a 2006 SR5 4x4 DC. My previous car was a 1992 Buick LeSabre, so this was quite the upgrade. I planned to drive her until the wheels fell off, which I knew would take a long, long time. Couldn't leave her stock, though, so...
    Gen 1_1.jpg

    Gave her some love. First mods were wheels / tires - Moto Metal 951 with initially Terra Grapplers then a variety of models, but mostly LTX AT2's. Level kit, bull bar, grill insert, Katzkin leather, premium stereo, Rhinoliner, Bakflip cover, Webasto sunroof (regretted this), and a few other things I'm probably forgetting. Drove her like this for 182,000 largely trouble-free miles. A catalytic converter went out under warranty, the rear window seal leaked one time under warranty, I learned the hard way that going over big bumps with a spacer level breaks things, and paid out the nose for an AIP fix while in limp mode. Other than that she gave no trouble.
    Gen 1_2.jpg

    Oh, this happened though. Three days before my wedding I was parked at a friend's AirBNB when the neighbor knocks on the door and says, "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but my tree fell on your truck." Well that was a pretty heart-stopping moment I tell you. He immediately opened a claim with his homeowner's insurance, and after I got back from my honeymoon I worked the adjuster pretty hard to pony up a five-figure number to get her back to shape.
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    And then opportunity came knocking.
    The second picture above, looking all gorgeous, is actually the day I sold her. Why would I sell such a gem? Well, a good buddy of mine basically gave me his gen 2 that he no longer drove or needed. So I seized the chance to get a newer truck with half the miles, and put Ol Blue on Craigslist, where she lasted all of 50 minutes before I got a call with the winning cash offer. It was sad to see her go, but sometimes you have to move on.

    So here's the new gal. A 2008 forest-green SR5 CrewMax 2wd. Owned its whole life by my good friend, who got a Tundra because he liked mine so much. Very clean, but also pretty boring. He put leather and running boards on it, but otherwise bone stock.
    Gen2_1.jpg

    Take my money, forum! That's what it feels like, lol. After cruising these boards for a few weeks I had my mind made up on what I was going to do. Immediate upgrade was wheels and tires (SCS SR8's in Dark Matte Bronze) plus LTX AT2's in 275/70-18. Swapped the tow mirrors for standard OEM because I don't tow and didn't like the size or the visibility. 5100's to level it out. Threw on some TSS running boards courtesy of @Hondoman. Tinted the windows dark. Put on a Tyger bedcover. And most recently put on a Rock Warrior grill and Alpharex Pro headlights with v.4 LED's from @Headlight Revolution. It was a nice day yesterday so I spent a few hours going over her with IronX, clay bar, CarPro Hydro, and Beadmaker. Very pleased with how it turned out! I'm just about done; I have the Plasti-Dip for the badges in the garage, and am contemplating what to do with the bumpers. The plan is now to drive this gal for a long, long, LONG time... Thanks for the support!
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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2020
  2. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:39 AM
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    frichco228

    frichco228 Valued Member

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    Frank
    Virginia
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    2016 Crewmax 4WD, TRD Offroad
    275/70-18 Wildpeak AT, LoPro bed cover, TRD rear sway bar, DD 10 inch exhaust, and various other goodies
    Looks great! Welcome from VA
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    COMiamiFan

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

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    Jose
    Parker, CO
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    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 CO
     
  4. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    Headlight Revolution

    Headlight Revolution New Member Vendor

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    Good to see the Toyota life is treating you well! I'm sure the Tree part had you stumped for a bit, but I'll Leaf that sensitive subject alone. ;) Hopefully that luck doesn't Branch over to the newest Tundy!

    Good Morning from Atlanta, GA! :hattip:
     
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  5. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    frieselu

    frieselu [OP] 13 years with a 1st gen; recent 2nd gen convert

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    One of the first steps when we bought this house was trim the branches over the driveway! Fingers crossed that the trees are healthy and won't just keel over...
     
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  6. Feb 17, 2020 at 8:03 AM
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    Pinay

    Pinay New Member

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    Monet
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    2015 Black - SR5 - CrewMax - 4x4 - TSS Dirty Seven Club
    Mahal kita Kuya
    Welcome
     
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  7. Feb 17, 2020 at 9:33 AM
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    RitcheyRch

    RitcheyRch New Member

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    Richard
    Santa Clarita, CA
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    TRD Lowered & Supercharged Crewmax
    TRD Lowered and Supercharged
    welcome from So Cal
     
  8. Feb 17, 2020 at 9:34 AM
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    Prostar 190

    Prostar 190 Super Secret Elite Member #9

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    6" lift 35" Toyo M/T
    Welcome from Ohio.
     
  9. Feb 17, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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    Mcoop

    Mcoop Throbbing Member

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    Berlin, NJ
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    Welcome from southern NJ.

    T
     
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  10. Feb 17, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    SIMPLYTHETRUTH

    SIMPLYTHETRUTH THE ALBINO RHINO

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    PA
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    S&B Cold Air Intake, Recon light bar, Rough Country light bar, Cali ditch lights, aFe throttle spacer,
    Very nicely done. Your truck should be mentioned all over for parts that fit from 2nd to 3rd gen and how to got about. I like the 2nd gen with 3rd gen parts. I wonder if I can change out some 3rd gen to 2nd or even 1st gen parts. I watched the tundra develop over the years and they came along way. Congrats on tundra and welcome from PA.
     
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  11. Feb 17, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    NCTundra18

    NCTundra18 New Member

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    TRD dual exhaust, Rough Country leveling kit
    Welcome from Western NC.
     
  12. Feb 17, 2020 at 11:44 AM
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    tenntundra

    tenntundra 2013 SR5 crewmax Barcelona red

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    2013 barcelona red sr5 crewmax TRD tundra
    3" suspension lift, BMF 20" wheels 305/55/20 nitto ridge grappler tires,painted RED bushwhacker fender flares,fold up tonneu cover,100 watt led fog lights,led interior lights,borla dual exhaust,tinted windows,window vent visors, Toyota hood protector,toyota step bars,spyder carbon fiber floor mats,k&n air filter,painted brake calipers red, installed red lug nuts on wheels remote start.
    Welcome from East Tennessee
     
  13. Feb 17, 2020 at 6:08 PM
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    beretdra

    beretdra New Member

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    Very nice rig.
     
  14. Feb 17, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    TXRailRoadBandit73

    TXRailRoadBandit73 RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL RÖCKIN' N RÖLLIN'

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    Searching for my Fundra
    None yet
    Welcome from The RGV
     

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