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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CarCrazy24, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Sep 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM
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    CarCrazy24

    CarCrazy24 [OP] New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm inheriting a 2004 Toyota Tundra, a 2WD V6 model. I was curious if you guys had any good advice for keeping this truck on the road for a long, long time. I'm open to suggestions on how to keep the V6 and auto transmission running for years to come, as well as common problems/recalls you run into with the 2004 model. I heard there was a ball-joint issue and wasn't sure if the rust issue applies to this year.

    I also had a strange question: Can you convert the front bumper to the original 1999-2002 front bumpers? I don't like the front bumper of the 2003-2006 models at all, it reminds me of a bloated frog. When the truck was updated in 2003, did they change the whole front end, meaning the bumper and lights and hood and fenders? Or was it just the front bumper? Have you guys heard of anyone trying to do this "reverse" conversion and are aware of the steps required?

    If anyone can link me to threads that have tried to answer these questions, that would also be helpful. Not sure I've ever seen a thread that shows people trying to go from the updated 2003-2006 bumper and convert it back to the 1999-2002 bumper. Thanks!

    Grateful for your input and glad to be on board. After watching the UK Top Gear series, I truly believe in the toughness of a Toyota truck =)
     
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  2. Sep 30, 2016 at 6:31 PM
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    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

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    Welcome! 1st gen guys will chime in soon.
    @Mike
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2016 at 6:35 PM
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    Law323

    Law323 Pray for peace, prepare for war

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    Welcome! Plenty of first gen guys on here!
     
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  4. Sep 30, 2016 at 7:02 PM
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    joonbug

    joonbug mmmm.....bacon...

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    Welcome from NorCal. Post some pics, especially the bumper so us 2nd & 3rd gens can see what you're talking about.
     
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  5. Sep 30, 2016 at 10:23 PM
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    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

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    Welcome from CO. By the way, your 04 2WD Tundra V6 is a truck, not a car. Just sayin.
     
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  6. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:05 AM
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    CarCrazy24

    CarCrazy24 [OP] New Member

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    Good catch, updated my post. Thanks!

    Anyone have any support or info on the bumper?
     
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  7. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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    CarCrazy24

    CarCrazy24 [OP] New Member

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    Will do! Basically the 1st gens got an update in 2003 that changed a lot of details on the body, you can google pics of a 2002 tundra vs 2003 and see the differences right away!
     
  8. Oct 2, 2016 at 2:37 PM
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    RowdyRon

    RowdyRon Not too old to play

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    Welcome from NW Arkansas!
     
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  9. Oct 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM
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    CarCrazy24

    CarCrazy24 [OP] New Member

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    Thank you guys for the warm welcome.

    Anyone aware of a reverse conversion from the 2003-2006 bumpers back to the 2002 and earlier bumper? Is it possible/easily do-able?
     
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