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The Pigeon Pad - Squatting Pigeon's Build Thread and B.S. Hangout Spot

Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2014+)' started by Squatting Pigeon, May 5, 2019.

  1. May 5, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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    Squatting Pigeon

    Squatting Pigeon [OP] *Not an Actual Bird

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    Welcome to the Pigeon Pad©! A place that documents my build and also a hangout spot for all wayward Tundras.com folk who want to BS a bit. So stop in and say hi!

    Considering I've been active on the forum now for over a year, I suppose it's time for a "build" thread. I won't be doling out any false hope about my build progress here. Dis bitch gon’ be slow.

    Most current photos:

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    Tires & Wheels

    KMC Bully OL - Satin Black
    17 x 8.5
    0mm offset
    4.75 backspacing
    285/75/17 Bf Goodrich K02s

    Exterior

    Color matched grille surround and bulge
    Stubby antenna
    3’ Firestick CB antenna
    Bumpershellz Black TPO bumper covers (front and back)
    @Caliraisedled ditch brackets
    @Baja Designs:
    Squadron Sport ditch lights with amber covers
    Squadron Sport fog light replacement with amber lenses
    S8 light bar driving/combo in bumper
    Switch pros 9100

    Interior

    Huskyliners full coverage floor mats
    Tacoma TRD Pro shift knob w/Ebay boot
    Midland CB radio
    @ICS FAB dash mount w/RAM mounts ipad holder
    @rrentrop radio and shift knob decals

    Performance

    K&N high flow drop-in filter
    TRD airflow accelerator
    MBRP catback exhaust

    Suspension
    Old Man Emu front lift coils with upgraded 700lb springs
    Rear OME nitro sport shocks
    Rear OME Dakars

    Broverlanding, Armor, & Recovery Gear
    @Caliraisedled stuff:
    Mid-height bed rack
    "Trail" sliders
    Bed MOLLE panels front and passenger side
    Bed stiffeners
    Victory 4x4 Blitz slimline bumper with hoop
    @RCIoffroad Front and mid skids (gas tank skid pending new tank straps....)
    ARB 4' awning
    23Zero Weekender 62 w/annex
    Smittybilt lockable shovel and axe mount
    Smittybilt Comp series 12k winch w/synthetic line

    Intro

    I started off with a black 2016 Taco, and hated every bit of the two years I owned it. Plus, getting kicked in the elbow every time I took kiddo anywhere was getting old...
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    April fools day 2018 I picked up a new SR5 Crewmax 4.6 2wd with a front bench seat and a couple other little things.
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    I proceeded to throw a few parts at it like an MBRP exhaust, K&N intake, stubby antenna, Huskyliners, color- matched grille surround and bulge, and a bed cover.
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    Then black Friday came around...
    Despite my best efforts and multiple, literal (like out loud) pep talks with myself to not spend money..... I spent money.
    But on cool stuff! Baja Designs stuff to be specific. :)
    Squadron sport ditch lights and fogs.
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    After that I wanted some better shoes, so I took advantage of a B2G2 sale on a set of Cooper Discover RTXs at NTB.
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    Once I got her looking respectable and just about exactly where I wanted the truck to be, I did something a bit drastic....

    I got rid of it.
     
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  2. May 5, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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    Squatting Pigeon [OP] *Not an Actual Bird

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    By "got rid of it" I mean a salesman caught me wandering around while I was waiting for service, and after some chatting I did a stealthy upgrade.
    2019 5.7 4x4 SR5 upgrade package
    20190402_174004.jpg 20190402_173953.jpgEverything the dealer was willing to swap over to the new truck for free:
    20190402_210759.jpgThe old girl back to stock:
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  3. May 5, 2019 at 8:53 PM
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    for your BD ditch lights I suggest a security hardware kit so no one run away with your expensive lights. I just installed one this week end. Bought on ebay.
    if you need the link PM Me.
     
  4. May 5, 2019 at 9:04 PM
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    Squatting Pigeon

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    Great point!
    That's actually an early picture, I ended up getting some spanner bolts from Ace that worked perfect.
     
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  5. May 5, 2019 at 9:12 PM
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    saybng Just a member.

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    Method Nv's, falken wildpeak 275.65.20 Dirty deeds exhaust, 5100's all around...nothin fancy.
    "Got rid of it" ?..interesting
     
  6. May 5, 2019 at 9:24 PM
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    Squatting Pigeon

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    Just updated the second post.
    I didnt mean for it to be a cliffhanger. Lol
     
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  7. May 5, 2019 at 9:25 PM
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    What's your complaint(s) with it?
    All my hardware rusted to hell in a span of 6 months, and I had a time getting it on the new truck. It sounds pretty damn good to me though.
     
  8. May 5, 2019 at 9:36 PM
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    Ha, that goofy ass slanted tailpipe kills me too! I took a corner too sharp the other day at the damn thing actually scraped the curb...
    I've thought seriously about pulling the whole rear section of pipe off from the muffler back and putting a turndown fitting right on the back of the muffler. It would be like a ghetto budget dump system.
    :anonymous:
     
  9. May 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM
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    Well, I like the name of the project, and the truck looks cool....but I've always found 2WD completely incomprehensible. I can't even get up my own driveway if I forget to put my Tundra in 4WD.
     
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  10. May 5, 2019 at 9:41 PM
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    I'm not really in a place where I need 4wd, but I certainly wanted it. That's why I dumped the 4x2 4.6. Funny thing is I had to use the 4wd a couple days after getting the new truck because I was stuck in some soupy mud in a restaurant overflow parking lot
    :mudding:
     
  11. May 5, 2019 at 9:42 PM
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    That's my eventual plan. Either a dirty deeds system, or something custom. I'm sure this MBRP system will rust through soon enough and force my hand. Haha
     
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    Thanks, I'm loving it so far!
     
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  13. May 5, 2019 at 9:45 PM
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    I feel ya on that one.
    I've been divorced a year now and just went back to court again.
    Mod money being lit on fire by lawyers. :oops:
     
  14. May 5, 2019 at 9:48 PM
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    Thats why I never understand 2WD vehicles, not matter where a person lives there are still going to be situations where 4WD is needed. I mean, even if your just trying to get out onto a highway on dry pavement 4WD helps you get moving rather than burning rubber.
     
  15. May 5, 2019 at 9:52 PM
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    Squatting Pigeon

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    I hear you, and with all my 4x4 vehicles in the past, I distinctly remember using it plenty of times. There were more than a few times I didnt take my 2wd truck somewhere for fear of getting it stuck.
     
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  16. May 5, 2019 at 9:54 PM
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    Its all about that strategy!
    :cheers:
    I'm certainly not looking to make any commitments in the near future.
     
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  17. May 7, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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    Finally got my stuff from the 40% off sale: a TRD airflow accelerator and Tacoma TRD Pro shift knob!
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  18. Jun 30, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    Any of you that talk to me regularly know the hell I've gone through getting my CB installed and working. For technology that hasn't really changed in nearly a century, it sure was a pain in the ass to get working!

    The goal here was to have a functioning CB setup in time for the trip to Colorado so @Larmand, @4x4_Angel, @HornFrog, and I could all communicate going down the road.

    My initial setup:

    Uniden PC68LTX,Roadpro antenna wire, Astatic mic, and Rago ditch light extension mount.
    Not Pictured: Firestick 4' trim-to-tune antenna (courtesy of @Larmand) and Firestick antenna mount
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    All hooked up and on the truck:
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    This all seemed like a solid set up to me, and the folks I consulted with (mostly @Larmand), yet it would only transmit or receive for a couple dozen feet and then cut out. The SWR meter on the radio barely moved when the mic was keyed up, which is an indication of a problem.

    So I started by re-doing my power and ground connections, making sure they are tight, and everything was good. After that I ran a multi-meter to the back of the harness, and the radio had solid power as well as ground, so that wasn't the problem.
    Next, I went and replaced the antenna that @Larmand gave me, because he had suspicions that something was off with it since it didn't work great on his truck either. So, I went and got a Firestick 3' with tuneable tip. No difference.
    At this point, I'm thinking the radio must just be bad, so I returned it to Amazon, and ran into my local RadioShack and picked up a Midland 5001Z off the shelf. Hooked it up, and the SWR moved a little bit more when I keyed the mic, but I still wasn't picking up any chatter.
    So, the very last thing it could POSSIBLY be is the antenna mount/wire. I decide to ditch the ditch light mount :rimshot:, in favor of a 'mirror mount' rigged to the bed rails.

    Now that I bought everything twice, I'm thinking this HAS to be it, and I get everything mounted, wire ran, and I'm excited to be at the end of this nightmare. I twist the antenna wire to the mount, and the damn thing breaks apart. :rant:
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    Multiple deep breaths, and even more beers later I have a new cable coming from Amazon. We are T-2 days until the trip to Colorado, so I'm not a very happy camper right meow.

    Antenna shows up, gets re-re-ran, and hooked up. BOOM problem solved! I'm picking up chatter from miles away, and had someone answer my mic check. :goingcrazy:

    So, here is the final setup:
    Midland 5001Z, Astatic mic, Mirror mount installed and grounded to the bed rails, Roadwire cable, Firestick antenna mount, 3' firestick antenna.
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    TL DR: The Rago ditch mount apparently didnt ground the antenna the way it should've, so the antenna was doing literally nothing. With the antenna mounted and grounded to the bed rail, we are in business!

    If anyone wants a Rago ditch light antenna mount, I'll make you a good deal. :D I'd suggest using it for a GoPro or light rather than an antenna though....
     
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    black is such a beaut. Sometimes I feel like the color will be the death of me, but then I see other tundras that are black and im like oh hell yea.
     
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    Yeah, it's a 'wash every week' color, but I love it. Especially when the sunlight hits the metallic flake just right!
     
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    There are he devil's too...
     
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    4x4_Angel Perfectly Imperfect Tomboy....TTC #132

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    o_O
     
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    Good looking truck @Squatting Pigeon
    Good move on "getting rid of her". Now for the creepy comment, but by the looks of your house are you in Watauga? Looks similar to mine is the only reason I bring that up.
     
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    Stalker!! :spy::spy:
     
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    Thanks!
    And yes sir, I'm on the North end just South of Bursey. Do you live up this way?
     
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    Yeah, I'm behind Watauga middle and Grace E Hardin elementary.
     
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    Ahhh ok, I'm down that way at Snoopy's every month or so to board the pooch when I go out of town for work.
     
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    Picked up a pretty little addition from FedEx earlier.
    Thanks @brimy311! I can't wait to get this bad boy on :sawzall:
     
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    Got a mid-height bed rack on a couple weeks ago.
    It's made by @Caliraisedled, look for it available on their site soon :thumbsup:20190926_141250.jpg 20190926_141307.jpg 20190926_141326.jpg
    It's a super solid rack, and a prime spot for an RTT :wink:
    In the meantime I threw an ARB awning and Smittybilt shovel/axe mount:
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