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TrooperDC4x4's 2017 Build

Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2014+)' started by TrooperDC4x4, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Mar 16, 2019 at 9:08 PM
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    TrooperDC4x4

    TrooperDC4x4 [OP] New Member

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    Back in '95 I bought my first Toyota, a '95.5 Gen 1 Tacoma RC 4 cylinder 4x4. When I first saw the Tacoma I knew it was the truck for me. It was a nice starter truck but I outgrew it pretty fast, so I traded it in for a new Tacoma extra cab V6 4x4 in '98. That truck lasted me until '07 When my wife and I had our first child and needed something with more room. So as payment for helping build my house I gave that truck to my dad. He is still driving it today with 240K miles on it.
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    That was when the new full size Tundra appeared on the seen and once again I new the truck I wanted. The test drive sold me, the 5.7L was a beast. So I bought a new '07 SR5 DC 4x4 with the new 5.7L engine.
    That was a great truck for 11 years, until last November, someone made a left hand turn in front of me going the opposite direction on a highway with a 50 MPH speed limit. The truck was totaled, 104K miles and still ran great.
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    That lead me here and to my 2017 BBP TRD Off Road 4x4 DC. Hopefully this Toyota will last as long as my previous two and this forum doesn't cost me to much in mods.
    As Purchased with 12,400 miles on the Odometer.
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  2. Mar 17, 2019 at 8:34 AM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    As seen in the pics above I had a full lumber rack on my previous truck. Being in construction, home projects and hauling a canoe around make one a necessity. However, I didn't want one as big this time around so I came up with a different plan. I bought this rack that has a top bar that can be removed when not needed so it just appears as a headache rack. It has a similar setup that goes across the back of the bed.
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    The problem was the 45* braces. with them my toolbox took up half the bed. So I cut them off and welded on some smaller ones that gave more room.
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    For attachment I welded on a couple tabs that allowed me bolt the rack to the factory bed struts.
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    Finished rack, now I don't have to have a heavy rack that is a pain to remove when I don't want it on the truck.
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  3. Mar 18, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    I am not a big fan of the chrome nerf bar steps that came on the truck but my boys like them to get in and out. I figured I'll live with them for now so I took them off, sanded them then used spray can bedliner to paint. They look a little better now.

    Also used Plasti-Dip to paint the emblems, chrome reduction has begun.
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  4. Mar 18, 2019 at 10:12 AM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    This was the truck as I bought it.
    Chrome SR5 grill and surround.
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    I thought about which direction to head with the chrome removal. One option was just to Plasti-Dip the grille and keep the chrome surround as I have seen several others that way and it doesn't look bad but I really like the pro grill. So I ended up going the pro grill route. Initially my plan was to install the pro grille in the chrome surround with plans to color match down the road. However once I received the grill and held it up to the truck I just decided to leave it black and keep the chrome hood bulge and bumper end caps for a while. This is an Ebay knockoff but the fit is good. I went with the gloss black version as it matches the black in the TRD wheels.
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  5. Mar 24, 2019 at 6:26 PM
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    Finally got my lift on. Had an unexpected full day Yesterday so I dove in. It was a full days work doing it by myself but I got it done.
    My lift is the Fat Bob's Garage Bilstein 5100 coil over kit for the front and shackles from Amazon with 5100's for the rear.
    https://4x4.fatbobsgarage.com/toyot...lovers-w-bilstein-5100s-2007-2018-p33926.aspx
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I7JZ8W...olid=2VMDE4NZ8FFRZ&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    The shackles are adjustable from 1"/1.5"/2" and are individual pieces similar to the OEM. I welded a brace across them for some support and used the factory bolts for installation.


    Started on the front, I use this video as for my direction:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH7FQUjmu20
    It's been posted by some others, good video.
    Disassembly was straight forward, a bit off a struggle to get the 5100's in place by myself but I managed.
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    Rear Shackles
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    Last edited: Mar 24, 2019
  6. Mar 24, 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    Still have a little adjusting to do on the front then alignment. Took it for a test drive and all seemed good. Good ride quality and less bed bounce.
    Pics, front set at 2.5", rear at 1.5"

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  7. Mar 25, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    Well After some adjustments the front is sitting just over 2-5/8". Hopefully it will settle in and align ok without aftermarket UCA's.
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  8. Apr 28, 2019 at 9:13 PM
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    Installed Tacoma TRD shift knob from 40% off sale and TRD shift boot. Thinking about doing the leather steering wheel wrap with red stitching.
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  9. Apr 28, 2019 at 9:19 PM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    Also got my skid plate installed. Pretty easy install. huge improvement over factory sheet metal cover.
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  10. Apr 29, 2019 at 4:15 AM
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    Looking good man. Is there a specific reason you went with the double cab and not the crewmax, or was it just because of avaliability?
     
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  11. Apr 29, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    To be honest with you I am not a fan of the CM because of the short bed,I need the extra bed space the DC provides. Don't take that the wrong way, lots of nice CM trucks here, just doesn't work for me. This is my second DC, bought a new one in '07 that was totaled in November as seen above. Replaced with my current '17 in December. I also really like the proportions of the DC.
     
  12. Apr 29, 2019 at 10:47 AM
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    Yeah, that makes sense. I guess I just never really see people go for the DC, so I was wondering your specific reason.
     
  13. Aug 23, 2019 at 1:41 PM
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    Finally got some new shoes.
    Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT 275/70-18.
    Huge difference from the factory 275/65's. Ride is nice, pretty quiet on the highway.
    Just picked up some Spidertrax spacers also, try to put them on this weekend.
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  14. Sep 25, 2019 at 9:20 AM
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    Recently picked up some new wheels for the Tundra. I was going to go with the FN FX Pro wheels as I really like them, they look good on @Voyagermike 's truck. After looking at cost I ended up finding something less expensive that I like and haven't seen on any other Tundra's. Pretty happy with the look. From Granite Alloy, hub centric 18x9, +25 offset.
    Next up is to get rid off the nerf bars and replace with something nicer.
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  15. Sep 25, 2019 at 9:30 AM
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    Solid choice. Wheels look nice man!:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  16. Nov 4, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    It's been a while since I posted anything so here's an update.
    Installed leaf spring poly bushings for a smoother ride, they definitely help, should have done it when I installed the lift.
    Also replaced the factory step bars with some from Tyger auto that I saw @jeremyd has. Very nice steps for the price.
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  17. Feb 1, 2020 at 7:15 PM
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    TrooperDC4x4

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    Here's a $30 mudflap mod if anyone is interested. My factory mudflaps have not been cutting it since I got my +25 offset wheels and Cooper AT3's. I was thinking about buying the Rockblokz mudflaps but they are a bit pricey and I like to fabricate things if I can.
    I ordered these truck mud flaps from Amazon. They are 3/16" polymer material(not Rubber) similar to factory material but thicker. Very easy to work with. Cut nicely with a jig saw and a little sanding of the cut edge finish them off. They turned out pretty good. Easy mod if you want to spend a couple hours in the garage.
    https://www.amazon.com/Buyers-Polym...d=1580610205&sprefix=truck+mud,aps,248&sr=8-1

    Come in a pair of 24x30 flaps, plenty to make all 4 corners.
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    Made patterns from cardboard using the factory flaps. I made them about the same size as factory but an 1-1/2" wider to cover the +25 offset of the wheels/tires. There is plenty off material to make them taller if you want. You can see all the mud flung up past the factory flaps.

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    Rear
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    Front. I made a 1-1/2" spacer for the inner most bolt. Had to get a longer screw for this location.
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    Front, much better coverage now.
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    Rear, should stop the mud hitting the bumper.
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    This is an easy mod for $30 and a little time on a weekend. I did not cut around the body mount on the front and still have plenty of clearance at 2.5" lift and 275/70-18 tires. I should clear a 285/70 if I go that route next time around for tires.
     

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