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What would you do with $4k to upgrade an 06 Tundra?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by MIkeatthelake, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Oct 6, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    MIkeatthelake

    MIkeatthelake [OP] New Member

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    2006, V8, 4WD, Club Cab, 85,000 miles and no service history. Already has decent interior, great repaint, decent rubber on rusty old original rims. Bed liner, running boards and window covers already there. Battery box looks pretty rusted, but new battery. I don't do my own work anymore...too old.
    I had $4k left over from my "truck money" when I bought it.

    What would you recommend to get started on what will probably be my last pickup?
    1. Timing belt and water pump replacement?
    2. disc brake replacement on rear drums?
    3. Upgrade disc brakes?
    4. Swap out for new headlights?
     
  2. Oct 6, 2018 at 4:31 PM
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    Professional Hand Model

    Professional Hand Model Fred Brookes

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    You should be able to do all 4 items you listed for less than $4k.

    If brakes still work good currently, then do the timing belt and wp first.
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2018 at 4:37 PM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier Agrees your truck is the second best colour

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    Definitely start with these, in the order you listed:
    Assuming you checked the underside and frame for rust(?), maybe sand and paint it with chassis paint, to keep it good forever. And I'd replace everything with rust, especially the wheels if you think it's not just surface.

    Cool you found a low mileage 1st gen!
     
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  4. Oct 6, 2018 at 4:38 PM
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    Twinky

    Twinky Keep the shinny side up!

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    Kemah, Texas chillin on my ChrisCraft 480
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    Custom speed dent. Saving up for matching driver side speed dent.
    Congrats on finding a nice 06. They got a nice style to them that works just as good now as they did when brand new.
     
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  5. Oct 7, 2018 at 3:00 AM
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    because_v8

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    I'd upgrade the wheels tire and suspension. If any money left over maybe a tool box and a winch bumper
     
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  6. Oct 7, 2018 at 3:21 AM
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    joesTundra

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    shop around for a decent mechanic, or DIY. Toyota are easy to work on. for the work you want saves you about 1200-1500 dollars
     
  7. Oct 8, 2018 at 1:36 PM
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    MIkeatthelake

    MIkeatthelake [OP] New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, as requested. Timing belt and water pump will be first. Have to drive it awhile to see how the tires ride, my old bones don't
    want to get shaken to bad. Had Michelins on my previous first gens. These are not brand I know. Rims look a bit nasty, might do new rims and tires..
    Still conflicted about the disc brake mod to the rear...never had it but was not completely satisfied with my other Tundra's braking with the UTV and trailer. Maybe just
    upgrade the existing brakes.
    My son works on his but I am getting too old to do it anymore and I can spring for the bucks. I have a good wrench just five miles away.
     

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