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subzali 06-16-2009 07:36 PM

Tundra Mods
 
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So I've been thinking...

:D

I've got this great new truck. Though it won't see heavy wheeling (at least until the SAS and the 6" lift ;)), I would like it to be a capable machine. I'm planning an ARB front bumper for at least three reasons: 1) protection from deer; 2) I can put a winch for emergency snow recovery etc. on it - FEAT style you know; and 3) because it's cool :D

and since the guys over at tundrasolutions.com seem to be more concerned about whether they can fit an 18", 20" or 26" :eek: wheel under the thing, I'm wondering if there are any "real" mods I can do to make it mo' betta.

I'm hoping to get an Eaton LSD sometime in the future, plus the Flippac and a drawer system in the bed, but today I was wondering about the interior.

I only have one switch blank (1st picture), but there's a large space above the tranny hump (2nd pic) that begs some sort of fabricated center console to hold stuff. And then there's the garage door opener holder (3rd pic), which I've seen guys use for a removable Ham radio faceplate.

I don't know what I'm thinking, but it looks like I have options :cool:

corsair23 06-16-2009 11:32 PM

Dude...what were you saying?

I got lost once I saw all that bling wood :D

subzali 06-16-2009 11:50 PM

oh yeah and I was going to replace the fake wood trim with custom carved maple or something - would give me an excuse to start building up a woodshop :D

Boulder Cruiser 06-17-2009 12:10 AM

Not sure if you have cubby holes in the bed but you could add lights to the bed. This is some of the stuff i did to my tacoma when i had it.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...ser/Tacoma.jpg

You could put a scan gauge up in the sunglass holder...
Mount a Rtt over the bed like this...
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...r/S6301726.jpg

Bikeman 06-17-2009 09:31 AM

My bro-in-law has an '03 Tundra, and the best mods he did for wheeling so far, which I have witnessed and rode in, have been an ARB bumper, Aussie Winch, Sway-Away coilovers adjusted to 2", and Bilstein 5100 shocks out back. He also moved all breathers to the highest point in the engine bay. Before he did the front coilovers, his ARB bumper/winch combo almost lowered the suspension 1.5", so plan on heavier rate coilovers up front.

I would forget any type of limited slips. All they do is still let just one wheel spin! I have had several, and seen several do nothing positive for traction, plus they act bad in the snow and ice. To me, there is no other option than a selectable locker.

nakman 06-17-2009 09:51 AM

You know I'm inclined to agree with Mike on the locker... you'll be able to get that truck pretty far with some good line selection and power braking. If you really do add a winch there's your savior if you get too far. And you want to be all the way open on snowy roads, IMO, especially with a light back end.

Have you considered a more tube-style bumper a la Allpro that gives you almost the same protection at half the weight? I don't know if anyone produces one for a Tundra but you certainly know people who can bend & weld... something like this http://www.allprooffroad.com/9504tac...04frontbumpers

Squishy! 06-17-2009 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by nakman (Post 110051)
Have you considered a more tube-style bumper a la Allpro that gives you almost the same protection at half the weight?

I agree. Those ARB bumpers add a TON of weight. I can't even pick a Tundra one up by myself. Try to research something.

subzali 06-17-2009 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by nakman (Post 110051)
You know I'm inclined to agree with Mike on the locker... you'll be able to get that truck pretty far with some good line selection and power braking. If you really do add a winch there's your savior if you get too far. And you want to be all the way open on snowy roads, IMO, especially with a light back end.

Some of the Tundras came with a Limited Slip from the factory, so that's why I thought it would be a good idea. I'm not sure what all is available for the Tundra, but I do know Limited Slip is available. If a Toyota-style electric rear locker is available, I might consider it and I could use the switch blank on my dash. Of course I'd have to budget the install and have someone professionally do it...

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Originally Posted by nakman (Post 110051)
Have you considered a more tube-style bumper a la Allpro that gives you almost the same protection at half the weight? I don't know if anyone produces one for a Tundra but you certainly know people who can bend & weld... something like this http://www.allprooffroad.com/9504tac...04frontbumpers

You know personally I've never really cared for that style of bumper. I know it works fine but to me that's more a rock-buggy look than a DD/weekend wheeler look. Just not my style. It's good to know about the extra weight, I guess I'm used to the 80 where you can put that much weight on the front and not really notice a difference. I'll have to take that into consideration, see if I'll have to add some heavier duty front suspension components...

Have to remember though, the 1st gen Tundra ARB is only available in a Sahara Bar - it's not like the Deluxe Bar that's available for the current gen Tundras, or even the one available for the 80 series.

Squishy! 06-17-2009 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by corsair23 (Post 110031)
I got lost once I saw all that bling wood :D

The Ammo box on the floor makes him gangsta...:cool::D

treerootCO 06-17-2009 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Squishy! (Post 110061)
The Ammo box on the floor makes him gangsta...:cool::D

Murdered out!!


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