View Full Version : Very slow and mild 04 Tundra DC build!!

01-30-2012, 11:30 PM
After spending numerous hours reading other build threads I dedcided to make one of my own. As the title states it will be a slow and mild build process. I bought an 04 DC tundra may of 2011 and shortly after discovered the world of overland and expedition travel and have been hooked ever since. Keep in mind this is my daily drive and family vehicle so it wont be anything extreme.
To start... The only mod that was on the truck when I got it was a tonneau cover. Shortly after that I found a good deal on a WAAG brushguard on CL. Once I installed the brush guard it was time for it to breathe a little better with help from a magnaflo muffler and Kand N filter. Then came the tires, 32in Tread wright wardens ( BFG all terrain lookalikes) which I highly reccomend. Unfortunatley this is were the slow part begins. I was laid from work so all the build plans and priorties changed. The attached picture is how the truck sat at the time I was laid off.

01-30-2012, 11:40 PM
The next plan was to upgrade to bilstein 5100s. But as usual that changed! I found a good deal on a set of IPF 689 driving lights.


It was time to start saving for the 5100s again until I came across another CL find I couldnt pass up, a leer camper shell. Since I am on such a tight budget I decided to try my hand at painiting it myself.( with the help of a neighbor) Sorry I didnt get any before prep pictures.

Reminder that this is being done in my garage and I have never done body work or paint before!

01-30-2012, 11:50 PM
After many hours of sanding and the help of a friend this is how it turned out.
Its far from show quality but it fits my needs and budget perfectly.
By the way, the Yakima rack came with the camper shell.

This was the day after the shell was painted and installed. Needless to say, it got some pin striping that weekend. As you can see the weather was aweful that weekend and the shell more than paid for itself after one trip.

01-30-2012, 11:50 PM
Nice! I enjoy slow and mild Tundra builds!

01-30-2012, 11:54 PM
Thanks Jim!I have to say our truck has been a big inspiration and motivation for the build.

01-31-2012, 12:09 AM
My neighbors and I can get very competitive. So when one of my neighbors ( same one who helped paint the shell) built a roof rack for his Jeep I figured it was time for me to try some welding and metal fab. After looking at countless homemade racks on this site it was time to get started. First let me reiterate that I by no means clam to know what I am doing so you welders and fab guys out there dont get to critical please! I decided to build it out of 1in emt and somewhat mimic ARBs roof racks.

01-31-2012, 12:11 AM
Test fitting the base of the rack

01-31-2012, 12:23 AM
Attaching the top rail and test fitting again

Final touch ups and paint
Finally mounted

01-31-2012, 12:27 AM
As she sits today.

The next plans are to either build a sleeping platform or rock sliders. After remembering my last offroad trip Im guessing it will be rock sliders.

01-31-2012, 01:10 AM
You did a great job on the basket. Good score on the Topper.

01-31-2012, 02:31 AM
Thanks. The camper shell was the best $200 I have ever spent. The rack turned out pretty good considering that was only the second time I have attempted to weld. I wish I would have put expanded metal on the bottom of it or put a few more cross peices on it. But overall I am happy with it.

01-31-2012, 02:31 AM
Nice Tundybird. My Tundra build goes in fit and starts too. You know, I think thats the first black Double Cab I've ever seen.

01-31-2012, 05:44 AM
Great looking truck. Nice start on the build.

01-31-2012, 07:13 AM
Great looking truck. Nice start on the build.


01-31-2012, 05:38 PM
NicMy Tundra build goes in fit and starts too.

Mine is just going in fits.

Verde Rat
01-31-2012, 06:59 PM
"The next plans are to either build a sleeping platform or rock sliders. After remembering my last offroad trip Im guessing it will be rock sliders.[/QUOTE]

Defiantly go for the rock sliders 1st. Nice job on the rack! How did you mount the rack to the Yakama Tracks?

01-31-2012, 08:53 PM
I made some T shaped brackets and screwed it down to the little sliding pieces that the Yakima towers screw to. It turned out stronger than I thought it would. I was able to stand on it without any bowing or flexing.

02-10-2012, 08:05 PM
So after remodeling our master bedroom and a quick hunting trip I was able to start doing some more work on my truck. Which needs a name by the way, Im open to suggestions. I decided to go ahead and try to build some rock sliders. Keep in my I dont do any real hard core wheeling. I lucked up and got all the steel from a friend of mine for FREE! It is a little small diameter than I wanted but due to the fact that I am still unemployeed and it was free, I can make it work for now. And as I mentioned earlier this is only the second project I have built myself so dont be to critical, especially on my welds. Im still learning and using a very cheap welder.

Here is the progress so far. I hope to be finished by this weekend!


02-15-2012, 11:40 PM
The sliders look good and it's nice to see someone else from the auburn area on here.

02-17-2012, 12:16 PM
Thanks jeepxj13. There are a couple of more guys on here from our area. We should do a meet and greet sometime soon!

02-22-2012, 03:26 PM
OK. Time for a quick update. I havent finished the rock sliders yet but I did add a few cheap mods over the past couple of days.

Prob the best one so far!

My $26 awning. I will see how good it holds up next weekend.

02-22-2012, 04:24 PM
Details on the awning please

02-23-2012, 03:34 PM
I used an old tarp I had an folded over the edges to make a sleeve for the 3/4 pvc pipe to slide into. I used double sided outdoor carpet tape to hold the seams together. Then I used 3/4 90 elbows to connect it all. The upright poles are Coleman tent pole I pickep up at walmart. Im not real sure how the tape will hold up under decent wind. Its just temporary until I can get some sunbrella material and actually sew the seams up. Let me know it you want any other info?

09-07-2012, 03:59 PM
Nice work, any more updates?

- CB

09-07-2012, 06:31 PM
Unfortunatley no more updates as of now. Work and a divorce has taken up most of my time lately. I am going to finish up my sliders by next weekend or at least thats the plain. Once I do I will post more pictures.

09-11-2012, 09:39 PM
Yeah, basket looks good.:)