I've been reading/browsing thru the post here at Expedition Portal, finding really good info/ideas (thanks to tyv12, thedude, JCmathews, Haggis and others) Now a little intro and history..
99 LTD $WD 4Runner, was fully built, sold it as we though we needed something bigger.
04 LX470, nothing major, BF TKos in 315, adjusted AHC system to clear them. Good truck, sold and downgraded.
02 Taco 4WDExtended Cab, good truck, bought it built up as is, and later sold it.
08 Taco 4WD Doublecab, great truck built it up with armor and suspension, got in an accident and insurance totaled it.
Now, the current truck:
2005 Tundra DoubleCab 4WD with all options including NAV and rear DVD Video system, purchased about a year ago with the intent to mod/upgrade, but had to put this mods on backburner. Picked up the Tundra locally, only had 15.5K miles, all records checked out, so we jumped on it.
So... for the build up, my list is simple, but I haven't decided on my final shopping list. The truck will be primarly a daily driver (local commutes) with occasional load a dirtbike weekend, camping and yearly load it up for 1500+ miledrive down South into Mexico. As what's I'm looking to add/build is the following:
Front Suspension: Debating on OME 885 Coilovers or Icon Coilovers. I realize that they are two different animals and so is the price. Will be adding an aftermarket bumper and warn winch, right after tires/suspension, so I'm trying to avoid having to add further spacers or changing out springs down the road.
Rear Suspension: From browsing here and other sites, appears that the ultimate solution maybe a replacement leaf packs from Deaver or Alcans? As I understand, this will provide lift and extra carrying load capacity. In my case, since 90%, I'll have an empty cargo, I suspect that something like "Add a leaf" from Wheelers or equivalent will work?
I see that Icon, Slee and Wheelers have this "Add a leaf" for the 1st Gen. Tundras., can anyone recommend one over the other? Pricing seems be between $150-$200.
Rear shocks: Looking at OMEN182 (application is for 05+ Taco) but appereantly will work.
Does anyone have any feedback/thoughts on this?
Toyo Open Country MT in 28575R16 or 28575R17. I've had Toyo Open Country in 26575R16 on the Taco, loved the look and performance of the tires. I would like to explore and try 28575R17 with a 17" rim of course and see if this will fit. With 2" or so lift, I feel that I may not have the clearance needed for 28575R17s. Can anyone comment on this? I'm gonna see if I can get the local tire shop to order a tire/wheel to test fit (after I get the suspension installed).
Wheels: Looking at Raceline Raptors 16x8, American Racing Ledge AX188 16x8, American Racing Artillery 16x9 or American Racing AX399 which are 17x9.
Front Bumper: I would really.... really..... really.... really... (ok getting carried away) and try and fit ARB LC100 Combo bar on the Tundra. I've seen a few references/post regarding this, but haven't come across someone who's actually taking the challenge. I've done ARB bumper installs in the past, but this is going to involve some fab work, etc... which I don't have the skills/time for., so I need to find a welder/fab shop in the Bay Area/Central Coast that can help me with this. Can anyone recommend someone out in my neck of the woods?
Winch: Got and old Warn HS9500 from my previous truck, so that will go on.
Pictures to come!!