I have recently purchased a 2001 Tacoma SR5 5spd 2wd and sold my old 94 T100 as gas was too much and I can get down most forest roads I need to with 2wd and chains for snow. Giving up 4wd was a big decision however 27mpg's on trips is pretty nice.
-My main goal is to set up a daily driver with a hard shell camper and platform that I can take off with for the weekend and still drive around town. I recently found a nice A.R.E DCU cap that I bought for it the utility style with side doors and barn doors on the rear. I was able to sell the fiberglass model it came with and finance the ARE shell and sleeping platform. Now I would like to add a window to the passenger side and sand it down and paint it a textured tan color.
-I need some help on suspension upgrades as my trip to Humbolt a couple weeks ago was a little rough going on the twisty roads. We made it just fine out to the lost coast (Sinkyone) down some washed out dirt roads but I think new shocks are needed. I was not sure if anyone could suggest something not too expensive that will give me a more firm ride? I was thinking four OME shocks? Not sure I want a true lift or anything just a nice long lasting solid suspension upgrade?
-Next my question is in regards to insulating my utility shell. It has no carpet and is all aluminum. I was thinking of cutting pieces of foam to size (a little big so they will fit really tight) and sticking them in between the aluminum framing of my shell. Once that was complete I was not sure if I could put carpet over it as it would be one nice large smooth surface or if I should put some sort of plastic over the foam and then carpet it? For this I was planning on using rivets to attach the carpet to the frame of the shell. I also was thinking of filling the frame tubing with great stuff spray foam to help with condensation?
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