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I've been using my Tundra as a work truck while building our loghome. Too many long trips in the dark and winter have taken a toll, hit 2 deer and beat it up hauling construction materials and tools. Truck has been a good rig, but it became time to upgrade...then I saw what the newer ones were selling for!

So here I am with a 2007 Tundra double cab with 152K on it, looking for advice on getting this thing back in shape to last another 5-8years.


Mechanically.....
The 5.7 still runs like top, but the VSC, ABS, 4Hi 4Lo lights flash. I have trouble shifting into and out of 4x4 too.

Cosmetically.....
Front bumper and grill are toast. Rear lower portion of the bed is flexed in a bit and bumper is bent a bit. Hood has some dings from PVC pipe unloading itself during a emergency stop.




Well that's what I'm up against and Here's my initial plan:

1. The paint is good overall, except hood damage, so I would like to take out the hood dents and then add a vinyl wrap on the upper portion of the truck.
2. I already bought a ICI magnum front bumper with some LED lights and plan on getting a matching rear bumper.
3. Get the relays or solenoid issues fixed.
4. Add a leveling kit or small 2.5 lift. Looking at toytec 3/1 or BOSS Ultimate lift. I have almost new 275/65/18 and don't plan on getting any new tires for a while. But with the new bumper.... I will add either a winch or possibly a lighter duty snowplow. so might have to upgrade the tires to 285/70/18 or something.

I am looking for suggestions/thoughts and encourage any/all input. I'll post some before, during and after posts as I progress.
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Day 1 was front end demo and recon.

lots of bent or broken metal and plastic removed


Mostly clear, still need to unbolt sheared plastic mounts and saw off a few pieces of twisted metal.


New bumper waiting in the wings.


Also found the pass headlight is damaged, so will get replacement ones for both sides. I think I try to find some aftermarket black housings.

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I wonder if a Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) could help you with the hood damage....
You might want to consider a lift likethe OME 614's with shocks with that bumper as it probably weighs a few pounds.


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Thanks. I'll look at the dent removal, but don't have high hopes. Several of the dents are on factory creases. I'll knock them out as close as I can fill them. Primer sealer, then vinyl over the top.

I'm still struggling with the lift situation. Don't want to get to big or ride sacrificed....but also need to not only look god, but perform well with the heavier bumper.

Thinking about this Toytec Ultimate lift. due to adjustability. The price of the OME lift is tempting, but "how's the ride?".

The struggle is real!

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Bilstein 6112 for the front and just put them on the top setting... half the price of that toytec lift, rides great from all the feedback around here, and gets you 2.5" higher in the front as well.

you might be able to source a clean used hood that'll save you tons of hours on work to get it straight... since color doesn't matter on the vinyl wrap side, that makes it even easier. And if you find it in silver, then maybe no need to spend all that $$ on vinyl wrap.

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Made a little progress tonight. mounted the lights in the bumper and then hung the bumper on the truck. I managed to hang it myself but need a extra hand to line everything up at lock it all down. New headlights, grill parts, rear bumper and taillights ordered. wiring still need figured out too.

still a long way to go, but here's the rough in pictures




It dropped the front end almost an inch from stock, so I'm looking at the Bilstein 5100's or something like that, to bump it up. Want 2.5 increase in the front and maybe 1" in the rear. That should level it out a bit and give me room for some slightly bigger tires.

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A good PDR guy can fix dents where there are factory creases. Read reviews and you will probably find someone that can do it.


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Parts are coming in and I'm finding a few moments to install them. Still waiting on the fender extensions before adjusting the bumper fit.



Magnum rear bumper got here today, so I tossed it on.


looks better than it did 2 weeks ago, but lots to do still.

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