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New Tundra in Colorado

Hey everyone,

I'm Dave. I live in northern colorado now, and after 15 years of an OK relationship with my F150, I finally came to Toyota. I had an F250 diesel, a RAM1500, a ford ranger, another F150, and they all were big disappointments in one way or another. The last straw was when the '04 F150 timing chain tore a piece off the timing chain guide and launched it through the aluminum timing chain cover and oil went everywhere - and I found out it was a common problem. On top of the spark plug thing and the exhaust manifold leak and the noisy cam phasers and the main seal leak - ALL of which were common problems. I decided I should've learned my lesson long ago.

So I've now got a Barcelona Red Limited Double Cab Tundra with a couple thousand miles on it. It didn't take me long to decide I hated the chrome.

So I'm going to have a lot of fun with this truck. This will be taking me and my girl many out-of-the-way places, and in a few years will sign right up to the task of pulling a 6K or 7K lb. travel trailer along with us.


Already have n-Fab steps.

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Method con6 bronze 18x9s with
Nitto 285/70R18 ridge grapplers,
King OEM replacements all around with compression adjusters
BAmuffler (Dirty Deeds) 8" system with resonator
Platinum grille and surround (body-color surround and dark grill - would like the TRD pro but don't want to buy 2 grilles and a different radar emblem to pull it off).

The chrome is going away - black door handles, black side mirror covers, and emblem blackout or removal is in the plans.

Going to go with replacement of chrome bumper ends in rear and body color in front with all black until the day I put off-road bumpers on.

Oh yes and I had a high-end ceramic coat professionally applied first thing - it's great, everything just rinses right off. The day after a rain it's VERY hard to tell the truck isn't freshly washed.

The other major improvement planned is full-cab sound deadening CLD with CCF and MLV sound and thermal insulation over that (just some rigid CCF on the top) to be followed by either OEM+ system installed or some other aftermarket amps & drivers. I'm not after extreme volume, but I do like enough power output and a noise-controlled environment to appreciate music the best.

Exhaust gets here tomorrow, and wheels and tires arrive friday morning at the tire shop. It's going to be a big weekend!
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I don't think I've ever heard of someone so prepared for their first post haha. Everything you're planning sounds awesome, get some pics up when you get a chance.
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Welcome! I hope the Tundra serves you well. Barcelona red is beautiful!

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Well it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 3 months since I posted all that - but I’ve got a lot done - a few pics here, I need to get some more. I’ll put the stock pic in there too just for comparison.

The exterior is done, pretty much - I painted the chrome door handles and didn’t scuff them up enough or something, had problems - so I touched them up and put them on while I paint the black ones I bought the right way. The Tundra door badges and the tail lights are dipped and I’m going to redo them, just playing around here and if I can’t get a real good looking result I’ll spring for the black emblems and some after market tail lamp housings. I did replace all the bulbs in the tail lamps with LED bulbs - super bright off road ones, so they come through the dipped housings real well. King shocks are great but even now the best thing you can do to improve the ride is out 400 or 500 pounds in the bed. Off-road they’re awesome though, but I need to spend more time driving off road and less in the garage and at work!
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