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DESERT DAWG'S 2015 TUNDRA 1794 EDITION CREWMAX 4X4 BUILD


Purchased May 2015: Fully loaded including 5.7L I-force V8, Electronic-controlled 4WD with A-TRAC and Limited Slip Differential, Tow, Rear Backup Camera System, Power Moonroof, LED Daytime Running Lights, Perforated Heated/Cooled Leather Seating with Memory, Power Fold Mirrors with Memory, Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column with Memory, Dual Zone Auto Climate Control, Entune JBL Audio with Voice Actuated Navigation and Application Suite including 7-inch High Resolution Screen, Bluetooth, HD/CD/Satellite Radio, 12 Speakers, and Amp.

Factory Options;

Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, 20-inch Chrome Alloy Wheels, Drop-in Bedliner, Brushed Stainless Steel Stepboards, Remote Engine Start, and TRD Dual Exhaust.






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Modifications (Updated 11-18)

• TRD Performance Dual Exhaust
• DAP Custom Tune
• King OEM Performance Series Suspension
- Blue Adjustable Front Coils with 700 LB Springs (adjusted to ~3-inches of lift)
- Rear Extended Length Shocks
- Remote Reservoirs (Front and Rear)
- Front Differential Drop (4x4)
• Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
• Coachbuilder Front Shims (2 per side) for ~0.5-inches additional front lift
• Coachbuilder Billet +3-inch Rear Shackles for rear lift of 1.75-inches above factory
- Billet Carrier Bearing Drop Kit
- Poly Bushing Kit
• ReadyLift 1-inch Rear Block
• Nitto Ridge Grapplers (LT295/65R20)
- 35.1 inches tall x 12.0 inches wide
• TIS 535B Satin-Black Alloy Wheels
- 20x9 with +18MM Offset
• ICI Magnum RT Series Front Bumper with Sensors and Winch Mount
- PTM Sky Silver
• ICI Magnum Skidplate
- PTM Sky Silver
• ICI Magnum Rear Bumper with Sensors
- PTM Sky Silver
• Rigid Industries 20-inch Blue Radiance LED Light Bar (mounted on Magnum front bumper)
• Rigid Industries D2 DOT-Approved Fog Lights (mounted on Magnum front bumper)
• Rigid Industries 30-inch Dual Row LED Light Bar (mounted behind grille)
• Smittybilt Gen2 X20 Wireless 12K Comp Series Winch
- Synthetic Line with Hawse Fairlead
- Cab Remote
- Waterproof
• Factor 55 Blue Prolink Shackle Mount
• Smittybilt Silver Hawse Fairlead
• ESP Powder Coated Aluminum Locking Rear Seat Storage Unit
• Tundra Pro Grille Insert (Paint to Match)
• De-chrome Modifications
- PTM Upper Hood Bulge
- PTM Grille Surround
- PTM TRD PRO Grille
- PTM Door Handles
- PTM Mirror Skull Caps
• A.R.E. Z-Series Topper
- LED Interior Lighting
- Drop-down Front Window
- Finished Headliner and Screened Vent Windows
- Integrated Yakima Tracks5
- PTM Sky Silver Exterior
• Yakima Roof-mounted Rack System
• LINEX Spray-on Bed Liner
• Bed Rug Bed Mat
• Air-on-Board LED Light Bar Switches
• Air-on-Board LED 4-Switch Panel
• VIAIR 400P Portable Air Compressor
• Maxout Chrome Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher
• AMP Research Retractable Power Steps
• AntennaX Black Billet (14-inch)
• Front Window Tint (to match factory rear window tint)
• Falcon Zero F170HD+ Dash Cam with GPS
• Escort 360MAX Radar/Laser Detector
 

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So as soon as I picked up my truck from the dealer, I went online to start ordering the parts I would need to replace the chrome bits and pieces.

For the door handles and mirror skull caps per the above pics, I found pre-painted ones at Sparks Toyota. They shipped very fast and everything was well packaged and arrived with no issues. The part numbers include:

Front & Rear Color Keyed Exterior Door Handle - Color Code--01 1D6 Silver Sky Metallic - 69210-0C030 (4- Handle Assemblies), 69217-0C050-B0 (1- Driver Front Door), 66217-0C060-B0 (3-Handle Covers)
Mirror Caps-Color Code--SLVR1D6 Silver Sky Metallic - 87915-0C060-B0 and 0C040-B0 (Driver and Passenger Side Mirror Covers)

The paintable front bumper end caps came from ToyotaWest.com.

TOYOTA OEM 14-15 Tundra Front Bumper-End Cap Right 521120C908 Item# 161580565891
TOYOTA OEM 14-15 Tundra Front Bumper-End Cap Left 521130C908 Item# 161580565993

Of most importance was getting the TRD PRO grille. I purchased mine from TRDShop.com (SKU 53100-0C260-A0). I went with the white surround since it would be easier to paint match over the black painted surface.



I also ordered a pre-painted factory upper hood bulge from TRDShop.com as well (SKU 76180-0C030-B0) to match the TRD PRO grille that I was going to have painted to match.
 

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I brought the TRD PRO grille and bumper end caps to Ryan Fox at Fox Automotive in Albuquerque. Ryan has a small but very good shop that we have used for my 4Runner and wife's GTI, as well as having seen some of his custom work like his 1970 Bronco and 1969 Cutlass projects among others. Anyway, we decided to keep the Tundra clean looking so I went for an entire PTM in the Silver Sky Metallic but leaving the Toyota lettering in slightly darker hue to stand out just a little.

I did the installation myself, and combined with the tear down of the front end, it took me about 4 hours (mostly because I kept losing connectors and screws...lol). It is not that hard to do except a little disconcerting when popping things out. The front fender liner did not fit back the same since the factory chromed bumper caps had external tabs that screwed into the liner connecting flange while the replacement bumper caps did not have any so I had to come up with something different. But it all worked out.







The color match is actually quite good; the cloudy conditions put off different hues depending on the angles and the bright sun makes it all look pretty clean. I really like how it turned out.
 

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Looking good! Subscribed
Thanks Sostowsk!


stoppit. STOP IT. it's so easy to dismiss stuff that I don't like, but if you keep doing all these mods that I DO like, I don't know if I'll be able to resist copying.

damn you.

well I hope you keep liking my buld then...lol...more to come! :beerchug:
 

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One of my favorite mods is also the ESP Powder Coated Aluminum Locking Rear Seat Storage Unit. I almost didn't buy the Tundra for the lack of usable in-cab storage space especially when I was comparing to the new Fords and Rams that have storage space/cubbies to spare. I just couldn't believe that Toyota could not figure out how to design the rear seats without also providing decent storage space. Since I do a lot of off-roading and trailing, I really wanted to be able to carry gear without resorting to a truck bed tool box. But then I found this sweet gem of engineering online; the ESP Rear Seat Storage Unit is a must have. You get (3) lockable storage bins and it tucks away nicely under the seats.

I forgot to take some pics when installing the unit, but it is quite easy. About the only unsettling part is cutting into your brand new rug and thick floor sound insulation that makes up the hump under the seat. But the supplied template makes it really easy and the hardest part was realigning the seats with the storage box if by yourself. The quality of the unit is excellent. If you want, you can catch the install video here:


One note - before I placed the box into its floor cut outs, I used some Dynamat spray-on sound insulation along the floor pan and there is no noticeable road noise over stock. I also reinserted the cut out carpeting into the bottom of each bin to prevent rattling of gear.









 

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Interested to see the bar installed
Me too...lol. All I could find was a couple of pics from the SEMA protoype and the final product is slightly different as the bars do not extend out as much.

I am also toying with the idea of powder coating the light bar either silver or maybe even a darker hue to match the "Toyota" grille lettering. But the wheels will be black as well as the tonneau cover, so I may leave it black to tie into those components along with the black Rigid LED lights.
 

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How deep is the storage with the lid closed?
I'm also interested in this info. I'm very tempted to get one for myself... as long as I can install the audio stuff and still have room, I'm in. assuming the storage is big enough to justify.

edit: also need infos on the tonneau cover... I'm looking for one of those myself, but I can't seem to find pricing on the one @Desert Dawg ordered. I'm kinda leaning towards the diamondback. i don't really like the way it fits the '14+ truck though.

The two smaller end bins are 10"x11"x3.5" deep while the middle bin is 10"x14"x3.5" deep. For me, the bins are just deep enough for stowing a good tow rope, shackles and other gear, emergency suppiies, and some tools and cargo straps.

baldguy; I sent you a PM on the tonneau cover. I am not sure the storage unit would work well with the audio stuff unless you're planning to install everything behind the unit under the back end of the seat.
 

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Nice job so far... totally on board with de-chroming the rig as much as possible. Also totally agree on your grille choice, that TRD-PRO looks beastly... although I prefer the middle grille portion with the more contrasting black or a similarly darker shade, it still looks sweet in the silver.
Thanks...I thought about painting the C clamps and horizontal bar a darker hue as well to set it off, but really wanted to wait until I had everything on to make sure the truck didn't start looking too busy. But if it needs more pop when I am done, I just might reconsider.
 

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Awesome - subscribed! If I did any of those mods I would totally screw it up. Looking forward to see the progress continue.
Thanks! I have done enough mods myself over the years but some things I let the pros do...especially paint and body work; I still shiver when I think about the bondo repair job I did on my old Camaro...lol. :eek:
 

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Well, finally settled on the wheels.

I was really trying to stay away from another set of Fuel Off-Road wheels since I have had a few sets of those on my past builds, and didn't want anything too common or familiar so was avoiding the usual others selections from Moto Metal, KMC/XD, etc.

At first, I wanted a set of 2Crave Extreme NX-2 black/machined wheels but they are on serious backorder and wouldn't be delivered in time for my new suspension install.

Then I settled on some black Koko Kuture Force wheels as they are not very common (where I live) either, but again on backorder.

So I ended up ordering a set of TIS 535B wheels in 20x9 with +18MM offset to give me a slightly aggressive stance without pushing the tires too far out past the fenders.

The wheels will be married with the new Copper SST PRO MTs in a LT295/60R20 (34.3 inches tall x 11.7 inches wide once mounted) which should be the ideal height for a 3-inch lift.



I am also thinking about custom painting the wheel facing a slighter darker hue of silver while leaving the satin black ring and center caps black. If I do, I will repaint the C-clamp and center bar of the TRD Pro grille same darker hue as well as my Yakima racks to tie it all together. But I will wait to see how it all looks first as the all black wheels will also tie into the all black tonneau cover and black LED light bar setup.
 

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So I ordered my tires through Desert Rat. As mentioned before, I trying to get a set of the new Cooper STT PRO in a LT295/60R20 size as I didn't want a full a 35-inch tall tire but definitely wanted something taller than a 33-inch size.



These tires have great reviews so far. The additional sipping provides decent on-road and wet conditions traction. Since I live in the high desert of New Mexico with lots of mountain driving in northern NM and southern CO where I go trailing and skiing, I also want something that does well in snow as well. The BFG KM2s and Nitto Trail Grapplers I used in the past all looked good and had decent on-road manners, but they got a bit more dicey in snowy or icy conditions.

Based on my last set of Cooper ST MAXXs that I ran on my 4Runner, I have high expectations for these new shoes!

Hopefully I can get them before my suspension install in about 10 days. If not, I may default to the new BFG KO2s.
 
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