1st Gen Taco Build

Suspension Upgrade

1998 Toyota Tacoma Bilstein B8 6112 Suspension Leveling Kit - 47-267558

  • 96-04 Toyota Tacoma
  • 4WD models
  • Front leveling kit
  • Up to 2.8 inchs of lift
  • Kit includes: 2 60mm front shock absorbers
  • 2 coil springs
  • 2 Billet aluminum spring seats
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Brake Upgrade Kit

Based on 2002 Tundra parts selected by me after reviewing number of build threads purchased through RockAuto. I selected the most heavy duty towing rated parts available through Rock. There are complete kits available. Pics have part numbers for those interested in this upgrade.

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I recommend this as the most valuable upgrade a 1 Gen Taco owner should do. Have to upgrade to a 16 or preferably 17 in wheel with enough negative offset to clear the Tundra calipers.
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hard lines and clips from Toyota
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Not shown custom stainless steel braided lines I had custom made. These can also be ordered as a kit which in hindsight I should have done.


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New booster, master cylinder and rear drum cylinders also done.
 
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Project Serrano Pepper V2.0

New headlights

Anzo Black Housing Headlights 1997-2000 Toyota Tacoma
Part Number: 018-121139

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New High Sider Tool Boxes

Passenger Side main plus 2 slide out drawers

This will be the kitchen side.

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Drivers Side

No drawers

Full length doors

This will be camp supplies side.
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Auxillary Fuel Tank 15 gallons

RCI 15-Gallon Aluminum Fuel Cell 30" L x 9" W x 12" H
Part Number: 821-2161A

RCI Aluminum Tank with fuel pickup tube and 0-90 ohm GM style sending unit included with AN style vent and return line welded fittings.

1-1/2 inch fuel filler neck and cap also included.

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Mock up location

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In progress shakedown trips of version 1.0

Based from Del Rio TX 2019 trips through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah

Note some landscape images may be sourced from internet and are placed here with all their copyrights retained.

There are much better photographers out there than me. Lol but I was there to see it.

Del Rio TX Lake Amistad and Seminole Canyon SP.

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Shakedown trip TX to AZ to CO to NM to TX

First night Indian Bread Rocks AZ midnight stop over side entry tent on poor man's slide out
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Velocity Basin above Gladestone
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Remnants of snow slide on road from Silverton to Animas Forks
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Animas Forks on the Alpine Loop at the Engineer Pass junction above Silverton.
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West side of Stony Pass from Silverton to Rio Grande Reservoir.
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Top of Stony Pass. West side is an easy climb. East side gets narrow trees and loose rocks but not to difficult.
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Shakedown Trip 2

Followed the Rio Grande and changing fall colors from Brownsville to the Headwaters at Stony Pass and on to Yellowstone Park and back down through Utah (Moab), Arizona and back to West TX.

This post from Brownsville to El Paso
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Boca Chica Beach wonderful Beach camping. Little dirty compared to North Padre Island NSS but no one to Hassel you. See the Space X site there. Up close it looks like spaceship made in a guys garage.


Lake Casa Blanca State Park camping Laredo

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Fort Davis TX

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Davis Mnt. SP

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Balmorhea SP
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EL Paso Lucchese boot outlet. A must stop.
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New Mexico Leg of the journey.

Auguirre Springs CG and White Sands.

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Elephant Butte Beach Camping
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Owl Cafe Green Chili Cheeseburgers and El Pinto in ABQ.
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borison

Adventurer
What an awesome build. I thought I was the only guy screwing around with aluminum boxes on a Taco... I guess not though.

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What an awesome build. I thought I was the only guy screwing around with aluminum boxes on a Taco... I guess not though.

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Build thread? Looks like a cool setup.
 
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