CowboyTaco's 2011 DCSB TRD Sport

CowboyTaco

Well-Known Member
Well, everyone else has a build thread for their Taco. So why not be like everyone else?

Since the Tacoma doesn't have lockers, I was kind of secretly building my wife's 2014 4Runner TEP into my next vehicle. I figured it was a better platform being a Trail Edition and it was the vehicle we took when the two of us would go camp before we had kids. Due to some life changes, the 4Runner is no longer in the picture.

Enough about the 4Runner, onto the Tacoma!

We moved to Texas in May of 2010. At the time, I drove a 2006 Infiniti G35 that was a source of constant problems. Later that year, and without having full time employment, I traded the G35 in for a brand new 2011 Toyota Tacoma. Having already purchased a pair of boots, going from a sports car to a truck nearly completed my becoming a Texan. Thus, the nickname "Cowboy" was given to the truck.

So, some basics. Most current photo:
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Originally purchased from Toyota of Dallas with 5 miles on the odometer. New (and old) together.






Suspension:
Front: Ironman 4x4 2" lift - sold to @UTTaco34
Toytec BOSS Coilovers with HD springs
BDS UCAs
Rear: TSB 4 Leaf pack with Toytec 1.5" AAL - replaced when OEM leaf pack failed
Toytec BOSS shocks and Dakar springs w/ D29XL AAL
Wheelers 3 degree axle shim (WOR-3DSA-KIT)

Armor:
MetalMiller IFS skid
AllPro Offroad IFS skid
AllPro Offroad Transmission skid

Relentless Fabrication rock sliders
ARB Deluxe Bull Bar front bumper
SOS IFS and Transmission skid in Aluminum

Wheels and tires:
FJ Cruiser Trail Team wheels
265/70/17 General Grabber AT2 tires
255/75/17 Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires
Matching wheel and tire spare

Lights:
Osram headlight bulbs
ARB Fog Light kit
Ridgid Industries driving lights mounted to ARB bumper
Liberty LED Pods mounted to Rago Fabrication ditch light brackets

Interior:
Weathertech floor liners
Wet Okole front seat covers

Stereo:
Kenwood double-din DVD player
Kenwood KAC-314 600W amp powering door speakers
JBL 6x9" front speakers (GX9638)
JBL 6.5" components (GX608C)
JBL 6.5" rear speakers

Comms:
Midland CB with NOAA channels
3' Firestick antenna or 4' Generic/No name fiberglass antenna
Handheld Baofeng HAM radio

Misc:
Weathertech in-channel window visors
Diff breather mod
DTRL kill switch
Sound deadening mat (Shok Industries, Noico and Siless) on rear cab wall, floor and in all doors
Noico closed cell foam
ECGS bushing to replace front diff needle bearing
ARE Camper Top with Yakima roof rack
12volt.solutions plug and play remote start
Fumoto valve

Fluids:
Engine: 5w-20 or 5w-30 Mobil 1 Full Synthetic changed every 5k miles
Front and Rear diff, and transfer case: Lucas 80w-90 changed every 30k miles

To be installed:
Front camera
SOS Xfer Skid
 

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CowboyTaco

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Reserved for maintenance log.

I'll go backward as best I can, but mostly from this day forward.


5/14/2011 - 7,701: Relentless Fabrication Sliders Installed by Creative Style Performance
1/27/2012 - 20,013: TSB Leaf Pack installed by dealer
4/11/2012 - mi?: Installed MetalMiller front skid
2/9/2013 - 35k: reached 35k miles.
11/30/2013 - Ironman lift ordered
12/18/2013 -mi?: AllPro IFS skid ordered
1/13/2014 - ~53k: Ironman 4x4 2" lift installed with Toytec 1.5" AAL (@tex assisted)
1/14/2014 - mi?: Swaybar relocate bracket installed
2/8/2014 - ~55k: General Grabber AT2 installed (first tire replacement)
7/25/2014 - mi?: Battery replaced with OEM battery
1/15/2014 - mi?: Diff breather relocate
2/27/2015 - mi?: Installed Dakar CS047R rear leaf pack and Toytec U-bolt Flip kit
3/28/2015 - mi?: Installed Wet Okole front seat covers
4/30/2015 - 75k: reached 75k miles
12/6/2015 - mi?: Installed ARB 3423140 Front Deluxe Bull Bar Winch Mount Bumper with help from @tex
3/20/2016 - mi?: Installed Shok Industries sound deadening mat on rear cab wall
9-6-2016 - 100k: reached 100k miles
11/11/2016 - mi?: Installed Rago Ditch Brackets and Liberty LED Pods (Flood pattern)
2/5/2017 - mi?: Installed new AEM 28-20281 Dryflow Air Filter
2/22/2017 - mi?: OEM Head Unit replaced with Kenwood DDX to include steering wheel adapter
3/15/2017 - mi?: Installed new OSRAM Night Breaker Unlimited H4 headlight bulbs
7/15/2017 - 110.245 : Transmission Fluid Flushed by Toyota
9/5/2017 - 113,079: General Grabber AT2 installed
9/27/2017 - mi?: Extended rear brake lines installed (Purchased from @Large)
12/15/2017 - ~110k: Ironman 4x4 front suspension and rear shocks replaced with Toytec BOSS
Date unknown - 115k: OEM rotors were turned by O'Reilly's Automotive and new Duralast pads were purchased
2/4/2018 - 120k: front rotors replaced. Duralast pads returned under warranty and replaced with Duralast Max pads.
10/8/2018 - 124k: Dorman Wheel Bearing/Hub complete assembly (part# 950-001) swapped onto front passenger side.
10/26/2018 - 127k: new Duralast LCA (522-719 and 522-720) replaced
3/3/2019 - 137,395mi: reinstalled the OEM headlight bulbs. The Osram Night Breakers failed.
Cleaned MAF sensor.​
Installed o-rings around the bolt for this sensor (Tap Tap Tap - Away! - Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum)​
Fixed a rattle/rumble caused by the air intake housing contacting the metal where it passes through to the fender.​
3/16/2019 - 137,903 mi: Installed ECGS Bushing
Replaced driver side axle seal (OEM) purchased from ECGS​
Replaced driver side wheel bearing hub assembly​
Installed ARE Camper top w/ Yakima rails​
5/5/2019 - 140,052 mi: Changed oil (Mobil1 5w-30) and filter (OEM) and rotated tires.
5/15/2019 - mi?: Battery replaced with Duracell Group 34
5/20/2019 - 140,571 mi: Replaced right side CV with Cardone HD CV Axle
6/22/2019 - 142,193 mi: Replaced Duralast/Dorman LCA with replacement under warranty. Aligned at Firestone.
7/5/2019 - 142,770 mi: Replaced lift supports for the camper top.
7/11/2019 - 143,369 mi: Replaced center support bearing and u-joints with OEM Spicer parts.
8/21/2019 - mi?: Tires rotated and balanced at Discount Tire.
8/22/2019 - mi?: Alignment done at Firestone.
8/29/2019 - 144,973 mi: Changed oil (Mobil1 5w-30) and filter (OEM).
10/11/2019 - 147,372 mi: Changed rear diff oil (Lucas 80W-90) and replaced OEM radiator support bushings with Energy Suspension (9.4101G)
12/1/2019 - 150,301 mi: Rotated tires and replaced driver side fog light.
12/9/2019 - 150,583 mi: Changed front diff and transfer case oil (Lucas 80W-90) and changed spark plugs (DENSO K20HR-U11)
1/19/2020 - 151,727 mi: Replaced Duralast rotors and Duralast Max pads under AutoZone warranty.
2/13/2020 - 152,706 mi: Serpentine belt replaced with OEM belt.
2/18/2020 - 153,331 mi: Windshield replaced with FYG glass.
4/6/2020 - mi?: AllPro Offroad transmission skid installed.
5/13/2020 - ~154,700 mi: Added 4 oz Seafoam to oil.
unknown date - mi?: 155k oil change.
8/11/2020 - mi?: Sold AllPro IFS and Trans skid.
8/31/2020 - mi?: Seafoam spray in the intake
date ? / mi?: 160k oil change
1/2/2021 / ~162k mi: Installed JBL GX9638 6x9" door speakers, Siless sound deadening mat and Noico closed cell foam in front doors.
1/12/2021 / 162.075 mi: Installed 12volt.solutions Remote Start system
2/20/2021 / 162,381: Yokohama Geolandar AT G015 tires installed
5/26/2021 / 164,888mi: Fumoto valve installed. Oil changed w/ Mobil1 Syn 10w-30 high mileage and OEM filter
6/14/2021 / 165,468mi: 5 tire rotation. Painted "No TPMS" on the inside of the rim that was the spare.
7/15/2021 / 166,241mi: Replaced A/C resistor and harness.
8/7/2021 / 166,900mi: Replaced both LCA with OEM. Replaced both sway bar end-links with Napa Proformer series. Replaced passenger side CV axle with rebooted OEM axle. Alignment performed at Firestone.
8/12/2021 / 166,928 mi: Replaced electrical harness that connects to HVAC blower motor. Also replaced in-cabin air filter.
10/3/2021/ 167,999 mi: Replaced clock spring with OEM part
10/16/2021 / 168,199 mi: Installed new BDS Upper Control Arms
10/18/2021 / 168,210 mi: Alignment at Firestone
11/30/2021 / 168,740 mi: New Duracell 24F AGM battery
12/18/2021 / 168,874 mi: Warn VR Evo 10-s winch and Aluminum SOS transmission skid installed.
12/22/2021 / 168,874 mi: Installed D29XL AAL into Dakar leaf pack, removed surface rust and painted other leafs with EZ Slide. Installed Wheeler's 3 degree axle shims and new U-bolts.
Unknown date / ~170k mi: Tire rotation, Oil change: Mobil 1 full syn and Toyota filter
9/23/2022 & 10/3/2022 / 172,721 mi: Installed JBL GX608C 6.5" component speakers
10/11/2022 / 172,875 mi: 20% Ceramic tint installed on driver door.
 
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tex

That's Mr Asshole to you
I dont see anything about lockers, solid axle, or 35s in the future plans. SMH
 

Oswego

n00b
I dont see anything about lockers, solid axle, or 35s in the future plans. SMH

his truck moves so he has me beat by a mile lol
 

CowboyTaco

Well-Known Member
I dont see anything about lockers, solid axle, or 35s in the future plans. SMH

Doubtful that I will ever SAS it. I'd rather spend that money on purchasing something that already has a solid axle.

35s also doubtful. I am, however, considering the CMC and fitting 285/70/17s on it. I once told myself that I would never go 285/70/17 because of the CMC and all the TW Toolbags were all about it at the time. I always want function and never to do something just because "it's cool" or "people on the internet are doing it." However, I've lately been thinking that I need a little more height and tires is the logical way to accomplish that. The 265s just look small for the 2.5" lift. I'm also thinking that @Oswego 's UCAs will have to go on about that same time.

Lockers are a dream. We'll see what the future holds for me financially. If I get to keep this truck for the long haul, I just might be able to make that happen; but I'll need a 3rd vehicle to drive while the install happens and for other reasons.
 

Anathollo

Armorall is my choice of lube
Staff member
Doubtful that I will ever SAS it. I'd rather spend that money on purchasing something that already has a solid axle.

35s also doubtful. I am, however, considering the CMC and fitting 285/70/17s on it. I once told myself that I would never go 285/70/17 because of the CMC and all the TW Toolbags were all about it at the time. I always want function and never to do something just because "it's cool" or "people on the internet are doing it." However, I've lately been thinking that I need a little more height and tires is the logical way to accomplish that. The 265s just look small for the 2.5" lift. I'm also thinking that @Oswego 's UCAs will have to go on about that same time.

Lockers are a dream. We'll see what the future holds for me financially. If I get to keep this truck for the long haul, I just might be able to make that happen; but I'll need a 3rd vehicle to drive while the install happens and for other reasons.
Screw those tards. 285/70/17 isa great tire size. Lets you float over sand and mud easily. Also it corrects your speedometer to the right speed as well in the 2nd gens (not sure if your 2011 is the same).
 

Silverback

Lima Gulf Bravo Foxtrot Juliet Bravo
285/75/17
 

Silverback

Lima Gulf Bravo Foxtrot Juliet Bravo
Do it!!
 

CowboyTaco

Well-Known Member
One of the Osram headlight bulbs went out over the weekend. I reinstalled the OEM ones that I took out before. They were a decent improvement in visibility over the OEM ones, but I think they should have lasted longer. At just under 2 years, I won't be ordering those again.

I'm just kind of surprised because the OEM ones were Osram too.....Oh well, I'm back to yellow-ish headlights. Doesn't bother me. They still light up the road just fine and match the fog lights.

Also went in to fix a rattle/rumble that was caused by the air intake housing making contact with the metal as it passed through to the fender. Some electrical tape on the metal circle cutout and forced the foam gasket between the housing and the cutout.

I found this article when researching sticking valves. I've had a noise at idle and while accelerating that sounds like my old Isuzu that my dad said had a "sticky valve." (Tap Tap Tap - Away! - Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum) So I installed o-rings around the bolt for the sensor as described in the article. I'm not ready to say that it fixed the issue, but I didn't notice it when I took the family out for lunch. It was also raining pretty hard, so I'm not sure I would have noticed it over all of the other ambient noise.

I went ahead and cleaned the MAF sensor since I already had the engine cover off for the o-ring install. It and my filter were pretty dirty, so the filter will be cleaned soon.
 
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Anathollo

Armorall is my choice of lube
Staff member
One of the Osram headlight bulbs went out over the weekend. I reinstalled the OEM ones that I took out before. They were a decent improvement in visibility over the OEM ones, but I think they should have lasted longer. At just under 2 years, I won't be ordering those again.

I'm just kind of surprised because the OEM ones were Osram too.....Oh well, I'm back to yellow-ish headlights. Doesn't bother me. They still light up the road just fine and match the fog lights.

Also went in to fix a rattle/rumble that was caused by the air intake housing making contact with the metal as it passed through to the fender. Some electrical tape on the metal circle cutout and forced the foam gasket between the housing and the cutout.

I found this article when researching sticking valves. I've had a noise at idle and while accelerating that sounds like my old Isuzu that my dad said had a "sticky valve." (Tap Tap Tap - Away! - Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum) So I installed o-rings around the bolt for the sensor as described in the article. I'm not ready to say that it fixed the issue, but I didn't notice it when I took the family out for lunch. It was also raining pretty hard, so I'm not sure I would have noticed it over all of the other ambient noise.

I went ahead and cleaned the MAF sensor since I already had the engine cover off for the o-ring install. It and my filter were pretty dirty, so the filter will be cleaned soon.
I've used these for years and they've replaced a couple that went out with no questions asked. I've been on my latest pair for a few years now and am still really happy with them. They aren't that expensive when you think about high output replacement bulbs that go out every year just past the replacement warranty + your time to swap them out. Also, this is a reputable LED lighting company and not some fly-by-night rando on ebay selling cheap LED headlights.
I believe your truck takes a 9003 bulb but I'd double check and make sure.
H4 Bulb | 9003 Bulb 70 W H4 Headlight bulb | Led Lights | Led Light Bar Headlights LED | Lifetime Led Lights
 

CowboyTaco

Well-Known Member
I'm going to stick with the OEM ones for now. I also have the RI pods on the bumper that have a low output mode designed for use as driving lights. If I need more light up front while staying street legal I can flip those on.

I'll definitely keep those in mind if/when I do get around to replacing the bulbs again.
 

Oswego

n00b
Ive had the same luck with Osram in the past in my Tacoma, but still use them over Sylvania.

No idea what Subaru uses for OE but I have yet to change a bulb in that car. Nice having 3-4 years between bulb changes lol
 

CowboyTaco

Well-Known Member
I have been using these LEDs in my Tacoma and 4Runner since June 2018 with great results. My sammich maker really likes the light and pattern they put off.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6NZ5QW/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That's a much better price. Can you get a pic of the beam pattern (like up on a garage/wall)? I like the idea of going LED, but I don't like the idea of spreading so much light that it is blinding to anyone not wearing sunglasses at night.
 

Taco Loco

Tired and Lazy, married to ‘The Laundry Fairy’
This is the page in my build that has the info you are looking for. I think you will like them. I do not get any flashes from on coming traffic and my sammich maker really likes them even with her bad night vision.

2001 4Runner build/fix log

Do you have to cut/modify back of the lens housing or gromet for those to fit?
 
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