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Thread: 2012 Tundra Build - The Occupational Hazard

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    Default 2012 Tundra Build - The Occupational Hazard

    About ten months ago, I purchased a 2012 regular cab, short bed Tundra. I had owned a 2014 crew cab Frontier for about six months. I spent 12 years employed full time as a medic, but am currently taking a break from that and working as a car salesman with moderate success. I refer to the Tundra as an Occupational Hazard since I wasn't looking for a new truck but bought it semi-impulsively when it came through my store. My monthly payment went up only slightly, I got a better rate on the loan and a lot more truck. The previous owner had installed most of the accessories you currently see on the truck, which is why it was such a good deal. Most of the modifications I was going to do to my previous truck were already done to this one. The truck is 4WD and has the 5.7L engine. My only real complaint about this truck is the lack of a rear LSD or locker, but I may remedy that in the future. Modifications are as follows.

    Current Modifications:

    Done by prior owner:
    Window Tint
    TRD Rock Warrior wheels
    Rigid LED floods in Grill
    N-Fab step bars
    Sprayed in bedliner
    Toolbox
    Ready-Lift Leveling Kit

    Added by me:
    Weather Tech Mats
    Some emblems blacked out, others removed
    Grill and center caps blacked out
    RAM cell phone mount
    Refinished step bars with spray can bedliner and clear coat
    TRD Bilstein shocks
    Falken Wildpeak AT3W Tires

    Future Modifications:
    Cap with built-in toolbox, either fiberglass or preferably aluminum
    Side facing LED floods
    Offroad bumper?
    Auburn Limited Slip rear diff?
    Raptor Liner bumpers and step bars
    Color matched Rock Warrior grill

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    Last edited by ambulancemonkee; 01-02-2018 at 05:36 PM.

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    My previous ride. Hopefully the Tundra will reach or exceed this level of modification.
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    the day I bought it:
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    with the step bars removed for refinishing:
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    I'm pretty satisfied with the light from the Rigid LEDs. I did tidy up the wiring a little bit one evening:
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    Nice truck & excellent start to the thread - I need to do the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by shauniscndn View Post
    Nice truck & excellent start to the thread - I need to do the same
    Thanks. If only I had the money to do everything at once.

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    I hear you there, had my truck almost a year. Tires & a soft topper is my main upgrades lol

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    Most of the stuff I've done was either almost free (paint) or regular maintenance (brakes, gear oil, etc.). This truck was a good deal for me because it already had most of the mods I was going to do initially. So, while I'm paying a bit more monthly, I'm spending a lot less getting it to where I want it to be as far as mods.

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    Anyone want to comment on whether I should black out the rest of chrome (bumpers, maybe wheel trim rings) or leave it as is? I'm leaning toward leaving it as it sits but I'm not convinced either way. I don't like chrome, so I plasti-dipped the grill and rear bumper on the Frontier, but other than emblems, I'm not dealing with plasti-dip again. Any de-chroming I do will be permanent (paint) like the grill surround on the Tundra.

    If I do invest in an offroad bumper for the front, I'll spend the extra 200 bucks and purchase a black painted bumper for the rear.

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    It's so short! I imagine you can actually turn around on a trail in less than 10 points 😀

    Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk

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    I LOVE the rcsb Tundras! Leave the chrome, its fine. Add larger tires.
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