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Old 01-13-2021, 12:24 PM #1
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My Super White 5th Gen Build Thread

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I've always wanted to do a build thread on a vehicle but I've never purchased something this new and started modding it immediately, so here we go. After doing some dispersed camping last summer I got hooked by the "why don't we always camp/hike out here" bug and started researching 4x4's. I finally settled on a 5th gen T4R and got to work on searching. I typically buy lightly-used vehicles 2-3 years old but the value proposition didn't work on the T4R since they lose so little value over the first 40-50k miles, so we decided to buy new. After working with 4-5 dealerships over the course of a couple of months we were able to secure our low-option 2021 Super White Off Road Premium in early January, and we couldn't be more pleased. The only option from the factory was a sunroof, which I was iffy on, but the price was right so we went with it.

This will be my wife's quasi-DD and our weekend adventure vehicle. We love camping/hiking/skiing and this will be our vehicle to get us back/forth/through all of the stuff we want to see around the PNW. We've got a ton of plans that will come to fruition over the next 2-3 years as we figure out what we want and need out of the truck. I'm looking forward to keep y'all updated as we progress!
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Leaving the dealership:





Getting her first bath, pre-sealant/wax. I'm a bit of a car washing/detail freak so I love doing this kind of stuff.



The first "official" mod was to pull the front and rear valences off for plastidipping. I know that it's not the most permanent solution, but my wife loves the blacked-out look so we're installing OEM Toyota black-out badges and I wanted to do the valences to match. We'll see how durable the plastidip ends up being, but the worst case scenario is just buying the Pro valences online and installing them later. I have to admit that removing the bumper from a ~48 hour old vehicle was crazy, but it came apart painlessly.



The front valence removal was much easier, although reinstalling the clips requires some contorting if you have big hands or long arms.



Spraying the valences outside.



Finished product. I'm not sure I love the texture of the plastidip, but it seems pretty durable and is 100% reversible if I end up hating it.











As for protection, the car got one coat of Jescar Powerlock Plus and 2 coats of Collinite 845 that I allowed to cure overnight. Living in the PNW, she will see lots of rain in the winter and sun in the summer and I want to do everything I can to protect the paint.

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I've always been a WeatherTech guy, but the forums led me to look into Husky as a cheaper, slightly "softer" alternative. I still have WT mats in other cars, and while I prefer they way that they look, they are hard and can be a little slick when wet so I found a great price on the Husky mats via Amazon and was able to get front/rear/cargo mats for the same price as just the front/rear WT's. I also like the fact that the Husky front liners to over the door sill and that the cargo mat covers the entire rear area, including the two bump outs near the door.





I set a new personal best for the least amount of time I've owned a car before swapping tires. The duelers only had 309 miles on them before they were removed in favor of 265/70/17 P-load General ATX courtesy of Discount Tire. I'm usually a Costco tire guy, but they screwed me on my last 2 orders and I've sworn them off. DT was fantastic to work with.

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I flew to Phoenix and in order to purchase a 2018 TRD Offroad Premium WITHOUT a sunroof and then drove it 12oo miles back to Austin. That is how much I did not want a sunroof. Every off road premium in texas had a sunroof.
It seems to me that cutting a hole in the roof of an off road vehicle was just wrong.

I also changed tires as soon as I got back here. I ordered KO2s from tire rack.
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Those Grabbers need some dirt on them.
They've only been on the truck for ~3 hours, I'll get 'em dirty this weekend!

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I flew to Phoenix and in order to purchase a 2018 TRD Offroad Premium WITHOUT a sunroof and then drove it 12oo miles back to Austin. That is how much I did not want a sunroof. Every off road premium in texas had a sunroof.
It seems to me that cutting a hole in the roof of an off road vehicle was just wrong.

I also changed tires as soon as I got back here. I ordered KO2s from tire rack.
I got a good enough price that I wasn't worried about additional cost, but sunroofs and the ~6 months of rain in the PNW don't mix very well. I've had bad luck on past cars and hope that it won't continue here.
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