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    tools Casey's Better Late than Never Build Log

    Figure it's probably time to summarize everything in one place so I've got somewhere to go looking for it.

    On January 5, 2009, I finally got to purchase my first truck (of my own - rather than a company provided vehicle). After 10 years of driving 2WD Chevy trucks, and having spent nearly two weeks snowed in during Christmas '08, I found a used 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab for sale about half-way across the state for a very reasonable price. With about 13,000 miles on it, the dealer had taken it on a trade and had no idea what they were had (it was a Ford dealer, and I don't think they even bothered to research past the "SR5" logo and the mileage).

    The original sticker price would've been something in this ballpark.


    The truck as it looked when I picked it up:










    In the coming weeks, I plan to catch up with adding the information on the different mods I did up until the time I went MIA from here, and then also pick up with new mods that I've done since then.
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    Default First MOD - Anytime Rear View Camera

    Having had the truck roughly two weeks, I was bitten pretty hard by the MOD bug. My first foray into tweaking the truck was to install a switch for the Anytime Rear View Camera.

    The thread with the details:
    Anytime Rear View Camera write-up

    The finished product:
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    Default MOD 2: ProClip Phone Holder

    Only a few days later, my ProClip phone holder arrived in the mail:

    ProClip Device Mount



    NOTE - I'm on about my fourth phone since the original install of this. I've kept the base mount the same, and am currently using an iBolt xProDock (for my Samsung Phablet Note 3) and an iBolt AMPS Adapter Plate to mount it to the ProClip base. I'll have to get an updated photo when I detail the mods I've done for that particular setup.

    iBolt xProDock w/ combo USB/Aux Cable
    iBolt AMPS Adapter Plate
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    Default Re: Casey's Better Late than Never Build Log

    Dude awesome!
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    Default MOD 3 & 4: Wet Okole Seat Covers, Folding Rear DC Seat

    After making the first two changes, I had to lay low a little while nursing the newly added truck payment while I trolled the forums looking for some good seat covers. I finally came across a group buy on some Wet Okole neoprene covers, and put those in the truck in late March 2009.

    Wet Okole Seat Covers





    Going back, I'd avoid the "piping" on the front seats - the piping along the side of the driver seat wore pretty quick from me getting in and out of the truck. Otherwise, they've held up great over the past 5 years (other than I really should wash them one of these days).

    I took the seats out of my truck to do the install on the WO covers, so while I had the rear pulled, I also did the Folding Rear Seat mod.

    DoubleCab Folding Rear Seat Mod

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    Default MOD 5: Gaugeplates Grill Badge (RIJohn Grill Emblem)

    Early April 2009 brought one of these in the mail:

    Gaugeplates.com 2007-13 Tundra Grill Emblem/

    Of course, mine was a full-on custom worked out between myself and RIJohn, who was the owner of the company (and does some awesome work).





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    Default MOD 6: Auto-On Headlights

    About a week later, some more parts showed up...

    Auto-On Headlights

    This feature was something that just bugged me not being available in my fancy Toyota when my very basic Chevy work trucks had all had it for years. But once I discovered that it was available in the upper trim levels, I was not to be stopped from adding it myself.

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    Default Mod 7: Some Color Matching

    Mid April 2009 - suffering from MOD FEVER like a fool. Picked up a can of color-matched paint from a local supplier along with some primer and gloss, and went to work on the tailgate handle, foglight surrounds, and "unibrow."









    I desperately need to get non-chrome bumpers and a black grill surround.

    Some "in progress" photos:









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    Default MOD 8: Debage

    Another week, another mod. This time..."we don't need no steenking badges!"







    Also note that some chrome door handles appeared between MOD 6 and MOD 7...but they didn't last very long, so I'm not going to count them.
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    Default MOD 8.5: TRD Debadge

    It took about two days, and I decided I needed to remove the slight aerodynamic impedance I was noticing from the leading edge of the TRD stickers on both rear quarter panels.



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    Default MOD 9: G-TEK Door Sill Protectors

    Won these in an IBTOHQ Raffle...back before this place became the TundraGeeks. And I must say these are awesome. I'll put a set in any truck I ever own moving forward (provided Greg's still making them when I get to that point).

    Get yours here (and see lots of examples of installs)
    G-TEK Door Sill Protectors

    And here's how they look darn near 5 years later!

    Driver's door

    Yeah - I could stand to touch that one up. Maybe when I replace my floor mats (I've worn a hole through the driver's one where my heel always rests)...

    The rest


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    Default MOD 10: SwingCase Rear Toolbox

    Purchase Revtek's REV7506 lift kit and get a 4WP Promotional Gift Card for up to $180
    In May, I added a SwingCase Rear Toolbox.







    I liked it well enough, but ultimately sold it a few months later to go a different route for managing my storage.
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