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Center Console Comfort

TL;DR - I've raised the height of the center console by 1½ inches, and it's much more comfortable to lean on now, since it's the same height as the arm rest on the door. You know how they say it's bad to keep your wallet in your back pocket because it makes you sit crooked and messes up your spine? Well, I haven't kept my wallet in my back pocket for more than 20 years, but I've still messed up my spine by sitting in my Tacoma for so long. The problem is that the arm rest on the door,…

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Replacing My Seats with scheel-mann Vario R

I've been through this before. Not all that long ago really. But the story bears repeating - at least partially - because, eventually, we all need new seats. And now - at long last - I have some! The last few years have seen the number of miles on the Tacoma explode. It took 16 years for me to put the first 60K miles on the truck, and now - almost exactly 5 years later - it's sitting at 205,597! It's been a great ride overall, though I must say, it hasn't been quite so nice for my ass -…

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Replacing My Seats with Corbeau Baja XRS...Or Not

The last few years have seen the number of miles on the Tacoma explode. It took 16 years for me to put the first 60K miles on the truck, and now - almost exactly 5 years later - it's sitting at 188,994! It's been a great ride overall, though I must say, it hasn't been quite so nice for my ass - and more importantly, back - recently. It's the seats, of course. Over time, the foam in them wears out, and while mine are still in fantastically good shape compared to other 21-year-old seats - a fact that I…

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Sound Deadening a 1st Gen Tacoma - Mat & Foam Installation

In the last post, I outlined the Materials and Prep necessary for sound deadening a 1st gen Tacoma. This time, we'll walk through the specifics on how to do the actual deadening. As a reminder, all you really need to do this job are the following: RAAMAudio Package 2 30 sheets of RAAMmat BXT II (56.25 sq ft). 4 1/2 yards Ensolite Foam (62.43 sq ft). 3/8" split loom - you only need about 4' to house the interior door handle rods. A sharpie, utility knife , and scissors to cut the material. A screwdriver with a plastic handle to…

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Sound Deadening a 1st Gen Tacoma - Materials and Prep

While I believe the saying, "They don't make them like they used to," generally does apply to a 1st gen Tacoma, it most definitely does not apply to the sound deadening of these old trucks. Nearly any vehicle you get today will have better sound deadening than a 20-year old truck and after thousands of freeway miles, I decided it was finally time for some peace and quiet in the cab. Or at least, that was the plan. Oh, and while I'm definitely no audiophile, I figured I might as well put in some new speakers while I was at…

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Removing the Dash Trim

December 30, 2017. I've removed my dash trim (at least, the driver side) more times than I'd care to admit, and figured it was time to write up the procedure - because I remember how daunting it was the first time. Removal starts at the bottom-front of the center console, in front the gear-shift, and works it's way up and counter-clockwise to the instrument panel: Center lower cover Climate control faceplate Center panel finish Lower finish panel Ignition bezel and clock Steering column cover Instrument cluster cover Start by removing the plastic center lower cover (which contains the two 12v…

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First Gen Tacoma Headliner Removal

July 23, 2017. I needed to drill a hole in the roof of my truck. Crazy? Yes. Necessary: Yes. Curious why? I covered that here. So. Removing the headliner. I searched and searched for visual instructions on this and didn’t find any, though I did have the FSM info which turned out to be pretty reasonable. …armed with that, I got started. First I removed the passenger seat to get some room to work. Then, the two clips in the rear of the headliner. Next, I tackled the back panel. Tape on the end of my screwdriver really helped here.…

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