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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,617 Senior Member
    Pretty cool, Vic. Not as cool as the Funkmobile, but still pretty cool.
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Give Vic some time. You know he will put his "pimp" touch on it!
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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,221 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I refuse to acknowledge this vehicle. At least untill its rollin on 24's and lowered.

    "Lowered"? I believe the correct term is "slammed."

    Y'all be turrible!

    I was serious when I said a while back that Toyota's marketing plan seems to be the same as H-D's, to wit: your rig will never be exactly the way you want it. So far, I've added carpeted floor mats, a carpeted dashboard cover (to prevent cracking, don't you know?), an Escort/Passport iQ combination GPS, radar detector and laser detector that does not electronically reveal its presence to radar detector detectors or laser detector detectors (Take that,Commonwealth of Virginia, you fascist bastards!), am actively in the process of acquiring the necessary parts to add "Blinder" (brand name) laser jammers to the iQ's already considerable talents, and I've just added bi-xenon HIDs, which are awesome.

    My "rationale" [and I can rationalize almost anything if I get horny enough] is that I'll be taking a cross-country trip to CA and back starting after New Year's and will be doing a lot of Interstate hwy travel, where such traps are said to be thick as thieves (which, IMO, is exactly what they are), but the truth is that I just love playing with those toys. I've also added a shade band strip along the top of both front windows in lieu of plastic VentVisor inserts, as the latter are said to crack, and to mess up the power window "brains" for the front doors, etc. Of course, I buy all this stuff on ebay and amazon when I can, but even so the costs are jolting.

    The "Terror" has a 6-disc CD changer in it, and I've been buying CDs (used) off of ebay to the point that I've run out of room to store them all inside the truck. Also just prchased the necessary Toyota parts to add Sirius XM satellite radio to the rig's OEM stereo system, all in preperation for my cross country trip and annual DC to TN "Sea to Tennessee Cannonball Memorial Dash" in May. Even though I've been careful not to pay retail, and I always buy used whenever I can, the dollars involved are just plain foolish. It's pretty much over, though. I might spring for a front-end-only "spacer lift" to eliminate the truck's "rake" (droop), but that's pretty much it.

    Let me be the first to say that lordy, this is fun! Labor costs have been painful, but the finished product is great and will soon be even better. Can't wait to go running out there and play in traffic!

    I still can't believe it, though. I've spent more on this truck than on the last three cars we've owned, combined. The Toyota Company must be laughing all the way to the bank. Whew.
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,221 Senior Member
    Oh, and to protect all this "stuff," I've added a Python 460 intrusion alarm. Oddly enough, the truck didn't get a burgler alarm system installed by the importer (an unusual situation), so I had to spring for an aftermarket one. This one has impact sensors and glass breakage sensors, and even sends an alarm to my key fob if someone breaks into the truck or even pounds on it. I do feel a sense of relief knowing it's there.

    I'm also surprised by how fast this truck is. It's "sweet spot" for cruising is between 80-85 MPH! I never would have guessed that. Its 4-liter V-6 has a remarkable amount of pep.

    As you can see, the "new truck" aura hasn't worn off yet! I personally hope it never does - this is really fun!
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 6,020 Senior Member
    You suck. I lust after a 4-Runner.
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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,221 Senior Member
    You suck. I lust after a 4-Runner.

    I'm constantly amazed at how good, robust and trouble-free 4Runners are, being new to the brand and model myself. Of course, no vehicle is worth its MSRP new, but if you can find a good, well-maintained one from 5 - 8 years old, hey......

    Toyota, Inc. will even tell you any truck's entire service history within the Toyota dealer network. All you gotta do is discreetly scribble down the VIN, go online to Toyota, give 'em that number and zap! It's all there for you to print out and peruse at your leisure. Just try that at, say, Range Rover, and see how far you get! Simply remarkable.....
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
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