Purchased my very first truck a little over a year ago ('07 Tundra DC SR5 TRD) and have been in love with it ever since. Unfortunately, I have had to pick and choose my mods this first year bc...well I got married and we just had our first little one so money has been funneling to much greater things. But over the past year I feel like I have made some great improvements on what I have in my mind as my overall want for my truck and I thought I'd share them with you guys. Hopefully the pics and reviews below will help some of you on the fence about an upgrade or give you guys ideas for Christmas! Anyway here goes!
Pics from the day I bought him
My first upgrade was to the factory radio and speakers...as well as adding a backup camera.
Stereo - Sony XAV-64BT (Bluetooth included) (Backup cam shows on head unit)
Backup Camera - Alpine (built into license plate frame)
Stereo review - After a year of having this Sony....I have mixed reviews. Interface is easy to use and I loved the fact that it had the Aux jack accessible from the front of the unit. It syncs with my BT phone easily and the BT transition and conversation through the truck speakers is fantastic. One thing that I don't care for is that the response form the screen is sometimes a little slow. In this day in age everything touchscreen is compared to the newest and greatest phones and tablets and I can say that the response, while not super slow, is not seamless like my other devices. Overall I give it 4/5 rating. (They do have a model above this that included GPS Navigation but I chose to go without it since my phone handles those duties well) Also works well with backup camera.
Backup Camera review - In one word... AWESOME! This alpine delivers the clearest picture that I have ever seen by a backup camera and the fact that it is shown through my headunit is even better. The discreet placement of the camera in the license plate is also an added bonus! No complaints at all for this camera! 5/5!
Next came the replacement of black handles/mirror covers , addition of stainless nerf bars, and getting the windows tinted.
Purchased the chrome mirror covers and handles from the Classifieds on the TS website! Got Smittybuilt step bars which look great and are functional for half the cost of NFab or Westin bars. Paid $200 for bars + install.
Next modification was changing the black OEM grill for a Billet grille insert. I purchased a Precision Billet Grille cover on Craigslist for $100 (which included the three smaller pieces underneath. I think the grille looks great on the truck but I do caution people before buying that the clamps that come with the grille for installation dont really allow a seamless attachement to the stock grille. I had to get pretty crazy withthe way I attached the grille but have had no problems with it coming loose or rattling at all. My only wish (and still on my list) is to get the upper insert for the top piece of the grille. I have had no luck at all finding this piece but hope to soon.
I then looked at doing something to increase the performance of the truck and after months and months of debating brands... I chose to go with a Volant CAI.
There have been many post on the site debating CAI's and I dont disprove anything anyone has said...but I can tell you that this beast is amazing. It has an impressive growl to it and the response time I got from a dead stand still is definitely apparent to me. I know the big debate regarding CAI's is the gas mileage increase and I honestly have received a gain of over 2mpg since installing this. Before I was getting right at 14.6 and since installing (3 months ago) I am now getting 16.9. These numbers are not being pulled from the MPG meter on the truck but by me actually resetting my trip A ever time I fill up and doing the math myself. The mpg meter on the truck currently reads 17.3. I can't go into any detail regarding the install of this bc to be honest... i didnt even want to attempt it. I paid a shop here in the DFW area $50 to install for me and never looked back. Scored the CAI for $275 off a the TS site!
Next was the addition of some weathertech digital fit floor mats which I love and don't understand why that wasn't the first thing I did when I purchased the truck.
For those of you interested in getting all weather floor mats... I can vouch that these are molded perfectly for the Tundra and are an absolute breeze to clean up when they get filthy. (Take the hose to them)
This past weekend I just installed a Westin Bull Bar to the truck. I had been debating whether or not to do a full on brush guard or a bull bar but finally decided that I could never find a brush guard that I thought complimented the front end look and well...the Bull Bar's just give it that aggressive look. Very happy with my choice in the Westin Bull Bar and I think its starting to bring the look I've been going for since I purchased the truck.
So thats the timeline of mods so far. I'm hoping for Christmas to include a Readylift leveling kit, exhaust, and spray in bedliner and then early next year upgrading the wheels and tires to something bigger since I'll need to fill the wheel wells after the leveling kit goes on.