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Well I budgeted $12k for a truck. Spent $8k on a 2005 double cab limited black in color I couldn't pass up. Bone stock 215,000 miles, dealership babied and from the original owner. I need to make this old man truck look young, healthy and maybe even a bit angry. I know there's a ton of threads already but I want to hear your top priorities!

Suspension? What kind & why
Stereo upgrades?
Fog horn? jk

I want to have fun with this one. LMK your thoughts and I'll log the progress.

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Well I budgeted $12k for a truck. Spent $8k on a 2005 double cab limited black in color I couldn't pass up. Bone stock 215,000 miles, dealership babied and from the original owner. I need to make this old man truck look young, healthy and maybe even a bit angry. I know there's a ton of threads already but I want to hear your top priorities!

Suspension? What kind & why
Stereo upgrades?
Fog horn? jk

I want to have fun with this one. LMK your thoughts and I'll log the progress.

Cheers




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These won't show up externally, but I'd recommend doing the Hellwig anti-sway bar mod and the fog light mod. Otherwise I like to keep them stock except I did de-badge my Tundra.
 

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What are your goals with the truck? What you intend to do with it means a whole lot when it comes to what you upgrade. Rock crawler, over lander (sorry for the term but it describes it self pretty well) or just daily driving around town with some occasional dirt road....

There are so many things you can do, it all just depends what you find to be the best way to spend your time and money
 

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Daily driver and occasionally a dirt road beating. Keep it clean but beef it up and bring it up to date. Ideas?
 

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Do you want my bank account info so you can direct deposit it for me from your account in Dubai? LOL
Nice looking truck. Exhaust sound is what I love about my 2002 V8. I also like the controversial cold air intake and throttle body spacer looks and sound.
Never mind about sending me the money I just got an email where I won $2,000,000 and all I have to do is send them $2000 to process it. My lucky day...
Enjoy you new truck.
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Do you want my bank account info so you can direct deposit it for me from your account in Dubai? LOL
Nice looking truck. Exhaust sound is what I love about my 2002 V8. I also like the controversial cold air intake and throttle body spacer looks and sound.
Never mind about sending me the money I just got an email where I won $2,000,000 and all I have to do is send them $2000 to process it. My lucky day...
Enjoy you new truck.
Chap

🤣 Thanks for the input. After looking at it for a while I need to update the wheels.

Thinking Method rims and a Falken 285/70/17. Pretty sure even without a lift that will fit. Maybe some minor rub..

Could use an upgraded stereo/Bluetooth also. Haven't figured that one out yet.
 

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My opinion 5100s one notch up from stock, the DC trucks sit super low in the front. It won't be a huge difference but you also won't run into alignment issues.

New set of wheels/tires, 265/70/17 work well without any rub and being an 05 you won't easily be able to correct the speedo.

A double DIN Carplay/Android Auto headunit with front/rear cameras would be nice.

Then a dash cam for peace of mind.

Oh and get rid of the gold stripe :LOL:
 

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I installed a Boss BN965BLC unit in mine. Bluetooth, Navigation, 6.5 inch touchscreen, 3-D display even a back up camera. Fit s nice and works great. Kept stock speakers. Check out www.crutchfield.com You can do vehicle specific search and they are great folks to work with.
Good YouTube video on this unit is available. Chap
 

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My opinion 5100s one notch up from stock, the DC trucks sit super low in the front. It won't be a huge difference but you also won't run into alignment issues.

New set of wheels/tires, 265/70/17 work well without any rub and being an 05 you won't easily be able to correct the speedo.

A double DIN Carplay/Android Auto headunit with front/rear cameras would be nice.

Then a dash cam for peace of mind.

Oh and get rid of the gold stripe :LOL:

So skip the width, keep the height. I agree it sits to low in the front. Also instead of getting rid of the gold strip I was going to double down and put a gold stripe on the hood 😅 It has a few bumps and scratches. Debating taking to a body shop or seeing if I can find someone who is slow that might do the work on the side. I've got a heated garage for someone to work in..
 

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I installed a Boss BN965BLC unit in mine. Bluetooth, Navigation, 6.5 inch touchscreen, 3-D display even a back up camera. Fit s nice and works great. Kept stock speakers. Check out www.crutchfield.com You can do vehicle specific search and they are great folks to work with.
Good YouTube video on this unit is available. Chap

Bluetooth is a must, a backup cam would be awesome. I've grown used to them and while polishing up on my skills I took out our trashcans lol
 

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Bluetooth is a must, a backup cam would be awesome. I've grown used to them and while polishing up on my skills I took out our trashcans lol

Just found a refurbished one for $189 on ebay. Might have to pull the trigger. They are sold out on the website. You have the part # for the backup cam? I'll have to check out how the install is done.

 

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It came with the back-up camera included when I bought it new. Give Crutchfield a call or chat online. They may have a newer version with all the stuff.
 

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Just found a refurbished one for $189 on ebay. Might have to pull the trigger. They are sold out on the website. You have the part # for the backup cam? I'll have to check out how the install is done.

I'd go with this one. The Carplay/AA is worth they extra money.

Like @Chappy R said Crutchfield is a good resource and their customer service is fantastic.
 

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I'd go with this one. The Carplay/AA is worth they extra money.

Like @Chappy R said Crutchfield is a good resource and their customer service is fantastic.
I'll check it out, scheduled a call with Crutchfield also to see what they say.
 

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I would say radio with backup cam is a great place to start and then maybe some 5100s and tires. I did 5100s on mine a couple months ago and I can’t begin to tell you how much improved it is. My truck also had a spacer lift (more like a leveling kit) installed by the PO and it finally decided to give up so 5100s were the solution.

With 285/70/17 you will very likely rub even with a small lift but a little plastic trimming you should be fine. I’m running some aggressive MT tires and spidertrax spacers so that also doesn’t help but damn it looks good.

I’m not sure if you need or want the side steps but if you don’t, taking them off will make a big difference on how the truck looks and will almost give it the look of being lifted without actually lifting it

Just my .02

Good luck and keep us updated!
 

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I would say radio with backup cam is a great place to start and then maybe some 5100s and tires. I did 5100s on mine a couple months ago and I can’t begin to tell you how much improved it is. My truck also had a spacer lift (more like a leveling kit) installed by the PO and it finally decided to give up so 5100s were the solution.

With 285/70/17 you will very likely rub even with a small lift but a little plastic trimming you should be fine. I’m running some aggressive MT tires and spidertrax spacers so that also doesn’t help but damn it looks good.

I’m not sure if you need or want the side steps but if you don’t, taking them off will make a big difference on how the truck looks and will almost give it the look of being lifted without actually lifting it

Just my .02

Good luck and keep us updated!

Thanks! I agree on the running board delete. Trying to learn more about the lift kits. My buddy recommended 5100's also and level. Trying to see what it actually costs if I bought and had installed or tackle myself if too much.

What size tires are you running? You have a photo?
 

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It’s not a very difficult job by any means as long as you have the right tools. I had some rusty bolts that didn’t want to cooperate so I ended up cutting a few off as well as breaking a few off but overall not too bad. I went with 5100s with OME 885 up front on the second perch so I got about 2” of lift out of it. I’m running 285/70/17 Geolander G003

 
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