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Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:03:36 am »
I never thought I'd consider myself a "truck guy," but after working with Toyota back in December, I suddenly loved the feel behind the wheel driving the Tacoma. I had been tossing the idea around since late last year of selling my WRX and getting into something a little less modified. I was always worried about taking the WRX on longer road trips in case something broke down, and I also felt with the KM's passing 100K it was kind of a "now or never" to be able to sell decision. I initially wanted a Jeep but after driving both and taking both vehicles out to Waiperous, I ultimately decided on the Taco. The last motivating factor in this was in regards to my ambitions as a filmmaker and photographer. There wasn't much more I felt I could easily do to the WRX without either landing some huge sponsors (but that would be difficult because it's a 2016 and companies are really only looking for "new" models). The Taco opens up a whole new demographic, and quite frankly, it's a great switch because literally every Subi' guy is totally loving the Taco' content, too!! ;D

The Heritage grille was supposed to be installed, but there's been some confusion so now it's scheduled for next week. Also have the 'raptor lights' (amber) and black badge for the rear to install.

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It's a tight fit in the Garage but it works!

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Wheels/ Tires/ Suspension

Truck Bed
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Lighting:
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W: Diode Dynamics low-beam (projector) LED SL1, or Morimoto HID (TBD)
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W: Sequential mirror turn signals

Exterior / Cosmetic:
- Heritage Grill (TRD Pro)
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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 10:22:11 am »
I've loved Tacos since I almost picked up an X-runner over my STi back in 2008. I've wanted one since. It'll be high on my list of GTI replacements when my lease is up.
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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 12:03:21 pm »
Truck looks good! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Did you try out a manual transmission taco also? What made you decide to go with this particular configuration?

Love these things. Hoping I can get into 1 in a few years.

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 12:07:07 pm »
Truck looks fantastic and I am excited to see what you do with it. Now if only they offered the manual with the offroad package in the shortbox configuration that wasn't a TRD Pro trim.
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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 06:03:35 pm »
Yeah, I'm in love. I'll be lurking here.

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2020, 09:23:44 am »
Thanks guys! Loving it so far, just passed 1,000km's this week driving out to BC (Emerald Lake). It's so smooth, comfortable, and quiet :D

Truck looks good! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Did you try out a manual transmission taco also? What made you decide to go with this particular configuration?

Love these things. Hoping I can get into 1 in a few years.

After driving the WRX on Deerfoot about 25km's each way in rush-hour traffic for 5 years (and my STI's for 3 years before that), I kind of just didn't want a manual transmission anymore haha... Found my left leg/ knee getting sore regularly. Sometimes the traffic would be hours of just stop and go clutch in and out :(

~ The road trip out to Emerald Lake for the weekend.

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Decided to try my luck again at Morant's, and the train came through literally a minute after we parked. Photographers were lined up, about 6 of them, waiting. Sadly, the train was a real ugly rusty one ;D ;D ;D

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Then it got dirty. Thankfully I had the front end (half hood) done the day prior by SR International. Also got the headlights protected.

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New owner came and picked up the WRX this weekend too. Bittersweet emotions as it drove away.

Some 'mods' are coming in the mail later this week too. (Diode SS3 Fogs, SL1 drop in headlights, black emblems, and installing the raptor style LEDs.)

On the want list is wheels and an under-hood hardwired air compressor for tires.

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2020, 01:29:31 pm »
Congrats on the new ride! As someone who rides mountain bikes, a taco has always been on my list of vehicles to own at some point LOL.

I'm excited to see what you do with this  O0

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2020, 09:09:05 am »
They're popping up everywhere, now! ;D Came out of the store to this yesterday...

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Also finally got my 'Heritage' (or TRD Pro) grill installed..

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Big truck in a little Garage ;D

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Pretty much a full tank of gas (needle was just above E). Not bad at all, 580km range (half city half highway driving, lots of 'sport' mode driving.)

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2020, 09:20:08 am »
Looking forward to seeing the transformation!

For the SS3's.. what did you end up ordering the sport or the pro ones?
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2020, 09:36:05 am »
Looking forward to seeing the transformation!

For the SS3's.. what did you end up ordering the sport or the pro ones?

Sport model. SAE Fog Lens (Wide) in Amber color.  Lenses / colors can be changed which is nice. On the down low, go with sport > pro if you're considering them!

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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2020, 11:56:16 am »
Oooooh...

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2020, 07:35:34 pm »
Do you find the transmission sluggish and always hunting gears at all?

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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2020, 10:02:32 pm »
Do you find the transmission sluggish and always hunting gears at all?

Not bad at all, no hunting or anything, but it's a big heavy truck so everything is sluggish in comparison to the WRX, although it's such a different driving experience I can't really compare that way. The 2020's have seen some improvement in feedback among others, too, in terms of hunting for gears! I felt it a bit in some of the others I drove (2019 TRD Pro), very slightly on the highways 5th / 6th sometimes didn't know what it wanted to be in or person it's just such a fine line at 100kmh. (Some 2020 Transmission discussion here.)

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2020, 07:46:51 am »
Part of the gear hunting issue on them seems to stem from the lack of low RPM torque and power. When you’re cruising at highway speeds and it starts to shed speed the programming says “oh itshay we better shift down!” So it shifts down briefly to gain a few km/h but then it reaches speed again and immediately wants the highest gear for fuel economy. This is why it tends to hunt sometimes.

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Re: Kijho's 2020 DCSB Cement Grey Tacoma
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2020, 04:10:55 pm »
Big truck in a little Garage ;D

but it's a big heavy truck

Try and park beside a full sized truck at sometime and laugh at the difference.
The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2020, 09:16:15 am »
Try and park beside a full sized truck at sometime and laugh at the difference.


I've parked next to a Raptor and a Silver 1500 (I think, it was red, looked badass) and a new RAM haha ;D ;D ;D Still love the Taco life the most! Big truck vs. huge truck haha, don't think I'd want a huge one. I've just gotten comfortable parking the Taco in tighter parking lots!

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2020, 09:28:48 am »
I've parked next to a Raptor and a Silver 1500 (I think, it was red, looked badass) and a new RAM haha ;D ;D ;D Still love the Taco life the most! Big truck vs. huge truck haha, don't think I'd want a huge one. I've just gotten comfortable parking the Taco in tighter parking lots!

If you are parked next to a first gen tacoma though, pretty big truck haha. I miss mine! Now buy a fun little project car and live the life.
The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2020, 09:53:02 am »
Now buy a fun little project car and live the life.

This is the fun toy.. 115hp and 400 lbs.  >:D

Can't wait to load it up in the back of the Taco and take it out down to Montana for some fun rides!

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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2020, 10:15:09 am »
This is the fun toy.. 115hp and 400 lbs.  >:D

Can't wait to load it up in the back of the Taco and take it out down to Montana for some fun rides!

 But have you seen the drivers you share the road with?

Id rather some seat belts personally lol.
The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2020, 10:38:03 am »
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Am I old because I find this exciting? 

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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2020, 10:51:56 am »
Am I old because I find this exciting? 
Congrats on breaking free from abusive Subaru life!

oh noooo, I was so excited, like jumping with joy at the gas pump hahaha ;D   Thanks Jelly!!  8)

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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2020, 11:31:16 am »
Am I old because I find this exciting? 

Congrats on breaking free from abusive Subaru life!

Fuel economy I can only dream of ;D
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2020, 11:40:13 am »
600km+ on a tank and adjustable lumbar support. Things I never even knew existed, or what they felt like ;D ;D

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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2020, 11:49:17 am »
Does the bike fit in the bed?

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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2020, 11:58:21 am »
Does the bike fit in the bed?

Oh yea, just have to keep the gate open on the short box! I have a special handlebar strap made for bikes that goes around the handlebars and then secure to the mounting points in the front (and then some additional mounting the rear too.)