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2008 Toyota Tundra - The Tale Of The Tape

Dave Timm's Tundra Measures Up

Brandan Gillogly
May 1, 2010
Photographers: Dan Ward, Brandan Gillogly
Dave Timm is one half of the custom team known as 2 Brother Custom Trucks. Dave, along with his brother Brian Walker, have built a number of awesome trucks in the few short years they've been in business, including the cover of issue #9 of 2008. The Springfield, Illinois-based team works out of an unassuming steel building between their two houses, set back from the road far enough to hide its awesome contents of custom trucks. This Tundra is an example of what'd you'd see if you got a peek inside.
Photo 2/11   |   2008 Toyota Tundra rendering
When Toyota developed the 2nd-generation Tundra, it towered over its predecessor, but they probably never had anything like Dave's '08 Tundra CrewMax in mind. Built to debut at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas, and built alongside his brother's awesome Tundra that's also in this issue, Dave got cracking on building a masterpiece that could drive him everywhere in style and luxury, and also gather a crowd at shows. Like many of their previous builds, there was no question that this truck had to be lifted. To get the monster stance, Dave utilized the biggest and best components he could find, beginning with a Bulletproof 12-inch lift he installed in his shop that paved the way for a set of 22-inch Asanti 127 wheels wrapped in burly 37-inch Toyo Open County M/T tires. The front uses a tubular cage to lower the control arm mounting points along with massive Fox coilovers, while the rear uses Atlas leaf springs. Already 3/4-ton material, the factory brakes were upgraded with a set of massive TRD brakes and stainless steel braided lines.
Dave tackled the interior, set on installing the best audio system possible for the CrewMax's four occupants. The center rear seat was the first thing to go, as Dave cut it out and reupholstered the factory seats as two buckets. In its place, Dave installed a massive fiberglass enclosure that's filled with two 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers and the two Rockford Fosgate amps that power the system, a 1500.1 for the subs, and 600.4 for the myriad of speakers throughout the cab. Each door holds two T1652-S RF Power-series 6 1/2-inch components including the crossover, and the rear doors each have two corresponding tweeters. The setup is similar in the front, but the tweeters are mounted in the forward corners of the dash instead. An additional T1652-S and two tweeters are mounted in the center of the dash to complete the center channel audio. The Toyota's factory JBL navigation head unit was retained to orchestrate the audio, but a subwoofer control was added right below the Auto Meter gauges that mind the blown 5.7L's manifold pressure and exhaust gasses.
The 5.7L-equipped truck came from the factory with a 4.30 rear axle, which really helps the truck get moving combined with the low first gear in the six-speed transmission, but being so high with 37-inch tires, it still wouldn't be as quick as it was when it was stock. Again, TRD was called upon to supply Dave with the necessary parts to ensure he wouldn't have to compromise acceleration. A TRD supercharger whips the 5.7L into a 510hp frenzy and the TRD exhaust caps it all off with a roar.
The only aspect of the build that Dave didn't handle himself was the paint. After cooking up a showstopping paint scheme with help from a rendering by Eye Kandy Designs, Dave handed the truck over to Bill Mathews Auto Body, also in Springfield, where the truck was divided in two with BASF candy blue over white. While still in the booth, a set of Bushwacker pocket-style flares were also painted. The flares give the Tundra an even bolder look and wider stance. Nick Edwards Custom Paint stepped in with his airbrush and added some sinister skulls and smoky blue flames before Doug Canham capped it all off with his pinstriping brush. After the truck rolled out of the spray booth and the crew at Bill Mathews Auto Body was satisfied with the buffed paint, Dave got to work installing a set of N-Fab steps and Prerunner bar with three Pro Comp lights. A custom truck can't showcase a factory grille insert, so a chrome and mesh riveted insert from RBP was mounted up front. As a finishing touch, 2 Brothers emblems from were mounted on each door as well as the tailgate.
Dave wanted to thank his wife Anne, and daughters Madisyn and Makenzie for their support during the build. The two brothers definitely couldn't have pulled off their builds without the help of their families and several companies that stepped up to help, including: Eye Kandy Designs, Bushwacker, BASF, Green Toyota, TRD, Asanti, Toyo, RPB, N-Fab, Auto Meter, Bulletproof Suspensions, Amsoil,, and Rockford Fosgate.



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