Can Truckin Make a Toyota Highlander Cool? Day Two!
Continuing our 72-hour build with a roof rack and front-end treatment.
If you've been following along, you know that we may have been going a little stir crazy here at home and decided to scribble a little outside the Truckin lines and see if we could take an ordinary egg-shaped crossover SUV and make it cool. In other words, we wanted to bring this low-mileage 2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0L V6- 4WD up to our standards to the point that most hardcore Truckin fans would think it was cool and maybe even wouldn't mind having it in their driveway! The original thought was to attempt to do it in 48 hours for under 1,000 bucks, and while you're the real judge, we're pretty sure we accomplished that task by the end of this installment. But our minds are always racing, so it wasn't long before we decided to make it a three-day event and up the ante to $1,500.
Day One saw the Highlander get strut spacers that resulted in a 1.5-inch lift, 16-inch Toyota steelies, and a set of almost new Toyo Open Country A/Ts that measure 29.5 inches tall. We also used a set of hub-centric billet wheel spacers to keep from rubbing and get the look just right.
Moving into Day Two, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We needed to do a whole bunch of busy work to get the exterior looking the way we wanted it. We wanted the grille to be black instead of Vintage Gold, but you can't just buy a black grille because the side sections still need to match the paint. We also needed to replace the yellowed headlights with some fresh ones. This model also had a weird louvered piece where the foglights should be, and even though we would not have time to get them wired up, we wanted to fill the holes with the correct lighting. In the rear, we wanted to ditch a couple of the badges and make the rest of them black to match what was happening up front. Finally, we put together and installed a Rola roof rack that mounts directly to the factory crossbars. And we had to do all this in time to get back to New Century Tire for an alignment. Check out our process below, and see if you can guess what else we have in store for this little SUV on Day Three. We feel like we got it looking good, now we just need to make it a little more fun to drive!
Day Two Totals:
Fog lights: $80
K&N Filter: $50
Roof Rack: $160
Day Two Total: $420
Day One Total: $510
Grand Total: $930
New Century Tire