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|03-08-2009, 12:31 PM||#1|
Bobert's 04 Tacoma
Day I brought it home.
As it sits right now:
Location: Yamhill, Oregon
Model: Tacoma TRD
Engine: 3.4L V6
Trans: 5 Speed Manual
Front- Camburg 2.5" Coilovers with 700lb. Springs with Total Chaos spindle gussets
Rear- Alcan 8 Leaf Pack with Bilstien remote resi 7100s
Tires- 285/75/16 Federal Couragia M/T
Rims- Wheelers Type B
Badland Front and Rear Bumpers
Inchworm elocker motor guard
Budbuilt skid and belly pan
Flowmaster Delta 40, URD short shifter
Hella 4k's with DDM Tuning HID kit up front
Uniden CB with PA
Kragen HID for a backup light/work light/tailgater deterrent
12" Pioneer Sub
Ammo can turned bed box
Smittybuilt G.E.A.R. seat covers
Coil bucket gussets
Colubmia Overland dual battery tray
Floor jack skid
Playing in some snow
Ended up rolling it off a highway back on January 4th.
Getting repaired at the autobody shop.
Finally got it back a couple weeks ago and started putting new suspension on it.
Old rear suspension.
New rear suspension. Alcan 8 leaf pack and Bilstien 5100's. No more blocks now. The truck handles so much better without those crappy things and the axle wrap I used to have is gone.
Old front suspension versus new front suspension.
Camburg coilovers with 700lb springs.
I told the auto shop to not put the stock bumper back on as I am likely picking up my front and rear Badland Bumpers for it tomorrow. Also getting a XD9000.
Last edited by Bobert; 01-15-2013 at 10:00 PM.
|03-10-2009, 07:40 PM||#2|
Picked up my Badland Bumpers yesterday. Hopefully getting an XD9000 tomorrow and putting on at least one of the bumpers.
|03-16-2009, 07:29 AM||#6|
Just screwing around on the farm a bit to see how the new suspension handles.
Last edited by Bobert; 08-20-2009 at 04:01 PM.
|05-30-2009, 04:44 PM||#7|
Some fun at Browns Camp.
A little tree carnage.
Installed my CB radio. I'll worry about getting it flush with the dash later.
Installed the PA speaker too. Put it right under the Badland bumper.
What's any self respecting pickup without flags? At a July 4th Tea Party.
Last edited by Bobert; 02-15-2010 at 10:00 AM.
|07-21-2009, 09:15 PM||#9|
Ripped the buzzer out. In case anyone was wondering, its on the fuse panel under the dash. The buzzer was were that yellow circle is.
Blacked out the Toyota symbol and a couple emblems.
Debadged the rear.
Allpro bolt on sliders. The bolt on deal turned into a far greater pain in the butt then expected and the self tapping screws they sent with them did so little to inspire me I had them welded on.
Last edited by Bobert; 01-10-2010 at 07:13 PM.
|08-20-2009, 04:07 PM||#10|
Installed a hand throttle yesterday. For those times when you gotta work the clutch, gas, and brake pedal at the same time and for winching.
Blacked out the grill.
Couldn't resist the temptation to jump it anymore.
|09-17-2009, 05:48 PM||#11|
Hella 4k's arrived today. With college starting tomorrow I really don't know when I'll be getting them on though. How freaking convenient.
Have a friend working on a pilot's license who figured he would drop by my place a few days ago.
Can Opener in TSF.
No desert in Western Oregon, so fields have to suffice.
Last edited by Bobert; 10-05-2009 at 11:55 AM.
|09-26-2009, 11:57 PM||#12|
Installed the 4ks today.
Two Hella 4k's up front and one Kragen HID in the back. 30 second exposure with a Nikon D60.
Last edited by Bobert; 01-10-2010 at 07:01 PM.
|12-22-2009, 10:55 AM||#13|
Installed a bed bar:
Classic ammo can bed box:
Some switches for accessories:
Next project is installing a couple Viair 480c compressors:
Going to bolt another ammo can to the bed opposite of the other. I think I'll be able to fit both compressors in it and I'll bolt a air tank to the underside of the bed.
More of the Tillamook State Forest.
First snow of the year:
Filled my deer tag:
Favorite thing I've hauled in the truck so far. Dad's and my elk.
There was a really cold, cold spell a few weeks ago. The ponds on my family's farm froze over pretty good. This one was only 1-2 ft. deep so I decided I could risk driving across it. It took four passes to break through it:
This pond is about 10ft. deep.
Showing a little Christmas spirit:
I figure I better come clean. I have a '73 CJ5. It was my Grandpa's so I'm keeping it. It was neglected for a number of years, so there is quite a bit of work to do to it. If everything comes together this summer I will be pouring money into it.
|01-05-2010, 03:53 PM||#14|
Vid of Huckster09 and I wheeling last week. Enjoying some of that rare Western Oregon snow.
Just ordered a Budbuilt skid, bellypan and crossmember combo, Smittybuilt's GEAR seat covers, and Inchworm diff armor. Also ordered some black steelies from Wheelers and 2.5gal. Viair air tank and the electrical to get my OBA installed. Should be a fun weekend coming up. If everything goes as planned I'll be installing a delta 40 this weekend also.
Some random pics:
Aux. lights again. I'm about 300yrds. from the truck for this pic.
Just waiting on the skid plates now.
Last edited by Bobert; 10-27-2010 at 02:40 PM.
|01-10-2010, 06:55 PM||#15|
Now running Wheelers Type B.
Bought some Smittybuilt G.E.A.R. seat covers. Needed the organization and don't want loose stuff in the cab when I put some tube doors on for the summer. Only real complaint is the bottom half was not intelligently designed as far as attachment goes. I'm going to have to figure out some other system so it actually stays in place.
Inchworm e-locker motor guard.
Hick mall crawling. My dream tractor. Someday...
The Budbuilt armor is due middle of this week. Three day weekend is coming, so I'll have time to install the OBA. Discovered I blew one of my Bilstien 5100s, so I'll be upgrading to 7100s or Icon remote resi's.
Last edited by Bobert; 02-15-2010 at 10:11 AM.
|01-17-2010, 01:09 AM||#16|
Budbuilt skid plate and belly pan
Only glitch I ran into was one of the notches on that skid plate mount didn't quite clear the steering rack bushing mount. I little quality time with the grinder fixed that.
The new cross member bolts into existing holes. Uses the e-brake cable mount on the drivers and random existing holes on the passenger side. I had assumed I would need to drill holes to mount it, so that was a really nice surprise.
Transfer case clearance
Last edited by Bobert; 01-18-2010 at 06:35 PM.
|02-07-2010, 07:15 PM||#17|
Finally got around to installing my OBA. Still need to do the electrical and some of the plumbing, but I'm most the way there.
Most important truck mod of all. The gun rack.
I have a Trail Gear ubolt flip kit, extended bump stops, and lower shock mounts waiting to go. I need to get the funds together to get a pair of Billie 7100s before I deal with that.
Got to love rural Oregon.
Finally got myself stuck.
Last edited by Bobert; 06-09-2010 at 06:52 PM.
|03-21-2010, 09:34 PM||#18|
No build progress, just some wheeling pics. Its only been three months since I last got to seriously wheel.
Finally made it out to Brown's on Thursday. Couldn't ask for better weather and there was still some snow in the shade to play in.
Finally decided to tackle Waterfall. A quick winch pull over that second step and some awesome spotting by huckster09 and I got up it. Spotter was the camera guy so its a bit shaky. Of course the camera died before I made it up Waterfall. Can't wait to try that obstacle when its actually dry. Should be able to make it up no problem.
That was day one of Spring Break. Day two was bagging this guy:
Taken at 240 yards with a Remington 700 chambered in 300 Win Mag.
So both Billie 5100s are blown and it looks like the Camburgs are leaking some oil. Hopefully next post will be about installing 7100s, u-bolt flip, lower shock mount relocation, and rebuilding Camburgs.
Last edited by Bobert; 07-13-2010 at 08:56 PM.
|07-12-2010, 07:14 PM||#19|
Wet nasty snow + larger than anticipated potholes + perhaps a slightly excessive speed = ditch
Maryhill Stonehenge in the Columbia Gorge
Camping in Tigh Valley
Inside the tent
Barney Reservoir area again
Re-did the flag mounts
How they are mounted:
Got my 10in. Billie 7100s mounted today along with a u-bolt flip. Its Trail Gear shock mounts and u-bolt flip kit.
Shot of how the ubolt flip cleans the axle up.
Just a hair short of full compression. Looks good when its sitting still. Took a high speed pass through the field and that rubber piece left a mark on the bottom of the shock body, so I assume its bottoming out with some dynamic action. Guess I'll be adding more bumpstop.
The Billie 7100s are amazing. Got them with 255/70 valving, if anyone was wondering. The driver side is bottoming out, but the passenger side isn't. Add bumpstop to the driver side I guess.
Flowmaster Delta 40. Its actually not all that loud and the cabin drone isn't really noticeable. But then again I've grow up around farm equipment and built diesel trucks.
Picked up some new tires. Set of Superswamper TSL SSR in 285/75/16.
Definitely louder than the Toyos. Wheeling them tomorrow, so I'll let ya'll know how they do.
Frame rub from the TSLs.
Last edited by Bobert; 10-26-2010 at 07:55 PM.
|08-16-2010, 07:07 PM||#20|
A new trail in Central Oregon opened a few weeks ago.
Didn't touch that tree, if anyone was wondering.
Waterfall at Browns Camp on Sunday
First time I tried that obstacle it was a little wet and I needed a winch tug over the second step. Second time I tried I lost a CV and didn't have a spare so backed down. This time I made it...but it cost me a CV and my front diff.
Spider gears from the diff:
Couple of the other guys in the group on that obstacle.
Last edited by Bobert; 08-18-2010 at 10:57 PM.
|10-26-2010, 07:54 PM||#21|
Not the best pic, but the stock mounting points for the bumper gave out.
Other body mount was cracking and there where other cracks in both.
Welded some nuts in channel then put plate on it to make a tube. Drilled three holes on each side of the frame for some big ass bolts.
Cut some holes in the bumper and slid it over the tubes and welded it up. So far its frigging solid. Haven't had a chance to winch off the new set up, however. Also took the chance to paint the body behind the bumper black. I'm going to move the shackle mounts to where the tube is sticking through the bumper and get a hawse fair lead for a bit better approach angle.
A tractor made it a easy one man project.
When I dropped the bumper I forgot to disconnect one of the turn signals, so the wiring got ripped out. Then I lost one of the lamps on some logging road over the weekend. After not having turn signals for about a month I bought some of those stick on LED strips from Autozone. The LED's pull less power, so the computer thinks a bulb is out and does the super fast blinker deal. Got some LED load equalizers from O'Reilly's Autoparts, which considerably slowed the blinker speed down.
Got the URD short shift kit and Marlin Crawler shifter lever socket. It is absolutely worth the money. The shifts are much shorter and far more positive.
At Mary's Peak outside Corvallis, OR.
In the hills at home in Yamhill County.
Got into mountain biking, so I needed a secure way to hold my bike for transport. Picked up a Yakima fork mount. Its solid, but the rear of the bike moves around when you hit bumps. A ratchet strap around the back of it solves that issue.
Got a new PA speaker after my old one disintegrated on me.
New Years Eve run to Brown's Camp.
Got an HID kit from DDM Tuning for my 4k's. 55w and 4500k color temp.
Exposure time is 1-1.5 seconds in these pics I think. Really foggy, so its not that great a demonstration of their range.
Rear HID for comparison
Got tired of my Kragen not matching the truck. Unscrewed the red ring, popped it off and hit it with some white paint.
Made another Browns run 1/9/10
The approach angle on the Badland bumper isn't the hottest in the world and the roller fairlead only made it worst. Kept catching it on stuff, so I picked up one of Warn's steel hawse fairleads. I've heard both good and bad things about a steel hawse with steel cable. If it treats the cable to rough I can always put my roller back on.
Another Browns run 1/15/10
One of the guys in my group flopped
Finally got to use my snatch block
Last edited by Bobert; 06-01-2012 at 05:08 PM.
|02-20-2011, 07:33 PM||#22|
KOH and Mary's Peak
Some LCQ action:
Parked at Chocolate Thunder:
Back Door again:
Shannon's rig. IFS for the win.
Night wheeling again:
Hammertown from across the valley:
at Chocolate Thunder:
at Back Door:
at Chocolate Thunder again:
Looking at Back Door:
Film chopper in the distance:
Sitting at a go fast section:
Mary's Peak Friday night:
Re-painted my grill. The black paint was starting to chip off. I had seen a couple other yotas that went with white and figured, why not? A little different than what most do and I think it looks really good. Just worried about how easily the white will stain.
Another Mary's Peak run:
Got the Marlin Crawler T-case mount
There is definitely more vibration. Mostly when the truck is idling and starting from a stop. Other than that its not really noticeable and not that big a deal in general. Worth the extra vibes to have it securely mounted in my opinion. And then growing up on gravel roads I'm extraordinarily used to vibrations anyway
Last edited by Bobert; 04-17-2011 at 06:14 PM.
|07-13-2011, 07:26 PM||#23|
Found a stump:
Doing work, son!
Browns Camp run
Got some new motor mounts courtesy of viter. Can't wait to get these installed and start really mashing the truck again.
Getting the motor mounts installed. Only real way to do it is to pull the engine unfortunately. I cut the old ones off and bolted the new ones to the engine and dropped it back in. Then I tacked the new ones in and pulled the engine again and finished welding them in. Also took the time to put a new clutch in.
Also discovered both LCA's have this crack.
Long travel time? I'm thinking so.
Last edited by Bobert; 01-15-2013 at 09:57 PM.
|09-18-2011, 12:16 AM||#24|
Since the Reno Stampede was a few days after my 21st I figured, why not? Headed down to Reno with some friends for a few days of fun. Unfortunately the race wasn't exactly the highlight. Only two spectating areas, at the start/finish and a pathetic "rock crawl" portion. Didn't help admission was $20. Not even half the cars finished, so it is a good race, just not good spectating this year.
Cars lined up to start:
Shannon hitting a jump:
The remote pit/"rock crawl" spectating area:
Torchmate's TTB car, which got 1st place:
Shannon coming through:
First flop of the day:
David Cole at his pit:
The pits in action:
So, I put some resistors on the turn signal circuit because the LED's I installed made the computer think there was a burnt out bulb. I really dislike the hyper fast blinking. The problem is that the way these cheap clip on resistors were designed allowed for them to wear all the way through the wiring. However, it gave me a chance to pick up some orange LED's, so I'm legal and I'll just deal with the hyper fast blinking.
Got tired of the nasty orange dash glow and picked up 4 194 style LED bulbs from superbrightled.com
Also, I went doorless for awhile. Its awesome except that I live on gravel. The cab get obscenely dirty. Did the most thorough deep clean when I put the doors back on.
|03-07-2012, 02:13 PM||#25|
Over Spring Break I rebuilt my coilovers, replaced my LCA's, replaced the bushings in the new-to-me LCA's, replaced my lower ball joints, replaced a upper balljoint, replaced a wheel bearing, replaced a water pump, flushed the radiator and washed it, replaced the spark plugs, replaced the oil, got the alignment done, and replaced the power steering pump.
I also got my tie-down system done.
I used rails and anchors from this site: http://www.uscargocontrol.com/Ratche...traps-Hardware
And I got my boxes from Sportsmens Wharehouse.
The goal was to have storage, but still be able to fit my dirtbike in the bed. That's why I went this route instead of a normal bed box. Now, I also have a great deal in flexibility for securing stuff in my bed.
Elk season went really well. My Dad, brother, and I all got an elk...in a field...off our driveway.
Headed over to my buddy's ranch in Eastern Oregon for the weekend.
Where I found out I rebuilt one of my coilovers wrong. The sucker blew up coming off a whoop that should never blow up a coilover of that quality.
I ended up ordering a brand new coilover to replace it. Drove home on it and had to do some commuting on it before I could get to it. That pretty much trashed all the internals. The handling was a bit weird without the oil and valving to smooth the ride.
Got some snow at Mary's Peak a few months ago. Between me and a buddy we winched out close to 20 vehicles and directed traffic and helped out quite a few more while the Forest Service just sat by and threatened to write people tickets. Only got a couple pics from that day. It was crazy hectic and busy.
My friend did just fine in his shitty little old GL(?) subaru.
Just picked up my mount Sunday.
Made it to King of the Hammers again. Took my dirtbike instead of the truck this time.
Freakin' huge tv:
This little yota finished both laps of the race, not in time, but he did finish. Dave Cole gave him a spot in next year's race.
Here's his story: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...highlight=4680
The crowd at Chocolate Thunder:
Sitting at a go fast section:
Erik Miller is the new king:
Got some more snow at Marys Peak last week. Fun times as always.
Got a GoPro!
Headed out to that friend's ranch in EO to have some fun with it and to get out of town.
First vid I have up with the GoPro and yota:
|09-24-2012, 03:20 AM||#26|
Hadn't update this in awhile and I'm kind of bored tonight and figured I would do some picture whoring. Haven't really done anything except put wear and tear on it. As soon as I get my '85 rolling I'll park this one long enough do the maintenance that needs to be done. Next serious round of mods won't be until after college, hopefully LT. In the meantime I just want to get caught up on my maintenance, pound some dents out, needs an engine cage, just do what needs to be done to keep it running good.
Another snow run on Marys Peak:
My tailgate got crunched by a buddy:
This is how it happened:
Had some major issues with the fuel tank not accepting gas at anywhere near the rate pumps would pump at. I could only fill up at the slowest possible rate. Pulled the bed so I could work on the fuel tank. Turned out someone had shoved a wrapper down the fill tube. Pulled that out and it was back to normal.
Quick vid of dropping the bed back on:
Found this issue while I had it off:
Took it out without the bed and got it stuck:
Doing some testing on the 2012 Oregon State SAE Baja car:
Headed out to Yaquina Head to see a dock that washed up on a beach north of Newport, OR after being ripped loose by the tsunami in Japan last year and floating all the way across the Pacific from Japan to the US:
Vid of that:
Made it up to Browns Camp:
Vid for it:
Super hazy day with a cool sunset:
Zombie fort the neighbor is building. The first level is concrete wall about a 1.5 feet thick...and the pics just came out kind of cool looking:
Did another Browns Camp run. Managed to take a fender flare off and bang a fender in on this one:
A couple employees from Warn Industries set up a winch information and training lecture/run. That was a very informative and fun event. I ended up providing a live winch demo on a trail because I just could not pick the right line past an obstacle.
This is how you winch backwards with a front mounted winch:
Spent a good portion of the summer logging. The bed boxes created a bunch of nice nooks for equipment:
The snatch block in the yota is rated for 4.5 tons, this one is rated for 20 tons and its 3/4" cable:
Tag teaming some of the bigger logs:
Headed out to Bend, Oregon to watch the Groundhog Rockcrawl competition. Proceeds went to help land use funds in the area. Quite a few yota's running in it:
The latest event was a Browns Camp run on a a trail that had recently been converted from dirtbike only to dirtbike, quad, utv, and 4x4.
Vid of that trail:
Tractor pull and combine demolition derby:
And yes, this is one combine made out of two:
Here's the crawler project:
|01-15-2013, 09:54 PM||#27|
Rocking a set of Federal Couragia M/T's now. So far they have done great. They do seem to be wearing quickly, which is inline with the reviews I read. Superb traction and significantly cheaper than other M/T's.
Ended up bending one of my spindles, so I picked up a new-to-me set and burned some Total Chaos spindle gussets onto them.
Put some plywood in the bottom of bed boxes to keep all the metal stuff that was sliding around in there from wearing through the metal on the bottom of the boxes.
Other than that its been routine maintenance stuff. Had to bang a fender back out, damage from the same event that took out my spindle.
Mostly been out enjoying some snow.
Some fun in the snow in the Tillamook State Forest.
Put another dent in my tailgate on this run.
Ended up forgetting one of my nice snatch blocks on the a trail after a miserable recovering effort that went well past dark. The temps rose real fast and we had a foot of snow melt on us within an hour on a off camber hill climb. Not good news for open diffs and bald tires. Not to mention we had nearly a dozen vehicles on this snow run. Small groups are the way to go in the snow. I've never been so soaked. Rain + plus snow melt from the forest above you...not good. Definitely learned some new winching techniques from that and its always satisfying when you finally conquer those situations.
BUT yea...forgot to pack up my snatch block, so I went back up a few days later with a couple buddies and couldn't have dreamed of better snow and weather. Plus I found the snatch block and a tow strap someone from our group left on it!
Random pics from the day. Ended up running Powerline, Cedar Tree and then mobbed up to Saddle Up. Headed out from Banks shortly after 8am. Didn't get back on the highway until after 3pm. Got to use the chainsaw on a couple downed trees. Definitely some tow strap and winch use. Awesome snow wheeling though. The weather never warmed up and it went between dumping snow hard and some sunlight here and there. We were in virgin snow the entire day. The weather never turned on us. Didn't see anyone except loggers and some snowmobilers and a couple rigs when we were heading out.
Spent a few days at my friend's ranch in Central Oregon.
Shameless plug for the Oregon State University SAE Baja team. Our car brings the sexy.
Elk season was a bust, but can't complain about deer season.
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