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I wanted to share with everyone a real good experience I had recently with Steve at CBI....as most people know, I stand behind AJ at Bentup and Jason at DeMello Offroad 110%, and I wanted to add a third individual to this highly skilled group of Fabricators:

Ok, something every Toyota or Tacoma owner should know about....

I have an '02 Taco that I've built up pretty good, but always have had issues with axle wrap, hitting my rear diff, and bending my rear driveline. :confused: I met up with a good buddy of mine from Idaho in Moab Utah for our annual Tacoma Territory club run. He had recently gotten a traction bar on his truck that was pretty mean looking, and beefy as hell. Jimmy had all good things to say about it, so I decided to start doing my research. As it turns out, Tacomas...or Toyota's in general for that matter.....don't really have anything GOOD out there to prevent axle wrap, other than the BS design of the staggered shocks.....so I made a road trip on up to Idaho falls to check out the designer of this trac bar.

Basically, with a couple days notice, I had driven to Steve's shop from California, and he immediately began working on my truck with the intentions of mounting the same trac bar as Jimmy's. After about 15 minutes of checking out my rig, Steve was hard at work, and continued solid for 4 days straight, all be it right before and on Christmas Eve!! At the end of the 4 days, Steve not only built a better, stronger, more powerfull designed trac bar for my Dana 60 (sorry Jimmy) :D than i'd ever seen, he had also built a rear cage for my diff, a full shock crossmember and mounts, and several other miscellaneous items setting me up better than I could imagine. :cool: This trac bar wraps all the way around the axle, up tight against the diff, diff guard was bolt on to both trac bar and cover, and lower portion of the trac bar was built with solid steel to be used as a "skid plate" to guard my rear drive line.

The setup is unreal!! Steve did 4 days worth of work, was incredibly reasonable, had only planned on a couple days, and did it all with a smile. Moreover, I have to say Steve's work is impeckable, perfect welds, and his ingenuity in making something work and look professional was pretty fantastic.

As for the test run on all this, the shock system was dead on perfect, the diff guard took the beating, and sure enough, the driveline was perfectly protected when the truck came down on the top shelf on Potato Salad Hill in Moab. And to the trac bar, I actually picked up both front tires and bounced on the rears getting up an obstacle in Moab, and according to my spotters, no axle movement whatsoever.

Steve Eggan owns C.B.I. Offroad up in Idaho Falls, which is a small but dedicated business for the serious and extreme offroader. Anyone looking for unquestionable fabrication skills, at the right price, from a super nice guy, Steve is the guy!! I recommend and stand behind him 110%. Thanks again Steve, and we'll see ya soon for that front Bumper!!

The most recent pics of his work on my Red Tacoma can be found at "norcalttora.com" then go to "pictures and videos" then go to "sub menus" where you will find "Miguels pismo pics" and "John's pismo pics"......Look for the biggest red taco and there are some good ones on the last obstacle of the pozo trail....

my 2 cents... :welder:
 

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Steve's work is amazing, and I know a half-dozen others in Utah/Idaho alone that would say the same!

All I have is sliders thus far, but I'm going to have him build me a front bumper and eventually cut my bed and make some high-clearance rear protection.

Here's some of those pics from the Nor-Cal gallery:

http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/aca
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/abx
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/aau
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/acs
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/acp

When are you coming back out this way again, Dan?

Steve, Brant, and Jimmy are hosting a run in Lakechannel, ID, on the 29th of this month. Should be good times! Can't wait to see those guys again!
 

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rokbrkr said:
ahhh shucks,..... thanks guys!!! :eek: I couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to build stuff for :D
Keep up the great work Steve....I'm still trying to figure out how I'm gonna make time to get up there for a winch bumper and back without going outta business before we all head down to Arizona... :confused:

We'll talk to ya soon!
 

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Very nice write-up Dan. I am sure that Steve will appreciate it greatly and will see it very soon. Thanks for the answers last night too, and meybe we will see you again soon....
He saw it at 4:20 ....hmmmm ;) No problem, that would be sweet if you were down here!! So what's this I hear about a run at the end of the month????
 

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AK98Taco said:
Steve's work is amazing, and I know a half-dozen others in Utah/Idaho alone that would say the same!

All I have is sliders thus far, but I'm going to have him build me a front bumper and eventually cut my bed and make some high-clearance rear protection.

Here's some of those pics from the Nor-Cal gallery:

http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/aca
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/abx
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/aau
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/acs
http://www.norcalttora.com/gallery/album130/acp

When are you coming back out this way again, Dan?

Steve, Brant, and Jimmy are hosting a run in Lakechannel, ID, on the 29th of this month. Should be good times! Can't wait to see those guys again!
As soon as I can, boy I sure would like to make it to that run.....I think Moab is on the list at least 3 or 4 times this spring and summer...we gotta hook it up... :xdevil:
 

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BlingTaco said:
As soon as I can, boy I sure would like to make it to that run.....I think Moab is on the list at least 3 or 4 times this spring and summer...we gotta hook it up... :xdevil:
It's surely a substantial drive from CA, but if you want to come out, we'll all show you a good time!

I'm thinking of going to Moab over spring break, but I'm supposed to be going to Steamboat Springs at the same time, so maybe I'll cut the CO trip short and head for the slickrock.

Once I get a job, I'll be in Moab a lot!
 

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BlingTaco said:
He saw it at 4:20 ....hmmmm ;) No problem, that would be sweet if you were down here!! So what's this I hear about a run at the end of the month????
Yeah, we are taking three clubs out to the Lakechannel for some good winter wheeling Jan. 29th. It will be Hosted by my local club, Steep & Deep 4-Wheelers. But there will also be UT/ID TTORA and Snake River Off-Roaders attending. Should be fun, but I am going to have to catch a ride with someone since my truck is down for the count for a little while. But I will be there.
 

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I thought of maybe coming up there for it, and also getting the bumper done just before....I'll have to figure that out with Steve, but I NEED to go wheelin, not very many peeps out here in socal go wheelin much :(
 

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I thought of maybe coming up there for it, and also getting the bumper done just before....I'll have to figure that out with Steve, but I NEED to go wheelin, not very many peeps out here in socal go wheelin much :(
Now that would be whoop ass!!!! :xrocker:
 

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BlingTaco said:
I thought of maybe coming up there for it, and also getting the bumper done just before....I'll have to figure that out with Steve, but I NEED to go wheelin, not very many peeps out here in socal go wheelin much :(


hehe....its the winter season..i blame it on that :)

come this summer there is going to be lots of wheeling.....TacoDab and Hytenor said there is tons of wheeling about 1.5 hours from...Shaver Lake area..Dusy Ershim...be sure to come up as much as you can for some cool wheeling...
 

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hehe....its the winter season..i blame it on that :)

come this summer there is going to be lots of wheeling.....TacoDab and Hytenor said there is tons of wheeling about 1.5 hours from...Shaver Lake area..Dusy Ershim...be sure to come up as much as you can for some cool wheeling...
Oh man, with all the work finally done on the rig, you better believe I'm gonna wheel the shizzle out that thing, every damn weekend!! All my driving back and forth to Idaho will make central coast seem like nuthin ;)
 

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I saw that rear diff gaurd the other day when you passed me on the freeway.. I was wondering about it.. :cool:
 

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Tankota said:
I saw that rear diff gaurd the other day when you passed me on the freeway.. I was wondering about it.. :cool:
wondering what?..........how long it would take me to gnaw through it? ;)
 
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