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my first truck


my new truck

I had orginally bought a tacoma xtra cab prerunner (my first truck) thinking I'd never really drive offroad and would never need 4wd. After getting the truck I actually took it offroad and loved it. I built a pretty ghetto bolt on bumper for it and made it mid travel up front but the 2wd wasn't cutting it rock crawling. I traded that truck in and got a 4wd double cab. I got a double cab because I always read about people selling their 2 door trucks when they had a family and need to fit a child seat in and what not, plus its cool having friends along.

My goal is to have a sweet ass truck that I can offroad on trails and in the dunes but still be functional because it is my DD and I use the bed frequently for work. Anyway, here are my plans for the truck...


Suspension-
Front:
Camburg LT kit , Custom Upper Arm
Fox 2.5 x10" Dual Rate Coilovers, shortened to 8" stroke
Fox 2.5 10" Triple Bypasses, shortened to 8" stroke
Fox 2.0 x 2.5" Bumpstops, shortened to 2" stroke

Rear:
Ford 9" Full Floater. Cone Hubs
(31 spline, detroit locker, 5.29 gears,seal #417349, o-ring 2-223 2-243)
Willwood Ulta-Lite calipers, .81 x 12.188 Rotors
All Pro 50T Pack w/ 12" Richer Racing shackles
Fox 2.5 x 16" triple bypass with custom layout (Outboard of Frame)
Fox 2.0 x 4" Bumpstops, shortened to 3" stroke

Fabrication-
Bumper
Front Diff Mount Protective Crossmember
Hitch
Front diff Skid
Engine Cage
Roll Cage
Boxed in Frame
Spare Tire Carrier


Other
Glassworks 6.5" Front fenders
Glassworks 6" Rear Fenders
Magnaflow Muffler (done)
Mickey Thompson Classic II powdercoated Black
Sliders
Front Tundra Brake Upgrade
Supercharger
2 Kragen HIDs
Remote Tranny Cooler
Ammo Cans


Here is a list of some links I used as reference on my build
Front LT installation
http://www.off-road.com/trucks4x4/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=186292
Rear Suspension:
http://www.trailslesstraveled.com/viewarticle.php?id=37
http://www.dezertrangers.com/vb/showthread.php?t=85240
Manual Proportioning Valve:
http://www.trailslesstraveled.com/article/rear-brakes-removing-lspv/
Service Manual:
http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/index.html
Mounting shocks outside of frame:
http://www.dezertrangers.com/vb/showthread.php?t=88249
OBD Codes:
http://www.ttora.com/wiki/index.php/OBDII_Trouble_Codes
Rear shock angle:
http://www.dezertrangers.com/vb/showthread.php?t=64624
Steering rack bushing replacement:
http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/steering_bushing/
Tundra brake conversion:
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=51597&highlight=brake+conversion
Tire Carrier:
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70083&highlight=TIREGATE
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32433&highlight=tire+carrier&page=2

Notes:
Front Coilover
6"x500#/16" x 800#
3,3 compression, 50 Rebound

Front Bypass
4,3,2 compression, 70 Rebound

Rear Bypass
3,2 compression, 30 Rebound
 

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Here's a few pics of my bumper build. Sorry for the crappy cellphone pics. I wanted to tie my skid plate to the diff skid but I would have lost some clearance the way I was planning on doing it so I'm just going to do them seperate. The tube that protects the radiator is .120 DOM and the rest is thin wall chromoly. I wanted the bumper to be able to crunch if I get in an accident for saftey reasons and also because I'd rather have my bumper give than my frame.



 

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I mounted 6.5" Glassworks fenders this weekend in preparation for LT next weekend and the came out pretty good however it was a lot more shaping and sanding than I had imagined. I couldn't get the stock mounting for the turn signal to work in the new ones. It only mounts using that screw from the top of the headlight and a bracket that comes off the side of the headlight. How are you guys doing it? i also put in a magna flow exhaust and it sounds pretty good


pretty goofy looking w/ stock width


from this


to this


welds came out pretty good but Im not baller enough to weld while I walk around it so I had to start and stop a bunch of times
 

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11/13/09
I got all my parts in for LT (thank you poly pro). I got the Camburg LT kit and was originally going to go w/ SAW shocks but I couldn't get them in by friday so I switched to FOX (Im inpatient). I also got the total chaos spindle gussets. I started the install friday afternoon and worked til about midnight but only got this far:

I didn't have the correct size socket to take out my CV's or get the lower ball joint back in. Also, the upper arms weren't tapped for the zerk fittings so I thought I had to tap them before I could move on. I ran around all of saturday morning searching for the right tap only to find out the fittings go in without having to tap the holes. There were absolutely no instructions for the camburg kit so I didn't know. I worked all of Sat and half of sunday and limped my way to an alignment shop. The tires were squealing everytime my wheel wasnt completely straight. here are some pics from the install:



ball joint tool haha

I got tired of the ball joint moving while I was trying to press it out

spindle gusset

LT vs stock

bump

droop

Poser pic

I also Upgraded my brakes to the tundra S13WL. I had to grind my lower are because the rotors were hitting them. I painted blue with duplicolor caliper paint. It actually matches my rings pretty close

clearance after grinding


Booya
 

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Thanks a lot guys. I'm leaving thanksgiving weekend for work and I'll be gone for about a month so when I get back from that. Im gonna be riding pretty dirty for awhile cuz i have to drive it to work while im building it up
 

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This week I trimmed my fenders so they wouldnt rub at bump. I relocated my windshield wiper fluid pump higher so it wouldn't get destroyed and put my stock bumps on the frame until I got actual bumps stops. Lastly, I made gussets to go on the outside of my spindle. I heard they were weak so I decided to reinforce it before I broke it.

Before:


After:



Bump stops:

I drilled and tapped the frame and they screwed right in. M10-1.25

Spindle Gussets

templates


plasma cut then grinded


Welded on and painted


There's just enough room to get an end wrench in there
 

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I finally sorted out my heim steering. It handles great on the road


I also ordered 16" triple bypasses, bumpstops for all corners with fox cans, limit straps, steering rack bushing kit, and a proportional valve. Getting ready to do the rear end!
 

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Your truck is a great platform. I had an 04 extra cab and bought a double cab because I was afraid of the same thing you were about building it up and having to sell it due to family needs.

Great build.
 

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Your truck is a great platform. I had an 04 extra cab and bought a double cab because I was afraid of the same thing you were about building it up and having to sell it due to family needs.

Great build.
Thanks man, just hope that when I have a family theyll like offroading

nice man. i just need t100 cv shafts to get 4WD back.
4x4 makes the truck so much more versatile
 

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I found the shocks I need on dezertrangers today used and a bunch cheaper than the ones I just ordered so I canceled my order and picked them up after work. Since I am putting the shocks on the outside of the frame I was a little worried that they were piggyback and not resi because the overall width is bigger. The width of the shock in the orientation I need it is just under 5", the gap between my frame and tire is just under 4", and I am adding 3" per side with the tundra axle. That leaves about 2" extra. I will probably favor the frame side since the tire will move closer on articulation. Here are the shocks


I also took off my bed and made some sweet temporary mud flaps to make the popos happy.



Here is the clearance on the stock axle so imagine this but with 3 extra inches
 

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when your drooped out on one side and compressed on the other im sure that your rub those shocks like a bastard even with the tundra axle.
 

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when your drooped out on one side and compressed on the other im sure that your rub those shocks like a bastard even with the tundra axle.
rub the tire? theyll be angled forward a little so at extreme articulation it will be clear of the top of the tire which will be the farthest point in. I'll make sure to cycle the articulation when I'm placing the shock
 
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