Install done. Now to weld the light bar on, light tabs, turn signal tabs, and paint!!
Welding on the rest! A big thanks to my friend Tim for helping me. Don't have welder yet. Hopefully snag one from a buddy soon.
paint and lots of coats!
Finished product and ready for a winch.
Its a great bumper and would suggest it to anyone looking for one!
Now plans for the future, finish up on the armor idea, get some sliders and rear tube bumper. Then focus on traction. But ill talk more about that stuff when i actually get it. In a few weeks im heading up to marble falls to do some wheeling. So ill take some pics and post them.
throw on some paint and welding them on last second :welder:
Sliders are done! Now just waiting on my spare tire carrier to come in from cbi offroad, been a month so far but well worth it, its gunna be a head turner.
Trip to marble falls in coming up on the 20th. wheeltoberfest!! so im gunna upload some pics after that.
So I just got back from my trip to hidden falls in Marble Falls Tx. Thanks to Stephen for throwing out the idea. Since wheeltober fest was going on, it made it that much better, talk about a thousand toyotas and abunch of nice people
Here are some pictures I gt through out the weekend.
Then finished the weekend off by doing a SOA to a buddys jeep and got my spare tire in from CBI offroad, will but in on when i do the bed bob so its in the right spot.
Drove out to Hidden Falls last weekend and played around. Later on had some ball joint trouble on the side of the road, or in the middle of it!! But fixed her real quick with new goods all on the front. Not a fun experience having your tire fold in on you while your cruising.
Yeah so started the bob this weekend. Finally had the right weather for it and the time so went at it. Used the basic formula, mark and cut. Chalk line was something pretty badass that I ended up using.
Tomorrow get rest of it cut and tacked back on. Then bondo and paint the next. Damn melted bedliner is everywhere!!!!!
Weathers been so shity so took a few more days then I thought.
Ended up doing backstraping cause why not, with touching up and grinding may be a little bit more than 11.5 inches. Have the in bed seem rebedlined and outside smoothed and bondoed. Paint and cruising tomorrow!
Finished up the rear bumper tonight. Went off the look of several other taco bumpers on the forum obviously. Built of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/4 square tubing. Spent about $130 on metal. I will add a middle crossmember and extra frame mounts when I box the frame in hopefully in the next month or so.
Finished product didn't come out to bad. Still need to get some side hoops rolled or somethin. Ran out to marble falls for the weekend to cruise around.
Heard something banging around up front, my sway bar end links were completely shot. Been needing to for a while so just took the sway bar out. Felt way better on the trails.
So bout to take off my front bumper and give it a make over! Stripping it down first then cutting off light bar hoop and light bar tabs. Goin to get a stinger rolled for it that sits just above the hood about as tall as a TG. Will do some custom slotted supports and tack up some brackets for a little 20" bar my buddy gave me. Paint. Add winch with synthetic rope, top it off with a All Pro hawse. (have to do it right). = Way better frontend game!
Didn't want to have the front apart and not mess with the wiper fluid problem, so decided to relocate it under the hood.
Took a reservoir and pump out of a old scrap yard GMC suburban, spliced the toyota connectors on it, tucked it back against the passenger side. Haven't mounted yet because I think I'm goin to do something nice instead of zip ties.
Finally have 35s under the truck. A buddy from Austin moved up to 37s and gave me his old set of Pro Comp M/Ts, pretty beat up but will last till I need to spend the money on new ones. I got lucky and some how someone had left 2 15x8 3.75BS steelies in my scrap pile and they happen to be toyota pattern. Found the same wheel on Summit and ordered 2 more. Have about 120 in the whole set considering bout a 50 dollar mounting fee.
Rear gearing and locker from Marlin in the next few weeks. Goin to be in 2wd for the next few months with the up and coming project........
So while I've been building the goods up for the front because it is a little bit more of a pricy upgrade, i just about have everything for the back so started on it.
Oreded some 5in springs from All pro some time last year when they had a sale, been sitting till now. Also just got my detroit and 5.29s in from 4wheelparts, eco seals and yukon bearing kit from Marlin. Yukon put the wrong size shims in the kit so i had to run around town explaining the whole "its not an 8in its some bullshit they call an 8.4" till i found some slightly smaller ones that would work. Looking prettty.
Also got the diff guard on, took a hot minute of grinding to fit it up right, thought that was TGs job.....and I relocated the proportioning valve up on the axle instead of buying that little bracket for 20 bucks.
Rest of the goods coming in next week
AP shock mounts
Extended brake line
Carrier bearing drop kit.
Then off to the fun part..
Just waiting on bump stops and the carrier bearing drop to give me and just enough drive shaft till I can afford a long spline. 12in bilsteins are in, had to use my old upper shock bushings but other than that are perfect. Back is sitting pretty ready for the front!
Been a quiet year because of this!
Time to get some real metal under the front of my tacoma. What I want out of my truck…stay all Toyota and something thats not a trailer queen.
I picked up a toyota mini axle, containing; a high pinion 8in third member, 5.29 ring and pinion gears, detroit locker, MC Hi steer, FJ80 TREs, and all the misc. stuff needed to build up another toyota style axle. Also came with MC pitman arm. I went with a Trail Gear axle housing. Yes, at first I wanted a diamond but sometimes you only got so much money. I got the TG axle housing 61.75 WMS width, fully welded, for 620 bucks, you can’t beat that in my book. I don’t think ill have any problem with it as long as i build it right. Also means I can keep the stock rear housing since its width is close enough.
Adjusted the backlash a little but other than that looked to be in good shape. Had an issue with the third member stud holes not perfectly matching up with the housing (of course) but I slightly drilled them out and taped the studs and it slide in just fine.
Third member in, sanded and painted. Waiting on MC axle seals till I can slip the shafts in and keep building it.
For the rest of the parts, still need an oil pan, steering kit, and the goods to hang the springs. but the rest is "organized" on this table.Going to start stripping the front tonight to start making a front crossmember.
I guess I should update so people don't think I'm one of those guys who cut my truck up and got lost in limbo...
Finished building the axle. I had hit a big issue with getting the short side axle to slip in. Had done everything and was worried I was having alignment issues from drilling my 3rd member holes out.
The issue ended up being that Trail Gear sent the wrong short side axle when they had sent me the axle housing, axles, and steering links..............(insert more ...'s here.)
After that it went together swimmingly.
The truck sat for awhile for various reasons. I was still figuring out where I wanted everything since I was using the TG frenched hanger kit while trying to push the axle farther forward than they were designed for.
After everything was tacked in and a new hole was present in my core support, I burned it all in.
Been a long time coming since the truck sat 4 tires down without two big rig jacks under the front.
The bottom of the crossmember I welded in to connect the frame rails is flush with the bottom of factory fame rails (which is not the correct recommend hight for the surface that the spring hanger should mount to when using the french hanger kit) But I sacrificed 3/4 of an inch to avoid having mismatch heights and the need for gussets. I was going to accommodate the difference with pinion angle shims, but ended up being fine without them.
The LROR spring hanger was the choice for all the weld area I could get.
Frenched hangers are SO MUCH FUN to weld in...
The axle is in a cozy enough spot for me.
Thats it for the SAS. Pretty basic approach, just a modified Trail Gear kit with Marlin, All Pro, AND Low Range Off Road parts.
I drove it for a month till I had the time to weld in the Marlin shock hoops. Was the bumpiest 30 days of my life...and might have naturally modified my oil pan.
Then loaded the welder up for its return voyage to its home.