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Progress has been slow. I picked up an 85 mini front axle thats going to be swapped in hopefully by the end of the year. I need to finish paying RJ off for that before I can even start buying parts for the swap. I did get a free set of hysteer arms from Tom (Monkeyproof) recently. Thanks again Tom!

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IFS hubs and steering box


Hysteer arms (unknown manufacturer, possibly allpro)



Anyway, I got a Garmin Oregon 450 for Christmas.

As well as a nice list of tune up parts including..
Plugs and Plug wires.
PCV and PCV grommet.
Alternator brushes (hoarding until they are really needed)
Rear 02 Sensor.
Air Filter.
Fuel Filter.
All 3 Belts.

I've done everything above except the belts. Need a tension gauge.

I also got the Special Service Tools for a valve job. Soon as I get those in I'll pull the shims, measure them and order new ones.
I also need to replace the EGR valve. But thats for when I have more $$.


As for today..

I spent some time making a mount for my new Garmin Oregon 450.
I basically followed this write up but did a couple things differently in regards to how the mount was assembled but it basically came out the same.





BOOGERS!!! (Wire speed sucked :rolleyes: )




It doesn't block any view out of the front. It actually sits about right where the a pillar is in my vision. I need to order up the Garmin car adapter stuff so I can have a rechargeable battery and a power cord (which will be hard wired).


Heres some pictures from a couple of the recent runs I've been on

Clawhammer and Chocolate Thunder
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=169459

Moab Turkey Takeover
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=167643

Thanks for looking.
 

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I recently added the Trail-Gear transfercase crossmember to the armor list and subtracted the non sufficient Skidrow tcase skid.
The kit comes with the brackets you can either bolt or weld on. I chose to weld on. At the same time I cut off the stock crossmember brackets.

It is made out of 3/8ths steel and seems to be beef enough for what my IFS can throw at it.

I've only had it out on the trail once and it did get some scrapes. But its too early to tell if I will really like it.

On another note, I have noticed NO EXTRA VIBES as compared to stock. And don't be fooled by TG's claim that it is "high clearance." When I was mocking the crossmember up before cutting the stock xmember brackets off the bottom of the stock brackets were even with the bottom of the new TG xmember. So there is no gain in clearance. Just a gain in beef factor. Yes there is still remnants of the stock brackets. I will deal with those when I have the plasma for the SAS



Installed



I also recently "installed" a Trasharoo on the tailgate. I finally got tired of using my friends and decided to get one of my own. It was only 45 bucks and helps kep the trash off of the trail as well as out of my cab and bed. It is a very high quality bag and I recommend it to anyone.

After the below picture, I have since moved it up so it does not hang below the bumper.





Some wheelin pics from Clawhammer and Chocolate thunder and then KOH weekend where I ran Mottino Wash and Hammerdown. Plus some snow wheelin!
























Got arrested for speeding:










Navigating with the Garmin Oregon 450.




Broke a CV (my first), cracked a rim, and pushed over the alignment cam tabs on the rear passenger LCA mount.


A couple videos from KOH weekend.

http://blip.tv/file/4762035

http://blip.tv/file/4763091


Sorry for the pic overload, but this is what my garage is all about ;).
Also, some of these pics are courtesy of John (rivethead42), Chris (LBchico98), and Rebekah (some_odd_girl).
 

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I did a bit of an luxury accommodation mod.
I retrofitted power mirrors on my POS. I finally got tired aiming the mirrors after every time I went wheeling.

I got chrome power mirrors from a 97 extended cab, and a switch from the same truck. The harness that plugs into the switch happens to be from a Camry, but everything worked out okay after I figured out how to interpret the wiring diagrams.



Switch is mounted here:


Right now they are just wired up with butt connectors for testing function. I have some 3 wire connectors from PCS that will be wired in tomorrow morning.
http://www.pcsconnectors.com/12015793-ASM.aspx

Video demo showing that they work properly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8UU09yozno
 

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I picked up a pair of 4XInnovations tube doors from a local member. They're brand new, he just never used them after he bought them. Got a killer deal on them so I had to pull the trigger.
Since I already have my door hinge pins cut, I just had bolt the door side hinge piece on the doors and throw them on. Works great! :D
Sooner or later I'm going to add some mirrors and some speaker mounts. For now, some headphones will do. :p







 

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Finally have something decent to update with..
More recently its just been maintenance and more maintenance. Chasing my tail with a power steering leak etc..

Well this past weekend I installed a twin stick onto my transfer case. I wanted to do this so I could "unlock" the front end while on the trail and save some stress and the hassle of steering on granite slabs.




I got the stick from Daves off road performance out of norcal.
http://www.davezoffroadperformance.com/store/twin-stick-shifter-288.html
It looks great, exactly how it does in the picture.

I used this write up to help with the install. Followed it word for word and it was great.
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/~dickfoster/Pics/T Case Twin Stick Prep


My friend and fellow wheeler John (Rivethead242) was nice enough to offer his garage for the install and MikeyBB offered his hand for help as well.

First we had an issue with the stake nut on the transfercase.
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184849

After we finally got it off, we continued with the install.
Dealing with the shift keys:


Everything was going good, we were about to put the transfer case back together (we were hand tightening the 12 bolts) when... **CRACK**... John, Mike, and myself were all confused as to what the sound was. We went to test the shifting and neither shift rail would budge. When mike pulled the transfercase back apart he saw this on the back cover..




Stress cracks.. The gears weren't meshed and when we were cinching up the bolts it was actually bending the back cover until it gave. Our problem was not following Dick's instructions of "you can give the input shaft a little back and forth twisting motion to get things to take a seat."

Finally Monday I got a new transfer case from a junk yard with unknown miles and we had the case modified for twin sticks and assembled by 10PM.
By that point, we noticed that the shift rails would move fine without the shifter on top but the H/N/L wouldn't move with the shifter on.
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184917
Problem was the "bump" on the shift rail. We fixed it by grinding the shift nub.


The new case, fully assembled with the sticks mocked up.


All back together




All in all this was NOT a hard install and it can be done with one person.
Just be prepared for the stake nut to give you complete hell.

Oh and, I'm not sure why dick says you need a 32MM socket, but a 30 MM worked just fine. ;)

Good luck.

Edit: there was some sort of error with photos that has been fixed. Sorry.
Edit: more issues with photos. If anyone sees an issue like that (out of place photos), please pm me so I can fix it ASAP.
 

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I've been wanting to add a set of shackles from All-pro Offroad for a long while now. The leaf springs are great however the rear end has been a tad bit lower than the front, which I hate the look of.

I went with the 1.5" longer than stock shackles for a net gain of 3/4" of lift.
I also needed to replace my old bilstein 5150's. One of them was blown from over compression and had leaked all of its oil out. My co-worker happened to have a 3 month old set of 10" 5125's that had been sitting since he went with W/E 12" shocks. He had no use for the bilsteins so he gave them to me for free. While I was at it I also added a set of EVS foam shock bump stops to prevent any more shock destruction.

Shocks:


Shackles:


The truck:


The next large project will consist of boxing the rear frame and adding a ford gas tank behind the cab/ above the drive shaft in front of the axle.
I will be getting the frame box plates from ballistic and installing those the same time as the gas tank.
 

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A couple little updates..
Spent the past month chasing wild gremlins that wouldn't let my truck run.
After replacing the MAF, ECM, and IACV I finally realized the fuel pump was done.
The truck is finally running again, and it's time to continue modifying. :D

I won a $100 gift card to 4Wheel Parts at Tin Benders Jamboree back in April.
I kept thinking to myself.. "what the fuck will I ever buy at 4Wheel Parts?"
After a while, I realized if I use this card, I can get a Smittybilt XRC8 for a smoking deal.
So that's what I did. Walked out the door with a new winch for $230.
I will replace the wire cable with synthetic whenever I have money burning a hole in my pocket or when the cable breaks, whichever comes first.





Other than that, the truck was flopped a couple months ago.







That wasn't a huge deal. Only had to replace the door, get the A-pillar pulled in one 6" spot, and replace the windshield.







2 Weeks after the flop and I'm back on the trail..


Then I made an appearance in the July/ August issue of 4WD Toyota Owner..


And that basically catches us up.

Up next is wiring up some rock lights.
Still slowly collecting SAS parts.
Just need some parts for the axle and some steering stuff, and I can get all the suspension stuff from work and start cutting. :D
 

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Well, after moving across the country twice, life sure has taken it's toll on the SAS project. Finally getting the ball rolling.

So far I have:
Oil pan stuff.
Front 5.29 8" HP.
MC steering arms w/ 25mm pin kit.
Ifs hubs, knuckles for the front housing.
4" AP springs.
Frame plates.
The diamond axle was ordered today.

What I still need.
Steering box (ford forward swing) with shaft/ pitman arm as well as hydro lines.
Shock mounts/ shocks.
Front hanger kit from front range.
Front Taco brake kit from front range and brake lines.
Probably a lot of stuff I'm forgetting.

Rear suspension stuff will most likely be 5" pickup springs/ kit from Allpro.
Need to pick up a tundra/ T100 rear axle.





Also had an issue with the rear lockright a month ago.



Ended up welding it together. (Thanks Jason!)
 

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Hey!
what year headlights do you need? I have a decent set of '98-00 that have been collecting dust.
 

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Hey!
what year headlights do you need? I have a decent set of '98-00 that have been collecting dust.
95.5-97. That's all that will bolt up to this new core support. $200 later I've got a set on order with all the misc. parts needed to mount grille and headlights. Thank you anyway Chris.
 

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95.5-97. That's all that will bolt up to this new core support. $200 later I've got a set on order with all the misc. parts needed to mount grille and headlights. Thank you anyway Chris.
No problem. How's the family?
 

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No problem. How's the family?
We’re all healthy. The relationship is rocky to say the least. I may be 17 months sober but apparently I’m still a selfish, egotistical, and controlling asshole. 😂

How are you doing?
Happy thanksgiving by the way!
 

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Still at SF Opera...for another couple of years and then retiring :D
Doing well. Still have the truck but don't get out to trails much.
 

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Still at SF Opera...for another couple of years and then retiring :D
Doing well. Still have the truck but don't get out to trails much.
Coulda swore you said you were retiring years ago 😜
And yeah I don’t get out enough anymore either. Bought a house and a Tundra within 2 months of each other so.. money can be tight.
 
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