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Old 07-08-2011, 05:49 PM   #1
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02 Taco "Build"

Hey guys. new to the forums here. Just posted an introduction at the newb area. http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/new...-10-years.html
Had the truck now since 2004. Bought it with 50,000 miles on it. This truck continues to amaze me at what it is capable of. It has done its fair share of wheeling over the past 7 years, and has the dents and dings to go along with that. It's got 160,000 miles now, so I have not been taking her on the most hardcore trails as of late.

Recently paid it off, so I have some more money to put into it and do things the right way this time.

Current Mods
-Toytec 3 inch space lift in front on OEM Bilstein's
-Toytec 2 inch shackle lift in the rear with procomp shocks
-2 inch body lift from dont remember
-16x8 Flat Black Procomp 52's w/ 4.25" backspacing
-285/75r16 BF Goodrich AT's
-K&N FIPK

Work to be done
-Toytec Coil-overs - Arrive on the 12th
-Bilstein 5100's for the rear
-OME Dakar leafs in the rear as my current ones are pretty flat
-Fix the check engine light - Have had the check engine light on for some time now (5 years maybe). It is reading a 300 (random cylinder misfire) and a 301 (Cylinder 1 misfire). I have replaced the plugs, wires, coil pack, air/fuel ratio sensor, ran fuel injection cleaner through it, cleaned the MAS, etc. and the light persists. Took it to a shop recently and they hooked it up to a scope and confirmed that it is not missing at all...so who knows...
-Steering Rack needs to be replaced. A little slop in it.
-Light bar/Bumper

Basically I am tired of having a bumpy ride on the trails. The spacer lift is the obvious culprit here. Pre-compressing the springs is not conducive to a smooth suspension. Not to mention that the struts have 160,000 miles on em. As for the rear, I have been reading a bunch of threads regarding shackles adding to the flattening of the leafs, so those will go as well. Time for a new leaf pack

The body lift went on to add a little clearance when I got my BFG MT's a while back. Was thinking about taking it off, but I would have to find the factory hardware to do that. Might end up going to Tacoma Screw to get them if I can find the specs on them.

So I get my coilovers on the 12th, and I am super excited to put them on. Due to funds, I could not order the leafs just yet, but that is set for August. I can get the shocks for the rear though, but was unsure about a couple things. I can get the shocks and use them until I get new leafs, but I am not sure if they are going to be the correct length. Pretty sure they will be the same as I have 2 inch shackles on there now and will be replacing with 2 - 2.5 inch Dakars. Also, don't want to damage them by using them with spent leafs. Thoughts?

So this may not be the most "awesome" build. Don't have anything too extreme in the plans, but I love my truck and I enjoy reading others' builds. Hoping to hear some good criticisms and ideas from ya'll.

Here are some pics


The old BFG Muds

How she looks now with the A/T's


And you can see my flat leafs here
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:19 PM   #5
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Very clean truck! You have built it right.
Thanks. I originally got 33" MTR's before I had any lift, so I got the cheapest lift I could find to fit the tires as I was anxious to put them on. The lift has served me well as far as clearance goes, and it was fairly easy to install. By "build it right" I mean build the suspension right.

BTW, not a big fan of Goodyear MTR's. They did not last very long on the truck. My BFG Muds, which I recently retired, lasted for 55,000 miles and were awesome. Since I don't really go crawling or mudding as much as I used to, I decided to get some BFG A/T's which are great!
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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I think your truck is perfect, Once you get those Dakars on you'll be set, maybe you could replace the bushing pack I think it is on the steering rack and that would solve your sloppiness you were talking about
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I think your truck is perfect, Once you get those Dakars on you'll be set,
maybe you could replace the bushing pack I think it is on the steering rack and
that would solve your sloppiness you were talking about
I have replaced the main bushing before. Just took it into the shop about a month ago and they seemed to think it needs to be replaced. I tore the back skid plate off in the snow a few years ago and since then I ripped one of the boots off the rack. I can probably pick a new rack up for $200 and planned on putting the poly bushings in then.

For the Dakars, I am going to need new OEM size shackles. I was planning on getting the OME greaseable shackles. They are $90 bucks tho, so are they worth it?
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So my coil-overs arrive on Tuesday.

I want to order the rear shocks next weekend but I don't know if I should put them on before I put new Dakars on there. The difference in the lifts will be >1" so I think the shock lengths will be very close if not the same. Any thoughts?
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