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Old 11-21-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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I've had this truck for about 6 years now about 4.5 of those 6 it has been used as a work truck. Sorry don't have pics of what the truck looked like originally (used to be white). Its a 2.7l dlx 4wd 1997 4cyl ext cab with 177k. I've been in about 6 accidents with this truck. All mostly body damage which is fixed now.

EDIT HOW IT SITS TODAY: 7/23/14



Credit for this pic ^ goes to JohnboyTrd, thanks bro.

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this is where i started.




THINGS IN THE MAIL:
-sending Boss shocks for repair
-uniden pro520xl, 3' firestick, heavy duty firestick spring, firestick quick disconnect(external), coupling/mount
-6" deck plate

VERY SOON
-Rear ARB locker w/ 4.56 gears front and back (group buy)
-steering rack (rack dr or OEM)
-vapor canister
-2x more arb d rings for rear bumper

ARMOR:
-3/16" rack protection skid made by ISU (i custom fit it to the AP bumper.)
-CBI offroad rear bumper outback 1.0 (custom to match bobbed bed) (I need 2x more ARB d-rings)
-Allpro Baja style front bumper w/ ARB d-rings (installed 1/8" spacers on the front and bottom to level out the bumper.)
-BAMF bolt on kick/up sliders

SUSPENSIONS:
REAR
-OME Dakar leafs & King 2.0 resi 10" shocks w/new front leaf bolts
-Timbren rear bump stops
-OME greasable shackles
-Carrier bearing drop made out of toytec's skid plate spacers
-BAMF shock relocation kit
-Toytec 3 degree axle shims
FRONT
-Toytec boss coil overs w/600 lbs red springs
-Total chaos UCA's
-New OEM LBJ's & OTR's
-Toytec diff drop
-Sway bar delete
-CVJ remanufactured axles w/ silicone boots & ECGS bushing fix

BRAKES/WHEELS:
-BAMF BPV w/ powdercoat
-Bajatacos ebrake cable extenders
-Blacked out the rims
-33x12.5x15 General grabbers
-1.5" BORA wheel spacers
-Extended blue stainless steel brake lines

BODY/EXTERIOR:
-Bobbed 13 1/4" out of bed & cut the bottom of the back side of the bed
-made a custom grill
-Tailgate net (integrated attachment points into the bed.)
-IPCW crystal eyes tail lights (customized)
-herculiner in bed
-debagged and antenna removed
-headlights/side lights,radiator support, hood, dr fender, small passenger window (accidents/break ins)
-rattle canned matte black
-replaced mirror glass

ENGINE/EXHAUST:
-borla muffler and Magna flow cat (need to get rewelded)
-Bedside outlet exhaust before axle
-fully removed a/c system
-new engine

ELECTRONICS:
-red top battery
-Touch screen kenwood navi with some type r alpines/JBL's
-Led dome light
-trail gear Led blinker conversion w/ resistors
-fixed the Digital clock
-BeeRadd led hood lighting kit
-led dualies on bumper
-led strips under bed rails

MISC:
-led mag light (2dcell gray) w/ quick fist for mounts (mounted on driver side back seat)
-harbor freight air compressor plugs into cigarette lighter
-universal windshield washer reservoir (relocated into engine bay instead of behind radiator support)
-hilift jack
-8" survival knife from harbor freight
-Hex keys
-rear diff breather extended to gas door w/ inline filter

THINGS I'M PLANNING ON GETTING/DOING IN ORDER(updated 2/22/15):
-relentless u bolt flip
-AFE air filter
-repaint truck, line-x bed
-bama toy electric upgrade 1 w/blue sea fuse block
-winch w/ red synthetic rope and red pro link
-more skid plates (all of them!!)
-SCS f-5 rims
-New tundra EBC rotors & pads w/ reman'd calipers
-ps vacuum splitter
-ARB front locker w/ single compressor
-TRD/LCE super charger
-LCE fuel injectors
-Snorkle
-RTT & custom bamf bedrack
-ARB Breather kit
-Redline hood struts
-fXR retros w/ halo and panamera shroud
-hilift jack slider adapter and fix it kit
-passenger door lock actuator
-ARB Tire repair kit, arb e-z deflator, needle nose pliers, channel locks, small socket set, Ratcheting cargo bar, jumper cables
-New windshield & redo tint
-few locking rotopax
-leather seats/leather steering wheel wrap
-new speakers/10" sub w/ back seat rear center console sub box.
-40" curved led light bar with roof mount
-hex drain plug for axle

THINGS TO DO
-fix dash lights
-oil frame
-gps update
-weld link in steering column

THINGS SITTING IN THE GARAGE:
-new energy suspension LCA bushings & body bushings
-1x cree LED "dualie"
-fiolo grill (Need to get an FJ emblem)
-CVJ silicon boot w/OEM grease
-35mm socket
-new skid plate bolts
-2x cbi hood mounts (CB antenna on passenger and cree dualie on driver side)
-coax cable
-silicon vacuum lines (blue)
-flex shaft grinder for porting exhaust and intake

THINGS FOR SALE(PM me for pics):
-A/C compressor worked fine when i was using it
-Sway bar w/ new energy suspension bushings (needs new end links.)
-2x tow points (12$ shipped in US)
-2x sets of 2 2" rubber remote resis mounts
-31x10.5x15 BFG A/T's (4x used)

will keep updating this. i have had the truck for a while still trying to remember everything that has happened to it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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got these in the mail yesterday
just need to put some paint on them.



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Old 11-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Gonna look nice with that front bumper !
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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Gonna look nice with that front bumper !
thanks
just put it on sunday night.

only bad thing is i didn't realize my skid plate won't work with this bumper.. so I'm thinking about cutting/bending the skid plate so it will work. i was able to cut up the stock skid plate and put that up temporarily.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Very nice! Makes it look like a whole new truck!
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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made my license plate holder a little better than just a shoe string..


also painted the AP orange on the bumper and did some touch ups.


took those nerf bars off today as well in hopes i will be getting my BAMF sliders soon.
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heres what the bumper will look like with the new lights once i wire them up



the new grille that i custom made & painted



took apart the IAC valve and the throttle body and cleaned as much carbon as i could i even cleaned some of the intake manifold.

(back of the throttle body)


(entrance of the intake manifold had a 1/4" layer of carbon that i cleaned off)


(how much i cleaned out.. the other side of the shirt was just as dirty.. i was pulling out chunks of the stuff.)
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So not sure if I like the tire carrier or not.. I think it looks ok but i didn't think about this when I was building it but it kinda blocks my rear view mirror.. :/. Oh well it's ok for now I guess.
I'll try to get a picture from the back too..



Any feed back on my home made tire carrier is much appreciated wether it be positive or negative.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:39 PM   #9
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radiator support really sucked to remove & install.. i highly suggest not doing it lol. After the fact I'm happy though and it looks like a whole new truck. Although it seemed like nothing lined up the way it should have. Also got a few things installed including new led trail gear blinkers with resistors (one of the blinkers already went out pretty bummed) , hi lift jack locking mount, and some ARB d rings(had to grind them down the casting lines made them not fit.)
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Nice truck! If I were you I would just make a simple angled baja style spare tire carrier.
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Nice truck! If I were you I would just make a simple angled baja style spare tire carrier.
Thank you. I appreciate the input on the tire carrier. I'm still not 100% sure what i want to do with it. That one I made is just temporary so I can bob the bed. I think I might go with a full bed rack eventually but really not sure what direction I'm headed.. I definitely want something that goes over the cab though so I can put a nice led bar on it. A Baja style tire carrier would compliment the AllPro bumper for sure though.. Decisions decisions.
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ok haven't updated much but I'm starting to make a lot of progress. I ordered a new IAC valve, got gaskets for all the intake pieces(intake manifold, plenum, egr, and injector o rings) cause I'm going to clean all the gunk out then use sea foam to get the deep stuff, 4 gallons of amsoil synthetic ATF and a new toyota trany filter, new air filter, i picked up my BAMF sliders w/ kick up, just got my toytec lift kit in the mail. will be posting pics of that in a little bit.
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coil overs & rear shocks (also got dakar leafs not pictured here)
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Nice!
thanks. I can't wait till tomorrow when ill be putting in my suspension finally! anyways i got a good MPG reading to compare what MPG I'm getting after i do all this maintenance. it came out to 15.5 mpg which is pretty damn low for a 4cyl. the weekend after this one I'm planning on changing trany fluid to synthetic amsoil(full flush w/ filter), Ps fluid synthetic swap, new plug wires, new oil + filter (sea foam in crankcase right before i change the oil), take apart the whole intake manifold + plenum + fuel injectors and clean all of it the best i can, sea foam through vacuum lines after i clean the intake, and a new idle air control valve.
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So I got the coil overs in but ran into a snag on the first leaf I tried to install.. The shackle ended up being seized in the old leaf and I tried everything. So I'm going to oriely and getting some new shackles and then I will be able to finish. One thing that really helped was having the spare tire mounted in the bed it would have sucked trying to get the shocks/leafs out.
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Ok so today was another failed attempt at the rear ome leafs. First the shackle on the passenger side was seized into the old leaf. I ended up making shackles from some steel for the passenger side pretty much got that leaf in all the way except for the u bolts. Then tried to take the other leaf off and got the shock off both sides. The front bolt on the driver leaf(the one between the gas tank &frame) was super hard to crack. After splitting a 1/2" drive 19mm socket in half on it I finally got it with an open end wrench and a crow bar using leverage against the leaf spring.. Then after all that that bolt wouldn't budge. It's seized in the metal sleeve inside the leaf bushing. Not to mention when I was trying to get the shackle out of the old leaf I bent the shit out of it and mushroomed the threads of the bolt.. So I ended up having to literally put all of my old stuff back on which sucked majorly. Anyways hopefully I can get this rear suspension on sometime next week I have to order New shackles and new front bolts for the leafs then I think I will be able to get it.
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Good looking build! And thanks for the heads up on those Deavers.
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Sweet just finished putting the rear suspension in. So far I love it I've only driven around the block one time though. Looks great too I'm stoaked. It was super easyish this time with all new hardware I didn't really have any problems. My axle almost dropped though I forgot about supporting the diff. That was an easy fix. I plan on doing the diff drop and maybe make my skid plate fit tmrw. I'll have pictures up in the morning.

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