CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING THE FIRST POST
The goal of this truck is a DD that is able to handle 90% of the trails at the same time. It is built to go moderately fast in the dirt but can also tackle the slower more technical terrain. I will start off with the current modifications list.
2006 Toyota Tacoma 4WD w/TRD Sport Package and OEM towing package
- All-Pro IFS skid plate
- Armortech rear wrap-around bumper (modified by Demello Offroad) Build Link
-Demello Offroad tire swingout
-Demello Offroad Fuel/Water Can Carriers
- Blacked-out front Toyota emblem
- Debaged emblems
- Demello Offroad Bolt-on sliders Manufacturer Link
- Extended rear differential breather DIY Link
- Extra bed d-rings (x6) DIY Link
- Flowmaster 40-series muffler
- Gator-Saver tailgate reinforcement
- Redline Tuning Quicklift Plus hood struts Manufacturer Link
- Safari snorkel Install Link
- Toyota OEM bed mat
- Window tint 35%
- Lightforce 170 lights (x3)
--LightForce 170 Combo Filter (Clear x3)
--LightForce Driving Light Wiring Harness (x2)
- Rigid Dually D2 (Wide Pattern) Fog Lights
- Rigid SRM (Flood Pattern) Rear Lights
- Toyota OEM 2010 smoked headlights
- WeatherTech floor liners
- Wet Okole seat covers (charcoal and black w/red TRD logo)
- Quick Fist clamps for flashlights Product Link
- 2009-2011 Toyota OEM Lower Center Console
COMM AND ELECTRONICS
- BlueSea auxiliary fuse block (12 circuit) Product Link
-100 amp resettable circuit breaker
-Fuse block mount from TW Link
- Cobra 75 WX-ST CB radio
-Firestik 4 ft Antenna
- DieHard Platinum Group 35 Dual Batteries
- Escort Passport 9500iX radar detector
- Garmin 62 STc GPS
-Hardwired power adapter
- National Luna Split Charge System Product Link
- Pioneer AppRadio 3 headunit
-Scosche dash kit
- Ultra Gauge Manufacturer Link
- Yaesu FT-8800R HAM radio
-Larsen 2/70B NMO antenna
- Ram iPhone Finger Phone Mount Amazon Link
- Total Chaos Toyota Tacoma +2" Long Travel Manufacturer Link
-Toyota Tacoma 05+ Tacoma Extended Axles
-Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.5 remote reservoir long travel coilovers
-Total Chaos alignment cam gussets
-Total Chaos spindle gussets
- Removed front sway bar
- Timbren Bumpstops
- All-Pro Rear U-Bolt Flip Kit
- All-Pro Expo Springpack
- Timbren Bumpstops
- Icon 2.0 remote reservoir shocks
- 4.88 Gears
- ARB air locker (rear)
-ARB 4x4 Accessories CKMTA12 Twin Air Compressor Kit Product Link
WHEELS AND TIRES
- Goodyear Wrangler MTR w/Kevlar 35x12.5R17
- Innovative Balancing Tire Balance Beads Manufacturer Link
- Power Stop Extreme Performance Drilled and Slotted Brake Rotors Rock Auto
- Power Stop Truck and Severe Duty Brake Pads Rock Auto
Sandy's Beach, HI Nov 1, 2010
Local Trail Jan 22, 2011
Ocotillo Wells Jan 30, 2011
Corral Canyon Feb 19, 2011
Main Divide Feb 26, 2012
Welks Trail Aug 26, 2012
Anza Borrego Day Trip Feb 17, 2013
Desert Rendezvous, Red Canyon Jeep Trail, Bradshaw Trail Mar 15-16, 2013
Local dirt trail Jul 2, 2013
Pancake Rock Jul 6, 2013
Welks Trail Sep 29, 2013
Main Divide Truck Trail Nov 11, 2013
Ocotillo Wells Day Trip Nov 24, 2013
Mojave Road Dec 21-24, 2013
Here she is the day I bought here. Nice and clean. No scratches or dents or holes drilled into her....yet.
First major modifications came about 7 months later. Donahoe (now called Icon) suspension up front. I have went through some fox's up front which didnt give me the lift and ride quality I was looking for. I have recently had the suspension in the picture rebuilt by Icon to be extended with the reservoirs. Ride is 100x better than the fox's.
Wheels at the time were Wheelers Steelies 16x8. Reason for the switch was to shed some weight so I now have the Wheelers Alloys in 16x8 which are sold by pro comp.
And for the rear I have OME Dakar springs. At the time I did not upgrade the rear shocks but I have went through Donahoes in the rear (were not long enough for the 2.75" of lift the Dakars give you) but now I have some fox's in the rear which are great.
90% of the installs are done by me at my house.
And here she is with 265/75-16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA KM. The tires at the time were perfect and I ran this size for almost two years.
Got stuck in a deep rut on the Main Divide.
Here you can see my old Firestik Antenna which didnt get good reception at that location so I went with the Wilson 1000 later.
In this shot you can see the Demello bolt on sliders. Demello has a great product that I highly recommend to anyone. Oh, and sliders should be one of your first modifications if you plan on offroading.
I was transferred to Hawaii in the summer of 2007. Not a whole lot of places to wheel here in Hawaii but I have had a great time in the places that you can.
I had a topper for a short while. It was a Snugtop XV. I do plan on purchasing another when I get back to California.
I mounted my Garmin GPS 60CSx in the corner of the window where the black plastic piece is. This is the best location I have found for this unit for visibility and ease of use.
DeeZee toolbox that fits perfectly in the bed.
Hi-Lift 48" jack with 4XRAC mounted to the inside of the bed.
Switches for front lights.
Fuespanel for misc electronics I have been adding.
U-bolt flip kit from All-Pro.
Lightforce lights mounted to an All-Pro plate bumper.
All-Pro plate bumper. Here she is with the new tires (BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA KM2 in 285/75-16) mounted on Wheelers Alloys 16x8.
I took the plunge and added a snorkel from Safari Snorkel.
Some Kaena Point four-wheelin withe my wife driving.
This is the most recent picture on the initiator at the Peacock Flats area.
Back in California at Ocotillo Wells.
I added some quick fist clamps to the under side of the center console.
Added a 1000W inverter. One plug up front with a switch/led for on/led for overload. Three plugs in the back. Inverter is located under the drivers seat.
More quick fist for a maglite added to the drivers side seat
80A fuse on a 2 gauge wire added for the inverter.
Speakers for CB/HAM mounted on center pillars. Drivers side is HAM, passenger is CB. These were like $15 for both on eBay.
Current switch setup.
I upgraded my radio to a Pioneer AVH-8400BH and with it being a double DIN, it gave me the excuse to go ahead and get a Cobra 75WXST CB radio. I also moved around a few items and cleaned everything up a bit.
This is the new setup. I wanted everything within plain view for the driver.
The 75WXST was mounted next to the Garmin GPS. I used a piece of flat metal from the hardware store and mounted the mic holder up.
The Yaesu was also moved up on top of the steering column. I used two l-brackets that costed $.60 from Lowes and painted them black. For the mic, I put velcro on the back and mounted a velcro strip below the AC controls.
Front of plate with the mic holder for the 75WXST. The mic holder I got off of ebay. The mic won't fall out when you are out on the trails with this holder.
And here is the back.
Finally got around to start assembling the Hutchinson's.
Had my little helper doing what he always does...cause trouble.
1 down, 4 more to go.
Got the truck back last night. Many thanks to Demello Offroad for everythign that was done to the truck. It feels great driving the truck again after 6 weeks of it being gone. This is what was added:
-TC +2" kit
-ARB rear air locker
-Demello swingout added to the armortech rear bumper
-35" Goodyear MTR's
-17" Hutchinson beadlocks
Still waiting to do the following:
-Icon rear 2.0 custom length shocks
-Chop fenders 3 inches
-Lower front end 1 inch
-Hook up license plate lights
-Armortech dual battery tray
Some not-so-good pictures. Sun was almost down for these so the ISO was bumped up a little bit.
Spent the day at Fiesta Island today. Flares are about 90% complete. I eventually chopped 4 inches off of the flare. One of the pictures shows the flare. May not be as clean as it can but I like it the way it is.
Picture of the flare.
Rear fender well
Front fender well
Had a chance to test out the new suspension and air locker today. Air locker has made a load of difference. Places that I had some trouble getting up before I had made it up in one shot with no problems. Got my moneys worth out of that today.
At one spot it was a battle between the fender flares and the tires. Tires won. My steering wheel is now cocked at a 20 degree angle to the right. Going to get it re-aligned tomorrow afternoon.
I am very pleased with everything so far. Now I just need the new Icon shocks to get put in. The fox's are garbage and are worn out.
Tires - 1, flares - 0
Added a soft topper
Pelfreybuilt bumper added
35's rubbing on the All-Pro bumper going down a hill on Cleghorn
Sliders getting used on Cleghorn