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2005 build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by dk_crew, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. Sep 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    I bought the truck new in December 2004 and ran it basically stock for 15 years. I'll include several pics that I can dig up before and after on this and follow this with the 2nd post containing the build info. Most recent on top.

    Finally trimmed the fenders and put the cut flares back on. How she sits today as of March 2022.
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    May 2 2022 -- finally got into some dirt. pretty unstoppable with the F&R lockers. however, I now need to get my driveshaft re-balanced after grinding it over a rock.
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    Jan 8 2022 -- joined the 35 club -- or at least the 315/75/16. CMR, pinch weld as at least as of today no front fenders with plenty of trimming. My LCA was pushed back. I pushed it all the way forward. Adjusted camber using my level and angle finder ... 89 by my non-laser measurements ... it's clearing and driving well.
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    I may still get an alignment once I'm settled to see my DIY Alignment for comparison and see if I can get them to leave the LCA caster cam alone.


    Latest with the new bumper and winch installed -- proud of my first real welding project! Looking forward to the next run in the dirt.
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    September 2020 at hidden falls ...
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    I have the Chevy 63 kit and BAMF relocation -- waiting on shocks and need to source the leaves (pick n pull in Killeen) -- targeting an install 1H 2022 to get that rear tire closer to the ground haha:
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    Most of the 'offroad' time is on the beach. Here's hurricane Laura in August 2020. The central TX gulf was spared, and we're all wishing the TX/LA coast a solid recovery:
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    The new suspension, and the start of tinkering, really began in 2020 after 15 years and 155k miles. Here we are in 2020 down at the Padre Island National Seashore going after some reds:
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    Here's how we rocked the first 15 years. The only real additions are the snugtop cap and some 17" FJ rims and slightly larger tires my buddy had no use for.
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  2. Sep 8, 2020 at 11:41 AM
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    Drivetrain, Body and Frame

    Suspension and Tires

    Armor

    Recovery


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    Want list -- probable order:
    • trying 1/2 strut top spacers up front - to see if I can rub the fenders LESS with the 35s. Going to measure travel loss.
    • Tub the fenders
    • Possibly lower the rear - the 63s are great, but I have them a tad higher than I want.
     
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  3. Nov 23, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    Thanks to Keith, Amanda and Cecil at Austin Mobile welding for putting these sliders on this morning. Keith shared a video of his old LT Tacoma jumping the pismo dunes back in the day.

    clean welds ...
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    Looking solid -- ready for the final rattle can job ...
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  4. Jan 28, 2021 at 5:06 AM
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    These sliders from 4x are awesome. I put them to the test immediately after the install and I can say I have all the confidence in the world in their ability to protect the truck.

    Teady to be primed and painted -- after prep, I used rustoleum self-etching and their truck bed coating -- same as the sliders
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    I did re-route the exhaust but I may take another pass at it since it's REALLY REALLY close. It's actually more than close. The armor is pushing it up which I know isn't good lol.
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    Trying a few new lines that limited us before -- nothing to worry about now.
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    the diff also held up well - one ledge had a rock that basically creeps out a bit too far right in the middle of the only way up. We thought we had it -- it was pretty muddy / slippery, and barealy missed. one or 2 rock placements later and we rolled right up.
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  5. Jan 28, 2021 at 8:29 AM
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    35s, flatbed, rhino liner paint, SOS front bumper, JD Fab lca pivot, JD Fab inner fenders and some other stuff.
    Truck looks good. When I first saw the title I thought that a spoiled 15 year old got a truck for his birthday but this is much cooler.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2021 at 10:46 AM
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    oh sh&t -- I should probably change the title. My 14 year loves the trails as much as me, is an excellent spotter, and is probably counting down the days hahaha.

    I swear this thing saved me $$ the first 15 years and now I'm in a free fall down the rabbit hole.
     
  7. Mar 29, 2021 at 7:26 AM
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    Installed a twin ARB in the bed cubby over the weekend with the expedition essentials mount. All fairly straightforward. I did have to extend the wiring to go from front to back.

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    I left the manifold out and will re-install once I get to the lockers later this summer. Overall it works as expected, and I love that it is so accessible in the rear. HF has air stations but this will be great for the seashore and other trips.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM
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  9. Nov 17, 2021 at 4:17 AM
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    Finally got some time and the courage to glue together the coastal off-road front bumper. I have a ton of grinding, cleanup and painting to do followed by the winch and final install.

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  10. Jan 9, 2022 at 9:55 AM
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    315/75/16 Milestar Patagonia MTs with 701 bead grips
    • alpine designs CMR
    • removed the front fenders
    • beat the pinch weld
    • jig-sawed the bottom portion of the front fender
    • moved my LCA rear cams forward and front cams back - DIY Alignment looks good. TMR Toe tool came in handy - I think I'm good. Going to do more cycling/clearance work and hit the dirt a time or 2 and may get an alignment or at least get the current numbers to see how my garage alignment panned out. It drives great
    • 1" BORA spacer to clear the UCA. This does not help the fender well but with the bumps I think I'm OK. One day soon I'll cycle the suspension.

    TODO:
    • remove front shocks and full cycle to see where I have issues
    • hit the dirt
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  11. Jan 10, 2022 at 6:45 PM
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    Want to sell me your ko2’s and turbines?
     
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  12. Jan 10, 2022 at 8:31 PM
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    Sure. But I haven't done a bit of research to assess the value. They have 24k miles on them. Installed January 14, 2020. I took this pic yesterday in the garage. The other 3 look alike. They've been great. No complaints. Also, one of the hub caps / center piece (if that's the right word) is missing. And I have 24 black lugs you could have, but I don't have a 2nd lug key. Or you could use your own lugs? Maybe PM me an offer or I'll dig around and toss out a price in the next few days? I'm in Austin - would definitely prefer a local pickup if possible or I could drop them somewhere in the general area. Thanks.
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  13. Jan 11, 2022 at 3:25 AM
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    Ah darn, didn’t realize you were in Austin. I’m totally interested but I’m in ATL.
     
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  14. Jan 29, 2022 at 7:34 PM
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    great to finally get this taken care of. I ditched the fender liners as I'm getting ready to trim the fenders a bit more and wanted this done first. There is SO much space in there now. I have my ARB in the bed cubby but taking it out tomorrow -- GEARS AND F&R LOCKERS ARRIVE THIS WEEK -- to get ready for the gear/locker install. I may see if it fits well in there or not.
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  15. Feb 10, 2022 at 5:04 AM
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    The 488s and F&R ARBs are in. Now I need to figure out how to drive 500 miles for the break-in before more dirt.

    The old 3rd out and the new about to go in:
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    Now onto the front. Here's the OEM CV next to the NAPA CV -- I have another OEM on the bench that I need to re-boot to use as my spare when one of these goes.
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    The front diff was tough. Hats off to anyone that does that solo. The 12mm next nut holding the front diff in place is a bolt you don't see everyday:
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    Its out -- time to swap some parts from the old to the new:
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    In our case, I had a buddy and we basically got under the truck side by side right under the diff. That was the easiest to basically share the weight and fit it into place. My hiccup was the small breather tube from the diff to the bracket. That came loose ... so ... I removed the arm bolts and ket it hang down. Then I had to remove the bracket (12mm) from the diff to move the tube back into the diff accepter rod/tube. Once done, it took another 15 minutes of patience to get that bracket and bolt back into the thread on the diff. Damn I don't want to do that again.

    The shakedown drives are great. I just need miles at this point. I also installed the twin ARB back in the cubby. I'm not convinced this is the best spot b/c if I ever need to do any fixing / maintenance on the lines / solenoids they're tucked way up in the bedside and it's not easy getting that in/out ... but, all works now so I'm hoping for plenty of trouble free miles!

    ECGS 488s with the ARB -- 10/10 at this point. I was able to simply put my old diffs back in their packaging and drop them at UPS the next day,. Awesome setup.
     
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  16. Apr 4, 2022 at 6:12 AM
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    Finally trimmed the fenders -- ready for the trails if I can find the time.
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    As others have noted, it was a breeze using the jigsaw.

    1. mark ...

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    2. Cut ...
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    3. Put the (already) trimmed fenders back on ...
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  17. Jul 17, 2022 at 12:55 PM
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    Tom Woods for the win. I came down hard on the DS awhile back and had some pretty terrible vibrations and a visibly dented DS. I may take the original to a shop to see if they can balance / salvage it, but this one-piece exceeded my expectations. Install was a breeze and the truck drives great!

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    thanks AJ and Ethan :)
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  18. Aug 15, 2022 at 8:45 AM
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    FINALLY got the 63s and 7100s with the BAMF relocation on the truck. I need to lengthen the bumps, but in the garage it looks like I should be good for about 5 up and 8 down with a bit to spare on each end. The road test was awesome. I did have 2 bed bolts complete seized so once I get that taken care of we'll see how she does in the rocks. I would have paid decent $$$ for a plasma cutter while working those axle tabs off ...

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  19. Sep 4, 2022 at 9:22 AM
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    Nice build! I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of skids and sliders for 4xinnovations. Your thread had the only good pics of their skid setup that I could find. Much appreciated! Look forward to seeing more updates on your truck.
     
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