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3 Tons of Fun! Littles' Build, Travel, and B.S. Thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Littles, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Dec 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Hey TW...I update my main post every once in a whatever. For those that don't know me, here's a brief synopsis of my Toyota history:

    The Mushy stuff:
    My first real memories of Toyota pickups comes from my teenage years with fellow TW member and the grill master himself...@homertaco. He's a long time family friend, and I give myself some credit for introducing him to his wife who was my manager at McDonalds when I was 14. Craig and Bonie are more like an older brother and sister to me than anything. If you noticed I have copied upwards of 90% of his build...you know why.

    Tuesday nights Craig would drive over (completely out of his way) to pick my bro and I up for our weekly boy scout meeting in his custom painted seafoam green 1st gen Tacoma, super charged, bazooka tubes blasting bass in your face from his hi-tech mini- disc player with AC/DC screaming about a stiff upper lip and dirty deeds done dirt cheap.



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    I bought this truck in my twenties when it was bone stock in 2014 when I was living outside Philly with the intention of modifying the shit out of it and taking it to places most people can’t get to.

    Prior to owning this truck, I had never been off road or heavily modified a vehicle. The previous fall I had my first off-roading experience on a rented Triumph Tiger 800 that I took over Ophir Pass in Telluride while visiting a friend who moved out to Boulder. Needless to say, the experience solidified my childhood obsession with the Colorado Rockies, and the fantasy of spending my weekends far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I debated between buying and adventure bike and the Tacoma, but ultimately I decided that I wanted four wheels on the ground and the comfort of heat, A/C, and being able to carry gear for a few days.

    With the help of some advice and encouragement from my long time friend and brother from another mother, @HomerTaco, I found an unadulterated 2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Sport 4.0L V6 4x4. The only thing aftermarket were the bug deflectors and window visors.

    I started out offroading at Rausch Creek, and exploring the old coal mines around Shamokin, PA.

    This truck moved me across the country and has taken me to some amazing places. I have met some awesome people who have taught me a lot and shared some amazing experiences exploring new trails and places.

    Enough blabbering about how much I love my truck though. though...I hust hope you get some ideas and inspiration for your build and enjoy my thread.

    My current setup as of October 2019:

    Drivetrain (229:1 final crawl ratio)
    4.56 Nitro gears from ECGS
    ARB Front & rear air lockers
    Crown stainless steel airlines
    Hurst Short throw shifter
    1-piece double cardan drive shaft (Bill’s Englewood Driveshaft)
    Marlin Crawler tacobox with 4.7s
    FJ cruiser twin stick tcase

    Front Suspension
    Toytec BOSS 2.5 non-resi Adjustable Coilovers with 700lb Icon springs
    Wheelers Off-Road Superbumps
    Total Chaos UCAs with Icon Delta joints

    Rear Suspension
    Alcan custom built leaf pack for 3 tons of fun
    Bilstein B110 Shocks
    @ARCHIVE Garage Shackle flip
    Timbren Bumpstops
    All-pro U-bolt flip
    Toytec Bump Stop drop kit

    Brakes
    Crown 30" rear brake lines

    Armor
    Budbuilt front/mid/transfer case skids
    4xinnovations weld-on sliders
    Elite aluminum high clearance front bumper
    BruteForce high clearance rear bumper w/ swingout tire carrier and Jerry can holders
    Boztec Rear Diff Skid

    Wheels and Tires
    Stealth Custom series 16" SR5 wheels 4.5"BS
    BF Goodrich KO2 315x75x16
    Bora .75" front spacers

    Electrical / Accessories
    100amp Blue Sea 12 circuit (30amp ea) fuse panel
    6 spot iggycorp switch panel
    ARB twin air compressor
    Off-grid engineering side by side dual batteries, Northstar AGM group 35

    Storage
    Decked bed drawer system
    Access cab rear Molle panel
    Indel B 40L truck fridge
    2 x 5 gallons Jerry cans (1 x fuel, 1 x water)

    Recovery
    Warn M8000 Winch and snatch block
    60” Hi-lift

    Camping
    Flippac Camper

    Communication
    Cobra CB Radio
    Kenwood D710A HAM Radio
    Baofeng BF-F8 Handheld Radio

    Other Mods
    Cab mount hack
    Rear diff breather relocate
    Reroute air intake to cowl
    Exhaust axle dump
    Exhaust re-route

     
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  2. May 5, 2016 at 7:10 PM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    A little history...

    May 2014

    With the help of @HomerTaco, I picked up a bone stock 2009 Super White Sport Access Cab for just under $23K with less than 53,000 miles on it.


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    July 2014
    I headed up to Rausch Creek and left my truck in the parking lot while I rode shotgun with @HomerTaco to see what wheeling was all about. I was pretty much hooked instantly.

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    Modding started with removal of the factory steps ("damage mutipliers" as Craig calls them) and Grillcraft insert installed by the master grill maker himself, @HomerTaco.

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    October 2014
    Last minute preparations for my first wheeling trip at Big Dogs included installing skid plates and having my new sliders welded on and painted. I went with BudBuilt skids for the quality and ease of install, and 4x innovations weld-on sliders for the price.

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    My first time off-roading and getting stuck down in Gore, VA at Big Dogs.

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    November 2014
    Rausch Creek. Removed badges.

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    December 2014
    Short-throw shifter.

    January 2015
    Stuffing 33's with factory suspension. It can be done. Cut the cab mounts and fenders, beat back the pinch weld, and get the proper backspacing or spacers.

    I went with the 16" Stealth Custom Series SR5s with 33" Nitto Terra Grapplers (285/75/16).





    February 2015
    Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. This was my first trip with the new wheels and tires, and my first time playing in the snow. We had a blast on this trip, but I will never, ever camp in a sleeping bag on the snow again. Probably the two coldest nights of my life.





    April 2015
    Installed @HomerTaco's old aluminum high clearance front bumper, a rare piece from Elite Concepts. Unfortunately, I snapped rear leaf spring on trail 13 at Rausch. Fortunatelly, I had already sourced a TSB leaf pack with 1" AAL and extended Bilstein's for the rear.







    May 2015
    I installed the TSB leaf pack with Toytec 1" AAL, timbren bump stops, and All-pro u-bolt flip, along with a 3 degree axle shim.



    September 2015
    I bought got my Bruteforce high-clearance rear bumper powder coated and installed. Gorgeous piece. Billy does great work!



    September 2015


    Flexing out at Rausch Creek. One of my last trips before moving to Colorado.

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    November 2015

    After waiting months for my Pelfreybuilt diff skid plate that never arrived, I went with a cheaper option, Boztec. Unfortunately, the diff skid didn't quite fit...the hole wasn't drilled in the right location and the collar was welded on slightly crooked. The guy who built it tried to tell me that on some trucks the drain hole was in a slightly different spot and I should ground down the protective ring around the drain bolt. WTF?

    Instead, we modified the part to fit the truck. With a lot of grinding to the drain hole, and the collar, we made it fit.

    I also picked up a silver cap for dry storage.







    November 2015

    Swapped out my URD short throw for a Hurst.

    The URD is basically just a spacer on the factory shifter that effectively moves the fulcrum up on the shifter, giving you less movement up top for the same movement down low. Simple. 44% reduction in throw.

    The Hurst replaces the whole mechanism, with a 30% reduction in throw and a sexy chrome shaft.

    Hurst on the left, OEM with URD spacer on the right.

    Despite the numbers claimed by manufacturers, the hurst feels tighter.

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    December 2015

    Packed my shit, moved to Colorado.

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    January 2016

    I got in over my head. Way over my head. Being new to Colorado, I took off on my own into the mountains and got myself stuck in a bad way. I slid off the trail trying to avoid a snow drift and almost rolled my truck. I was afraid to get out the drive side.

    Thankfully I had service on my cell phone, and the wonderful folks of Tacoma World in Colorado saved my ass.

    It was after this experience that I got serious about recovery gear, bought the winch, and installed lockers.

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    May 2016


    Leaf spring recall done at Stevinsin Toyota, and had them swap over my AAL.

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  3. May 5, 2016 at 7:19 PM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Relocated converter and fog light switches to center console. Relocated RSCA, traction, and clutch cancel switches to make room for compressor and lockers

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  4. May 5, 2016 at 7:23 PM
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  5. May 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Bought the fox 2.0s to replace a blown Billstein 5100 but realized they were almost 2" shorter and quickly picked up some of the older N182s from Old Man Emu.
     
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  6. May 6, 2016 at 11:11 AM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Money well spent. No regrets. Removed in preparation for ARB lockers and re-gear to 4.56.

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  7. May 6, 2016 at 11:55 AM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    And my airlines are in from Crown :thumbsup: So glad I decided to upgrade. These are nice...

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  8. May 6, 2016 at 6:47 PM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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  9. May 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Thanks to advice from @3378jakesr5 and @tdubd, I'm going to save a bunch of money by waiting till after Moab to borrow some spare diffs and swap out gears / lockers myself (and hopefully a little guidance :D) instead of paying a shop.

    Since I've already mentally spent the money and justified the cost of the install by selling my Lancer back in Philly, I decided to invest some of the money I would have spent on capability into recovery. I'm done F'ing with a hi-lift / come-along as a winch after my seperate experiences on Yankee hill with @aero3685, @Reh5108, and @ashrr213. That shit sucked.

    I've read nothing but good things about the M8000 as being a reliable entry level winch for the Tacoma, and with the aluminum bumper I should have no issue getting away with the weight of the steel cable on my stock coils for a little while. @80lbs, the winch ways more than the bumper and I doubt the two are over 150lbs together.

    Can't wait to use it.





    Had to pull the whole bumper and drill 1 extra hole to mount the control pack. It all fits nicely back there, and won't be too exposed. Happy with the purchase and looking forward to being the guy who has the winch, instead of the guy who needs one :thumbsup:

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  10. May 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM
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    3378jakesr5 AOF, trucks, guns, repeat....

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    Better to ask what I have not done.
    Woot. Build thread time!!!
     
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  11. May 14, 2016 at 3:59 PM
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    3378jakesr5 AOF, trucks, guns, repeat....

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    Better to ask what I have not done.
    Your wench pic reminds me that i might want to rehook mine back up before RT. :anonymous:
     
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  12. May 14, 2016 at 8:47 PM
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    hell yeah! If you want that cable to last make sure you put tension on it and watch it wind back into the drum. Eventually it will get kinked and you can upgrade to a synthetic line and aluminum fairlead so you don't have rusty rollers on the front of your bumper! :dancingbacon:
     
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  13. May 20, 2016 at 7:50 AM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Gave the fender some much needed love after my last trip to Yankee hill.

    I didn't think I'd get it to pop out as well as I did. :thumbsup:

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  14. May 23, 2016 at 8:51 PM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Good news...I found pork roll in Colorado. Bad news, shit is 12 dollars a pound.

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  15. May 26, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Just in time for Moab.

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    Started modding before I even plugged it in :anonymous:
    Not as glamorous as @aero3685's hinges, it'll do. Still need to decide on a latch.

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    I also did my hinges opposite him...this is going behind the passenger seat, so I wanted the lid to open against the back of the cab, with the controls and wires facing me and the center console.

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    Nice heavy duty base pops right on and off with a three ball shaped studs. +$35 option

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  16. May 31, 2016 at 9:27 PM
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    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Pre-rock therapy with @HomerTaco.

    Left Monday @ 8ish. Hauled ass across Colorado. Blew past Moab and headed straight for Zion National Park. Camped in the middle of nowhere, Utah.

    Made delicious breakfast of pork roll and eggs, then headed to Zion to ascend Angel's Landing...the most spectacular hike I've done yet. Finished the day at Emerald pools and then camped again further in the middle of nowhere, Utah.

    Can't wait for Rock Therapy!

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  17. Jun 7, 2016 at 10:35 AM
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    Hey I've got your cell phone charger and a shirt that I need to send you .. let me know where to send it
     
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  18. Jun 20, 2016 at 9:51 PM
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    James at Lowrange

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    Did you get your charger and stuff ?
     
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  19. Jun 21, 2016 at 6:45 AM
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    Littles

    Littles [OP] Stupid is as stupid does

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    Found these waiting for me when I got back from Philly. Thanks James! Appreciate you sending the stickers and the t-shirt!

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  20. Jun 21, 2016 at 6:57 AM
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    Great looking truck man!
     
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