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4 Bangers and big builds

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by NorthWoods, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. NorthWoods

    NorthWoods [OP] Well-Known Member

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    40" OKLED Light bar on Silver07taco roof mounts, K&N air filter, Blacked out badges, WeatherTechs, Satoshi grill with HID convert Hella 500FF's, ESEE 5 Gear Selector, LED Interior lights, Derped black wheels.
    So, I'm at the point now where the mods I have planned are all expensive and heavy. Right now I'm considering a front plate bumper (maybe ATO or Relentless in steel), Sliders, and an OME lift. The lift will obviously add little to no weight, but the bumper and sliders would come out to what, 250 lbs? My 4 banger with an auto tends to not like steep hills already.

    What I don't know is whether I should go for a re-gear or a custom header. Or both, but that sounds pricey. What would be my better long term option?
     
  2. Anteupp

    Anteupp Mega Member

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    Total Chaos Long Travel 4x4, Fox Coilovers, DMZ spring under, 16" king tripple bypasses, Garage built bedcage/bumper, full cage coming soon...
    save up, re-gear and never look back, im running 35's and 4.88s feels like stock. Although I am a 5speed
     
  3. tooter

    tooter play every day

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    2012, std cab, 5 lug, 2.7, 5 speed
    Built for maximum low end torque, tooter II.VII intake manifold spacer, LCE long tube header, Injen long tube intake, 2,900 rpm torque peak.
    I agree. You won't get enough pull with a header. Gearing will always offer enough leverage to compensate for a lack of power. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Kilo Sierra

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    Had them all...Mild to wild. Jeeps, Landcruisers, full size P/U's...All in various forms of tweek and livery.

    My current is a 4 cyl R/C w/LCE header and I have removed the secondary filter.

    I am sensitive to how this truck drives, as I "commute" in and out of Alaska via Canada as I visit my family/friends, and indulge in various hunting opportunities.

    Where I find myself in the western USA requires my negotiating unimproved and somewhat primitive roadbeds. Gearing and traction have, for me, proven to be a higher priority than anything else.

    While recovery gear only needs to be used once to justify expense, I once made the mistake of choosing a winch and mount of over tires/gears and it cost me several days, bodywork, and a lot of heartburn that could have been avoided...After I fixed everything I coughed up bucks for tires and gears, and lived happily ever after....With the exception of hearing about it endlessly.

    I'll be gentle with the suspension, just a little bit of lift/clearance but focusing on shocks. An air locker, really good tires, .456 gears, and perhaps Tooter's world famous torque geni intake spacer prior to my adding the weight of bumper(s) and a winch.

    In the past I have spent a lot on money on bling as a opposed to what I really needed...Now I have the funds, but I am focused on the necessary...WTF?

    ks
     
  5. MightyMouse-SCT

    MightyMouse-SCT Well-Known Member

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    Long Travel Total chaos kit, fox shocks, smp fab , dmz sua, glassworks, method wheels.
    Try your best to keep the weight off . Look into aluminum armor too.
     
  6. Longo118

    Longo118 Well-Known Member

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    -OME Lift w/ Dakar leafs -Wheels + Tires -All Pro IFS skid -4xInnovations Sliders -Tool box, hi-lift, shovel mount and a few others
    Not sure what OPs main reason for armor is, but I know the armor on my Tacoma is needed to protect against rocks, tree stumps and other extremely hard surfaces while offroading. I know aluminum would never hold up on my truck. I have aftermarket steel skids and they already have some nice gouges and dents in them haha.
     
  7. Longo118

    Longo118 Well-Known Member

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    -OME Lift w/ Dakar leafs -Wheels + Tires -All Pro IFS skid -4xInnovations Sliders -Tool box, hi-lift, shovel mount and a few others
    I have '06 AC with a ton of weight (aftermarket bumper, bed rack, tow/recovery equip, tool boxs etc) going on 35s once I regear, along with winch and rear bumper. Think 4.88s can support all that weight or should I look into a taller gear? I would like to get back as close as I can to stock power.
     
  8. NorthWoods

    NorthWoods [OP] Well-Known Member

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    40" OKLED Light bar on Silver07taco roof mounts, K&N air filter, Blacked out badges, WeatherTechs, Satoshi grill with HID convert Hella 500FF's, ESEE 5 Gear Selector, LED Interior lights, Derped black wheels.
    Looking into getting into some mild offroading. Where I live is just miles and miles of woodland and not too far from me is miles of Maine woods that would probably be awesome for back woods exploring/getting away from it all.
     
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