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Arcticelf's Gray Man Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Arcticelf, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Jul 27, 2015 at 4:08 AM
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    Arcticelf

    Arcticelf [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Current picture:
    IMG_20150917_081134454_HDR.jpg

    With the Neon Gray bumper:
    IMG_20170727_195151.jpg

    My truck is a black 2013 4 door, long bed, 4wd TRD Sport. Originally lifted to run in the swamp in Southern VA, I used the 60K service as an excuse to go MT.

    ETA: MT achieved.

    Now it's slow upgrades towards an expo rig. Lacking any coherent plans, I'm going the Gray Man route, we'll see how subtle I can keep all this.

    Modifications so far:
    -King Extended Travel 2.5" front shocks
    -King 2" extended rear shocks (12" travel) (20/08 valving)
    -BAMF rear shock relocate @JLee
    -Panda Special ATS pack
    -Ubolt flip
    -Plastics Guy dual-durometer rubber bumps front and rear.
    -1.5" Spidertrax Spacers
    -285/70/17 Goodyear Durataks tires
    -Demello bolt on sliders
    -JBA Long Tube Headers
    -BBK Varitune Muffler
    -GMF Custom Stainless tail pipe
    -Total Chaos alignment tab gussets
    -Moog grease fitting lower control arm bolts
    -Dirt King heimed UCAs
    -Dirt King LCAs
    -Solid mount alignment tabs.
    -Limit straps
    -Locking tailgate
    -High-lift bed rail mount (see below)
    -Fender well/cab mount chop (see bellow)
    -Bed corner tie down gussets: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/bed-rail-corner-gusset-tie-down-brackets-gb-feeler.363734/
    -Stainless brake lines: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/amazing-deal-on-steel-braded-brake-lines-group-buy.97331/
    - @tacodane LED hood lights: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/tacodane-led-kits.400988/
    - Amazon special LED flood lights on the back bumper.
    - Rigid Industries 20" flood/spot combo stealth mounted behind the grill.
    - TC Spindle Gussets via @glorifiedwelder
    - Gray Man Fab front bumper and IFS Skid
    - Mid and Dif skid from @Mobtown Offroad
    - double shear UCA mounts @Dirt King Fab
    - flat tailgate skin/top guard @Mobtown Offroad
    - CB Radio in center console with hood mount antenna
    -Rear Diff armor @JLee
    -Dual battery: Two group 31 Yellow Top, relocated behind the rear seat.
    -TWSS 2018 Front mudflaps.
    -bed lights
    -ARB OBA
    - Solo Motorsports power steering rack
    - Solo heim joint tie rods
    -CaliRaised amber front LED pods
    -DMZ solid motor mounts.

    Repaired/Replaced:
    -Wheel bearings
    -Power steering rack - Solo Motorsports Tundra Conversion
    -Power steering pump

    Planned:
    -1000W inverter (sitting in the shop)
    -custom rear bumper
    -water tank
    -BAMF rear shackle replacement, with cross member.

    Removed:
    -I tried the sway-bar disconnect: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/sway-bar-disconnect.391221/ it worked. But I always left it disconnected. So I just took it off.
    -Icon Extended Travel 2.5" front shocks
    -Icon 2" rear shocks
    -Dakar leaf pack, got too heavy.
    -Timbren bump stops (rear) failed!
    -Wheelers super bumps (front)
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2015 at 4:24 AM
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    Arcticelf

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    Cab Mount Chop this weekend.

    Before:

    CMC_Before.jpg
    Here's the points of contact:

    Rub.jpg

    After marking and cutting. I also flattened the pinch weld. This was the picture I couldn't find anywhere else, Tacoma fender flare chop, Tacoma fender chop, Tacoma cab mount chop. Hopefully that will help someone else :)

    Marked and Cut.jpg

    After welding:
    Tiged.jpg

    Final assembly pictures to follow, I ran out of time...
     
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  3. Jul 31, 2015 at 4:38 AM
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    Arcticelf

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    Finished, two coats of undercoat and two coats of bedliner.
    IMG_20150728_191730816_HDR.jpg

    With mudflaps installed:
    IMG_20150728_194230109_HDR.jpg
    They stick out about as far as stock, but are 3" shorter.
     
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  4. Aug 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    Lift with blocks spacers: 23 rear, 22 1/2 front. So much for 3 front 1 rear and level. That's with a ~200# tool box.

    OME Dakars and Icon shocks all around ordered today.
     
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  5. Sep 7, 2015 at 4:06 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    Lift with the new Icons:
    22 and 7/8ths driver
    22 and 5/8th passenger
    1 and 7/16 thread showing on both.
    25" rear.

    The truck feels lower than it did before the Icon install, or I have gotten thicker, based on a calebrated crawl underneath the truck.

    Ride is drastically improved from the OEM suspension and lift.

    AE
     
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  6. Sep 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    Pictures of the install:
    Front
    IMG_20150830_145115533_HDR.jpg
    Rear
    IMG_20150830_165823155_HDR.jpg
    You can also see the exhaust chop in this one.
     
  7. Sep 7, 2015 at 4:11 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    Ball joint removal done easy:
    IMG_20150830_104612324.jpg
    AE
     
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  8. Sep 13, 2015 at 5:09 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    High lift jack mount, DIY. Steel from Lowes, bent and fit by hand. Bed rail attachment is a bit of aluminum and a caredge bolt.

    Rear:
    IMG_20150913_113234185.jpg
    Front, with unpatented anti-squeak bushing:
    IMG_20150913_113227895.jpg

    Fully assembled:
    IMG_20150913_135508082_HDR.jpg

    You can also see my bed corner tie down/ tonoeu cover mount. No more sliding around and flapping in the wind.
    AE
     
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  9. Nov 6, 2015 at 10:18 AM
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    Really nice build, @Arcticelf :bowdown:
    I saw your upper balljoint post in the WHYDTYTT thread and was wondering where you sourced the replacements? Low-mileage takeoffs? My Camburgs take the OEM balljoints and I don't need them now, but want to have them on hand...
     
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  10. Nov 6, 2015 at 5:43 PM
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  11. Nov 6, 2015 at 5:54 PM
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    You got the new ones that take the Moogs; mine are the earlier version that need OEM, so I'll seek a set of low-mileage take offs. Easy swap with the press?
     
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  12. Nov 6, 2015 at 5:59 PM
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    The moog is supposed to me an OE replacement, I thought it would fit both versions of the camburg, just the new one has a different angle and comes with a moog installed.

    And yes, very easy with a press.
     
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  13. Nov 28, 2015 at 4:52 AM
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    A correction to above, apparently the old style Camburg arms need the ball joint cup opened a few thousandths before moog joints will fit. Tool of choice is apparently a barrel sander.
     
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  14. Dec 12, 2015 at 6:41 PM
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    Camburg uni-ball UCAs installed. I'm getting far too good at fishing that UCA bolt in and out.
    IMG_20151212_134839846_HDR.jpg
     
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  15. Jan 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    Installed lights today, Amazon special LED floods on the back bumper, and the @tacodane hood light kit.

    Here's the final picture:IMG_20160116_213132286.jpg

    Tacodane's kit is well documented and easy to install. It looks very good installed, and the hardest part is cutting the harness cover to length. They are fantastically bright, you can see my porch lights on the side of the house in the background.

    IMG_20160116_213116656.jpg
    Follow the directions, and this is easier than changing a tire.
     
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  16. Jan 16, 2016 at 7:19 PM
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    Arcticelf

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    The Amazon lights, not so much. Lights and mounts are great. IMG_20160116_163422335_HDR.jpg
    I sealed up the harness on the back of the light with some electrical tape, otherwise water will get in. You can also see my drill template there.

    Here we are post drilling, inused the crease in the bumper as a guide for the top of the template.
    IMG_20160116_164009285.jpg

    Then you just bolt them up and fabricate your wiring harness:
    IMG_20160116_205154394.jpg
    The kit from amazon was much to short, by about 20' of wire.
     
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  17. Apr 10, 2016 at 2:09 PM
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    Notes:
    6 to 8 inch front straps.
    15 to 18 inche rear straps.
    Rear travel to 24.5 inches droop, eye to eye.
    9.5 inches of up travel available.
     
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  18. May 9, 2016 at 7:08 PM
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    Front light bar, 20" Rigid.
    IMG_20160509_200046418.jpg
    Light bar only
    IMG_20160509_214026732.jpg
    Light bar and high beams
    IMG_20160509_214019674.jpg
     
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  19. May 16, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    Removed
    -Moog lower ball joints.
    -Urethane bushings

    These moog and energy parts are okay, but a definite source of clunks and rattles. Probably okay if you don't hit the suspension too hard.

    -Camburg uni-ball UCAs

    These were awesome. However I a)wanted matching arms and b) wanted heimed uppers so I can solid mount the lowers.
     
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  20. May 16, 2016 at 5:50 PM
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