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Atl-atl's TRD Off Road Access Cab documentation thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Atl-atl, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Aug 18, 2018 at 8:17 PM
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    Hello all! Joined TacomaWorld a few days ago. Bought my Tacoma a week ago today 8/11/2018 from Camelback Toyota in Phoenix. My experience was excellent, sales guy was cool, their numbers matched online and in person and most importantly the F&I guy was transparent, honest and did not try to hard sell me. All in all Im VERY pleased with my dealership experience. This is my first time in a Toyota but not my first time with a pickup or an off road vehicle. In a roundabout way Ive downsized from a Dodge Ram 2500 that I wheeled very hard, had various camping setups in, drove all over the country in and beat the piss out of for four years. It was the most reliable vehicle Ive ever owned and I loved it, other than getting 8mpg hah. This Taco has some big shoes to fill. I like to call my threads "documentation" threads because they are more than a build thread, its a mix of build, adventure, shenanigans etc. Ive already gotten to work ordering parts and installing some on the Tacoma. Come along for the ride!

    When I picked'er up last Saturday.
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    Donuts at Bonneville Salt Flats? Check! Sorry for the sound on this one hah!


    Drunken, shirtless and shooting at beer cans hanging from kites? Check!!!!
     
  2. Aug 18, 2018 at 8:42 PM
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    Welcome. You've got two worthy but totally different trucks. Will that Hawk fit on your Taco?
     
  3. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    Thanks Mike! The Dodge is gone and so is the camper. I could probably have made it fit with another narrowing job but those full size FWC's are like 6 inches wider than the mid-size ones. It would have been reeaallyy wide and sat up pretty high on a Tacoma.
     
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  4. Aug 19, 2018 at 2:45 PM
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    So the day after I got the truck, I picked up this bedslide for $200 and went to town refinishing it. Joey Bed doesnt appear to be in business any longer so I have no idea how much one of these is worth or would have cost new. I figured $200 + another couple hundred to build it out is much cheaper than buying something new for $1500+. Most of my plans for this truck revolve around camping/overlanding and the offroading that might be encountered along the way. I usually go to Moab 5-10 times a year and camp locally constantly. Ive had campers before but Ive never done a roof tent and sliding storage in the bed of my truck so I plan to build multiple slides and storage areas that will be covered by a tonneau with a rack and rtt above it. Campers are cool but sometimes it doesn't "feel" like camping so Im going tent this time around.

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    I completely disassembled the slide and its mounting frame, sanded and repainted the metal and repacked the bearings with grease. It has 10, 1 1/2" ball bearings on either side, unfortunately 4 on each side are not serviceable bearings so I couldn't grease all of them but it slides very smoothly now. The frame width is adjustable so you can fit it between the wheel wells of different trucks. I laid out the frame and mounting holes with about a 1/2" gap on either side so it wouldn't rub on the wells and then measured and cut new ply which got a million and a half coats of shellac and turned out better than expected.

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    I left about 1" at the tailgate so there is no rubbing and you can reach down to the adjustment lever if needed, not that you would with the tailgate up.

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    Reassembled with stainless hardware, ran a little short because a few of the nylock nuts randomly stopped threading on, right in the middle of the bolt, weird. The slide has 3 positions where it locks in place. The middle position sits just before the end of the tailgate and the farthest out position sits 18" beyond the tailgate.

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    Theres about 6" on either side of the slide at the tailgate end. Not sure yet what I want to do here.

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    There is just over a foot at the cab end of the slide. Also not sure what I will do with this space yet.

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    The entire assembly sits 1/2" below the "ledge" that goes around the perimeter of the bed so I got enough ply to make a platform that will cover the entire setup. Havent started that yet.

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    Then I got to work building a box for my stove. I plan to shave 1" off the top of this because I wont transport it with the bottle attached so I dont need the height I initially made it with. Also it wouldnt clear the underside of the upper platform as is. This will allow me to have a hinged lid that can act as a work space when flipped open to use the stove.

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    This is where I stopped. I ordered some 500lb 36" slides and will build the "outer" cabinet for the stove drawer once those arrive and I can measure it all. The current drawer is 30" with the stove and propane in it so the entire assembly will slide past the end of the bed slide.

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  5. Aug 25, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Lots of stuff showed up while I was out of town this week!

    Cobra 19DX IV, CBI hood hinge mount, Firestick 4' antenna. Just need to grab a quick disconnect from a truck stop so I can install this because its too tall for my garage.

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    KB Voodoo hi rise bed bars. Took all of 10 minutes to assemble and install. Really nice stuff! Also in the pic are my 36" sliders for the camp stove. Hopefully I can finish the stove drawer this weekend. Rapidly getting closer to camping time!

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  6. Aug 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM
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    Picked up a Smittybilt Overlander tent yesterday. Figured I would start out with something relatively reliable but not super expensive in case I decide to go with a hardshell tent sooner than expected. I mounted it directly to my KB Voodoo hi rise bars instead of using the "rails" that come with the tent. It sits about two inches lower thanks to this. The top of the tent when closed up and covered is below the roofline of the truck. If it werent for the ladder it would be really low. As it sits Ive got 12" until the bottom of my garage door. If I stashed the ladder elsewhere I could probably have the tent on a topper and still fit in the garage.

    As for the tent, setup is very simple. I read through the instructions and a few other peoples reviews of it to familiarize myself. I had the same issue as a lot of people, aluminum shavings inside the tent on and under the mattress. Otherwise everything was great. I did not have issues lining up holes like some people did. I had to drill two new holes for the ladder to be at the correct height for my setup and I had to bend one of the window awning rods to clear my cab but otherwise it went smoothly. Now I just need to finish my bedslide so I can camp this weekend on my way to Vegas for work next week.

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    Underside of the tent. The support is increased 2-3 times because the KB Voodoo rails are so much wider than the rails that come with the tent. I also used larger washers than Smittybilt provided for the four mounting bolts to help spread out the load on the inside of the tent floor.
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  7. Aug 29, 2018 at 10:02 PM
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    Lots of work going on over here! Last night I continued working on the drawer for my stove. The slides are from LeeValley.com. They are 36" 200lb capacity ball bearing drawer slides. I paid about $65 shipped for the pair. They are the nicest slides for the money that Ive been able to find. A few notes about them: They do not come with mounting screws as noted on the website. I used 10-24x 1" flat phillips stainless machine screws and through bolted everything with washers and nylock nuts. They "have an internal bumper to hold the slide closed and reduce bounce-back" but offroad trucks are definitely not their intended purpose. It is likely that a more substantial mechanism to keep the drawer in place will be required. Ill go bomb some dirt roads and get back to you guys! The 200lb capacity is based on the 18" length slide, which is fine because at most I will only be mounting about 10lbs of stuff to them. I wanted to go "overkill" on the weight rating of the slides for a number of reasons: The rating is based on slides half this length. It always pays to overbuild the first time. I was thinking I might mount one or both slides flat instead of vertically(which I wound up doing). And of course, I drive like an idiot sometimes when I'm offroad HAH! Not that they will be extended when Im driving, obviously.


    In this picture you can see that I used some of the aluminum shims(that I didnt use from the Smittybilt tent) to space the slides up off the wood. I did this for two reasons, not wanting to trap moisture/dirt between the slide and wood and to raise the slide up so it doesnt contact the metal edge of the bed slide when sliding the drawer out.

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    I decided to forego building an external "box" for the stove drawer and simply mounted the slides to the bottom and side of the bedslide. This allowed for squeezing every available inch of space out of the bedslide as well as saving a tiny bit of weight and also some of my precious time.

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  8. Aug 29, 2018 at 10:04 PM
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    Then today I finished the stove drawer. Through bolted the stove to the drawer bottom, it aint movin! Forgot to take pics of that though. It was a good reason to disassemble and clean the entire thing. Also mounted a paper towel holder to the back side. I started thinking about what to do with my water tank. Ill just use my big 7 gallon jug strapped down for now. Im starting to imagine one or two of the tall skinny square plastic jerry can style water jugs and making slots for them to mount to the outsides of the bedslide. Might go by 4WP and pick one up to start measuring.


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    Aaand even more work this evening. Started the platform above the bedslide. I used 3/4" ply that has a slight bow to it to support a little weight in gear. Unfortunately the shape of the bed meant that I had to use two entire 4x8' sheets of plywood. Fortunately I will be able to use the "waste" to build my rear seat platform. I put a split towards the cab so I can access the spot in front of the slide where I will most likely store tools and less used gear. I plan to carpet this with indoor/outdoor carpet. It will serve multiple purposes: keeping the contents of the bedslide in place, providing a secondary storage area above the bedslide and providing some amount of security for the stuff below the platform. Eventually I plan to run a tonneau cover and seal off the drain holes, seams at the tailgate etc. so the bed is as dust/water proof as possible. For now I have a plywood platform hah! upload_2018-8-29_22-5-39.gif


    There is about 7 1/2" of room between the bottom of the bedslide and the platform so I will most likely run some low/wide/long plastic storage bins in the remaining space of the bedslide. The plan is to have cooking/bathroom related items stored in them.

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    Above the platform there is about 8" of room until what would be the underside of a tonneau cover. My plan for this will be to store my misc. camping related gear, folding chairs, hammocks, ground tents, bug nets, roof tent annex, outdoor shower gear etc.

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    And Im ready to go! Started packing my tools, recovery gear, camping gear etc. and now Im deep into convincing some friends to brave the crowds this holiday weekend.

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    Welcome. Great thread!!
     
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    Nice build. I'm really liking the access cab.
     
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    Thanks guys, more cranking today. I mounted my CB antenna along the passenger bedside and ran the cable into the cab. Since I planned on removing the rear seat headrests and bottoms I went ahead and started to do that. There is a rubber grommet in the back wall of the cab behind/below the passenger side rear seat-back but unfortunately it was just barely too small for my cable end. I didn't want to open up the hole so I wound up fishing the cable through the vent flap which I think will work just fine. I started to route the cable which I plan to bring under the carpet and up into the rear cupholders in the back of the center console which is where Im planning to put my CB. Brand new truck, rip it apart and change everything, right!?!


    Aforementioned grommet and the hole it came from hiding behind the plastic trim. You can see to the ground.

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    Crude red arrow shows where the rubber grommet is. You can see where I wound up running the cable through the vent.

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    Here you can see where I mounted the bung for the antenna. Its too tall to fit in my garage so the antenna is out right now. I used an existing hole in the bedside but had to drill a hole through the plastic bedside cap. Its located in a spot where the antenna wont hit the cab, tent, bike rack etc when it moves. I dont plan to use the CB unless Im on a trip with other people so Ill just run a Firestick quick disconnect.

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    This is as far as I got putting the interior back together. I dont think Ill get around to building the platform this weekend because Im now going to help a friend do the axle seals on his FJ80 instead of working on my own junk or camping. Hopefully I can get at least a shakedown run of the new setup.

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    I did install a couple bike mounts too. On the drivers side where the tent flips over I used a bolt on fork mount I had laying around and mounted it to the vertical side of my KB Voodoo bed rails. Ill just strap the rear wheel to the other rail on this side, it will be my "secondary" bike mount. On the passenger side where the tent does not flip over I mounted a (thankfully matching silver) fork mount tray. This will be my "primary" bike mount for cruising to group rides on Sunday and hitting he MTB trails during the week. I also have a hitch mount platform rack for when I need to carry even more bikes. Who doesnt need even more bikes, right? Ill post up some pics with bikes on the rack tomorrow.

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    Yesterday I finished up my CB install. I couldn't think of an elegant location to put it without cutting up the headliner on my brand new truck or being in the way somehow. Since Im deleting the rear seats I decided to cut up the rear cupholders in the center console instead. They are easier and surely cheaper to replace than the headliner. I removed the seat parts but retained all the storage bins and the lower portion of the back seat center console. When I get around to building my storage platform Ill remove the rest of the stuff but for now its staying to keep the noise down in the cab. This truck has the easiest-to-remove center console I have ever seen. You just carefully pull up on either side of the plastic right behind the Qi charger and the whole assembly comes up as one piece. I didnt remove the Shifter so I just moved the unit around until I could access the wires I was looking for.


    Trimmed the inside of the cupholders. The hole is small enough that theres enough material so I can still put cups in the holders if I take out the CB. I might solder in some Deans connectors so I can quickly remove the CB.

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    Trimmed some tabs off the "back plate" of the center console so the CB will slide far enough down. All of the plastic in the center console is reeeaaalllyyy soft. I was able to use a razor blade held in my hands to trim, eek.

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    Vampire taps to the cigarette lighter wires in the center console for power to the CB. I actually really like these taps, in a place where wires wont move or come into contact with other things Ive had good experience.

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    All buttoned up like it never even happened.

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    CB in its resting place for now. Power works.

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    The hinge on the armrest has enough clearance that the cord for the CB mic tucks in nicely. I can leave the mic attached at all times which is kind of nice.

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    Now the real work begins. Thanks to @catware for this discovery! I like being able to use the CB if Im sitting in the truck and discussing travel plans with my buddies when the weather is crappy or for charging my phone without having the ignition on. Especially since the Smittybilt tent came with a super long USB port/cable that you can run up into the tent. I like to get away from electronics when camping but I also like to have them sometimes too. Have my cake and eat it too. Do this at your own risk. There are some details left out of my post and some details left out of the writeup on TW. If you cant figure out what to do, you don't have any business doing this mod.


    Pull the lower dash panel. I was able to leave the hood release attached. Some people were not. Apparently its a pain to reattach.

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    Its not as scary as it looks. The plugs are all unique. Be careful removing them however.

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    Burn in your jumper. Put it all back together. Power things with the ignition off.

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    Interesting note. This plug was not attached to anything. I guess it goes to whatever accessory has a plug next to the auto-headlights button. Im not even sure what that is but the truck is wired for it.

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    Crosspost from the 'all things bikes and tacos' thread.
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  16. Sep 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM
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    Broke in the rig this afternoon. Wound up at Sheeps Bridge (north of Scottsdale AZ, about 30 miles of dirt road, along the Verde River) during Golden Hour. Making iPhone 6 photos look good since 2014. Saw my first Roadrunner and Tarantula too! Sorry no pics of those.

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    Well Ive been trying to figure out what to do for a cover over my bed without spending $1000 on a retrax tonneau. I want to be able to wash the truck and not get water inside the bed. I also hope to seal it off, for the most part, from dust when offroad. Lastly I wanted some semblance of security which this one actually offers. There is a local truck accessory shop advertising $250 tonneau covers so I went to check them out. The guys were cool and wound up selling me this one for $220. Its a Stampede which is actually made by Lund so its pretty decent quality, especially for the price. After looking at ten different styles of tonneaus, how they mount, how much they cost etc. in the showroom, this one seemed like it will do the job best. Obviously its material you could just cut with a knife but it covers everything and without destroying it, you cant open it when the tailgate is closed.

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    Its a trifold, which I cant fold because of my bedrails, but I can at least tilt up the rear most panel if I need to. I was hoping for a velcro rollup type tonneau but apparently they all mount using the factory rails where the voodoo rails mount so they would not be compatible.

    It uses these billet pieces that slide into the rails. They are actually pretty cool and could definitely be modified for different use in the future. Im slightly concerned about some of the plastic pieces that are under constant stress but I guess we'll see. Installation only takes a few minutes. The whole tonneau is assembled in the box. Just slide the billet mounts into the rails, adjust the clamps and clamp it in place. Simple design, I like it.
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    It seals quite well against the voodoo rail uprights.
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    The way its constructed has me thinking about getting some thin sheet metal and screwing it to the underside of the rectangular support bars. This way it would actually be secure even if someone tried to cut through the tonneau material.
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    It has almost an identical curve to my wooden platform which is cool. So Ive got about 9" of dry storage underneath the tonneau for things like folding chairs, misc. camp gear, fishing gear, bike gear etc.
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    Lastly I was able to leave my CB antenna mount in place which is cool.
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  18. Sep 16, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    Finally got around to seasoning my tent. 3 rounds of rain with the fly on and 3 with the fly off. I hadn't opened the tent since my first offroad trip and there was a lot more aluminum shavings than expected. I guess I need to check it a few more times before climbing into bed and getting metal shavings in my sleeping bag or somewhere worse...Also cleaned, re-seasoned and baked my cast iron and spent way too much money adding to my gear at Sportsmans Warehouse this weekend. Having one three miles from my house is a blessing and a curse.

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  19. Sep 18, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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    Oh boy, more goodies started showing up today. Front facing camera and the actuator for the DIY keyless tailgate lock. :bananadance:

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    Did a little trail ride this evening to Tip Top Mine which is about 35 miles north of Phoenix. Its a mild trail but it was still fun to get out of the city. Saw a Western Diamondback rattlesnake, a wild horse, a Javelina and a bunch of idiots on ATVs with no helmets! We were graced with some amazing golden hour light as well. You can really tell its still monsoon season because it was remarkably green in the desert. Also, crappy air quality makes for some amazing colors at sunset.


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