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BassAckwards' Timberland Mica 2.7L PreRunner Build & BS

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by BassAckwards, May 19, 2017.

  1. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

    Joined:
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    First Name:
    Robert
    Vehicle:
    PreRunner 2.7L
    Toyota Tacoma 2009 PreRunner Base Model
    - Access cab
    - Timberland mica (6T8)
    - 5 speed manual (R155)
    - 2.7L :turtleride:

    Current picture
    IMG_9348.jpg

    Picture of when I first got it/earliest unmodified pic I could find
    image1 (2).jpg
    Current mods list

    Interior/Cab:
    - Ultragauge: 6-23-16
    - Wet okoles all black w/ Tacoma imprint: 12-25-16
    - Color matched dash bezel: 8-5-16
    - Center console organizer: 2-3-17
    - Redline Goods shift boot: 3-14-17
    - 5spd OEM leather SR5 shifter: 3-16-17
    - Custom Fridge Platform: 4-13-17
    - 50Qt ARB Fridge/Freezer w/ insulated cover: 4-14-17
    - Cruise control switch cover: 5-3-17 thanks to @Texoma
    - OEM All weather vinyl flooring: 10-17-17 thanks to @gunny1005
    - ARB CKMTA12 Twin Air Compressor: 4-27-18

    Exterior
    :

    - Pinstripe removal: 2-25-17
    - Color matched rear bumper: 11-20-16
    - Pop-n-lock tailgate handle: 1-24-17
    - TRD Sport honeycomb grille: 2-27-17
    - Redline Tuning Elite hood struts: 4-2-17
    - Relentless passenger side hood CB antenna mount: 4-26-17
    - Trasharoo in desert tan: 5-30-17
    - Wilco Hitchgate Solo High Clearance 6-16-17
    - Dual 3.5 Gallon FuelPax: 5-13-17
    - Dual Rotopax mount: 9-28-17
    - One Piece Splash Guards: 10-29-17 Thanks to @cnote4l
    - Cut exhaust after last hanger: 11-23-17
    - Rear diff breather relocated to driver bedside cubby: 1-14-18
    - Cab mount chop w/ BAMF fill plates: 2-24-18 thanks to @Texoma
    - 102" stainless CB antenna mounted on TC bed stiffeners: 5-5-19 thanks to @Phoosa
    - FJ40 rear mud flaps: 10-26-19
    - 12-15 front end conversion: 11-1-19
    - Thule cross bars: 11-8-19 thanks to @05prerun82
    - Plasti-dipped grille surround grey: 11-9-19

    Armor:
    - 4x Innovations weld-on DOM sliders w/ kickout: 2-24-18
    - Pelfreybilt 12-15 single hoop steel front bumper: 4-7-19

    Wheels/Tires:
    - FJ Cruiser 8 hole wheels; 17x7.5 w/ 4.85" backspacing & +15mm offset: 7-12-17
    - Cooper Discover S/T Maxx 295/70/17: 3-9-18 @ 230,275 miles
    - Full size spare Cooper Discover S/T Maxx 295/70/17 in stock location

    Performance/Misc:
    - Unifilter mod for SAI pump
    - TRD Performance Ceramic brake pads & OEM rotors: 3-11-18
    - Extended 3" blue SS braided brake lines: 3-11-18
    - Equal length header: 2-2-19
    - Stock flywheel: 5-25-19
    - LuK 16-088 clutch: 5-31-19
    - aFe Intake Magnum Force 51-11382: 5-26-19
    - intake tube wrapped in aluminized heat shield 7-2-19
    - 5.29 gears w/ Detroit TrueTrac: 11-2-19

    Shell/Bed:
    - Leer 100R w/ Thule racks 8-16-16 removed 10-13-19
    - Leer red 3rd brake light: 8-19-16
    - Quick disconnect for shell removal: 9-5-17
    - Wired shell LED interior light: 9-5-17
    - OEM bed mat: 1-10-17 @thanks to @Unchained 5150
    - Total Chaos Channel Stiffeners: 3-31-17
    - Sleeping/storage platform: 4-1-17
    - DIY Reflectix blinds for shell: 4-1-17
    - Nitrolift gas shocks replaced:1-13-18
    - 3 gallon waterport: 4-29-18 thanks to @ETXTacoma

    Lighting/Electrical:
    - PIAA 520’s 55w fogs: 3-19-17
    - V3 Triton amber DRLs: 4-15-16
    - Pace 8025 CB Radio: (from 1977-1981)
    - Auxiliary reverse lights Xprite: 2-4-17
    - Oznium rocker switches: 6-10-16
    - Northstar AGM 31M battery: 5-31-17
    - 100w Renogy monocrystalline solar panel: 5-25-17
    - Blue Solar 75/15 MPPT charge controller: 5-25-17
    - 1000w Pure sine inverter: 5-25-17
    - (3) 2.7-30V Digital voltmeter: 6-2-17 two in cab
    - Paranoid Fabrications Aux Fuse Panel: 11-19-17 Thanks to @paranoid56
    - 6 Circuit Blue Sea Aux Fuse Block: 11-19-17 (in engine bay)
    - Midland MXT275 radio: 12-29-18 Thanks to @Bigdaddy4760
    - Baja Designs Squadron Sport amber driving combo lights: 4-17-19
    - Northstar AGM 31M battery in stock location w/ custom tie-down: 10-14-19
    - inverter, charge controller & ARB compressor moved into cab: 10-19-19
    - solar panel mounted on Thule roof racks: 11-9-19

    Suspension:
    - Leaf spring recall 3+1 pack: 7-28-16
    - King 2.5 Extended Travel Coilovers w/ adj & 700lbs coils: 8-11-17
    - Total chaos uniball UCAs: 8-11-17
    - King 2.5 RR shocks w/ adj. built for 1.5" of lift: 7-12-17
    - Sway bar removed: 8-11-17
    - 3 leaf progressive 1.5" AAL: 11-3-19

    Towing/Recovery:
    - Curt 4flat T-Connector wiring: 1-24-17
    - Class IV OEM receiver hitch: 3-10-17 thanks to @wagerhope
    - Smittybilt D-ring receiver: 5-9-17
    - Masterlock hitch pin: 5-9-17
    - ARB snatch strap: 12-14-17

    List of Added Weight/Modifications:
    - Pelfrey bumper w/o winch: ~125lbs
    - Northstar 31M: 75lbs
    - Solar panel/wiring setup: ~40lbs
    - OEM bed mat: ~25lbs
    - Fridge/platform/wiring: ~75lbs
    - OEM receiver hitch: ~50lbs
    - 4x sliders: ~85lbs
    Total Additional Weight: ~475

    Awaiting Install/Maintenance:
    - 58" thule cross bars
    - paint solar panel black
    - install voltage regulator
    - grease UCAs
    - spray paint tailgate top black
    - spray paint rear drums black
    - spray paint front hubs black
    - spray paint sliders
    - spray paint pelfrey front bumper
    - passenger door trouble shooting
    - Wash/wax

    300K Maint:
    - 14x600lb king springs
    - front coilover rebuild
    - TC UCAs uniball replacements
    - Total Chaos cam Tab Gussets or Marlin IFS/LCA gussets
    - Sway bar
    - inner & outer TRE's
    - lower ball joints/LCAs
    - fan clutch
    - front brakes
    - rear brakes
    - tires
    - alignment

    350K maint:
    - alternator
    - starter

    Future Add Ons:
    - hypertech speedo calibrator
    - Magnaflow 15241 catback exhaust
    - aFe catback exhaust
    - Gibson catback exhaust

    - URD o2 simulator
    - HPS coolant & heater core hoses
    - Hurst shifter
    - Walbro 255 fuel pump w/ external filter
    Front end rebuild/suspension
    - LBJs/LCAs & whiteline/poly bushings
    - New alignment cams
    - Inner & outer tie rod ends
    - Wheelers superbumps
    - 1/4" wheel spacers or 1.25" spacers for 2ndary shock clearance
    - Sway bar end links
    - TC stock length LCAs
    - TC secondary shock hoops or Kartek shock hoops
    - 2.5" King bypasses (TC1119-25)
    Rear suspension:
    - TC SUA w/ deaver HD springs
    - Kartek Limit straps
    - Slip yoke for front of driveshaft p1
    - King 2.0 rear bumps p2
    - Wheel spacers for rear spidertrax 1.5"
    - TC mounts for King 2.0 bump stops, Link
    - Archive garage 12-14" shock relocation
    - 14"x2.5" kings w/ resis & clickers
    Body work/gusseting:
    - McNeil Racing +2" fiberglass front fenders
    - Paint rear fender flares TM
    - Repaint passenger front fender
    - Repaint roof failing clear coat
    - 12-15 color matched sport mirrors
    - rear frame boxed
    - TC coil bucket gussets
    - Front bumper gussets
    Misc:
    - All Pro aluminum rear bumper
    - All Pro steel rear bumper
    - Fire extinguisher mount
    - relocate dual battery to bed & spare tire under bed
    - Rebuild fridge platform w/ added storage
    - 60" hi lift or aluminum racing jack
    - PIAA 510s w/ crystal ion lens for ditch lights
    - Rear diff backing plate
    - Body mount relocate
    - Leer 100RCC or ARE MX high top campershell w/ sliding windoors
    - Rack inside camper shell
    - locking rotopax handles
    - ARB fridge monitor
    - Vibrant 1141 resonator 2.5"
    - URD supercharger
    - PCV valve
    - Turbo manifold/downpipe 2TR-FE


    - NST pulleys - crank, water pump, alternator
    - methanol injection
    - lotek pillar gauge mount
    - flexpod gauge mount
    - AFR gauge
    - Boost/vac gauge
    - Coolant temp gauge
    - Oil pressure gauge
    - Greasable sway bar end links
     

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2019 at 6:24 AM
  2. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

    Joined:
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    First Name:
    Robert
    Vehicle:
    PreRunner 2.7L
    Maintenance Log:

    Prior to my ownership:
    2 wheel bearings replaced
    @ 126,307 miles
    Front brake job
    Brake fluid flush
    Power steering fluid flush
    Replaced drive belt
    Coolant flush
    Fuel system flush
    Replaced right rear center cap
    Headlights buffed (original set)
    Retorqued drive shaft bolts
    Replaced engine air filter
    Replaced cabin air filter
    Replaced spark plugs
    Oil switched to full synthetic
    Clean & adj rear brakes/e-brake
    Cleaned throttle body
    Fuel tank additive
    Rear differential fluid change
    Topped off all fluids
    @ 150,000 miles
    Rear brake job
    1 wheel bearing replaced (front passenger side)
    Headlights buffed
    Retorqued drive shaft bolts
    Replaced engine air filter
    Coolant drain & refill
    Clean & adj rear brakes/e-brake
    Transmission fluid drain/refill
    Cleaned throttle body
    Fuel tank additive
    Rear differential fluid changed
    Topped off all fluids
    @174,349 miles: 05/22/15
    Melted DTRLs recall; new headlights installed
    @175,000 miles
    New starter
    New alternator
    @179,398 miles
    Replaced all 3 u-joints w/ sealed OEM units
    @192,920 miles: 02/02/16
    Passenger front bearing w/ seals
    New drive belt
    New engine air filter
    New cabin air filter
    Brake fluid flush
    Power steering fluid flush
    @200,000 miles
    New clutch
    New TOB
    New Pilot bearing
    @200,864 miles: 07/28/16
    Rear leaf spring recall 3+1 pack installed
    @220,223 miles
    Replaced all 3 u-joints; Spicer w/ greasable zerks
    Firestone Ride-Rites
    Rear RR 2.5 King shocks
    @221,570 miles
    Front RR 2.5 King Coilovers w/ 700lbs coils
    Total Chaos Uniball UCAs
    @226,750 miles: 01/12/18
    New engine air filter
    @228,832 miles: 02/11/18
    Rear differential fluid changed 85w-140 Lucas
    Re-calibrated VSC
    @229,265 miles: 02/16/18
    Power steering fluid flush
    @230,095 miles: 03/04/18
    New spark plugs
    Air intake hose replaced
    @230,275 miles 3-9-18
    (5) Cooper Discover S/T Maxx 295/70/17
    @230,553 miles
    Front brakes & rotors replaced
    Brake fluid flush
    SS brake lines
    Coolant flush
    Throttle body cleaned
    MAF sensor cleaned
    Valve cover gasket
    Cylinder head gasket
    @230,749 miles: 03/22/18
    Front wheel bearings/hubs replaced
    @231,934 miles: 04/08/18
    Oil change M1 Extended Performance 5w30
    Cabin air filter replaced
    @233,200 miles: 4/28/18
    Regear to 4.88s & ARB locker added
    Replaced center u-joint w/ used toyota sealed unit
    @235,288 miles 05/14/18
    Transmission fluid change Redline MT-90
    @235,675 miles 05/24/18
    5 tire rotation; cross rotated front to back, passenger front to spare, spare to driver rear
    Alignment
    @236,947 miles
    Oil change M1 extended performance
    @240,865 miles 8/11/18
    Throttle body cleaned
    MAF sensor cleaned
    @243,080 miles 09/01/18
    M1 high mileage oil change
    @244,000 miles 12/25/18
    M1 high mileage oil change
    Clutch Masters dual comp clutch
    lightweight flywheel
    TOB
    Rear main seal replaced
    Rear diff fluid change Lucas 85w-140
    Transmission fluid change Redline MT-90
    @244,740 miles 1/12/19
    replaced all 3 u-joints w/ greasable Spicer 5-1330-x
    @244,755 miles 1/27/19
    Replaced pilot bearing
    @245,000 miles 2/1/19
    greased u-joints
    @245,416 miles 2/2/19
    Equal length header installed
    @245,490 miles 2/6/19
    aFe replacement air filter
    @245,731 miles 2/24/19
    greased UCA poly bushings
    cleaned Unifilter
    @245,750 miles 3/3/19
    - replaced Unifilter
    @246,550 miles 4/23/19
    - replaced 3rd member
    @247,150 miles 4/27/19
    - brake reservoir flush
    - rear diff fluid changed w/ Lucas 85w140
    - trans fluid changed w/ Lucas 85w140
    @247,462 miles 5/3/19
    - secondary air filter removed
    @247,496 miles 5/5/19
    - carrier bearing replaced w/ spicer
    - greased u-joints
    @248,890 miles 5/14/19
    - URD MAF Cal installed- tuned for stock airbox
    @249,020 miles 5/16/19
    - M1 high mileage oil change
    - greased UCA poly bushings
    @249,084 miles 5/17/19
    - Replaced transmission w/ R155 (donor VIN# 5TETX22N98Z537362)
    - trans fluid changed w/ Lucas 85w-140
    - cabin air filter replaced
    @249,550 miles 5/25/19
    - Stock weight flywheel resurfaced and reinstalled
    @250,175 miles 5/26/19
    - aFe intake cleaned and installed
    @250,633 miles 5/29/19
    - Trans fluid changed w/ Valvoline 85w140/Lucas 80w90 mix
    @250,808 miles 5/31/19
    - LuK 16-088 clutch installed
    @251,292 miles 6/9/19
    - cleaned aFe pro dry filter
    @252,600 miles 6/30/19
    - installed aFe Intake Magnum Force 51-11382
    @252,703 miles 7/3/19
    - replaced transmission mount w/ OEM (12371-0C140)
    @253,173 miles 7/14/19
    - spare tire (18/32") rotated to passenger rear
    - front tires (13/32")
    - driver rear tire (12/32")
    - passenger rear tire (11/32")
    @253,732 miles 7/28/19
    - Oil changed w/ 0w-30 M1 synthetic & toyota filter
    @254,692 miles 8/17/19
    - aisin water pump & gasket
    - toyota 180* thermostat & gaskets
    - upper & lower toyota radiator hoses
    - metal coolant bypass pipe replacement
    - new gates drive belt
    - cleaned throttle body
    - coolant flush
    @255,120 miles 8/27/19
    - trans fluid changed with Lucas 85w140 & 80w90 mix 50/50
    @256,822 miles 9/25/19
    - Denso AFR sensor
    @258,734 miles 11/1/2019
    - Mobil 1 0w-30 w/ Wix XP filter
    - 12-15 front end conversion
    @258,885 miles 11/2/2019
    - Regeared to 5.29s
    - Rear shocks rebuilt
    @259,050 miles 11/3/19
    - greased U-joints
    - rear leaf packs w/ 1.5" AAL installed
    - stock bumps reinstalled
    @259,485 miles 11/9/19
    - rear diff fluid changed Lucas 85w140
    - plasti dipped grille grey
    - spare tire rotated to driver rear side
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM
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  3. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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    Vehicle:
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    Part numbers & discount codes for reference:

    Discount Codes:
    Rago Fabrication

    NEWS10 10%
    URD:
    Forummember 10%
    Tacomaworld.com 10%

    OEM All Weather Flooring:
    Thread with install pics/info
    Part# for manual transmission access cab is: 58510-04850-B2
    Part# for automatic transmission access cab is: 58510-04840-B2
    Part# for automatic transmission double cab is 58510-04870-B2
    Part# for manual transmission double cab is 58510-04890-B2
    - SR5 5 speed Leather Shift Knob: 33504-22140-C0
    - Front Doors Weather Stripping for Windows:
    RH:68160-04020
    LH: 68210-04020
    - Nylon Fender Liner/Screw Grommets 90189-A0002
    - Front Door Interior Push Clips 90467-A0016-B2
    - Access Cab Rear Seat Panel Clips 90467-10161
    - 2TR-FE Engine Air Filter 17801-YZZ04
    - 2TR-FE Spark Plugs 90919-01191/SK20HR11
    - 1GR-FE Engine Air Filter 17801-0P010
    - 1GR-FE Spark Plugs N/A 90919-01235
    - Cabin Air Filter 87139-YZZ09
    - Diff Breather Union 90404-51026
    - Diff Breather Plug 90930-03136
    - Bellhousing Dust Seal/Cover 11354-75030
    - Leer 100R Rear Window Gas Shocks TAG# 51629/C16-06389
    - TRD beadlock wheels in Bronze PTR18-35090-BR
    - 2.7L Intake S-Hose 17881-0C081
    - TRD Performance Brake Pads PTR09-89111
    - OEM Brake rotors 43512-04052
    - 2.7L Cyl Head Gasket (under valve cover gasket; spark plug seal gasket) 11214-75012
    - 2.7L Valve Cover Gasket 11213-75041
    - Windshield wiper resivoir 85315-04090
    - Oil drain plug crush washer 90430-12031
    - Secondary air pump cover 17613-0P010
    - R155 Transmission mount 12371-0C140
    - Metal coolant bypass pipe 16268-75112
    - Thermostat 180*F 90916-03093
    - Water inlet housing gasket (thermostat gasket) 16325-76010
    - Thermostat housing gasket 16325-75011
    - Upper radiator hose 16571-0C120
    - Lower radiator hose 16572-0C110
     
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  4. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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    Somewhere around this time in 2016, joined Tacoma world, and got the bug.


    A few of the first things I did were adding an ARB Bumper (since I live in deer country), color matched the A/C & radio bezels, added a set of PIAA 520's & ARB fogs, Oznium rocker switches, V3 Triton LED Switchback blinkers, auxillary reverse lights, an Ultragauge, and a Leer 100R



    added old cb radio my grandpa gave me under the front passenger seat



    Side shot of how the color changes in the lighting


    At this point, I picked up a used Leer 100R off of Craigslist for 500 w/ thule rails/rack, sliding windows, carpeted headliner, and interior dome light. Got tired of seeing white and decided to try to color match it myself. Was quite a bit of work, but im pleased with the results for only 200 in materials







    My shift boot & knob were starting to get worn out so i replaced i them with a redline goods shift boot and an OEM leather shift knob that comes in the SR5 model 4 cylinder trucks


    Damaged my driver's side front quarter panel & fender flare a while back so i decided i'd take my chances and try a little body work. Replaced the front fender and color matched it the same way i did my shell.

    Test fitment prior to paint


    Finished product with new fender & flare

    Added some redline tuning hood struts that i got through a group buy on here. If you haven't added these yet and you are in and out of your engine bay frequently, i highly recommend these


    Made my own blinds for my camper shell using a roll of reflectix insulation I got from lowe's. Made cardboard cutouts of the windows, then cut them to size and used sticky velcro to attach them to the window frames.




    Installed a pop n lock and a KB voodoo tailgate cap. The tailgate cap has been great and its helped keep the rubber gasket on the rear window of my shell from rubbing the paint off my tailgate.


    Took a gamble and bought a scooped hood off ebay to see if it would fit. Ended up getting damaged during shipping so i was able to get a refund and they didnt want the hood back, so i took some heat to it and beat it back in shape.


    Next up, i made a platform for my ARB fridge for the passenger side in the back of my access cab. Also mounted an ARB 2500 awning to the crossbars on my shell.




    Brought home a '13 DCSB Sport 6 speed recently so i could retire my other as my daily driver and also be able to start building on it more.


    Built a battery box to hold a 31M. Welded it to the OEM receiver hitch and will be relocating the spare tire onto a Wilco hitchgate solo hi clearance. Whenever the battery comes in i'll be fabbing up a bracket to tie it down.



    Ext travel kings w/ 700lb coils:headbang:
     
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  5. May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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  6. May 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM
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    ChadsPride

    ChadsPride Tacoma Owner & Enthusiast

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  7. May 19, 2017 at 1:01 PM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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    Welcome sir! Its an honor to have the @ChadsPride as the first to sub my build! :thumbsup::hattip:
     
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  8. May 19, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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    ChadsPride

    ChadsPride Tacoma Owner & Enthusiast

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    Glad to be here!!! :fistbump:
     
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  9. May 20, 2017 at 6:54 PM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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    Finally pulled the trigger on a 100w solar panel, 75/15 MPPT charge controller, and 1000w pure sine dc inverter. Once everything gets here next week i can build a box that will go under my sleeping platform to house everything and tidy things up. The plan is to have a separate battery and charging source from my primary that i can use when im out camping and to use when im running the fridge and the truck is parked.


    Here's a shot from out at Garner state park today.
    IMG_2559.jpg

    Colorado Pictures June 2018:
     
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  10. May 21, 2017 at 6:58 AM
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    McNice

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    OH MY GOD THE SHIFT BOOT GOES INSIDE. You just changed my world.
    PS subd. Loving the build, very similar to what I've got going on. I'm pretty sure we've discussed this already!
     
  11. May 21, 2017 at 7:21 AM
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    BassAckwards

    BassAckwards [OP] formerly rjbiii

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    yeah, i love the way the shift boot fits, much better than stock! it took some bending and tweaking of the metal wire piece that holds it into place but after taking it in and out 10 times or so i got it the way i liked it. If you end up getting a shift boot like this one be careful when you're installing it, i broke a few of the plastic tabs on the inside when i was trying to get it to fit just right. And thanks man, i appreciate it! Glad to finally get a build thread going:thumbsup:
     
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    Not quite sure how I never realized it was supposed to get tucked under the center console. It has driven me nuts for the past few months having it lift up when I would shift. Thanks man!

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    Got my solar panel mounted to my cross bars today. I used 6ft aluminum angle and ubolts to fasten it down. Dont plan on cutting the long pieces shorter just in case i want to make a mount for a gas can or something else up front.

    Also added a 3ft NGP Firestik on the hood using a relentless bracket.
     
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    Solar Panel Install on Separate Auxillary Battery

    Please note, mounting of solar panel to cross bars is in post #13

    Decided to do a write up for a very simple and basic solar panel install that anyone with little to no wiring experience could tackle. I spent a few hours prior just trying to understand how a basic solar panel setup works, and i found that the diagram below was very useful for a beginner like myself. The purpose of this build/truck is mainly for recreational use on the weekends, traveling, camping and basically to have a home away from home wherever I may end up.

    Basic Diagram/Info
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    Threads I used:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/solar-panel-install.472522/


    Materials/tools needed/that I used:
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    Heat shrink
    10-12 gauge butt splices
    Mc4 connectors
    Electrical tape
    Electrical tie wraps
    Ring terminals 3/8in 4 & 6awg
    2 In line fuse holders for 1/4” x 1 1/4” fuses
    7-7.5 amp fuses 1/4” x 1 1/4”
    Blue solar 75/15 MPPT charge controller
    10 or 12 AWG wire
    100w solar panel
    Heat gun
    Wire strippers/razor knife
    Sta-kon pliers/wire crimpers

    Running wiring:
    I opted to run my wiring from the roof of my shell down in between the cab and along the frame rail to the back of the truck where my second battery is mounted.

    Heres a couple of pics of how i ran the wiring along the cross bars and towers
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    I ran the wiring from the solar panel down from the tower and in between the cab and the shell and then along the frame rail to the back of the truck. I had trouble figuring out where i wanted to run it to making it the cleanest and settled on this.
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    I ran the wiring up through the gap between the bumper and tailgate and into the shell to my charge controller.

    Wiring a set MC4 connectors onto the red (+) and black (-) wires that run from the solar panel to the charge controller was necessary since the Renogy panel i got came with them on the ends. It was either this route, or splicing into them and i wanted an easy disconnect so i decided to buy a few extra MC4 connectors and add them onto my wiring. Please Note, the video below is just a basic reference on how to wire up the mc4 connectors, in order for the connectors to work properly with a renogy panel, i suggest looking at the ends of the connectors coming off the solar panel and fitting the right connector onto those to ensure they make contact. I noticed when doing this that pieces you are wiring onto your 10-12 awg wire were the opposite of what the video below explains.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGksTZpEGJI

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    Adding in-line fuses:
    After you have your wiring in place, now you can add a fuse to the positive line coming from your solar panel (Red wire) and into your controller. You will also need to add an in line fuse of the same size for the positive lead going from your charge controller to your battery (Green wire).

    Cut into the wiring and strip the ends down so you can get ready to splice in the fuse. The fuses i bought from home depot were 12 AWG and came in one piece like pictured below. You will need to cut it and strip down both ends. Once you get all of the wires cut, make sure to go back through and twist the ends of each of them tight.

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    Next, take your in-line fuse and splice them into the wire using 10-12 AWG butt splices or by soldering the wiring. When using butt splices, make sure after crimping the connections, that you pull on each of the ends and make sure the connection is tight. The picture below is just for the positive wire coming from my solar panel. You will need to do this again to the positive wire going from your charge controller to your battery.

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    After finishing that up, tape up your connections well and add the fuse size of your choice. In my case, i went with a 10 amp. I used the formula in the first wiring diagram that stated your fuse size should be the Panel’s ISC x 1.2
    Edited: I was able to find the correct size fuse (7.5amp) at O'reilly's auto parts.

    My panel’s ISC is 5.75 so my fuse should be roughly 6.9 amps. I looked for a 7 amp fuse but was unable to find any so i settled for a 10.

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    For my setup, i used some wire that i had laying around and so the red(+) and black(-) were running from my panel to my charge controller. The green(+) and white(-) wires run from the charge controller to the battery.

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    I used an aluminum box off of an old feeder that normally houses the battery, timer, and motor to mount my charge controller. Drilled pilot holes, and then used self tapping screws to mount it vertically. Drilled holes to run the wires out from the controller into the bed area.
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    Here's where i mounted my auxillary 31M northstar battery. Fabbed up a mounting box using steel angle and welded it to the oem receiver hitch. Still need to fab up a tie down solution, just ratchet strapped it in for now.

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    Update (6/23/17): Fabbed up a tie down solution. Used some j bolts i bought at o'reilly's and drilled holes in some extra steel flat bar i had laying around.

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    At this point, you can start adding ring terminals to the wires running from the charge controller to the battery (White(-) and Green(+)), and hook them up. this would also be the time to add a digital voltmeter and hook it up to the battery as well to keep an eye on things. Just today, i've observed from 12.7v to 14.3v, depending on the amount of sunlight and whether or not my fridge was running.

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    Couple more pics from up top
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    Also wired my fridge to the battery using a basic relay and switch so i could test everything out. Next up is to wire up my fuse block, inverter, mount my volt meter and tidy things up, but this is a basic guide of what all it takes to have a basic off the grid setup.

    If you have any questions or need more specific pictures, feel free to post in here, and I'll do my best to answer them.

    Edited to add: Link to my Aux fuse block & inverter setup here
     
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  15. Jun 5, 2017 at 5:02 AM
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    Very cool!
     
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    Thanks man! I'm hoping it will help some folks get a better understanding of a basic setup. there's really not much to it, its just time consuming figuring out how you want to set it all up/run the wires
     
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    Added a couple of voltmeters yesterday so i could monitor my truck (starting) battery and my auxillary battery that my solar panel is hooked up to. My truck didn't come with power mirrors, so i just popped out the blank that was there and put them there. Required no modification to the dash area of the truck.
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    Also made a run out to Junction TX and checked out South Llano river state park. Pretty cool area, great swimming and kayaking out that way. Here's a bridge on the way into town, had to stop and take a pic of it.
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    Got my wilco hitchgate solo hi clearance & 3.5gal fuelpax installed. Fabbing up a license plate relocate bracket next

    EDIT: Please note if you have the hitchgate and buy the single rotopax mount that also allows you to mount a hilift jack, a 3.5 gallon rotopax can WILL NOT FIT. It fits in these pictures, but that is because my receiver hitch is mounted slanted downwards (I did this by accident and after fixing it, the can hits the tailgate). Notice how the spare tire looks like it's tilted towards the back at the top of the wheel. This is how it was able to clear, but the tire did not sit perpendicular to the back of the truck
     
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    :hattip:Welcome back sir!
     
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