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Bigwapiti's 2011 Tundra build ~ 'Big Nambe'

Discussion in 'Tundras' started by bigwapitijohnny, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. May 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM
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    CanisLupus

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    I do not think that word means what you think it means...

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  2. May 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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    All,

    I just got back from camping over the holiday weekend. My wife is not a camper, and she had an 'awesome' time...:D

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    Regards,

    BWJ​
     
  3. May 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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  4. May 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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  5. May 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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    BWJ, when you did your 3/1 lift, did you have any vsc problems? Nannies go off or anything? Was looking at a 2/1 lift, but after everything I've read, I'm not sure I want to. What do you think?
     
  6. May 31, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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    Oh and how did you get your tundra to shoot fire out the tailpipe? :D
     
  7. May 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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    ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ haaa that's awesome. I hadn't noticed that.
     
  8. Jun 27, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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    Trucky,

    No VSC or nanny problems at all. I have not had ANY issues with my Toytec Ultimate 3/1...

    Not familiar with the issues mentioned...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  9. Jun 27, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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    LOL, I hadn't noticed that either...Actually, that is a sand proof mat. I have it in my 'courtyard' and the 'porch'...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  10. Jun 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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    This rig is amazing. Looking over this build Ive realized that I need more money.. Keep up the inspiration! -Swanny.
     
  11. Jun 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM
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    Devilscar What do you mean I can't go there?

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    I'm jealous. I want all those switches and that gear. What do you plan on doing with the eject switch?
     
  12. Jun 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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    Thanks for the kind words!

    Talking to some car audio shops...Thinking about a seat that will vibrate and some sort of alarm buzzer...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  13. Sep 27, 2013 at 4:38 AM
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    Armstrong SGMTK1

    ive wanted one of those for a long time..

    Amazon says $2700

    Awesome build. Ill trade you some pocket lint for it :) (the tool box i mean of course)

    I have always wanted to build an EXP rig and drive it down to the darien gap. BUT thats probably never going to happen. :(
     
  14. Sep 27, 2013 at 4:44 AM
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    And i have to say, that is the best looking set of bumpers i have ever seen for a tundy.
     
  15. Feb 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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    I have been quite busy in the off-season with various other projects, however, the modding bug is still present in my system...Recently, I cam across a great deal on an all-weather gun case at my local Wal-Mart. This is the bigger brother of the double pistol case that I got at the Bass Pro shops catalog outlet several years ago. It is molded in a material that is not as robust as a Pelican, however, my recovery gear never complained so I bought case. It was $ 69 + tax. There are several nice features that include the following: pressure relief valve, a sealed gaskets, pick and pluck foam and dual lockable hinges. I chose to mount this case in my Baja Rack and I bolted it down with 5 u-clamps. The holes are sealed with Pell door / window flashing tape. I will have my recovery gear more accessible if the tire carrier / tailgate were to become blocked.

    Here is the original case with my recovery gear in it.

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    I was able to reuse the picked foam from the double pistol case without any issues. The case is big enough for my synthetic rope extension, my tree saver and snatching ropes. The sesamee locks tuck right into the case itself...

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    Enjoy!

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  16. Feb 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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    I like that idea for storing your recovery gear! Good thinking!
     
  17. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:03 PM
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    :popcorn: Fucking sick
     
  18. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM
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    such a sweet build! love all the care taken in the details...

    :cheers:
     
  19. Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM
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    All,









    I just got through with installing my 8" Bamufflersystem from Keith Carty and Dirty Deeds industries. Keith makes these exhaust systems by hand,and these are considered the gold standard in Toyota Tundra circles. I chose to get this new exhaust due to Toyotamaking a very restrictive OEM muffler, me wanting my rig to 'exhale' a littleeasier. I will not post up drone / nodrone videos because I believe this to be redundant. Keith has been VERY helpful is deciding whatsystem to get, and he was spot on...I was looking for a 'Wolf in sheep'sclothing', and the 8" system, with the Helmholtz resonator, was just theticket. I was fortunate enough to get inmy order when he was ahead of schedule. Got my system 1.5 weeks ahead of time. UPS dropped off this 'mummified body of sorts' on my doorstep 1 weekago...wife and kids were concerned about what the UPS man delivered...

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    I have NEVER seen a package this carefully wrappedever. His packing tape bill must behorrendous. It took about an act ofCongress to get this system unpacked...As you can see, the weld beads are likea stack of quarters. This thing is allbeef with everything made of stainless steel. I opted for the "Cleveland special 2.0" due to the heavilysalted Winter roads in the Midwest.



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    The install was not TOO bad. I am not mechanically inclined at all, however, this was pretty straightforward. I am not going to share howlong it took though...;)The tough part of my install was the rusted / seizedbolts. Nothing that my FUBAR and breakerbar couldn't handle :D. The system isliterally 'bolt on' with no need for my big hammer to persuade things. Hangers were in the perfect position...



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    I decided to hold off on the Helmholtz resonator for acouple of days just to see how the drone was. In my opinion, the drone was TOO much for me, and I was starting to havea little buyer's remorse.

    Yeah, I'm too old and it was too loud. Following a quick call to Keith, he reassuredme that the Helmholtz will make it all good again. I sealed the flanges of the resonator withPermatex Ultra Copper RTV sealant, and it fit like a glove. Following my install of the resonator, thedrone in the cab was just like stock, if not better. I called Keith to congratulate him on being agenius and that the 8" system was the right one for me...



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    I have since installed a Hypertech interceptor (HTI) tuneras well. My Winter mpgs numbers sincethe additions are VERY good. During theWinter prior to the additions, I would average 11.4 - 11.8 mpgs. With the HTI and the 8" Bamufflersystem, I'm getting 13.4 mpgs...Better mileage + sounds like a beast = happy,happy, happy

    Regards,

    BWJ


     
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  20. Apr 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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    I had noticed awhile back that my rig was getting heavier as the armamentarium grew. I could notice a distinct 'sag' from the side shot. Driveability has never been an issue ~ Tundra has been rock solid. However, I am getting to the point of asking myself "What do I truly need?". I can tell you that this question is leading me down a path that I have never really considered or thought of too much. Do I REALLY need a cant hook AND felling lever? Do I REALLY need 2x 5 gallon air tanks? Hmmmmmmm. To be honest, I guess everyone goes through this simplification process at one time or another. There is something to be said about intellectual and armamentarial simplification...Anyways, onto the pics.

    Here she is several months ago. Notice that she is a tad below level in the rear, kind of a 'California' rake.

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    The problem is more noticeable from underneath the rig. Even with 2" rear shackles + 1" Deaver add-a-leafs, I could see that the original leaf springs were not getting the job done. Notice the first spring is inverting and the second is flat...Yikes.

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    I made a quick call and sent a photo to Wil at Sierra Expeditions. He recommended OME Dakar HD leaf springs with the add-a-leafs. I have had these for quite sometime now, and I here are my thoughts. The ride is smooth. Again, more of a supple feel when going over bumps. That being said, she is heavy. I took my rig over the Continental divide last summer, and it did just fine. I never had an issue at all. First pic is coming into the Great Sand dune after Medano pass. Second pic is having lunch at the Alpine tunnel...

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    One issue that I am having is the leafs squeak. It is awful. I have since contacted arbUSA about this issue, and they recommended that I place marine grade grease in between the leafs. I tried conventional grease, dry graphite lube, etc...all to no avail. I used one whole tube of this stuff, and it seems to be working so far. A slight squeak is detectable, but it seems to be improved markedly.

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    Now, I can see that the leafs issue is better than before and my sag is eliminated.

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    BEFORE

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    AFTER


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    I am looking at new ways to lighten the weight and simplify. I am realizing that I really don't need to carry the kitchen sink. Stay tuned...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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