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Bruce988jl's first and last build thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Bruce988jl, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Apr 20, 2017 at 7:40 PM
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    Bruce988jl

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    Owner - Jason (aka Bruce)
    2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road
    Double Cab Short Bed - Automatic
    Purchased used October 2015 with 106k miles from Acton Toyota in Acton, MA

    I've never made a build thread so here goes... This is my first truck, my first time off roading anything so its been a huge learning curve. A lot has changed on the truck and will continue to change over the next few years.

    ALL Photos are in following posts

    Mod List:
    Engine
    - Stock and will stay stock

    Suspension
    Front End
    King Shocks Extended Travel with external reservoirs 700# Springs
    Camburg Ball Joint Upper Control Arms
    Swaybar Removed

    Rear End
    King Shocks Extended Travel Dakar Spec'd
    Dakar Leaf Springs - Bushings removed and replaced with energy suspension bushings front/rear - stripped, painted and coated with a dry film lubricant - also drilled for plastic isolators between all the major leafs
    All-Pro U-bolt flip kit with wheelers bump stops
    4x Innovations Stock Shackle Replacements - did not fit with the dakars despite what I was told... using stock shackles for now.

    Wheels and Tires
    Toyota TRD Baja Edition 16" Rims
    Firestone Destination A/T's 265/75/16 (5 including the spare)

    Brakes
    Hawk HPS Pads up front with OEM Rotors and new OEM Calipers
    Extended Front/Rear Brake Lines
    Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid
    OEM Rear brakes with all springs/hardware replaced

    Armor
    Pelfreybilt Hybrid Front Bumper
    SOS Concepts IFS/Mid/T-Case Skids 3/16th Steel
    SOS Concepts Sliders with kickouts
    4x Innovations Gas Tank Skid
    4x Innovations LCA Skids (These needed a ton of modification to fit so be wary)
    Mobtown Tailgate Skin
    KB Voodoo Tailgate Cap

    Lighting
    Diode Dynamics XML2 LED Foglights
    Diode Dynamics XP50 Reverse LED Bulbs
    Diode Dynamics Turn Signals
    Diode Dynamics Smart Tap - LED turn-signal unit
    Diode Dynamics Interior LED Bulbs
    Diode Dynamics SS18 Series Driving Bar - Combo Configuration
    Sylvania LED Brake Lights
    Rago Fab Dual Ditch Lights
    Rago Fab LED Flood Light Pods (4 units)
    Rigid Industries Midnight Series Spot lights

    Exterior/Cosmetic
    RobBloks Normal Length Exterior Mudflaps
    Satoshi Grill Mod with paint matched grill surround
    Leer 180x Bed Cap
    Pop & Lock Tailgate Lock
    ExTang 1140 MaxSeal Tailgate Seal
    Weathertech Front/Rear Rain Gaurds
    Custom Precut Front Inner Fender Splash Guards by @cnote4l

    Interior
    Custom Remake of the Iggy Panel with switch openings and speaker slits
    CalTrend Gray Front Seat Covers
    Weathertech Floor Mats Front/Rear
    OEM Toyota Bed Mat
    KB VooDoo XRXS Bed Cross Bars
    Masterlock Truck Bed U-Lock
    MOLLE Rear Panel (Needs paint and to be installed)
    FatMat Adhesive Sound Barrier (will install with the MOLLE panel)

    Electronic
    Uniden Pro 520XL CB Radio
    Road Pro Interior Speaker
    Firestik 4" Antenna
    Firestik Quick Disconnect CB Antenna Adapter
    Bussmann Fuse Panel
    Custom made wiring for the fuse panel
    GTA Car Kits Bluetooth Addition to the Stock Headunit
    OEM Inverter Anytime Mod with two added outlets behind the center console
    Pelfreybilt Group 31M Battery Cage
    XS Power Group 31M Battery with dual terminals

    Recovery
    Tred Pro - Grey - 2 sets
    Rugged Ridge Recovery Strap
    Keeper Recovery Tow Strap
    Smittybilt Shackles - 4 units
    ViAir 400P Air Pump
    NoName Brand Valve Core Deflation Tool
    ColbyValve emergency valve stems
    Hi-Lift Jack 48" X-treme Jack
    Relentless Fab Hi-Lift Jack Bed Holder

    Misc
    Rear Diff Breather Mod - Up behind the tail light
    Air Conditioning Drain Relocation
     
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  2. Apr 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    Bruce988jl

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    When I brought her home:
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    Baja Rims Installed with Firestone Destination A/T Tires 265/75/16
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    SOS Concepts IFS/Mid/T-Case Skids and Sliders
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    CB Radio Setup - Uniden Pro 520XL CB with a firestik antenna setup
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  3. Apr 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    Bussmann Fuse Panel (Sandman's bussmann I made the harnesses and ran the rest of the wiring)
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    Custom Iggy Panel - took his concept and made my own design. The right side has my CB Speaker hidden behind it and the vertical slits let the noise pass through. There are 5 switch openings on the left.
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    Pefreybilt Group 31M Battery Cage and XS Power Battery
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    Mobtown Hidden Receiver Front bumper support
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    KB Voodoo XRXS Bed Brace with Tred Pro's mounted on them for easy access
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    Rago Fab Dual Ditch Lights with their LED Pods (Floor Pattern)
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    4x Innovations Gas Tank and LCA Skids with the SOS T-case Skid.
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  4. Apr 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    Installed:
    Pelfreybilt Bumper
    Diode Dynamic 18" LED Driving bar
    Rigid LED pods
    Sotoshi Grill - paint matched

    I needed to get the bumper on before the suspension so we could set it at the right height - did this by myself with the help of a fork lift. Pelfreybilt's instructions said to cut the bumper retainer under the headlight but it wasn't necessary on the hybrid (oh well too late). Went on mint - too bad I don't have photos of it with the wheel wells pre-trim - I just took my knife and cut them right off at an 'eyeballed' level.

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    Its been about a solid week of driving with the suspension installed and so far I love it. I haven't had a chance to go wheeling as I don't have a proper alignment (LCA's are seized at the moment) but I managed to do a toe-and-go to get it from chewing up the tires too much.

    Install was a pain - it fought us (@mach1man001 helped me a ton with the install and taught me a lot about the truck as well! He does awesome work!) the whole way and took us about 16 hours to do the entire install.

    We installed the following:
    Rear
    Dakar Leaf Packs
    King Shocks with ext resi's and dakar spec
    All-Pro Ubolt flip kit
    Wheelers Bumpstop kit for the all-pro's
    All new bushings for the front/rear of the Dakars
    Front
    King Shocks with ext resi's and extended droop with 700# springs
    Camburg UCA - Ball joint and all new OEM hardware with the bolt flip
    All-Pro Gussetted spindles
    New wheel bearing for the passengerside
    Swaybar removal

    Literally the first bolt we tried had to be cut off.... but finally after some bleeding and swearing the suspension was in. With the front coils set from factory at the 700# springs no adjustment was needed.
    Measurements from center of hub straight up to the lowest point on the outside of the fender
    Front Before - 19inches
    Front After - 20.5inches settled
    Rear Before - 22inches
    Rear After - 24.5inches settled

    The 4x innovations stock replacement shackle kit did not fit - I think it was because of the fact that my suspension was shimmed with the plastic inserts to prevent squeaking issues and this caused the leaf pack to sit a bit thicker than normal. The Shackles were limited on rotation and would impact the leaf pack when the suspension was drooped so we opted out on installing them.

    Finished photos...
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    Installed Rob Blokz (spelling?) mud flaps since I was getting a ton of overspray on the truck and some @cnote4l custom inner fender splash shields.

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  5. Apr 20, 2017 at 8:03 PM
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    Bruce988jl

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    reserved...
     
  6. Apr 20, 2017 at 8:22 PM
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    mach1man001

    mach1man001 eh whatever

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    Toyota bed mat (1st mod), Toyota all season floor mats, Rear spring TSB, Map light mod, Fog light mod, Putco yellow fog bulbs, Weather Tech window vents, Extra d-rings, Mounted mag light, TRD CAI with AFE pro dry filter, '05 front mud flaps (winter only), 2 set's of wheels/tires, 285/75/16 Hankook MT's, Black Painted 1st Gen TRD wheels (wheeling set) Black powder coated FJ Cruiser with 265/70/17 BFGoodrich KO2's (everyday), painted center of grill & bumper black, Devil horns, OME with 885's + spacers front, OME shocks w/OMD designed rear springs, Front diff drop, Rear trailer plug relocate, ATO IFS skid, Relentless Trans & Transfer skids, BAMF bolt on rock sliders, Relentless tailgate reinforcement, Uniden 75 CB radio, BAMF antenna bracket, TRD exhaust, high lift jack w/ATO mounts. And of course ProEFX Towing Mirrors!
    Looking great Jason!
     
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  7. Apr 20, 2017 at 8:24 PM
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    Thanks - As much as this is a build thread I'll be posting findings I encounter with my truck along the way.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2017 at 4:19 AM
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    Looks great so far, keep up the good work.
     
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  9. Apr 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM
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  10. Apr 24, 2017 at 4:38 PM
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    Honestly I just finished painting them. They look like quality parts - I have their LCA skids and gas tank skid. Mind you the LCA skids needed some wicked drilling and dragging of the holes to fit... but I'm being optimistic. I'll let you know when I get them in this weekend!
     
  11. Apr 25, 2017 at 4:31 AM
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    FIrst of all, super psyched you have a build page! Second, I just put on the same bumper on my truck, looks good!
     
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  12. Apr 25, 2017 at 6:18 AM
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    Woo! Twins! haha
     
  13. Apr 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM
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    Keep me posted! I'm about to pull the trigger on a pair
     
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    OK, mad respect on that harness!
     
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  15. Apr 26, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    Yea... I dropped about 700$ on wirebarn/waytek wire/mouser/digi-key to get all the right crimping tools, hardware, correct automotive rated wires etc.... Problem was that a lot of the components had a minimum buy-in....
     
  16. Apr 26, 2017 at 8:05 PM
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    Quick post on my OME Dakar Leaf Pack adventure....

    Initially I thought this would be a quick job however it clearly didn't come out to be just that.

    Brand New Dakar Leaf Packs:
    Pulled them apart - send leafs 5 and 6 out of the 7 leafs out for drilling to get spring isolators installed to minimize squeaking (Thanks @Crom for this idea)
    Alcohol wiped each individual leaf down with alcohol to remove the factory grease
    Pressed out the factory bushing so that I can use the polyurethane bushings I purchased for them
    Sprayed with rustoleum matte black paint
    Sprayed top/bottoms only (contact patches) with Molykote 321 Dry Film Lubricant
    Reassembled with Prothane Supergrease inbetween the leafs

    Also replaced all the plastic covers from the leaf clips with new ones since they arrived all shattered and cracked.

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    I don't mind my Dakars squeaking personally (kinda like it), but the surface rust after only one year was ridiculous. I need to take them apart and clean them up soon.

    Upside is they are crazy strong. Every time I get a load of gravel or soil, the guy loading it can't believe how much weight they can hold.

    R U doing extended brake lines?
     
  18. Apr 27, 2017 at 9:39 AM
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    Already did extended lines - my concern now is the ebrake line which might be the next snag but if needed i'll test it out and worse case I'll put a strap to keep the suspension droop from maxing out. From what I have read it shouldn't be an issue - although every truck is different.
     
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  19. May 7, 2017 at 8:44 AM
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    Finally got the suspension installed last week with the help of @mach1man001 and updated post #4 (linked here)
    Also installed inner fender splash shields and RB Mud Flaps. Managed to eyeball the toe in better and I ordered used OEM LCA's to rebuild so I can get my alignment done

    Next up is the OEM LCA rehaul.. Will be filling the holes and ditching the 4x Innovations LCA Skids because they haven't really been necessary. I think a good stock OEM LCA with welded holes and reinforced/gussetted framework will be more than enough.
    Parts on order:
    Whiteline LCA Bushing Kit - PN 53312
    Proforged Ball Joints - PN 101-10343 (from Amazon)
    OEM Hardware:
    Qty. 2 4819860011 front suspension, lower control arm, adjust cam Tacoma Camber No.2 4WD
    Qty. 2 4819060020 front suspension, lower control arm, adjust cam Tacoma Camber No.1 4WD
    Qty. 2 4840960020 CAM SUB-ASSY, TOE AD
    Qty. 2 4845235020 PLATE, TOE ADJUST, N
    Qty. 2 90119A0166 BOLT, W/WASHER
    Qty. 2 90178A0001 NUT, FLANGE
     
  20. May 20, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    Started on the LCA's yesterday. Popped the C-clip on the ball joint and pressed it out on the bench press. As for the bushings I couldn't fit the arm on the bench press so I reversed a ball joint hand held press (see photos) to extend instead of compress. I put about 1/4" of travel tension on the bushing and hit it with the MAP torch. They slid out like butter. I'll gave them welded up as I'm waiting for the whiteline bushings and ball joints to come in.

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    Today I installed the BirdDawg Tech Deck and Mirror riser. The mirror riser is a god send - literally one of my new favorite mods. I also replaced the Uniden 520XL CB radio with a Cobra (I forget which model) - I was having inline noise from the power from my LED pods and bars that would cause nothing but static from the CB when they were turned on. Swapped in the Cobra and immediately the issue was fixed.

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