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Building the "BEAST"

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by awsumdc, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Jan 7, 2009 at 9:08 PM
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    awsumdc

    awsumdc [OP] Well-Known Member Vendor

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    The First '05 + Tacoma SAS
    Setting the bar high right from the start!





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    OK. some people wanted me to start a build thread on my truck so I said I would. Please be patient with me on this one as I have to go through thousands of pictures and try to remember what we did. I will also scan some of the Magazines it has been in here and there.

    So here we go.
    This was the morning after I brought the truck home from Power Toyota in Irvine. It's an '05 Tacoma 4x4 sport double cab TRD edition. Thats my wifes '04 4Runner I bought for her brithday just 6 months prior. It's the sport model also with the 4.7 V8.

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    I then put 3,000 miles on it to get the first oil change out of the way and we then brought it into the shop. This is the picture that was on the front cover of the premire issue of 4wd toyota owner magazine.
    For those of you that don't know him, thats my buisness partener, Jason DeMello. He sure did look happy holding that torch:(
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    But first we had to take a bunch of stuff off before the torch could be used.
    Thats me on the jack and Jason on the seat.
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    The guy kneeling by Jason is the editor and owner of 4wd toyota owner magazine, David Zartman.
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    I know this is just a couple of teaser shots, I'll have more up tomorrow night.:p
     
  2. Jan 8, 2009 at 6:17 AM
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    Roland

    Roland My other ride has sails

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    Can't wait! :D
     
  3. Jan 8, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    Dark Knight

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    :popcorn:oh hell yea!
     
  4. Jan 8, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    Delmarva

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  5. Jan 8, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    awsumdc

    awsumdc [OP] Well-Known Member Vendor

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    Got alot of the front suspension of now and pulling the front diff and stuff out.
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    Here are some expensive, barely used parts just waiting for a new home. Sorry folks, they are all sold now.
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    A brand new truck ready for the torch. It was nice to work on a clean truck though.
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    And the cutting begins. There was no turning back now:eek:
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    Getting close to grinder time. I hated that part:mad:
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    Disgarded parts that are only good for srap now.
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    And here is the jewel that will relace all that IFS stuff. It's a Currie rock jock 60 that is high pinion with reverse cut 5.38 gears, an ARB locker, 35 spline axle's Ford F-450 knuckles, Wilwood 4 piston disc brakes, and Warn premium hubs.
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    Stay tuned for more.:D
     
  6. Jan 8, 2009 at 7:56 AM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    oh man oh man, this truck is gonna be sick!
     
  7. Jan 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM
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    SilverSeven

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    it already is! haha this is what time travel must be like
     
  8. Jan 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM
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    awsumdc

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    Started Grinding. Hated it.
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    All ready to start plating the frame.
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    After we ground down the frame we set the axle under the truck to see how it fit.
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    We noticed a couple of things right away. The swaps on the '05 and later 4.0 trucks would be easier than the older Taco's. Heres why. The oil pan is already set back so you don't have to change the oil pan. The steering shaft doesn't come down straight like the older taco's so you don't have to change that angle either, and the frame kicks up about an inch and a half higher than the older Taco's not to mention that they are bigger in the front. This just cut down the amount of fabrication needed to do to do a swap on these trucks.
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    Now we started plating the frame. We plated both the front and back of the frame as well as the top and bottom. Now we don't think that this is needed to do the top and bottom but we did't want any problems and felt it was cheap insurance.
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    The two plates at the front of the frame on the drivers side were made to incoporate the mounting for the new steering box. We used an early model IFS power steering box from a Toyota truck. These are what are normally used on these swaps.

    This picture is here just to show you how big the axles and knuckles are on a Dana 60. :eek:
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    More to come later.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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    Agent475

    Agent475 "Mark It Zero"

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    Sweet post!
     
  10. Jan 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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    RelentlessFab

    RelentlessFab Tacoma offroad armor fabricating beast Vendor

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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    x1000000000000000:d
     
  11. Jan 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    :drool::drool::drool:

    :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

    On the edge of my seat! Great thread!
     
  12. Jan 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    David Tarantino

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  13. Jan 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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    mjp2

    mjp2 Living vicariously though myself Staff Member

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    Impressive build! :popcorn:
     
  14. Jan 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM
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    Bill Brasky

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    yeah, I was thinking the same thing, lol. For those that haven't seen this work of art, you are sooo in for a treat as this thread progresses.

    I mean really.
     
  15. Jan 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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    tacoskim Tuned By Gadget

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  16. Jan 8, 2009 at 1:50 PM
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    Very nice, Want to do mine next?:D
     
  17. Jan 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    r12rex

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    UPDATE!!!!! now...lol
     
  18. Jan 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco clowns to the left-jokers to the right

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    awsum indeed....thanks for the time your putting into this writeup.

    Got me a brand new bag of >>:popcorn: so when you get time, I'll be following the transition.


    Very cool to already see the final product and then get to see it unfold!!
     
  19. Jan 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM
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    awsumdc

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    I will do my best to update it at least once a day. The weekends may be hard but I'll do my best.
     
  20. Jan 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    SocalMan22

    SocalMan22 Founder Socaltacomas.com Staff Member

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    This is looking good man cant wait to see the finished product
     
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