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cbechtold's Expedition Tacoma Build and BS Thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by cbechtold, May 27, 2014.

  1. May 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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    cbechtold

    cbechtold [OP] @expeditiontacoma

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    Cover Photo - 02/19/2017
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Picture from: 02/19/2017

    Background:

    Hi! My name is Cory and this is my 2001 Toyota Tacoma. I picked up my Tacoma back in Early January 2014. Initially, I wanted to keep things tame. I thought that between daily driving and the occasional trip that I need just the basics. But time passed, I slowly realised that I wanted to be able to do more. Thus, an attempt at keeping this truck as a simple daily driver turned into the chance to build a vehicle that I've been dreaming about since I was a child. Now I have the chance to take what I've learned to build the best Expo/Weekend Warrior/Rock Crawler/SASed :spy: Tacoma that I possibly can. Hope to see you along the way!

    Table of Contents:

    Demello Off-road Hybrid Rock Sliders: Click Here

    Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Dakar Lift Kit: Part 1 - Click Here | Part 2 - Click Here

    BAMF BPV Bracket: Click Here

    Relentless Fabrication DIY Front Bumper: Click Here

    Relentless Fabrication DIY Rear Bumper w/ Custom Swingout: Click Here

    Bedlined Fender Flares/Debadged: Click Here

    Homemade Bed Rack: Click Here

    33" Goodyear MT/Rs, 15" Cragar D-Window Wheels, and stuff: Click Here

    Windshield Wiper Reservoir Relocation: Click Here

    Rear Diff Breather Mod: Click Here

    Blue Sea Systems Auxiliary Fuse Block: Click Here

    Paranoid Fabrication Din Switch Plate: Click Here

    4crawler Axle Relocation Plates: Click Here

    Relentless Fabrication 3/16" IFS Skid Plate: Click Here

    Tepui Autana Sky RTT: Click Here

    Color Matched Grill: Click Here

    Swingout Update: Click Here

    Rear Suspension Update: Click Here

    Homemade 1/4" Belly Skid: Click Here

    Homemade Hi-Lift Mount: Coming Soon :stirthepot:


    Current Modifications List:
    Engine/Drivetrain:
    - 3.4L V6
    - Stock TRD Gearing (4.10)
    - Automatic Transmission
    - TRD E-locker Rear
    - OEM Exhaust
    - OEM Air Intake
    - Diff Breather Mod


    Suspension:
    - ICON Vehicle Dynamics Standard Travel Front Coilovers
    - ICON Vehicle Dynamics Rear Shocks
    - ARB 4x4 Accessories Old Man Emu Dakar Leaf Springs with D43XL AAL
    - RevTek Front Differential Drop Kit
    - ARB 4x4 Accessories Old Man Emu Bushing
    - RuffStuff U-bolt flip and lower shock tabs
    - Custom 25" Extended Rear Brake Line
    - BAMF BPV Bracket
    - 4crawler 2" Wide Axle Relocation Plates (3/4" setting)
    - Swaybar Delete


    Tires/Wheels:
    - Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs w/ Kevlar Tires (33x12.50R15)
    - Cragar D-Window Wheels (15x8/4" BS)
    - Full-size Spare
    - Dorman Wheel Studs (90942-02079)

    - Wheeler's Offroad 1/4" Wheel Spacer


    Armor/Protection:
    - Relentless Fabrication Front Plate Bumper DIY Builder Kit
    - Relentless Fabrication Wrap Around Rear Plate Bumper DIY Kit with Homemade Swingout (Modified by
    CaliFabrication to carry RotoPaxs)
    - Demello Off-road Hybrid Rock Sliders
    - Relentless Fabrication 3/16" IFS Skid Plate
    - Homemade 1/4" Belly Skid


    Interior:
    - Sony Bluetooth Receiver with App Remote (MEX-BT3100P)
    - Paranoid Fabrications Din Switch Plate (6 switch holes)
    - WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats


    Exterior:
    - Overland Bound Member Emblems (2x)
    - Colour Matched Grill
    - Bedlined Fender Flares
    - Debadged
    - Homemade Bed Rack
    - Tepui Autana Sky RTT
    - RotoPax 2 Gallon Gasoline Pack
    - RotoPax 2 Gallon Water Pack
    - RotoPax Mount, Extension, and Lock
    - Homemade Hi-Lift Mount


    Lighting/Electrical:
    - Nilight 18w Cree LED 3" Square Flood Lights (2x)
    - Nilight 18w Cree LED 3" Flush Square Flood Lights (2x)
    - Blue Sea Systems ST Blade Fuse Block - 12 Circuits with Negative Bus & Cover

    - OTRATTW Switches

    Recovery Gear:
    - 48" Hi-Lift X-treme Jack with black handle keeper

    Miscellaneous:
    - Trimmed fenders for wheels
    - Slider cut back to clear for wheels while turning
    - Windshield Wiper Fluid Reservoir made from 2" ABS Plastic Tube


    And this is where it all started. Completely stock, very clean and 222,XXX miles on it.

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    Tacoma - Stock
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Photo from January 5th, 2014.
     
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  2. May 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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    cbechtold

    cbechtold [OP] @expeditiontacoma

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    Trip Log:

    2017:
    - Hollister Hills - 01/06 thru 01/07/2017 - Click Here
    - Uncle Tom's Cabin - 02/19/2017 - Click Here
    - Usal Beach - 04/21 thru 04/22/2017 - Click Here
    - Eagle Lakes - 06/16 thru 0618/2017 - Coming Soon
    - TBD - 07/07 thru 07/09/2017 - Coming Soon
    - Off the Grid 2017 - 09/28 thru 10/01/2017 - Coming Soon
    - TepuiFest 2017 - TBA - Coming Soon
     
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  3. May 27, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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    cbechtold

    cbechtold [OP] @expeditiontacoma

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    First things first, Sliders! Running boards are absolutely ugly and provide no protection, at all. Need the protection for future endeavors.

    Before:

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    IMG_0909
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_0911
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    After:

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    IMG_0921
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_0923
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_0927
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_0932
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Sliders were always going to be first. They're considered a nessassarity nowadays when wheeling. I've also been around Jason at Demello Off-road for quite sometime now. Pretty much all the bumpers and sliders on the vechiles in the family are Demello and it was easy to get hold of a set of sliders.
     
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  4. May 27, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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    TaColema

    TaColema That Guy You Know.

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    Plasti-Dipped Bumpers and Grille, 265/75/16, RIMZ.
    Nice man! Those sliders turned out awesome. I wish I had the extra cash to do what you've got going on, Sub'd .
     
  5. May 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM
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    cbechtold

    cbechtold [OP] @expeditiontacoma

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    Thanks. I'm very excited about what's in store for my truck. It'll probably be awhile before it happen though.
     
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  6. May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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    TaColema

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    Man, if you got the stuff get out there and get to wrenching!
     
  7. May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM
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    cbechtold

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    I tell you, I would but the front coilovers are the only parts that are currently here. I'm going to order rear shocks soon, but I really need to make my mind up on what leaf springs I'm going to go with. I'm pretty set on either Deaver J59s or Old Man Emu Dakars. I'm just working out the smaller details at this point.
     
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  8. Jun 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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    cbechtold

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    It took forever for me to decide on what leaf springs to put in the back of my Tacoma, but I've decided to go with Dakars since they'll support weight then the Deavers, and since I do plan to invest in a rooftop tent sooner or later. It will help a lot more when I have a bit a weight in the bed of the truck.

    With lifting the truck, I have everything in a spreadsheet that I would like to invest in and I plan to start ordering parts rather soon. What I'll order and when I'll order, I have yet to know, but I do plan to have my Tacoma lifted, hopefully, by the end of the June or beginning of July. It could end up being later, or sooner, if something interferes with my schedule.
     
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  9. Jun 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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    cbechtold

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    Bought some more parts today for the lift kit that will be going on my truck in the near future...

    ARB Old Man Emu Dakar Leaf Springs (OME-CS046RA & OME-CS046RB)
    ARB Old Man Emu Bushings (OME-SB89)
     
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  10. Jun 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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    BehindUranus

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    Youll like the OME suspension. I know I enjoy mine and it took me forever to decide. Congratulations on your choice. Looking forward to seeing where yours goes from here as a fellow silver and 02 body Taco
     
  11. Jun 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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    cbechtold

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    Thanks. Just like you, it was rather hard for me to choose what I wanted to go with until I drove my father's Tacoma a few times, which has all ICON parts for the suspension. Ride was great on road and I've heard many great things about it off-road. For the leaf springs, I knew it was either between Dakar or Deaver, but my father had Deavers on his FJC before he linked the rear. Consistently, he told me that I would have to contact Deaver to get leaf spring that wouldn't fail on me. Plus, the Dakars were quite a bit less the Deavers, so that influenced the decisition a bit more.

    All in all, I'm happy with what I've chosen and I can't wait to get all the parts for my truck. Varying when that will be, I would like to say maybe middle of July, but I don't know. I'll just have to wait and see.
     
  12. Jun 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM
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    cbechtold

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  13. Jun 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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    Dang Id hate to wait that long for all the parts, Id have to get them all at once lol. It was bad enough waiting for my full kit to come in. Looking like you got a good setup started, cant wait to see it on the truck
     
  14. Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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    cbechtold

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    It does suck to wait, but I know the wait is worth it. Give or a take a few weeks and I should have my truck lifted. By then, I will definitely will know that the wait was worth it.
     
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  15. Jun 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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    cbechtold

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    Got some more parts today for the lift kit... All I need is the rear shocks, which I should be ordering rather soon, and then it's lifting time!

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    Untitled
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Lesson learned: Make sure to buy two of the bushing sets when buying the Dakar leaf springs. If you only buy one, then you have only enough bushing for one leaf spring.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  16. Jul 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM
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    cbechtold

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    So, I was going to wait until next week to install my lift kit, but I was bored and had nothing to do and that boredom lead to the lifting of my truck, despite not having my rear shocks. Shocks should be here Tuesday and I'll install them when I get them.

    Here we go. Here's the old setup in the front:

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    Stock Coilovers
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    Stock Front 2
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Brand new ICON Coilovers:

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    IMG_8237
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    ICON Pass
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    ICON Drive
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    I know it's so highly debated, but I also installed a diff drop while at it.

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    Diff Drop
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Then started on the rear.

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    IMG_8268
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Old rear set up:

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    Stock Rear
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    I cut down the exhaust pipe while at it.

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    IMG_8277
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Dakar Leaf Springs:

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    Dakar Leafs
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Overall, I'm very happy with the way the lift kit came out. I'm liking the new stance that the truck has now. Drove it for a bit afterwards and it rides very well, but it does sway a bit on the bends. I sure the rear shocks will help a ton with the rear and the way it rides.

    Here are some pictures of the truck as it sits with the lift.

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    Post Lift
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    Post Lift - Side
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    Post Lift 2
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    I'll be installing the extended rear brake line tomorrow or the next day.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  17. Jul 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM
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    cbechtold

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    Installed the new extended brake line for the rear today. Now to wait for the rear shocks.

    I'll have pictures up when I get the rear shocks installed.
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2014
  18. Jul 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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    johnboyTRD

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  19. Jul 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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    cbechtold

    cbechtold [OP] @expeditiontacoma

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    Rear shocks finally came in. To be 100% honest, I was too excited to finally have the suspension done, so I ripped out the shocks from the boxes and didn't look to see which was which. I quickly solved that after 10 minutes. Anyway, here are the rear shocks...

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    IMG_8297
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_8298
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_8299
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Like a said in a previous post, I extended the rear brake line. This was just a spare that my father had around from when he built SAC'D FJC.

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    IMG_8303
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Sooo... The rear axle is completely dropped and the brake line still has a lot of slack. 25 inches might be a bit overkill but it works, most importantly.

    As a bit of a hint to what to see later this afternoon, I got a little something something from BAMF.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  20. Jul 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM
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    cbechtold

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    Finished up the suspension today with BAMF's BPV Bracket.

    Started out like this...

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    BAMF BPV Bracket
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Ended like this... (Sorry that the second image is a bit blurry.)

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    IMG_8309
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

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    IMG_8312
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    Not the prettiest, but it works. May have had a few issues along the way, but I'm happy that I finished it with plenty of time to spare. (I also may have just learned that paint doesn't dry in 5 minutes...)

    As a small side note, now that I've installed the rear shocks, I believe that the rear has been raised even more now.

    [​IMG]
    IMG_8317
    by Cory Bechtold, on Flickr

    It might be just me, but I'm going to leave it as is for now until I get bumpers and skid plates and then I'll start to adjust the suspension. I might invest in 4crawler Axle Relocation Plates, since the rear wheels do seem further forward than before, but until then, I've got a lot of time to think of what I really want to do to my truck next.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
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