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Dirtbag Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by seen20, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Jan 29, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    seen20

    seen20 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    2000 Horizon Blue Metallic TRD 5-Speed
    Adventure build
    Dirtbag Build

    Documenting the adventure-mobile of 2 people and our dog Eska

    Shameless plug for Eska’s Instagram

    Currently (182k miles):

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    As of May 2019

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    Calling it the Dirtbag build because we have lived out of it before and we probably will again.

    Specs
    -2000 SR5 TRD Ext Cab
    -Rear Diff Lock
    -Manual Transmission
    -4x4
    -5VZ-FE 3.4L V6

    Exterior Mods
    -Craigslist special high-rise camping shell
    -Custom-built Sleeping Platform
    -Custom Roof-Rack from Rack Attack
    -Thule Roof Box
    -Extended rear diff breather
    -Stickers!
    -Plasti derped some chrome

    Armor
    -Skid Row Skid Plate
    -Line-X Bedliner
    -4xinnovations front & rear plate bumpers

    Front
    -Sway-Away 2.0 adjustable coilovers P.O
    -Camburg Uniball UCA’s P.O
    -Swaybar delete
    -Engine splash guards from Gear Tech Customs

    Rear
    -Rear Bilstein 5100's
    -Deaver 3 Leaf AAL P.O
    -Bamf BPV Relocation Bracket

    Wheels & Tires
    -33/10.5/15 BFG KO2’s
    -American Racing Mojave wheels P.O

    Interior

    -Custom-built dog platform
    -Kicker Speakers
    -Grey wire mod

    Accessories

    -Rigid Ditch Lights w/ Rago brackets
    -Hella Sharptones Horns
    -60in Hi-lift Jack
    -Cali Raised light bar
    -Rigid SRM reverse lights
    -Rigid fog lights
    -Xbull recovery tracks

    Maintenance I’ve Done
    -Spark plugs and wires
    -New radiator and silicone coolant hoses
    -Sealed cracked airbox
    -Replaced driver door handle & tailgate handle
    -LBJ’s
    -Outer Tie Rod Ends
    -CV from CVJ Axles
    -Synthetic Fluids
    -Replaced front Timbren bumpstops w/ oem bumps and shimmed to stop rubbing
    -Replaced window trim
    -PCV valve
    -LED dome light
    -Marlin Crawler shifter bushings
    -Front diff bushing from Durobumps
    -Cleared up hazy headlights
    -Extended rear brake line from Wheelers
    -Valve Cover Gaskets

    Upcoming
    -Rebuild Topper (paint, insulate, bug screens)
    -Paint hood and roof
    -Chrome delete
    -Sliders

    Future
    -Stronger rear leaf springs
    -New brakes
    -New gears (probably 4.56)
    -Roof rack for topper


    The Toyota love all started with a 2000 4runner I inherited in high school.

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    After college (University of Wisconsin, go Badgers!) my now fiancé April and I lived out of it for a summer while traveling around and exploring Alaska, where we got an Alaskan Malamute named Eska from the “Malamute Man” Joe Henderson.


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    The 4runner is still kickin with over 322k miles.


    While working as snowboard bums in Taos, New Mexico the idea was hatched to sell my fiancé’s Subaru and replace it with a Tacoma. She would get to drive our beloved 4runner and I would finally get the manual transmission I always wanted. After scouring craigslist for a long time and even going to look at a couple in Colorado we settled on this beauty in Arizona with 166,622 miles.
    When we bought it on March 10, 2018 in Phoenix Arizona:

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    Arizona was not Eska's favorite place. And theres some pretty bad sun scars on the roof and hood. But the best part of the truck?
    No rust!!!


    Before driving it back to Taos we took it in to have the clutch replaced along with steering rack, cv axle, carrier bearing and timing belt. It was a big bill but we got the truck for pretty cheap and we were expecting it.


    We had decided that after our season was over we were going to live out of the bed of the Tacoma while we used up our ski resort comp passes and took the long way back to Wisconsin.


    That required 3 things, catch up on maintenance, build a sleeping platform and get a topper. All before moving out of our house on April 1st.


    I replaced the spark plugs and wires, sealed the cracked airbox to clear a too lean code and installed a new air filter, replaced the radiator and coolant hoses to stop a leak and swapped all the fluids over to synthetic. Then we got new tires and built a platform for Eska so she’d be comfy riding in the back seat.


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    Getting a topper proved a lot more difficult. We looked for a long time and didn’t find one until a couple days after we had already moved out of our house.


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    After the trip started we very quickly got tired of 2 things, the blown speakers and moving our snowboard gear to the cab when we slept. To remedy problem one we stopped at the local best buy and picked up some kicker speakers. Nothing like the looks you get ripping apart your door panel in the parking lot. Then for problem 2 we got a custom roof rack with Thule box installed by Rack-Attack.


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    Then while offroading to find a camp spot we started hearing clunking in the rear. Turned out our shock had snapped and was clanging around. We were able to find a store to order up a pair of Bilstein 5100’s.


    The only thing funnier than parking lot maintenance is doing repairs in the Toyota parking lot right in front of the service department with an old wrench and a block of wood. I needed a new radiator cap (ours wasn’t sealing) so we went to the nearest Toyota dealership to snag a replacement. While there I swapped out the shocks in the parking lot in front of the service entrance while getting strange looks from people bringing in their sparkly brand new Toyotas for oil changes. After installing the shocks our setup was pretty dialed in. We traveled around Colorado snowboarding and sleeping in the mountains.


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    Then right when we were getting really cold living out of the truck in the snowy mountains with only our spring snow gear my friend from San Diego said we should visit him sometime. "Alright see you in a couple of hours."

    On our way!!!

    Utah

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    San Diego!!!

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    After warming up in San Diego we traveled up to Oregon and over to Idaho where we spent a good amount of time.

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    My fiancé April who is awesome enough to live out of a truck with me and our dog for months on end.

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    While in Idaho we even took a quick jaunt on up to Banff.

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    We fell in love with Idaho and decided we are going to move there after Wisconsin.


    When we got back to Wisconsin I extended the rear diff breather, replaced the lower ball joints, outer tie rod ends, cv axle (with axle from CVJ Axles, they’re awesome), removed the sway-bar and added the BAMF bpv bracket.


    When we got the truck the tires rubbed the front fenders while turning and going over bumps, even with a smashed pinch weld and a good amount of trimming. It also constantly bottomed out in the front from the extra-large, uptravel-limiting bumpstops the PO had installed. To remedy this I swapped the giant front Timbren bumpstops with some oem bumpstops. Then when I had the alignment done I had the awesome mechanic Norm of Andrew Toyota add in some more positive caster. Lastly I shimmed the bumpstops with two grade 8 washers and now I have loads of travel and the tires just clear while turning at max stuff. Success!!!

    April made this funny then and now picture of me with my dads old 2nd gen baby blue 4runner in the back.

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    Then we spent all of our money on super awesome mountain bikes.

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    During the fall I got the bed Line-X'd and installed some ditch lights. Also replaced the factory "skid plate" with a Skid-Row skid plate.

    Before winter I fluid filmed the crap out of the truck and got it ready for a winter slumber since I was getting shoulder surgery and wouldn’t be able to drive stick for a while.

    Lately adventures and truck mods have been slow because of the shoulder surgery. There are some big plans in the works though.

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  2. Jan 29, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    emonomics

    emonomics Well-Known Member

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    Just stumbled here, pretty sure my girlfriend would leave me for Eska if she could
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2019 at 10:36 PM
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    ADS coilovers, 10'' ADS shocks, All Pro Standard Leafs, TRD Supercharger, URD 7th Injector, URD 2.2'' pulley, Method NV wheels, Copper Discoverer STT Pro tires, ECGS 4:56 gears, custom steel tube bumper, custom steel skid plate, Columbia Overland dual battery kit, and many more...
    Subd! Awesome truck, dog, and Santacruz Bikes! I have a Bronson and V10 myself.

    Look forward to seeing more from this build page :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Jan 30, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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    DW85

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    Wish I could talk my wife into living out of my truck. :rofl: Look forward to seeing more of the journey.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2019 at 8:44 AM
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    cazinpa

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    Looks like you're living the dream! Awesome write-up!
     
  6. Feb 1, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    seen20

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    Thanks for the kind words! The Tacoma makes a pretty comfy home.

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  7. Feb 8, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    seen20

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    Picked up some goodies from a certain TW Vendor located in Platteville WI

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  8. Apr 5, 2019 at 10:02 AM
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    seen20

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    Test fit and ready for paint.

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  9. Apr 10, 2019 at 7:07 AM
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    Eska climbed in while i was working on the truck. She can't wait for the next road trip.

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    In the meantime I upgraded from my old Kawasaki to this much nicer old Kawasaki!

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  10. Jun 4, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    seen20

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    Well I finally installed the 4xinnovations bumpers. They are awesome, I would highly recommend.

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  11. Jun 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM
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    Clamber247

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    Nice build! My gf and I moved to Idaho after a year on the road in my rig. It has been some good exploring. Mountain biking has been rad too!
     
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  12. Jun 6, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    @Clamber247 thats awesome! I cant wait to move there. I have a countdown at work counting the days till our lease is up and we can leave our jobs and move out there. 56 more days....
     
  13. Jun 6, 2019 at 8:21 AM
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    seen20

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    In the meantime though i wired up some switches.

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  14. Jun 6, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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    1DVS-BSTD is probably confused

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    Awesome build! I'll keep an eye out for your truck if you're ever in southern WI. :wave:

    Hope to journey out west myself towards the end of the summer. Best of luck to you and your lady! :cheers:
     
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  15. Jun 14, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    So when we bought the truck the AC worked but was not very cold at all.

    I just replaced the fan clutch since it didnt seem to be working as well as the one in our 4runner.

    It's colder now but still lacking.
     
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  16. Jun 14, 2019 at 1:04 PM
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    If there's one thing Eska loves its cold A/C

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  17. Jul 11, 2019 at 8:59 AM
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    Throwback to colder times in cooler places

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  18. Jul 12, 2019 at 1:38 PM
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    Lucky enough to have Sylvan a legit little downhill park in our backyard even though we're in central Wisconsin. Enough to tire out Eska and tide us over till we move out west.

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  19. Jul 16, 2019 at 12:32 PM
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    Just put in our 2 weeks. That much closer to moving out west!

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  20. Jul 17, 2019 at 7:06 PM
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    Where y’all moving to?
     

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