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DoorDing's 2012 Tacoma Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by DoorDing, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. May 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    DoorDing [OP] Someone was there .

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    They look better on the wheels than in the bed.
     
  2. May 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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    Nice! 265/75/r16?
     
  3. May 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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    Yes. Seemed the best fit for weight, clearance, and towing. I can already feel an improvement in ride over the BFG Rugged Trail. A little noise, but not nearly as bad as I feared.
     
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  4. May 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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    I had the same tires and they rode great compared to the stock Dunflops on my Sport. Their soft sidewall (C load rating) caused some wandering and sway during heavy towing of my horunner, so I decided to try something different. Other than that I loved them.
     
  5. May 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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    My pop-up camper is, at most, 2000 lbs, so I'm hoping that won't be a problem. Installing OME Dakar springs with Timbren SES should help, too.
     
  6. May 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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    At 8800 miles, I'm getting the damn crossover pipe re-routed next week. No matter how I spaced the t-case skid plate, I kept having problems with the exhaust rattling against it, or small rocks getting between the skid and exhaust, leading to rattles. What a stupid design.

    $200 later, and it's done. The guy did a nice job, but if Toyota would've put a flange in the route after the converter, it would've been easier. Photos later.
     
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  7. Jun 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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    Back from Utah, and other than SuperBumps front / Timbren SES rear, I kept the stock OR suspension for the trip. I was going to get the lift done, but decided it'd be stupid to do all of that work a few days before a major trip. As it was, the OR parts did better with tire & bump upgrades than last fall's Utah trip. The Timbrens made a big difference in sag when towing my pop-up camper. I never rode in the back seat, but judging from the lack of complaints, the ride was more comfortable than with the stock bump stops and tires.

    Prior to the trip, I did a lot of work on my garage. It's now fully insulated, and I mounted two cabinets on a dolly so I can reconfigure the shop to allow space to walk around the Tacoma with the overhead door closed. It's noticeably cooler in the sun, and the AC unit is more effective.

    I also finished some other house and camper work, but as far as the truck goes, I completed this list before the trip:

    Greased U-joints
    Relocated 7-pole trailer receptacle to a bumper tag light hole
    Mounted electric trailer brake controller
    Reinstalled skid plates
    Installed keyed Pop n Lock
    Installed bed corner brackets
    Installed rear differential breather extension
    Configured adjustable draw bar and ball

    I skipped these tasks:

    Install new suspension
    Mount Hi-Lift Jack, shovel, and axe
    Install additional D-rings
    Fabricate heat shield for crossover exhaust pipe re-route

    I've been busy blowing, wiping, and washing a lot of red out of the truck and camper today. Photos later.
     
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  8. Jun 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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    Kolunatic

    Kolunatic dont tread on me!

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    Waiting on pics:)
     
  9. Jun 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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    I grabbed these off of the kid's camera. They'll have to do for now. I can see the need for a GoPro on family trips, since no one wanted to get off their ass to spot or take photos.

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    That was from the middle of the Tower Arch Trail in Arches NP, mixed within the dunes along the Salt Valley. The southern, sandy section is fairly easy stuff, but the first half is rated 5 using the Red Rock 4-wheelers 1-10 rating system commonly used in the Moab area. The stock OR suspension did well, but I could've used a little more clearance and stiffer springs. Good thing I had those at home.

    A new Land Cruiser and a new F-250 made the turn to start the trail with me. The Ford took a look at the rocky climb and turned around. The Land Cruiser gave it a shot, but shortly after the first climb, I saw the driver on foot, watching me creep through. $80k, but it doesn't come with a pair, so he turned around, too. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Jun 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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    Arrgh, my eyes! :)

    Thanks. I didn't bother doing any post-processing on those, just slapped them up. I thought my crappy netbook display was just too dim.
     
  11. Jun 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    Pics of the land cruiser turning around would've been nice
     
  12. Jun 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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    True. I requested just that, but my support crew didn't want to get out of the truck, and I was having too much fun spotting/driving to do it. I should've climbed back up and told the guy I'd work with him to get down. I really thought he was going to continue, since what was left wasn't that much worse than what he'd already done.
     
  13. Jul 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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    Sub'd! Have you installed the suspension yet?! This is the exact build that I am going to do! FOX ex c/o's, Fox FJ rears, and Dakar springs. You have done a good job getting all the details and info together! How much did it cost to get the FJ's revalved and have the 12mm sleeve installed? Can't wait to hear how things are w/this set up!
     
  14. Jul 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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    It's all still sitting in my garage, next to the truck.

    I don't think DSM charged any extra to do the bushings or the valve adjustments.
     
  15. Jul 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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    :popcorn:So you get your stuff installed yet? It's been 5 days since I hit you up last! lol! I have another question for you though...what's up with the different size spanner wrenches? Why not the 2.5 preload and 2.5 backup? Why the 2.0? School me please. Thanks
     
  16. Jul 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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    2 different lock ring sizes on the coilovers.
     
  17. Aug 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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    Hiya! Nice build thread so far. You have any pics of your exhaust cross over to share? I like Chepo's. How did yours turn out?
     
  18. Aug 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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    Thanks.

    No photos of the re-route yet. Chepo's is prettier, but I think the shop did ok on mine. No noticeable difference in performance or sound, and no more 1500 rpm rattle from it spanking the t-case skid.
     
  19. Aug 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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    Have you had these off road and if so any pics as to how they are holding up. I am a casual and seldom off roader but want better security that the tin they call armor from the factory
     
  20. Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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    I've smacked them fairly hard on a few trails in Utah. With the stock suspension, even the best lines will result in dragging the skids a little. The roughest trail I've been on is the Tower Arch Trail and some connecting trails in Arches National Park, rated a 5/10 in the local Moab system. I'm certain I would've damaged my transfer case without them. I'll post some photos of the underside this weekend.

    They won't take the abuse 3/16" steel will, but I didn't want that level of protection. I wouldn't recommend them for rock crawling, but for expedition travel and the moderately rough trails I drive, I think they're the right combination of protection and weight.
     
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