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Hodakaguy's Overland Tacoma Builds - on to new adventures.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Hodakaguy, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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    Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    First build thread on the Forum, Thought I would say Hi and share my pics as I go. Hopefully it will help someone out that is doing similar Mods :)

    With our Unimog sold we set our sights on new adventures.

    After two big projects I'm ready to do less building and more using. My mind set is changing for now, I want to do as much camping and traveling as possible while my son is at the right age. This build will be more about bolting stuff on than fabricating.

    Selecting a Vehicle: We wanted a newer reliable vehicle that will haul the whole family and be capable off road at the same time. We also want another Four Wheel Camper to carry on the back for family trips as we really liked our past FWC.

    We've always been a big fan of the Toyota Tacoma so my father and I set out to look at Tacoma's. We both liked the TRD Off Road quad cab model in the Quicksand color so now we own matching rigs :)

    Not as cool as the Unimog but these will be practical for our intended use.


    Planned upgrades:

    OME BP-51 bypass shocks - Good suspension makes a HUGE difference.
    Dakar rear spring packs
    Firestone air bags with Daystar Cradles
    Onboard air
    Dual Battery Setup
    Canopy with roof rack
    ARB Fridge
    SSO Hybrid bumper with 30" BD LED
    Winch
    wheels/tires
    4.88 Gearing
    Misc


    The Trucks

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  2. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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    Hodakaguy

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    My fathers canopy had came in so we took a test drive over to get the canopy installed on his truck. Once on the road the vibration was completely gone on my truck and my father said his truck now had the vibration. We will stop at the dealer again after the canopy install.

    Leer canopy installed on my fathers truck. When doing off road trips we will use the canopy's to carry gear and support a roof top tent.

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    We stopped at the local Toyota dealer again on the way home and told them about swapping wheels/tires and the problem going with it. They said they just put a lift kit on a brand new 18 TRD OR and they would just take my 4 wheels and tires and swap me out with a complete new set. After an hr or so I had a fresh set of wheels/tires and they were driving nice and smooth. Great customer service this time around!

    Hodakaguy
     
  3. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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    First mod is to get rid of the ugly looking chrome grill. We changed my father's grill out when he first got his truck and I ordered my grill shortly after. The Toyota Pro grill is $400 which is way steep for a piece of plastic, luckily there are exact knock offs from China on Ebay for $140. I was leery of ordering one at first but after reading a lot of reviews we took the chance. Our grills both came packaged extremely well and the units were in excellent cond, I've held the OEM pro grill and can't tell any difference between the two.

    The ugly looking chrome cheese grater grill

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    The Pro Grill came packed very well

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    Side by side

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    And installed. Simple mod but it really changes the overall look of the truck

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    Hodakaguy
     
  4. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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    One of the first camping/overland components showed up.....ARB fridges. REI was having a close out sale on some ARB refrigerators and allowed the use of a 25% off coupon coupled with the sale. ARB also had a rebate going on where you could get a limited edition map print cover for the units free if you purchased the units in December. We ended up each snagging a unit. The ARB fridge is a true compressor refrigerator/freezer. They will keep stuff frozen on 90 plus degree days and take very little power to run. We will use them in the back of the trucks on desert trips and I will fab a mount to utilize one of the units in the Four Wheel Camper as well.

    Fridges waiting to keep something cold.

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    Hodakaguy
     
  5. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:21 PM
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    Hodakaguy

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    Ok...Lets get this build rolling!

    Parts have started to arrive and it's time to get the trucks ready for upcoming adventures this spring. Oh yeah!!

    Picked up a large box of parts today from FedEx. I was planning on unloading the pallet and loosely placing it all in the truck but the pallet actually fit in the bed! Sweet!

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    LOTS of parts.....and LOT of work ahead.

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    Upper Control Arms. Decided to give the Delta Joints a try in hopes of a little longer life compared to a Uniball Joint....Time will tell.

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    Well with 1200 miles on the truck it's time to get a little Invasive!! lol.

    Stock....

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    Up on 5 Ton Jack Stands.

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    With the wheels/tires removed we stacked them under the middle of the frame on each side, this will be a backup safety just in case anything was to bump the truck off the stands.

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    Stock rear suspension....with the mighty TRD OFF ROAD Shocks.

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    Just a little bit of Difference between the OEM unit and the OME BP-51 Rear. I've read a lot of good on the BP-51's, can't wait to try them out! Initial quality looks amazing!

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    Time to pull the Differentials. We will be re-gearing both trucks with Nitro 4.88 Gearing. The stock gearing on these trucks is insanely high, even with stock tires the trans hunts between 5th and 6th constantly with any bit of elevation change on the Highway. With the overly Tall overdrive and 285/75-R16 tires the 4.88's should make the truck a lot more fun to drive :)

    Draining the Oil on the Rear Diff......Ahhhhh the aroma of gear oil :)

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    Remove the guard and connectors for the rear locker.

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    Placing paint marks to index the drive line so it goes back on in the same orientation.

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    Disconnect the Drive line from the 3rd member.

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    Pull the bolts on the E-brake cable to give some slack to slide the axles out.

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    Sliding the axle out. Remove the 4 bolts holding the axle onto the housing, also remove the brake line connection (You can skip this step by removing the anchor points for the brake line along the axle and get enough slack, this will keep you from having to bleed the brakes but I'm installing longer SS brake lines so it won't matter in my case). Also disconnect the ABS sensor connectors.

    Side note....I got in a hurry here and didn't clean off the flange areas before pulling the axle. It was cleaned after this picture and I pre-cleaned the other side before pulling to ensure no dirt falls on the axle/seals. A small plastic cap was installed to keep brake fluid from dripping out.

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    3rd member removed from the truck.

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    At this point I slid the axles back into place and bolted everything back up to keep everything clean until the new gears are ready to be re-installed.

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    Axle sealed up and waiting.

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    Stock 3rd member out of the truck.

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    Nitro 4.88 gearing with REM Polishing.

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    That's it for today.....Lots more to come.

    Hodakaguy
     
  6. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM
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  7. Jan 12, 2018 at 9:00 PM
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  8. Jan 12, 2018 at 9:10 PM
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    Now im not saying im stalking this. But i am creeping very hard ️‍:anonymous:
     
  9. Jan 12, 2018 at 9:18 PM
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    Damn that's gonna be a sweet setup and times two as well means you will always have a partner in crime.

    My dad likes golf.lol
     
  10. Jan 12, 2018 at 9:44 PM
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    Awesome start to your build but do you have a pic of your old Unimog? :)
     
  11. Jan 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM
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  12. Jan 13, 2018 at 1:15 AM
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  13. Jan 13, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    Looks great so far!!!
     
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    Sure...also a link to the build report in my signature line :)

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    Hodakaguy
     
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    More Progress.....

    This morning I decided to check compatibility with my spring compressor on the front shocks, The BP-51 Units are internal bypass shocks so the body is wider than most limiting use of most spring compressors.

    I purchased this unit about 5 years ago and it has been awesome on all my projects, so much easier and safer than a cheap spring compressor. It has different size cups to match your spring diameter and you compress by turning the single bolt head at the bottom.

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    Now to check compatibility with the Shock. With any aluminum body shock you should relieve tension on the spring before making adjustments to the collar, otherwise damage can occur to the aluminum threads.

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    And success! Not a lot of clearance but the spring cups do clear the body!

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    Now to get the front diff out of the truck.

    Drained the front diff oil and removed the brake calipers, hub assemblies, sway bar connections, tie rod connections, axles etc. on each side.

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    Placing index marks on the front drive line connection.

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    Electrical connectors disconnected and 10mm bolt removed on the upper passenger side that holds the wiring.

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    Drivers side has a hidden bolt up on top that holds a bracket that needs to be removed, hard to see in this picture. You can also see the drivers side needle bearing that always fails once lifted, this will be replaced with the ECGS bushing while the diff is out.

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    Front Diff lowered out of the truck.

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    Big difference between the OEM and OME :)

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    More to come....

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  16. Jan 13, 2018 at 2:03 PM
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    This is amazing. Subbed
     
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    Nice!! Can't wait to see what you do here.
     
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  18. Jan 13, 2018 at 4:33 PM
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    I just spent a good chunk of my afternoon reading all 51 pages of your build on avrider. What a transformation!

    Your automotive and fabrication skills are amazing. And here I was proud that I replaced my interior lights with LED bulbs.

    Looking forward to your new project!
     
  20. Jan 13, 2018 at 5:28 PM
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