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Jason’s ever-growing headache of a 2004 Tacoma (whom I love, very much)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by ToyotaDriver, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Jan 10, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    ToyotaDriver

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    ‘04 V6 5 Speed SR5 TRD downward spiraling project, ‘15 V6 6speed TRD daily
    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    I’m typically not the kind of guy to post a lot, but I’ve been getting a lot of joy out of the TW community and the posts. So, I wanted to start a build page for you guys to enjoy, or criticize. :bananadead:

    This is my 1st gen that I said I would never lift, never put bigger tires on and never sell. So far I’ve only kept my word on the last one.


    First a little history on it (skip this if you’re here for the pics, because it’s going to be long):

    I bought the pickup with 69,000 miles bone stock except for a pretty nice bed mat and some fog lights on it in September of 2011. By January of 2012 I had the ARE canopy and the ARB Bull Bar added and the fog lights were gone. A few months later I built a sleeping deck level with the top of the bed rails that hinged up in two sections on each side so you could access underneath from the side windows. I’ll try to find pics, but I doubt I have any. It was way over engineered and way too heavy. Somewhere around 2014 I put a warn M8000 winch in it because I was tired of getting stuck And digging myself out in the snow during my early season solo camping trips in Montana. But, That’s basically how it stayed from March or April of 2012 until May of 2019. During that run it was mainly a daily driver/camping/exploring backroads vehicle. I lived out of the back of it for a few months while I was finishing flight school in McMinville, Oregon. Then it moved me to South Carolina for my first pilot job and back to Idaho 2 years later. Pretty much from the time I left Montana to go to Oregon in 2015 for flight school until I moved back to Idaho in 2019, it was way overloaded and it showed. When I left SC, the diff was making metal (I changed the diff fluid twice on the drive to Idaho) the clutch release bearing (so I thought) was making noise and the suspension was so wore out, I’d hit the bumpstops going in and out of parking lots. It made it back to Idaho with no problem. I got my tools out of storage from my parents out and set out to put new life into wore out pickup.

    I dug into it knowing that I was going to find more wrong along the way than what I initially thought was wrong. First, I wanted to address my diff that was making copious amounts of metal, my driveshaft center support bearing that was just plain wore the f*** out, my tcase that was leaking from the top and my clutch that I’d been threatening to change for 2 years, but didn’t have tools for it in SC.

    First, I pulled my 3rd member and sent it to ECGS because I wasn’t confident I could do that on my own, having never had one apart, and not having a factory service manual. Not a big deal.

    Next I pulled the tranny and t-case and took the flywheel to get resurfaced I wasn’t going to take the trans out from under the truck, but I decided that it would be easier to clean the bell housing out if I wasn’t under the truck. It was then that the entire project spiraled out of control. I noticed that the surface that the input shaft rides on in the pilot bearing was stepped significantly. The I tried turning the pilot bearing that was still in the pickup and it was rough. The new pilot bearing From the clutch kit I ordered wobbled from side to side on the input shaft. I decided not to put the trans back in the vehicle in that condition, because I figured it would eventually, if it already hadn’t, do damage to the rest of the transmission if the end of the input shaft wasn’t supported. I decided that I was going to replace the input shaft myself and ordered the necessary parts and found a factory service manual on eBay that I’d wanted for so many years.


    here it is coming apart. I made sure to be very clean and very organized. I went to the local furniture/appliance shop and got some refrigerator boxes out of the recycle bin and covered my work bench and table that I was going to use for storing parts with that cardboard. Worked really well. I started in the top left corner and layer parts out from left to right, top to bottom and wrote on the cardboard in sharpie to label. Wasn’t a terribly hard project. I had to improvise a little bit with some of the SST tools that Toyota wants their techs to use, but I didn’t have to make any tools and never felt like I was in danger of damaging anything with the resources that I had available.


    here is the transmission with the new input shaft on it!

    Reassembly was really fast. I think it took me a day of tinkering and taking my time labeling stuff to take it apart. Let’s call it 8ish hours. I had it put back together in 2-3 hours. Being organized and taking a zillion pics really helped out in reassembly.


    all back together!


    End of a long day of wrenching on it and waiting for the third to come back. The trans is ready to go back in in this picture.

    The center support bearing was straight forward, as was fixing the leak from the top of the transfer case. I just used anaerobic gasket maker to seal the splash guard to the shifter housing.

    I work a 28 day rotation, so after all of that was back together, it was time to go back to work.

    next time I was home, i wanted to address the grossly neglected suspension. I installed a lift that I bought from All Pro Off-Road. I was and still am happy with the lift. However, I bought the lift from them, unbeknownst to me, during a phase where they were in the process of being acquired by LROR/Trail Gear. I ordered my lift off of their website, never got a receipt, never got a shipping confirmation, but the lift was there when I got home and nothing was missing. Having never installed a lift kit, I was kind of expecting that there would be instructions with it. Not the case. I was unsure on a few things, so gave their tech support a call and they were more than happy to answer my questions. The one thing that I am unhappy with is the greaseable shackle kit they sent. The bushings were super loose on the bolts. I still haven’t got a new set from them even though they say that they’re working on it. I’d better call them again.

    The lift included:

    -Allpro Greasable upper control arm with uniball

    -Bilstein coil overs with heavy springs (650#)

    -Bilstein rear shocks

    -Allpro expedition rear springs

    -Allpro greasable shackle kit

    -Allpro Ubolt Flip Kit

    -Diff Drop kit

    -Timbren bumpstops (I think I bought those from somewhere else)

    At that time, I elected to go ahead and replace Lower ball joints, lower ball joint bolts, inner and outer tie rod ends, sway bar end links (didn’t need to, probably shouldn’t have) sway bar bushings, steering rack bushings, and lower control arm bushings. I figured that if I’m going to have an alignment done, it all might as well be tight.

    I had to torch/air hammer the passenger side cam adjusters out in order to get that LCA out of the vehicle. They were seized in solid. Took hours to get them out. Ended up melting the steering rack boot, so I ordered two of those from LROR as well. The driver side cam adjusters came out with no problem and had virtually no rust. Weird. With all of that back together and an alignment done, I took it to a friends house to have him weld up the rear shock supports on the axle housing so he could play with his new ESAB Rebel 205. Sweet little mig machine. I haven’t seen how it tigs yet though.

    a week or so later he also helped me tackle another project:

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    hard pulls on a winch with the stock frame caps is not advisable I let it go for a long time and it wore a hole in one of my fenders. Don’t be like me. If you intend to put a winch in your bull bar, beef up the frame caps
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    All torched out and cleaned up7A676F05-424A-45A2-A973-601FE4CDE9C0.jpg
    I took measurements before I cut them out. They were spot on despite working with that cracked out material9EB5C042-E62D-4C64-9A3A-F1134EEF5EF3.jpg
    New end caps from 1/4” plate ready to paint. I’ve decided that the next time I take the bumper off, I’m going to drill holes in the bottom corners to give it somewhere to breath/drain since the old ones had a way to drain. I didn’t get a good measurement on how far out the end caps stuck and it bit me in the ass. Went to put the bumper back on and it was 1/4 off from lining up with the mounting holes. Fortunately we had more 1/4” plate, so we just made spacers and called it good.
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    We also decided to beef up the ARB mounting brackets since they were bent. I had it all tore apart for so long that I forgot about the skid plate attach bracket. Those gussets he welded in won’t let the bracket attach, so I’m going to have to either figure out another way to support the skid plates, or cut out/redesign those gussets. That’s one of my next projects so I can put skid plates on.

    After all of that work, it was time to go and enjoy the rig a little bit


    I want this vehicle to be mostly for camping, but am not going to go over the top broverlander with it. (Who am I kidding? I probably will. Still have no interest in a roof top tent though) No rooftop tent for me! Broverlander rigs are heavy and I want to get away from heavy, because I want to do more serious 4wding with it. (Probably not going to happen... at least not with this vehicle) With that said, I put in a switch panel for some of the mods I want to do
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    I elected to replace the two 12 volt outlets with USB ports since those two outlets have had usb chargers in them almost exclusively for the last 5 years. I run an iPad from a ram mount on the windshield and a xnaut cooling case when I’m running down forrest service roads with avenza maps, or when I go in long road trips. The iPad and cooling case will take up the right usb ports the other side gets used for my phone and anyone else’s phone or other usb device. I think I’m going to add another where the clutch start cancel is and just wire that circuit to always be hot, so I don’t have to press the button to start it without the clutch. I usually have my phone ram mount suction cupped to the window next to the a pillar. If I had the USB port over there, I could have a short charging cord not running across the steering column. At some point I’ll ditch the suction cups for the iPad and the phone and hard mount them, but that day hasn’t come.

    The most recent thing, as of this posting, that I’ve done to it is to add a set of Goodyear Wrangler 285/75/17’s that came on a set of Ultra Motorsports Extreme Beadlocks.

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    Before
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    After

    I found this set for $550 on Facebook Marketplace. Tires are about 50%ish. The rims are in perfect condition. I’ve never been a fan of black rims, but I think these ones look pretty good. Wish they were the silver ones, but I’ll live. I like that they don’t really look like beadlocks unless you know what you’re looking at.

    And, of course I had to Take a poser shot with those tires and wheels:
    I suppose I should put an official Mod list somewhere. Here will do for now:

    Current Mod List

    (I started to just list everything out as it came to mind, but I guess I’ll be all fancy and organized):jerkoff:

    Armor

    -ARB Bull Bar
    -Some stock skid plates that haven’t been installed in about 3 years... need to do some fabbing so I can make them work again

    Wheels and Tires

    -Stock Wheels with 10 ply Laufen 265/75/16 A/T’s Those tires are now on my 2nd gen
    -Ultra Motorsports Extreme Beadlocks with 285/70/17 Duratracs.

    Rear Suspension

    -All Pro expedition leafs
    -Bilstein 5100’s
    -Trail Gear Greasable shackle kit (I think they’re 4”?)
    -All Pro U bolt flip kit
    -Timbren bumpstops

    Front suspension and front end

    -Eibach 650lb springs on Bilstein adjustable coil overs (unsure of the model number. They’re screw adjustable with a spanner wrench.)
    -All Pro Greasable UCA’s
    -All Pro Diff Drop
    -Energy Suspension bushings in LCA’s and steering rack
    -Took out my sway bar (It bugs me when people say, “Sway Bar Delete.”)

    Recovery gear

    (here is where I’m going to get criticized)

    -Warn M8000 winch
    -The cheapest, but still ok looking synthetic winch rope I could find on Amazon (Been used a few times and I’m keeping a very close eye on it)
    -Some DayStar synthetic rope roller fairlead rollers that are absolute garbage. Waste of money. I should have just bought a hawse when I switched to synthetic.
    -Same hook that came with the Warn winch
    -ARB tree saver straps (X2)
    -ARB winch extension strap
    -ARB Snatch strap
    -Champion way too heavy snatch blocks (X3) (yes, the reason I have 3 is because I have actually needed to use all 3 at the same time)
    -Some cheap no name soft shackles which seam to be of the same quality of other more expensive ones I’ve used.
    -Badland 3/4” shackles (X3)
    -Champion 2” receiver shackle mount with Champion 3/4” shackle
    -1/2” shackle (X1) (I use this mainly for pulling cars out of the ditch in the winter)
    -ARB recovery bag that most of that shit fits in
    -48” hilift
    -hilift tire lifter thingy
    -a full size spade shovel
    -Stihl MS250 chainsaw 18” Bar
    -Feiry Red (Read, Cheap Amazon Chinese junk) Traction Boards (X4)

    Drive train

    -Basically stock 3.4 5 speed TRD from the engine to the ends of the drive shafts
    -5.29 gears (In the process of being installed)
    -ARB locker in the front (In the process of being installed)
    -Yes, it has a factory locker in the rear!

    We’ll call this category utility, how’s abouts?

    -ARE canopy with windoors and carpet lined
    -Yakima roof bars on canopy
    -a bitchin little homemade/beer inspired shelf that rides on the front of the bed.
    -Yakima roofbox goes up there when the girlfriend and the dog are with me to go camping.

    That brings it up to date as of this posting.

    My list of future plans (mostly in order):

    -ABS delete/Tundra brake upgrade

    -onboard air Installed! (Needs some tweaking)

    -Regear and front arb locker rear is done! I ran out of time before going back to work, so it should be done sometime before the end of July.

    -manual hubs

    -Heavy skid plate

    -Sliders

    -Chromoly rear axles

    -Rear high clearance Bumper probably with a tire carrier and jerry can carrier, but I kinda don’t want to because it’s heavy!

    -Relocate winch controller to the generous amount of space provided by removing the abs module

    -Install high amp relay for winch disconnect (I currently just have the positive lead disconnected from the battery. Any time I use it, I open the hood and connect it. I’m paranoid I’m going to burn my truck down with it connected all of the time

    -wire with an Anderson plug for a winch on a cradle in the back

    -Add fire extinguishers (I really need to get on this)

    -put remote winch plug in back on bumper along with on board air fitting

    -put 20” light bar where the Winch controller was.

    -wireless winch controller is definitely in the plans somewhere. Don’t know where though

    -Install second Fuse/relay panel. (Looking at Bought paranoid fabrications busman bracket for the 1st gen)

    -Install single din stereo with Bluetooth capability

    -Install paranoid fabrications single din switch panel underneath stereo. my top switch panel will be for lights, my bottom for accessories only going to run one row of switches now that I have an understanding of how my 12volt house battery system is going to work.

    -build some sort of gear storage rack for the front of my canopy that gets my gear off the bottom of the bed so I can lay flat and sleep with the girl and the dog in the bed of the pickup. I built one and it works pretty well. Decided that I need to build a set of drawers instead though.

    -rear seat organization

    -1000 watt inverter with plug ins in the bed and cab

    -put 12 volt power in bed

    -dual battery system and alternator/wire upgrade

    -fridge freezer (not ridiculous sized, not permanently mounted) I want cold beer at the end of a 4 day backpack trip though. Might require a solar panel for that

    -twin case (actually, pretty high on the list. After the regear and the armor, it’s going to be the thing that I’m saving for the most)

    -CB

    -rear discs won’t do unless I can retain my ebrake.

    -maybe a soft topper to save weight.... I’m having a hard time justifying getting rid of my hard shell though.

    -35’s and all of the bs that goes along with that.

    -bed lights of some kind. (I bought a single kc hilite cyclone and have been playing with ideas on how to mount/wire it or several of them up in the canopy.

    -hyperspot light

    -Ditch lights

    -Rock lights (almost ashamed to say it)

    -an external camp light that I can telescope up a couple of feet and swivel.

    I feel like a bro wanting to put a shit load of lights on my truck, but my buddies and I always seem to decide to go snow wheeling at night for some god awful reason (alcohol may or may not be involved) and I like being able to light up the gravel roads around where I live to see deer.



    Parts on the shelf/waiting for install:

    -Everything for a 13WL Tundra Brake Upgrade

    -Rigid E Series Pro Driving Beam 20”

    -2 used Nilight 4” flood lights that will probably be used as reverse lights for now.

    -steering knuckles from a manual hub converted Tacoma

    -FROR brake proportioning valve kit.

    -5.29 Yukon gears (Thanks @souvang)

    -500 amp relay For winch disconnect

    -arb twin compressor Installed!

    -arb RD90 locker

    In my shopping cart:

    -warn wireless remote

    -busman fuse and relay box

    -paranoid fabrications busman bracket, single din switch panel, and clock switch panel

    -line lock (going to plumb it in when I do the abs delete in anticipation of the rear disk upgrade

    Warn remote mount socket for winch controller

    -Aisin manual hubs


    Actively Looking for:

    -manual Hub CV axles

    -ARB RD90 locker

    That was a long first post and if you read it all, thanks for sticking with me. It was a lot to cover to get up to speed. I promise I’ll keep the next ones shorter! Happy wheeling!
     
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  2. Jan 11, 2020 at 1:32 PM
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    well done!

    tasteful upgrades!
     
  3. Jan 11, 2020 at 1:53 PM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    Thanks! It has been a lot of work over the last year to get it to where it is now. Excited to keep building on it.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2020 at 9:19 PM
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  5. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:13 PM
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    Excited to see this build complete! Definitely gonna follow along! All the stuff you listed is what I wanna do in the future.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2020 at 10:32 AM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    Haven’t accomplished any work on this build other than parts gathering over the last month. Mostly because I’ve been working on getting my new to me 2nd gen ready for a lifetime of service (2nd gen build thread here), partially because I need to finish parts gathering for a few of the projects $$$ and partially because I’ve just been out enjoying what I already have done to it!

    Out camping this past weekend. Fit myself, my lady friend and her dog in the bed of the Tacoma with room for our gear. Only the cooler and the trash bin had to stay outside overnight. Also brought a generator for one particularly cold night to run an electric blanket. It was 10 degrees over night.E8B05C2E-A385-43D6-A407-238C6A9504F5.jpgAdded a set of fiery red traction boards to the recovery kit and threw together this temporary 3/4” plywood shelf the morning we left. I’ll probably screw a support to the bottom to alleviate the bowing that’s going on, but I’m fairly certain after this trip that I’ll be building a set of drawers for the back and that shelf will get tossed out.

    I like the shelf for now though. I needed some better bed organization.

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    Was hoping that I was going to get to use the traction boards over the weekend when a guy got stuck in a little Kia rental car in 6” of snow in a hot springs parking lot. Used them to dig him out, but then he found enough traction to get out without driving over the boards.... guess I’ll have to go snow wheeling this weekend to really test them out.:thumbsup:
     
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  7. Feb 20, 2020 at 10:30 PM
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    Which switch panel is that? It's perfect for that spot.
     
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  8. Feb 21, 2020 at 4:41 AM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    OTRATTW Snap in switch brackets. Links here and here
     
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  9. Feb 21, 2020 at 4:44 AM
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  10. Feb 21, 2020 at 4:57 AM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    Thanks! She’s my baby.
     
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  11. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:15 PM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    My buddy and I went and played in the snow a bit today. I wanted to test out my new traction boards and they did not disappoint. FieryReds off of Amazon for $95 a pair. We’ll see how they last, but they worked great today.

    coming back off of the hill, we got to pull out a UPS van. Had to sacrifice an ARB tree saver strap.... but it was a worth while recovery!

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  12. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:27 PM
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    That’s great y’all got the truck out. All I see is a dude in a lot of snow in a T-shirt :eek:
     
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    It was hi 20’s and he just got back from the North Slope, so it was practically summer for him.
     
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    Why did you have to sacrifice a Tree Saver strap?

    Every Tree Saver strap that I have seen/used are some serious beefy strap.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2020 at 9:48 AM
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    The ups truck didn’t have a hard point to pull on. Wanted to put the strap around the front carrier beam/axle, but was going to get into the sway bar, so we decided to put it up against the leaf spring shackle bracket. We tried a snatch recovery at first and on the second snatch, it got pinched when the weight of the truck compressed the leaf pack back down. Decided to abandon the snatch recovery, because I didn’t want the strap to break, and have the snatch strap rocket the shackle at my back window. I haven’t bought a dampener blanket yet and don’t have any soft shackles, so that was a big concern. Both are high on the list of “add to my recovery gear.” Fortunately out of my 3 tree saver straps, we used the one in the worst condition that already had a little bit of fraying. We ended up having to cut the strap out.
     
  16. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    Looks like this build thread is off to a great start! I have the same suspension setup in my garage waiting on install, so excited to hear you are happy with it!

    Good work on the transmission by the way, that would terrify me!
     
  17. Feb 25, 2020 at 9:00 PM
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    The 1st Gen: All pro 3” lift (650 lbs coils, expedition rears with bilstiens),Timbren rear bumpstops, ubolt flip, diff drop, carrier bearing drop, 33’s on beadlocks ,ARB Bumper, winch, hand throttle, ARE canopy, roof bars, poly bushings all around minus the body mounts. The 2nd Gen: Leveling kit, roll up tonneau cover. 265/75/16’s
    I’m definitely happy with the suspension. There have been a couple of times that I’ve wished it wasn’t as stiff, but I like the way it handles and the pickup will continue to have weight added to it. 20 lbs here and there doesn’t seem like a lot, but it does add up!
     
  18. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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    I have a double cab and I was after stiffer suspension, so that is a plus for me. I've got an ARB bumper, Warn 12k winch, full BudBuilt Skids and a few other odds and ends to go on shortly so hopefully the suspension won't sag for at least a few years.
     
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  19. Feb 26, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    yeah, that will be a good fit for that pickup. Once I put about 300 lbs in the the bed of mine and a second person up front it feels perfect going down the highway.
     
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  20. Apr 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM
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    I was working on my twin compressor project last week. Kept hmmming and hahing between putting the compressor in the bed or in the cab in the storage space under the back seat. Finally decided I was going to install it under the back seat because it’s not nearly as loud as everyone made it out to be, and then proceeded to try and cut my foot off with an ax. Project has been put on hold until I can walk again. Until then, all I can do is stare at my two Tacoma’s and wait!37FD2C0E-D226-4F3D-88A7-460B1A73BCBA.jpg
     

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