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Jim Bob's '14 DCSB Build Thread and Travel Log *Pic heavy*

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Jim Bob, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Oct 28, 2018 at 5:33 PM
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    Jim Bob

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    Had to make some changes to my spod so I took out my raised floor and figured I’d show how it’s all organized and how I keep it simple (cv is not normally there):

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  2. Oct 28, 2018 at 8:41 PM
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    I was just trying to figure out what kind of RC car you had in there.
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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  4. Oct 30, 2018 at 7:38 AM
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    Hey @inv3ctiv3, I don’t know if I missed the full video of you on the miller trail. Did you ever finish it or post it?
     
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  5. Nov 1, 2018 at 7:18 AM
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    I haven’t had time to finish it but hopefully soon
     
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    Next chance you get, buy a spare castle nut for that CV, easy to damage the threads with it open and I remember three separate occasions with a CV swap out bush that ended up with a lost castle nut.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2018 at 3:59 PM
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    Yup it normally has one on it.
     
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  8. Nov 5, 2018 at 9:43 AM
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    So I've had a loose steering feel where the truck kinda sways around on the highway and a clunk/movement in the wheel side to side when jacked up so I ordered new Toyota Inner and Outer tie rods from Camelback Toyota and got ready to replace them. The only thing I didn't get was new clamps for the inner boots and my local dealership didn't have them so I temporarily have big zip ties holding the boots to the rack.....

    It took maybe an hour and a half to replace the tie rods it's very easy (mine weren't stuck on so depending on the condition of your boots and inners it may be difficult):

    - Jack truck up
    - Place on jack stands
    - Remove wheels
    - Remove cotter pin
    - Use a 19mm to take off the castle nut on the outer tie rod and bang with a BFH to get it out of the spindle
    - Remove clamp from inner boot from steering rack
    - Pull boot back down and bend back the tabs on the lock washer
    - Get a big pipe wrench or the special tool if you have it (I didn't) and loosen the inner careful to not score the shaft coming out of the steering rack - these are threaded normally
    - Once loose just finish unscrewing the tie rod and take it off the truck
    - Make sure to measure the tie rod length (overall and where the nut is on the inner) so you can match up your new tie rod to that length
    - I found it easiest to place the tie rod in a vice and use the pipe wrench to get the Total Chaos Extension off and then the inner from the extension
    - Once you get it all broken apart just re-assemble in the opposite of how you took it apart, inspect the boot and put it back on first
    - From here it's just doing all these steps in reverse really the hardest part for me was getting the lock washer bent down given how tight it is in there it's hard to get a hammer or anything in there. Now go get an alignment!

    This was a little strange, I noticed some gunk in the drivers side of the steering rack which I cleaned out but I definitely need to do a power steering fluid flush:

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    Passenger side was really worn out, I've never seen this kind of discoloration on a tie rod before, not sure what caused this as there are no tears in the boot to allow water in but it's almost blued like from heat and even the shaft coming out of the steering rack was slightly blued)

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    Drivers side wasn't so bad, it was still tight like when you hold the inner and shake the tie rod it barely moved and had tons of resistance where the passenger side was all loosey goosey:

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    Finished assembly:

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    All in all it's a very easy job and should be done early so you can still have some good trail spares!

    I also installed my new Mountain Hatch Tailgate Insert! This thing is rad, it's super thick compared to the stock one so it's easier on the knees getting into the camper and now have a flat surface to cook/prep on.

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    Really disappointed with the powdercoat on my tailgate cap so I'm gonna strip it and re-paint it:

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  9. Nov 5, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    Finished up the Miller video, I threw it together real quick and wanted it to be more mellow than the teaser so used my friend Paul Grant's music (check him out: https://paulgrant.bandcamp.com/releases )

     
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  11. Nov 21, 2018 at 12:08 AM
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    Hey! Couple questions for you.

    I am going to be regearing before heading to Montana to pick up my GFC. Have you had a chance to calculate your MPG with the 4.88's yet? Not that it really matters, but I'm still sitting at 17+ mpg highway on stock gears and 35's (until I hit an incline lol).

    How does the truck feel now since you've replaced the inner/outer tierods? I have the same loose feeling on the highway.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Nov 21, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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    I haven't noticed a real MPG affect honestly I just drive slower but what I can tell you is I haven't looked back since re-gearing and seriously wish I did it sooner. Yes you can get by on stock gears and get ok mileage once you get up to speed but getting up to speed sucks and 4LO is a joke, try 4LO with 4.88's and you'll order them right away haha.

    Truck feels great with the new tie-rods, one was still ok and is being used as another spare but the passenger side was completely shot (not bad for 97k and probably 25k on LT).
     
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    What are your plans with your 35’s and f5’s after you make the 37’s jump?
     
  14. Nov 26, 2018 at 5:53 PM
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    Question on your fridge platform, how did you remove this annoying little piece that protrudes from the bracket?797A99B6-DDA0-46DC-BD10-4B3E91954267.jpg
     
  15. Nov 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM
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    Not sure on my plans just yet as the 37's are not a for sure thing. I still need to take my shocks out and cycle the suspension fully and see if it's gonna work at all, if it's just a little sheet metal massaging it'll be a go but if it's tubbing and all that I'll be sticking with my 35's.

    I wasn't able to remove that because it also ties in the other side of the seat.
     
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    I can imagine true 37’s being a massive step beyond 35’s. Hell thats more work than 33’s to 35’s jump.
    If you do pull off 37’s, I want in line for your current wheel set:D would totally be worth the mini vacation to come down to your area!
     
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    Looks like the latest photo from the Mars Insight lander :laugh:
     
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  19. Nov 27, 2018 at 3:41 PM
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    Maybe it was :cool:
     
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    Hey @inv3ctiv3 I wanted to say thanks for posting your fridge install. It took me a lot longer than I would like to admit, but I did finish finally an hour ago in 30 degree weather. It's not exactly like yours because I was having trouble finding the right items, but it's good for now! MVIMG_20181127_221656.jpg MVIMG_20181127_221731.jpg I tied it down the same in the back as I did the front.
     
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