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johnecon's bio, truck specs and trail pictures

Discussion in 'Bill Burke' started by johnecon2001, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Jul 11, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
    Soo.. as the title suggests, I've been more at home on the dirt than the pavement for almost as long as I've been able to drive, often taking my cars to the desert and doing things I shouldn't have with them. Hi, my name is John Economides (26 y/o), and I love the outdoors.

    I started my outdoor career with Boy Scouts. Working my way up through the ranks to become and Eagle Scout. I also worked at Popular Outdoor Outfitters for 4 years, eventually working my way to Assistant Manager before they went out of business.
    I had friends with Jeeps and single cab Tacoma's, and we went out to Four Peaks once or twice a month. It wasn't until 2007 when my 1999 Civic (my third car) was stolen and I realized I needed a truck for work. So I took the insurance money and bought my 2005 TRD Sport Access cab 4x4.

    Knowing little of what I was doing off road, I began exploring 4 Peaks, telling myself, "don't mod this one, you're done with that". That lasted all of 4 months. I began finding the trucks limits and slowly upgrading the components that were holding it back.
    Suspension, sliders, headers rear bumper, wheels, tires and finally, an ARB locker. There are other mods, but you get the idea.
    My recovery kit includes 2 3/4" shackles, 2 1/4" shackles and a 30' recovery strap.
    Future items to buy before this training include: HighLift jack, Dakar rear leafs and some other small odds and ends to be ready for an overnight excursion.

    At this point in my off roading experiences, I can coach people up smaller obstacles and recover stuck or high centered vehicles. My old orienteering skills from BSA are a little bit rusty.
    I want to learn to navigate more efficiently on a trail, tackle harder obstacles, be a better spotter, and more recover options.

    That's all I have for now

    ~John
     
  2. Jul 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
  3. Jul 11, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
    Specs:
    2005 Access Cab TRD Sport 4x4
    ARB Locker and CKMA12 Compressor w/SS braided air line
    TRD Trail Team wheels w/Federal 26575-16 Couragia MT's
    Trail Gear U-Bolt flip
    Toytec Add a Leaf
    Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft
    Bilstien 5100's x4 w/Toytec adjustable coilovers
    Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
    Downey Offroad IFS Skid
    Doug Thorley Long Tube headers
    Powermaster D2700 battery
    Midland CB w/Cobra Mag Mount antenna
    30' Recovery strap and 3/4" shackles
    Custom rear bumper w/quarter panel protection and recovery points. Increased angle of departure
    Stubbs Welding HD-SKO sliders


     
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