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MechanicMonkey's Constant Companion Build/ Adventure thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by MechanicMonkey, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. Aug 2, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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    MechanicMonkey

    MechanicMonkey [OP] Member

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    Vehicle:
    10 AC 6MT 4x4
    Full OME kit w/ superbumps and ubolt flip ARE Cap/ Olive Drab Softopper FJ steelies Cooper ST Maxx Full cab sound deadened Speakers, HU, Powered sub CB
    Current (minus softopper)
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    The rundown:
    Bilstein 5100's set at 0.85
    Cooper ST Maxx LT255/75/17 on FJC steelies
    Grey Softopper or an Access literider tonneau
    Weathertechs
    TRD shiftknob
    Sony HU, alpine speakers, disabled tweeters, sound insulation in all doors
    4LO trac and abs kill switch
    bluesea aux fuse block
    cobra 75WXst with a hidden plug mount next to aux input


    Hey TC, I've gotten the chance to go to some pretty cool places courtesy of my taco and figured some of you might want to follow along. (And of course it couldn't stay stock :))

    Picked up the taco in early 2014: It's a 2010 Access cab 4x4 trd sport with a 6 speed (and boy was that hard to find!
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    I did a few mods right away: weathertechs, a trd shift knob, and 4Lo trac and abs kill switch
    The first big thing was a softopper I got used on craigslist. It was from an older frontier, but fits fairly well with the correct taco clamps

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    In late fall 2014, I put on some 5100's like everyone else on here. I set the fronts at 0.85 and it leveled out quite nicely. I have the rear 3 leaf packs, and they really need to be replaced.
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    After suffering through the terrible hankooks that were on it, I stepped up and got some new cooper st maxx in LT255/75/17. This seemed like a rare size for the taco crowd, but I liked the fact that they are narrower than 265's and I could get them in load range C. So far they have been perfect (about 15k miles as of now).
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    I decided to derp the wheels and all the badges as well

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    I headed down to Arkansas for the fall for work, and had a great time exploring in the buffalo river area. Beautiful scenery with the leaf change, and plenty of water crossings!
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    I then took a job based out of Las Vegas, so a road trip was in order from NJ all the way to LV.
    The arch in St. Louis
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    Halfway through Oklahoma
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    Snow in New Mexico
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    Will update later with Death valley, North Rim, etc. photos...
     
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  2. Aug 2, 2015 at 7:11 PM
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    MechanicMonkey

    MechanicMonkey [OP] Member

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    10 AC 6MT 4x4
    Full OME kit w/ superbumps and ubolt flip ARE Cap/ Olive Drab Softopper FJ steelies Cooper ST Maxx Full cab sound deadened Speakers, HU, Powered sub CB
    I had some time off from work and decided to head up to Death Valley, which was amazing. The size of the park is mind boggling, and it's very easy to avoid the crowds if you take some of the less traveled roads:

    I found an awesome camp spot near an old mine with quite the view
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    I wanted to see the racetrack playa (with the moving stones) which meant going through teakettle junction
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    Most of the dirt I traveled on was easy, but there was some gnarly washboard near the racetrack
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  3. Aug 2, 2015 at 7:21 PM
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    MechanicMonkey

    MechanicMonkey [OP] Member

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    My next trip was up to the North rim of the Grand Canyon, which happened to be on the opening weekend. It was a bit colder than I was expecting as there was quite a bit of snow at times. I slept in the bed under the softopper, which was actually much warmer than I was expecting

    The road in to a camp spot in Kaibab NF
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    My camp spot for a couple of nights; it was a bit of trek to get to but absolutely worth it. You can't beat sleeping on the rim of the GC
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    I also took a trip out to Point Sublime, which I highly encourage anyone to do if they are able. The ~20 mi. dirt access keeps the crowds down and the views are spectacular. It was pretty muddy when I went through, and ended up snatching out a stuck Chevy s10 (He should have gotten a toyota!)
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  4. Aug 2, 2015 at 7:27 PM
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    MechanicMonkey

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    Full OME kit w/ superbumps and ubolt flip ARE Cap/ Olive Drab Softopper FJ steelies Cooper ST Maxx Full cab sound deadened Speakers, HU, Powered sub CB
    I also had a chance to run the mojave road, which was quite fun. The terrain changes dramatically between gravel to dry lake bed to soft sand. I ended up doing the whole thing in a day, which didn't seem rushed. I stopped whenever I wanted and took it pretty easy.

    The infamous bus
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    Driving across Soda Lake. The size of it really is tough to grasp. It takes a good 20-30 minutes to drive all the way across
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  5. Aug 2, 2015 at 7:29 PM
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    MechanicMonkey

    MechanicMonkey [OP] Member

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    10 AC 6MT 4x4
    Full OME kit w/ superbumps and ubolt flip ARE Cap/ Olive Drab Softopper FJ steelies Cooper ST Maxx Full cab sound deadened Speakers, HU, Powered sub CB
    I recently picked up a set of FJC steelies for cheap and put those on. I'm not one for blingy wheels, I'd much rather have cheap and tough steel over 20" rockstars.

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