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Mjohn's build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by mjohn617, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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    mjohn617

    mjohn617 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    IMG_0062.jpg I bought the truck back in February (2010) after looking forever for a Tacoma with low miles...kind of a challenge! I found it with 60K and a manual trans, the two main options I wanted besides TRD. I have done 100% of the work myself and all future mods will also be done myself minus alignments and tire replacement.
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    This is ultimately what I would like my setup to consist of.
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    Chassis
    2005 Double cab
    Shortbed
    TRD Sport
    6 speed manual

    Suspension
    Toytec ULK
    OME Dakar leafs
    Light Racing UCA's

    Wheels
    16" American Racing ATX Artillery Wheels
    Nitto 285/70/16 Trail Grapplers

    Exhaust
    Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers
    Doug Thorley "Pipe Bomb" Y-pipe
    TRD Cat Back Exhaust
    Classic Chambered 26" Powerstick (Against the Grain:thumbsup:)

    Intake
    Air Flow Snorkel

    Drivetrain
    4.56 gears
    Front/Rear Air Lockers

    Clutch
    Competition Clutch Stage 2 Carbon Kevlar Clutch
    Competition Clutch Lightened Flywheel (18lbs) dumb mistake!
    Manual Transmission Sleeve Kit (TSK)

    Brakes
    EBC GreenStuff Brake Pads 6000 series
    Centric Rotors
    Stainless Steel extended brake lines

    Electrical
    Bussmann Series 15400 RFRM Rear-fed Fuse & Relay Module
    CTECK Dual/Smart Pass Battery Management System
    600 Amp Distribution Blocks
    Main/Aux Battery (Group 31)


    Future financial dents
    Tacoma Habitat System
    Aux. fuel tank (17 Gal)
    Bumpers/Winch
    Hot water via engine block
    HAM radio
    Lighting
    D4D diesel engine
    Dual transfer
    Frame welded/boxed


    Places Visited

    Death Valley National park: (Thank you again Crom)
    Skidoo Ghost Town
    Ballarat Ghost Town
    Newman Cabin
    Mengal Pass
    Stella's Cabin
    Badwater
    Stovepipe Wells
    Titus Canyon
    Ubehebe Crater
    Eureka Dunes
    Racetrack La Playa
    Lippincott Pass

    Other Spots

    Hite Cove
    Lake Tahoe Back Country
    Idaho Back county (Classified)
    Milsap Bar
    Yosemite National Park
    Sequoia National Park
    Pinnacles National Monument
    Signal Peak
    Rubicon Trail


    DEATH VALLEY 2011


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    His & Hers (2011)
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    Milsap Bar, CA


    I actually got the thing stuck maybe the first or second day. Didn't even have a chance, my buddy's Tundra pulled me out, I'm still hearing about it today.
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    Lifted it with Toytec ULK and Dakar leafs-I had the money to buy the UCA's and didn't! Big mistake, the truck drives great on the suspension side but it wonders all over the road. if in doubt, buy the UCA's! I will now have to purchase, install and go back to the shop for an alignment...$$$.
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    Tire/Wheel combo
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    5/20/2011 - Clutch/Flywheel/Brakes/Headers/Exhaust install - this was a long week! I broke four exhaust bolts right off the bat. I had been looking at custom exhaust for a while, I guess this was the time to do it.
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    The clutch was about what I expected for 75,000 miles. It started to shutter and slip about 2k miles prior...after Death Valley I figured I was riding on a little bit more than nothing. I think some people might argue that this is not terribly bad, but factoring in the over sized tires, added weight from extended trips and future off road passes to come, I could see this burning up pretty fast.
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    I decided to go with a lightened flywheel, actually the clutch package from URD. The stock flywheel had some tell tales of hot spots, I'm pretty sure I know from when.

    UPDATE 20JUL2017:Lightened Flywheel=dumb mistake. It took me like two years to realize I went in the wrong direction with flywheel weight. After the 4.56 gears went in I realized why my truck drove like shit for 5 years. I have a 40lb flywheel ready to go in, not super happy about ripping the tranny out again.
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    Update 5/25/2011 - Just recieved my Headers Y-pipe and TRD exhaust. This should sound pretty good.
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    I ended up breaking many more bolts than expected. I was expecting some damage removing my exhaust, but I really did on this job! There had been a lot of tack welds on the bolts to prevent modification, I tried as best I could to break the slag and other metal off but it was just applied too hot...it wouldn't break. The saws-all came out after some grinder troubles...didn't look back.
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    I forgot to take a picture of the Doug Thorley pipe bomb, here is the digital rendering of it. Above was the stock piece being replaced.
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    One of the classic problems you run into when putting on headers and straight pipe is the horrible rasp. The 6 cylinder does not help either! I usually go with a secondary muffler system, this time I decided to go with a new muffler I had found online in another forum. It has been around since the 60s for the big blocks and hot rods. The design is a simple flow through but being 31" long you get a long buffer zone and a solid throaty tone when the sound exits. You can see the fin type design, by installing it "against the grain" you get a great natural buffer. To say the least I was very impressed when I got it put in.
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    More soon to come....
     

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  2. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    Incognito

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    nice rig
     
  4. Jun 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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    Thanks, I was really skeptical about the tires. I thought that the noise was going to be a little noisy for me. Not so! These things are SUPER quite for M/T tires. I am very happy with choosing them. Plus no tire shops in the bay area sell Nitto tires, I get a lot of people asking how I got them.
     
  5. Jun 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    Hey Mike.

    Jus sayin hi. Beaut of a rig you have there! Those tires are vicious. I'll have to pick your brain about that lift sometime.

    I actually had an 03 that I lost in a wreck. Its front-end was lifted via coil-overs, but it wasn't done by me, and I suspect the guy didn't have it to spec. I lost control of it turning on an on-ramp. Maybe it was the UCA's that you talk about...?

    Hopefully I'll have another one soon. I'll look you up for a few pointers when I do. :)

    Vince
     
  6. Jun 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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    Thanks Vince, the tires are unbelievably quiet, it took a liitle bit for me to get use to the amount of sidewall flex but it's normal driving now. My UCA's come in tommorow, I can't wait to get them installed. That's crazy, I did t know you lost your truck on a ramp! Suspension is very easy to intstall but it is also very important to be patient and double check work (preferably another trained eye). UCA's could have played a factor, caster is a very important componant of steering adjustment. Hope to see you soon with an 04'. If you have any questions or need work done let me know.
     
  7. May 25, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    Updated....Next Stage....overland outfitting. Fuel rack/Water storage/Rooftop tent/Swing gate/Recovery/Lockers/Re-gear....and some LIGHTS!
     
  8. Jun 13, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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    good looking truck. i like your picture with the "mysterious" moving rocks, ive always wanted to head out there and check them out for myself.

    did you have to trim when you put your tires on?
     
  9. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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    great build!

    what do you have here?

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    also, where did you put the powerstick? you have pics of your exhaust assembled?
     
  10. Jun 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    That photo was snapped in Death Valley this year going through Mengal Pass. My wife and I had taken a break right on trail after we encountered a really technical section. The meter had Gone way past 30deg a couple times that week.

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    The Powerstick, as you can see in the photo was installed just before the muffler, replacing the long section of piping. I am really impressed with the sound! It's clean, sounds conditioned and tuned.

    I have tried to capture it's sound with the various cameras I have but it all comes out like crap (sound quality). Hopefully I can find a good Mic. Soon.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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    yea i was curious about what monitor that is..





    powerstick seems pretty sweet
     
  12. Jun 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    Oh the meter is just a basic 4 wheel parts store purchase. It works great for $15 and has wiring for illumination. It was either this or a liquid Marine type. I think I am going to get some Windshield glue and mount it next to the rear view mirror...clean up the dash.
     
  13. Jun 16, 2011 at 5:16 AM
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    Frigg'n sweet nerf bars. What brand are those?
     
  14. Jun 16, 2011 at 7:17 AM
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    Rolling Big Power

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  15. Jun 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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    Sick truck man, and cool pix! I spent some time exploring around DV back when I had a 1st gen. Its a sweet place for sure.
     
  16. Jun 20, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    Impressive, I like what you have done with the truck so far and looks like it is just going to get better.
     
  17. Jun 21, 2011 at 4:53 AM
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    Thanks!
     
  18. Jun 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Nice looking truck!!!!
    Did you modifiy the cab mounts?
     
  19. Jun 23, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    No, I have not read anything about cab mounts. I have been preparing to beef up my motor mounts due to the 05's having some defective welds.

    What's up with cab mounts?
     
  20. Jun 23, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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