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My "AZTACOMA" build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by Buckoma, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Feb 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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    Buckoma

    Buckoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I figured I’d come up with a “build thread” but it’s more of an all-purpose thread about me, outdoor trips, and the truck in general.

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    The truck:
    2000 Tacoma SR5 TRD 3.4L 4x4. Bought it new in September, 1999. Current miles: 214,000 (with a shit-ton of hard, pipe-hittin 4x4 miles)

    Usage:
    This is my budget expo/adventure vehicle I use to get to places. This includes lots of hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. I also do a lot of 4x4 recons into backcountry areas of the Southwest seeking out old townsites, mines, Indian remains, cool natural features… stuff like that, and the more remote the better. Naturally, I like to be self-sufficient for up to a week in the boonies. It has seen a fair amount of hauling and trailering, but those duties have mostly been transferred to my big truck.

    Vehicle Summary:
    I have beat the hell out of this truck. It’s been down “roads” that it had no business being on and has taken it like a champ. It’s seen sand, mud, water, snow, a good amount of crawling, and of course some “baja” action. It’s driven -250' sea level to over 13,000', in 120+ degree weather to -20 temps. It has driven from west coast to the east coast and back. It’s been everywhere from Hollywood and Vine to Bourban Street to some of the crappiest chunks of landscape in the middle of nowhere. I love this truck.

    Other Thoughts:
    My mod process has been slow and fairly minimal… cheap, basic, functional. The reasons are 1) I’m very, er... budget minded 2) I don’t need much “extra” to use it for what I do, and 3) I can care less about looks or bling. The truck only gets used once every week or so now, but I still need to be able to travel at 75mph reliably, in comfort, and then hit a gnarly trail and not worry about scratches or getting stuck. It has not failed me. I’ve averaged around 8-10 4x4 trips a year for about 15 years, some of them 3-6 days long. With good, regular maintenance the Tacoma continues to thrive and should be my primary exploration 4x4 until about 2019-20.

    Current Mods:
    Massive pinstriping and dents galore
    De-badged
    Uniden CB
    Pioneer/polk system
    Viper alarm
    GPS, ultraguage, inclinometer w/mounts
    Fire extinguisher mount
    Deckplate mod
    Air compressor (hardmounted under hood)
    4-hi e-locker mod
    2.5” spacer front lift
    OME Dakar 2.5" 8-pack
    Camburg UCAs
    33” BFG KO ATs
    Pinch weld mod
    Trail gear sliders
    Homemade roof rack with spare tire mount
    External fuel cell (9 gal)
    KC lights, front/back
    Custom rear swing-out bumper
    Aftermarket front and rear lights
    Rear frame reinforcement plates
    Neoprene seat covers
    All Pro front tube bumper
    …other minor misc stuff

    Future Mods/tasks:
    Fix big dent on side ? Nah
    New timing belt / water pump
    Hi-Lift mounts on rear bumper
    Fresh water tank (10-12gal) with pump (someday?)
    12 volt freezer (dream on)


    Partial list of semi-recent trips:
    Grand Staircase 6/15
    Agua Fria 3/15
    Kofa Survey 1/15
    Elk Mountains 7/14
    Turkey Hunt 5/14
    Mojave National Preserve 3/14
    Elvis 1/14
    Sierra Anchas 1/14
    Harquahala Mountain 11/13 (Ram 2500)
    Various quail hunting 10/13 - 12/13
    Mogollon Rim cast and blast 10/13
    Eastern AZ Strip 7/13
    Humphrey's Peak 6/13
    Big Bear, SoCal 5/13
    Death Valley 3/13
    Agua Fria NM 2/13
    Punkin Center 2/13


    Upcoming Trips:
    Red Creek 4x4 trip- Fall 2015
    4 night summer "mega-trip" to Utah- Grand Staircase area


    Other Toys:
    2004 Dodge Ram 2500HD 4x4
    She's used mainly to haul heavy loads and tow the travel, horse, and boat trailers.
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    Fleetwood Pioneer Camp Trailer
    For family trips and hunting expeditions.
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    SeaRay Bowrider 180
    Good little family and fishing boat
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    A few previous mods:

    Early on I knew I needed air so I could air-down for comfort and traction. Went with a Master Flow for $50, lasted almost 10 years. I exchanged the crap hose connections with my own universal, fabbed a mounting plate, and stuck it in. I relocated my alarm horn and snipped the alligator clips to permattach to the battery.
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    Here we are airing up. You can also see my KC 26 series lights. The two front are long range and the two rear are flood. I got them because they are small and rectangular, like my roof rack. They are good for the price, but if I had to do it again I'd probably get bigger ones for the front. Maybe I'll put two more up front someday.
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    This pic shows the rear lights and "external fuel cell," which is my low budget auxiliary fuel tank. It's a 9 gallon boat tank, painted and secured. All I do is attach a fuel hose to the tank, squish the primer bulb a couple times, and it gravity feeds into the main tank. Right now my max cruise range is 600 miles; 18 gal tank, 9 gal fuel cell, 5 gal jug.

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    I hadn't planned on a winch so a heavy front bumper didn't make a lot of sense to me. I did want a better approach angle for the tires though so I cut the sides of the bumper! To do this, I had to move the blinker light into the corner light... ghetto, but pretty easy. I recently put on an All Pro tube bumper and kidn of wish I had done it sooner.

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    This shows the cut bumper pretty well:
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    I bought the camper shell off craigslist for $125. Scuffed it, primed it, and rattle-canned it for about $50. Is the paint an exact match? Nope. Does it matter? Nope!

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  2. Feb 6, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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    NW4RUNNER

    NW4RUNNER Well-Known Member

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    First. Can't wait to see pics.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM
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    Bilstien adjustable 5100's up front, Trail-gear stinger bumper, custom fab stop sign skid plate, removed mud flaps
    super interested to see pics[​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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    Buckoma

    Buckoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    RANDOM WHEELING PICS

    Near Prescott, AZ
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    Anza Borrego, CA
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    Pyeatt Draw, AZ
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    Big Bend, TX
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    Mohave Road, CA
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    White Tanks, AZ
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    Elk Mountains, CO
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    Outside Las Vegas
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    Near Oatman, AZ
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    Moab, UT
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    Joshua Tree, CA
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    Broken Arrow, AZ
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    White Rim Road (Canyonlands) UT
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    El Camino Del Diablo, AZ
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    Elephant Hill (Needles District) UT
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    Death Valley, CA
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    Grand Canyon (stock!)
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    San Juan's, CO
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    Big Bear, CA
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    New Mexico
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  5. Feb 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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    w00dy

    w00dy Hey Now!

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    Treating a Toyota the way they are supposed to be treated! I look forward to seeing some more action pictures. Well done!
     
  6. Feb 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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    01GREENTACO

    01GREENTACO Not all who wander are lost

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    Lost track many, many mods ago.
    That is a GREAT looking truck! Love that compressor idea.

    Where did you get that compressor at?
     
  7. Feb 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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    Buckoma

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    Thanks Woody.

    I think I got the compressor from Pep Boys, but you can get it off Amazon for $60. And I've never considered my poor old truck "great looking" but I'll take the compliment!
     
  8. Feb 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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    Yanked off the receiver hitch and cut my rear quarter panels to make room for the new bumper. Actually my cousin did most of the cutting. The nice part about having faded, dinged, scratched, 200,000+ miles is you don't necessarily need precision!

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  9. Mar 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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    Rear bumper is almost done!

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  10. Mar 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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    banditstpk Pabst knows best

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    can i still get your old rear when your all done with it :D
     
  11. Mar 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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    Once it's off for good come take a look... it's a hunk o' junk.
     
  12. Mar 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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    It's a Moeller 9 gal boat tank, similar to this (they don't carry my model anymore)
     
  13. Mar 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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    Bumper is ON.

    My Rustoleum Satin paint job was about as good as my sheetmetal cutting...

    Now I will mount my tire and install a license light. Pretty soon I will put on some mounts for my hi-lift jack.

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    Special thanks to Aaron for making this at an incredible price. Super quality and a really nice guy who's easy to work with.
     
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  14. Mar 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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    that is awesome looking!!!
     
  15. Apr 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    reserved
     
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  16. Apr 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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    01GREENTACO Not all who wander are lost

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    Swing out is similar to mine. Looks great!!
     
  17. Apr 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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    TacoBran

    TacoBran Your Unique, Just Like Everyone Else

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    Good lookin rear bumper :thumbsup:

    What trails are you running in the pics?
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  18. Apr 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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    First pic was in the White Tanks, probably Lower Scorpion... quite a long time ago. The 2nd pic was a trail near Oatman, here is another one from that trail:

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    And a few more from that trip in 2011.
     
  19. Apr 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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  20. Apr 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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    Random Status Update! :rolleyes:

    Re-worked the first post a bit and added a few more pictures to the thread.

    Things are in a holding pattern right now. New front springs, new LCAs, and new front shocks are going in, along with a few other general maintenance tasks, prepping for a couple bigger trips planned. Actively looking for decent seat covers, but not in a huge hurry.

    Although it's a little ways off, I think my next set of tires will be BFG ATs instead of the MTRs. Why? Mainly price honestly, About $40 cheaper per tire, but the slower wear and tiny bit better mpg help too. I've had excellent success with the AT previously and it's not as if I go through much mud.
     
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