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Overland_TRD's MGM Build and Travel Journal : Pic heavy

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Overland_TRD, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Oct 23, 2016 at 6:58 PM
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    Hello fellow TW Members!!!
    So I am finally starting my build thread, after owning the truck for almost a year I have amassed a number of pictures and you people seem to like them. So...here it goes.

    ps Check me out on Instagram @Southwest_Explorations

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    Yes the thread is pic heavy, but you like that since you can't read you crayon eating bastard.

    How the rig looks today
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    2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

    Modifications

    Exterior:

    BFG AT/TA KO2 size 285/75/16
    Method Race Wheels size 16x8 4"backspacing
    Rocky Road Outfitters Rock Sliders
    ARE Camper shell
    3' Firestick CB Antenna
    Truck Bed Platform
    30" hidden LED Light Bar
    LED Rock Lights
    ARE Z Series Camper shell

    Interior:
    MTB Grip Shifter
    Uniden 510XL CB Radio
    Blue Ridge Overland Visor Storage
    Overland Bound Member badge #1785
    An ever-growing patch collection

    Perfomance/Suspension:
    Toytec 3" Coil over lift
    BOSS Shocks
    Deaver AAL
    K&N Drop in Filter
    Exhaust Chop
    Dif Breather Mod

    Gear:
    15 ton tow strap
    Smittybilt D-Ring Hitch
    Coleman Dual fuel camp stove
    Coleman Classic Stainless steel Ice chest
    Stanley 145 piece tool set
    0 Degree Marmot Sleeping Bag
    Giant TCR Advanced Composite 2014
    Giant XTC Advanced Composite 29er 2014
    Pivot Mach 6 Trail 650b 2017
    Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9mm
    Browning BPS Hunter 12 Gauge
    Gun Vault Nano Vault Serries
    2.5' Shovel
    5lb wood splitting axe
    5 gallon Jerry Can (gas)
    5 gallon Jerry Can (H2O)
    5 gallon Igloo jug
    One Up Bicycle rack


    Favorite Trails:
    • Poison Spider Trail - Moab, UT
    • Imogene Pass - Ouray, CO
    • Mineral Creek Trail - Ouray, CO
    • Top Of the World - Moab, UT
    • Fin's N things - Moab, UT
    • Ophir Pass - Ophir/Silverton, CO
    • Engineer Pass - Ouray/Lake City, CO
    • Stony Pass - Silverton/Creede, CO
    • Cinnamon pass - Ouray, CO
    • American Basin - Lake City, CO
    • Gemini Bridges - Moab, UT
    • Yankee Boy Basin - Ouray, CO
    • Yankee Hill - Black Hawk, CO
    • Idaho Springs Trail - Idaho Springs, CO
    • Choke Cherry Wash - Farmington, NM
    • Columbus Basin - Mayday, CO
    • Kennebec Pass - Mayday, CO
    • Missionary Ridge - Durango, CO
    Upcoming Trails:
    • Hells Revenge - Moab, UT
    • Black Bear Pass - Telluride, CO
    • Monticello Canyon - Truth Or Consequences, NM
    Upcoming Modifications:
    • C4 Fab Low profile winch bumper
    • Brute Force high clearance rear bumper
    • Bushwacker Fender Flares
    • SPC Light Racing UCA
    • Prinsu Design Roof Rack
    • Smittybuilt/Viair portable air setup
    • Bilstein 5160 rear shocks
    • Icon 51100 Multi AAL
     
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  2. Oct 23, 2016 at 7:09 PM
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    One of the first days I owned it. Driving from Southern California to Southern Colorado. Had already fell in love with the vehicle just 72 hours after getting it.
    Let me tell you, that New Mexico dust sticks to everything; so the first I did upon arriving back in CO was take the truck for a little swim.
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  3. Oct 23, 2016 at 7:29 PM
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    Within the first week I decided I wanted a platform for my bikes and an area of semi-weather resistant storage for the harsh CO winters. Don't let the orange trees and sunshine fool you, this is a Colorado truck.
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    Building the platform took was fairly easy, it took 10 feet of 2x8, 2 sheets of 1/2" plywood, and 25 square feet of outdoor carpet.
    Start by cutting out the 2x8's to fit across the bed.
    Cut out the two top pieces, using a jig saw to cut out the detailed end parts.
    Then cut and pull some carpet and staple it down on the bottom side.
     
  4. Oct 23, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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  5. Oct 23, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    Within the first month my truck was assaulted, a rouge shopping cart on a windy winter day took out the drivers side tail light and dented the rear bumper, but nothing a 5 minute tail light change can't fix.
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  6. Oct 23, 2016 at 8:13 PM
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    35 days after first getting the truck, it was ready for its first Moab Trip. My friend let me use his Best Top Camper, testing it out to see if i want to get one. Also got a Dakine Tailgate pad and pulled out the platform.
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    Best Top Camper
    Dakine Tailgate pad
    SmittyBilt D-ring Hitch

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  7. Oct 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM
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    First Moab Trip was a lot of fun, decided I definitely needed a lift, bigger tires, and some more dedicated sleeping arrangement. The dog trying to get into my friends RTT is the reason for a new sleeping situation.
    Within the first 30 minutes on the trail I had ripped off the hitch light bracket, never used it so it has sat ziptied to the rear bumper since.

    Finding a weekend to make it out for trips is difficult, being a full-time student with a part time job.

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    After Moab I had an issue...I needed to wheel. Being out there and pushing my vehicle to points I didn't think it could make gave me way too much joy. So the weekend after Moab I made an overnight trip to Choke Cherry Wash to satisfy my needs. And once again I was given reason after reason to get a lift and new bumper.
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    That weekend also made me extremely glad I had a med-kit, the knowledge to use it, and a tow strap. On a not so gnarly section of trail that me and another TW member had just gone through we heard a loud sound, some crunching metal, and a few screams. After driving back down the trail we found this jeep with a Husband, wife, and 2 year old daughter in it. Everyone was a little shooken up, and only the wife had some small scrapes on her arm. After righting the jeep and seeing if it started we found out that the motor mounts were sheared off and the jeep would only run in 4-lo. So we sent him puttering down the trail where he had a trailer for his rig.
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  9. Oct 23, 2016 at 8:50 PM
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    A few weeks after Choke Cherry it was finally starting to turn from winter to spring in CO. That means mud...lots of mud.
    But that won't stop a trip into the mountains for some quality camping. On the way home from Missionary Ridge I found a little section of K-wall and decided I should do a flex test, not too shabby for the Stocko-Taco20160501_153116.jpg 20160501_153202.jpg

    I also found the time to make a quick trip to the store for an axe and some quick fist mounts, trying to decide the summer truck bed setup.

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    Quickfist
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    Military Bag
    Water Jug
     
  10. Oct 23, 2016 at 9:01 PM
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    A couple camping trips later, some more trail damage, and I still hadn't decided which route I was going to take with my suspension set-up.
    But through some research I had to go with a Colorado based company, Toytec Lifts.

    This in the long run has been a hell of a fuck up on my part.

    The install went extremely quick, taking only about 3 hours. The kit included the Toytec brand Coil overs, Deaver AAL, and BOSS shocks. Didn't end up using the sway bar relocation brackets, because I took off the sway-bar. No more flex restrictions.:muscleflexing:

    The truck looked and felt a little goofy with the small tires and new 3" lift, but all good things come with time.

    The rear end sat a tad bit high for the first couple weeks after install, but a few small adjustments to the front and a lot of gravel hauled around really helped to level it out.

    Installed everything back in California, so the 800 mile drive was going to see if I missed torquing anything properly. (hint: I'm typing this now so its probably fine and you can stop reading)
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  11. Oct 23, 2016 at 9:09 PM
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    Water...water, water, water!! I love it, can't get enough of river crossings. With the new lift I had some more confidence driving through some of the deeper stuff. All of these crossings are up in the La Plata Canyon off of the Kennebec Pass Trail.
    I have also decided that pinstripes are going to be a part of my life, theres no need to be shy about it, I openly embrace it.
    Now my truck looks like its been through a keying session by every crazy ex-girlfriend I've ever had. :itllbuffout:
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  12. Oct 23, 2016 at 9:22 PM
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    This beauty, Amazon and all of its gloriousness has delivered again.
    I don't care what you say "Its not a rigid" "Its not made in America", it doesn't matter. I'm not pre-running the baja 1000, I'm trying to not hit deer on back country roads. All that matters for me is that it is bright enough, weather proof to some extent, and it looks good where its mounted. And you know what e-your life makes a product that is effective and affordable.

    If you want to sell me on Rigid lights don't waste your time or mine, I don't care how much money you spent on lights, I'll spend my money on hookers and booze.
    :cheers::ohsnap:

    The mount is made by rough country and is really easy to install.

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  13. Oct 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM
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    Its summer time, Thank jesus:amen:
    Time for the 3rd row seats and paddle boards to make a return. The short bed and 10 foot boards definitely make for an interesting combo.

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  14. Oct 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM
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    A quick check of the bank account and a spur of the moment bug in my ass made me do something. Rubber, lots of rubber, 285/75.16's of BFG AT/TA KO2's. These sexy little devils were going to be wrapped around Method Race wheels mesh 16x8" with 4.5" backspacing, but the issue is 4-Wheel Parts customer service. 3 weeks, thats how long I waited with tires sitting in my living room before hearing from them saying they were on backorder, so I switched what I wanted and went with Methods' NV's.

    The thought had been in my head ever since the install of the lift, and a perfect storm of buying had hit. BFG's were on sale at Big o' Tires and had a $50 rebate, and Methods were buy 4 get 15% off with free shipping. This was also combined with a raise at a new job, so of course myself and the truck deserved a little treat for all the hard work.
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    Well now I was waiting for the non-backordered set of wheels, but that wasn't going to stop a nice trip up to the mountains.
    Went up La Plata Canyon to Columbus Basin, right at the base of some 13,000+ mountains.
    Camping under the stars might not have been the best choice, but live and learn...right? Cloudless nights led to a nice brisk 20* morning, thanks June.
    But the views can't be beat in the 5 million star hotel, and the milky, oh my the milky way.
    After breaking down camp and climbing a couple of the mountains (and finding a mountain lion) we continued on the trail up to the notch at the end of Kennebec Pass.
    The trail is not very technical but the views and the backstory of the canyon really make it all worth it.
    The FJ60 is a beast of a truck, owned by my roommate, its got a hell of a story. If your interested in the 60 you can look up its build thread here.


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    The babe in brown (aka. UPS man) made a late night delivery. And what a happy night that was, didn't sleep alone I had 112 lbs of forged aluminum to cuddle up next to.
    :jerkoff:
    Now it was time to toss these bad bitches on.
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  17. Oct 23, 2016 at 10:19 PM
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    Oh man that's it. I was really enjoying reading all that. Nice rig and write up.

    Do you have any output shots if your light at at night?
     
  18. Oct 23, 2016 at 10:24 PM
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    Black beauty
    The morning after the delivery I woke up nice and early to test the fit of the wheels. It was then the moment of truth to drop my truck off with the tire wizards.
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    Their witchcraft was effective, the truck will forever be changed. No more white walls out, and nice blackness. Momma always told me if black is a choice then there is no choice.
    And this is how mall crawlers are made, you really can't beat the look of a clean truck.
    Prepare to have your mind fucked by all of its shiny gloriousness.:boom:
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    Well stay tuned, there are plenty more shenanigans to come, and heres a night pic not of the greatest quality but you can blame Steve Jobs for that.
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    So remember that asshole shopping cart that attacked my tail light?
    Well the bulbs included with the new assembly were garbage, the blinker went out in about 4 months. And it really couldn't have picked a better time to break (sarcasm intended), a nice police officer in Denver reminded me ever so kindly of the need for a $6.74 pair of bulbs with a gloriously muffed up $27.00 Fix it ticket. But this wasn't going to impact my 4th of July weekend hooliganism. :luvya:

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