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Project apocalypto

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by username, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Aug 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    username

    username [OP] Fluffer

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    So a bunch of you dudes asked for a build thread, so here it is as I can remember it. I bought it when I was stationed in Germany (Army) and before it got there I already had a pile of parts waiting for it. Initially, I had Icon coilovers and deaver AAL's with TC UCA's.
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    Then I beat on it a little.
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    Put on some Timbren bump stops all around.
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    Fried up some driveway sliders-
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    Beat on it some and figured out timbrens are not real bump stops.
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    Put on some chubbies aka lightracing jounce shocks--
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    Beat on it some more.
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    Fried up a new rear bumper-
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    It worked ok.
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    Welded more crap to the front bumper-
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    LCA skids-
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    Then I got orders to California. I would rather do two tours in trashcanistan than one in that messed up state. I saw more bodies in Barstow than I did on my first deployment. Anywho, I bought this pile while the taco was floating around the globe.
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    Then I went to my first desert race...
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  2. Aug 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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    username [OP] Fluffer

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    I ran into some dbag named Brock and went on a run or two with him when my taco finally got to socal. Then I got to take the $10,000 ride in his truck and knew that LT was the only way to go.
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    After going on the Miller jeep trail run with an LT 4wd that was it, I started looking for parts after that weekend. That truck did very well in the rocks, and it was fast!
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    Then I stumbled onto a used TC kit and snatched it up. The coilovers are LT Icons and one of the first sets out there.

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    The motor mounts broke somewhere in there-

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    I think I just had a deaver 10 pack at that point.

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    Then I went to the offroad expo and talked to some dude's from Radflo who hooked up the rear with 18" stroke triple bypass 3.0's and some 4" stroke bumps.
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    I read in some racecar chassis design book that triangles are the strongest geometric shape, so I built some triangles.
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    I also put on some deaver H70's spring under hung off of TC 12" shackles. I had to undovetail the frame, but I made it happen.
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    Then it cornered like it was on rails.

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    That bumper sure did look dorky, but it saved my arse a couple times.
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    I figured I better build a cage because I was starting to hit triple digit speeds in place that with my old setup I could only do 30.
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    Picked up some rear glass from Kartek-
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    Broke some stuff-
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    I won some allpro baja leaves.

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    They are way better than the deavers-
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    Broke some more stuff. Dude at Icon said "I've been working here for ten years and never saw anyone break one of those!" If I had a dollar for everytime I've heard that.
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    Mounted a couple optima's between the spares-

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    Got some kings up front-
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    Did an engine cage-
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    Broke some more stuff-
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    Met this dude and liked the stance of his truck a lot. That got the hamster on the wheel...

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    I decided to get some real beadlocks and move up to 37's
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    Threw some fancy rotors on with Porterfield Racing carbon kevlar pads. They will stop you faster than a clean sliding glass door.

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    I also installed 4.88 gears and an ARB locker up front.

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    Then I got tired of doing push ups and decided to move back home to Oregon and go be a fat hairy civilian.
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    I guess I got old or something, because I'm tired of ripping around the desert full throttle all the time and just want to cruise around the woods looking for critters and gold nuggets and stuff. The build continues...
    Oh yeah, I prototyped some hand made ceramic plates wrapped in kevlar finished in carbon/kevlar and soundproofed the interior while I was at it.
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  3. Aug 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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    Blackdawg

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    Fuck...YES!

    Win..love it.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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    THANKYOU!!!!
     
  7. Aug 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM
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  8. Aug 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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    If he would have never taken me for a ride in his truck I would still be rolling around with a stock taco. He warned me too, and it wasn't until much later that I realized the $10,000 ride wasn't a joke, lol.
     
  9. Aug 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    Glad to see the full story finally!
     
  10. Aug 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    Bout time we got some background info! U left out the part about how u scared all the shinney off ur truck! Haha

    Love ur dog by the way . . . .
     
  11. Aug 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

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    Nice truck.. Same shit happened to me with the scenario of riding in a bad ass truck thus leading to making your own bad ass truck :eek:
     
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    meh...i'm more interested in how bedliner became the new paint scheme :cookiemonster:
     
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    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    Dude, do you work for DARPA??
     
  17. Aug 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    Fiberglass fenders come in white and I didn't want my truck to look like a panda bear so I gave them a coat of bedliner. That worked pretty good, so I did the whole truck and then laid down a coat of martin senour industrial flat black equipment paint over that to keep it from fading.
     
  18. Aug 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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  19. Aug 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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    No, I'm a doppler radar nerd for the National Weather Service now, but I spent 10 years in the Army as a missile dude and used DARPA products. If this was DARPA it would be way cooler. Like remote controlled with a UAV launching platform on the back and missile pods all over it lol. Alas, I'm restrained to using conventional weapons against the onslaught of the ferocious Eastern Oregon ground squirrel.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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