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SOLD: 2003 SAS Tacoma Extended Cab Flatbed, ARBs, 37s, TRD SC

Discussion in '1st Gen Tacomas For Sale (1995-2004)' started by MJS, Jun 17, 2020.

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  1. Jun 17, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    MJS

    MJS [OP] Well-Known Member

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    SOLD!

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    Due to some changes (twins on the way) and some soul searching on my true off-road desires (more in it for the overland tbh), I will be selling this rig which I had intentions of building into a serious truggy.

    Price and Delivery
    I am asking $14,000 OBO picked up in Houston, TX.
    Will deliver it up to 5hrs one way for $100/hr.
    It is streetable for short drives...wouldn't plan on driving it on the interstate for long distances - she is a trailer rig when it comes to long journeys.

    Who Should buy it?
    I would recommend this truck for someone looking to do that last bit of work to make this truck a truly bad ass rock crawler, those things being (THESE ARE A SUGGESTED TO-DO LIST, NOT CURRENTLY ON THE TRUCK...):
    • 3-link the front suspension (and maybe upgrade the front axle at that point)
    • Roll cage
    • Crawl box
    • Tighten up steering box (or go full hydro)

    Key Stats Summary:
    • 2003 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab
    • V6 with TRD Supercharger, Automatic Transmission
    • Custom flatbed
    • Odometer Mileage: need to verify exact number, its around 200k
    • Road legal in non-emissions testing areas (includes removable hitch receiver license plate holders)
    • Solid axle swapped front and rear: Dana 44 high pinion in front and Dana 60 in rear. Bilstein shocks and leafs.
    • Tires: Toyo Open Country M/T LT 385/70R16 (37s)(incl spare)
    • ARB air lockers front and rear
    • 5.38 gear ratio
    • Approx ground clearance: 22" to bottom of T-case skid, higher elsewhere
    • Smittybuilt XRC9500 winch in front with thimble

    Freebies with truck:
    • LFD OR Battery hold-down tray (not installed yet)




    I have moved this truck forward in a pretty significant way, so lets recap how the truck stands today:

    Road Legal Stuff

    • Received successful inspection in Blanco County, TX (twice now)
    • Clean title in Texas to me
    • Restored functionality of horn, blinkers, tail lights, and e-brakes, simplified brake system tubing and added proportioning valve
    • Added license plate holders (removable for off-roading) and plug-in license plate lights for the rear
    • CEL light restored, ABS light muted (ABS has long ago been gutted from this rig)
    • New windshield wipers
    Engine
    • Replaced knock sensors with OEM (real OEM, not fake OEM) sensors, new gaskets all around on injectors and intake manifold. No leaks noted since work completed.
    • Only CEL is now 2nd O2 sensor (it is deleted - I would consider adding back the cat and this O2 sensor or getting a tune to get rid of this CEL, the computer is intended to use the 2nd O2 sensor to calibrate the primary (intact) wideband sensor)
    • Oil and filter change with high-mileage synthetic; make sure to run the truck at least bi-monthly to full temps
    • Added Ultragauge for reliable coolant temp and other engine variables monitoring
    Electrical
    • Replaced cooling fan wiring with appropriate automotive wiring and sheathing where appropriate. Previously fan wired with THHN wire to a toggle switch with various gauges (super sketchy).
    • Replaced, audited all fuses (some incorrectly sized)
    • Replaced airbag clock spring (fix for horn)
    • Repaired tail light wiring connections - were wired incorrectly
    • Removed old 2nd O2 sensor and abandoned wiring more appropriately (available for restoration if desired)
    • New duralast gold battery (previous optima was toast)
    Tires/Rims
    • Purchased additional rim and full sized spare - strapped onto the flatbed
    • Other four tires in good condition, almost full tread
    Drivetrain
    • Both differentials replaced - front - older Dana 44 ARB air locker rebuilt with new crosspin; rear - new Dana 60 ARB air locker
    • Installed used ARB air locker compressor, tubing to both ARBs
    • Installed ARB breather system to both diffs (ready for high water)
    • During diff change, changed gear ratio to 5.38 front and rear from 4.10; this should roughly restore factory drive ratio (in terms of road speed) if my estimation is correct
    • New seals on diffs during work
    • Repacked bearings in front hubs, cleaned and repacked locking hubs
    Brakes
    • Rear calipers upgraded to El Dorado calipers (cable e-brake)
    • Removed superfluous ABS tubing that was poorly abandoned in place - this had attracted attention during the first failed safety inspection that was attempted
    • Added proportioning valve on rear brakes supply
    • Fluid flushed as a part of this work
    Other
    • Cleaned interior with upholstery shampoo (needed it bad)
    • Cleaned all plastic surfaces with armor all (also badly needed)
    • New weathertech flexible floor mats
    • Fire extinguisher mounted on rear flatbed
    • Removed bro stickers from windows
    Suspension
    • No major changes here - did replace front springs, but practically ended up with the same results as previous springs. Would recommend 3-link and coilovers if you have the cash. Otherwise invest in some good bump stops :)
    • The rear suspension is fine

    Recovery
    • Installed tube winch bumper in front to existing welded on mounting plate and factory tie-in points
    • Installed Smittybuilt XRC 9500lb winch
    • Installed Smittybuilt thimble

    Still want to know more? See my sig for link to build thread.

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  2. Jun 18, 2020 at 9:11 AM
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    BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony You’ll have that on these big jobs.

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    auto or stick?
     
  3. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:04 AM
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    Its an Automatic - will update the OP too
     
  4. Jun 19, 2020 at 11:15 AM
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    Interested in 3x locked FZJ80 on 40s?
     
  5. Jun 19, 2020 at 12:28 PM
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    nahh, but thanks for the bump!
     
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    Nice build glws
     
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  7. Jun 25, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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    Back-half, Dana 60, 4.56 spool, ARB front, Kings, sliders, etc.
    I like it. Curious: how's the bed attached? Welded or bolted? Stock bolt holes? If I bought it I'd want to swap a bed back on there.
     
  8. Jun 25, 2020 at 12:03 PM
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    It is actually welded to the frame via some square tubing, that said if you cut it off you could mount a bed from the junkyard pretty easily as the old mounting points are still there (I have the CB antenna sitting on one)
     
  9. Jun 27, 2020 at 3:05 PM
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    Interested in how you placed your proportioning valve and e brake cables if you don’t mind posting pics - I have those rear calipers and haven’t seen someone connect them on a Tacoma yet.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:56 AM
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  11. Jul 6, 2020 at 3:50 PM
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    Put the proportioning valve right off the master cylinder
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  13. Jul 12, 2020 at 8:55 AM
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    SOLD!
     
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