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Squeaky Penguin's (Trip Reports) Build Thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by Squeaky Penguin, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Dec 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM
    #481
    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    We'll see how it turns out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhLqPfAylF4


    Actually though, when I ran Chinaman's in May, we were following this guy in a Xterra with a hot pink skid plate. You could see every single rock he hit :rofl:

    Also, pulled my skids off for the season. They got some use for sure. All-Pro's idea of a transmission 'skid' I think is scrap metal. The IFS skid could use some modifications too, there's a nice little bend after the rear mounting bolts. Want to come up with a rear crossmemeber and a more solid skid from the IFS skid past the transfer case.

    IMAG0948_zps97eafcju_89f61e9593ad8260887b7f92714268eda97b96ab.jpg

    IMAG0949_zpshz5qwrtz_3979fc117da8633335d70a851283ba2baa53bb34.jpg

    Also for good measure, hit my gas tank on Chinamen's :bananadead:

    IMAG0947_zpsfigrvgyp_567f6b1a1b8894365cc6f3c97a9a048f8c01b86a.jpg

    Maybe I should finally get around to getting a real gas tank skid.
     
  2. Jan 2, 2015 at 6:38 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Lots of dust and custom dents, Check Build
    I think today we hit the high temperature for the week of 10* F. No painting going on here. In fact, my truck started up pretty slowly and with ample amounts of noise the other morning at -30* F.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2015 at 4:11 AM
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    Deathbysnusnu

    Deathbysnusnu Work is just a daily detour to happy hour.

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    Dog, camper.
    :luvya:
    It's supposed to drop in the negative digits again next couple weeks. :(
     
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  4. Jan 3, 2015 at 9:10 AM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    :luvya:

    So, mod day and beer drinking at your place? :D

    Buy hey, may not be able to do any painting, but took a weekend trip to Moab a couple weekends ago, pull out the snowboard whenever I want, things like that. We just have seasons that dictate our hobbies...

    I'm up in Steamboat for break, it's colder up here :(
     
  5. Jan 4, 2015 at 11:34 AM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    So, finally got around to ordering OEM lower ball joints. Going to look into replacing the LCA bushings as well. Still decided what to do with front shocks. That one 5100 is leaking really bad now, thinking OME is the best answer for the time being. Wish I could go with a coilover and new upper arms, but that isn't going to happen. Probably should replace the upper ball joints at the same time.

    Did the tie rod to tie rod steering replacement last spring, so all this should have me with a solid front suspension.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2015 at 2:26 PM
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    Deathbysnusnu

    Deathbysnusnu Work is just a daily detour to happy hour.

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  7. Jan 5, 2015 at 4:21 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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  8. Jan 5, 2015 at 7:12 PM
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    lotsoftoys

    lotsoftoys pavement is boring....

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    i may have my ome shocks i took off forsale. i promised them to a buddy at work, but i will see if hes serious if u are interested? only were on the truck for 15k.
     
  9. Jan 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Got a bunch of parts that will be going on soon, or at least before this coming wheeling season.

    So far I've got in my possession or on order:
    - OEM Lower Ball Joints with new bolts (and plenty of loctite)
    - OEM Upper Ball Joints
    - Jace's old Nitrocharger Shocks
    - Whiteline LCA bushings

    Also have plans to do some rear suspension work. Will be modifying my leaf pack so it can hopefully handle my fat ass and switching out to 1" lift shackles. Would also like to toss Jace's old 10" 5125s, and pick up some 12" 5125s. Would like to pair those with a shock relocation and a ubolt flip.
     
  10. Jan 23, 2015 at 11:49 AM
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    lotsoftoys

    lotsoftoys pavement is boring....

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    bunch of crap

    no need to put Loctite on lbj bolts? just torque them
     
  11. Jan 23, 2015 at 8:44 PM
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    johnboyTRD

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    Full ome lift, nitro charger sports all 4 corners (rear shocks relocated), Dakar pack w/ AAL, 882 coils, diff drop, toytec 1" shackles, trail gear low profile front bumper, Tuff Stuff winch, bamf sliders, RAT skids, BAMF Bed Rack, Tepui Kukenam RTT, RAT rear bumper,
    I've always heard the oposite... I loctited the shiznit out of mine lol.
     
  12. Jan 25, 2015 at 1:28 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Yeah, I've always heard that to. Can't imagine it would hurt anything. :notsure:

    Regardless, I'll make sure to torque them properly.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    Use paint pen or nail polish to mark the bolts for easy movement check before wheeling.
     
  14. Jan 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    I've got this wonderful mental image to remind me to check the bolts...

    IMAG0344_zps7e005be0_4b6f6c030f8976e9aaeac4ff76efa90f58e3fc10.jpg
     
  15. Jan 25, 2015 at 6:38 PM
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    Fuh.... Yeah that's a hard lesson learned lol
     
  16. Jan 25, 2015 at 6:39 PM
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    On the other hand it is a cool stuffed photo LOL

    You should post this in the stuffed photo thread... Pretty sure there is one haha
     
  17. Jan 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Thanks to jberry for his advice on shackles and springs. Used this method:

    And determined I'll most likely be going back to stock shackles.
     
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  18. Jan 28, 2015 at 4:55 PM
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    Wishbone Runner

    Wishbone Runner Because 4R

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    But I loved watching them attract rocks! :D

    You are going to want to set out a loooooong block of time for those LCA bushings. I have probably 10-15 hours into mine so far and just finally got the old sleeves out and sanded the rust out, not pretty at all. I have quite a few tips if you need them, I followed this thread (clearly for a 2nd gen, but I can't imagine they are any different for this purpose).

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/176250-diy-lca-bushing-replacement-2005-tacoma-4x4.html

    I am going to make a new one with the pics I have been taking as these pics don't work.
     
  19. Jan 28, 2015 at 5:14 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Yeah, I've been reading and learning about shackles and determined all I accomplished with those is preloaded my springs, screwed up my pinion angle, and lost all my uptravel. Probably can be attributed to the axle wrap I'm told I have too, along with some vibrations. It definitely will be nice to not have them hanging down either, but I'm guessing I'll manage to hit the bumper more without them. I guess that's why that's there though...


    Anyways, I want to do all the front end work at once and only get one alignment, so I will probably have to push everything back to spring break. That'll give me a whole week to tear into things. Was going to follow Pliny's writeup on the LCA bushings:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1s...er-secret-build-bs-thread-89.html#post8757531
     
  20. Jan 28, 2015 at 6:11 PM
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    teamhypoxia

    teamhypoxia MichelinMan

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