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TacoMX's 1997 Taco 4wd Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by TacoMX, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Feb 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM
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    TacoMX

    TacoMX [OP] TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

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    She started life with me in 2006 as a 1997 tacoma 4wd 2.7 on 35's w/ a 3'' spacer lift, 3'' body lift, and ~130,xxx on the odometer. From the time I bought it till TW, it was repainted and tires downsized to 33X12.5.

    This thread will document from the time TW intervened and so on.

    How she sits as of 2/19/13:

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    How it started (pre TW):

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    Current mods:

    Armor
    4X Innovations front tube bumper with stinger

    Suspension/lift/steering:
    Sway Away 2.0 Coilovers
    All Pro Uniball Upper Control Arms.
    Wheelers 5 pack with wheelers 1.5'' AAL minus the over load leaf.
    Bilstein 5100 rear shocks
    3'' Body lift [REMOVED]
    Prothane Poly rack bushings


    Body/Frame:
    New paint in 2008
    DIY spray in bed liner
    FL Tacomas sticker :D
    Energy Suspension Poly body mounts

    Electronics/Lighting:
    Round Eye Head lamps
    Clear corner lights
    Cobra 19 DX CB, 3' firestik


    Tires/Wheels/Brakes:
    32X1150X15 BFG KM2 Mud Terrains.
    MB TKO Rims in matte black, 15X7, 4'' Backspace
    BAMF (Jlee) BPV bracket (1/8'' plate version).
    All Pro Extended length steel-braided brake line (Rear)

    Engine/Exhaust/Driveline:
    LCE header
    K&N FIPK ("Cold air intake")
    Cat Co. high flow
    Flowmaster 40

    Interior:
    Wet Okole Seat covers
    "Wheelskins" Leather steering wheel cover/wrap
    Husky Floor liners


    Future Mods:
    Limit straps for the front end
    Centric Brake rotors/pads
    Magnaflow muffler
    Sliders
    Rear tube or hybrid bumper with rear spare swingout
    Rigid Dually Flood lights for front bumper
    Rigid SR series 10'' light bar for front bumper
    Rear Frame reinforcement plates
    Bed rack
    Front Steel braided brake lines
    Marlin Crawler clutch
    Rear locker or LSD
    Skids
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
  2. Feb 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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    TacoMX

    TacoMX [OP] TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

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    Clear Corners and LED's:

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    Receiver shackle bracket w/ an ARB shackle:
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    Bilstein HD shocks w/ the 2'' Top Spacer:

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    I painted them red when the original yellow paint was chipping off and the shocks were rusting. So I painted the coils too when I was there. Looks new :)

    When I bought the truck It had the whole 3'' front kit (top spacer and coil spacer) I removed the coil spacer when I painted the coil and strut...rides MUCH better.
     
  3. Feb 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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    MapleMoose

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    :thumbsup: for the 97!
     
  4. Feb 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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    TacoMX

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    last year of the best looking front end :cool:
     
  5. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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    k9cop

    k9cop if your not the lead dog, the view never changes

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    Awesome truck brother...I better see that beast at the next ocala meet!
     
  6. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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    TacoMX

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    haha, hopefully it will be at the next meet, and hopefully it will have some armor and some more mods :cool:

    I'm waiting for my steering rack to come in, and my clutch master cylinder shit the bed....so that will need replaced too.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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    lucky73

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    ocala - amazing mtn biking trails
    used to live on SOFla
     
  8. Feb 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    nothing, all stock expect got a OE replacement air filter K&N.
    looking great there.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    YotaKid62

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    Hey man what's the backspacing on those rims. I'm looking for something like that to get little wider stance, and, call me crazy, a 2" body lift:eek: since i don't do any real serious offroading and i have thoughts on how to reinforce it a little bit.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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    saundern Swerve for nothing

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    where did you get the led corners?
     
  11. Feb 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    ebay
     
  12. Feb 23, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    Last time I measured them I didn't have a straight edge, but with just a tape measure and eyeballing it, they are around 3.5-3.75'' BS. I will get a more accurate measurement soon.

    totally skip the body lift dude. It seriously deteriorates the road ride, its ugly as fuck, and its unsafe.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2012 at 3:57 AM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    Looks like this thing could use a bump! Whats next in line and when are you going to get rid of that godawful BL??
     
  14. Mar 15, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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    TacoMX

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    First in line is the removal of the body lift....but right now its up on jackstands
    :( because I am still in the process of replacing the rack and pinion because the one I got was leaking, sent it back and waiting for the refund....

    But I should be ordering a 4XI bumper here in the next couple of days....

    and I may be going OME struts w/ 881 coils instead of some SAW's up front to save on some money for now

    opinions?
     
  15. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    01Tac0ma

    01Tac0ma Bash Fabriction & Off-Road

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    Look at build!
    Good deal, have fun with the BL removal, didnt look to bad from that one guys write up about a week ago.

    You ordering the 4x front or rear bumper?

    I think im going to get the coilover kit for my bilsteins from toytec but not sure yet..comes out cheaper than buying a coilover set up but that nothing deffinate just kind of a thought in the back of my head
     
  16. Mar 15, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    TacoMX

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    Just the front for now. I really don't like 4x's rear bumper. I will probably have avid build me a rear bumper similar to the TG rear bumper later down the road.

    But for now it goes: BL off, front bumper, suspension, sliders, rear bumper.
     
  17. Mar 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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    I know i gotta get mine off really soon too! My sliders will be here in a week or two and i wont be able to put them on until after:(
     
  18. Mar 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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    Hey, man since I know how much you love body lifts, I just had to put this up to jerk your chain:D

    94 Nissan w 4" BL!
    :devil:[​IMG]:fenforcer:
     
  19. Mar 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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    TacoMX

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    sexy! :rolleyes:


    new alt:

    IMG_0266.jpg
     
  20. Mar 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    TacoMX

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    got these in the mail today:

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