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Taking a Tacoma around the world, need advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Round the world, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    robssol

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    Where did you get the world map?
    Signal boosters only work when there is a signal to boost. We have a Weboost in our home. Works about 90% of the time. When the tower we are aimed at goes down, signal goes to one bar and we can barely send a text message:(
     
  2. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:27 AM
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    Just got back from Colorado and Utah. Beautiful country out there.
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:32 AM
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    we had it made from a local design shop in Medford Oregon called Sign guys.

    so far the weboost has been okay. We right, boosting a zero signal by 30 decibels is still zero. We’re finding that it may add one bar of stronger service
     
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  4. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:35 AM
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    we’re hoping for another couple of weeks of nice weather to go north to Yellowstone and Badlands and then we’re heading to spend some more time in Utah. Colorado has been a very varied state; from the beautiful mountains to sagebrush flats in between. We’re loving it
     
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  5. Sep 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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    Yeah we didn't go north of I-70 except in Denver due to the smoke from the fires. Excited to go back
     
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  6. Sep 30, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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  7. Oct 1, 2020 at 12:21 PM
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    Thanks for the trip report. It seems that sometimes we spend more time finding a place that won’t be crowded than finding the best place to go. This is especially true of the Cascades near Portland and Seattle. This is why I live in Eastern Wa.
     
  8. Oct 2, 2020 at 12:45 PM
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    Even in the Cascades it’s crazy. We tried to find campsite on Century Drive outside of Bend Oregon on a weekend in August and spent two hours driving around. I’ve been going to that area for 40 years and have never seen it so crowded. I’m thinking it’s a COVID thing
     
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  9. Oct 2, 2020 at 1:14 PM
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    Recently my wife and I got to do an epic Colorado drive up Imogene Pass.

    Considering it was only 11 miles, I figured it couldn’t be that bad considering I’ve driven in the woods for 35 years. Best description I saw that it was an easy Jeep trail to 13,000 feet as a plus we could camp along the way.

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    typical road grade

    In reality, Imogene Pass is an easy trail for Jeeps, but for a loaded down, basically brand new, Tacoma it was challenging. The road is a steep road with some pitches having up to a 30% grade up rock ledges with a 10% outslope. It was a bit nerve-wracking because I don’t know the tip-over point is and I Really don’t want to find out. The road grade was steep enough that I used 4WD with low range in second gear for most of the of the drive. In places I had to go into first gear and engage the rear locking differential in a half a dozen places in order to creep up 12 to 15 inch rock ledges..

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    steep, but straightforward, near the summit

    It took us about 3 1/2 hours to cover the 11 miles including several stops for photos and to allow traffic to pass us. And places the road is very narrow but most of the time it was wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass each other. Probably 90% of the vehicles were Jeeps. We did see two other Tacomas.

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    A technical section with a 25% grade with a 10% out slope, rear lockers engaged

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    Definitely puckered here.

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    now for the downhill to Telluride.

    The views from the top were stunning. And the drive down into Telluride was simply gorgeous in the afternoon sun. To sum it up I’d highly recommend it to people with 4 hours of time, with either a Jeep or a slightly lifted pickup, and a driver who knows how to pick a route through rocky terrain

    more pics on our website
     
  10. Oct 2, 2020 at 2:19 PM
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    That looks like an epic trip!
     
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  11. Oct 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
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    It was for sure for me! My wife not so much, thats why we have such nice photos as she walked probably a mile of it, too far out of her comfort zone
     
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  12. Oct 3, 2020 at 11:39 PM
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    Should add a link to your website in the OP
     
  13. Oct 5, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    good idea!
     
  14. Oct 5, 2020 at 8:51 AM
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    E7991477-BA4B-4643-A369-C440E9109C11.jpg Had a nice stay in Colorado’s second largest city. They have a really nice city park called Garden of the Gods for either a couple hour hike or a quick look-see

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    0D08257D-1AE8-419B-9842-55071652C618.jpgThis is Balanced Rock
     
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  15. Oct 9, 2020 at 12:42 PM
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    Sub'd. Couldn't be more stoked for you guys;stay safe and thank you for keeping us updated!
     
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  16. Oct 10, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    sure thing!
     
  17. Oct 10, 2020 at 5:44 PM
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    I'm looking forward to following you're site's updates. An amazing sounding journey.
     
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  18. Oct 11, 2020 at 9:44 AM
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    Thank you for the kind words. We’re enjoying ourselves exploring CO what a great state and continue to toy with shipping to England in mid-January
     
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  19. Oct 14, 2020 at 9:17 PM
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    So normally posts are generally where someone has successfully completed a mod and is proud to announce it to the world. These two that I have completed have been what i would describe the results as mixed...

    I decided that installing paint protection film over all four doors would help the paint from inevitable scratches brushy roads. While at the same time i also wanted to install security film on the door windows. The idea being that it dramatically increases the break in time.

    Paint Protection Film
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    Here’s the brand of PPF i used.

    If you want to attempt this I’d advise purchasing an installation kit like this:
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    It doesn’t look like much but you’ll need all of the help you can get

    So here’s my advice:

    - do no more than one panel at a time (ie: do only the lower part of the door, save the upper part around the windows for another piece
    - the curved sections along the corners of the doors are the worst.
    - its super important to wash it really, really well and then strip off any wax with dishwashing soap
    - Cut the sheets about an inch wider/longer, you will trim/tuck/fold it later
    - there’s a backing layer that gets peeled off, spray with a slightly soapy water solution as you peel the backing. Spraying the water allows the PPF to be separated if it sticks to itself
    - Spray the solution all over the cleaned panel, then put the PPF on, spray the water on the outside of the PPF as well
    - take your time, start smoothing with the blue card in the middle and slowly work your way out
    - the idea is to squeegee out all of the air bubbles but realize that you're not going to be perfect...
    - It can be peeled off and started over or you can stretch it
    - on corners the hair dryer will slightly shrink it but overheating it will mess it up...
    - on the bottoms of doors leave it about an eighth of an inch too long and wrap it underneath or between the gap in the panels
    - use the hair dryer to activate the glue along the edge where you’re trying to fold it over
    - use a towel to dry up the water along the edge
    - be careful along your fender edges as dirt accumulated in the fenders will wick up under the wrap
    - the bubbles that you missed can be pricked with a pin to let the water/air out and then can be smoothed down, mostly...

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    Getting it ready for rough cutting. I found that taping it in place help cut it roughly to size. Notice the wrinkles in the PPF; these smoothed out just fine

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    Spraying it as i remove the backing layer

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    Notice all the bubbles, they’re the enemy!

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    Here you can see where I’ve smoothed the bubbles and where I haven’t yet

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    My smoother approaching a dreaded fold. The blow dryer helps in shrinking these

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    Hard to see but that a speck of dirt that somehow got underneath. Not much you can do over than peel it back up and try to clean it off. Hint, they like to stay put.

    Overall, i gave myself a C+. Each lower door panel took about an hour. The good news is that it should do the job. But i still see folds underneath the door handles

    Security Film
    In theory applying this should have been easier as this material was 3X the thickness, 4 mils. It actually had stiffness to it. Also i only applied it to flat windows. While applying was indeed much easier the outcome was worse. No matter how may times i washed the window with a clean microfiber cloth. This is what the darkened rear windows looked like:
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    Yup! Spots of dirt, etc that didn’t go away.

    Here’s a closeup:
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    The darkened rear windows showed it the worst. But even the driver and passenger front windows look like its slightly cloudy or dirty. So far I’ve left them on but may peel it off. I give myself a D on this mod
     
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  20. Oct 14, 2020 at 11:02 PM
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    DanaPtTaco Never-ending problems

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    Maybe you could try using a clay bar on the window, thats should get rid of all the particulates that are stuck on there.
     

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