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The Drifter - Specs and FAQ

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Iggy, Mar 26, 2018.

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  1. Mar 3, 2021 at 2:56 PM
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    d.shaw

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    we run a single optima bluetop D31M battery (a northstar would be better) and as i have a 2nd gen have a voltage booster as per this thread

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-northstar-agm-battery-voltage-booster-upgrade.604478/

    i used a overland equipped bracket with a bluesea 12 circuit fuse block, with a bluesea M-LVD (low level disconnect) so it should disconnect the accessories if it senses the battery is low (this should be set so i could then still start the truck...). this runs my aux light bars, fridge, drifter power (lights, fan and usb charging etc) - we carry a noco GB40 as a back up but thus far havent had any problems, we usually move daily thou. if i ever go on some 'real long adventure' ill add solar. my mate drove his tacoma to patagonia (8 months) with a similar setup (single northstar), but with solar - had no problems

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    https://overlandequipped.com/collections/fuse-block-bracket


    we also have a arb awning off the back with the arb 'windshield'

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  2. Mar 3, 2021 at 6:21 PM
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    Twizted

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    stock af, but hover if you think you disagree... RV living: Vagabond Drifter (6' bed) Custom bed cabinet buildout 175w Renogy solar panel 40a Rich Solar MPPT solar controller 1000w Wagan Pure Line inverter Lavaner Pro 2kw diesel heat exchanger Suspension/wheels: Toytec Aluma 2.5 front shocks with resis 13x700 coils (soon 14x700) Toytec Aluma 2.5 rear shocks SPC UCAs Deaver Stage 3 rear leaf springs Wheeler's 3 degree axle shims Wheeler's U-bolt flip Wheeler's Super Bumpstops 18"x9" XD Monster (x5) 275/75/18 Cooper ST MAXX (x5) EBC Stage 3 pads/rotors Electronics: Kenwood DNX773S iDatalink - Maestro RR Stubby Antenna No-name Switchback LEDs Hella Sharptone horns (no relay) Relocated backup camera w/DIY bracket Armor/recovery: BruteForceFab Rear HC w/swingout BAMF Sliders (DOM, 10 degree w/kick out, rattle-canned) BAMF IFS Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Mid Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF TC Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF LCA Skids (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Rear Diff Skid (early model, powder-coated) BAMF CMC Plates US Offroad Winch Bumper Smittybilt X20 10k synthetic rope winch Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners ARB compressor w/air-up kit DIY cowl snorkel ARB rear air-locker Interior: Husky Floor Liners (F&R) Rear 40% seat-delete Hinged fridge platform in place of rear seat Exterior: CaliRaised Low-profile Ditch Light Brackets CaliRaised Side-projecting LED pods CaliRaised Faux TRD Pro Grille Morimoto amber LED fog lights One-of-a-kind 1GRFE plate (second iteration) Removed: OEM Bed Mat CaliRaised bed molle panels
    I did straighten out the knobs today while wiring in the house battery.
    Let there be light!

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  3. Mar 4, 2021 at 9:10 AM
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    alldownhill

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  4. Mar 4, 2021 at 11:07 AM
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    How does the insulation on the tent work? Easy to open and close zippers? How do they roll up to get them out of the way while hanging out inside? Thanks
     
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  5. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    Twizted

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    stock af, but hover if you think you disagree... RV living: Vagabond Drifter (6' bed) Custom bed cabinet buildout 175w Renogy solar panel 40a Rich Solar MPPT solar controller 1000w Wagan Pure Line inverter Lavaner Pro 2kw diesel heat exchanger Suspension/wheels: Toytec Aluma 2.5 front shocks with resis 13x700 coils (soon 14x700) Toytec Aluma 2.5 rear shocks SPC UCAs Deaver Stage 3 rear leaf springs Wheeler's 3 degree axle shims Wheeler's U-bolt flip Wheeler's Super Bumpstops 18"x9" XD Monster (x5) 275/75/18 Cooper ST MAXX (x5) EBC Stage 3 pads/rotors Electronics: Kenwood DNX773S iDatalink - Maestro RR Stubby Antenna No-name Switchback LEDs Hella Sharptone horns (no relay) Relocated backup camera w/DIY bracket Armor/recovery: BruteForceFab Rear HC w/swingout BAMF Sliders (DOM, 10 degree w/kick out, rattle-canned) BAMF IFS Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Mid Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF TC Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF LCA Skids (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Rear Diff Skid (early model, powder-coated) BAMF CMC Plates US Offroad Winch Bumper Smittybilt X20 10k synthetic rope winch Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners ARB compressor w/air-up kit DIY cowl snorkel ARB rear air-locker Interior: Husky Floor Liners (F&R) Rear 40% seat-delete Hinged fridge platform in place of rear seat Exterior: CaliRaised Low-profile Ditch Light Brackets CaliRaised Side-projecting LED pods CaliRaised Faux TRD Pro Grille Morimoto amber LED fog lights One-of-a-kind 1GRFE plate (second iteration) Removed: OEM Bed Mat CaliRaised bed molle panels
    FYI: I do not have a production model of the tent insulation. The zippers do slide just as easily as the zippers for the windows; I believe they're actually the same zippers.
    I actually haven't rolled them yet. We're spending our first night in the Drifter this weekend, so I'll know more after that.

    Also, here's a pic of the knobs all lined up with the lights off:

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    Looks like I need to still straighten them out a bit.
     
  6. Mar 4, 2021 at 2:57 PM
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    Imperial Taco

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    See that I can live with I'll have to see if I get those retro fitted once I'm back.

    And the boarder opens again ....... well I guess I'll see you guys in 202TBD

    Thanks for the pics its much appreciated and man oh man that insulation looks nicer then our homebrew thats forsure but in -25c bigger is better. We also use a webasto and its just amazing !

    Enjoy your 1st night out ! And the many more to come !
     
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  7. Mar 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM
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    Imperial Taco

    Imperial Taco TK421 why aren't you at your post ?

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    Okay so here's the current issue I'm having and I need to make a choice in the next week or so.

    Gears ...... has anyone here regeared there taco ?

    I've got a DCSB OR current 265/70/17s(31s) going to 255/80/17s(33 skinny) cooper st maxx (keeping the T4R offload wheels after we get back. Have a drifter (hence why I'm asking here for a hopefully more specific answers) at 400lbs.

    Going to add the following some steel sliders steel front skid alu Trans & Tcase. Blitz front mini alu bumper with warn vr10s and way down the line duel swing outs on a steel bumper.(300lbs ish total)

    When loaded of a long trip we add about 400lbs ish of kit fuel water + 2 adults at 350ish. 750lbs + 400(drifter) 1150lbs extra weight.

    My issue is I'm forever in 4th at 33 3400rpm on fairly level ground, its quite windy here and my taco is struggling to cruse at 110 - 120Km/h (70-75mph)

    I'm concerned that 4.88s won't be enough with the 33s and weight currently and to be added and 5.29s could be too much so if anyone has a set up close to mine or my current or planned one please chim in !

    I'm looking for your
    RPMs at 70-75 in 5th or 6th
    MPG
    If your top speed will pass 85mph before cutnoff
    If you would do it again with the same gears or go lower / higher

    I have read through both mega threads and they as most on here devolved into a pissing contest and there is so much junk to wade through for little bits of useful info that don't quite fit what I'm looking at.

    Thanks and sorry for the long post. Hard to do on a phone when tired and its 0130.....

    PS no it is not a requirement to regear for a drifter and before I did this trip I was good I just seem to have found a rather specific issue is all.

    Thanks and look forward to your replys (if any)

    Edit: added US units of measure
     
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  8. Mar 4, 2021 at 4:08 PM
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    JasonLee

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    What are your truck specs?
    • Year
    • Engine (2.7, 4.0L)
    • Transmission (auto I assume)
    • Current gearing

    I have found that with the supercharger and 32’s, I don’t need to regear. I’m in and out of the mountain passes in Colorado and I can cruise at 70+ in 5th gear all the way up the pass.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2021 at 9:13 PM
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    I have a 3rd gen with 255/80/17, full set of skids (RCI aluminum), front bumper is steel/aluminum hybrid and the drifter. I re-geared to 5.29 shortly before picking up the drifter and that is definitely what I recommend with your list.

    I've got above 85 mph but I'm not really a fast driver so that isn't a regular thing and I believe the rpms are about 2500 at 70-75. The transmission actually stays in 5th or 6th once you re-gear.
     
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    Imperial Taco TK421 why aren't you at your post ?

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    Ya I definitely forgot to add that sorry eh. (Couldn't resist we don't actually talk like that)

    2018 with the TSB for the trans done
    3.5L with 6sp AT
    Stock gears 3.90 or 3.91 whatever it is.

    Super charger is not an option here right now unfortunately but was a consideration. Also with the traveling 91 and above is not always available so I didn't want that to be my 1st COA premium in € is expensive!!
     
  11. Mar 4, 2021 at 11:42 PM
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    Imperial Taco

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    Thanks for the info its what I was looking for.

    I'm not a fast driver by any comparison here either but 110 - 120kph (70-75mph) cruse is just the norm at home being able to pass is also an issue because the semi trucks here are governed at 100 so its not an issue at home we all know those dudes just send it ! Hence why I wanted to know about 120+ kph (85mph) as I've heard the 5.29s limit you being able to go above that I know with low gears you will loose some top end but I wanted to make sure I could pass if need be.

    How's the MPG with 5.29s (best guess)

    Also anyone do an air dam and find it helped at all ? I know headwinds are gonna slow everything down just wondering if anyones done it and if its worth the time and effort

    Thanks for the replys so far guys much appreciated!
     
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    You haven't been looking at the used vehicle market the past 13 months, have you?
     
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    stock af, but hover if you think you disagree... RV living: Vagabond Drifter (6' bed) Custom bed cabinet buildout 175w Renogy solar panel 40a Rich Solar MPPT solar controller 1000w Wagan Pure Line inverter Lavaner Pro 2kw diesel heat exchanger Suspension/wheels: Toytec Aluma 2.5 front shocks with resis 13x700 coils (soon 14x700) Toytec Aluma 2.5 rear shocks SPC UCAs Deaver Stage 3 rear leaf springs Wheeler's 3 degree axle shims Wheeler's U-bolt flip Wheeler's Super Bumpstops 18"x9" XD Monster (x5) 275/75/18 Cooper ST MAXX (x5) EBC Stage 3 pads/rotors Electronics: Kenwood DNX773S iDatalink - Maestro RR Stubby Antenna No-name Switchback LEDs Hella Sharptone horns (no relay) Relocated backup camera w/DIY bracket Armor/recovery: BruteForceFab Rear HC w/swingout BAMF Sliders (DOM, 10 degree w/kick out, rattle-canned) BAMF IFS Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Mid Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF TC Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF LCA Skids (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Rear Diff Skid (early model, powder-coated) BAMF CMC Plates US Offroad Winch Bumper Smittybilt X20 10k synthetic rope winch Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners ARB compressor w/air-up kit DIY cowl snorkel ARB rear air-locker Interior: Husky Floor Liners (F&R) Rear 40% seat-delete Hinged fridge platform in place of rear seat Exterior: CaliRaised Low-profile Ditch Light Brackets CaliRaised Side-projecting LED pods CaliRaised Faux TRD Pro Grille Morimoto amber LED fog lights One-of-a-kind 1GRFE plate (second iteration) Removed: OEM Bed Mat CaliRaised bed molle panels
    Traded in @OneGiraffe's 2013 back in August for our purchase price ($28k at a dealership) after a couple years, and about 30k more miles. Couldn't turn down that offer.
     
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    I just posted about this in the Drifter mod thread. All you need are the L-track studs, scrap aluminum and quick fists. I just bent the aluminum by putting it in a table vice and hammer. Suprisingly it’s very secure. On the trail it doesn’t hit the Drifter wall at all or even comes close

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    Thank you!!!! I must have totally missed that ‍
     
  20. Mar 5, 2021 at 11:09 AM
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    Yea them prices are bananas these days. However, someone would have to offer me a lot of money for me to give up my truck...
     
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