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The Getaway...Crom's build and adventures

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Crom, Feb 11, 2015.

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  1. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:06 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    2009 4x4 DCSB Camp Supreme
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    Toyota Tacoma 2009, 4x4, TRD Off-Road,
    • Bought new May 31, 2009.
    • Daily driver for seven (7) years and 68,336 miles, now retired
    • Dedicated to recreation and adventuring.
    Truck is a means to an end
    • I like to explore deep into public lands, and enjoy off-road, back-country adventures.
    • Family camping, and nature enjoyment is a priority.
    • Most of the mods I've done were to increase owner-value, and utility of the truck.


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    Trail Armor / Reinforcements
    Stubbs HD-SKO Rock Sliders, June 2009
    Total Chaos Cam tab gussets, Nov 2015
    Total Chaos Bedside Stiffeners, Oct 2016
    Rear frame plates installed; rear is boxed in, Oct 2016
    Relentless Fabrication Aluminum Tailgate skin, Oct 2016
    Brute Force Fab High-Clearance Bumper, Before mounting Fold down table Modding the hitch Oct 2016
    Spindle reinforcement, by SD Truck Shop, Dec 2016
    Diff Skid by BAMF, Nov 2017
    Full Alum Skids, Pelfrey, Feb, 2018


    Cargo Storage and Control
    A.R.E. MX Shell with Yakima cargo rack, Summer 2012
    Yakima 58" Cargo bars installed, Oct 2016
    How to attach quick fists to Yakima load bars, May 2014
    BajaRack Flat utility rack with expanded steel mesh floor, Summer of 2012
    BajaRack 2.0, Dec 2015
    L-Track Cargo control system, Also here, and here, Jan 2015
    Cargo Eye-bolts for Tacoma Track rail system, Jan 2013
    Pelican Case Trash Box, May 2013
    Shell / Canopy ceiling organizer / wire rope hanger system, Aug 2015
    Catch all bin, back of the truck, Dec. 2015
    Inno Ridge Rooftop Cargo Box - 8 cu ft - Gloss Black, 2018

    General Mods
    400 Watt Inverter all time, extended DC, AC outlets, Oct 2009
    Trimmed front mud flaps, Rear got ripped off by rock, Aug 2010
    Rear Diff Breather mod, July 2011
    Oil Catch Can, Sept. 2012
    Custom Vent for shell, July 2014
    ImMrYo Rear-View mirror Bracket, July 2012
    Fumoto Oil drain valve, July 2012
    CA state Vehicle registration changed from "PK" to "PM", March 2013
    Exhaust trim, May 2013
    Custom Reflectix Window shades, May 2013
    Air Conditioning Condensate Drain Extension, Aug 2014
    Installed Speed Bleeder brake screws, Mar 2015
    Front seat head rest modification, bend stanchions, July 2015
    ARB Fridge lid holder, Aug 2015
    Grip tape on rock sliders, Aug 2015
    Modify spare tire locator tabs, Aug 2015
    Relocate spare tire elevator back 1", Oct 2015
    Install Aux battery hold down, Oct 2015
    License Plate theft deterrent mod, Oct 2015
    Auxiliary secondary door seals, Nov 2015
    Extended Brake Lines, Dec 2015
    Energy Suspension Tacoma Body bushing kit, Aug. 2016
    Cut bedside sheet metal out of the way, passenger, driver, Oct 2016
    Paint bedside cuts, Oct 2016
    EZ Down tailgate assist (Custom), Oct 2016
    Carpet added to Relentless tailgate skin, Nov 2016
    Tacoma exhaust crossover reroute, Feb 2018

    Interior Mods
    Weathertech Floor mats, 2009
    Window Tint Explained, 2010
    Anytime Red dome light
    LED Dome light
    , Oct 2015
    New Cover King Seat Covers, May 2016
    Headrest Paracord Grab Handles, May 2016
    The Crazy Joker Quick Release hitch pins for rear seats, Oct 2016

    RAM Mounts
    RAM Dash Mount on Stereo for Electronic Accessories, May 2016
    RAM Dash Mount in the drivers left corner, June 2016
    Extreme-Duty Tacoma Tech Deck installed, June 2016
    Cell phone and Garmin cradle adapted for Ram, June 2016
    Cell phone cradle adapted for Ram, July 2016


    Sound Proof the Interior
    Sound proof back doors, Nov 2015
    Sound proof back pass door, Nov 2015
    Sound proof front passenger door, Feb 2016
    Sound proof drivers door, Feb 2016
    Sound proof the roof, ceiling, Mar 2016
    Sound proof project complete part list and prices, Mar 2016
    Sound proof 1/2 back wall and drivers "C" pillar, Mar 2016
    Sound Proof 1/2 back wall and passenger "C" pillar, May 2016
    Sound proofing project - Pros / Cons Thoughts and Review, April 2016


    Shelters and Camping Gear
    Kodiak 10x10 VX Tent, here,
    Kodiak Tent pole, T-Pole modification
    Monk Industries Forged Tent stakes
    Zero dollar awning (5x7 version)
    Zero dollar awning (8x10 version)
    10x10 slant leg popup canopy
    Mity Lite Flex Lite Aluminum Folding Chairs
    Camp Kitchen Tool Box
    Road Shower, May 2013
    Camp Showers, all six of them, 2016
    ARB 50q fridge, June 2013
    Modding the ARB Fridge to enhance efficiency, July 2016
    Zodi Extreme shower, July 2015
    Fold down table, Nov 2016
    On Board Water, Feb 2017

    Tools & Off-Road recovery gear
    48" Hi-Lift & Roof Rack Mount-March 2013
    Lotus Development Lift Jack Rock Slider Adapter
    The O. Ghost Ship Hi-Lift Foot shoe
    ARB Twin Air Compressor portable, and here.
    ARB Tire inflator with gauge
    ARB Tire inflator with gauge (improved)
    Teraflex Tire deflators
    Viair 90P Air Compressor
    Polar Wire, Arctic Superflex Blue, 20' 2 AWG Jumper Cables, Manufacturer link
    Reserve / Emergency Fuel Transport - Gas Can
    Emergency tire tools
    Hand tools
    Cargo straps
    Fire Extinguisher 5-lb
    Mechanics Stethoscope Kit
    Astro Rivnut tool
    CTEK MUS 4.3 battery charger
    Lithium Jump Pack | Aux portable 5v charger

    Communications
    Kenwood TM-V71A VHF / UHF Radio - Summer 2013
    Larsen NMO 2/70B Dual band antenna, Summer 2013
    Larsen NMO 2/70B Dual band antenna Rehab, Dec 2015
    Satellite tracking device
    Scanner Antenna and VHF / UHF Radio, April 2016

    Electrical Auxiliary Battery
    Everstart Maxx Group 24F Starting Battery, Sept. 2015
    Everstart Group 24DC Auxiliary Battery, April, 2016
    Tacoma Auxiliary power system 3.0 (rebuilt and remounted)
    75 Watt solar panels, and CTEK D250S DC-DC charger & MPPT controller - summer of 2013
    New Electrical System Diagram 6-6-2016
    Old Electrical System Diagram
    Second Auxiliary Fuse Block added, in Cab
    Auxiliary Battery Location and hold down, and Battery box
    Aux LCD Battery monitor
    Soldering and crimping 4 AWG ring terminals / lugs, Mar 2016
    Unlimited Auxiliary Power in the dash
    Auxiliary Power at rear of truck, 2020

    Electrical Mods
    DTRL Switch, April 2010
    Anytime Red LED map light, Summer 2011
    ABS Kill switch, Summer 2011
    LED lighting for shell interior, Jan 2013
    Aux Side Turn Signal Repeaters / Markers Mod - 2010


    ARB Twin Air Compressor Install
    ARB Twin mounted and wiring done,
    Mar 2016
    Hot wired the compressor, Mar 2016
    ARB Twin mounted to aluminum plate, Installed, Mar 2016
    4 AWG wiring install from engine bay to back of cab, Mar 2016
    Air compressor ground wire, Mar 2016
    Air compressor fuse holder, Mar 2016
    Complete project parts list, Mar 2016
    Heat test after 10 min run time, Mar 2016
    Air Compressor relay, circuit breaker, Mar 2016
    Air Hose pictures, 2015
    Passing airline through bulkhead (back wall), Mar 2016
    Air line installed and quick disconnect in hitch, Mar 2016
    Aluminum mounting plate, Mar 2016
    Air line filter, Jan 2017

    Wheels & Tires
    Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains 255/85/R16 load range E Aug, 2015 Tar Pics here!
    4Runner Limited Wheels, Feb. 2016, here, and here.
    4Runner Limited reconditioned wheel for spare, Oct 2016
    Denso TPMS Sensors, Feb. 2016
    Dynabeads for dynamic tire balancing Aug, 2015
    5-Tire Rotation pattern and calculated tire wear, Sep, 2016
    Valve Caps, 2017

    Clearancing for Larger tires
    Wheelers 1/4" bump stop shims in the front, July 2016
    Cab Mount Chop (CMC), Oct 2016
    Beat the pinch weld flat with a sledge hammer, July 2016
    Notes on rubbing and clearance, Oct 2016


    Steering & Suspension
    Front: Bilstein 6112, Dec 2016
    Rear.: Bilstein RCD/BE5-B110-T5 Shock, Dec 2015
    Camburg Ball Joint UCA's, June 2016
    Wheeler's Polyurethane Super Bump Stops Front and Rear.
    How I measured for proper bump stop height.
    Why I switched from twin-tube shocks to Monotube shocks.
    OME Dakar Leaf Pack with D29XL and 3* axle shim
    All Pro U-Bolt flip, and here
    Solving the Dakar Leaf Spring Squeak (obsoleted by post below)
    Dakar Leaf Spring Maintenance (holes drilled for isolators), Oct 2016
    100% Reinforced and refurbished Factory Lower Control Arms (LCA's)
    Duralast Tie rods inner & outer 71,116 miles, Dec. 2016
    Flex Test and measurements, Jan 2017
    Measure Rear Flex, Jan 2017
    Leaf spring shackle explaination, and rubber bushing binding, Jan 2017
    Compression vs. Tension shackle, a technical explanation, Jan 2017
    Greasable leaf spring shackle (modified OEM), Jan 2017

    Drive line
    How to measure and calculate drive line angles
    Drive line angles measured.
    Fully rebuilt drive shaft is in, Oct 2016
    Torquing Drive Shaft bolts proper. (65 ft.lbf)


    Maintenance Corner
    The ongoing war on dust intrusion, 2009-2016

    Solved Body Creak noise under warranty, 2009
    Steering Intermediate Shaft Replaced TSB-0119-10, July 2010
    Rear Diff Gasket replaced under warranty @ 20K miles, May 2011
    Dealer replaced starting battery, May 2011
    Did the big 30K mile maintenance myself. Denso plugs went in. Mobile 1 Diff Oil went in diffs and xfer case
    I do oil changes myself using Fumoto drain valve every 5K and use Toyota filter
    Clean Throttle body, mass air flow sensor, 31K miles, Aug. 2012
    Greased both LCA bolts and sleeves, Nov. 2013
    Replaced Serpentine Belt at (5) years, 50K miles because it was fun, new Bando 7PK2120 Belt went in.
    Flushed Coolant at (5) years, 50K miles, because it was fun. Zerex Asian went in.
    Flushed Transmission Fluid, 54,840 miles, because it was fun. Valvoline MaxLife went in.
    Flushed Brake Fluid with DOT 4, 55,165 miles, because it was fun. DOT 4 Valvoline went in.
    Front brake pads replaced, 55,106 miles, Duralast Gold pads went on, March 2015
    New all steel lug nuts, 2014
    Paint inside boxed section of frame, Nov. 2014
    Seal holes in front boxed section of frame with duck tape, Nov. 2014
    Performed 60K mile maintenance, Aug. 2015
    Toyota Starting battery died, replaced with EverStart Maxx 24F, Sept. 2015
    Bent factory CAM tabs, Oct 2015
    New Factory Headlights, Nov 2015
    Wash and Wax, Nov 2015
    Replaced stripped camber bolt, Nov 2015
    Paint axle housing and rock sliders, Dec 2015
    Clean inside tailgate, Jan 2016
    Performed 64K mile maintenance, Jan. 2016
    Repairing the door actuator, Feb. 2016
    Replaced HVAC Blower Motor resistor, Mar. 2016
    Replaced broken tail light (my fault), Mar. 2016
    Pressing LCA bushings, with bottle jack and torch, June 2016
    Changing the oil in the Tacoma V6, July 2016
    Electrolytic Rust Removal (Electrolysis), Aug 2016
    Replace Center Support Bearing on Drive shaft, Sep 2016
    Painted exhaust and muffler, Oct 2016
    Internal tailgate repair, Oct 2016
    Remove spindle, Dec 2016
    ECGS Diff CV Bushing, Dec 2016
    Front End Rebuild, Dec 2016
    Clinical Post-mortem pathology re: sudden Schrader Valve Core Deaths, Feb. 2017
    Flush power steering Fluid, Feb. 2017
    Loose hub bolt, Oct 2017
    5-Tire rotation, Feb 2018
    Change Oil, June 2018

    Reference Material
    Brake Parts

    Silly mods
    The Calcium Carbonate Mod
    Smencils
    How to convert the Tacoma to Front Wheel Drive (FWD)!
    Magnet mod for 5-7+ HP

    Retired, Obsolete, worn out, or reversed modifications
    Duratrac Tires LT265/75/R16 Load range "C", Aug. 2011- Aug. 2015
    JBA HD UCA May-Sept 2015
    OME 90021 nitro charger shocks.
    OME N182 Nitrocharger reach shock
    Energy Suspension performance polyurethane radiator support bushings, Aug 2015
    Old OME Dakar Leaf Pack custom configuration with D29XL AAL and overload removed and here, here , here and here.
    7-pin trailer plug relocated into bumper, June 2009
    Bilstein 5100 shock and OME 885 coil, Dec 2015

    Places I've visited
    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Dec. 2009
    Death Valley NP, Nov. 2009
    Joshua Tree NP, Jumbo Rocks, 2009
    Yosemite NP, White Wolf, 2009

    Campo, CA Ride along with DHS Agent, Feb. 2010
    Pine Valley, CA April 2010
    White Mountains, Inyo, National Forest, CA 2011
    Death Valley NP, August 2011
    Jacumba Mountains BLM, Feb. 2012
    Green Valley Falls, Cuyamaca Mountains, Nov. 2012
    Agua Caliente County campground San Diego, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park., Feb 2013
    Pinyon Mountain Valley, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Feb 2013
    Bass Lake, CA Western Sierras, June 2013
    Yosemite NP, July 2013
    Joshua Tree NP, Jumbo Rocks, October 2013
    Agua Caliente County campground San Diego, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Feb 2014
    Santa Rosa Truck Trail, NF, May 2014
    Western Sierras Lake camping, June 2014
    Chariot Canyon, Rodriguez Canon, Anza-Borrego, Borrego fest OAUSA, Oct. 2014
    Joshua Tree NP, jumbo rocks, Oct 2014
    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Nov 2014
    Otay Mountain Truck Trail, Nov 2014
    Death Valley NP, Dec 2014
    In-Ko-Pah Mountains, May 2015
    Sierra Nat'l Forest / Yosemite Nat'l Park, June 2015
    Inyo Nat'l Forest, Primitive camp, 10,000' alpine lake, July 2015
    Table Mountain BLM / Laguna Mountain Cleveland Nat'l Forest July 2015
    Mount Laguna Recreation Area, September 2015
    Lake Murray, Oct. 2015
    J-Tree NP, & Bouldering Oct. 2015
    Berdoo Canyon Road, Oct. 2015
    Berdoo Camp, Oct 2015
    Pie for the People, Oct 2015
    Cabazon, CA Oct. 2015
    Sheephead Mountain, San Diego County, CA, Nov. 2015
    In-Ko-Pah, BLM land, Nov. 2015
    Anza-Borrego Desert, Nov 2015
    Death Valley Part 1, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Part 2, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Part 3, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Part 4, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Part 5, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 4 part 1, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 4 part 2, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 4, part 3, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 4 part 4, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 5, part 1, Dec. 2015
    Death Valley Day 5, part 2, Dec. 2015
    Exploring Upper Desert, San Diego County Jan, 2016
    Borrego Palm Canyon - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Jan. 2016
    Font's Point - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Jan. 2016
    Family Camp Site - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Jan. 2016
    Galleta Metal Sculptures - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Jan. 2016
    Mountain Spring Stagecoach Trail - Anza-Borrego South, Jan 2016
    Balboa Park, Mar 2016
    In-Ko-Pah Mountains, Mar 2016
    Mojave Road with Friends, April 2016
    Mojave Road with Friends part 2, April 2016
    Mojave Road with Friends part 3, April 2016
    Mojave Road with Friends part 5, April 2016
    Lake Tioga, Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, June 2016
    Fossil Falls, CA, July 2016
    Crowley Lake, July 2016
    Convict Lake, July 2016
    Mammoth Hot Springs, July 2016
    Laws Train Museum, Bishop, CA, July 2016
    Silver Canyon, CA, July 2016
    White Mountains & Ancient Great Basin Bristlecone pine forest, Part #2 July 2016
    Volcanic Tablelands, Aug 2016
    Mammoth Hot Creek Geological Site, Part #2, Aug 2016
    Bishop Creek, Lake Sabrina, Aug 2016
    Bishop Creek, North Lake, Buttermilk Boulders Part #2 Aug 2016
    Keogh Hot Springs, Alabama hills, Aug 2016
    Desert View Tower, Boulder Park, Jacumba Mountain Wilderness, Sept 2016
    Exploring the Mojave National Preserve with "Diet Taco", Nov 2016


    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Part 1
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Part 2
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Part 3
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Part 4
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Part 5 - Zabriskie Point

    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 3, part 1
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 3, part 2
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 3, part 3
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 4 - The Ranch Resort
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 4 - Badwater Basin
    Death Valley Nov. 2016 a Family Adventure Day 4 - Crossing the Panamint Mountain Range

    Sea to Summit - New Years Day Adventure Part 1 2017
    Sea to Summit - New Years Day Adventure Part 2 2017
    Sea to Summit - New Years Day Adventure Part 3 2017


    Anza-Borrego 2017 January Part 1
    Anza-Borrego 2017 January Part 2
    Eastern Sierra's and 395 adventure, Summer 2017
    Anza-Borrego 2017 August
    Joshua Tree NP & Mojave Nat'l Preserve. Oct 2017


    Anza-Borrego 2018 Feb
    Anza-Borrego 2018 Feb Family Camp
    Sonoran Desert Scramble, April 2018

    TO DO LIST
    Go camping

    Install gas tank skid

    Relocate backup camera

    Front Bumper, maybe
    Bypass internal transmission / radiator cooler (prevent pink milshake of doom) 2019

    Boat sides, maybe

    Energy Suspension 8.10106G Rack and Pinion Bushing Set, Instructions, writeup
    Replace front diff drain plug with Lexus part # 90341-24016
     
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  2. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Millions
    In 2012 I added a shell. It's an A.R.E. MX with Yakima roof rack and windoors on both sides, with fold down glass (so I can wash the trucks back windows). I applied black Vinyl wrap to the rear door.

    In the thermonuclear heat of the summer of 2014 I added a roof vent for the shell.

    I used some Reflectix insulation to make window shades for the shell.

    I also made some window shades for the back windows to use when my kids need a nap while on road trips. They are pressed into place, and rolled up and stowed behind the head rests when not in use.

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  3. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:17 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    In the fall of 2012, I had a custom order placed directly with BajaRack. I had them build a flat utility roof rack with expanded steel mesh floor. It has proven to be exceptionally useful to me in my travels. I had some initial fitment issues with the brackets, and had to have them take back the rack and straighten it, but all of my issues were addressed and I am very happy with it. Hard to remember, but I do recall weighing the rack and it was about 50 lbs.

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    BajaRack 2.0
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  4. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM
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    zscott

    zscott Well-Known Member Vendor

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    Looking forward to this. Your uses are similar to mine in many ways and you always have good information to offer.
     
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  5. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:32 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    The Yakima roof rack on the topper holds many things for my trips. Always attached is a 4' section of ABS with a mechanical test plug on the end. It's attached using u-bolts and alum angle. Very solid connection, and zero problems with it. I use it to keep my steel tent poles in there. The poles are for our 10x10 Kodiak tent.

    The rack also holds (2) Mity Lite Flex Lite Folding Chairs, and 48" Hi-Lift off road jack, and a full size shovel.

    On extended trips the rack holds the the Road Shower.

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  6. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Electrical System Diagram

    I carry (full time) 75 watt solar panels. The panels are actually (3) panels wired in parallel. I framed them in 3/4" offset aluminum angle using some roofing sealant. This fit my requirement of long and skinny. Panel cost was about $110.

    I'm using nylon 550 para cord to hold them down. Initially I wanted the ability to remove the panels to manage them, but I quickly realized that managing panels sucks. It's much better to just mount and forget.

    I used black vinyl electrical tape around the edges of the aluminum angle, therefor my solar panels do not attract attention from people walking by. So many people I stunned when I tell them I have panels permanently attached to my roof, they never seem to see them or notice until I have them step up on sliders and have them take a look!

    The solar panels are wired to a CTEK Dual 250S unit.

    The CTEK is connected to both batteries. All charging, either by vehicle alternator or solar, is fully automatic due to the CTEK. It's really that simple. Zero maintenance. If you can connect the wires, it will do all of the work for you.

    It is the best product available on the market for a dual battery setup. It's a DC-DC charger and MPPT solar controller in one. The second battery I carry weighs 50 lbs. and is in a battery box in the truck bed strapped down on the drivers side. It is a walmart EverStart Maxx 101 Amp Hour deep cycle battery. Cost was about $100 for battery. My battery philosophy is buy cheap, use and abuse, and replace every 5 years.

    My charging system has operated flawlessly and has remained maintenance free for almost (3) years now.

    Solar panels.
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    CTEK Dual 250S
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    My aux battery and a cheap tool box where the CTEK lives along with a blue sea 6-circuit fuse block.
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  7. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:55 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    In 2009 when my truck was a month old I ordered some Stubbs HD-SKO sliders. Very beefy sliders. I had my buddy weld them up. I've been very happy with them over the years. I want to say they weighed 40 lbs. for each side.

    When they get real beat up after long trips, I just clean them up, slip a piece of cardboard between the truck body and sliders and hit them with Krylon. Easy peasy.

    This 5-year old photo was just after a long trip in Death Valley.

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    After another trip to DV (Dec. 2014)
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    After the $6.00 Krylon treatment.

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  8. Feb 11, 2015 at 2:58 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Every off-road driver who drives on rocky trails should do this next mod and that's trim the tail pipe. As I recall, two minutes with a fresh blade and no more tail pipe to crush. I know it's quite common to cut it right after the axle downturn, but I wanted to retain the last hanger. I cleaned up the sharp edges with a file for safety. :)

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  9. Feb 11, 2015 at 3:26 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    I earned my amateur radio license in April 2013, and upgraded to General class in December 2013. I wanted it for the ability to reach out for help in the event of an emergency while out of cell phone range. I quickly mastered the VHF / UHF radio programming, and radio technology hurdles. I made some contacts, but I have never got into the ham radio scene... For me its about proficiency in operation and utility... not a hobby for talking. :D

    It's a Kenwood TM-V71A VHF / UHF Radio. I like it very much.

    My radio install has a funny story behind it. It was June 10, 2013 and around 10pm I told my wife I was going into the garage to work on the radio project. I worked until the sun came up! :D The work needed to get done and with my busy schedule it was the only way.

    For radio installs, I have a different approach than most. I require that whenever possible, parts be mounted so that they are serviceable. For the radio head, it's connected with a 10' control cable, and it's mounted with velcro and rests either by my transmission shifter, or I move it to my dash when on trips. By being movable, I can sit anywhere in the truck and still operate the radio. The mic cord reaches as well as the external speakers if necessary.

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    The radio body is mounted with zip ties underneath the drivers seat. I ripped out the seat and put it on the tailgate so I could have space to work.

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    The coax is routed from roof rack where antenna is mounted down the backside of the cab and under the rear of the truck and up through a rubber grommet under the drivers chair. I fed power from the aux battery in the bed of the truck and followed the coax and through the same hole. Thus, my radio can be run while the truck is off and I have no fear of running the starting battery down.

    Antenna is a Larsen NMO 2/70B. It is a wonderful antenna.

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    The furthest contact I've made with the radio was through a repeater, 141 miles.

    I also modified the radio by cutting a wire and popping out a resistor in the radio. So in the event of a emergency, I am not hardware restricted to Amateur radio bands.

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  10. Feb 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    In Jan-Feb of 2015 I went nuts with L-Track and installed it in strategic locations in my truck bed. It is a serious approach to cargo control, IMO.

    L-Track is made from extruded aluminum. The tracks come in 2", 6", 12", 24", 48" sizes. It is very easy to cut, shape, drill because aluminum is easy to work with. The cargo fittings come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Fittings are good for 1,500 WLL pull. I initially did this for my ARB fridge, then I decided to put it everywhere else.

    A picture of a 2" section of L-Track

    I bought mine from U.S. Cargo Control

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  11. Feb 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    I have an ARB fridge which I use for trips. It is extremely convenient and it works very well. I secure it to the truck with straps and it's security locked with a bike lock as a backup in case I forget to lock the truck shell. When I pull out the fridge, the L-track fittings pop right out. So easy.

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    This is a test
     
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Here are some more photos of the L-Track install. They are mounted between the ribs of the truck bed. They are almost flush with the adjacent ribs, it's about 90% flush. I I had everything bolted in, I put back the bed mat and cut it. I strategically thought this out and I wanted 12" sections of the L-Track. For each 12" section there are three mounting bolts. I used all stainless hardware, 3/4" flat head machine screws, nylon luck nuts and 1+1/4" fender washers.

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    Here it is with the bed mat put back and holes cut, My 4.5 year old daughter helped me every step of the way.


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    I store the cargo fittings in the back of the truck until they're needed and move them. So easy.

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    I mounted some L-Track to the front of the bed, for this I had to use special rivnuts for plastics. I made my own tool for pulling the rivnuts. It got the job done. If you notice the fitting in the picture below, it's 90* out of the track, in other words it's not secure. This was courtesy of my 4.5 year old helper. :D
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    This is what the rivnuts look like after they've been pulled, they crush and form a tight mechanical bond. If installed correctly they won't move and the stainless screws thread in and tighten up just fine.

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    In order to pull a rivet nut, there are special tools that greatly help. I didn't have the money to buy one so I built the one pictured below.
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    Not all rivet nuts are created the same, Here is a link the ones I used. I got them at McMaster-Carr

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    I made my own hi-lift mount with some simple U-bolts. Stanley Part number V2193. 5/16" x 1-3/8" x 2-1/2" I bolted the hi-lift to the Yakima bars and after 100's of miles off-road I can say it worked immaculately. I think I'm into my mounts for $4.50.

    I cut some pvc mat and padded the yakima bars, I just zip tied that stuff on and it's still good almost 2-years later! :D

    I only mount the hi-lift for off-road family trips when the back of the truck is full! If I'm by myself, there is plenty of room in the back of the truck to strap it down.

    I keep a small ratchet and 10mm deep socket in my center console for when I need to mount / dismount the hi-lift. Pretty easy and very secure.

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    I also have a slider adapter for the hi-lift and I can say that product works great too!

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  15. Feb 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM
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    Sweet truck!

    Thanks for the info regarding the L-Track. Just got some installed in my truck on the weekend.
     
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    In 2010 I added to my truck Aux blinkers. They are LED's which are spliced into the factory wiring harness for the turn signals. For safety I wanted cars next to me to see my signals. Toyota was dumb to not do this in 2009, so I had to mod it and make it better. I know they put turn signals into mirrors these days but they did not back in 2009.

    The LED's cost me $10 each, and have operated perfectly with zero maintenance all this time. When I did the install I fully waterproofed everything and made sure everything was perfect. I wrote this up as a DIY mod:

    Side Turn Signal Repeaters / Markers Mod

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    In 2009 on my first off-road trip in the rocks I almost ripped off the 7-pin trailer connector. So next weekend, I busted out the bi-metal hole saw and cut a hole in the factory bumper and relocated the 7-pin trailer connector. Cut a hole and move it. Done!

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  19. Feb 11, 2015 at 5:13 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Thank you very much. Love your racks, BTW! Very ingenious.
    Thanks. You're welcome!
    :)
     
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  20. Feb 11, 2015 at 5:25 PM
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    I've always loved your truck. Sub'ed to hopefully copy some of your ideas.
     
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