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The Rock Lobster

Discussion in '4Runner Builds' started by steezemcqueen, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Dec 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM
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    This thing is awesome man. The sesame street guy cracked me up.
     
  2. Dec 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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    Damn i guess you weigh more than me haha. I haven't got it weighed yet but i am estimating right around 5000lbs under the normal everyday setup.

    I've been trying to convince myself its only money for a long time. I think i may have finally done it haha

    Thanks man! I'm gonna try and post some more updates in here today.
     
  3. Dec 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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    yea i weighted about 5800lbs with just stuff for me..if i have a 2nd person..their gear and two dogs..well over 6000lbs then..ha

    and i still haven't added a belly skid..or my 35s..im a fat ass...haha

    But yea! id say you've done a good job at that :p haha
     
  4. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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    Next up, i went to the 2013 Rock Therapy event in Moab. Truck wheeled awesome and went up pretty much whatever i pointed it at.

    Driving through Glenwood Canyon
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    Arrived in Moab about 10pm in the rain
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    All the trucks getting ready to run Hells Revenge
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    Stalking 4-Ripcord
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    Hells Gate
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    On Top of the World with Sierra Expeditions and ARB
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    Yep its straight down like 1000 feet
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    All the trucks lined up
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    Oh god i'm blind
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  5. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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    After Moab, Holy Cross has been on my list of trails to do for a long time. I got invited by Bob (NYCO), Eric (CoTacoTrd), and Jace (lotsoftoys).

    For some reason i didn't think to charge my DSLR battery just used my phone to take video so these pictures are all courtesy of Bob

    Near the beginning of the trail
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    Jace up the 1st obstacle
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    Eric heating up his tires
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    Myself
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    Winching was needed on the 2nd obstacle for most of the group. It was pretty tricky since you had to hug the rock wall on the right and try and turn in as much as possible. The long wheel base of the Tacos made it challenging.
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    Kinda shows how close you had to hug the wall
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    Eric with a nice wheel stand
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    Cameron getting twisted
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    Getting the Lobster to stretch its legs
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    The 80 made it look easy
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    Bob pulling himself up
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    Next up was French Creek. This is one of the main obstacles on the trail. There are a couple different lines you can take through it but really only one is possible on IFS. The line on the left is really the only option but there is a rock that sticks out and you will eat your quarter panel if you aren't careful.

    Jace was the 1st to head up. The quarter panel muncher is the one Cameron is standing on.
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    Using the slider to pivot around the rock
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    Cameron was up next
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    My turn.
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  6. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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    Continued...

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    Of since i am stupid, i had to try the hard line up the middle.

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    It was just too much without bigger tires and a front locker so i backed off and took the same line as Jace and Cameron.

    After the creek we turned around since not everyone was going to make it past.

    Coming back down. I attempt to take the left line but i was going to crunch a door for sure so i figured dropping down the middle was safer. Not sure if that ended up being true or not but my doors made it through fine.

    On a side note, did you know that a ODL antenna mount will bend about 90 degrees if you catch it on a rock in just the right spot? :lmao:

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    Photos rarely capture how big some obstacles are.
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    Thats all for now. I have some videos i will post up and I'll probably steal some more pictures from other people and post them here too :)

    Thanks again guys for the invite and to NYCO for his awesome photo taking abilitys
     
  7. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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    God i wanna do Holy cross after that trip report i saw..looks so bad ass.
     
  8. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    I picked up a 42 inch double row light bar and wanted to mount it on the roof. I sat it on the roof rack but felt it was too far back. I have plans to build a full length roof rack but i'm impatient and wanted the light bar up there now :D.

    I grabbed some 2x1/8 plate and made up some brackets to mount the bar. After mocking them up, i think a 44 inch bar would be the perfect length for the roof of a 3rd gen but i'll have to make to with a 42 inch :rofl:

    Here is what i came up for the mounts
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    They aren't perfect as i did them by hand with a angle grinder, welder and mostly just eyeballed it. Do i care? Not even a little bit.

    On the truck
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    They sit behind the weatherstrip and rain gutter and are secured with 2 self tappers per side.
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    Wiring runs to the passenger side and its grounded to one of the self tappers
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    Positive wire runs down the rain gutter to the fender where it runs under the hood to the relay. No holes were drilled in the roof to run the wires. Less holes, less chance of a leak.
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    All done!
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    Now what everyone wants to see! :)

    Its hard to get an accurate picture of the beam output. This was the best i could do.

    Low beam. 55w HID projector retrofit
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    High beam
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    High beam and light bar
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  9. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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    And this brings us to the most recent update

    First off, i got rear ended about 3 weeks ago by a kamikaze Subaru. I was stopped in traffic on the highway and she hit me doing about 30

    Her car
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    And the Lobster
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    It did end up tweaking the swing out hinge. I was never really happy with how that ended up when i built the bumper so i decided to use this as an excuse to make it better

    First i cut out all the old hinge and made the mounts for the heims much taller.
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    I also added another tube on the swingout and moved the heims further apart so there would be less leverage on them. All the mounts are now made from 1/4 instead of the 3/16's i used before.
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    During the rebuild, the weather hadn't made it much above the single digits so progess has pretty much stopped for a couple weeks. This past weekend i finished it for the most part

    All done (ish)
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    Since i'm never actually finished with any project i do, i will eventually make the other side match and devise the hold open pin. But since i am a lazy person, i have convinced myself that it works better than it did and i'm happy with it for now :D

    In other news, I picked up a pair of spot fog lights to replace the floods in the bumper that really don't project light far enough to do much.
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    And i upgraded the rear shocks to some ICON VS 2.0 resi's
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    They are the 05+ Tacoma shocks which are the perfect length for my setup. I did have ICON custom valve them for my 4Runner and the extra weight i have. They ride freaking AWESOME.

    Thats pretty much it until i break something again or decide to take a torch to the IFS :D
     
  10. Dec 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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    best sticker yet.

    i actually think I want one, much more classy than the jeep roll me over

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  11. Dec 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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    Haha yeah it's one of my favorites. I think I have another one already made. Pm me your address and I'll throw it in the mail
     
  12. Dec 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    I would love you forever...its probably not even worth it to send the 49 cents or whatever for a letter to shit.

    how about if i give you some beers and a pepe touch in moab ;)
     
  13. Dec 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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    Seabass I need to go return some videotapes...

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    Great rig and nice pics! :drool:
     
  14. Dec 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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    Just the beers por favor :D
     
  15. Dec 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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  16. Dec 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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    I got da stickerz! Pretty dam funny ones in there too!

    i have my own "if you can read this..." sticker, so clearly im a rock crawler now
     
  17. Feb 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM
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    Look at build!
    :eek: That is all... :D
    Cannot wait to throw the taco box in my rig & 35's! Sounds like I should be ok for now anyway, im tired of seeing this axle on the floor of the shop and a perfectly good plasma beside it :cool:
     
  18. Feb 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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    Thanks man! She does alright. Should be getting a power upgrade here soon :spy:
     
  19. Feb 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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    Power?? wtf else could gonna do?? haha
     
  20. Feb 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    Different boosting method :D
     
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