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Toyotally Awesome 2012 4x4 DBL Cab

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by dwphoto, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. Aug 3, 2017 at 10:20 AM
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    Nice! Just trolled your thread. Looks beefy. good luck on the install. Shaver is awesome I've run Bald Mtn in the snow a few times fun trail. Never been up there in the summer.

    Yea the tire under there is low! I feel like a bumper w/ tire carrier is the best end game plan. The bed is already small so installing tire there is out. Which reminds me I need to crawl under there and bend the tabs for stock size spare and get my matching spare under the truck. Instead of on the side yard lol

    Scope out the Frontrunner racks they are pretty legit.
     
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  2. Aug 3, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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    We usually do swamp lake once a summer, one of my favorite trails. Once I get some sliders I may give it a shot in my truck, it's not too hard really. Low traffic, great views, pit toilets at the lakes...


    Done the Dusy, probably wouldnt do it again. Long (33 miles), dusty, nice scenery, but god it beats you up bouncing around for 3 days.


    Red lake/coyote lake/i forget whatelse lake is where we're headed.


    Anyway, threadjack off haha
     
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  3. Aug 3, 2017 at 11:03 AM
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    Hell yea! Looks epic.

    Always wanted to run Dusy in my Rover. Never made it happen.
     
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    I really prefer Swamp lake for relaxing. To do the Dusy right you need to take close to 4 days or else you're rushing. We spent nearly all waking hours driving to do it in 2.5 days. PM me if you ever want any other info for up there!
     
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  5. Aug 7, 2017 at 9:42 AM
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    sapppp ladies. Home is where you park it....
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    she tows like a dream
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    Little man cruising
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    Stoked finally finished dry walling/ painting the garage. Still got a bunch of stuff( build shelving, install TV, Organize shit ) to do but atleast I can pull the truck back in.
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  6. Aug 8, 2017 at 7:38 PM
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    So, I was creeping on your '94 thread on DR...and saw someone named "only1mikey" or something, couldn't remember why that was familiar... Then I remembered why... Do you know Tommy T?
     
  7. Aug 8, 2017 at 10:05 PM
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    Yep Mikey was my best man at my wedding and Tommy is a good buddy
     
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    Hahaha small world, ask Tommy about Parsons next time you see him. I know most of the guys that worked at Poly/Synergy when he was there. His pics of Mojave Rd, desert, etc were the reason I decided to ditch the fail-mobile M3 for my Taco
     
  9. Aug 8, 2017 at 10:22 PM
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    Haha yea it is a small world for sure. Well you'll have to come out with us. Wish he still worked there sometimes lol yea was always nice hitting him up," hey I need this." "okay done. "
     
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    I know the feeling, I still have a friend or two there, but not in sales anymore. My last one just moved down here to work with another buddy at Accutune. I definitely want to hit Mojave and some other stuff once it starts cooling down.
     
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  11. Aug 9, 2017 at 11:31 AM
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    Installed the tent last night with the help of my buddy Tucker. Super quick with the Front Runner mounts. Had to break out the angle grinder to get it off the prerunner had a cross threaded stainless bolt that was giving me a hard time.
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    Stoked it's at the perfect height. Can still get stuff in the bed.

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    Also I might have ordered complete skid plate set IFS, Trans, T case, Gas tank. from Pelfrey. FML this is escalating quickly :violent:
     
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  12. Aug 9, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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    I keep debating shell or RTT, even though sleeping in a 2 foot bed is a joke for someone as big as me...

    Is visibility just shot with that thing back there?
     
  13. Aug 9, 2017 at 11:42 AM
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    whats visibility lol ? yea you can't see shit.
    The windows are so dark on this thing I couldn't see out of it anyway lol... if I have shades on. I have to take them off and squint to see anything out the rear view. at night.... forgetboutit
     
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    Fired up the HF angle grinder took care of the Cab mount chop cutting portion. Only exploded one cut off wheel. lol Going to test it out this weekend see if I cut enough out before I plate it in. Excited to get rid of that annoying tire rub.

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    Also attempted to get my spare under the bed... by bending guides out of the way. Ran out of daylight and just seem too close to exhaust for my liking might have do a turn down before the axle or something to remedy that.
     
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  15. Aug 10, 2017 at 7:44 AM
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    Hmmmm... Maybe I'll just chop mine and wait to plate it too, they seem pretty stout...? I'm stuffing a good half inch of tire shoulder into them as it is...
     
  16. Aug 10, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    Oh yea plenty stout. I trimmed the plastic back on driver side that was rubbing more and ground down the pinch weld a little bit.... I'm sure full stuff at speed it's still going to rub the inner fender. Really need to pull the shocks off and cycle it to see. But who has time for that I prefer the self clearance method.

    In other news drove truck for first time with tent this am and happy to report it rides way better with the extra weight back there.
     
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    First real trip in the truck this past weekend. We headed up to Tom's Place just south of Mammoth off the 395.
    Towing the Pop up fully loaded up with camping gear. Left the house at 06:00am

    Made it to Mojave little before 8ish gassed up met up with my father in law
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    On the road again.....
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    Stopped off in Lone Pine at the Mt Whitney Cafe.
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    Thats a weird dog...
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    Down the pike again.... next stop Bishop. Grab fishing licenses, Fuel up and head up to the camp site... Seems easy enough... Noooot so fast.... right as we pass the "Entering Bishop" sign, father in law radios in that his truck is making a really bad knocking noise and he was going to pull over. (2012 F250 6.7 diesel only 70k on the clock! ) he pulls off at the first street and parks on the side of the road. Shuts it down. We take a look and sure enough was leaking oil all over the place.... So after running through our options,we run over to the Ford Dealership only to find their next apt availability was the following Friday just to scope it out! RAD!!!11! He decided he would just get the truck towed over to the dealer and leave it there over the weekend. Luckily we had brother in laws newer F150 ecoboost also with us. So we going back to truck unhook trailer pull the super duty out of the way with the f150 with a tow strap. Hook up trailer F150. Get the Super duty AAA towed to dealer and we are off....... :facepalm: You know you are off to a good start when you haven't even hit dirt and you have to break out the tow strap.


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    Eco Boost is rated for 10,500 lbs we guesstimated the trailer at 8,000lbs and it did a solid 35 mph up most of the 17 mile 8% grade. They had to pull over a few times to let the motor and trans cool down. lol

    Meanwhile I was pedal to the metal in the truck with the pop up haha did 60-65 up whole way. Shoulda bought a Toyota!

    We get up to the East Fork campground around 4pm and luckily find a few spots that are semi close together. Crack a few sport sodas and unload for the weekend.
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    Stars were out in full force.

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    Next morning plenty of bacon happened. Hung out for a bit unloaded rest of crap out of the bed.
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    Finally got our shit together and headed out of camp for a little trip down to Crowley lake on the other side of the 395..... simple little trail down to the water figured we'd post up down there for a few hours.

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    Trail was super mellow had one little hill climb that I put it in 4low just cause.
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    Popped the tent open for shade purposes for the little man.... ( more like wanted to score more overland points)
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    Seemed appropriate
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    Had to break out the Sauce kit. Hockey Everyday
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    Olive Dog
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    Loaded back up and headed back to camp
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    Full size fun
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    My 2 buddies with the Dodges headed out to run a trail. We headed back to meet up with the rest of the group at Rock Creek Lake.

    This guy telling me how to drive already.
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    Attempted a little fishing
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    Cruised back to camp made dinner. Cracked a few sport sodas and tilted our heads skyward for the meteor shower.
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    Next am more bacon. Packed up and hit the road.
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    All and all a pretty solid little trip. Was pretty impressed with the truck loaded down with 4 people pulling the pop up in 100 degree weather across the desert with A/C on full kill. Temp never got over 205..
    For the most part the tire rub was pretty good except on articulation when wheels are turned... so I still need to clearance the firewall but that was to be expected. Can't wait to get out there again. Good times....
     
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  18. Aug 16, 2017 at 7:42 AM
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    That SUCKS about the Ford. My buddy had an ecoboost and towed some pretty impressive loads. I had to drive 60-65 on the flats and 35-45 up grades this weekend with my buddy in his XJ. Got 20mpg tho! Looks like a fun trip!
     
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  19. Aug 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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    Yea total bummer for sure. 20 mpg that's impressive I think I did about 13 towing.
     
  20. Aug 28, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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    Took a little trip down south this weekend and met up with the @Pelfreybilt squad at the Baja Designs open house. Pretty awesome they brought everything down with them saved me about a hr each way driving. Quality product from super cool down to earth people.

    Traffic was lovely.
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    The goods....

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    Skids and Sliders. Will be painting and installing shortly.

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