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What do you want to see made in billet?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bobber Bill, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    Bobber Bill

    Bobber Bill [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My folks and I were talking about my past business ventures manufacturing motorcycle parts over dinner tonight. What we talked about got me thinking about getting back into that sort of thing.

    I can't invest a whole lot of time so any sort of manual labor-intensive parts like suspension bits and high load bearing components are out of the question.

    I am however willing to look into the development of simple billet aluminum parts. Preferably one-piece parts with nothing additional other than mounting/adjusting hardware. The material will more than likely be 6061-T6, 100% American made.

    So if there's anything you guys would like to see machined from billet Aluminum for your trucks, let me know. I would like to keep it limited to 2nd gens as that is what I have access to for R&D. Also, no mini-truck parts like billet volume control knobs and window cranks please.
     
  2. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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  3. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    babytruck Babytruck, babytruck...I've got a babytruck :)

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    YESSSS!!!! :D
     
  4. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    Rocket launcher, giant crossbow.....oh snap, you said simple.....darn
     
  5. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    steve o 77

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    doesn't your school have a machine shop? You could whip one out in a few hours on the lathe.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    your whole list screams MINI TRUCK! :facepalm:

    do you know what a metal shift knob feels like when your tranny gets hot or after an hour or two of being parked out in the sun?
     
  7. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    i would like to see a skid plate or maybe some heat extractor vents for the hood
     
  8. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM
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    yeah same here, Im in the class now:D

    ^this is true though, I don't know if you've ever felt the shaft after a long highway run but it gets warm.
     
  9. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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    that's sheet metal. Completely different process.

    I am looking for parts to 3D CNC machine out of a solid chunk of aluminum.
     
  10. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    TW Logo that looks like the stock emblems? Or other words like Zombie or Tacofromhell?
     
  11. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:25 PM
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    A Screaming Taco hood ornament!
     
  12. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM
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    I bet you could make some money if you made a short shift kit.
     
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    How bout a shift knob with a devil horn logo on the top of it?
     
  14. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:44 PM
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    There are already a number of different ones out there. I have the TRD quickshifter. URD seems to have a quality alternative as well.

    There is no way that I will be able to price an American made kit to be competitive with URD's. Not unless I invest a fat chunk of change upfront to manufacture in large quantities.
     
  15. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM
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    ah yeah gottcha.
     
  16. Nov 9, 2011 at 2:35 AM
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  17. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:17 AM
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    Thats why it needs an aluminum shift knob, HEATSINK!!!

    As for machining, How about a transmission block off plate for auto's to prevent accidentally shifting into 4th. I have an eraser I shaped to fit in there, but would love something more permanent and better looking.
     
  18. Nov 9, 2011 at 7:56 AM
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    Ew...and you're from NorCal? yeck... at least you have a 6-spd 4x4. Ok you can add me on fb.

    What's wrong with going into 4th in the auto's? I've got a 6-spd so I'm not aware of any need for this.
     
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  20. Nov 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM
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    What about billet locking fuel doors?
     
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