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What have you done to your Tacoma today? 1st Gen Edition

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SlimDigg, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Sep 28, 2020 at 10:33 AM
    eon_blue

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    I basically inquired with them about springs for my truck and they sent me a questionnaire to fill out, how I use the truck, what weight I carry around daily vs max weight on a trip, how much lift I wanted, etc. I ended up going with (edit - 350#) over stock springs, which I know is quite a bit less than what some on here have ordered but I since I daily my truck I didn't want a really stiff ride with no weight in the back. It's got a noticeable rake unloaded (which I like personally), and fully loaded up it sits level. But I don't carry quite as much weight as some do, I think you would definitely want to go with more weight over stock than I did.

    I've been through quite a few leaf springs setups the last 4 years - started with a 3 leaf AAL, went to a standard Dakar pack, Dakar + AAL and then went to All Pro Expos. Even the Expos sagged badly when I loaded up and made a lot of noise. Finally decided to drop the $ on Alcans and they're the best I've had by far. Absolutely quiet, no noise from the bushings leafs (yet, anyway). And they ride great loaded/unloaded...not too stiff and they don't sag something fierce.

    I think I ordered mine in January and got them end of Feb..possibly early March. I would have to go back and check. Took about 8 weeks I think, but this was right before Covid too so that may have changed things a bit now.

    After you fill out the questionnaire, Bill will shoot you an email telling you what he recommends and you go from there
     
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  2. Sep 28, 2020 at 10:44 AM
    Shortman5

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    I’d make the switch today if someone made a set of tubular manifolds.
     
  3. Sep 28, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    CBI sliders, ADS extend travel with compression adjuster coil overs, 9” Bilstein 5125 rear shocks, Icon Tubular UCA, Alcan custom leafs, All Pro Apex bumper and skids, NWTI rear diy bumper, 295/70/17 Cooper St Maxxs and nitro 4.88s.
    I went and weighed my truck empty, gave Alcan that number. Then told them I wanted 3.5” lift and +600 lbs of weight. They have performed great for me and it’s been a little over a year I think. You can do the same through deaver as well, it will be a little more expensive
     
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  4. Sep 28, 2020 at 10:52 AM
    eon_blue

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    I just went and looked over my emails with Alcan, I ended up adding another 100# after my original request for 250# over stock. So I ended up with 350#/over.

    For reference on a normal trip I have a 2 man RTT, couple tote containers of food and camping supplies, a big tote full of tools against the cab and 2 jerry cans. Miscellaneous stuff like chairs, axe, shovel, firewood, etc. And I have a swing out tailgate (not bumper). Truck sits level when all this is in it, daily with nothing over the back it's got almost a 2" rake.
     
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  5. Sep 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM
    Uphillshunter

    Uphillshunter El Taco Diablo

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    Swapped 4x4, Twin sticks, Tundra Brakes, FOX Resi, AllPro leafs, Pro-Comp 17x8.5, Transgo shift kit, Dual batteries
    I went with the AllPro Expos a few months ago. For daily, I love them. They ride nice, and the truck sits just the way I want it to.

    But I run with a lot more weight, daily, than most.

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    It sits the way I want. But when we added weight for this last trip, (water/gas/equipment) it just sagged too much, and felt squishy in the ass end.

    And my weight in the front (tube bumper, winch, dual batteries under hood, and 1/4 inch skid plates) with 5100s + 620 pound coils, and no sway bar, made the front a little swervy too... been waiting 13 weeks for my Fox's and 700 pound coils.

    The plan is to try and shed some weight in the back. I'm going to rebuild the tent rack in 14 guage instead of the 11 guage it's built in now. That saves 1 pound for every foot (when you add up all the feet, that's a 40-50 pound savings) I'll go through the tools and cull out duplicates and triplicates. We've already started looking at some lighter camping stuff (single burner instead of dual burner, coffee press instead of the coleman coffee maker, run LEDs under the rack to eliminate lanterns etc) for the long expeditions that are on the move daily.

    But I just think the AllPros don't have enough to do what I want them to do.

    @eon_blue @Dan8906
     
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  6. Sep 28, 2020 at 1:13 PM
    eon_blue

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    I don't know what it was about my Expos but they wouldn't even hold half the weight you have in that pic without sagging. Maybe something to do with an inconsistency in their process, I don't know. But they also made a annoyingly loud pop from the front main eye bushing that I could never figure out, kept retorquing that bolt and replaced those bushings twice and never solved it. Finally went away with the Alcans so I assume it was something with the Expos themselves. I was just not that impressed with their quality tbh.

    Anyway, for what a custom set costs it hurts the wallet but solved every issue I'd had with leaf springs up to then.
     
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  7. Sep 28, 2020 at 1:19 PM
    Dan8906

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    CBI sliders, ADS extend travel with compression adjuster coil overs, 9” Bilstein 5125 rear shocks, Icon Tubular UCA, Alcan custom leafs, All Pro Apex bumper and skids, NWTI rear diy bumper, 295/70/17 Cooper St Maxxs and nitro 4.88s.
    I came from expos as well. I had a similar experience. Around town the expos were great(with my high top camper self and bed plate form) but once I added my camping gear and tools my ass sagged pretty hard and felt terrible off-road.

    Your front coilovers will help overall as well. I’m stepping down from 700lb springs on my icons this week back to 650 ADS coilovers tho as the 700 lbs feel really stiff to me. I have similar specs but no dual battery’s
     
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  8. Sep 28, 2020 at 2:17 PM
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    Used the Megs heavy duty headlight restoration kit to take off 20 years of fogging

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  9. Sep 28, 2020 at 5:48 PM
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    sneak peak

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  10. Sep 28, 2020 at 6:13 PM
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    Vaushaus トヨタのトラックはすごい

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    Bilstein + Eibach Coilovers, OME Dakars w/ AAL, 33" Wranglers on American Racing AR23 wheels
    Took a page out of @Blackdawg 's build thread.

    Dual battery tray jusssttt about installed. Some minor tweaking needed here and there. Next comes the wiring!
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  11. Sep 29, 2020 at 8:28 AM
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    I have a feeling today is going to go by very slow. Both my front and rear suspension is out for delivery!
     
  12. Sep 29, 2020 at 10:31 AM
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    New OEM headlights with SilverStar Ultra bulbs, side marker lights, OME suspension (NitroCharger Sport shocks, coilovers, top hats, 5+2 leafs), carrier bearing, steering bushings.
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    After:
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    Whole new driving experience now, kind of surprising how far out of tolerance I thought OK was.
     
  14. Sep 29, 2020 at 1:06 PM
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    installed a new tailgate latch (old one's bolts were frozen in place) IMG_20200927_174333.jpg
     
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    I like the debadged tailgate, I’ve been thinking about pulling my badges off
     
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  16. Sep 29, 2020 at 1:15 PM
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    Anyone ever have an issue with an aftermarket back-up light switch being too short? Was having an intermittent issue with the reverse lights, ruled out wiring, bulbs and fuse. Removed switch, (not original) and installed an AutoZone special. Same issues. Removed the switch, plugged it in and lights went on when I manually depressed switch. Reinstalled, this time without the crush washer, tighten all the way down and now it works...with the old switch. Seems like both switches are not making contact with whatever they're supposed to make contact with. Tempted to just get an OEM switch. Just curious to see if anyone else has had a similar issue. 2004 TRD Off-Road, 3.4, manual.
     
  17. Sep 29, 2020 at 2:05 PM
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    installed a new tailgate latch (old one's bolts were frozen in place)
    happy accident of ... lots of bodywork, but I think I do like how it looks fairly clean
     
  18. Sep 29, 2020 at 2:05 PM
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    Like the flares
     
  19. Sep 29, 2020 at 2:09 PM
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    they're big ... knowing what I know now and if I were to start over I might have gone a diff direction than buying someone else's project so it wasn't body lifted and running spacers. But overall I like how it rides and can always change it up later I guess. still very excited to be close to having things back together and back on the road!
     
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  20. Sep 29, 2020 at 2:16 PM
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    So what can happen if your uniballs need to be changed but you keep driving on them like that?

    Asking for a friend :anonymous:
     
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