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Wisconsin Tacomas and bad financial advice

Discussion in 'Mid West' started by Thatbassguy, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Apr 18, 2024 at 10:38 AM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    Haha! I guess with the amount of money they spend on everything else around here, $20K is nothing.
     
  2. Apr 18, 2024 at 10:46 AM
    WiscoPat

    WiscoPat One does not simply purchase a Ridgeline

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    So, they're also Toyota truck enthusiasts?
     
  3. Apr 18, 2024 at 10:58 AM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    No, Chevy unfortunately.. I snapped a picture this morning because the parking lot looks like a dealership.

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  4. Apr 18, 2024 at 1:58 PM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™ Moderator

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    So there's no way those plastic replacement tailgate panels don't make your tailgate weaker right? Like there's no way this isn't way weaker than the stock panel right? (only referring to the various types of plastic ones for sale, not talking about any of the metal ones)
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  5. Apr 18, 2024 at 2:03 PM
    wi_taco

    wi_taco My skid plates give rocks taco flavored kisses

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    I would definitely assume they are weaker in the sense that a flat plastic sheet will bend much easier than the OEM fiberglass/composite with the ridges molded in.

    And I know you said not talking about metal but if you change and want to talk metal then definitely look at the Relentless panel. I want it but still on the fence if I want to roll the dice with potential issues with how it mates up to the camper shell. Other than that, it looks bombproof and flat.
     
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  6. Apr 18, 2024 at 2:11 PM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™ Moderator

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    I already bought the one that is in the picture I posted lol. Best price I've seen, just thinking if my Tacoma was used in a more worktruck style (putting stuff like motorcycles and lawn tractors in the bed) rather than how it is currently used I would probably not buy one. Now, if once it's installed if I can feel flexing just from kneeling on it then I'll be upset
     
  7. Apr 18, 2024 at 2:17 PM
    Supr4Lo

    Supr4Lo Well-Known Ken

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    I've had the Mountain Hatch version installed for 4 years without issue. It doesn't seem to bend when I stand or kneel on it, and I'm pushing 265lbs.

    I really like the flat insert for camping or using the tailgate as an impromptu work bench.
     
  8. Apr 18, 2024 at 2:22 PM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™ Moderator

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    That's good to know! I went for Hooke Road so hopefully I am as fortunate as you lol.
     
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    That's your bonus for last year.
     
  10. Apr 18, 2024 at 3:12 PM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™ Moderator

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    I was thinking that if my knees still aren't happy when kneeling on the tailgate I would grab some thin rubber and stick that to the new panel.
     
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    Mobtown had the best tailgate panel. It's made of aluminum, wraps around over the top, and has reinforcing ribs in it.
    I was lucky enough to get it before he closed up shop. I beat the heck out of it daily, I use my truck for construction, and have had close to 500lbs on the tailgate with no bending.

    Currently Relentless is the only company that I know of that makes a wrap around panel.
    https://www.relentlessfabrication.com/products/2016-tacoma-tail-gate-reinforcement

    PXL_20240418_220800307.jpg PXL_20240418_220751135.jpg
     
  12. Apr 18, 2024 at 5:32 PM
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    I have the Mobtown tailgate panel in steel, heavy duty, opens a bit quicker. That guy at Mobtown was awesome, sorry to see him close shop.
     
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    I love the Tacoma tailgate soft opening feature, but I always forget our company super duty doesn't have it and drop the tailgate full force at least once a week.
     
  14. Apr 18, 2024 at 6:05 PM
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    WiscoPat One does not simply purchase a Ridgeline

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    Well, today I confirmed that I'll be moving forward with a shop in Washington state for the drivetrain refresh of the 80; OEM+ is what I'm going for. The shop is called Torfab and they're renowned in the land cruiser world for their work.

    Most of you know that I intend on having a road trip to Alaska and back with my cousin next year, likely around August. I want all of the mechanical to be 100%, and this will be the biggest step towards that.

    I wanted to work with a shop like theirs because, frankly, they know what they're doing and have the international resources to source parts. I do look forward to other things I will be learning and doing myself, especially with the new welder (thanks again @Pixeltim!).

    If anyone is curious, my build thread can be found here:

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/tokyo-to-wisconsin-jdm-hdj81-build-thread.1280150/
     
  15. Apr 19, 2024 at 5:57 AM
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    Wow what a great deal.....
     
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  16. Apr 19, 2024 at 6:39 AM
    WiscoPat

    WiscoPat One does not simply purchase a Ridgeline

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    Seems incredibly legit!
     
  17. Apr 19, 2024 at 7:54 AM
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    You do know that the best time to visit Alaska is in June, right?
     
  18. Apr 19, 2024 at 7:59 AM
    WiscoPat

    WiscoPat One does not simply purchase a Ridgeline

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    I heard January is pretty stellar.
     
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    This is a true statement
     
  20. Apr 19, 2024 at 8:26 AM
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    I would go in late June next time. Last time was early June and Hatcher Pass was still snowed shut. :mad:
     

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