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Blake’s 2017 build thread

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Wheels
-FN Fx Pro 17x8

Tires
-Cooper STT Pro 295/70/17

Front Suspension
-OME886
-Nitrocharger 90000
-JBA Upper Control Arms

Rear Suspension
-Chevy 63" leaf springs
-Bilstein 5125 (14") shocks, relocated

Armor
-Pelfreybilt steel front bumper
-Brute Force Fab rear bumper
-Pelfreybilt skids
-4X Innovations weld on sliders

Other shit
-KB Voodoo bed rack
-Smittybilt XRC 9.5K winch
-Martin roof rack
-Dobinson’s snorkel
-Sy-Klone precleaner
 
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I was shopping for a Highlander for my wife in January/February of 2017 and the Tacomas caught my eye. I didn't even know there was a 3rd gen until then, but once I saw one, I had to have one. The only problem was that I wanted a manual and they're nearly impossible to find in the Gulf States. Being the impatient person that I am, ordering one and waiting was not going to happen.
I got on the interwebz and found 3 manuals that I was interested in. After contacting the 3 dealers, I chose one about 600 miles away in Georgia. The price was right, so on 3/24/17 I became the proud owner of a Shiny new Tacoma.

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I was going to fly to Georgia and drive the truck back home, but for a ridiculously low fee, they delivered it to me.

I took delivery on 3/31/17
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The original plan was just a modest lift and some decent wheels and tires.

So I threw on some 5100s up front (+1.5”)
And just a 1” block in the back.
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Then came the new shoes.
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But that wasn’t good enough...
 
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I decided to get weld-on sliders, because....why not? Bolt on sliders just didn’t make since to me.
I ordered from 4X Innovations. They don’t come ready to weld on. It’s a kit. You have to weld the legs, base plates, and gussets to the slider.
But for $280 shipped, I didn’t mind.

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Then I thought it was time for a suspension upgrade. Nothing fancy. I didn’t see the need for any high dollar coilovers. I don’t have any long washboard roads or open desert to blast across. Everywhere I was off road was slow pace.

I decided on OME 886 springs and 90000 shocks up front, since I already had bumper, winch, and skid on order.
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And some JBA UCAs.
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For the rear, I decided on a Chevy 63 swap. It’s a little more work than just slapping on some aftermarket leaf springs and shocks, but well worth it.
I ordered the parts I needed.
The 63 swap kit, Chevy 63” springs, Ford shock towers, and Bilstein 5125s (14” travel).
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These springs are looong compared to the Tacoma springs.
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If you aren’t familiar with the 63 swap, here’s a quick rundown....
Remove all rear suspension from the truck.
Cut and grind leaf spring mounts off of the frame.
Cut and grind the shock mounts off of the axle and frame.
Weld all new mounts to frame and axle.
Bolt all the new parts on.
Simple.... ;)



To be continued......
 
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The wait for the bumper and skid was finally over. Took 10 weeks and I was excited to go pick it up.
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Hello and welcome.

The truck is freakin awesome man.

Love the armor on it. With Tyler’s hoop bumper and this one, I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll be going with now.
 
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2/17/18
Bumper install time.

Chop chop
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Test fit
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Get the line in the winch
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It’s funny looking with those little tires and lift, but that would be taken care of soon enough.
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Hello and welcome.

The truck is freakin awesome man.

Love the armor on it. With Tyler’s hoop bumper and this one, I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll be going with now.
Thanks!
I’ve been here for a while, but don’t post much. Finally decided to put a build thread on here.

When I ordered the bumper, I thought the one without hoops looked nicer.
But I wanted the extra protection, so I ordered it with hoops.
Now I really like how it looks with hoops.
 
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The next weekend it was time to get the suspension taken care of. I knew I had my work cut out for me on the rear, so I went ahead and knocked out the front first.

I thought “what kinda Ronald McDonald shit is this”. :LOL:
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Then came time for the rear. I was dreading this. I’m not scared of cutting on my truck, but I just didn’t feel like doing it.

Anyway, I stripped everything off of the ass end and dove right into it. Started cutting the factory mounts off with a torch and sawzall. Then the grinding. The grinding was by far the worse part.
After that, it was time to start welding all of the new brackets on.
My dad helped, which was awesome because he’s a better welder than me.

I didn’t get many pictures of the install. I wish I would have.
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It took 2 days to complete. Shouldn’t have taken that long, but my dumb ass completely welded the rear shackle mounts instead of tacking them on and checking my measurements.
When I set the truck down, the shackles went parallel and the leaf came in contact with the frame. The measurements I had written down were correct, but at some point I fucked up. On both sides! I don’t even know how that happened, but it cost me more hours of work. I had to grind all the new welds off, reposition the mounts and weld them back again.
After that little fiasco, I got the new shock towers welded on and finished bolting everything up. It was late Sunday night by the time it was done.

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Now I had to see about getting some bigger tires..
 
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I decided on Cooper STT Pro 295/70/17.

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The rubbing was pretty bad, which I was expecting. I did the CMC, beat the pinch welds flat, and trimmed the plastic.

The ride with the 63s is so much better. It floats like a Cadillac and has tons of droop. There’s about 5-6 more inches of droop than what you see here. The 63 swap is worth the effort.
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It would be a while before I did anything else to the truck. We just wheeled and camped. Good times.

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I wanted a Prinsu rack, but I came across a guy on TW selling his version of a Prinsu. It’s basically a copy, but cost a couple hundred dollars less.

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I ordered a Brute Force Fab high clearance rear bumper with a swingout on October 25th, 2018 and the wait began...

In the meantime, with Dobinson’s releasing their snorkel for less than half the price of a Safari snorkel, I decided to get one.
I also got a Sy-Klone precleaner.

The template kind of sucks on the Dobinson’s snorkel, but if you take your time, installation isn’t too bad.
It also has a 3.5” diameter where the head attaches, whereas the Safari has a 4” diameter. I had to make an adapter to attach the precleaner.
I went to Lowe’s and picked up a black 3” PVC pipe coupling and 1/4” x 6” long stainless threaded rod.
I used a dremel to shave down the divider in the center of the coupling, then used a cutting wheel and split the coupling long ways so it would squeeze when the time came to tighten the clamp. The coupling fit perfect on the top of the snorkel, but the precleaner was still a little loose on the coupling. I had some black vinyl wrap, so I cut about a 1 1/2” strip and wrapped the top half of the coupling to build up the thickness (you can’t see this because it’s covered by the precleaner).
It didn’t take much. Maybe 4 wraps.
With the coupling on the snorkel and the precleaner on the coupling, I drilled a 1/4” hole through the precleaner, coupling, and snorkel on opposite sides. I cut the stainless rod ~4 1/4” and inserted it all the way through, then tightened the clamp over the rod. Now the precleaner is essentially “locked” into the snorkel. Turned out pretty good and only took about 25-30 minutes.

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Five months and a week later, my rear bumper finally arrived. I’m not sure why it took so long, but I was ready to get this thing installed.
They did an excellent job. The construction and welds are just beautiful.

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Like all of the other armor I installed, I went with cheap rattle can paint (2 coats of primer and 2-3 coats of paint) because I know it’s going to get beat and scratched up. No sense in spending a lot of money on powder coat.

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