Blake’s 2017 build thread

Blakem

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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
 

Blakem

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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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welcome
 

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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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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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