Rags to Riches 2018 TRD Or dclb Build

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StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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#996
Hey all! I'm sure some of you have seen my build thread over on tw. A member over there (catfish21) recommended I check this forum out so here I am. I used to be really active on cherokee forum but a couple weeks ago I bought my first taco so I'm switching gears. I guess I decided that someday I wont wanna be single anymore so I better get out of the jeep game while I can! I've noticed TW doesn't have as much interaction between members as CF did so I'm hoping over here will be a little different.

So far I havent done anything crazy to the truck. Before I did any mods I wanted to feel what the truck could do stock so I took it out right away and got the first paint scratches over with.
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Hit 100 miles in 4lo. Like it's supposed to be.

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First thing I did was auxbeam f16s for hi beams lo beams and fogs. Now I'm that guy with the unnecessarily bright lights that blinds you when you meat him on a hill.
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Then I ordered a bunch of goodies.
-cali raised hidden bumper light bar bracket and their light bar in the spot beam.
-caliraised ditch light brackets
-baja designs squad pros for ditch lights
-rigid ignites for reverse lights
-cali raised oem switches and cubby switch panel
-caliraised relay bracket
-ome bp51 kit and SPC UCAs from headstrong offroad

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Started with the bumper light bar:
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Then the relay bracket:
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Then the ditch lights:
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That was all I could get done that day.
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The next weekend I started on my suspension. Started with the rears:

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Out with the old, in with the new

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Everything went smooth except for the shocks. Man they were a pain to get lined up to were I could get the all the bolts in. Do not attempt to install this kit without multiple prybars and a nice dead blow hammer lol

And that's where I'm at. It's now Sunday night so I have to get outta toyota land and go back to my plumber life. Hopefully tomorrow evening I will have time to tear into the front end and start working on the coils. I also need to go order wheels and tires so I guess I'll have to wait and see how work goes to decide what I'm gunna do next. I'll keep you updated.
 

hellppy

= VI • Diamond
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Scottsdale, AZ
First Name
Sean
T3G Member
#644
Hey all! I'm sure some of you have seen my build thread over on tw. A member over there (catfish21) recommended I check this forum out so here I am. I used to be really active on cherokee forum but a couple weeks ago I bought my first taco so I'm switching gears. I guess I decided that someday I wont wanna be single anymore so I better get out of the jeep game while I can! I've noticed TW doesn't have as much interaction between members as CF did so I'm hoping over here will be a little different.

So far I havent done anything crazy to the truck. Before I did any mods I wanted to feel what the truck could do stock so I took it out right away and got the first paint scratches over with.
20180728_155803.jpg
20180728_155730.jpg
20180729_205830.jpg
20180729_205525.jpg


Hit 100 miles in 4lo. Like it's supposed to be.

20180729_205911.jpg


First thing I did was auxbeam f16s for hi beams lo beams and fogs. Now I'm that guy with the unnecessarily bright lights that blinds you when you meat him on a hill.
20180730_183150.jpg
20180730_184150.jpg
20180730_214206.jpg


Then I ordered a bunch of goodies.
-cali raised hidden bumper light bar bracket and their light bar in the spot beam.
-caliraised ditch light brackets
-baja designs squad pros for ditch lights
-rigid ignites for reverse lights
-cali raised oem switches and cubby switch panel
-caliraised relay bracket
-ome bp51 kit and SPC UCAs from headstrong offroad

20180804_150850.jpg
20180802_183607.jpg


Started with the bumper light bar:
20180804_152119.jpg

20180804_153624.jpg
20180804_155526.jpg
20180804_163856.jpg


Then the relay bracket:
20180804_151303.jpg


Then the ditch lights:
20180804_182614.jpg


That was all I could get done that day.
20180805_221225.jpg


The next weekend I started on my suspension. Started with the rears:

20180811_140713.jpg

20180811_134733.jpg
20180811_140450.jpg

Out with the old, in with the new

20180811_143838.jpg
20180811_183629.jpg
20180811_190051.jpg
20180811_190948.jpg


Everything went smooth except for the shocks. Man they were a pain to get lined up to were I could get the all the bolts in. Do not attempt to install this kit without multiple prybars and a nice dead blow hammer lol

And that's where I'm at. It's now Sunday night so I have to get outta toyota land and go back to my plumber life. Hopefully tomorrow evening I will have time to tear into the front end and start working on the coils. I also need to go order wheels and tires so I guess I'll have to wait and see how work goes to decide what I'm gunna do next. I'll keep you updated.
Welcome to T3G! Long bed life!! (y)
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
Messages
29
Location
Oregon
T3G Member
#996
Didnt end up working on the front end tonight but I got my rubber in the mail along with some new wheels. I'm jacked they are supposed to be here at the end of the week.
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
Messages
29
Location
Oregon
T3G Member
#996
Welcome aboard, nice build.
Welcome to T3G! Long bed life!! (y)

Thanks guys! Glad to be here!

I'm back at it again tonight, ripping stuff apart to see if I can remember how to put it back together.
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And who ever came up with this plan is either a total idiot or a complete genius... I cant decide...
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My buddy thinks its probably the same guy that came up with the 1st gens water pump gasket design lol
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Anyways, I'm gunna get back to it. I'm now ready to throw in the new ucas and coilover on the passenger side. I guess we will see how far I get tonight.
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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Location
Oregon
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#996
Well... I didnt get very far. In my frustration of the uca bolt situation I forgot to put the washer back on before reinstalling the bolt. So I had to do it twice. To add to that I thought I could get the coilover out after the uca was back on but now I'm not so sure if i can. So I'm contemplating pulling it a third time. So since it's a hundred degrees in my shop and I'm a little flustered I'm going to call it a night. Didnt get a whole lot accomplished but I think it's safe to say it will be way easier once I get to the other side cuz boy have i learned a few lessons!

Somethings missing:
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So heres where I left off. I guess the yota and the jeep are gunna have a sleepover tonight, hopefully they can get along:
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StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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29
Location
Oregon
T3G Member
#996
I'm finally done with the bp51 kit. Took me a little longer than expected but nothing was too terribly difficult. I struggled a little more with the uca bolts than I expected and the rear shocks were kind of a bear but other than that everything went well. I left the preload at 20mm due to time constraints and the fact that I dont have a spring compressor so I figured I'd try it like this for now. Seems like a good height everything looks good but i took some decent whoops at around 35 on my test drive and I could feel something topping out. I'm assuming shocks but granted these were really deep whoops any faster and I might of got air lol. Since its 1:30am I didnt take any outside pics but I will tomorrow. I still need brake lines and I would like to come up with a better way to mount the resis. Ome's bracket works but I dont really like the look of it and I would like to be able to throw the dust cover back in the fender well without covering the resi. It will work for now. I'm completely wiped so I'm gunna get some sleep and then I'll give her a bath and take some pics in the morning.

Driver side mostly complete:
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Starting on the passenger:
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Passenger finished:
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Driver finished and reservoir mounted:
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That's all for tonight I'll have more pics for tomorrow.
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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Location
Oregon
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#996
I had a really hard time finding the info I was looking for before buying and installing all this so heres a little info for anyone looking to set they're truck up similar. There seems to be a lot of opinions and wishy washy answers on the forums but i will tell you everything I've found out from my experience.

-Suspension: front Ome BP51 coils pre load set at 20mm on the front. Rear is the Dakar medium duty leaf packs and Ome BP51 shocks. Purchased from headstrong offroad so it came with Light Racing/SPC UCAs

-Tires: BFG KM3's in 285/275/16

-Wheels: Method NV305s in matte black. 16x8 4.5 backspace with 0 offset.

Everything clears great as far a street driving is concerned without any trimming. If the suspension is articulated very far they will rub and will need a cab mount chop and some trimming of the inner fender liner in the front. So in conclusion, if your doing this for a street rig as far as my truck is concerned everything clears with an inch to spare and there will be zero trimming necessary. I'm my case this is not a street rig so I will have to do some trimming and cmc as well as longer brake lines. I hope this will save someone some time looking for answers to their build questions.

Heres some pictures of the clearance I have sitting flat:
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Turned left:
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Turned right:
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Then obviously the back has miles of clearance flat:
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StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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Oregon
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#996
To anyone looking to put this lift on, I got quoted by 4wheel parts $1600 for install... this is not that hard to put on by your self if you have 2 jacks and 2 jack stands. You will need basic hand tools hammer pliers sockets wrenches etc, a decent flat head punch for aligning bolt holes and punching out the uca bolts, a decent size breaker bar, and a torque wrench, an extra set of hands is nice. If you can remember how you took stuff apart there is nothing difficult about reinstalling it's just how you took it apart but reverse order. Dont forget to grease your ball joints.

These suspension kits are expensive to start with so tacking on another thousand plus for install is a real kick in the pants. I would hate to see someone choose a poor quality lift just to meet they're budget including install when they could buy a high quality lift and install it themselves for the same price. If any one ever has any questions involving install or fitment I would be happy to help out.
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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Location
Oregon
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#996
Got my alignment done tonight. The alignment shop didnt change my chamber at all so I have 1.2 degrees on my passenger side and 0.7 on the driver. That seems like alot but I dont know much about alignment numbers. After that I went up to the woods to do a little pre season elk scouting and while I was there I had to take a few pics...
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mcharfauros

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Thanks man I'm pretty happy with how things are coming together. I think next on the menu is skids and sliders but I'm also looking into gears cuz I can really feel the 285s now.
I agree with getting armored up, I think everyone will agreement as well if you plan on wheeling a bunch
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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Oregon
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#996
I agree with getting armored up, I think everyone will agreement as well if you plan on wheeling a bunch

I'm used to wheeling rigs with much bigger tires so I have about half the ground clearance I'm used to. That's the reason I'm so set on skids soon cuz I know I'm gunna dive down something to fast and hard and end up with a hole in my gas tank or something lol
 

Tyler

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Hey man. I know I’m ridicously late, but I always like to make sure to say it, so welcome to T3G.

Really nice DIY work so far. That UCA bolt is the worst. Great choice on color and bed length too, lol.
 

StuckBuck

= III • Silver
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29
Location
Oregon
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#996
Hey man. I know I’m ridicously late, but I always like to make sure to say it, so welcome to T3G.

Really nice DIY work so far. That UCA bolt is the worst. Great choice on color and bed length too, lol.

Hey thanks man! It's ok sorry I'm ridiculously late to reply we can call it even. I've been outa town for like a month. Soon as I get a chance I'll update the build thread a little.
 
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