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Old 06-30-2010, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Building the Trail-Gear Taco in 5 Weeks

Trail-Gear has decided to build up a Tacoma and demonstrate some new products at this years TTORA Tacoma Takeover. This thread will document the 5 week race to get the truck ready for the event.

Some of the Trail-Gear products that we plan on using on the truck are:

Rock Sliders
Rock Assault™ Axle Housing
Steering Box
SAS Kit
5.29 Gears
6 Shooter Knuckles
Disc Brake Kit
Power Steering Pump Kit
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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planning on using your housings?

oh and IN!
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Of course, that's why it's listed.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You guys going to be making a Tacoma specific SAS "kit" or using/adapting a mini truck IFS eliminator?
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Are you going to use links or leafs?
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Should be interesting and it will be nice to have more big builds on this forum. I'm suprised my rock sliders are still alive but I'll give them two thumbs up from you guys. Going on 3 years for them.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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pics of so called tacoma
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You guys going to be making a Tacoma specific SAS "kit" or using/adapting a mini truck IFS eliminator?
The sas kit will be designed specifically for the Tacoma.

We will design the kit for leafs first and then move directly into the link kits.

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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subscribed. i want to see this kit
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subscribed. i want to see this kit
We will start posting pics soon. The kit will be very complete in normal TG fashion.

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cant wait to see the kit ill be buying it for sure!!
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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for what model Taco will this kit be for? current shape of previous shape?
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Very interested in seeing this. I'm sure it will be well thought out. It sounds as if it is setup to keep everything toyota which could be pretty cool. Any special plans to fight the "Tacoma lean" common in these trucks from the drivers side being heavier than the passenger side.
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Very interested in seeing this. I'm sure it will be well thought out. It sounds as if it is setup to keep everything toyota which could be pretty cool. Any special plans to fight the "Tacoma lean" common in these trucks from the drivers side being heavier than the passenger side.
just get a fat girlfriend, lean fixed
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Subscribed. I've been waiting for this for a while. I'm pumped you guys are getting into the taco market.

I have to ask, will you be making a driver-drop rock assault housing that is the same width as a taco rear? I can handle using wheel spacers if needed, but it'd be really nice not to have that scrub radius and to be street legal.
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I have to ask, will you be making a driver-drop rock assault housing that is the same width as a taco rear? I can handle using wheel spacers if needed, but it'd be really nice not to have that scrub radius and to be street legal.
http://www.trail-gear.com/rock-assault-axle-housing

they already produced a driver side drop rock assault housing for tacoma's
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they already produced a driver side drop rock assault housing for tacoma's

I know, but it's not taco width. It's IFS width, so I'd still have to run spacers on the front to match my rear taco axle.
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i know it doesn't say in the product discription, but i would assume that they would have made the axle specific to the tacoma's width to fix the problem with running a toy axle on a tacoma. but i'm sure they'll chime in soon.
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I contacted them, and they told me "It is IFS width, almost the same size as the tacoma." I know you know this, but IFS is 3" wider than stock mini truck, but still 3" narrower than the taco. I'm ok with wheel spacers if that's the only option, but it'd be ideal to not have to run them. Let's cross our fingers that they eventually make one the same width as a taco rear axle.
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enough typing... need pics now.
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Subscribed! Make a taco width housing. Do it right or don't do it at all.
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We will be using the Drivers side drop "IFS" width housing for this build. We are looking at the option of the Taco width front housing too, which would be another 2 inches wider than the current.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:16 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Some pics....

Removing axles, springs, etc.




Cutting and grinding.
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taco frames and suspension seem a lot easier to SAS than the earlier ifs(to me). i wanna see if you 'french' the shackle mount into the frame instead of below it like previous taco SAS 'kits' did as we are about to do my sons 98 extracab
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Thanks for the pics and the updates. I'd love to see it frenched too, and see how low it can sit. What is the end goal for this build? 37's? Street legal? Trail only?

One more question: Can you run either taco or tundra front brakes on a rock assault housing?
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