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Old 05-02-2014, 07:04 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good reason for a turbo build
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:31 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Yeah, that was always the plan. But the Tacoma isn't getting thrashed too much anymore, turned back into something more like a daily driver/moto hauler/nimble camper. Think we'll probably just slap another stock engine in there and beat on this thing.

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Old 11-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #103 (permalink)
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Robo-Boogie is almost finished rebuilding the Tacoma. New engine and a bunch of fresh parts, cleaning things up, and finishing-up a lot of little details. Should be back on the road in another week or two and ought to make a halfway practical daily driver.

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Old 12-01-2015, 02:18 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Have always loved this little rig. Give us a few more updates when its up and going.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:50 PM   #105 (permalink)
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Tacoma is finally back on the road

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Old 12-12-2016, 01:04 AM   #106 (permalink)
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How well the added insulation work out?
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:34 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Made a lot of changes at once, so kinda hard to say. Fully finished/insulated interior definitely helped, but so did re-gearing and swapping out 35" tires for 255/85R16's. Also removed the balance shafts when we rebuilt the 3RZ and added poly leafspring-type engine mounts, and that didn't help, especially with the way sound and vibes travel through the rollcage. Also added a supertrap tip to the exhaust and dumped it out at the rear axle, where it ended right behind the cab before. That made the biggest difference, but the whole exhaust system is solid-mounted to the chassis, and think isolating it would help a bunch. All in all, it's tolerable, but not great. Still a work in progress.
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:24 PM   #108 (permalink)
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I stripped my interior when I did my cage but I do not have the other sources of Vibration that you have/had.

I will add similar insulation to my roof, hopefully I get good results.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:22 AM   #109 (permalink)
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Owned, built, and driven on & off-road for the last ~ 15yrs? Started off as a long-term project vehicle for off-road.com, and was in a bunch of magazines, exhibited at SEMA, etc. Last major overhaul was kinda sorta documented in this thread, when the truck was torn down all the way and completely rebuilt as a little bit more practical daily driver/camping rig. But we've just been using it as a ranch truck, which is kind of a waste, so it's finally time to sell this little Tacoma. Has 1000hrs on rebuild now (installed new hr meter during last rebuild), asking $15k, or best offer. Truck is located in Morgan Hill, CA 95037. Can assist with shipping/delivery.


Here's a quick overview:

Frame is completely boxed, and truck is completely caged, bumper-to-bumper, with the b-pillar tubework behind/outside the cab to make enough room for 6ft tall driver to be comfortable in standard cab. This is a race-quality cage and solid-mounted cab, fit super-tight, so does transmit some noise and vibration - was built to survive high speed barrel-rolls, not just a flop on the trail. That said, has never been crashed, on or offroad. Cab, frame and tubework are all super clean, tight, straight, and 100% rust-free. All holes cut for tubework have beem sealed, so it's still an all-weather vehicle.

Concept for the bedcage was to design and build something that would accommodate race-quality suspension components, carry one 35" spare tire behind the rear axle under the bed, include some integrated storage, and room for two dirtbike and riding gear. Tubework was specifically designed around hauling motos, but also works great for more general camping and all-around use.

Inside the cab there's still a fully functional and finished interior, including stock dash, heat, ac, door panels, and custom headliner. Fitted with Sparco Evo seats and Crow 5 point harnesses.

Total Chaos long travel kit, with all the reinforcents and upgrades, along with custom-built and cage-mounted 2.5" Sway Away coilovers that allow for a much wider range of spring-rates and adjustability than bolt-on kit. Custom-built Ricor 3 tube 3.5" bypass shocks too (cost something ridiculous like $3500 per shock).

62" Deaver leaf springs in the rear, with custom-built, boxed and plated shackles that were designed to work with a full-size 35" spare tire mounted under the high-clearance bed.

Truck was designed, built, clearances for 35's, but found that it rides and handles much better on 33x10.5" tires, so ditched the 5.29's and re-geared to 4.56. Currently rolling on a set of 33" BFG mud terrains mounted on a set of 17" Toyota wheels.

Engine is a 2.7l 3rz that was completely rebuilt with top-quality parts, mostly to stock specs for reliability, but we eliminated the balance shafts and added MLS gaskets and ARP studs, thinking we might want to super/turbocharge it someday. Right now it's got a Downey header and mandrel-bent custom exhaust.

Marlin-built V6 5spd transmission, blueprinted and assembled by marlin crawler himself, with Marlin-built adapter so it bolts up to 3RZ.

Atlas 5:1 transfer case. Way better/stronger than dual toyota cases, and shorter drivetrain equals longer driveshaft, which we needed to work with the rear suspension. Custom-built 1350 CV driveshaft was built by South Bay Driveline.

Tundra-width full-floating Diamond axlehousing, stuffed with 4.56 gears (F+R), ARB locker, cromo shafts, and everything has been cryo-treated.

Upgraded to 4 wheel disc brakes, with larger 4 Runner calipers / rotors up front, and stock Tacoma calipers in the rear. Also equipped with cutting brakes.


And here are the bad things about the truck:

Could use another $300 paintjob, which would be the perfect time to replace the dented hood and fix the two small dents in the right side passenger door, and a small section of the cab right next to the door.

Passenger side dash was removed to replace an AC hose (A/C currently not working because of this).

Sparco seatcovers and carpet need to be replaced.

Passenger side outside door handle is broken, needs to be fixed.

$1000 and 4-5 days worth of someone's time fixing these little details and you've got a 100% legit race-quality prerunner / chase truck / wheeler / moto hauler / camping rig.

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