year Pirate4x4.com received a phone call from the El Dorado
County Sheriff's Department asking us if we would be willing
to help them build up an extreme duty Search and Rescue
vehicle. This vehicle will be based out of Lake Tahoe,
and be subjected to the harshest winter condition rescues.
It would also need to be capable of doing rescue missions
on the Lake Tahoe end of the Rubicon trail, and other
remote Sierra back roads and trails.
one to turn down a great challenge, Camo and I went to
work calling vendors to participate in this worthwhile
cause. Our goal was to build the most capable, extreme
Sheriff patrol vehicle in the country. Our base platform
was a 1988 Toyota 4Runner that served in the force over
the years as a "DARE" vehicle. This 4Runner
would be the perfect platform for our buildup. Stayed
tuned for live progress of our transformation of a mild
patrol vehicle into a rig able to tackle any hard core
trail in the country, and haul prisoners in the process!
Shaffer's Off Road crew is going nuts! They are tearing
into this 4Runner like mad. Joe Dirt is currently cutting
out the stock IFS front end so we can swap in a Marlin
Crawler solid axle swap kit.
is bending up some custom Shaffer's Off Road DOM rock
sliders, and bumpers.
is assembling the trick Inchworm dual cases with Advance
Adapters 4:1 gearset, All Pro Transfer case E-brake, and
Front Range Off Road crossmember.
- 2006-02-11 12:22PM
front IFS junk is out!!!
- 2006-02-11 2:30PM
noise is deafening in the shop as Joe Dirt cleans up all
the left overs of the IFS brackets off the 4Runner frame.
Everyone is working on a specific task, with the goal
to have both axles hung under the rig by the end of the
Wright from the El Dorado County Sheriff's office is here
helping with the buildup. Here he's cleaning up the rear
axle, and prepping it for reassembly. The rear axle will
be getting a new rear disk brake kit from Sky Manufacturing,
Detroit Locker, and 5.29 gears from Superior Axle &
is hard at work painting the trick Stazworks double beadlocks
and Sky Mfg brake calipers.
only will this be the most capable Patrol vehicle in existence,
it will also be the most comfortable thanks to these trick
PRP suspension seats from Rock Buggy Supply. Snow and
rocks shouldn't be an issue with these 35" Interco
is working on creating some plates to beef up the 4Runner's
frame around the new Rock Logic hydraulic assist steering
pulls the rear third member out of the hot tank in preparation
for disassembly. It will get new Superior 5.29s and a
- 2006-02-11 3:20PM
is making good progress on the new SOR rock sliders. He
should have ready to mount soon.
is tearing down the donor front axle that was sitting
in Mike's backyard collecting dirt. He will strip it down
to a bare housing and rebuilding everything.
in case Rosco needs to be in "hot pursuit",
LC Engineering kicked down a bunch of motor goodies to
bring the old 22RE back to life.
Performance supplied us with super sweet Bilstein 5150
remote reservoir shocks and shock hoops.
one of the most important tools on this Search & Rescue
rig, are these Ramsey 9500 and 8000lb winches for the
front and rear of the rig. The winches will sit in custom
built Shaffer's Offroad bumpers.
- 2006-02-11 4:20PM
our live feed took a crap, so we are done doing the live
video feed. I will continue to do updates throughout the
couldn't resist taking a picture of this sick beast sitting
in the shop. It's got a Dana 60 front, 14 Bolt rear, 42"
Swampers, and an LS1. Can't go wrong with that combo!
Wright takes the plasma cutter to the donor front axle
housing. He is cutting off all the unnecessary brackets.
Dirt aligns the Marlin Crawler SAS bracket for welding.
and Izzy battle the tire and rim in the quest to get them
together. In the end, they were victorious, but I did
hear several colorful words come from their direction
in the process...
- 2006-02-11 5:00PM
prepares to weld up his rear spring hangers.
finishes up the install of the rear Detroit Locker and
new ring and pinion by torquing the caps.
took over grinding duties from Det. Wright on the front
rear housing is all cleaned up and ready for reassembly.
finished up the rock sliders, and they are about ready
cuts off the rear spring hangers because the new All Pro
Off Road springs are much longer. Kyle's new custom built
bling hangers will replace the stock ones.
rear spring hangers are ready for mounting.
SATURDAY UPDATE - 2006-02-11 6:30PM
didn't get as far as we wanted, but that's ok. We need
to build shackles - we thought we had some in our parts
pile, but it seems they were overlooked. In addition to
the shackles, we need to come up with some u-bolts.
and Kyle tack weld the hangers into place...
installs the Sky's rear disk brake conversion onto the
apparently it's time to call it a night! More 4Runner
action tomorrow morning...
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Superior Axle & Gear
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