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With the LCA pushed as far forward as it gets I still trimmed the body mount. Forgive me going tack weld crazy, got real sick of burning through.
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Well that answers that question.
The sheet metal is so thin there that even with .023" wire I have to tack weld the whole thing without burning through. Such a PITA!
 
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I was going back and forth with a buddy of mine earlier and this was the end result of our conversation.


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I'm 90% sure the next set of tires I'm getting are going to be 35s, but now I'm half tempted to try and make 37s fit. I could steal one of the 37s of my dad's rig and see how shit would be need to be cut to make them fit, but I'm kinda afraid to see that it's possible and then act on it :rofl:

Someone tell me this is a bad idea and that I shouldn't do it please :anon:
we already had this talk but i still vote for the 37s. great build thread though!!
 
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Went out and found snow this weekend. Went from Georgetown to Loon Lake and almost made it too the Rubicon trail head. There's not a ton of the ground right now, 3' of snow is pretty good for the beginning of the season. Got stuck a few times, but I was trying to plow a new road in low low and my tires kept getting packed with snow. Ice House Road ended up being a 25 miles of ice, so that was sketchy as shit since I went sideways a few times. Tons of ill prepared (not aired down) vehicles, but t'was a blast otherwise.


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Went out and found snow this weekend. Went from Georgetown to Loon Lake and almost made it too the Rubicon trail head. There's not a ton of the ground right now, 3' of snow is pretty good for the beginning of the season. Got stuck a few times, but I was trying to plow a new road in low low and my tires kept getting packed with snow. Ice House Road ended up being a 25 miles of ice, so that was sketchy as shit since I went sideways a few times. Tons of ill prepared (not aired down) vehicles, but t'was a blast otherwise.


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sounds like you had some wheel speed snow to play in!! ive learned theres a lot of snow that the duals dont help very much lol awesome pictures though!!
 
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sounds like you had some wheel speed snow to play in!! ive learned theres a lot of snow that the duals dont help very much lol awesome pictures though!!
Yep. I don't have the most experience when it comes to playing in the snow, but the 4.7 ended up being too slow for this outing. Next outing won't be until next year so I'll get some more time in the snow then.
 
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Yep. I don't have the most experience when it comes to playing in the snow, but the 4.7 ended up being too slow for this outing. Next outing won't be until next year so I'll get some more time in the snow then.
give it time! youll find some snow where you need all of the low, and if you even look at the gas youll feel yourself sink. those are the good days where you just get out and let it drive itself around lol
 
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Happy New Years y'all! :beerscheers:
Few small updates to the truck.

Relocated my winch switches to the dash. Triple sticks were in the way.


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ECT switch got moved to where my rear e-locker was.


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Since I moved my ECT switch to where the rear e-locker was, my dad and I made a switch panel to replace the OEM clock. Turned out pretty sweet. Having access to a mill made quick work of actually getting the cutouts for the switches. Little bit of sanding with a pneumatic belt sander and the switches fit like a glove.


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Changed out 2 of the rockers on my switch panel. The switch for my lights in the front bumpers and what was suppose to be my ADD switch is now the switch for my compressor.


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Speaking of compressor, I got the old girl an ARB CKMA12 air compressor. Ended up bending up a whole new plate for my battery terminals and compressor. Much happier with the way this one came out compared to the last one. As per usual, I use hardware that is way overkill for the job.



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The tee and air chuck are from Milton Industries. The air chuck is one of Milton's fancy high air flow fittings so maybe it'll make a difference if I'm using it to fill up my tires. I'll still primary use CO2 to air up, but I'll still use the ARB from time to time as a way to air up, but it's mainly going to be a backup source of air for now.

I really need to redo all the wiring in the engine bay. It's no rats nest of wires, but there's maybe 8 different pieces of wire loom of all different sizes shoved behind the charcoal box and stock fuse blocks. It'd be nice to get it down to maybe 2/3 pieces of wire loom, but maybe I'm asking for a bit much. Either way, it's a project for another day.
 
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Well, there was an attempted to run the back side of the Rubicon (just up to top of Cadillac Hill), but turned around due to some insane trail traffic. Probably the most congested I've ever seen the trail outside of something like MCR.


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Basically the only photo that I took since we didn't even get that far down the trail. Unfortunate, but it happens. Hopefully next time we won't run into a huge crowd.
 

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Also for you IFSFTMFW guys, I've been considering LT and 37s recently. Still more inclined to SAS and throw 40s under the Taco, but it's definitely an interesting idea that I've been toying with lately. :spy:
Bummer about the trip to Rubicon being a bust. Looked like there was some event going on over there. I saw a few people post about something going on. Probably something with sponsors and media coverage.

I vote for the LT and 37's, I say fuck yeah, go for it! My buddy Robert has that on his 3rd gen 4Runner that we did 4-link with coilovers in the rear. Having that with the LT up front and 37's; that thing scoots out in the dirt! Once he gets bypasses up front, that thing will really rip.

SAS on 40's is cool too, but I'm a little biased lol
 
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Bummer about the trip to Rubicon being a bust. Looked like there was some event going on over there. I saw a few people post about something going on. Probably something with sponsors and media coverage.

I vote for the LT and 37's, I say fuck yeah, go for it! My buddy Robert has that on his 3rd gen 4Runner that we did 4-link with coilovers in the rear. Having that with the LT up front and 37's; that thing scoots out in the dirt! Once he gets bypasses up front, that thing will really rip.

SAS on 40's is cool too, but I'm a little biased lol
Yeah, just an insane amount of brand new Jeeps rolling around with people who've never been off road before.

I think I follow Robert on Insta (@socal4rnr or something like that). Definitely a rad 4Runner. I'm not looking to do anything fast though. I enjoy the technical rock crawling far more than anything right now.

The kinda hard part about trying to commit to LT and 37s is that to build the truck out the way I would want would not be much less expensive as Tons and 40s, and I'm talking about including everything in cost. (gears, lockers, shocks, tires/wheels, etc...) The difference ends up being like 3k, so I'm just a tad torn there. The big difference would be the fabrication since I'd be chopping the front of the frame off the Tacoma for a SAS.
 

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Yeah, just an insane amount of brand new Jeeps rolling around with people who've never been off road before.

I think I follow Robert on Insta (@socal4rnr or something like that). Definitely a rad 4Runner. I'm not looking to do anything fast though. I enjoy the technical rock crawling far more than anything right now.

The kinda hard part about trying to commit to LT and 37s is that to build the truck out the way I would want would not be much less expensive as Tons and 40s, and I'm talking about including everything in cost. (gears, lockers, shocks, tires/wheels, etc...) The difference ends up being like 3k, so I'm just a tad torn there. The big difference would be the fabrication since I'd be chopping the front of the frame off the Tacoma for a SAS.
Yeah that's definitely something you need to consider. If you aren't into the go-fast stuff, then there really isn't any need to go LT. SAS is definitely better for crawling. If that's all you are wanting to do, then put some tons under that bitch with 40's and send it.
 
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Yeah that's definitely something you need to consider. If you aren't into the go-fast stuff, then there really isn't any need to go LT. SAS is definitely better for crawling. If that's all you are wanting to do, then put some tons under that bitch with 40's and send it.
Yeah, it's what I'll probably end up doing. Performance-wise, it'll definitely be the end all, be all setup for me. Who knows, maybe in a decade, I'll buy another Taco and do LT, Trailing Arms, 37s, etc and build a go fast Taco. :deadbanana:
 
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