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haddix
12-05-2011, 05:42 AM
Traded my 07 Camry SE for this 03 Tacoma Double Cab 4wd. After selling my 4runner in 2010 I was happy to be back in the 4wd Toyota family. Here is the build to my old 3rd gen 4runner.
http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/64810-haddixs-build-thread.html

When I traded it had a hard cover on, that was taken off the same day. Here is the first pic I have of the truck.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/8fc19e57.jpg Bone stock. I actually planned on keeping it that way for a while but that lasted a week.
Couple more pics while stock.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/b807862b.jpg
I tinted the front windows and added some sliders I had made locally.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/9a6bd594.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/0ace4e9f.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/745961aa.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/01189bed.jpg
I hated not really being able to leave anything in the bed. I went back and forth between a leer topper or a softopper and decided on the softopper because I wanted to be able to take it on and off easily. Plus I think the softopper looks bad ***.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/c08cdaa7.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/9cbfa324.jpg
I have alcan leafs sitting in the garage and plan on going with 255/85 KM2 and bilstein all around.

haddix
12-05-2011, 05:44 AM
Made an IFS skid and had a buddy make a rear bumper for me. Ill get better pics of the rear when I get it painted. Will be ordering the rest of my suspension this week as well.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/78b61887.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/db3f346a.jpg

haddix
12-08-2011, 11:26 PM
SAW coilovers should be here Monday or Tuesday. Also going to get 255/85 KM2's within the next week. Just trying to see who will give me the best deal.

TEJASYOTA
12-10-2011, 01:53 PM
Looking good!

haddix
12-10-2011, 06:46 PM
Thanks! It will look even better in about a week.
255/85 km2's will be here monday.

haddix
12-13-2011, 04:46 AM
These came in today.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/c4f033b3.jpg

LandRoverHyter
12-14-2011, 03:29 AM
Sweet truck. I where are you located at in KY? Where do you wheel?

haddix
12-16-2011, 07:14 PM
Thanks man. I live in Richmond about 15 mins south of Lexington. In the pics above we are wheeling at slade. On March 2nd-4th a group of us are going to Black mountain in Harlan. Feel free to come if you aren't doing anything else.

LandRoverHyter
12-16-2011, 09:09 PM
I'm from Versailles keep me posted on the trip to harlan I've never been but have been wanting to check it out.

haddix
12-17-2011, 04:02 AM
Will do man. Here is the link to the original post. http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=182124

Also my coilovers came in a few days ago! These will be going on the truck Sunday.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/0202830f.jpg

4Rescue
12-17-2011, 08:18 AM
Good looking truck mate. This is my FAVORITE Tacoma generation by far. They were still actualy "compact trucks" versus what they've become (the new Taco being the size of the T100 and the first gen Tundra... ) Anyway, I really love these trucks. Congrats on being back in the best brand of 4x4rxfar (always thought that saying was wasted on Rovers :D ) and on having a new project. You've got a great starting point aye.

I keep thinking about replacing the 4Runner with something more... "practical"??? I think a 4dr. Taco would be best and this gen. is my personal favorite. With a band that's traveling to play more and more It'd be really nice to have something with more power to cruise comfortably and pull the long grades aroud these parts plus enough of a bed to haul all the gear (or most of it) and still have seating for 5 if need be. Currently the 4Runner is a 2-seater as I've removed the bottom cushions and haver the back "flat-beded" as it were. It's great for Whit and I, but it's a pain when you need to take anyone else. I'd personaly leave the canopy on cause it covers up the gear in back.
So a few questions:

What kind of milage are you seeing??? (this truck is a 3.4V6 right???) And... coming from previously owning a 4Runner, how do you like being in a pick-up versus a wagon??? Do you miss the "pass through"?? Any issues in terms of personal driver comfort (I'm guessing it's less noticable being a quad cab with all that room back there versus a standard cab or even an older X-cab aye)??? Oh and something broader: You could get these gen. trucks in a Manual tranny right (thought the old Expeditions West Truck was a manual)??? And could you get the holly grail combo: Stick, Locker and 3.4V6 with a lever-op T-case??? I think either a 4dr Taco like this or a Cruiser Wagon is in my future... don't tell the 4Runner, she just won't understand.

Cheers

DAve

haddix
12-17-2011, 03:29 PM
Good looking truck mate. This is my FAVORITE Tacoma generation by far. They were still actually "compact trucks" versus what they've become (the new Taco being the size of the T100 and the first gen Tundra... ) Anyway, I really love these trucks. Congrats on being back in the best brand of 4x4rxfar (always thought that saying was wasted on Rovers :D ) and on having a new project. You've got a great starting point aye.

I keep thinking about replacing the 4Runner with something more... "practical"??? I think a 4dr. Taco would be best and this gen. is my personal favorite. With a band that's traveling to play more and more It'd be really nice to have something with more power to cruise comfortably and pull the long grades aroud these parts plus enough of a bed to haul all the gear (or most of it) and still have seating for 5 if need be. Currently the 4Runner is a 2-seater as I've removed the bottom cushions and haver the back "flat-beded" as it were. It's great for Whit and I, but it's a pain when you need to take anyone else. I'd personaly leave the canopy on cause it covers up the gear in back.
So a few questions:

What kind of milage are you seeing??? (this truck is a 3.4V6 right???) And... coming from previously owning a 4Runner, how do you like being in a pick-up versus a wagon??? Do you miss the "pass through"?? Any issues in terms of personal driver comfort (I'm guessing it's less noticable being a quad cab with all that room back there versus a standard cab or even an older X-cab aye)??? Oh and something broader: You could get these gen. trucks in a Manual tranny right (thought the old Expeditions West Truck was a manual)??? And could you get the holly grail combo: Stick, Locker and 3.4V6 with a lever-op T-case??? I think either a 4dr Taco like this or a Cruiser Wagon is in my future... don't tell the 4Runner, she just won't understand.

Cheers

DAve

Seems as if we have the same taste in trucks. I love my "mini truck" The 1st gen Dcab is the holy grail of trucks to me. It is an awesome all around vehicle and I like it quite a bit better than my 4runner. At first I did kind of miss the "pass through" but after adding the softopper it almost feels like I have a more utility type of 4runner. Same seating but I have a bed for all the muddy/wet gear. Plus its always nice just to have that truck bed. The cargo area can stay nice and dry while the rest of the stuff is in the back.
I know you would not be disappointed with a dcab taco great all around platform. I do have the 3.4 but it is an auto. They never made the 1st gen dcab with a manual. There have been a few people that have done a swap and its pretty straight forward. I have owned a single cab taco, the 4runner and the dcab taco and I think I upgraded everytime but the 4runner was a close 2nd. It really was a great rig but when I bought it I settled for it. I was really after a dcab tacoma at that time but the 4runner was very clean so I chose it and I had always been a fan of 4runners. I sometimes miss it but I wouldnt go back to a 4runner from this dcab. The 4door taco has everything the 4runner had plus a few more things. Holy grail isn't possible straight from factory as I said they only came in auto but you could get the locker, 3.4 and lever tcase. Thats what this one has! Oh yeah mileage wise I am seeing about 21 mixed driving now before the softopper I could get 24+ with mostly highway.

Dont let the auto scare you away. Its an awesome all around truck and if it bothers you enough you could always swap in the 5 spd. :sombrero:

upcountry
12-17-2011, 06:29 PM
I like the 1st gen too, but its not big enough for a family. Its a single mans truck. The second gen can fit two carseats in the back and still have room for the frontseats to be back far enough for me to be ckmfortable on a long trip I'm 6'3" and there no way my family of four would fit in the first gen tacoma quad cab. I know because we used to have one.

But, if I did not have a family I would still have the first gen.

Another note is the 4.0 liter in the second gen is WAY more powerfull and torquey than the 3
4 liter. That's a no-comparisln upgrade in my opinion and I have driven both extensively.

haddix
12-17-2011, 09:59 PM
I like the 1st gen too, but its not big enough for a family. Its a single mans truck. The second gen can fit two carseats in the back and still have room for the frontseats to be back far enough for me to be ckmfortable on a long trip I'm 6'3" and there no way my family of four would fit in the first gen tacoma quad cab. I know because we used to have one.

But, if I did not have a family I would still have the first gen.

Another note is the 4.0 liter in the second gen is WAY more powerfull and torquey than the 3
4 liter. That's a no-comparisln upgrade in my opinion and I have driven both extensively.

Well I kind of fall into the "single man" category. I'm 21 and have a gf and its just the 2 of us most of the time. I like the feel of the smaller truck but I can definitely see where your coming from with a family. I am a big fan of the 2nd gen but I feel it isn't quite as tough as the 1st gen. Not to take anything away from the 2nd gen I still think it is built better that any of the trucks on the road in it's year range but the first gen just seems a little better overall. I will own a 2nd gen years down the road when the 1st gen needs retiring but that wont be for a while.

haddix
12-20-2011, 03:01 PM
Bilstein 5125's came in yesterday. I had to order an 11'' Bilstein because the Alcan leafs I have were custom made and are pretty tall.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/ac753a71.jpg

I was originally going to have the lift and tires installed this week but with the holiday season it looks like it might be after Christmas. Oh well.

haddix
12-30-2011, 06:07 AM
Finally got the lift finished tonight. I am going to crank on the coilovers some more tomorrow before the alignment.
Here are a few pics.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/05386239.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/bb1c5fca.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/5a091762.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/0a29ad79.jpg

Better daylight pics tomorrow after the KM2's get mounted.

Omgz
12-30-2011, 12:57 PM
Hey nice looking truck, forgive me if you mentioned it but what brand softopper is that? I've also been going back and forth on a topper and that one looks pretty nice. Just another single guy with a doublecab, definitely perfect for trips with the girl.

haddix
12-30-2011, 03:38 PM
The brand is actually called Softopper. The only complaint I have is while backing up its very hard to see but the pros far outweigh the cons. If you don't need the security of a hard top then this is the way to go. Awesome quality, convenient and keeps the bed 99% dry. There's a very small slow drip in one of the corners but I did not use any weather stripping so I'm sure that would get rid of any possible leaks. Oh yeah and it looks awesome IMO lol.
Search around on Craigslist you may be able to find one. FYI the 01-04 dcab and 05-11 softopper are the exact same. Only difference is the clamps you use.

Omgz
12-31-2011, 12:45 PM
cool, thanks for the info.

haddix
01-03-2012, 01:26 AM
Well FINALLY got the tires installed today

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/9a60eb21.jpg

Got droop? :D

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/b65557b6.jpg


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/cf3dab81.jpg
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http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/07d946aa.jpg

TangoBlue
01-03-2012, 02:16 AM
Looks good!

haddix
01-04-2012, 08:21 PM
^^Thanks man.
Some daylight pics..
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/35173f35.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/d508750d.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/4a14b06f.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/1ff9f79a.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/07fef715.jpg

TangoBlue
01-04-2012, 10:49 PM
Looks much more balanced now with the new rubber. Needs more snorkel though... ;)

haddix
01-05-2012, 11:44 PM
Looks much more balanced now with the new rubber. Needs more snorkel though... ;)

I agree with both statements. I was tired of riding around on the stock tires after just 3 days.
My 3rd gen 4runner ended up with a snorkel and im sure this one will too. Ive already got the hole saw for it so why not...Right?

TangoBlue
01-05-2012, 11:50 PM
I agree with both statements. I was tired of riding around on the stock tires after just 3 days.
My 3rd gen 4runner ended up with a snorkel and im sure this one will too. Ive already got the hole saw for it so why not...Right?

Absolutely. It's for safety's sake. Not having one is completely irresponsible - think of the children/kittens/puppies/baby seals. How can a significant-other argue with that logic?

haddix
01-06-2012, 12:05 AM
Absolutely. It's for safety's sake. Not having one is completely irresponsible - think of the children/kittens/puppies/baby seals. How can a significant-other argue with that logic?


Trust me, the significant other will not argue with that logic. She was actually the one who bought me the snorkel for the 4runner. She's a keeper.

haddix
01-12-2012, 10:08 PM
Cut out a belly pan and frame plates for the truck today.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/a640f6c9.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/a03230df.jpg

climber-420
01-15-2012, 06:01 AM
what did your KM2's run ya? im lookin at gettin a set very soon.

haddix
01-15-2012, 02:47 PM
what did your KM2's run ya? im lookin at gettin a set very soon.

Best deal I could find was at discounttiredirect.com. They ran me $835 shipped plus a $50 mail-in-rebate.
.

NCjeyota
01-16-2012, 07:34 PM
Do you have the front skid and bellypan that you made mounted on your truck yet. If so I would like to see some pictures. I have the identical truck as yours and am interested in the skid and bellypan, but would first like to see them on a vehicle. Do you sell these with the hardware included? Grade 8? Thanks for the info.

haddix
01-25-2012, 02:28 AM
The skids are about ready to go. Here are a few pics of a test fit on my truck.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/DSCN0225.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/DSCN0226.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/DSCN0228.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/DSCN0232.jpg*
Here is the main post for them over on Tacomaworld.
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacoma-marketplace/192101-95-04-tacoma-ifs-skidplates-cnc-cut-3-16-200-a.html

killahaas@gmail.com
01-29-2012, 03:26 AM
what did you use to cut those skids out? also what kind of brake did you use?

haddix
01-29-2012, 11:56 PM
what did you use to cut those skids out? also what kind of brake did you use?

Cut with a Bystronic 3000 Watt Laser and bent with an Amada press brake.

killahaas@gmail.com
02-02-2012, 10:56 PM
what kind of amada brake? i am a service tech for amada at alternative parts inc. love seeing/hearing about amada machines!

haddix
03-22-2012, 07:18 PM
Few updates.
The alcan leafs were a bit to high for my liking. I ended up ordering Dakar leafs and absolutely love them. I also ordered OME nitrocharger sports but havent installed them yet.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/a72a2273.jpg

Alcan leafs
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/2c0b0bb0.jpg
Dakar leafs
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/bfb5637b.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/6e34b0aa.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/529ab763.jpg

Also while searching Craigslist I randomly found an ARB. For the price I couldn't pass it up. I ran an ARB on my 3rd gen 4runner and was very happy with it. Cant wait to get it mounted.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/4fa18c21.jpg

Adopted a St. Bernard mix a couple months back.
My new wheeling buddy, Hank. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/51cfc5d1.jpg

zidaro
03-22-2012, 11:48 PM
Looking tight! LOVE the taco DC's and was in the market for one when Toyota forced a Crewmax into my pocket :) Nice build.

haddix
03-23-2012, 08:53 PM
Looking tight! LOVE the taco DC's and was in the market for one when Toyota forced a Crewmax into my pocket :) Nice build.

Thanks man. I am loving the double cab it is perfect for what I am after in a truck. The crew max
Tundra's are very nice but HUGE!

zidaro
03-23-2012, 10:52 PM
Thanks man. I am loving the double cab it is perfect for what I am after in a truck. The crew max
Tundra's are very nice but HUGE!

Ha, they are!! got a trail Toy 87 Runner for the tight and knarly

haddix
03-31-2012, 12:34 AM
Little update

Installed OME nitrocharger sport shocks today. The install was painless, me and a buddy had them on in less than an hour.*
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/b7b4a605.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/d31d4cfb.jpg

Also added a few stickers onto the softopper.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/6e5da82a.jpg

YotaPilot
04-01-2012, 09:26 AM
Do you have a review of how the OME shocks? How was the suspension with the ARB bumper before and after the OME install?

TOPDECK
04-01-2012, 09:36 AM
Wow! great truck! Good find on the bumper.

haddix
04-02-2012, 02:46 AM
Do you have a review of how the OME shocks? How was the suspension with the ARB bumper before and after the OME install?
I only have OME shocks on the back. I have SAW coil overs up front so when I add the arb I will adjust them up if need be.

Wow! great truck! Good find on the bumper.

Thanks! I couldn't pass up the ARB. It was less than $400 AND I just sold the alcan leafs for $250 so the timing of everything was great.

haddix
04-02-2012, 02:54 AM
Yesterday me and a few KYTTORA and Kentucky crawler members made a run to Slade. This was basically a shake down run after lift and tires. I am very happy with everything at this point. I figured out the 255's rub quite a bit in the back but I haven't trimmed at all so I'm not very surprised.

I don't have very many pictures of mine but here are a few I took of some other rigs. After I get the other pics emailed to me I'll add them too.


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/19152a31.jpg
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http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/f665ceeb.jpg


Also here is a video of me going up carburetor hill. I was pretty tense, on the left its a 200' drop and to the right is a 300' drop so not much room for error.
<a href="http://s45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/?action=view&current=ead3b3dc.mp4" target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/ead3b3dc.mp4" border="0" alt="Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos" /></a>
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haddix
04-23-2012, 05:00 PM
Lets get some opinions on wheels. Should I paint the stock wheels graphite, black or keep them silver? I've also thought about going with a set of black steel wheels but I am kind of partial to the stock wheels. Whats everyone's thoughts?

CYi5
04-24-2012, 04:36 PM
If your fender flares have faded already, the gun metal paint will match them perfectly.

haddix
08-31-2012, 09:58 PM
Few wheeling pics from last weekend.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/51f3fba570e53e0eeb79b2133f274d22.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/2f71ddc53285d9cd56a83b1244a0326b.jpg
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http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/104b2f3cf24cdeb00853a37424eb3946.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/e447657b476e25964bac00d395072f5f.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/4a4ff0760e485b3a4f5e8566b125c596.jpg
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TangoBlue
09-01-2012, 05:54 PM
Nice. It was pretty smart of the Rover and Jeep guys to bring you along in case they had problems with the stuck. ;)

haddix
10-09-2012, 10:11 PM
Nothing to major butI added a set of color matched fender flares. I think they look much better than the original black ones.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/B1470D64-8A10-42F0-916E-CCB9C09863A9-2735-0000026C3E4D886D_zps54decb38.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/48A7A633-2116-4FFF-AEE6-E66E485B05C2-2735-0000026C4643DA59_zps4d75fb5f.jpg

LandRoverHyter
10-09-2012, 10:30 PM
No pics?
Was hoping to meet you at the last Zoe FD ride...

haddix
10-09-2012, 10:40 PM
No pics?
Was hoping to meet you at the last Zoe FD ride...

Was hoping to make it but had a test for school that following Monday so didn't make it anywhere that weekend. Mid terms are this week so hopefully sometime very soon I'll be able to go wheeling. You have any planned trips coming up?

LandRoverHyter
10-10-2012, 03:06 AM
Going to harlan for the weekend Friday. That's it for now. Is like to check out big rock at some point. Been doing a lot more camping than wheeling lately. Finally sold my 80 so we have been taking out my wife's jk. Are you on Facebook?

haddix
10-10-2012, 02:23 PM
Cool, Harlan's always an awesome trip. What do you plan on buying next? I have a Facebook but haven't logged on in months. Are the pics I posted yesterday working for you?

LandRoverHyter
10-10-2012, 06:14 PM
Pictures look good.
I've got my dodge, wifes unlimited and I picked up a 97 Tj off Craig's list but I'm planning on fixing it up a bit and selling it this spring. After I sell the TJ I don't know what I will end up with...might just build up the wife's jk

haddix
10-11-2012, 01:54 AM
Pictures look good.
I've got my dodge, wifes unlimited and I picked up a 97 Tj off Craig's list but I'm planning on fixing it up a bit and selling it this spring. After I sell the TJ I don't know what I will end up with...might just build up the wife's jk

No more Toyota?! Haha what kind of plans for the tj?

LandRoverHyter
10-11-2012, 03:59 AM
I'll have another 80 or a truck like yours... Nothing like a Toyota!
As for the TJ it's an auto all it needs is a tranny rebuild it just started to slip every once in a while coming out of first. It's already 1/2 way set up... Lift, bumpers, sliders, tube fenders, 35s ect..it's a pretty cool rig but I need something family friendly.

haddix
11-23-2012, 02:28 AM
Bought an ARE shell to replace the softopper. I still plan on keeping the softopper for now and switching in and out.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/3117F0F6-EFEE-45F8-937C-D14271228B0C-1377-0000017C0C53168E.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/417B2507-475F-4EAF-B490-5EEE89260FC4-1377-0000017CDAF542EE.jpg

89s rule
11-28-2012, 12:53 AM
Topper looks very nice!

MockingBird
11-29-2012, 03:28 PM
Question for you. I have almost the exact same setup as you on my 02 taco DC. Still running stock tires. On the 255's with the stock rims any rubbing in the front on full steer lock? Also where are you seeing the rubbing in the back? Thanks, and you build is looking fantastic btw.

haddix
11-29-2012, 09:32 PM
Topper looks very nice!
Thanks. I am liking the hard top more than I expected. I loved my softopper and was very hesitant to make the switch to the hard top but am very happy with the decision so far.


Question for you. I have almost the exact same setup as you on my 02 taco DC. Still running stock tires. On the 255's with the stock rims any rubbing in the front on full steer lock? Also where are you seeing the rubbing in the back? Thanks, and you build is looking fantastic btw.

The tires do rub the frame at full lock and they also rubbed in the back with major flexing but nothing a little cutting won't fix. I personally love the 255's and would highly recommend them.

AxleIke
11-30-2012, 09:18 PM
Oh man! That thing looks KILLER with the matched flares and the ARE topper. WOW!

haddix
12-31-2012, 10:23 PM
Oh man! That thing looks KILLER with the matched flares and the ARE topper. WOW!

I appreciate it man. I'm very happy with how this truck is coming along so far. I am loving the ARE topper so much that I will probably the sale the softopper. I originally intended on keeping both and switching in and out.
Thanks for the compliments.

haddix
01-27-2013, 02:29 PM
Well this is the end of this build thread. Last Thursday I traded the Tacoma for an FJ cruiser. I was sad to see the Tacoma leave but I am LOVING the FJ so far. I kept my wheels and tires to put on the fj. Can't wait to build it up more.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/E62803EB-ACF4-4E12-AD34-192D58681BFB-3802-00000260B7064013.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/404824D5-9636-4AD2-97F6-B634D10220E4-3802-000002070A52134C.jpg

Already cutting on it to fit the 33's with stock suspension.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/EB56DDBD-4545-4F45-B89B-0E80E74FD27B-3802-00000260FFBAF41C.jpg

I'll be posting up a build thread for the FJ soon.

LandRoverHyter
01-28-2013, 12:22 AM
Did u trade it in with a dealer or private party?

haddix
01-28-2013, 01:23 AM
Did u trade it in with a dealer or private party?

Private party.

haddix
01-28-2013, 01:40 AM
Also selling my softopper if anyone is interested.

89s rule
01-28-2013, 07:53 PM
NOOOOOO!

TangoBlue
01-29-2013, 03:33 AM
NOOOOOO!

Yeah... he's dead to us. That nice Tacoma for an FJC? This is what drugs do to you, son... let this be a lesson to you. ;)

auderer
02-01-2013, 04:26 PM
Quick Question. Can you tell me all of the dimensions of your KM2s? I like the look of them. Just wondering what 255/x/x you got.

Thanks,

shellb
02-02-2013, 01:46 AM
I'm guessing those were 255/85R16.

haddix
02-02-2013, 07:00 PM
NOOOOOO!
Haha I know I know. I loved my Tacoma but so far I'm happy with my decision.

Yeah... he's dead to us. That nice Tacoma for an FJC? This is what drugs do to you, son... let this be a lesson to you. ;)
:( hey at least I stayed with Toyota. I could have went to the dark side and got a jeep.


Quick Question. Can you tell me all of the dimensions of your KM2s? I like the look of them. Just wondering what 255/x/x you got.

Thanks,
They are 255/85/16's. I'd recommend them.

TangoBlue
02-03-2013, 05:46 AM
... hey at least I stayed with Toyota. I could have went to the dark side and got a jeep.

Oh man... you know I can't stay mad at you.

haddix
02-03-2013, 01:49 PM
Oh man... you know I can't stay mad at you.

I know, I know. It's all in good fun.

TangoBlue
02-03-2013, 04:24 PM
I know, I know. It's all in good fun.

But please... no zombie hunter stickers on the FJC... that's already been overdone -- to death.

haddix
02-03-2013, 07:08 PM
But please... no zombie hunter stickers on the FJC... that's already been overdone -- to death.

No worries. No offense to anyone else but I HATE those stickers. I know everyone is different but I just don't understand it.

enzo
02-03-2013, 07:33 PM
Well this is the end of this build thread. Last Thursday I traded the Tacoma for an FJ cruiser. I was sad to see the Tacoma leave but I am LOVING the FJ so far. I kept my wheels and tires to put on the fj. Can't wait to build it up more.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/E62803EB-ACF4-4E12-AD34-192D58681BFB-3802-00000260B7064013.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/404824D5-9636-4AD2-97F6-B634D10220E4-3802-000002070A52134C.jpg

Already cutting on it to fit the 33's with stock suspension.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f53/brandonhaddix/EB56DDBD-4545-4F45-B89B-0E80E74FD27B-3802-00000260FFBAF41C.jpg

I'll be posting up a build thread for the FJ soon.

I just traded in my Tacoma for an FJ 2 weeks ago. I loved my Tacoma but I'm really enjoying the FJ.

haddix
02-03-2013, 08:51 PM
I just traded in my Tacoma for an FJ 2 weeks ago. I loved my Tacoma but I'm really enjoying the FJ.
I feel the same way. I loved my Tacoma. Not one complaint with it and I actually thought I would regret getting rid of it but I am loving the FJ. Super happy with the switch.