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Rocket-scientist
12-18-2011, 03:36 AM
I figured it was time after lurking for so long to actually post up my vehicle. I purchased a 2010 Tacoma Access Cab with the TRD Off-Road package to replace my 06 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon. The Jeep had been modified so much it was no longer a practical everyday vehicle unless every day was a rock crawling trip. I was done with the crazy rock crawling stuff and just wanted to be able to get away for some good hiking and camping trips. I was moving to southern California so my vehicle needed to be able to keep up on the freeway but be able to get to some back country areas. My goal was to buy another truck (my 2nd Tacoma), equip it well from the factory and leave it that way. Yep, that worked :)

Thanks to this forum and other great sources this is where I sit today:

Drive-line:
Engine: Stock 1GR
Transmission: Stock 6 speed
Transfer case: Stock
Front Axle: Stock IFS
Rear Axle: Stock 8 inch w/e-locker
Tires: 255-85R16 KM2s on stock wheels

Suspension:
Front: ICON coilovers set for no lift
Stock UCA/LCA
Rear: TSB springs (installed 12-2011)
ICON resevoir shocks


Protection:
ARB Front Bumper (old style)
Smitybuilt XRC 8 winch with synthetic line
All Pro Rock sliders
Bud Built 4 piece skids (modified exhaust to raise center skid, post coming soon)

Other Money Pits:
Auxiliary Battery http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/71738-2010-Tacoma-Dual-Battery-system-installed?p=1017829#post1017829
ARB 50 QT fridge on rear shelf http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/68946-My-back-seat-storage-fridge-shelf-in-2010-Tacoma
Pioneer AVIC X920 Nav-stereo
Cheap tool box
Water and Fuel Jerry cans from Pep Boys
Recovery, survival, and tool kits
CB radio
Yaesu FT-7900 Dual Band Ham Radio
Safari Snorkel

Still to come?
RTT on a bed rack (maybe ARB) (ARB Simpson III installed)
Chuck box
More miles exploring the CA-AZ-NV area! (underway!)

Shameless poser shots as it sits now...
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/Arizona%20Strip/P1020290.jpg

So far I have been to:
Anza-Borrego, CA
Big Bear, CA
Mohave desert, CA
Prescott National Forrest, AZ
Valley of Fire, NV

docjake
12-18-2011, 11:15 AM
I miss working out at San Mateo Range, San Clemente had some of the best taco shops in the world. What made you chose the old style ARB over the new one, I am going to be buying one when I get done with this trip I am just sorting opinions.

Rocket-scientist
12-18-2011, 03:04 PM
What made you chose the old style ARB over the new one, I am going to be buying one when I get done with this trip I am just sorting opinions.

First and foremost, I'm cheap. I got a good deal on this one. I didn't feel like paying more for the new style, then adding more cash for a set of ARB fog lights that I didn't really need anyway. I just didn't see the need to spend $125 extra dollars for the fog lights. Instead I put the extra cash into the KC lights I have now. I do think the new style looks better though.

When you get yours make sure you leave at least a 1/2 inch gap between the bumper and the body (like it says in the instructions) or you will get some annoying bumps and squeaks as the body flexes.

keezer37
12-18-2011, 03:37 PM
First and foremost, I'm cheap. I got a good deal on this one. I didn't feel like paying more for the new style, then adding more cash for a set of ARB fog lights that I didn't really need anyway. I just didn't see the need to spend $125 extra dollars for the fog lights. Instead I put the extra cash into the KC lights I have now. I do think the new style looks better though.

When you get yours make sure you leave at least a 1/2 inch gap between the bumper and the body (like it says in the instructions) or you will get some annoying bumps and squeaks as the body flexes.

The fogs are pretty cheap. Money well saved on your part.

docjake,
x2 on the bumper alignment. I think people look at the gap as per the instructions and see it as excessive and unappealing or perhaps get frustrated trying to get it dialed in just right. The gap is needed.
An easy way to align it for me, because I was soloing on the install, was to set the bumper on a pair of inexpensive wooden saw horses available from Home Depot and lift the front of the truck the few inches up to the bumper with a floor jack. Brought the mountain to Mohammed. If you have these items, it makes short work of it.

enzo
12-18-2011, 07:11 PM
Nice looking rig, I'm really loving those tires.

WU7X
12-18-2011, 07:17 PM
An easy way to align it for me, because I was soloing on the install, was to set the bumper on a pair of inexpensive wooden saw horses available from Home Depot and lift the front of the truck the few inches up to the bumper with a floor jack. Brought the mountain to Mohammed. If you have these items, it makes short work of it.

Another way to match the bumper to the frame is to use an engine hoist and some 1" climbing straps. A couple carabiners may come in handy too. The engine hoist allows you to elevate the bumper and get it mounted all by yourself.

owhiting
12-18-2011, 08:58 PM
That is a really great looking truck. I like the way you have set it up.

ETAV8R
12-18-2011, 10:11 PM
Looking good so far. The dark gray is gonna show the scratches pretty good though! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

riveroceanandmountain
12-18-2011, 11:25 PM
I like the "keep it mostly stock" attitude you have.

I have one question...... soon I will be replacing tires and have been pondering the 255/85 size.....

Any problems with rubbing etc with no lift?

Looking Good!

ROAM

Rocket-scientist
12-19-2011, 01:00 AM
I like the "keep it mostly stock" attitude you have.

I have one question...... soon I will be replacing tires and have been pondering the 255/85 size.....

Any problems with rubbing etc with no lift?

Looking Good!

ROAM

Thanks, I believe that stock is reliable. I learned not to go too far with my Jeep.

Yes they do rub. Hard. But only on the front mud flaps when hitting a bump. I will remove the mud flaps if I need to, but so far its not enough to make me pull out the screwdriver. I may let the tires eat them and be done with it. I am considering adding the ICON add a leaf setup to the rears and then raising the front to match.

The dark gray is gonna show the scratches pretty good though! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

I challenge your use of the future tense! Someone asked me if I had been in an accident with all the scratches. It's just arizona pinstripes.

ETAV8R
12-19-2011, 02:52 AM
LOL had I known my future overlanding interest when I got my MGM I would have gotten the white instead. I've got tons of Nevada Pinstripes thanks to my offroad journeys. If your truck is brand new I'd suggest either removing the front flaps altogether or trimming them. If you have had the truck for a while taking them off will leave a slight line in the paint where the flaps rub. I trimmed mine long ago:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/7495-mud-flaps-5.html#post711985
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/61879-how-trimming-front-mud-flaps.html

Welcome to the portal and Semper Fidelis!

PHXtaco
12-20-2011, 07:13 AM
Hey James, good to see you on here!

-Craig

Rocket-scientist
12-20-2011, 02:41 PM
Hey James, good to see you on here!

-Craig

Yeah, long time no see!

Scott C
12-20-2011, 02:46 PM
New equation: ICON+ARB= STOCK!!!!!

J/K, nice truck.

Rocket-scientist
01-03-2012, 04:27 AM
New equation: ICON+ARB= STOCK!!!!!

J/K, nice truck.

OK, so its stock-ish... :)

I got my dual battery setup installed today.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/71738-2010-Tacoma-Dual-Battery-system-installed?p=1017829#post1017829

Overall, it wasn't that hard. Just a pain to get everything put in. The hard part was getting the battery tray done, especially since I pulled a muscle in my lower back working on it. Add in a nice head cold and trip back east and the install took 2 months. Its nice to have it done, but for what I have in it I could have just picked up a Goal Zero Adventure Kit http://www.goalzero.com/shop/p/64/Extreme-350-Adventure-Kit/1:3/ and had unlimited power. Hmm, now that I think about it I still have some credit limit left...

Rocket-scientist
01-08-2012, 07:02 PM
I installed a hypertech in-line speedometer recalibrator http://www.hypertech.com/products-results.aspx today. I didn't get any pictures since I was in a hurry to watch the Steelers destroy the Tebows. The instructions are easy to follow and it works as advertised. It took me 30 minutes start to finish to install. I used my etrex to check the reading and now my speedometer is dead on accurate. Not a cheap fix but it's easier than explaining yourself to the police officer.

Scott C
01-09-2012, 01:19 PM
I guess that football game didnt quite work out as plannned. I was surprised Tebow won. After all my terrible chiefs managed to beat him a few weeks ago.

Blair '72
01-09-2012, 08:47 PM
I thought I saw Steelers seat covers through the windshield in that first pic... My suspicion has been confirmed

Rocket-scientist
01-10-2012, 01:41 AM
I guess that football game didnt quite work out as plannned. I was surprised Tebow won. After all my terrible chiefs managed to beat him a few weeks ago.

Can we never speak of that game again?

Rocket-scientist
05-07-2012, 12:21 AM
It's been a while since I updated this thread. I added a Yaesu FT-7900 for long range comm. The head unit is mounted under my back seat shelf in place of the crappy inverter I had there.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/P1020193.jpg

I placed the head unit on the dash. If I death grip the shifter with a full grip I hit my knuckles on the freq knob when I shift into 5th gear but aside from that I am happy with the location.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/P1020192.jpg

I put in 2 NMO mounts. The rear is running a Larsen 2/70 short for the FM and the front (centered in the roof) is a Larsen CB stick. The install was painful at first (drilling holes in the roof) but after that went really smooth. I used solder on PL 258 cables on both mounts. So far everything is working great (fingers crossed).

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/P1020195.jpg

achampagne
05-07-2012, 01:58 AM
Truck looks great, must have been a struggle whether or not to "drill baby drill". I love the ARB and can't wait to get one myself.

Rocket-scientist
06-27-2012, 04:21 AM
New updated photo on the first post! But, I added an ARB Simpson III RTT mounted on an All Pro APEX rack.

The tent has been covered on many posts on the forum so I will just add some observations. The tent is very well made and feels like a quality product. Sleeping in the RTT is far and above the ground tents I've done for the last 37 years. The only down side is that the velcro that holds the corners of the mattress to the base is all the way on the corners where a fitted sheet will cover it. Therefore, the mattress shifts when folding the tent up so you need to push it in where the hinge is. Its not a big deal, but it can be annoying. Also, the amount of questions you get asked in a camp ground is tough to get used to. Overall, for me it was well worth the money.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/Arizona%20Strip/P1020382.jpg

The All Pro APEX rack is well made and sturdy. Its made of 1.5 inch DOM tube and bolts to the factory rail system. Its a pain to assemble the rack, make sure you don't paint over the markings so you know which tube goes where :)

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/Arizona%20Strip/P1020245.jpg

I drilled a 1/4 inch hold in the driver side to mount some quick fists for my shovel and some 3/8 holes on the passenger side to mount my High lift. No issues with either one so far.

With the tent mounted I averaged 17.05 MPG on my trip to Arizona over 2000 miles (80%-20% roads-dirt). That really surprised me since I averaged 16.5 over the previous 4000 miles around southern California. I attribute the mileage to the tent helping to reduce the low pressure area behind the cab and (more importantly) the use of non-California blend fuel.

MrGrimm
06-27-2012, 05:06 AM
I like the rack! I was biking home today and saw you driving and said to myself "thats new, looks good!"

iRagedoYou
06-27-2012, 12:24 PM
That is a nice looking rig!

Rocket-scientist
09-08-2012, 02:57 AM
Nothing major lately but I have been doing some small improvements. Thanks to Roverchef for all the help!

I fixed the intake on the snorkel,
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/IMG_0003.jpg

put a cheap set of LED lights on the rear crossbar on the bed rack,

off:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/IMG_0012.jpg

on:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/IMG_0011.jpg

installed a 12 volt outlet and switch for the lights in the drivers side bed pocket.
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/usmc_grace/IMG_0006.jpg

Also, I put a set of aluminum strips on the rack to avoid scraping the paint off the rack when putting on the RTT and cleaned up the wiring mess under the passenger seat. (pics to come soon)

Frostymug
09-12-2012, 07:20 PM
Now that you have some miles on the KM2's what are your impressions? Are you still having issues with rubbing? Are you using a 255-85R16 KM2 for the spare? If so, did you have to modify anything to make it fit?

Cliff

Area52
09-13-2012, 12:21 AM
OP,

You're further along than I am, but I'm doing almost identical mods on my 2012.

I also came to a similar conclusion with my 2010 JK.

It takes a lot of driver intervention to keep the JK on the road, and while it shines off road,it ergonomically sucks on paved roads.

In 2011, I took a 680 mile trip to Moab in the JK and it was physically demanding.

After running trails and driving back to El Paso, I was wiped out for a few days afterward.

I did the same trip two weeks ago with far less fatigue in the Taco and it was far more enjoyable and I did around 122 miles on trails.

Jim

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=117421&d=1345917920

Rocket-scientist
09-13-2012, 01:51 AM
Now that you have some miles on the KM2's what are your impressions? Are you still having issues with rubbing? Are you using a 255-85R16 KM2 for the spare? If so, did you have to modify anything to make it fit?

Cliff

I like the tires a lot. The only down side so far is the noise, but it's less than the MTZs I had on my Jeep. I have not had them in the snow yet, but dirt, rocks, wet and dry pavement they work. Just over 10k miles and the wear is even with no cuts, and I've been out twice now with vehicles that cut tires on the same trail. I run 40 PSI On road and 18 off. The only down side other than the noise is they tend to follow gaps in the pavement on road. Nothing really bad, but it is very noticeable.

The front flares are now gone so no more rubbing on the front. The passenger rear does rub on the rear of the fender well but only on big hits.

The spare is the same 255 in the stock location. No modifications necessary to mount it, the tire guy at America's tire was surprised it fit. I still need to get a stock wheel so I can do a 5 tire rotation.

ETAV8R
09-13-2012, 06:00 AM
I just went through this again after your last post. You have stock suspension and have no rubbing issues with the 255s after removing the front mudflaps?
Damn! I have pretty much brand new 235s. Guess I will have to wait til they wear out before getting some 255s.

Frostymug
09-15-2012, 03:37 AM
Thanks for the tire update. Very helpful.

Another question; With the larger tire diameter do you feel you have adequate power or do you plan to regear?

Cliff

robert
09-15-2012, 04:15 AM
On a side note if you decide you want the driving lights in the ARB just order the kit from Kurt at Cruiser Outfitters and do it yourself; it's fairly easy with a drill and a jog saw.