Looks good so far... excited to see this build.
Nice setup! I just put money down on an '12 taco double TRD 4x4 offroad. I am looking to do similar mods as you have done but am cashed strapped for a little while. I was wondering if I could fit those 255/85/16 on my truck without doing a lift ? As I could sell off my brand new tires when I get the truck to get a better resale. thx Chris
2012 Tacoma DB TRD 255/85/16 Toyo MT,5 FJ rims,ARB Front Bumper,TJM 9k synth winch Pro-Link,AllPro Bolt on Sliders fill plates,Asfir Aluminum Front,Mid,Gas,Transfer Skid,AllPro Shackle flip kit Timbern,CBI HC rear Bumper, Rigid Mesh Grill 20" LED bar, White Sport Grill, ARB Dual Compressors,air tanks for air tools,Dakar Leaf Pack,RadFlow 2.5" Ext travel Coilovers- front & rear shocks w/res,front sway bar delete,Camburg UCA's,SS Brake Lines,UltraGuage,Prepared by Sierra Expeditions
Really nice truck! Like the front bumper and other choices.
Here is how I had mine pulled back against the towing receiver:
If you dont have a towing package, this may not be a problem for you.
Another alternative is some sort of air system and keep the spare stored aired down.
I am running Wild Country XTX 285-70-17s on 17" American Racing Mojave wheels with 4.5 inches of backspace. My biggest challenge was finding a comparable tire to keep under the truck in the spare position that had a close diameter (the tires I am running have an overall diameter of 32.8"). I cant keep the spare in the back like some people do as I commonly use the back for camping equipment for my family - I have a camper shell on the back.
I tried several different tires and found that a TOYO M55 235-85-16 was the best of all worlds (http://toyotires.com/tire/pattern/m-55). My reason was this tire is narrow enough not to hang down, and is narrow enough not to get hung up on the UCA when running in the front position, it is 32" in diameter, close to the 32.8 of the other 4 tires. If fits nicely. I honestly feel this is the tallest, narrowest, tire that will fit under the back while still maintaining rear axle articulation and clearance (wider tires hang down too much). But, as previsously stated if you dont have a towing package, this may not be an issue as there is more space back there becuase the towing receiver is not in the way of the tire.
But, this is all moot now since I have a full size 285/75/16 mounted on a rear swing gate bumper, as shown below:
A couple of other suggestions on the build (you probably already were planning these, but did not see them listed):
1) Extended length bumpstops for the front (wheelers has some good ones - many others on the market)
2) Extended stainless braided brake lines (these also really helped the effective pedal play in the brake system = better braking force)
3) Rear Diff breather relocate
Keep the pics comming!!!!!!!
I was getting about 21.4 mpg in careful freeway driving before the suspension and tire upgrades, using cruise control on the flat and not stabbing it on the hills. At $4.59 a gallon in my area, I'm not in a hurry to fill up or get anywhere!! Also, when the gas pump shuts off, you've still got about another 1-1.5 gallons to go. Let it breathe for a few seconds and then fill slow, you can squeeze a lot more gas in there!! I ran with the fuel light on for about 35 miles and still only managed to 19.2 gallons into a 21 gallon tank. Currently I'm driving a preset exact number of miles a day to/from work and I know exactly how many miles a few of my local trips are so I can easily calculate my total miles per tank even with the speedo/odo discrepancy.
Looking great!! Two weeks ago I picked up my new 2012 Tacoma TRD Offroad.....and I'm loving it! Keep the pictures and status reports coming...
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To respond, in my own little world, bumpstops play a certain role in a suspension system that:
1)Prevent over compression of the spring and dampener preventing damage and premature wear even preventing the coil from warping and becomming unseated in the strut assembly (an example of the bottom of a coil warping is in forum member "TheJosh" thread not sure this is the result of strut compression but it gets my point across and his build is somewhat amazing and fun to look at).
2)Help tune the up-travel of the suspension to the optimal length.
3)Helping maintain ride quality and vehicle flex by contolling the force of bottoming out the suspension at full compression (most aftermarket bumps use a better material than stockers).
To be sure I have no experience with ICONs strut setup, but in most cases just because you are adding 3 inches of lift through an adjustable coilover strut does not mean you are adding 3 inches of wheel travel in addition to the stock setup wheel travel, especially in an adjustable coilover strut like the ICON setup where the dampener travel needs to match the minimum and maximum travel setting. I have not seen the numbers on the ICON coilover strut full compression lenght, but it is probable that the full compression lenght is still longer than the factory Billstein full compression lenght. If the ICON strut, when fully compressed, is longer than the factory strut, when fully compressed, then the suspension will bottom out on the strut and not the bumpstop causing damage to the strut.
Other issues from over-cycling the suspension include contact with the sway bar, contact witht he CV shaft or boot, contact with the brake hose, etc..... these can all be prevented by properly tuning the suspension to the optimal compression lenght and using a bumpstop material that is designed to help dampen the bottoming of the suspension on full compression.
That's My $0.02 on why extended bumpstops are needed.
Happy to respectfully debate the issue more on another seperate thread.
Last edited by upcountry; 03-16-2012 at 02:50 PM.
This post was most likely made from my Tmobile Droid so spelling and punctuation errors are expected.
2007 Toyota Tacoma DC 6spd. 4WD TRD - http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...rk-In-Progress
Well, crappy weather and extra hours at work have killed any chance to work on the truck in the last few weeks. I have, however, been able to do a little fuel mileage analysis. 3 tanks of freeway driving have yielded exactly 20.0 mpg (figure already adjusted for incorrect odometer reading from oversize tires). That's setting the cruise at 65 (61 indicated on the speedo) most of the time, no stoplight racing but does include sitting in some fairly heavy traffic most days. Tooling along in the slow lane gets me some looks but I just laugh it off and pretend they're checking out my cool truck!! snowtruck.jpg