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‘22 Off Road Build with DIY and Production Mods

Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2022+)' started by PapaDave418, Apr 3, 2022.

  1. Apr 3, 2022 at 9:50 PM
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    PapaDave418

    PapaDave418 [OP] A Dude who knows a Dude

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    Hey! Welcome to My Build Thread!

    I am a tinkerer and like to solve problems. I hate bins and built a DIY kitchen unit that was featured by Overland Bound’s YouTube channel and 840k views later I co-founded PullKitchen with my business partner producing high-end off road kitchens that you don’t need, but you might want.

    This build thread is how I am going about solving my problems and making off roading and camping more fun. I have learned first-hand that if something is easier to do then it’s likely I’ll want to do it more.

    This is the current configuration of my ‘22

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    How it started
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS:
    Bed Lights and Diamondback Cover Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712559
    Rear Bed Electrical Box Build-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712582
    Rear Bed Electrical Box Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712587
    Compressor Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712587
    Wiring Loom From Engine to Bed-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712596

    Method 703 Wheels-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2712887
    HAM Radio Wiring Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2713939
    Ram Mount Dash Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/#post-2714376
    HAM Unit Mic Wire Routing-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2724452
    Dash Switch Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2724488
    Rack Plug Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2730077
    Chase Bar Trailer Plug Wiring-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2739304
    Chrome Handle Delete-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2739408
    Westcott Designs 3/2 Lift Before and After-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2742861
    Hood Decal Install-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-2#post-2747449
    Tailgate Chrome Handle Delete-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-3#post-2762985
    Half Bedslide-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-3#post-2783550
    Short @KB Voodoo Rack and PullKitchen Walk Around Video-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-3#post-2790038
    KB Voodoo Rack, Lockers, and Cargo Tray-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-3#post-2806697
    Rack Lights, Rack Mods, and Pull Out Game-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-3#post-2828644
    Cat Shield Anti-Theft-
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-4#post-2846682
    Rotopax Install to the KB Voodoo Rack
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-4#post-2854802
    How the KB Voodoo Rack Looks With Rotopax and Storage Locker
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22-off-road-build-with-diy-and-production-mods.105476/page-4#post-2871991
    Air Bag Install
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/‘22...nd-production-mods.105476/page-4#post-2902538
     
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  2. Apr 3, 2022 at 10:11 PM
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    PapaDave418

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    My Limited came with the Limited power option which includes the AC outlet in the bed and bed lights. The lights work good but I wanted great. The bed lights turn on with the overhead external rear light when you open the tailgate so I piggybacked off those. I was going to add a pin switch to the tailgate but wasn’t needed.

    I bought these LED’s
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JUE9OLM?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_GJJDT1AMKXZJFCHJARDE
    I was going to use this pin switch for it, if I had needed it
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001TQPM6Q?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_YHWRB3VCJD3NW706H64Q

    If you have bed lights it is very simple to remove the lights and access the wiring behind them. They are a spring fit so you slide the light to the right and pop out the left side first. Then I mounted the LED’s, drilled a hole the size of the wire, and passed the wire through the bedside between the bed and fender. I routed it back to the existing light fixture and spliced it into the wiring. Pretty easy
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    I received my Diamondback cover and installed it. Easy install and I love them. I had one previously on my Tacoma and this is the SE model which can still handle 400lbs on top. I can walk on it, load on top of it, and yet it only takes 5 minutes to remove.
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    How it looks with the LED’s
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  3. Apr 3, 2022 at 10:18 PM
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  4. Apr 3, 2022 at 10:53 PM
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    I like to off road a lot and changing tire pressure is like changing shoes. If you are playing football on grass you aren't going to wear bowling shoes. The same is true if you are running forest roads, desert roads, or hitting rock gardens changing tire pressure helps with grip and comfort.

    Some people opt for an SPOD (or similar) to control multiple functions of lights, compressor, and such from the cab. I found my work flow while camping was that most of my time was spent at the rear of my truck by the tailgate. So I decided to put my switches and compressor back there. I don’t like popping my hood to access the compressor because the truck needs to be running to power the compressor and it’s hot up there. To turn on a camp light I don’t want to have to open my driver’s door to access a control panel up front to turn on a light in the back.

    I purchased a BlueSea water proof switch
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009PUDJE?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_9FBRDAS2KZJ5M1J4VH1J
    Water-resistant project box, large with flange
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083GQ4BRP?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_Y6BS6JWWGCXSZYKJNG5V
    Water-resistant project box, small
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092HS9CMR?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_7QXRPK6GWMRFWK332S6T
    12v power socket
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P4M46M5?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_WVBAQNFZD803X7XZWR7W
    Negative bus bar
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WV486BS?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_6371WQYCT9M26KXEC293
    Wire loom x2
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FXF12HC?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_C95S3XHHC5RPF1VJGDWZ

    The project box is going to be installed through the bed side wall and exposed to the elements in the fender well so I made it water resistant in design.

    The first cut is rough but will be hidden
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    Water proof switches, plus fuses are right there easily accessible
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    More cuts for the power plugs to run my fridge and shower unit…what? A clean man is not a mean man
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    Backside of the wiring, the large project box houses the positive wiring
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    The small project box is the negative bus and is screwed to the large box
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    That way the unit can be pulled out as a whole making it easy to work on or fix if needed. You can see the main wiring looms coming out the backside099333DB-C87A-4B14-925B-F69A40016C79.jpg

    To make it pretty I added a faceplate, 1/4” black HDPE
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    To make the faceplate flush I routered out a recess
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    Bam!
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  5. Apr 3, 2022 at 11:14 PM
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    I decided to place my compressor, after much deliberation, on the bed side wall in front of the wheel well. I went with a QuickDraw ARB compressor mount because of its simplicity, rubber dampeners, and well it’s easy.
    https://quickdrawbrand.com/product/arb-twin-compressor-bracket-universal-mount/

    The space between the truck bed and fender is pretty spacious, so I decided to route my wiring, braided compressor hose, and switch box in that volume.

    The first cut always cuts the deepest….:eek:
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    Now I’m committed! (Or should be committed according to my father-in-law)
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    I added Rivnuts so the mount would stand the test of time, you can see how the wiring goes through
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    Backside showing the space available
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    I think the compressor/air chuck plate is a clean install! I would have centered it but you can just make out a crease to the left of it where a support rib runs up the backside of the wall. I didn’t want to compromise that rib
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    To route the wiring and braided hose I took off the rear tire and removed the fender flare and wheel well faring. It’s all easier than it looks, just took my time removing the press fit clips.
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    I used this bulk head fitting to pass the air hose through the bed side wall for a clean install.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09958F96J?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_GTWFTK1Z4R4E86N5ED6X
    I purchased all my air fittings, compressor, hoses, air chuck, mount plate from https://www.desertrat.com/
    Free shipping and no tax for me
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    How it looks
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    I may add a deflection plate to protect the compressor, but I will be adding a DIY full length half bed slide that will contain and control any gear on this sideAEA18A8C-E5D0-4696-9A4B-236BDAF7F610.jpg
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2022 at 11:44 PM
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    Now not all my stuff is DIY, I will be adding a PullKitchen soon! ;)

    Sets up in 10 seconds giving you pantry storage, kitchen storage, onboard water with sink and electric pump, dual burners, onboard rechargeable power, 8 LED’s, flat space, and removable cutting board.
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    For wiring the dual compressor I used 8awg wire to run 2 positive lines from the battery to the compressor. Each compressor gets its own wire. I ran the negative wire to the compressor and spliced in the negative wire from my switch box as well. I also ran a shorter negative wire to the rear of the truck and grounded it to the frame. The switch box also has a positive line all the way to the battery. I used the wire loom listed previously and snaked it from the rear panel over the wheel well, down under the truck, up at the front wheel well, across the engine bay where it terminates by the battery.
    8awg marine grade wire
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NV0HR2?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_S0GXN33T0DDP0PB91346

    I used marine circuit breakers to control the electrical connection to the rear. One is 25A for the switch box, the other is 90A for the twin compressor. Another great feature, besides protection, is that when you press the yellow button it opens a circuit and allows for safe working on your electrical connections in the rear. I mounted of them to the top of the relay fuse box in locations where the nuts underneath would not interfere with the fuses inside. There’s enough slack in the wires to fully remove the top and have access to the fuses as well.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089T8VXXV?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_5WT55V0MVBKVMJ4C0JHW

    Wire loom across the engine bay
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    Circuit breakers
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    I routed all of the wiring through the whole truck and drove it for a couple days before electrifying the system. If there was going to be a failure due to heat and melting I wanted it to happen before I connected it. I drove to Yosemite and back this weekend and the entire line was perfectly fine.

    Yosemite is stunning!
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    I've seen you on YouTube!

    This thread is absolutely awesome!!
     
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    Thanks for posting all of this @PapaDave418 ! I’ve subscribed to this thread because I can’t wait to see what you do next (and the bed lights are on my to do list).
     
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    I used @RevereOverland 20% code and purchased Method 703 17x8.5 +35 wheels. I bought my friends tires he took off his day old Bronco Wildtrack which are Goodyear 315/70/17. He owns a tire shop and at $200 each mounted balanced and TPMS switched over I’m pretty happy. There are something like 34.2” or so. They barely rub the little mud flaps I have on still. I have a Westcott 3/1 lift coming till I figure out what I want to do for real.
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    Stealth Custom Series wheels have their head quarters in my town so I drove over to pick up lug nuts as Method was out and I’m glad it did. They have shorter lug nuts so they don’t stick out a mile like some lug nuts do, and I got to sample some colors next to my truck. I would have purchased from them but they are still working on off sets for the new Tundras. B97D4668-C29D-4257-9518-99698E070B38.jpg2CA7FE49-0CE1-41B5-843B-F636DADC3539.jpg
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    Oh and I ended up selling my 20” TRD wheels and tires for $1500 :yes:
     
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    I am wiring up my HAM radio and needed to pass the power cords through the firewall. HAMs specifically state not to power it off of the fuse block but the battery to keep down electrical noise.

    On both sides of the truck under the dash are 2 large rubber grommets that have a big wire harness passing through. I poked a wire hangar through it and fished the power wires through
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    To get the plastic formings off start with the hand twist nut
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    Pull off the side pieces by lifting straight up
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    To access under the dash above the footwells these clips press in
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    Inside the engine bay
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    How high is the grommet up in comparison to, say, the steering wheel?
    For the Tacomas, I've always been slightly concerned with a bit of water splashing in when doing a water crossing.

    If one did a big water crossing in the Tundra, would they be in risk of water splashing or coming in?

    I have the strangest thoughts/ideas lol
     
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    Not too strange…

    It’s about the same height as where the steering column comes through the firewall. In line roughly with the bottom of the glovebox, and because I poked a hole with the coat hangar as opposed to cutting a hole it would be a bit before water would get through as the rubber stretches around the wires.
     
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    Just finished this project before going to the PullKitchen shop today.

    I needed to add a Ram Mount to hold my HAM head unit, and I decided off to the left was most out of the way and easy to do.

    When you pull on the AC housing pull straight out and 4 clips release, then you need to rotate the housing clockwise to release the clip from the center faring over the steering wheel speedometer display.

    Give it a good tug straight back at youEC0654AD-19CD-4394-997A-41CB43054372.jpgRotate clockwise
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    See these clips, make sure to lift this section to reengage them when reinstalling it all33945650-CB79-41A0-8F38-A4102F4C30B6.jpgOnce out you can see the directionality of all the clips
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    I found a spot with enough clearance for a washer and lock nut
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    I started with a small pilot hole and for plastics I like step drills as they usually leave a clean hole 37917633-766F-4D29-9CEC-18251B115D33.jpgWasher and lock nut in7F4693FE-ED7A-41EF-B383-AE5E3E9C3405.jpg

    Looks pretty clean, and the hole isn’t the worst if I go to sell the truck someday, or I’ll leave the Ram mount as a present5561C97A-6AB2-43F2-969E-9A5E8A297BFE.jpgI snaked the control cable up the side, it’s easy to push between the seams
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    Again looks clean and easily adjustable43400406-6CE1-4391-9EFA-EDF633C266EF.jpgEasily insight but out of the wayF76593DB-B8CF-40CF-A455-E86832CC93F2.jpg
     
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    I used a door antenna mount EF59C381-64FD-42A9-9DA0-07F43BF50F29.jpg4D31FEF7-3B92-4C53-A70B-BB95C07EFE98.jpg
     
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    Holy cow that's neat. This is becoming my favorite build thread lol
     
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    Awesome build. I am doing a similar thing with a project box for my bed accessories, but I am going to make it mobile with magnets on the back so i can move it around in the bed or extend it outside the truck.
     
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    That sounds like a cool idea, I’d like to see how it turns out!
     
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    Haha thanks!
     
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    I was just reminded about RFID attacks to steal trucks by copying the key’s signal. Thieves can get it when you lock the truck if they are near enough, or they come to your house and pick up the signal from the driveway or front door by grabbing the signal your key pings out to the truck as it sits on your counter or wherever.

    Here’s my PSA-The More You Know

    If you are worried about an RF hack via the key fob you have two options. RF shield box or turn the key off at night. I personally do the second option as I’m walking into the house.

    To turn off the key-
    Press and hold the lock button then press unlock twice and you’ll see the little red light flash a couple times. The key is now off and not pinging out to the truck. You can confirm it by grabbing a door handle to see if the truck responds.

    To turn the key back on-
    Press unlock and the key is active again

    My spare is turned off as well so it’s not in the house pinging away wasting battery
     
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    This is great info. Part of the reason to get my 2017 was because I wouldn't have to worry about the smart key.
     
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    Question for you @PapaDave418, since I'm not very electrical, and you seem very savvy, I'm currently mounting a pair of Baja Designs on the hood. The harness I'm running is limited in that the negative ground wire is not very long. Can you ground to the negative battery terminal? Or should you ground to the frame/vehicle via an available bolt? I was going to use this bolt outlined on the passenger side wall against the cab.

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    You can ground to the battery, just be mindful of how many wires you have coming off of the battery and it doesn’t turn into a Christmas tree. If you do ground to the frame make sure to scratch off any paint for a good connection and then I hit it with a quick blast of black paint after everything is locked down to help keep rust away.
     
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    Grounding to the frame reduces 50% of the wiring in the vehicles which is why they do it, cost savings and somewhat of a weight savings depending on the vehicle. That way you don’t have to run a negative back to the battery every time. Because my switch box is all the way in the back I did run a negative back to the battery and a negative to the frame in the rear to make sure I accounted for any voltage drops due to cable distance.
     
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    Thanks! That makes sense, good to know that I can do it. Just didn't want to blow anything up if ended up going that route. I may just ground it to that bolt I circled earlier, so it looks a little less messy.
     
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    This is going to be an epic build, from the looks of it so far.

    Hit me up, if you want to hit the trails some time! I’m in San Ramon.
     
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    I’m taking a group this weekend up to the Lost Coast with overland bound. I lead the monthly meet up in Pleasanton.
     
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    Heading out on a trip tomorrow morning and finally got my PullKitchen installed. 50% of my camp set up in 10 seconds. You don’t need a PullKitchen but you might want one.

    Prep
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    5/16” large flange Rivnuts going in for the Quick Mount
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    Hanging out
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    Part of the design philosophy is that it removes quickly to get your truck back. It takes 1 minute to pop the orange pin out and one bolt up front and you remove it. Easy46169D25-1889-44BE-B2F8-178B664B3823.jpg
     
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