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2006 Tundra long travel prerunner double cab

Discussion in '1st Gen Builds (2000-2006)' started by KarmaKannon, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Jul 12, 2019 at 10:07 PM
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    KarmaKannon

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    Just pulled it in the shop and she's coming out with a few upgrades.
    3.5" wider per side, heim steering, heim upper arms, uniball upper and lower, yadda yadda. Oh yeah and camburg extended axle shafts because orw said total chaos wasn't going to get shafts to them until late this month. I also ordered a set of sdhq CV boots that I'll try out. On top of the fun parts I ordered some new calipers because one of mine had a broken bleeder screw I couldn't get out and some stainless lines that will hopefully help when I lay on the binders.

    This evening I just got the first side down to bare frame and tomorrow I'm going on a hardware run to get some bolts for the lower arms and the the steering rack for the heim clevis.

    Oh yeah and ignore my foggy turn signal housing and while tearing the truck apart I noticed the rack is leaking on the passenger side. I'm really hoping I can replace the seal on that side and not dump more money on a new rack, but I doubt I'm that lucky. More to come.

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    Pulling her in for long travel fab time.
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  2. Jul 12, 2019 at 10:09 PM
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    Black Wolf Alaska is 2.5 times larger than Texas......

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    I see a great build in progress. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jul 12, 2019 at 10:31 PM
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    Black Wolf Alaska is 2.5 times larger than Texas......

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    Nice build going on. I'd like to see some pics of your dog too
     
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  5. Jul 13, 2019 at 4:58 AM
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    FirstGenVol I complain about my mods

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    I don't understand all your suspension lingo. You should post some pics. I like your wheel and tire combo though. I've never seen those wheels. Your truck looks great. I like that color.

    What's up with the black fender? Is it aftermarket or just primered?
     
  6. Jul 13, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    They are fiberglass fenders that came in black gel coat. Kind of a primer coat. It hasn't been high up on my list to paint them. Pics will come hopefully today. I am starting with a pile of parts and a removed front suspension so there isn't much to show at the moment. I'll be figuring out the lower uniballs and lower arm design most of today I'd assume. That's where about half my time is going to be spent on this project.
     
  7. Jul 13, 2019 at 5:17 AM
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    FirstGenVol I complain about my mods

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    Cool. I didn't realize anyone made a lower uniball option for our trucks.
     
  8. Jul 13, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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    Total chaos and solo make uniball lower conversion with their heim steering conversions. They are a little different than what I'm doing, but they look really nice. The way the factory lower ball joint is oriented scares me a little so I really didn't want to use it.

    Edit: looks like I was mistaken about total chaos having a uniball conversion.
     
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  9. Jul 18, 2019 at 9:05 PM
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    Going slow, but still chipping away. I had to ditch the lower uniball due to some geometry issues.

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  10. Jul 28, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    Still remembering how to weld. It's actually funny that I can tell where I started and where I welded later. Cycled the suspension out before welding and everything seems to clear with what I would call a tight clearance at all extreme angles. I knew would have to cut the shock mount into the lower arm, but I was even a bit surprised at the amount needed. On the bright side I don't think I'll have firewall clearance issues with my 35s anymore. My fenders will need some trimming along with my front bumper. I think my washer bottle is safe so long as a rock doesn't kill it.

    I also just ordered 12" bypasses for the rear. I wanted fiberglass bedsides, but they will have to wait a bit longer. I have a few upcoming projects that need the money so I fully expect to pull and probably trim the stock rear to make it all fit.

    Oh and yeah the above picture isn't a finished part obviously. Still some internal structure/ gussets to finish and other stuff that I still need to tig.

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  11. Jul 28, 2019 at 9:55 AM
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    I like that design, looks good.
     
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    Those are some pretty welds.
     
  13. Aug 2, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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    Cutting parts for the other side. Should start on the coil buckets/ upper mounts tonight.

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  14. Aug 2, 2019 at 6:53 PM
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    So I was lazy tonight and decided to design the steering clevis for the heim attachment to the steering rack. It should be pretty close to what I want but I might still have to adjust some stuff. I still need to make something that will lock the clevis to the rack so it cannot spin. On my other truck I just ground a groove in the rack and welded a bead on the clevis that would key to it. That's a dirty method. I might think if something more elegant for this one.

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  15. Aug 3, 2019 at 9:14 PM
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    Today's recap... Hot, tired, tire clears the firewall at bump, need more fender trimming, upper arm is tacked, I'm still not done with the first side haha. Ooh and glamour shot!

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  16. Aug 5, 2019 at 4:50 PM
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    I find it super cool you’re building this yourself. Can’t wait to see it come to life.
     
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    Agreed. This is sick.
     
  18. Aug 18, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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    She got a nickname of Toby. Yeah it's 2019 and a she, zim, zey, zer, can be named Toby. One side all fabbed and painted. Still needs everything assembled and then I copy it on the other side. Should be much easier than the first side.

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    Oh and Hobart mig wire runs like $hit in my welder and appliance epoxy painting one side is like chugging two beers. I picked up some Italian er70s-6 that had good reviews on Amazon and instantly remembered why I don't like Hobart wire. The Italian stuff is a little different overhead, but runs great otherwise.
     
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  19. Aug 18, 2019 at 6:57 PM
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    I also got the limit strap mounted and added a pretty gusset to the lower arm.

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    Great work buddy!! Have you considered getting LCA ready and upper mount for secondaries up front since you are going this far into the project with custom work?
     
  21. Aug 18, 2019 at 7:51 PM
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    Thanks. I thought about it, but settled on an internal bypass coilover. I think there's potential there if I can tinker with it enough to work. It was cheaper this way, but probably not in the end after I'm done. I probably should have just done a TC setup and ran a regular coilover. I think I like the frustration of doing weird and hard things. Not to mention I'd have waited longer for the TC suspension to arrive than it would have taken to install it haha.
     
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    Nothing beats DIY and having a challenge. I totally get that :thumbsup:
     
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    Hell yeah. And if I don't like how it works I can make normal shock hoops without a terrible amount of work and the lower arms really wouldn't take too long to rebuild now that I have the fixture and files.
     
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    Friggin betos was closed this morning so I missed my breakfast burrito, I had a hell of a time getting things buttoned up, I had to explain to my father why innocent until proven guilty is better than the other way around, to show there were no hard feelings he got me a breakfast burrito from another betos, and then we went for a couple test drives. I'm tired and ready for dinner. I'll finish up the alignment tomorrow.

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    Thats some quality fab work there!
     
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    Thanks man. I'm just stoked to have my truck back and running. I've been chipping away at this thing for about 2 months and I'm tired of driving my little fun truck around. The little truck rides rough and makes a lot of squeakes and such and just isn't as comfortable as my tundra.
     
  28. Sep 8, 2019 at 6:59 PM
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    Oh I know the feeling. Kinda of. My tundras gone for a month or 2 at the body shop. My 01 taco a has been apart for 4 years now
     
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    Not gonna lie, this is some pretty impressive work. Did you end up fabbing up the UCA's too?

    Did you model the LCA's after anything or was this all from scratch? The reason I ask is because I have access to a serious laser cutter. I've done CAD work for 10+ years so I know how much time you probably have into these, but I would definitely be interested in the CAD files if you just kinda ever felt like sharing :bowdown:
     
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    Yes I did the uppers too. I didn't really model it off anything because the shock setup was less than conventional. I did the lower pretty much all 2d unfortunately. I was going to do a nice model I solidworks, but I actually thought it would take too much time upfront. I don't know if that was wise or not. I made a fixture using the factory lower and extended it out 3.5" and moved the tire forward about 1" for more firewall clearance. I've done a couple suspension setups this way and they usually go together alright. I think the only thing I have in 3d right now is the steering clevis that seems to work well actually.

    I admit that this lower was a clusterf#ck of pieces and j probably should have just kept it simple, but I had to try something different.
     

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