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2007 RCSB Rescue

Discussion in '2nd Gen Builds (2007-2013)' started by Rex Kramer, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Oct 7, 2017 at 7:46 AM
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    To the best of my knowledge about 3600 Regular Cab Tundra were built from
    2007 to 2010. The RWD 5.7L Short Bed makes up a small fraction of that total.

    I paid $5000 for this 4900 lb. 2007 SR5 August of 2017... it had about 270,000 miles on it when I drove it home from North Georgia. I am the 4th owner.

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    Read on to see how I continue to personalize this RCSB and make it mine.

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  2. Oct 7, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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    I'd be tempted to do the "honey Badger" build and SC with a 2wd. If it were 4x, I'd be tempted to do a LT with a SC. But alas, these are just dreams.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2017 at 8:16 AM
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    I love everything about the SC - except the price.
     
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  4. Oct 7, 2017 at 8:17 AM
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    Definitely agree. That's what's keeping one off my truck.
     
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  5. Oct 7, 2017 at 8:17 AM
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    See fine print
    Nice. I still want a rcsb... one day. I'd do the same. Lower it.
     
  6. Oct 12, 2017 at 6:32 AM
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    Ken with Hammerhead Dent Repair made a house call yesterday, and I think he did a great job.
    One of the previous owners jack-knifed a trailer, and put a large dent on the drivers side box
    above the wheel well. I used this dent to reduce my purchase price by several hundred $$

    Before & After
    IMG_1001.jpg .. IMG_1024.jpg
     
  7. Oct 16, 2017 at 3:26 PM
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    Before & After ~ Wet Okole

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  8. Oct 16, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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    AFE mass air intake TRD rear anti sway bar Headwaters seat covers TRD Pro grill Bilstien 6112 coil overs Bilstien 5160 rear shocks Consol vault
    Nice find
     
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  9. Oct 18, 2017 at 4:37 AM
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    Nice truck
     
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  10. Oct 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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    Rust free frame!

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    Lowering the bed... I replaced my worn out leaf springs (pictured above) with a set of new Alcans, you can and should use your factory leaf packs if they are still in good shape.

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    Lowering the bed will require the rerouting or shortening the exhaust pipe. Other than that, the installation is pretty straight forward...

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    Technically speaking this modification relocates the rear suspension leaf packs by hanging them under the axle. This draws the bed of the truck down, but does not reduce ground clearance... this modification does not reduce load or towing capacity, and the scrub-line is unchanged.
     
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  11. Oct 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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    Before & after picture, plus a look at the hardware as well as a first look at the Line-X.

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    The bed is 3.25" lower than stock... the truck sits level.

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    You do need to remove material from the sway bar brackets when installing the TRD sway bar with the lowering kit. Make sure the bracket does not make direct contact with the welded seams on the axles. The stubby sway bar end link are required when lowering, note the 'lowered specific' frame mount in the last picture.

    I could do without the red, but it's not easily seen so I'll leave it be.


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    The tail pipe flange on the muffler was worn out, so I came up with this resonated turn down using a portion of the original tail pipe..

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  12. Oct 30, 2017 at 6:58 AM
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    Benefits that I've seen since lowering the rear and adding a rear sway bar:


    . The occasional bed bounce & vibration are gone.

    . The seating position is more comfortable, I no longer feel like I am being pushed toward the windshield.

    . I have a better view from the rear view mirror, I can see more of what is behind me.

    . Lane changes & cornering are much more precise, even at higher speeds.

    . I didn't give up any ground clearance.

    . Launch & acceleration is more efficient than before.

    -- It's also much easier for my 80 year old mom to enter & exit the truck.


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  13. Oct 30, 2017 at 1:19 PM
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    Level ride, 36" at all 4 wheels.
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  14. Nov 1, 2017 at 4:49 AM
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    This is the second time that I have used Alcan for replacement Toyota truck leaf springs, several years ago they built a custom set with a little lift for my '96 4WD T100. Alcan makes some great leaf springs.
     
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  15. Nov 25, 2017 at 5:55 PM
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    I put 1200+ miles on the RCSB for Thanksgiving... not a single hick-up, and I averaged 16 to 19 MPG depending on speed. 19 MPG under 75MPH, 16 MPG above 75 MPH (sustained average highway speeds). Press your right foot to the floor while cruising @ 70 mph and the truck comes alive. Right now, the harmonic sweet-spot for this truck the way I have it set up is a little above 80 MPH. Lane changes are exact, but the ride is still a little stiff for huge potholes, ugly expansion joints, and abrupt changes in the surface. It's not harsh, and easily controllable (I eliminated this issue by installing shorter shocks and air bags)... the nannies did their job at least one time that I know of when I touched on the marbles on the outside edge of a downhill sweep to the left. I think the ride will soften a little bit once the new suspension is broken in.

    All-in-all, I am satisfied with this old RCSB.

    275K and counting.
     
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  16. Dec 11, 2017 at 4:29 AM
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    I was just east of accumulating snow... this was the heaviest snow that I saw :tumbleweed:.

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  17. Mar 14, 2018 at 6:01 AM
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    On Monday my friend (father of the bride) and I took the path less traveled on the way home from his daughters 3.11 wedding in Asheville, NC - US 178 from Rosman, NC south to I-85 in SC. He rides, and he was driving the AWD Subaru like he would ride his motor bike (yanking & banking).

    This RCSB handles the hilly-twisty-curvy two lane blacktop at speed with ease, the only problem I experienced was temporarily losing sight of his Subaru Outback directly in front of me as we negotiated the sharp left-hand curves... the huge A pillar in the Tundra is what blocked my view.

    Toggling the sequential 6 speed kept me off the brakes, and allowed me to whip through the turns - it was a great roller coaster ride in the rain & fog. We encountered one slower driver,... they pulled over to let us pass - we appreciated their courtesy.

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  18. Apr 18, 2018 at 5:54 AM
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    I removed the Ranch Hand bush bar last week to see how the truck drove without it... I will not be re-installing the bar. Both the ride, and handling are better without the bar. The Ranch Hand bar is great, but I feel that it needs to be on a heavier truck on a longer wheelbase.
     
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  19. May 9, 2018 at 4:26 AM
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    I replaced the factory tow mirrors with a used set of standard mirrors yesterday...
    the tow mirrors are a bit too much for a daily driver that does not tow anything.

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  20. May 9, 2018 at 10:32 AM
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    I bet that will really streamline the look of the truck. Really dig the 'sleeper' look Rex! :thumbsup:
     
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  21. May 11, 2018 at 5:57 AM
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    I spent some time cleaning up the chalky Super White paint last night, she cleans up pretty well considering the rough service life she once had. I'll find a spot in the shade, and go over it again later today.

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    Today's project... n-FAB T07RBS-H-TX rear bumper installation. I still need to mount the license plate and figure out lighting for the plate, any ideas?

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  23. Jul 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    That looks awesome!
     
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    Current mileage.

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    Georgia red clay coated the exterior of this truck... still cleaning

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    I dig the n-fab rear bumper.

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    Tow hitch receiver step installed.

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    Looking great so far!

    Gotta love a clean rcsb.:thumbsup:
     
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    What are u doing with those tow mirrors if i may ask
     
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    I replaced the factory head unit with a new Kenwood single disc Bluetooth capable head unit. It drives the Focal speakers very well.

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    Looking good!
     
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  29. Sep 3, 2018 at 3:17 AM
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    The next modification planned is the installation of an Air Spring Kit.
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    Oh yeah, I added a set of Husky X-act Contour mats - I love these mats!
     
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    Good calls. Looks much better without the brush guard and tow mirrors!
     
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