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bigwapitijohnny's 2011 tundra

Discussion in '2nd Gen Builds (2007-2013)' started by bigwapitijohnny, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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    Well it's been over 3 years since I changed vehicle platforms. I am chronologically presenting the build to get you all caught up. **Please note that all time stamps are from the previous year**... ANYWAYS! ENJOY!

    I had a 3rd generation 4runner that was an exceptional vehicle. This rig owned me nothing because it was an excellent vehicle that served my family for 10 years and 170,000 miles. I'll always have fond memories of this vehicle not only for the years and miles, but also for the introduction to overlanding...
    Anyway, here is one last pic of the rig on the way to the dealership...Farewell my old friend :eek:

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    Why the platform change? It boiled down to 2 things: room and power. In early May, my son and I participated in a Central Overland rally. It became obvious that the V6 was underpowered in hilly terrain. Our route took us through the Buffalo River in Northern Arkansas, and some of the passes were steep. Nothing compared to passes out west, but it was enough to make me aware and concerned that the rig was struggling...We had 2 in the rig towing a loaded Outlander Sherpa II (10 gallons of fuel / 15 gallons of water / food in the engel 45 for 2 days...).

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    I did consider a Land Cruiser 100 and 200 series, however, I really missed the utility of a pick-up. My previous rig before the 4runner was a pre-Tacoma p/u, and after consulting with my wife (CFO) I called my auto broker and was able to get a GREAT deal on a Toyota Tundra...

    Here it is. 2011 Tundra CrewMax / 4x4 / 5.7L ~ 381 hp / 401 ft/lbs of torque. My broker lined up a great price for my rig and a great price on the Tundy. I found a tundra grade with a sunroof / upgraded stereo with BT technology / backup camera and some other stuff...Most Tundys with this setup retailed for 10K-12K more...

    Anyway, on to the pics...

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    I sold my Wet Okole seat covers and ProComp wheels seperately, and I have some money...Let the mods begin...
    Regards,
    BWJ
     
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  2. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM
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    bigwapitijohnny [OP] New Member

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    I just got the rig back with the 33s aligned. According to the tire calculator ~ http://ejelta.com/tiresize/, the 295/70 r17 is bigger by 1.69% than the 285/70 r17factory tires. I feel as though this tire size fills out the lifted 3/1 Tundra rather well. Alot different ~ AND BETTER than the stock wheel/tire combination.

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    Enjoy!

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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    I just got the SnugPRO shell on today. I am very pleased with the fit and finish. I was not aware of all the small details that come with this shell. It is expensive, however, not too much more than the other commercial or lesser 'consumer' options. I won't bore you with the pics of the shell off the truck...Enjoy!
    Finish is SPOT ON! From my understanding, SnugTOP has a very close working relationship with Toyota. The patterns for their fiberglass molds are digitized ensuring extact body contours. At one time, the SnugTOP shell was a factory option. Dealer warranty issues killed this though...This shell matches the lines of the Tundra perfectly, and the finish is exceptional. I could not be happier ~ Oh what a Marty McFly feeling!

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    Yakima track system is installed at the factory. Roof weight capacity is 500 lbs. It is reinforced with wood, as well as, 2 honeycomb layers of fiberglass. Attachment points are rounded nylon nuts...I may scrub these and go with heavier duty hardware...​

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    Solid fiberglass doors with locking T-handles.​

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    Approximately 1" Fiberglass 'skirt' that overlaps the bed of the truck to minimize ingress of moisture.​

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    Next up is custom wood shelves to hold my armamentarium...Off to the cabinet shop.

    Regards,

    BWJ​
     
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  4. Apr 3, 2014 at 4:57 AM
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    I am currently considering options for racks on the SnugPRO shell. I have had a Bajarack on my 3rd generation 4runner, and it was great. I used to have a highlift jack and other implements on this rack, but I transferred this back onto the Sherpa II.

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    Initially, I was looking for a 'lower profile' rack than that of my original 3rd gen Bajarack. I was considering either the Frontrunner Windcheetah or the Rhino rack pioneer platform. However, after thinking about what my needs are going to be, I'm not sure if these systems are going to be the best option. I am going to utilize an awning and attach some longer logging implements on either side. Hmmmmmmm

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    After much thought, I am uneasy about having two awning brackets and the awning or logging tools serve as a 'wall' for the rack...Here is a pic of an expedition style Bajarack. As you can see, not much there in terms of a wall. I'm thinking a basket type configuration is going to be better. Perhaps the awning brackets for the Frontrunner and Rhino are more robust? I Don't know...

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    I just got off the phone with Sergio at Bajarack, and he informed me that there are other offerings available that may suit my needs better. I'm going to send him the measurements of my shell / track system and we will go from there. Very pleased to be able to talk to Bajarack and let them know of my specific needs.

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    I'll keep you all posted...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  5. Apr 3, 2014 at 4:59 AM
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    I just completed my cabinet project for the most part. I ended up doing it myself after I talked to the cabinet maker. Albeit it took me about 5x longer...I found that woodworking is somewhat 'therapeutic' and relaxing. The price of the overall project was about the same as the cabinet shop quote, but this also included me buying a router :wings:. I got these coated with Ameraguard, and with QuickFist clamps, I think it turned out well...

    There are two shelves that make up this system. One opens to the bed, the other opens to the side access doors.

    Anyway, onto the pics. Sorry about the phone pics, they look alot better on my phone.

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    I wanted something that I can remove if I had too. These can be removed by simply loosening several turnbuckles. The cargo openings are going to be 'covered' with Powertye cargo nets. I chose this net due to the openings being 2x2 inch squares as opposed to the usual 3x3 inch squares. Hooks and other hardware is going to the powdercoater and will be gloss black...

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    I found a Quikfist mini holder to mount a cheap Costco Tactical flashlight above the first aid kit.

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    Driverside tool shelf - I chose to mount my various camping armamentarium here...SORRY FOR THE POOR EXPOSURE!

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    I used both the QuickFist Mini 'Old style' / Mini / Original clamps. These are the bomb...

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    Passenger side tool shelf - I have my wrenches and other hand tools here. The depth of the shelves are about 13" at the base and then 5" at the crest. I found a tool bag at Home Depot that fits this to a tee. Also, my Pelican 1450 case is a perfect fit as well. Cam buckle straps will be ordered on Monday, and I'll cinch these down with 1" footman loops...

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    I had some time on my hands and mild weather so I knocked out some other projects as well. I'll post pics of this next...To be continued.

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2014 at 5:01 AM
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    I knocked out some smaller tool projects that I had in the works along with my cabinet project. Mild midwestern weather (Upper 60's) in early November, I'll take it!...**If you have any additional suggestions for tools, please let me know!**

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    As stated earlier, my tool shelves are such that they are 13" at the base and 5" at the crest. I found a tool bag from Home Depot and a Pelican 1450 case that fits this shelf to a tee. I also have enough room to mount my level / wrenches behind this bag ~ bonus. My planning did not account for this, it was blind luck and coincidence...:bike_rider: It pays to be lucky at times...

    Home Depot bag ~ This is the hanging tool bag. It is made with 1600 weight Cordura, and has a 5 year warranty. Here it is opened up...Plenty of slots and pockets for everything.

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    Pelican case ~ I made a divider and added some 'Old Style Mini QuickFists' to hold my wrenches. The divider is 1/8" masonite material sprayed with anti-skid coating...

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    I considered some Knipex wrenches however, I think these Irwin Groove lock wrenches are going to be just fine (and cheaper too)...

    I also found these new Craftsman 'universal' wrenches / sockets that will grip six different types of nuts and bolts (Hex 6pt, Square 4pt, Hex 12pt, External Torx®, Spline, and partially rounded hex 6pt). I bought both metric and SAE sockets. These are also the max axxess design so I supposedly don't need shallow and deep sockets. I got some ratcheting wrenches in metric as well...

    Plano hard case ~ I picked this XL Plano gun case up at the Bass Pro Outlet for $50! (Kicking myself that I did not pick any more...) This case is ideal to use for my recovery gear. Pick'n'pluck foam is great!...Not bad for a Cheap solution, and it fits just inside my shelf...

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    Soooo, this is the fruit of my labor for last 1 1/2 months.

    Enjoy!

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  7. Apr 3, 2014 at 5:03 AM
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    I recently received my custom Baja Rack. I am VERY pleased with the results, and my expectations have been exceeded. Sergio and John are quality guys to work with, and they provided me an exceptional rack.

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    I became familiar with Baja Rack about 2 years ago. I was in search of a rack system to fit my 1998 4runner. I had taken off the factory bars, and was looking for a rack system to let me utilize the OEM tracks already on the roof. I was not having too much luck trying to find a system for a vehilcle over 10 years old...Then I found Baja Rack. Baja Rack was the only rack system available that fit the existing OEM tracks on my 3rd generation 4runner. The mounting system was very strong and utilized the existing tracks without compromising stability and/or strength.

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    The current foot system is similar to the picture above...

    I had a Yakima track system installed on my SnugTop SnugPro shell, knowing that I would eventually utilize an overhead rack. One of my criteria was for a lower profile rack system. I considered Rhino Rack, Frontrunner, Baja Rack and Yakima to name a few. After contacting the manufacturers, I found that the existing rack systems were retrofitted to fit into the track system, and then work up from there. I knew that Baja Rack had several offerings for Toyotas, however, not specifically for the 2nd generation Tundra. I was beginning to think that a custom rack was going to be the only route...

    Since the Crewmax Tundra has a 5 1/2 foot bed, my options were limited in what I could use. After leaving inquiries with all the mentioned vendors above, I was contacted by John Gjata ~ Baja Rack's head engineer. We discussed my vision for the rack, what my needs were, and within several months, my custom rack was in my possession. I wanted a low profile rack to help as much as possible with mpgs ~ I know the Tundra is thirsty. This design is similar to that of their 5th generation 4runner offering. I wanted an expanded metal floor for more tie down options as opposed to the usual floor consisting of bars. My previous rack came with a smooth powder coat finish. This rack came with a textured, matte black finish - it is tougher that the old powder coating and is much better in my opinion.

    If you are having to find a solution to your rack needs, custom or otherwise, I would highly recommend you give Baja Rack a call. Anyway, on to the pics!

    Feet - 3 per side. The middle feet are a touch shorter than the other two. I have three attachment points per side.

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    Rack itself - This rack is plenty stout. The feet attach to the rack in the recessed boxes, thus, not interfering with your cargo.

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    I got a chance to 'test' this out mounting my gear, I am north of 220 lbs. There was not any noticeable flex associated with me on top of the rack... I would say that it passed with flying colors.

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    I'll post up pics of the tools and Shadyboy awning soon...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  8. Apr 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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    Ur rig is really coming together...I like how you have made storage areas for just about anything you'll need....
    Any plans to get rid of the chrome? Plastidip even?
     
  9. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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    Thanks! Yes Sir,

    No chrome...Matte Black...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  10. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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    I have just returned from an Easter campout with my son. It was an incredible time to be had. I took some pics of the awning system that I am currently using. I chose to go with the SHADY BOY awning (http://www.shadyboy.com). I chose this system due to the extruded anodized aluminum case, and the compact dimensions will fit the shorter bed / rack dimension of the Crewmax (5 1 /2 feet). I did not want an awning that would extend past the length of the rack, and this system fits the bill to a 'T'. This awning is very popular with the Vanagon and Eurovan groups, but not the ExPo crowd. It is not as robust as other products available. However, if you are looking for an awning package in a compact, lightweight design (less than 15 lbs); this system should be strongly considered. No, there are no options for screen rooms or wall panels ~ it is too lightweight for that. It is just for providing shade and shade only. Onto the pics...

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    The case opes up with a spring that keeps the clamshell open. Once opened, the awning and poles can be deployed. There are two button snaps that hold the awning down and when you are rolling it up, there are corresponding snaps that hold the awning corners in place.

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    The material is a lightweight ripstop nylon that has a silver finish on top. This finish is said to reflect the sun's energy (Somewhat skeptical about this claim...) Anyways, there are a total of 5 heavy fiberglass poles, as well as, 2 additional lighterweight downdraft poles (optional).

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    On each end, there is a milled aluminum block that the poles fit into in two orientations. Also, there is a milled center block as well. The fit is exceptional. So much so, that I struggled with the pole angulation during the initial assembly. These poles are oriented upwards at a slight angle to allow the fiberglass poles to bow out and give the awning some lift.

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    The awning size is 10' x 6' ~ not too bad for an awning that comes in a case that is 49" in length...Here is the awning with all of the poles in place. As with other awnings, be careful in deploying this in windy conditions. The first time I did this, I saw the flexibility of these poles when the awning inverted and resembled a sail...:Wow1:

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    I found these 10" ground anchors at the Home Depot. These are really stout and will be able to widthstand quite alot of wind. I figure if it's too windy for these to anchor down the awning, it shouldn't be set up in the first place...

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    Here are some pics of the awning staked down and totally set up.

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    Peavey comes in next week, sliders are coming soon...Stay tuned!

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
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  11. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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    I got the sliders bolted on yesterday at Atomic Fabworks. They got them back from the powdercoater, and they are exceptional. It's almost a shame that these are going to be beat on, but oh well. Anyway, ON TO THE PICS!

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    I had a choice between 3 different hole patterns for the top plate. Atomic drew them up and sent me a detailed schematic of each pattern. I am glad that I went with this pattern over anything else. The raised dimples provide great traction so far, I am curious to see if this will change in the rain. Access to the BajaRack now is no longer an issue.

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    There is a slight bend in the rear of both sliders to sweep down and 'flow' where the bed dips down behind the cab. I wanted a kick-out in the rear, but I wanted one that kicked out gradually. To my eye, I really like how the kick-out sweeps outward over the rear half of the slider.

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    The sliders are 6 inches from the pinchweld up front and 8 inches at their widest. You can see that these accomodate my 'paw' well.

    The sliders are mounted using grade 8 hardware and custom fabbed brackets. All in all, Atomic Fabworks did an excellent job. If you are in need of any kind of fabwork, give Atomic a call ~ http://www.atomicfabworks.com/. Ask for either Steve or Brandon.

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  12. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM
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    bigwapitijohnny [OP] New Member

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    I just got my truck back from Atomic Fabworks. They installed the Expedition One front bumper with all the goods that go with it. Got the bumper back from RML powdercoating 2 weeks ago. Here is the 'pile' of goodies that needed to be installed. The guys at Atomic were great to work with, and they dove right in...

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    I chose to go with powdercoating this time as opposed to Ameraguard lining. I think that this powdercoating is more robust as opposed to the PC that I got from my previous Armorology bumper. I'll see how it lasts...Anyways, onto the install...The disassembly of my OEM bumper was quite an eye opener to me - IT IS A TIN CAN. All it seemed to be was a few 10mm bolts (4x) and a bunch of plastic clips...not good. I was able to sell the OEM bumpers / mirrors / grille to an auto parts salvage yard with one phone call. The proceeds of which almost covered the cost of the rear EXO bumper...woot woot!

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    The Expedition One (EXO) bumper is very stout. The frame mounting bracket and re-inforcements are well engineered. We were all impressed as to how beefy this unit truly is. Compared to the OEM bumper, there is no comparison. If I were to hit a deer with my rig, I have no doubt that I will remain a few links above said deer, literally, on the food chain. Here is the solenoid pack mounted and ready to go.

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    Dream almost realized...

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    Overall, Atomic was excellent in the install and wiring. I am grateful to have such a fully functional installer / fabricator in close proximity. More pics later.

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  13. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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    Just got my rig back from Atomic Fabworks on Friday. I had the EXO bumper installed following completion of powder coating at RML powdercoating. During the trial period, my bumper rusted from the freak snow storm + KS salt. I had to hit it with naval jelly and WD-40 Specialist rust inhibitor to prevent the surface rust. I was surprised how fast surface rust builds. It took two days for it the turn a lovely matte burnt orange. In retrospect, I should have sprayed the inhibitor sooner, but live and learn. My next bumper on my next rig will be done differently :ylsmoke:...

    RML premier powder coating has this new dustless hydro-blasting process available. It is an alternative to traditional sand blasting. My understanding of this process is that it enables the blaster more control of the media and pitting of the blasted surface is decreased dramatically. It consists of water, tiny glass particles and a rust inhibitor. The glass disintegrates when it hits the surface. The end result is a surface smoother and more accepting fo the powder coat. According to RML, it is far more efficient, and is approved by all major paint manufacturers. My bumper looks like a fine mirrored surface. I recommend this process highly. If you are not local, I recommend you ask your powder coater about it. It is the newest process available, and RML is one of the first in the country to implement it.

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    I had atomic tweak the EXO bumper before they installed it. Specifically, I had them weld a stop, a catch system (that would allow the tire carrier to be 'locked' in several positions), and a mount for my Dually D2 light stand. I wish I had done this for my Sherpa II trailer, however, I did not have any experience with tire carriers before my trailer build. Anyway, I wanted three positions available: 1) locked so that I could leave the tailgate up to gain access to the back with just the window open 2) 90[SUP].[/SUP] for the tailgate to fold down 3) open all the way without having the spare ding my tail light. The locking pin is a slick setup. It consists of a spring loaded pin welded to an L handle. This pin will pop down into one of the three holes in the locking plate.

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    I wanted to wait on putting a pic of the latching mechanism of the EXO bumper. As I said before, this is an engineering marvel, and props goes out to EXO for fabbing this up for me. This was a one-off system that the head fabricator (Robert) had thought up and developed. I'm glad that I waited. Knowing what I know now, if you are thinking of buying this bumper with tire carrier, DO IT. To my untrained eye, it looks complicated. Yet to every fabricator/mechanic that has seen this latch was impressed at the ingenuity required to do this. I believe the bar has been raised for rear custom bumpers with a spare tire carrier. I will put this latch up against any other fabricator out there doing this ~ period.

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    OBA: My wife bought me the ARB twin compressor (CKMTA12) for my birthday :wings: I am a blessed man. I coupled this with two 5 gallon anodized aluminum tanks. These were mounted in the spare compartment under the bed. I decided to go with the stainless steel braided hose for the entire system. After using this yesterday, I am surprised at how hot the hoses get. Anyway, Atomic fabbed up a custom bracket for the mounting and plumbed the whole system. They did a great job as usual.

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    Snorkel: I am a big fan of snorkels. I had one on my 3 gen 4runner and I found a screaming deal on one for the Tundra. I acquired it from Brian Jowett of Jowett engineering. THANKS BRIAN! This snorkel is made for the 200 series Land Cruiser, but, it can be made to fit the Tundra as well. Since not all Tundras are the same, we had to make a trip to the hardware store for some additional fittings. Finally, we got it to work. I can now participate in the Central Overland trips in Spring ~ High water mark + Yacht club...Many, many props out to Atomic for helping me out with these projects...Class guys that treated my rig like one of their own. Highly recommend them. Here are some eye candy pics of the snorkel and bumper. Enjoy!

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    Next mod in play ~ OME CS055R leaf springs + Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 kit...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  14. Apr 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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    What was the determining decision to bolt on the sliders opposed to welding them on?

    Looking good...
     
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    I did not know how the powder coating was going to hold up. I can tell you that I'm beginning to see some surface rust already...May have to go with a bed liner material...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  16. Apr 20, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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    bigwapitijohnny

    bigwapitijohnny [OP] New Member

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    All,

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    I have been quite busy in the off-season with various other projects, however, the modding bug is still present in my system...Recently, I cam across a great deal on an all-weather gun case at my local Wal-Mart. This is the bigger brother of the double pistol case that I got at the Bass Pro shops catalog outlet several years ago. It is molded in a material that is not as robust as a Pelican, however, my recovery gear never complained so I bought case. It was $ 69 + tax. There are several nice features that include the following: pressure relief valve, a sealed gaskets, pick and pluck foam and dual lockable hinges. I chose to mount this case in my Baja Rack and I bolted it down with 5 u-clamps. The holes are sealed with Pell door / window flashing tape. I will have my recovery gear more accessible if the tire carrier / tailgate were to become blocked.

    Here is the original case with my recovery gear in it.

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    I was able to reuse the picked foam from the double pistol case without any issues. The case is big enough for my synthetic rope extension, my tree saver and snatching ropes. The sesamee locks tuck right into the case itself...

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    Enjoy!

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  17. Apr 20, 2014 at 7:38 AM
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    bigwapitijohnny

    bigwapitijohnny [OP] New Member

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    All,

    I just got through with installing my 8" Bamuffler system from Keith Carty and Dirty Deeds industries. Keith makes these exhaust systems by hand, and these are considered the gold standard in Toyota Tundra circles. I chose to get this new exhaust due to Toyota making a very restrictive OEM muffler, me wanting my rig to 'exhale' a little easier. I will not post up drone / no drone videos because I believe this to be redundant. Keith has been VERY helpful is deciding what system to get, and he was spot on...I was looking for a 'Wolf in sheep's clothing', and the 8" system, with the Helmholtz resonator, was just the ticket. I was fortunate enough to get in my order when he was ahead of schedule. Got my system 1.5 weeks ahead of time. UPS dropped off this 'mummified body of sorts' on my doorstep 1 week ago...wife and kids were concerned about what the UPS man delivered...

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    I have NEVER seen a package this carefully wrapped ever. His packing tape bill must be horrendous. It took about an act of Congress to get this system unpacked...As you can see, the weld beads are like a stack of quarters. This thing is all beef with everything made of stainless steel. I opted for the "Cleveland special 2.0" due to the heavily salted Winter roads in the Midwest.

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    The install was not TOO bad. I am not mechanically inclined at all, however, this was pretty straight forward. I am not going to share how long it took though...;)The tough part of my install was the rusted / seized bolts. Nothing that my FUBAR and breaker bar couldn't handle :D. The system is literally 'bolt on' with no need for my big hammer to persuade things. Hangers were in the perfect position...

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    I decided to hold off on the Helmholtz resonator for a couple of days just to see how the drone was. In my opinion, the drone was TOO much for me, and I was starting to have a little buyer's remorse.
    Yeah, I'm too old and it was too loud. Following a quick call to Keith, he reassured me that the Helmholtz will make it all good again. I sealed the flanges of the resonator with Permatex Ultra Copper RTV sealant, and it fit like a glove. Following my install of the resonator, the drone in the cab was just like stock, if not better. I called Keith to congratulate him on being a genius and that the 8" system was the right one for me...

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    I have since installed a Hypertech interceptor (HTI) tuner as well. My Winter mpgs numbers since the additions are VERY good. During the Winter prior to the additions, I would average 11.4 - 11.8 mpgs. With the HTI and the 8" Bamuffler system, I'm getting 13.4 mpgs...Better mileage + sounds like a beast = happy, happy, happy

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  18. Apr 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM
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    bigwapitijohnny

    bigwapitijohnny [OP] New Member

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    I had noticed awhile back that my rig was getting heavier as the armamentarium grew. I could notice a distinct 'sag' from the side shot. Driveability has never been an issue ~ Tundra has been rock solid. However, I am getting to the point of asking myself "What do I truly need?". I can tell you that this question is leading me down a path that I have never really considered or thought of too much. Do I REALLY need a cant hook AND felling lever? Do I REALLY need 2x 5 gallon air tanks? Hmmmmmmm. To be honest, I guess everyone goes through this simplification process at one time or another. There is something to be said about intellectual and armamentarial simplification...Anyways, onto the pics.

    Here she is several months ago. Notice that she is a tad below level in the rear, kind of a 'California' rake.

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    The problem is more noticeable from underneath the rig. Even with 2" rear shackles + 1" Deaver add-a-leafs, I could see that the original leaf springs were not getting the job done. Notice the first spring is inverting and the second is flat...Yikes.

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    I made a quick call and sent a photo to Wil at Sierra Expeditions. He recommended OME Dakar HD leaf springs with the add-a-leafs. I have had these for quite sometime now, and I here are my thoughts. The ride is smooth. Again, more of a supple feel when going over bumps. That being said, she is heavy. I took my rig over the Continental divide last summer, and it did just fine. I never had an issue at all. First pic is coming into the Great Sand dune after Medano pass. Second pic is having lunch at the Alpine tunnel...

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    One issue that I am having is the leafs squeak. It is awful. I have since contacted arbUSA about this issue, and they recommended that I place marine grade grease in between the leafs. I tried conventional grease, dry graphite lube, etc...all to no avail. I used one whole tube of this stuff, and it seems to be working so far. A slight squeak is detectable, but it seems to be improved markedly.

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    Now, I can see that the leafs issue is better than before and my sag is eliminated.

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    I am looking at new ways to lighten the weight and simplify. I am realizing that I really don't need to carry the kitchen sink. Stay tuned...

    Regards,

    BWJ
     
  19. Oct 26, 2016 at 2:14 PM
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    My favorite build so far. More Expedition rig than a crawler (mall or rock!)
     
  20. Oct 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM
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    looks great !
     
  21. Oct 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM
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    AFE mass air intake TRD rear anti sway bar Headwaters seat covers TRD Pro grill
    Very nice.
     
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