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Blackoutt Adventure Build: "Fundra" the Limited DC

Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2014-2021)' started by blackoutt, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Jul 2, 2020 at 11:25 AM
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    blackoutt

    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    I know tire covers aren't cool but neither is sun damage on an expensive tire! $25 Sierra Offroad universal 36-37" cover from Amazon fit the 37x12.5 perfectly.

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  2. Jul 8, 2020 at 2:29 PM
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    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    Couple of easy projects knocked out, first up was the Tech12Volts remote start. It's a Fortin Evo One controller with some plug and play harnesses and already setup for the truck. I followed the YouTube video he sends and it took about 30 minutes to access the connections and hook everything up, button dance to "program" it, and it works great with the factory fob! Another 15 minutes to ziptie and button it all up. Very happy with it, thanks James!
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    Next up I remembered I had some old Fatmat sound deadener laying around. I honestly think this is leftover rom my very first vehicle build in the early 2000s but its still very sticky and laid out perfectly. A testament to its quality? I know the audiophiles are going to tell me the doors are most important and that I need mlv to kill road noise but this was a fun free afternoon and the rear cab wall is a big flat sheet metal surface so it got covered first. We'll see tomorrow if it helped quiet the cab at all.
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  3. Jul 15, 2020 at 4:08 PM
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    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    Successful overnighter at a nearby National Forest primitive site with the wife and newborn! Very relaxing to have camp setup by 3pm and roll out slowly by 1pm next day. We also got to do a little "trail" clearing and drive over some limbs to sleep in the woods.
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    Then today I focused more on dry bed storage, more for upcoming family roadtrips than camping. Got a second layer of defense for important stuff.
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    And for camping and less important stuff, more dry proofing of the bed. I realized the Fas-top zippers don't have flaps over them like the 2" overhangs on my gazelle tent, so I tried my best to re-velcro the ends and get a little more coverage. Then threw some rubber grommets and silicone over all the exposed holes in the bedwalls and bulkhead. Finally finished off with a tailgate seal. It's a Taper Seal repackaged by Lund. Following these directions, with the exception of trimming tailgate side seal around the upper latch ring bolt, it was very easy to produce a seal with no daylight shining through.
    https://tailgateseal.com/ToyotaTundra2016.html

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    Before and after with a shoplight in the bed
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  4. Aug 23, 2020 at 4:47 PM
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    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    Since I tried to relube my coachbuilder rear shackle bushings but the sleeves were corroded and not spinning freely (they must have been assembled dry?) And they're still squeaky I ordered another set. While I was ordering from ekstrom I threw in some poly steering rack bushings to try and tighten up some of the big tire steering response. I followed the guidance of a thread on here and got the dreaded rack bushing job done easily in half a day with the great help of a huge pickle fork! It now has a crisper steering response much like my light stock tire size 2nd gen. Cheap and worth it but definitely a big job unless you know your way around under the front end and big hammers and pry bars.
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  5. Sep 4, 2020 at 9:24 AM
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    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    Poly steering bushings are awesome! So much better feel and feedback on and off road.

    We also had the opportunity to knock out a few more states and pick up a used color matched Leer cap. It's got carpeted interior, framless screened windows that tilt out, thule roof rack! Love it!

    Here it is exploring Uwharrie with my brother. We did have an odd experience with the DTE computer suddenly deciding we had low fuel with a 1/4 tank indicated left. Restarted and DTE said 29 miles til empty. We were crawling for a few hours prior and getting 2mpg. After a few miles at 25mph back out on the gravel road the DTE went back up to 101 miles and the low fuel light went off? Topped the tank off and all looks normal, full on gauge, 400+ DTE, no leaks. Any one else ever experienced this offroad?

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  6. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:36 AM
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    Hit up Hurricane Creek and Max Patch on our way through, getting tore up pretty bad. I forsee this one getting closed for good soon. 37's crawled every obstacle with ease!

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  7. Sep 11, 2020 at 2:14 PM
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    Spent the afternoon tweaking the topper position, vacuuming it's carpet out, installing tailgate bed rug (baby changing station), wiring the topper 3rd brake light and cargo light, switching a thule crossbar lock over to a new foot, refitting some rubber weatherstripping, and silicone sealing the front bed corners that have open gaps from the factory, I might put some sealer tape over these from the outside too for more water ingress protection.
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    This will dry clear
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    I also got a chance to go back and hook up the key sense wire for the remote start. Sleeping at a rest stop we flipped the truck on for some AC for 15 minutes before the auto shut off, then HONK HONK HONK we were those assholes. Sorry truckers.
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  8. Sep 26, 2020 at 9:49 PM
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    Any review on how the weboost is treating you?
     
  9. Sep 27, 2020 at 6:24 AM
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    My WeBoost review is eerily similar to many other reviews of cell boosters. If there is the slightest little sliver of coverage they boost it well enough to call text email and slow browse tundras.com but if you're in a valley, chasm, canyon, crater, hole, or holler, that has 0 service there's nothing to boost and you still have 0 service. Its come in handy a couple times but I could have also driven to the next ridge and also been fine.
     
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  10. Nov 19, 2020 at 6:38 AM
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    Been a while, we've been out enjoying the Tundra. A couple local camping trips and real deal "overland" trip to complete the Georgia Traverse over the course of 3-4 days. With the topper weight I went back to RXT leaf pack option 3 and still fit in the garage. Added a slight bump stop shim and grade 8 ubolts while I was in there, very happy with the uptravel limit now for safe shock and fenderwell in the rear.

    The next update on this build is the pondering of how to make it comparable with the 4Funner in terms of: sleep inside (HVAC, platform, lights), storage system drawers, dual battery/solar/fridge. The fine details are still being mulled over but here's an initial rough platform/drawer design. No drawer slides this time around, just waxed wood with a short UHMW plastic ramp at the front to slide and also act as the latching mechanism, allowing friction to be a momentary drawer stop at any opening depth. The wings behind the wheel wells will either fold up on hinges or have finger hole cubby lids. The front two areas are for 100ah battery (strike that, decided I didn't want a battery under my head even if they are "sealed") and some electronics/wiring. I might actually only keep one of those areas and do one short drawer, one full length. Construction will be mostly 1/2" plywood mixed with some 1x dimensional lumber for stronger uprights. It will be tied down to the factory cargo hooks with simple turnbuckles at all 4 corners. The goal is to keep the weight lower at the sacrifice of some rigidity. I think 3/4" ply is overkill for the longevity of our weekender application.

    48" wide (one sheet of ply) between the wheel wells/bed stiffeners
    66" wide at the rear section over/behind wheel wells
    top of bed rib to top of wheel well is 8-3/4"
    77" long

    With platform height and bedding this leaves ~30" of headroom. Not great but actually not bad!

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  11. Nov 25, 2020 at 6:21 PM
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    On our last trip I also developed a very creaky delta joint on the driver side icon upper control arm. I didn't realize they were greasable, then I didn't realize these were the bolt on cap type so I didn't have to order more stick on rings, then I didn't realize you needed a special needle grease tool to shoot em. Then I DID realize I had bought one like 6 years ago for a project and it was the wrong thing for that but I found it! I apologize ball joints. I'll never leave you dry again.

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    And onto drawer progress. The base and drawers are fully assembled, glued and screwed, with UHMW front catch latch slide idea, UHMW tape as runners, and waxed with parafin (surprisingly the most helpful in friction reduction). Drawer faces with handles made, rear cubby lids cut and supports tacked on. Next up is the truck bed fitting for some minor shaping around bed bolt heads and the raised TUNDRA bulkhead. Then creation of the wings and bolting those and the tie down turnbuckles on before a test run weekend without drawer dividers or a solid finish applied.

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  12. Dec 11, 2020 at 7:05 PM
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    blackoutt [OP] YEAH BUDDY!

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    Got a new OEM tailgate support strut to fix my dropping tailgate problems. Hows my 2017 wore out but my 2007 still good? The new one was different too but it works.
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    I also figured out a halfway decent spot to mount the treds outside the truck. Testing this setup. I can pull them quickly from here and revert to the second pair of cans if needed.
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    Then onto the drawer build. Gluing to UHMW plastic is hard. The only viable option I found was a loctite brand at home depot that specifically mentioned polycarbonate. With that I got the slide locks working. Cut the wings. Glued the rest up, sanded, and coated in polyurethane. I went to load the drawers and found that organization wasn't tight enough. So after a quick search on the fancy stuff photographers use in pelican cases I was off to lowes to buy a 4x8 sheet of plaskolite corrugated plastic and a bag of landscaping staples. It was easy to slice up and poke together for a much better gear layout. This is easily adjustable and modular so it'll get tweaked along the way. I also cut some reflectix window liners and tested our existing mattress pad. I'd like to go back to trifold 4" memory foam though. I also ordered coffee table hinges for a drawer lift top.
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  13. Jan 15, 2021 at 8:02 AM
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    I added a "coffee table" lift on the front of the right side drawer and some moveable panels for stove top setup with access to cooking utensils and food underneath. This was a feature of the 4Funner drawers that was always a hit for bar height drinking/eating/cards whatever. I applied too much polyurethane, and polished it too glass like so the stove needs to be velcro'd down lol, watch your drink.
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    Next up I went to work wiring up the bed power fuse panel, circuit breaker, and then made a harness to go to the switch panel at the rear left of the bed. Complete with 12V and USB outlets, as well as added another waterproof strip light on the hatch for camp/cook lighting. And another 12V/USB into the cab for always hot charging - fridge, devices etc. Still need to decide where to actually mount this but will try it out first.
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    Then I cut a hole in my cap!!! That was nerve wracking but measured a ton, cut once, built a 1/2" thick wooden frame to support the inner garnish nicely and sealed the crap out of it with Dicor self leveling sealing and butyl tape just like an RV would. This low profile 4 speed fan moves 900 CFM on high!
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    And next on the to do list is figure out how to attach 2x 100w solar panels to the expedition one roof rack. I think they'll actually go from side to side not front to back like this picture as that gives me a whole extra 1/4" to squeeze them down between the rails for a flush mount setup.
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    After that the only thing left is all the underhood rearranging and wiring for SDHQ dual battery setup. So excited to have this rig setup similar to the 4Funner
     
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  14. Jan 22, 2021 at 9:22 AM
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    Finished up the SDHQ washer fluid relocation and dual battery tray install and all I can say is wow what a solid product. I was hesitant due to the price but it was worth every penny and more. The fit, rigidity, and thought out mounting and routing are awesome. So glad I didn't spend hours bolting in an ill fitting universal solution.

    I filled the tray with the largest Ah capacity AGM that I can source easily across the country at any autozone (rebrand also available at Walmart) 24F at 70Ah. Shown with a little aux wiring to the rear of the truck still needing to be shortened up and terminated, positive terminal cover missing. This battery can also swap across to the starter side if need be. Not sure why my truck came with a group 35 but it'll be a 24F soon. On top of the starter battery is a switch to allow batteries not linked, batteries linked (with Blue Sea ACR 7610 between to control auto disconnect/backflow charge from solar), winch connected to battery 1 only, and winch connected to both batteries. I chose to put together my own wiring as I already had a bit left over from other projects and the hydraulic crimper tool. I used 1/0 gauge with fuses at each battery end.

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    The solar was wired into the rear aux panel for simplicity, and to keep the charge controller in the bed of the truck out of harsh elements, and allow easy viewing of the plugin display. This will technically also allow me to run devices straight off of solar without the second battery if the circuit is cut off, not a requirement but accidental cool feature. The rats nest will still get cleaned up with some fancy zip tie work and also be an area for device charging overnight. Solar mounted on the roof rack flush to not gain any height, still fits in the garage door! I've wanted to do this since the day I bought the truck, 200W total. Also shown is the buck/boost converter I got from Amazon to regulate 12V to the maxxfan, I had read complaints of them dying when receiving alternator voltage, even worse with my alt-s diode to boost charge voltage and even worse AGAIN for solar voltage. Now she gets clean regulated power high or low.

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    And lastly another interior shot with the platform wings set into place. We have a 4" foam queen size mattress on the way to top it all off. All of the white sticky backed velcro strips holding wires up will get replaced with black, I just didn't have any non-sticky backed hook side velcro laying around. I would also like to make a small stainless steel table that hooks into the bed rail track as a tray table/coffee table type spot to play cards, set drinks, set the buddy heater up off of the bedding and still allow feet to go under it.

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  15. Feb 23, 2021 at 5:16 AM
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    Not much big progress here lately, just some small details. I had a battle with my local Toyota dealer refusing warranty due to being modified on a leaky water pump. After opening a case with Toyota 1-800 number and explaining the Magnuson Moss Act (Consumer protection act of 1975) they changed their tune and were very helpful, apologetic. Warranty is almost up so they'll never see this truck again anyway.
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    Ordered seals for leaking left rear axle seal that I probably nicked while regearing.

    Installed a volt meter/dual USB into the center console where the 12V plug was, with a small i/o/i switch next to it so I can toggle between front/rear battery voltage display or off, those things are too bright some times, also why it's hidden in the console. This was surprisingly easy with tons of room to fit the ports and easy to lift the console to run wires.
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    Iceco fridge should show up today after a week weather delay, but Amazon already refunded me? We'll see how that one plays out.

    And lastly I stole an idea from some Jeep forums on how to add a ball valve to my Expedition One Geri water cans. I needed to used a thicker plastic washer than the gatorade cap he used in order to get the EO cap to seat/seal on it's threads as if there was a nozzle in there, but has some 1/8" UHWM left over from the drawer build. I've gotta go back through and clean and seal it but from a quick test it works great! https://www.wranglerforum.com/threads/rotopax-water-can-w-spigot-i-figured-it-out.1418106/
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    Oh I almost forgot, I also installed a power lock actuator on the tailgate. My brother 3d printed me a bracket and lever from thingiverse but I didn't spend the $16 on the 524N actuator and cheaped out on a pair of some other ones for $9 (both tundras!) So my actuator didn't fit on the bracket but it did make a nice flat spot to mount it, and I used some other ideas off this forum to use a small section of hacksaw blade slipped under the lock pin. Imagine that piece UNDER the steel piece marked 7822 and actually bolted to the actuator, should never pop off. Wiring was pretty simple other than it was a long run up to the passenger kick panel. 2017 wire colors large white and large blue wires on the bottom of this body control module intermediate connector shown here. I didn't test which way the wires went, I guessed and was right for once!
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  16. Feb 23, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    Love the build. Still think you got one of the best deals on a vehicle I’ve seen in years. Keep up the good work :thumbsup:

    Also, completely agree with you on not keeping electrical where you sleep. Curious why you went the blue sea route and didn’t get a dc-dc charge controller from renology/red arc? Perhaps because both batteries are under the hood and didn’t want to make those long solar wire runs? Curious to hear your logic as I’m still pondering myself and debating whether a dc-dc is better or if a simple charge controller will work since it’ll just be the fridge off the battery.
     
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    Thanks, especially with the price of used Tundras seeming to go up over the last year or so I think I'm still in this one really well but I plan to keep it til it's worth way less than I have into it so kind of a moot point.

    My 4runner dual battery system was the same blue sea ACR type install and I said then if I did it again I'd do dc-dc! Then I got to researching... the main advantage to dc-dc was ideal battery charging profile for many battery types, smaller gauge wiring, and "all in one" unit for solar and battery linking. The disadvantages I found were upfront cost, solar requires the use of an add on relay that shuts off the linking circuit so you can't use solar to back charge the starter battery if the house battery is full, and you can't dual charge from alternator and solar at the same time (might not be advised anyway but it works) so the only way around this is to add a second standalone solar module. They also have finicky solar voltage inputs and my roof real estate required a very specific size panel with specs that may not meet the redarc requirements. I don't really care about having many charging profile options since I know I'll always run 2x agm batteries (lifepo4 tech just isn't there yet), and the alternator with an alt-s diode is good enough for the starter battery, why not the aux battery too? Mppt solar is mppt solar, I have 200w in panels which is more than my needs so again with that extra margin I'm okay maybe losing a little efficiency on the controller. Wiring cost was like maybe $40 extra because I go overkill but the savings on the separate ACR and solar controllers over redarc more than made up for that. Mounting wasn't an issue for multiple controllers, I had room to spare. Also I only need a 4" cable to jumper the ACR to jump start myself, DC-DC I'd need to carry jumper cables.
     
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