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Blue Bailey Expedition/Tow Rig Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen Builds (2007-2013)' started by LibertySand, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM
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    LibertySand

    LibertySand [OP] IH Support Rig

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    I figured I start my build thread now that parts and nick nacks are rolling in. Took me some time but I've also finally gave my Tundra a name. Blue Bailey. Bailey is more of a guys name but I've meet a few girls named Bailey and it worked for my Tundra. Boom! Blue Bailey!

    Bailey-
    Ward, or bailey, a courtyard of a castle or fortification, enclosed by a curtain wall. Outer bailey, the defended outer enclosure of a castle. Inner bailey, the strongly fortified enclosure at the heart of a medieval castle. Motte-and-bailey castle.
    Bailey-
    Sir name or Given name typically Male.

    Here is a present picture of Blue Bailey taken in Johnson Valley, Landers California 2017
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    The plan is to have a cross between a Tow Rig for my 72 Scout II and an Expedition Rig when I dont want to do any hardcore wheelin in the Scout. Currently I've been daily driving the Tundra to work and back.

    Tundra:
    2007 Double Cab 5.7 TRD Tow Package Blue Pearl with the short bed.

    Current Modifications when I bought it:
    Bought in 2016. 6" Fabtech lift, Blocked rear, 34" Nitto's, Rockstar XD rims, TRD Air Intake, HID lights, HID lights in Fog lamps also.

    BEFORE:
    [​IMG]

    Since I bought it I've added lights inside the grille and got rid of the Cockstars for some 17" Bronze Methods and 35" KO2's.
    AFTER:
    [​IMG]

    List of Future Modifications:

    Expedition / Bed Rack-

    Since the spare 35" Tire is a bit tight to put back under the bed I want to build a rack for the spare and other miscellaneous items. I don't plan on camping in or on the Tundra so this Expedition / Bed Rack will be more to hold Day Camp, Trail items and Rescue items. I also want to have the ability to take the Rack off when I need to use the truck for it's intended purpose, as a truck bed.

    Lights- LED 9" Lights Behind Grille
    I'm not to big on light bars since every ass in Cali has them and is now ruining the off road community by driving around the freeways with their light bars on. Only to give guys like me a bad rap and an easy ticket for not having bars now covered... I like the old look of KC or Hella lights so I found a set of Knock Off ARB Intensity 9" lights, made some brackets and shoved them behind the grille. I did a write up already.... I'll add it to this build soon.

    Transfer Fuel Spare Tire Tank-
    Since these Tundras are pigs and can't get enough Dino-Goo I plan on adding a transfer tank. I live in Cali and since they frown on making lives easier I can't install a non 50 State legal larger fuel tank like the aftermarket 46 gallon Transfer Flow one. It WILL NOT pass visual inspection, trust me, I live in an area where if the smog station see's a small crack in a line you'll have to replace every rubber tube you have. So my plan is, to add a transfer tank where the spare tire used to be under the bed. Then cover it with a skid plate. That's the plan at least. I don't want a transfer tank in the bed as I want to be able to utilize the whole bed when needed.

    Air helper springs-
    So far I have learned that the rear stock leafs aren't strong enough sitting on blocks on the axle while towing. At night I blind every Prius driver on the road since my lights are now shinning up from the sagging rear towing my trailer. So I need air ride helper springs in the rear. Still researching what I want.

    Rear Frame Support-
    So something I have learned about these Tundras is that, even though it say's we can tow 10K lbs doesnt really mean we should. I've read a few stories of guys that pull a lot of weight and the rear frame can bend a bit where the hitch is now no longer parallel with the ground but more pointing at the ground. So since I plan on pulling a load around 10K lbs eventually I am going to channel the rear frame and give it some more strength.

    New Lift-

    Eventually I want a new lift. I dont like the lack of ground clearance in the front form the Fagtech drop down brackets and what not. I'd like to get King shocks all around and aftermarket Upper/Lowers for the front. The rear I'd like to ditch the Blocks and do a Deaver spring lift of chit, maybe a 4 link since I'm down there. Still researching good lifts, there's a few out there.

    Electrical-
    I plan on adding switches to the dash to operate my lights in the grille, power a reverse/camp light, an Amber Dust light in the back, Air Compressor, power for an ARB fridge in the Bed.....

    Communication-
    I already have several hand held Rugged Radios for car to car communication but I'm looking into more powerful 50W in car radios. May be getting my HAM's license also. So this means I'll need to make some sort of bracket inside the Tundra for the radio's.


    So there you have it. Like it, Leave it or Hate it. Lets just see how long and how far this takes me to complete...
     
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  2. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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    LibertySand

    LibertySand [OP] IH Support Rig

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    Expedition / Bed Rack-

    So here is my plan for the Bed Rack. I want to hold my Spare tire, 1 - 4 Gallon Rotopax Gas can, 1 - 2 Gallon Water Rotopax Can, 2 SeaHorse Cases (that will have Straps, chains, Tow rope, Tools, Tire Repair Kit etc...) inside them, a Harbor Cheap "Race Jack" style and possible area for some chairs all to be secured tight.

    I made a quick Photochop of what I'd like to do. I'll be making this from flat steel and bent up. Kinda like a large metal battery box. I'll tie it all into the Tundras slide rails with T-Slots that I already have.

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    This is the side profile where you can see the Spare tire and a "number wing" that I plan on adding a rear facing Amber inside of.
    [​IMG]

    My Rotopax cans that I just got from the Group buy in the other week from here.
    [​IMG]

    My Harbor Freight "Race Jack" that I will be adding the passenger side of the Bed Rack.
    [​IMG]

    The 2 SeaHorse cases (kinda like Pelican Cases but way cheaper and better) that I'll have Miscellaneous Tools and Gear in for the Tundra and Rescue Gear.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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    LibertySand

    LibertySand [OP] IH Support Rig

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  4. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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    LibertySand

    LibertySand [OP] IH Support Rig

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  5. Feb 17, 2017 at 9:23 AM
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    TheBeast

    TheBeast Once you go black...

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    I like it. Any plans on getting rid of the chrome ? I think it would look even better with the black fenders and 35"
     
  6. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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    LibertySand

    LibertySand [OP] IH Support Rig

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    I've thought about it but it's low on the totem pole of the build. I'm partial for chrome but it works for what I got on it. I may just get some aftermarket bumpers. I thought about getting something for the rear bumper.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2017 at 5:15 PM
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    blue16

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    Your truck is looking good . I am liking the rack idea
     
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  8. Feb 17, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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    LibertySand

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    I'll be doing all my measurements this weekend for the rack. Then have a coworker give me a hand with the Solid Works drawings when I get back into the office.

    I'll also measure for a second rack near the tailgate to hold my 65qt YETI and another locking tray/box for firewood or miscellaneous crap I don't want in the cab. I'll make this rack low also so the YETI's lid is bed rail height. All able to use T Slots in the rails.

    IMG_1760.jpg
     
  9. Feb 17, 2017 at 7:10 PM
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    TruckinIt

    TruckinIt Punisher TRD 4x4

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    FlowMaster|K&N CAI|10"Fosgate sub powered by 1k watt amp.|TRD Shift knob|Interior LED's|TUNDRA radio inserts|OCD organizer|Footwell lighting mod|Tinted 5 windows|TRD Pro grille w/ 040 hood bulge color match| Deck Rail Kit| Reverse LED's|Cargo LED| 50" curved roof mounted light bar|Custom fabricated Bull bar|22" curved Bull Bar mounted light bar|Plastidipped door handles/front bumper end caps/factory nerf bars/wheels|TUNDRA tailgate inserts|Punisher TRD bed decals| Punisher rear window decal| everything else...stock but more to come.....
    I like your truck brutha! Your rack sounds/looks like it's going to be awesome. Can't wait to see it.
     
  10. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:11 PM
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    MotoTundra

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    I love your truck, those wheels look great! I have never heard of seahorse cases, I need to check them out. Have you ever used them for rifles?

    Also I'm very jealous of the dunes. "Riding dunes" is definitely on my bucket list.
     
  11. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:28 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ Shower beer...because I can.

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    This is going to be a sweet build. The color is one of my favorite colors. The Methods with the bronze color have been talking to me.

    Have you considered 4.88 gear swap to tow that kind of weight? Do you currently have a trailer to tow the Scout II? The Tundra frame does flex a lot in the rear (designed that way for overloading), but the people I have heard of bending frames or hitches were grossly overweight.

    The 4.88 gears would also help with the extra weight you are adding with all the accessories.

    Food for thought. I towed 8K behind my Tundra in stock form, but you are not as high in elevation as we are in CO. Your not losing 18-32% of your power.
     
  12. Feb 17, 2017 at 9:03 PM
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    Porschetech29

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    Looking good. Love the blue with bronze Methods. I think I saw you on the opposite side of the 60fwy earlier this week.
     
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  13. Feb 18, 2017 at 2:04 AM
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    dcsleeper408

    dcsleeper408 15' Tundra Pro

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    I like where you are heading! :thumbsup:
     
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