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Build: Takes a lot of money to look this cheap.

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by MSU Tundra, Jul 27, 2022.

  1. Jul 27, 2022 at 7:49 AM
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    MSU Tundra

    MSU Tundra [OP] Numerous rodeos experienced

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    After modding two Tundras, a 200 Land Cruiser, and Sequoia I compiled everything I’ve learned about what works and what I wanted for my needs into this new build. I love the interior capacity of a SUV but always miss the hauling capacity outside the cab of the truck. So this build is an attempt to get the best of both worlds with the camper shell. Now on to the details.

    Started with a clean 1-owner 2017 Platinum with 60k miles. The older I get the more I value things like ventilated seats, so the highest trim level was what I was after. However, I wanted an understated plain jane stealthy look which ironically takes lots of funds to achieve on these trucks! Fortunately the Platinum does come with body colored bumpers and hood bulge though. My first Tundra was an SR5 and second Limited so the trend continues.

    On previous builds I never went over 2” of suspension lift, but I always desired more so on this build I planned for all the additional components to get closer to 3" and maintain ride quality and the correct geometry.

    After tons of research I ultimately decided to go with a full Dobinsons twin tube suspension with C59-778 front coils and L59-121-R rear leaf springs to support the added weight of the Decked system and A.R.E. HD camper shell.

    Additional components include:
    SPC UCAs
    Coachbuilder Kits-
    -Diff Drop
    -Bump Stop Spacers
    -Carrier Bearing Drop
    -Rear Brake Line Extension
    RCI Steel Front Skid
    TRD Pro Grill
    OEM Pro LED Headlights w/@iHacker Harness
    Diode Dynamics Amber Sport Fogs
    Body Color Mirror Caps
    Black Door Handles
    Stubby Antenna (Advanced Auto)
    OG 4WD Rear Mud Flaps (Amazon)
    OEM Steel Wheels
    OEM Black Lug Nuts
    Bora 1.25” Wheel Spacers
    Cooper AT3 XLT 285/75R18 (Including Spare)

    I spent about 5 months planning the build, prepping, and collecting parts. After evaluating my task list, I estimated 26 hours of work ahead of me and got after it this past weekend.... It took me exactly 26 hours to do everything from start to finish by myself.

    Shout out to vendors...
    @memario1214
    @iHacker
    @DECKEDUSA
    @1stgenoffroad
    @diodedynamics
    @RCIoffroad
    @serratoyotaofdecatur

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    I always plan to take more photos during the install, but I get in the zone and forget about it. I'm half way through at this point.
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    What a difference between factory and real truck tires.
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    The Diff Drop was a bear because there is a nut on top of the long bolt going through the crossmember. The only way I found to do it was by unbolting the rack and pinion to get the clearance needed for the wrench to slide in on top.
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    Bump Stop Extensions
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    Carrier Bearing Drop
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    Rear Brake Line Extensions
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    Chopped exhaust mod to prevent big factory pipe from getting hung up on obstacles.
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    The perfect poke with the Bora spacers.
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    I'm not exactly an advocate for wheel spacers, but I made an exception with this build. If you're going to add spacers, Bora has a great product. I feel very confident with these after Blue Loctite and properly torqueing.
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    Had to add the free to me 1/2" bumper spacer mod with 5/8 washers I had already to obtain the front tire clearance needed.
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    Had to remove front mud flaps, but will search for some replacements like the rears except without the 4WD.
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    The pile of carnage.
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    Finally, a proper alignment. My guy got it dead on with the SPC UCA's. :thumbsup:
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    Next Steps Include:
    Replacing Step Bars with Custom Sliders
    More Underbody Protection
    Aux Battery and Power Run to Shell for Lights/Accessories
    Custom Roof Rack for Shell
    Shower Kit for Shell
    Batwing Awning For Shell
    JBL Sound Upgrade from @james@tech12volts
    Steelcraft HD Front Bumper
    Method 705s
    5:29 Gears w/LSD
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2022 at 7:55 AM
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    PermaFrostTRD

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    This is awesome. I appreciate all of the hard work you put into this as I could never do a ⅓ of it. I really like the blacked out steelies. Reminds me of the old land cruisers and Isuzu troopers that were our beach buggy chariots when I was growing up. Great rig. Now go enjoy it!
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2022 at 7:59 AM
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  4. Jul 27, 2022 at 8:22 AM
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    MSU Tundra

    MSU Tundra [OP] Numerous rodeos experienced

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    You get it. ;)
     
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  5. Jul 27, 2022 at 8:24 AM
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    MSU Tundra

    MSU Tundra [OP] Numerous rodeos experienced

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    Thanks! I'm sore in places I've never been before. Getting too old for this, lol, and plan to enjoy this build for many years to come!
     
  6. Jul 27, 2022 at 11:48 AM
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    gosolo

    gosolo “The .com stands for communist”, Dale Gribble

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    2"CB shackles, bushings and 1 shim, lockerdown console vault, rear folding seat back mod, snugtop shell with opening side windows, 46g fuel tank, SDHQ sliders and hidden winch, Decked Drawers, Alcan leaf springs and got rid of the interior chrome
    Very nice looking rig! I am one that absolutely appreciates the low key, sleeper approach. My mods are similar.
    Very little that shows, but over $7,000 in mods.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2022 at 12:01 PM
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    1UP

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    Not expensive enough for that look. Put a supercharger in it.
     
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  8. Jul 27, 2022 at 1:02 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Been there done that. Juice isn't worth the squeeze IMO unless towing often, and if I'm towing that often a deleted diesel would be better suited.

    With that said, the gears on my to-do list will be my alternative to the SC for more power applied.
     
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  9. Jul 27, 2022 at 1:27 PM
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    Jeffninjaslayer

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    Do you have a part number for those wheels?
     
  10. Jul 27, 2022 at 1:50 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Best thing to do is go to https://www.car-part.com/ and search your area for some. I cut a deal with my local salvage yard for all 4 of mine.
     
  11. Jul 27, 2022 at 3:29 PM
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    Looks good! If you find a front mud flap that works, post it up. I have the same tire size as you and with your spacers, it probably puts your poke about the same as mine with my Fuels. I tried RokBlokz but it rubbed the front mud flap where the cab mount pushed on the flap. I suppose if you had a cmc, the rokblokz might work.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2022 at 3:34 PM
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    Very clean build :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Jul 27, 2022 at 5:49 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Thanks man! I’m hoping the same style I have on the rear will work since they’re fairly low profile and can be trimmed to fit.
     
  14. Jul 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    So I buttoned up the loose ends today. Wired in the camper shell brake light and interior led lights, mounted full size spare underneath, and installed front mud flaps.

    For the camper shell wiring I tapped into the driver’s side tail light. The lower light is the brake and running light so I used the running light to get my power for interior lights. Yes, the parking lights have to be on, but I didn’t feel like running dedicated power to the bed at this time. (I’ll achieve that with an aux battery setup at some point.)
    The red wire is the brake light.
    The green wire is the running light.
    White/Black wire is ground.
    I used a spare trailer wire harness I had laying around for a pigtail so I could unplug it if I ever remove the shell.
    I soldered everything, used heat shrink, and tied everything up nice and neat.
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    Also added a tailgate seal to keep dust out of the back as much as possible.
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  15. Jul 30, 2022 at 6:03 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Bought same mud flaps as the rear off Amazon, but these have a low key mountain scene on them. Everything clears just enough.

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    MSU Tundra

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    Full size, almost 35”, spare was too tight so I bent the tabs out a bit. Fits like a glove.
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  17. Jul 30, 2022 at 8:58 PM
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    So you miss the hauling and then proceed to put a cap on the truck?
     
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    Link to the front flaps?
     
  19. Jul 31, 2022 at 5:14 AM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Not referring to the hauling of large items. I’m talking about being able to throw some gas cans, tools, various gear, etc. in the back, and not hearing it rattle and shift or smell up the interior like it does in a SUV.
     
  20. Jul 31, 2022 at 5:16 AM
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  21. Aug 23, 2022 at 2:38 PM
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    Maybe I missed it. Which lift did you go with?
     
  22. Aug 24, 2022 at 7:42 AM
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    MSU Tundra

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    That's correct.

    And the 120-R leaf pack, but he did send me the add-a-leaf to make it the 121-R. I just chose not to install the extra leaf, however I'm thinking about throwing it in there to get a little more rake and load capability.
     
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    2021 Pro!! Nitto’s Tyger blades, Arc audio!
    Awesome!! I see you plan on doing audio system. I got mine from James and whole system arc audio. Love it. Kicks ass. He will hook you up.
     
  26. Aug 24, 2022 at 1:33 PM
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    MSU Tundra

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    Thanks @RusPro21

    I actually took my last Tundra to his shop and had JRT install a full system. For this one I will likely just being doing the JBL subwoofer/amp upgrade package he sells.
     
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    Bilstein 8112/5160 3.25in lift Dobinson leaf springs 2.1in lift Level8 MK6 wheels Big ole dent in bedside
    Man I keep coming back to this build. It's so awesome! How are you liking the Dobinsons suspension?

    Also, how about the leaf springs? I have them as well (installed Dec 2021) and they were extremely stiff at first. Took alot of heavy towing to break them in, and j have a hell of a rake even with my 8112s set to 3.25in of lift, but I have a bumper, winch, and skids too. Your camper shell must help with that somewhat. All I have in the rear is a roll-n-lock tonneau cover.

    My leaf springs also started creaking really bad after lots of offroading ( I have a thread I can link for you if you'd like) I ended up jacking up the truck and fully drooping the rear axle and pressure washing in between the leafs, then used an entire can of CRC dry moly lube. Not a peep or creak since. I have noticed some rust on them already though (truck has never seen salt) so you might wanna look into a preventive measure for that. If I were in your shoes with freshly installed leafs, I'd just coat them completely in fluid film.

    Another thing, the dobinsons greaseable shackles are awesome, I highly recommend them along with their poly bushings (I have a thread on the shackles as well) I have an extra set of greaseable pins for the fronts of the leaf springs if you want them and don't already have them, no charge.
     
  28. Aug 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM
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    Thanks brother!
    Really liking the suspension more and more as it breaks in. Coming from the 6112s on two different builds and a Tough Dog (Australian Company) setup on the Land Cruiser, I would compare it more to the Tough Dog- Land Cruiser ride. The 6112s are great, but a little stiff imo. The Dobinsons are closer to a factory feel when on normal pavement, and then come alive on rough terrain as they really smooth out washboards and potholes.

    Have nothing but good things to say about the leaf pack and I'm really happy I went with them so far. The camper shell and Decked drawers add at least 500lbs to the rear so that definitely loads up the springs nicely and makes for a super smooth ride. I have exactly 1" of rake when measuring ground to wheel well, but when measuring the bedrail front to rear it sits exactly level. I haven't hooked up a trailer yet, but I am curious to see what kind of sag, if any, I get. If it does sag greater than 1", I will most likely add the extra leaf to it. Also no noise from the springs up to this point either...even after a bunch of off pavement exercise and flexing. I greased the poly bushings up really well when installing and I have the greaseable pins in the front mounting points. So fingers crossed that they stay quiet, but great suggestion on going ahead and coating them.
     
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  29. Aug 25, 2022 at 7:30 AM
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    Glad to hear it! 500lbs is about right to smooth it out and get 1in of rake.

    I had the 6112s as well, before I upgraded to the 8112s. The difference is night and day. The 6112s were really stiff, but the 8112s ride like butter. I still have the 5160s in the back, but have the 8100s ordered to replace them. I'm hoping that alot of the rear stiffness is from the 5160s, and that the 8100s improves the ride quality even more. I'll be posting about it once they're installed.

    It took around 5 or 6 months before my leafs started creaking really bad. I believe the main culprit was a huge mud pit I hauled ass through.
     
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    how does it sound with a chopped exhaust?
     

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