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MY 04 TUNDRA 4WD

Discussion in '1st Gen Builds (2000-2006)' started by FernsFinal, Apr 15, 2016.

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Led light bars curved or straight?

  1. Curved

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  1. Apr 15, 2016 at 11:20 PM
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    FernsFinal

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    Hello my name is Fernando and here is my 2004 Tundra!!!

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    I purchased the truck exactly how it sits now. The truck has custom front bumper with winch as well as a custom rear bumper.

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    The roof was removed in order to properly weld the roll cage, a custom snap on rag top was then added.

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    They also added in a simple custom center storage console with controls for the winch and air compressor for ease of access

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    The truck is currently on some 16" wheels I am unsure of offset and width but the tires are 315/75/16 and are 33" tall.

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    The tires had a little bit of life left in them but I couldn't get over the fact that I didn't have a matching spare tire in the back so I ordered some new wheels and tires

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    Here is a picture of the new wheels and tires my friend sent me since I'm currently on vacation in California. Wheels are Level 8 mk6 17x8 +0 and the tire are Cooper Discoverer STT PRO 295/70/17. As soon as I get home I will install them and get some new pictures up

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    That's all I have for now but will be updating this thread on a regular, Thank you for stopping by and checking out my truck all feedback is welcome✌️
     
  2. Apr 16, 2016 at 8:12 AM
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    Impressive. Looking good
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2016 at 3:23 PM
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    Now this is a freakin build. Freakin cool. What else are you gonna do to it? What suspension is under it?
     
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  4. Apr 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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    That's a flippin sweet ride dude. Is it your DD or your weekender?
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2016 at 5:14 PM
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    Very Nice Beast you have there. A lot of time and work was put into that thing. Now it's time to make it yours. All the big stuff is complete, just need a killer exhaust installed if you don't already have that.
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2016 at 5:17 PM
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    By far one of the best looking first gen builds I've ever seen! :thumbsup: They knew how to do it right!
     
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  7. Apr 16, 2016 at 9:14 PM
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    I'm not sure on the suspension but I will definitely find out and update the thread.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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    Currently DD my 03 A4 Quattro but as soon as the new wheels and tires are thrown on that is going to change :burnrubber:
     
  9. Apr 16, 2016 at 9:23 PM
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    It has a pretty nice exhaust already I completely forgot to mention that :frusty: it was redirected just behind the rear passenger door on the fender

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  10. Apr 16, 2016 at 9:30 PM
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    Thank you! I am very new to forums and threads and am unsure how to reply to everyone in one simple post. Sorry for the mess
     
  11. Apr 16, 2016 at 9:54 PM
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    Very nice truck you got there. How does the top sound when driving down the highway? Noisy, air leaks, cold in winter?
    I like the exhaust exit location.
     
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  12. Apr 16, 2016 at 11:22 PM
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    It's actually pretty quiet inside the cab, the top is stretched out just enough I'm guessing because I haven't heard any flapping on the hwy. I haven't found any leaks and have yet to use the truck in winter conditions but will definitely keep you guys posted on that!!
     
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  13. Apr 17, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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    Okay guys I'm finally back home in Colorado and it was a pain in the ass driving in through the snow we have been getting here. I took more pics of my new wheels and tires because I felt the pic I posted did them no justice. :sorry:
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    Unfortunately since I've been in California on vacation for the last 10 days I have to catch up on some honey do's before I can mount the wheels :(
     
  14. Apr 17, 2016 at 4:57 PM
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    Too bad you couldn't get those mounted and then try them out in the snow and see how well they tear it up. Look sharp.
     
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  15. Apr 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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    Your in co? Where at, alot of us are in denver
     
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  16. Apr 19, 2016 at 1:10 PM
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    Nice choice in rims and tires. Those are gonna look awesome!
     
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  17. Apr 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM
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    That's a badass rig! Can't wait to see the new wheels and tires!
     
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  18. Apr 20, 2016 at 2:10 AM
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    Kersey, well actually 15 miles south of Kersey in the middle of know where.
     
  19. Apr 20, 2016 at 2:58 PM
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    Looks like a fun toy. Definitely has front and rear glass. Get some snaps of the suspension. Looks like it still has leaf springs with inverted shackles.

    Whoever built the cage definitely got creative. I never understood those that cut off the roof when you can just build a cage on pontoons or offset frame mounts and drop the cage down and 360 weld everything. Watch your noggin on the b-pillar gusset tube too. Without a brain bucket, would be a bad day in an accident.
     
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  20. Apr 20, 2016 at 3:42 PM
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    @FernsFinal, let me know if you would like some education on roll cages. By no means would I be trying to offend you or your truck. Just some constructive criticism with the intent of driver and passenger safety. Feel free to tell me to piss off as well. I won't take offense and will leave things as is. :cheers:
     
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  21. Apr 21, 2016 at 2:11 AM
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    Please school me as I have no idea what I'm doing anyway :rofl: I plan on getting some padding for the cage just haven't gotten around to it yet.
     
  22. Apr 21, 2016 at 9:46 AM
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    Those wheels and tires are bitchin! Should really set off the truck too. I wish I could buy wheels and tires just cuz I didn't have a matching spare...LOL. My wife would prolly kill me. :argue:
     
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  23. Apr 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM
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    See various color coordinated Skittles above.

    Dead tubes. I got tired of drawing red circles, but there's a lot more in this cage. A "T" junction is what we call a dead tube in the industry. One tube dead ends into another. These should be avoided as much as possible. When loaded, the dead tube will bend the other tube. You can tie other tubes to the node to avoid the dead tube as well. The exception to this are tube corner gussets. Welding a strait 6"-8" tube diagonally in a corner of a junction...making a triangle or capital A. Plate corner gussets are completely acceptable as for corners as well.

    For the life of me I have no idea wtf is going on here. The fabricator clearly has a bender, but here the tubes look like miter joints and butt welds. You can't sleeve a miter joint, and the B pillar is probably the most important tube in a cage for saving your ass in a rollover. Any tube splices should be beveled, sleeved, 360 welded, and rosette welded. If this is a miter joint, this would fail any cage inspection for a sanctioned event.

    I'm at a loss on this one as to what the fabricator was trying to do. There is so much wrong with these tubes. Why this wasn't a strait tube spanning the two b-pillar tubes about 10 inches lower is beyond me. Not only that, having the tube lower would give you a place for seatbelt harnesses. In addition, when building a cage you want to strive for making triangles, not some artsy fartsy curves. Bends are your enemy. A strait tube is ALWAYS stronger than a bent tube. And where bends are required, bends should never be unsupported or mid-span. At the apex, at least one other tube and gusset should be placed unless there are several tubes that meet at the same supporting node.

    One of the most creative load paths I've seen. The two circled tubes should have been a little longer and welded as a single node meeting the vertical center support tube and the roof tube that goes to the front of the cab. Note the zig zag line I drew. That would be the load path with an impact. Instead of being strait and dispersing to the rest of the tubes equally, you're going to load the roof tube spanning the b-pillar.


    These are absolute death tubes. There is no reason to have a bend in what appears to be an attempt of a corner gusset. Nor is there any reason to have it that long. Because it's bent and hanging right by your head, even a mild fender bender with no helmet is going to leave you comatose.

    This is just based on the one photo I looked at. Since I don't see a windshield v-bar, I can only assume that the roof bar going forward is a dead tube as well. Which in the event of a hard rollover, the A-pillar will likely collapse. I also see no C-pillar vertical or diagonal support tubes at all. Just like the a-pillar, rear passengers would have a bad day in a roll. I also don't see any cab to cage plating. Which means the body will flex independently of the cage unless the body mounts were swapped out to solid mounts. Even then, the sheet metal at the top of the cab will flex. Obviously I can only see some of your cage, but there are other things to take into consideration. No tube should terminate to sheet metal such as the floor, firewall, or rear of the cab. Pillars should either pass through the floor and welded to plated frame, or down to pontoon tubes or plated mounts that come off the frame. You can also do sandwich plates between sheet metal and use 4 large grade 8 bolts to attach them. But it's easier (and stronger) to just drill a hole and go strait to the frame.

    See below for an example of an overbuilt cage, but shows some good examples of the points I mentioned above. Honestly, this cage has way more tubes and supports than it needs for the size of the truck. But it's definitely a well designed cage. There are those that say that any cage is better than no cage at all. This is simply not true. Unsupported tubes become weapons that can impale or bludgeon passengers. As nice as your truck looks to drive from the outside, if offered a ride, I would gracefully decline going for a ride in it, even a trip to the store. Certainly looks there's some fun to be had, but I'd suggest a brain bucket because of those death tubes. Good luck man.


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  24. Apr 25, 2016 at 1:49 PM
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    Okay so I put the new wheels on and completely hated them :mad:. I felt sick :puke:to my stomach on how much I spent on wheels and tires that looked hideous!they looked good just not on this truck. I was already posting them for sale on CL when I got the idea of buying wheel spacers. I don't know why I didn't just think of that right away, must have been the sickness:sick: that blinded me. Anyway here are the pictures :yay:

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    After I added the 1.5" spacers

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    I'm in love once more :yay::taco::kona::jellydance::dancingbacon::bananadance::woot:
     
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  25. Apr 27, 2016 at 6:57 PM
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    Looks like a lot of work has been done, be proud of doing it yourself.
     
  26. Apr 28, 2016 at 5:19 PM
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    @FernsFinal bummer on the wheels not being the offset you want.
    FYI, the spacers you got are lug centric. You should really consider purchasing HUB centric spacers. Spidertrax, Bora, and AllPro all make hub centric wheels spacers for the 6x5.5 bolt pattern with toyota hubs. With lug centric, you loose the hub mounting surface area and centering and all the leverage rests on the skinny M12x1.5 studs. I encourage you to do some googling around on wheel spacers and what happens with the extra leverage.
     
  27. Apr 28, 2016 at 10:22 PM
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    When mounting the spacers they were an exact fit on the hub and fit very snug before I even tightened them down.
     
  28. Apr 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM
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    Glad the spacers were able to provide the look you wanted. I think the rims and tires are a perfect fit for your truck! Looking good!
     
  29. May 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM
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    I'm really impressed with what you did! Your wheels look great/ My best friend is putting the same wheels on his 4Runner. If you are ever looking for new tires I'd recommend the BFG Ko2's. They look incredible and aggressive with a bit more on road friendly performance :)
     
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  30. May 10, 2016 at 12:36 AM
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    Thinking about swapping out the front two seats for some aftermarket seats, any suggestions?
     
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