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Old 02-23-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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"Toyota Get's Some Tons"

I've had a blast wheeling my yota since the summer of 2011. It's been all over K2, Shiloh Ridge and Barnwell Mountain. It even made an interesting trip to Clayton, Ok this past new years. I've had very good luck with my built yota axles and 37" pbr's. After a rear diff, failure at Clayton, I decided to sell it all and get some big boy axles.
Before I get into all of that, I'll cover a few stages I've went through....
It started out like this.....


Then went to this.......


I wheeled it at summer run 2011 and broke the studs on my front knuckle......

Fixed it and wheeled it the rest of the weekend.....



Slapped me some Six Shooter knuckles on and wheeled some more, before realizing that I needed a cage.....




Shot some paint on it....


Wheeled it some more.....


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Old 02-23-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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So now comes to the build part. After blowing the 8" ring gear at Clayton, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to upgrade.
I was on the fence between tons, and rockwells. A last minute run to Charlotte, Tx made my mind up. I got an excellent deal on some one tons from a fellow member.
So, I started tearing down the truck to sell off the parts and start planning the build.....

So today, I started cleaning up the axles and removing un-needed brackets. I shaved a little off the bottom of both axles. More is probably needed, but I stopped until I read up on it a little more.....






Here is how they currently sit.....


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Lp kingpin D60: 4:56/detroit, 35 spline chromo's, drive flanges, Reid knuckles, set up for leafs....
14 bolt: 4.56/welded, disc brakes, set up for leafs.....
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That's a great start. You wont regret going tons. Wish I would of did that from the get go...instead of investing so much in Yoda axles.
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So the plan for this build, is...........there really isn't one set in stone just yet. I would like to run at least a 42" tire. I have everything to throw the axles under the current leafs right now. I'm almost certain I will just stick leafs in front. I am seriously considering tubing the rear and going with a triangulated 4 link. I've been looking around at heims and brackets, but all of that can add up very fast. So I am currently looking at universal kits. Going with the kits can save a lot of cash and headache. If I do link the rear, it will start out with fox 2.O's. I looked at ruffstuffs kit, but right now I'm leaning towards the barnes4x4 one. I've been talking to him over on pirate and he has some excellent prices. I've also been shopping around for the shocks also......
As with every other thing I do, I am open for suggestions as long as you know what your talking about. Feel free to try and talk me into or out of things. I will try to keep this build moving along, but my summer months also get clogged with lake/river trips as well as the beach. So if I start getting lazy, just kick me in the arse.......
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That's a great start. You wont regret going tons. Wish I would of did that from the get go...instead of investing so much in Yoda axles.
I can't complain, my yota axles did good. I just really wanted to run a bigger tire. It sucks when people are skeptical of you being in their group because you only have a 37" tire.....
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Why did you leave a lip on the 14 bolt?? Cut that **** off!
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Why did you leave a lip on the 14 bolt?? Cut that **** off!
Good constructive criticism. I've never shaved a 14bolt, so I'll need to find out how much can safely be taken off without leaking......
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I just did my first set of built tons under my jeep and love them! Keep up with the good work. That little rig has already come a long ways!
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Get a Barnes 4x4 shave cover. Easy to see how much needs to get shaved off at that point. Pretty much that entire bottom lip.

I'm going to tons now too and linking the rear. Artec brackets, ruffstuff heims, profender coilovers, etc.
A pic from my shave.

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Thanks for the pics. I have a stock rear cover now, so one will be needed anyways. As far as piecing together a 4 link......did it come out cheaper or even with buying an entire kit?
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Absolutely sick ! I love the look of a stretched wheelbase yota. I hope koolaid looks a 1/4 of this good ! You won't go wrong with tons, not sure on your weight but bunker buster has 42's and has done the Jana 76 and what a cool se up that is. That's with him having a 454 and a heavy right foot . I'm keeping tabs on this tread I love this type of build !!
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Absolutely sick ! I love the look of a stretched wheelbase yota. I hope koolaid looks a 1/4 of this good ! You won't go wrong with tons, not sure on your weight but bunker buster has 42's and has done the Jana 76 and what a cool se up that is. That's with him having a 454 and a heavy right foot . I'm keeping tabs on this tread I love this type of build !!
Baby steps my friend....lol
No jana76 kit in the near future. The rear shouldn't be too hard, but getting the tire clearance in the front might be a problem. Keep in mind that I don't want to hack this truck up too bad. I still want front and inner fenders. As well as a full cab. I've been eyeballing an Ls1 in my dads shop for a while now, but don't plan on doing an engine swap just yet.
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I went with artec's truss for my 14 bolt and their dual brackets. I picked up the 1.25 heims during ruffstuffs sale they have for every holiday. Best vendor ever. I am using square links and there square tubing adapters. Not sure how much I saved, or didn't save versus the kit. Most of it is still on the bench as I am in Malaysia right meow, but hope to have it done by jamboree in may. Artec's stuff is top notch by the way.
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Thanks. I can get all brackets,1.25 heims and hardware (no links) to my door for $740.
It doesn't look as fancy as the artec though......
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Can't wait to see how it looks and performs on tons and big tires. I love the pic of it at k2 coming down that steep sloop in the rain. Bet that was interesting! lol
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Can't wait to see how it looks and performs on tons and big tires. I love the pic of it at k2 coming down that steep sloop in the rain. Bet that was interesting! lol
Surely since I had a flat front passenger at the bottom. Lol
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Go with the Artec full length truss. It's pretty much the same price as that joke of a truss ruffstuff is selling, but it distributes the stress way better. You will no regret it. I ran all Artec brackets on the rear and they are really nice pieces. Contact letzroll offroad on pirate about the ballistic shave kit. They sell them so there's no dealing with ballistic. It's barely more than just a diff cover is gonna run you, and well worth it. I don't regret actually shaving mine, and wouldn't own one that isn't shaved. And I don't mean ground down.




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Did you have the ring gear turned down?
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Got some progress done. Still waiting to hear back from a couple people on pirate, so demo is all I can really do.....
I cut some tube and Pulled the rear springs......
These will be available along with 2 Bilstein 5150 14" shocks.


Had to reposition the truck since I'd be dropping to weight off the rear. I didn't want the truck to flip frontwards....


I then started cutting.





And that is where I'm at right now. It's almost time to roll out the jd2, but I still have some cleaning up to do.
I agree that the truss in the above pick looks cheesy. I haven't seen anyone say it's weak, but we will see. If I can get a good deal on an artec, I may go that route. I will try and get more done during the week, but I'm not sure. Next weekend we will be out of town for the Mega Run.........
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How much for the springs and shocks? I'm looking forward to seeing this thing get built.
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I'm really liking that bud. Yes I turned down the run gear, I took a big chunk out.



I sent it to chase at east coast gear supply. Rkik did his as well with very different results. Mine looks good and Ramon's gear was inconsistent. He had to take a flapper wheel and smooth it out. I would just put a 7" grinder to it. It's not that bad. I didn't realize it was so easy to turn down when I mailed mine off. I took it down to like 10.05 or so I believe.

Look at Ross(texasag02) build on pirate or COR. He had the poly truss which looks beefier than the ruffstuff one and he twisted it up. I would just prefer a truss that tied in to the pinion support somehow. Have you looked at undercover fabworks truss? I think best bang for buck is just gonna be Artec. And it's one of the few full length trusses.

For your shocks, call Dirtfab. He gave me a good deal both times I bought from him. The only reason I didn't with my new struts is he's not an ori vendor. I went with filthy Motorsports for those. Have you considered running ADS shocks? They're pretty cheap too. I think even their bypasses are under $450.
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