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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #91 on: Jun 10, 2008, 01:40:49 PM »
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #92 on: Jun 10, 2008, 01:54:13 PM »
that plate is funny stuff  :rofl2:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #93 on: Jun 11, 2008, 06:02:34 PM »
Hey BigMike,   I confused on something.
Ealier you wrote.

So, for a width comparison,

Old Axle + 1.5" wheel spacers = 61.5-inches wheel-mount to wheel-mount.
New Tacoma axle with NO spacers = 62".

But then there's this. http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=11245.0     :dunno:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #94 on: Jun 12, 2008, 07:51:56 AM »
maybe its a different model tacoma or newer one :dunno:

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #95 on: Jun 12, 2008, 07:59:07 AM »
Ok, I based my measurements off the 56" for 1986-95 rear ends.

I do not know what the Taco rear end is, but what I DO know is that it is 1.75" wider on each side,  so 3.5" wider than my old axle.

I know this for sure. I measured the axle housings, but I have not measured them once everything was put back on and installed.

I forgot to mention that I am using my same backing plates, wheel bearing, spindle, brakes and brake drum. All the Hilux parts bolted right up to the Taco housing :thumbs:

So if the housing is 3.5" wider and I am using the same outer parts, I am assuming my overall width is 3.5" more.

So one of those measurements on that page is wrong. I will be balancing my tires next week, so I will get an exact WMW measurement of the Taco rear end then :thumbs:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #96 on: Jun 12, 2008, 09:52:25 AM »
79'-85'  55"
86'-95'  58"
Taco 96'-04' 60"
05'-Current   ??"
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #97 on: Jun 12, 2008, 10:16:03 AM »
79'-85'  55"
86'-95'  58"
Taco 96'-04' 60"
05'-Current   ??"

Ok, so if 58" is correct, then 58" + 1.5" wheel spacer (x2) = 61"

And if 61" is correct, then my Taco read end should be 61.5" total wheel-mount to wheel-mount with no spacers, which is 3.5" wider than the 86-95' housing.

I will get this verified soon :thumbs: Whatever it is, I know for a fact that the Taco rear end housing (just the housing) is 3.5" wider than the 1986-95 Hilux housing.

Also, the The Capacity/Size/Weight/Length Thread says that the stock front end is 55.5", but I measured mine and wrote this down and my stock 1985" front end with no wheel spacers is 56-1/8" wheel-mount to wheel-mount and this is a verified measurement by me on my own front end.

So there are a lot of numbers going around the 'net, that's for sure

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #98 on: Jun 12, 2008, 10:24:52 AM »
great info mike.... im curious how the taco rear end holds up :dunno: I have been debating on running one in my rig but I have heard mixed opinions on them... if it holds up in your truck them im sure it will hold up in mine.... :yupyup:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #99 on: Jun 13, 2008, 01:50:57 PM »
56 1/8" is correct.
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #100 on: Jun 14, 2008, 12:55:56 AM »
April 6, 2008: Mounted Rear Shocks, removed old FROR (modified) crossmember

Got a new axle installed, so I might as well get the shocks mounted:


Here I am figuring out how far in I want the lower mount to be


Got it tacked in place


Here is the fully extended side at full (unloaded / empty bed) articulation:


Here is the fully compressed side at full (unloaded / empty bed) articulation:


And here is the final shot:



I am running 14" Shocks back there, and as you can see, I am only using 9.5" extension and 12" compression. So I actually could lower the top mount 2" and run 12s, but oh well, I've got what I've got and I'm sticking with em


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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #101 on: Jun 14, 2008, 01:03:21 AM »
April 10, 2008: Removed old factory Carpet

Sometimes some things just need to go :thumbs:

The previous owner apparently drove around with a bottomless soda cup because the carpet beneath my drivers seat has always been all jacked up. So it is time for some interior rework :thumbs: Plus I never had my Crawler boots mounted.. It just time to get stuff done-

Pulling up the stock carpet:


Doesn't look too bad under there:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #102 on: Jun 14, 2008, 08:59:40 AM »
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #103 on: Jun 14, 2008, 09:00:44 AM »
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #104 on: Jun 14, 2008, 09:01:40 AM »
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #105 on: Jun 14, 2008, 09:06:37 AM »
Nice. We should get to the part I want to see in 4 more days. :talkingn:

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #106 on: Jun 14, 2008, 09:22:23 AM »
Mike, Im going to spoil your fun if you dont get to it.
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #107 on: Jun 14, 2008, 09:54:53 AM »
April 20, 2008: Inspected Clutch, upgraded to W56A-HD with short throw, cleaned t/cases, installed oil sight tube, installed new Crossmember

We'll just say April 20 was a very good day :disturbed:

First order of business was to remove my entire drive train

Out with the old wrecking-yard W56B:


In with the new (used) W56A-HD:


That is Marlin's own personal W56A-HD that he originally ran behind his 3RZ until we finished our R-series Bellhousing. So he runs a Turbo R151F trans and his very low mileage W56A-HD had been waiting for me for some time. My old transmission was starting to make noise in 5th gear, but otherwise worked perfectly fine. I just wanted to get old stuff replaced with new to minimize the amount of down time I'll have in the future. Remember, I am going to reliability here!

Here is my 3RZ Flywheel we resurfaced:


And my (dealer replacement?) clutch that I got with the engine back in '04 is still looking quite good:


Then I took some degreaser and spent a good 30 mins cleaning up my Crawl boxes and transfer case. 4 years of oil leaks and mud and road grime; Here is how clean I got them, you can even see my signature on the middle Crawl box I signed from 4 yrs ago :o :


Here Marlin is installing our new Oil Level Sight tube:


Here it is installed:


Ahhhhhh that is a sight for sore eyes :eyebrow:


Here is Marlin's handwriting that will never come off for a long time to come:


And here is the short throw I've been needing for a loooong time:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #108 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:05:35 AM »
So how do I plan on supporting those Marlin Cases?

:eyebrow: X20



Our fabricator Rocky built this beauty. It started out as something completely different with a much different concept, but after a couple of "on-the-fly" design changes, I am proud to say this is one of the most bitchen crossmembers I've ever seen. Thank you Rocky! You did some awesome work! :beerchug:





These pictures don't quite give it justice. It is a real work of art how he got it all in place. I love it!

Here is the driver's side showing how we were going to have it removable at the tubes, hence the tacked-in-place flanges, and then we decided to use spring bushings much closer to the transfer case itself.


Another cool angle showing how close it all is:



Because we redesigned the mount at the t/case so much, we used what we had built. But I think sometime down the road it would be a great idea to connect the two sides together below the case in the center. That way I could minimize axial loading on the lower crossmember mounts.
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #109 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:08:35 AM »
Wacha doin for a skid plate?
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #110 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:17:23 AM »
Nice Mike! Very nice! Rocky lives up to his rep again. :thumbs:

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #111 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:40:35 AM »
April 22, 2008: Installed new Hood Vents (discussed earlier on page 1), finally did the front blinker mod, replaced window regulator, built removable door hinges, installed driver's side front shock bumpstop, and repaired damaged front E-Locker controller

Hey, I am all about progress :booya:

As discussed on page one, I installed nifty aluminum high flow low amp home entertainment fans to pull air out of the engine bay. Here is another shot of the two fans installed. I was going to run 4 fans, but the 2 do so well I think they are all I need:


Here I am getting started with the blinker mod:




Here is the single filament harness on the stock 1st gen front parking lights


1st cut the green wire


Then push the harness through the bulb socket and out the front. Once out it will look like this:


As you can see the front corner light harness is on the left, and I got a 1st gen brake light harness on the right
Here is a front view showing the two circuits of the brake light harness


Here are the size comparisons of the two bulbs


The brake bulb is obviously much larger, but it still clears my lens just fine. So far it has not melted anything, but only time will tell. I also have some blue (clear white) brake bulbs that I bought but have not installed yet. So for now I am using the ugly yellow-ish bulbs that don't look too good along side my Silverstar headlights. I'll get the other blue bulbs installed some other day :yupyup:

A slight modification is required to get the brake bulb to fit properly into the single filament housing:


Here it is installed into the 1st gen parking light housing


And here is the differences in filament circuits:


« Last Edit: Jun 14, 2008, 12:19:10 PM by BigMike »
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #112 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:48:09 AM »
Wacha doin for a skid plate?

Skid plates are for girly 4Runners
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #113 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:48:13 AM »
Mike I love the idea of the hood vents and fan. Can I by the other 2 fans from you.
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #114 on: Jun 14, 2008, 10:49:04 AM »
Skid plates are for girly 4Runners

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #115 on: Jun 14, 2008, 11:14:49 AM »
any plans to mass produce the x member?

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #116 on: Jun 14, 2008, 11:25:41 AM »
Mike I love the idea of the hood vents and fan. Can I by the other 2 fans from you.

Someone has already asked for them.. I got them off eBay, hang on a cool second..
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #117 on: Jun 14, 2008, 11:26:26 AM »
That cross member is Beautifull!    :thumbs:
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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #118 on: Jun 14, 2008, 11:43:29 AM »
Someone has already asked for them.. I got them off eBay, hang on a cool second..

Ok, here is where I bought them:
http://cgi.ebay.com/150mm-RECEIVER-COOLING-CASE-FAN-THEATER-AMPLIFIER-JVC........

And if that doesn't work, then use this link for this guys eBay store:
http://stores.ebay.com/Mikes-A1-Pet-Fans-and-Car-Parts

Here is an image of the fans from eBay (note: this image link might break within a couple of months):


I emailed him and told him that I do not need the 6-speed transformer A/C adapter nor do I need the fan grills, so he cut me a sweet deal. The are listed at $14.99 each on eBay, but he sold me 4 fans with out the grills or A/C adapters, shipped to my door, for $45. So including shipping, each fan cost me $11.25.

Here is "some" text from the eBay auction:

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150mm RECEIVER COOLING CASE FAN THEATER AMPLIFIER JVC

Super Cool!! 120 CFM, Variable Speed (6 speed) cooling fan for Monitors, Receivers & Amplifiers, TV’s, LCD’s, DVR’s, & Aquariums.

Huge 150mm (5.9 inch) DUAL ball bearing 120 CFM fan has 30% greater cooling capacity than the competition!

1) The competition claims to be selling 5 inch fans; however, read their fine print, their fans measure 4-7/8 in. (120mm) from corner to corner. These fans measure 5-7/8 in. (150mm) from corner to corner, 1 inch larger than the competition.

2) The competitions fans are 90 CFM, these fans are 120 CFM, 30 CFM or 30% higher cooling capacity greater than the competition.

3) The competition fans are 100% plastic with plastic grills, these are industrial balanced, anodized aluminum fans with chrome steel grills (no rusting) to keep out little fingers.

5) The competition fan kit makes 40db of noise on high, these fans make 38 db of noise because of the quality precision fan blades (these are quieter).

* Don't get stuck with small 80, 90, or 120mm fans with 30% less cooling than huge 150mm fans. The dual ball bearings in these 150mm fans provide higher efficiency, quality and durability. Smaller fans are cheaper than these aluminum 150mm fans.

About the Fans!!  This is a brand new High Output, commercial grade, 5 inch diameter, black aluminum housings, Brushless, DUAL ball-bearing, 12 Volt DC, .3 amp, 1.5 inch thick blade pitch.  These HUGE fans measure 5 & 7/8 inch (150mm) from corner to corner and have 30% more cooling than small 4 & 7/8 inch (120mm) plastic computer fans. This fan make a quiet 38db of noise on full speed at 12 volts and less than 23db on the 6 volt setting, so quiet that you can't hear them running.



So they move 120 CFM at 38 db, full aluminum construction and dual ball bearing bushless fans that draw 0.3 amps.

They really are very quiet, you cannot hear them over the sound of your engine idling, not by a long shot. Even with the engine off, you have to sit perfectly still and wait, wait, wait, and then you'll be able to hear some harmonizing sound coming from the hood.
2016 6-speed Manual 2GR-FKS TRD Sport Tacoma       
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Error occurred because of error.
"The worst of both worlds, the best of neither." -abnormaltoy
Things are only impossible until they are not.

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Re: BigMike's "Return of the Project"
« Reply #119 on: Jun 14, 2008, 11:47:52 AM »
any plans to mass produce the x member?

That cross member is Beautifull!    :thumbs:

Thanks guys :beer: RE production, nope, not at this time.


Here is a video of my blinker in action:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tzTs2dGPhhk&amp;hl=en" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tzTs2dGPhhk&amp;hl=en</a>


Since day one I have NEVER had front blinkers. I bought the truck without a front bumper and both blinkers were MIA. So for 4 years I have been driving around RICE ROCKET style with my blinkers going 100 miles per hour BLINKBLINKBLINKBLINKBLINKBLINKBLINK arrrrgggggg that irritated me soo much. I finally got front blinkers setup so the blinkers now operate at a normal speed :thumbs:
2016 6-speed Manual 2GR-FKS TRD Sport Tacoma       
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Error occurred because of error.
"The worst of both worlds, the best of neither." -abnormaltoy
Things are only impossible until they are not.

 
 
 
 
 

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