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Hey Big Mike,
How is the rear 3 link working?
Wyatt is currently making the required parts for my rear 3 link. The new FOX CO's are out a couple weeks.
Hope to get my truck into his shop by the middle of September.
He is a busy guy for sure.
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Mike,

What does the front of the standard transfercase look like?

I know with my previous model Hilux, your dad amd Wyatt had to convert the J-shifted transfer case from a forward shift to a top shift in order to mate up the crawlbox.
Is it safe to assume that these solenoid activated transfercases do not have that issue since they are shifted from a rear mounted solenoid mechanism?

so in theory, the adaptor plate and crawlbox would just bolt straight up to the front of it?

Thanks in advance....am working out whether I should purchase a previous model J-shifted chaincase for future crawlbox build (would require more work) or save and just get one to suit existing factory solenoid shifted case like yours?




Spent Feb and early Mar finishing up and launching our new website, so didn't have anytime for the Tacoma.

March 29, 2017: The Meat of the matter

Finally I had reached the first day of the most important project for this truck.

Back on the MC lift



Oh, hello thar.



Whoops, was this not supposed to fall off?




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Nice truck! Any more updates?

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Looks like its final stage turned out great. I'm glad that despite falling through your ceiling you were still able to get out and enjoy some wheeling. Now stop rubbing it in our face and sell us the darn things!!!! :clap:
Thanks man. It's about late Nov 2020 now and I still cannot sleep on my left side. Right side is okay. Everything else seems to be about 95% back to normal, just some minor lingering discomfort in a few positions. I can't imagine how difficult this injury is for people with fractures or breaks many times worse than mine. :ack:

You're just making people envious by parking next to their Tacomas.   :D 

What kind of battery is that?
Hahaha I'm trying to inspire them!! Thanks for asking about the battery. I briefly mentioned it at Page 23 - Reply #687: It is a Bosch Platinum Advanced AGM that I have been highly impressed with. (Reply #687 has more details about it.) They cost less than Optimas (which have lost a lot of respect in the industry ever since Interstate purchased them) and we have been using them for a while here at work. I installed it ~2.5 yrs ago and so far I have been very impressed!



Hey Big Mike,
How is the rear 3 link working?
Wyatt is currently making the required parts for my rear 3 link. The new FOX CO's are out a couple weeks.
Hope to get my truck into his shop by the middle of September.
He is a busy guy for sure.
That's awesome man, I have no doubt you're going to absolutely love it. I assume by now you've already gotten it installed, and if so, now it's my time: How are you liking it??

so in theory, the adaptor plate and crawlbox would just bolt straight up to the front of it?
10-4. Since it's electronic there are no rails or shifter bases to mess. MC11 adapter is a direct bolt-on. The only thing we change, at the moment, is on a 6spd manual like mine, we swap out the t/case input for an automatic input to fit our dual case coupler.

Nice truck! Any more updates?
Well... since you asked, here comes a few updates!
New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
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Goals for 2020!

I've got a LOT planned for @SlowestTacoma in 2020 and hope to finally get it close to 100% finished!!

Here is a run-down on my Build schedule, all planned to be completed before my next Rubicon trip / third week of June:
  • Get our final RCLT HD prototype (v3) installed
  • Finish front end articulation (up-travel clearancing)
  • Install On Board Air
  • Install Winch
  • And finish four final big & exciting projects that have been on my TODO for a while
And here is a run-down of scheduled events I'll be driving SlowestTacoma to and from in 2020:
  • King Of The Hammers (SoCal)
  • CAL4WD Convention (CenCal)
  • Four Wheeler Adventure Expo (SoCal)
  • Toyota Jamboree (Texas)
  • TLCA Mud-N-Yer Eye Frolic (NorCal)
  • 4WDF Blue Canyon Poker Run (CenCal)
  • TLCA Cruise Moab (Utah)
  • Feature SlowestTacoma at Overland Expo West (Arizona)
  • The Gear Shop Moab Event (Utah)
  • Moonlight Madness (CenCal)
  • TLCA Rubithon (NorCal / Rubicon)
  • PMC Swap Meet (NorCal)
  • FJ Summit (Colorado)
  • UTOR Expo (Utah)
  • CAL4WD Sierra Trek (NorCal / Fordyce Trail)
  • Cantina for the Con (NorCal / Rubicon)
  • Marlin Crawler Round-Up (NorCal / Rubicon)
  • Pamona Off-road Expo (SoCal)
  • SEMA Show (Las Vegas)
  • TLCA Southern Cruiser Crawl (Arkansas)
  • CAL4WD Panamint Valley Days (SoCal)
  • Valley Children's Toy Drive (CenCal)
Gonna be a busy and exciting year and I've got a LOT to do so let's get started!
New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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Jan 28, 2020: Final RCLT HD Prototype (v3) installed onto KOH 4Runner

With SlowestTacoma still on jackstands, I traveled down south to install our final prototype RCLT HD onto the King Of The Hammers race 4Runner. This has been such a long journey...



Here come some Prototype Knuckle comparisons. Left is V2 Prototype that my Tacoma ran from April to December of last year

Right is the final V3 Prototype design that will be going onto the Race 4Runner, as well as my Tacoma. So the first KOH race was using Prototype version 1 and now the second KOH race will be using Prototype version 3!



As you can see, I've been focused on steering strength upgrades



TRE hardware difference is insane.



I needed help just to torque that puppy down!

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
"The worst of both worlds, the best of neither." -abnormaltoy
"An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see." -Nanaki

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Say Hello to the FINAL PROTOTYPE!!!



From V1 to V2, there were over 100 improvements.
From V2 to V3, there are around 40 improvements.

Major improvements from V2 to V3 include...
  • An extra bend to the bottom LCA plate for a smoother radius and improved ground clearance
  • Secondary shock mount included by default
  • An adjustable caster feature of the UCA enabling +/- two degree caster flexibility
  • Steering hardware strength is greatly increased (see previous post)
  • Turning angle capability has been improved by almost another 5-degrees!!
  • Down travel capability has been increased through improvements to both CV boot clearance, UCA design, and TRE attachment angle
  • Alignment-maintaining ability through full suspension travel, something RCLT HD already greatly excels at compared to most all other LT kits, is improved further for extreme downtravel scenarios. This feature won't be fully realized for a while since it requires additional parts to be designed and tested. More on this later. ;)
  • Dropped my stupid water drainage system
  • And finally, continued improvements to manufacturing and Jig assembly




RCLT HD is KOH bound once again!!



New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020: Final (v3) RCLT HD Prototype nearly installed!

Back at our shop, while the rest of the crew had left for the King Of The Hammers, I stayed back a few days to get @SlowestTacoma's IFS up to date!





I'll discuss this feature in more detail at a later date, but if you look at the upper uniball, you can see that it is not centered to the UCA. This is our new caster feature, and as shown this is in the +1 degree fixed position for maximum caster angle.



All done!!





I didn't have time for an alignment so I just manually set the toe, loaded up booth and display items, and was ready to rendezvous with the rest of the team down south!

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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Feb 3-7, 2020: King Of The Hammers

The next morning I was up early and off to Johnson Valley!!



Filling up in Tehachapi



That stainless steel RCLT HD plate is so much nicer than the sticker we used on the previous prototype!



Made it safely! Check out the difference when you Marlinize your ride :cool:

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
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Getting setup!





Busy at the Crawler Booth like always!



Here is a RCLT HD vs Stock IFS display I made. Having these sitting side-by-side was SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE



Here is my growing collection of broken stock inner tie rods I've helped repair on the trail from other 2005+ Tacomas and 2003+ 4Runners, including one of my own!

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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The display was so impressive that it caught the eye of one Shannon Campbell! :o

He looked at the two IFS setups and was seriously impressed with RCLT HD. I asked him for a quote and he said, "This is a really great design", which was awesome coming from the 3-time champion himself!



Shannon became the first public figure to endorse RCLT HD :cool:



He was very impressed that RCLT HD can be removed and all factory parts easily reinstalled, and discussed how IFS is paving new grounds in competition Rock Crawling and that the industry is overdue for an IFS product strong enough for Rock Crawling. He thinks we really hit a home run with this setup. Thank you Shannon!!

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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Not too long thereafter, @SlowestTacoma and car #4602 got to meet for the first time! We now had two rigs with RCLT HD installed in our booth at the same time!! This was a huge moment for me.



Speakings of car #4602, I discussed this at Reply #134 of the main RCLT thread, but figured I'd add a few pics from their historic day of becoming the FIRST IFS in KOH's Every Man Challenge history to finish both the high speed desert sections and rock crawling sections without breaking down! They took a 10th place finish, which was a huge success for RCLT HD and we are looking forward to many more!



Final prototype looking gooooooood

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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"An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see." -Nanaki

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A couple action shots I found online :cool:









New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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"An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see." -Nanaki

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And finally here is 4602 back at camp after the event. They had a few issues here and there but nothing too serious, and still moving under it's own power! A world's first for an IFS EMC rig!



HELL YEAH! WORLD'S FIRST IFS KOH EMC SURVIVOR!



New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
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This is how I parked my Tacoma at night...



...and one night while out in the booth we had a very, very special visitor!!!

It was AWESOME meeting you @BAZZI!!!!!!!! Bazzi is from Iceland and is one of our oldest forum members, registered back in 2004! Wished I could have hung out more with ya :wave:



And that was it for KOH '20! Here I am back on the road at a crisp 4:29am Friday morning! (Yes, I left early and missed the main Friday event. Duty calls!)



Fill er up



And back home by 9:38am!! :o Averaged 20.1 MPH driving solo on the highway!! I'd like to see a Solid Axle Swap Tacoma on 40s do that!



Thanks Dad :love:

New Instagram: @SlowestTacoma

Check out our new Rock Crawling Videos!
2016 56-speed 580:1 Triple T/Case 3rd gen Tacoma Rock Crawler   
1981 36-speed 511:1 3RZ-FE Rock Crawler
1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
Things are only impossible until they are not.
"The worst of both worlds, the best of neither." -abnormaltoy
"An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see." -Nanaki

 
 
 
 
 

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