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January 26, 2018 (continued): My IFS Steering Upgrade Officially Begins

The first day dissassembling the truck was mostly regarding taking measurements and figuring out geometry hurdles. I had at my disposal almost ten different power steering steering racks from both domestic and foreign vehicles all larger and stronger than my factory Tacoma unit. Prior to this day, while the Tacoma was away for bumper work, I had spent over three months doing preliminary research for possible candidates. The details surrounding the rack I used are proprietary and from hereon in keeping with Marlin Crawler tradition shall be referred to as the MarRack!!

Disassembling the front end again...



RCV Boots not happy with me :(



With the coilovers out for the umpteenth time, I am considering installing these longer lower eyelets and ditch the silly top spacers I've been running since my second Rubicon trip

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January 28, 2018: Removed factory rack

That same weekend I discovered this!! Look at this crap!! My power steering pump is already leaking!! At only 15K miles!! Come awn Toyota. I wonder if this is covered under warranty?



Hard to tell if it's the input seal. The high press line is tight and does not appear to be leaking. After looking at this pics I realized I haven't investigated in detail if it's coming from above. The oil seems to spread out radially from the p/s pump....



Factory rack drained, lines disconnected, and on it's way out



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With the stock Rack out I was able to get all my measurements and test fit the new MarRack. But I had to get the truck back on the road in order to have it in our booth for the King Of The Hammers in less than a week so I quickly put it all back together minus the front differential (since I wouldn't be needing it unfortunately)

As these a-arms are only prototype pieces, I never bothered to paint them. In fact, I wasn't expecting to even use them for more than a few months. But more on this topic later. For now, it was quite easy to remove the lower arms and at least spray paint them like I should have when I first installed them. *idiot*



By this time my RCV Ultimate CV shafts were in transit back to Illinois to get new boots fitted, so in order to drive the truck down south I needed at least something installed at the hub. Knowing I have spare +2" inner chromo shafts but no joints, I purchased el-cheapo remanufactured CVs and promptly cut them up.



For now all that is of value to me is the outer CV. After I get the RCV shafts back I'll simply rebuild these remanuf. units with longer inners as trail spares



And wa-la! Everything back together minus axles and the front diff. Looks so much better with the lower a-arms painted *idiot*

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Out of the shop for some pics



Here you can see the outer CVs installed. I spray painted them black so they won't rust



I think I haven't mentioned this either, but I'm not sporting our bling'n Billet MC Hawse Fairlead. I do plan to get a winch, but at the moment have larger fish to fry, and with the Crawler, a winch is a low priority

https://www.marlincrawler.com/accessories/recovery-parts/hawse-fairlead



It is very hard to walk away from this thing without being tempted to take more pictures!



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February 4, 2018: Final KOH Prep

With only a day remaining until KOH, I did some interior work...

Finally got my Forward Facing Rock Crawling Camera switch installed to the far left of the lower row of dash switches using a simple three position mini toggle switch (sorry don't have a pic of it)



I also installed a nice dual USB port with DC digital volt display ordered from Amazon here. Crap, I don't have a photo of this either. Ok I'll have to update this post later with a couple more pics. The dual USB outlet fit very nice and I like the blue digital readout, however, it is NOT a 2.1 Amp charger as advertised on Amazon---it's only 1 Amp. For that reason I left a 1-star review :D



I also installed a Crux AVITY-01 HDMI to RCA input adapter kit that I got a smoke'n deal on last summer... I can now mirror my iPhone directly to the in-dash factory display. Very cool!



And finally, I got rid of the blasted key-in-ignition door open warning chime by simply disconnecting this one plug! (THANK YOU @PB FAB on TW!)



Just about ready to go!

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February 5, 2018: Off to KOH!

I'll need to update my Trip Report thread with these, but for now I'll share smaller resolutions to push through the event here.

The Tacoma drives well on the open road with 40s. Once in the hills however I can see the 4.88s are definitely too high (no surprise).

Stock tires (30.6") with stock R&P (4.30) is a 7.116 ratio. Comparatively speaking, my 40s (measure about 39.5") with 4.88s is a 8.094 ratio or geared 13.7% too tall. At this point I was still working with Nitro in hopes they will make a 5.29:1 for the new larger 3rd gen rear differential, and if that happens then I'd only be geared 4.9% too tall. This would be f-a-r better than these 4.88s + 40" tires, 64% better in fact.

I still have not fixed my speedometer at this time and can only estimate my fuel mileage using published mileage/distances. I'm estimating at 70 MPH to be just over 15 MPG. More on this later.

Getting gas in Tehachapi



Wooooooooohoooooooooooooo!! New TacoBox sticker!! HELL YEAH!



Love this truck!





Finally inside of Hammer Town for the first time with the Tacoma!



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Only gonna post a few KOH event pics to the build thread here

We had multiple people think the truck was 2WD beings it didn't have a front end or axles. Also had people informing me that there is no way the factory steering was gonna hold up to the 40s and how I should just SAS it and how much of an idiot I am for doing this and yadda yadda yadda. If they only knew!!







All done & heading home!







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February 16, 2018: MarRack fitted

Back home from the Hammers, I must have installed & removed the MarRack over a dozen times figuring everything out. The simple nature of the upcoming photos does not express the amount of time and energy I've put into this steering project.

Removing the stock Rack again!





Here is a stock 2005+ Tacoma rack (no fluid):

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And finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the MarRack, soon to be the Strongest Street-legal Steering Upgrade Kit for the 6cyl 3rd gen Tacoma!!

Hopefully also (test-fit pending): All 2005+ Tacomas, 2003-09 4Runners, 2003-09 Lexus GX, and 2007-09 FJ Cruiser. In theory, it should be compatible with all these models, however, because I don't know the shapes and placement of the 2TR/1GR/2UZ oil pans/oil cooler lines/air conditioning lines/automatic transmission lines, we will need to test fit each application one-at-a-time to know what is and is not compatible. I'll say this much: It is a very tight fit beneath the 2GR.

The MarRack is being designed as the de facto IFS Steering Upgrade Kit for the daily driven serious IFS Rock Crawler:
  • The internal rack itself is 54% stronger
  • It has a much Larger Pinion Gear
  • It is beefy at 49% heavier
  • It has 142% Stronger Inner Tie Rods(!!)
  • The Frame Mount Bolts are 63% Stronger(!!)
  • It holds more fluid for a larger cooling capacity
  • It has a full aluminum body for improved strength and heat dissipation
    • It's body is also wider, providing increased support for when the rack is at it's furthest extension / full steering lock in either direction
  • Both bushing mounts are part of the large, one-piece aluminum body
    • No more silly half-welded stamped steel bushing clamps
  • Because it is wider, it has 15% further rack movement for our choice of either increasing the maximum steering angle or reduced steering wheel effort

I'm claiming for it to be "at least" as good as the numbers say because when you consider all points as a complete system it is going to be night-and-day stronger than the factory setup. Moreover, I am leveraging to the Rock Crawler's advantage multiple geometry changes that otherwise cannot be done to really put together a package, as you will see, that blows the doors off anything on the road today.

Seriously guys the MarRack is not playing around. I fully expect it to be more than strong enough for 40" tires in the rocks and I'll be beating the hell out of it to verify my claim :shades:

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Mike. Awesome work.  Just wondering, is there a way to limit steering angle at all within the rack design if someone wanted to to allow more tyre clearance?

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Where the MarRack will attempt to make history!



It is very snug in there!



View from the back without the front differential assembly



Here is the only required frame modification: A new, large hole for the oversized passenger side mount

This will require a drill and welder to install an oversized inner frame tube welded from the bottom in the reverse manner as the factory mount's inner frame tube



This is a huge 14mm bolt replacing the factory 11mm factory bolt (minimum 62% stronger)



The driver side mount shares above the sub frame with the differential bolt. At 13mm, it is also larger than the factory 11mm driver side rack bolt. (Of course in these photos the front differential is not installed.)

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Mike. Awesome work.  Just wondering, is there a way to limit steering angle at all within the rack design if someone wanted to to allow more tyre clearance?
Not at the rack itself, but rather add material to the steering stops between the bottom of the spindle and the lower a-arm to safely limit steering angle :thumbs:
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WHEW LADS!! My truck has a nice Rack! ;) ;)



Installed (again, no front diff at this moment) (yes of course I've already verified fitment)

There is a lot more than meets the eye here. There is a good dozen custom components required to make everything jive, half of which are still prototypes, plus more this thread has not gotten to yet. Before we can offer this as an over-the-counter ready to install Kit, we'll need to start manufacturing parts. With all the other work I've got slated for this summer, it will be at the very least until later this year before production will be ready. But, you know, this is a good thing: I need to freak'n test it!! Currently all this talk is just proof of concept. Numbers don't mean jack crap until proven on the trail. I am quite happy to play the Guinea pig here :D

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Best Tacoma in the WORLD !!!

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This is a serious game changer. If this was avaliable back in 2015 I would have considered an toyota instead of my jeep. Nice fairlead though. My jeep has one like it  :D

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Best Tacoma in the WORLD !!!
I'll settle for a participation award :gap:

This is a serious game changer.
Here's to hoping it goes somewhere big!! :beer:

Nice fairlead though. My jeep has one like it  :D
Hahaha :rofl:

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February 18, 2018: Begin Tire to Body Clearancing

After finishing the "easy" part of getting the MarRack installed, I was waiting for alignment/geometry parts (time consuming work) and had moved on to Tire-to-Body Clearancing

Here is the 40" Cooper with 4.00" backspaced 17" wheels and +2" longer a-arms at as far up travel as it can go before, well, see the pics for yourself :-/



Oof.



Ooof.



Oooooooooooooof. Mind you this is only the tire pointing straight.

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February 18, 2018 (continued): Begin Tire to Body Clearancing

Inward front tire clearancing: Commence!

Step 1: Increase room at wheel-well front:



Step2: Increase room at wheel-well upper-front:



Sharpie lines look good about here.



Good riddance windshield spray reservoir! Just kidding, however I did ditch the reservoir on both my MR2 and 1981 Hilux. But this truck is too nice & I'd like to keep things functional. As you can imagine it's quite the low priority, but I plan to cut the plastic, lower it's height, and glue it back together. Done.

Looking good, looooooking good

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February 18, 2018 (continued): Begin Tire-to-Body Clearancing

Ok! Full frontal stuff achieved at full spindle steering lock! Woooooohooooooooo!

The tire rubs on the front bumper tube. Great to know; These are the things prototyping is meant for!



New Engine Bay Feature: 40" Tire Treads :D





And that was it for Day No.1

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and I'm jealous of your massive Toyota emblem
:)bestgen4runner [12:45 PM]:   I am so stupid.

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And finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the MarRack, soon to be the Strongest Street-legal Steering Upgrade Kit for the 6cyl 3rd gen Tacoma!!

Hopefully also (test-fit pending): All 2005+ Tacomas, 2003-09 4Runners, 2003-09 Lexus GX, and 2007-09 FJ Cruiser. In theory, it should be compatible with all these models, however, because I don't know the shapes and placement of the 2TR/1GR/2UZ oil pans/oil cooler lines/air conditioning lines/automatic transmission lines, we will need to test fit each application one-at-a-time to know what is and is not compatible. I'll say this much: It is a very tight fit beneath the 2GR.


Obviously a long way to go on this but are there plans to Come up with an upgrade for the 5th gen 4 runners??

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Sweet truck Mike!  Once you've tested everything, are you planning on selling the bumper, Rack and Pinion and suspensnion?
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and I'm jealous of your massive Toyota emblem
Once I get the thread caught up to the present I'll have something cool to show you :)

Obviously a long way to go on this but are there plans to Come up with an upgrade for the 5th gen 4 runners??
What I've done won't translate directly to the 5th gen 4R. Things will need to be redesigned. But before I get ahead of myself, I still need to verify if it will fit in the 4th gen. On paper it will fit, but what I don't know is the shape of the oil pan, where the A/C lines run, etc. I will be looking at a lot of newer trucks in two weeks so I'll have a better approximation then and will try to remember a follow-up response on this come mid-May :thumbs:

Sweet truck Mike!  Once you've tested everything, are you planning on selling the bumper, Rack and Pinion and suspensnion?
Thanks Budders! Yes, yes, and yes, however it's gonna take some time...

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February 23, 2018: Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.2

Next was to tackle clearance at the cab.

On older Hilux pickups and Hilux 4Runners, it's a pretty simple process, especially when the older trucks either don't have carpet or only have a vinyl floor covering. Very few wires or items to move. No insulation or sound deadening materials. Generally not too concerned with smoke in the cab or how hot things get. And so on.



We do have to trim quite far because with leaf springs the tire travels up and back, fortunately that doesn't apply to me because this was a pain to do on the Tacoma.

Interior carpet, insulation, and fuse box moved aside



Start cut'n!



Geeeeeeeez these newer trucks are a huge complicated sheetmetal mess!! I can see how they get such good crash test scores, have a nice quiet interior, and how they can be so dang heavy...

It. Was. Nasty. There was a lot of plastic pieces, and the seam sealer required between so many joints was a pain in the butt to remove and/or cut through

I originally planned to remove the entire body mount from the frame and make a new one with a new hole drilled in the cab, but actually thanks to my prototype lower A-Arms, the tire just barely clears the forward-facing mount bracket bolt and I decided to leave it be. I think once a plate goes over this it will contact the tire, but, this could be a good thing as it would keep the tire away from weaker sheetmetal parts.





But, can't let the small things get to me when I've got a clear vision for this Tacoma and know what has to be done to get there.

Here is the passenger tire at full up-travel and full right steering spindle lock

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And then your next set of tires are just a little bit bigger!  At least you're working with pretty new tires...
1989 4Runner: Dual Ultimate (Inchworm front & Marlin 4.70 rear), Marlin Twin Stick, 1200-lb clutch, 4.88 R&P, Aussie Front, Detroit rear, 30-spline Longs, Long hub gears, ARP hub and knuckle studs & 35x12.50 Cooper STT PRO tires.  Marlin rear bumper & sliders.  FROR front bumper.  SAS with Alcan springs & Rancho 9000XL shocks.  Budbuilt Bolt-on traction bar.  Custom Interior Cage by Those Guys Rod and Customs.

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February 25, 2018: Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.3

Now that I had the cutting done on the passenger side, I just needed to replicate it on the driver's. Knowing where to cut made it so much easier and I ended up cutting less and doing a cleaner job the second time around

Here is where I cut to open up the front of the cab



Area beneath the factory battery tray. I wasn't too concerned with the battery tray because in early June I plan to relocate the battery off of the cab (a heavy item that contributes to cab cracks on older trucks) and under the bed, so I'll be drilling out the factory battery spot welds and removing the tray before summer. (I have to wait for a certain particular project scheduled for the last weekend of May to know where the battery will be relocated.)



Dealing with the fuse box and associated harnesses was a PITA. I am using a plasma cutter and imagine if I were to hit a harness; In the blink of an eye I'd have to replace the entire thing!!

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February 25, 2018 (continued): Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.3

Starting on the interior. Was a bit more crowded in here due to a larger fuse box, and of course pedals & steering wheel

On both sides I was able to preserve the factory firewall studs that both hold plastic trim down as well as a styrofoam block that makes up the driver foot rest



What a difference it was knowing what and where to cut. Cut a lot less over here.



Now I can clear 40s while turning!

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February 28, 2018: Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.4

All that was left was to plate everything up and do some weather proofing

I took way too many pictures and don't need to bore the thread with details. I'll just post a few up...





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February 28, 2018 (continued): Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.4





Finally, I went ahead and trimmed regions about 11 & 2 o-clock above each tire. In my current setup, this was unnecessary, however, should I design more up-travel in future setups then I wouldn't have to revisit this process. Might as well get it out of the way now



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March 1, 2018: Tire-to Body-Clearancing Day No.5

Seam sealer, paint, rubberized protective undercoating, and call it a wrap!











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