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I had one of my Marlin Crawler TacoBoxes shifted into Low Range (2.28:1) to enable 2WD Low Range, which made disengaging the clutch much easier. The front end was really unloaded which meant the RCV's all-new Gen.2 CV boot design was going to get a workout. At least having the ability of a Low Range + 2WD (Thank you TacoBox!) meant the front shafts wouldn't be loaded and perhaps the boots could be happier.

The 3.5L had no power issues despite rolling on 40s (with Nitro 5.29:1 R&P). On larger roads I would shift 1st, 2nd, & 3rd before even crossing the intersection. Felt like I was a Big Rig with some huge load haha I only ran it up to 35 MPH in 6th gear and took my time in the slow lane. Brakes felt solid, however, I took advantage of downshifting/compression braking which was greatly amplified from being in low range. Of course I wouldn't have been able to stop in an emergency so I took my time and kept my distance.



My newly installed rear 3-link from Rock Solid Toys (RST) was nearly bottomed out!



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I make it safely to the nearby dump and pull up on their scale. I find out that they do not assist with off-loading, and that I'd have to manually shovel it off my trailer. This would take sooooo long and beings we have another dump that does offer tractor off-loading, I decided to leave.

The bummer is that this other dump is clear on the other end of the city which would be ~ 20 miles of surface driving + morning rush hour traffic...but I had no choice now, I was committed!!

Before leaving the first dump, of course I asked what my Truck + Trailer weighed... AND ARE YOU READY FOR THIS??

15,160 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!

GOOD LORD!!! That is 7.6-tons or 6,876 kg. INSANE.

So now I was off for nearly a 20-mile trek across town... I took a video only to send to my friend. In hindsight I should have done a better job and actually tried to take good video. :P But it's better than nothing so here goes. This is in 2WD Low Range:

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Made it safely to our alternative compost dump and got in-line with a bunch of contractors/gardeners



Finally, after 1 hour 36 minutes since leaving my house, I had this insane load ready to be off-loaded!!



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While waiting for assistance, I took a look at the new RCV boots, which, based on previous RCV boot experience, I thought for sure would have been ripped due to driving with the front end unloaded and the axles at such a steep angle...



...but I was extremely happy to see they both survived! This is big news for RCV customers! They may have finally fixed their freak'n boot issues as I now have close to 1,000 miles on them when previous RCV boots in my experience couldn't even manage 150 miles

Driver side RCV Gen.2 outer boot



Passenger side RCV Gen.2 outer boot



Man oh man was I sure glad to see this backhoe!!



Again, only took this video to share with my buddy, so nothing too special. I was extremely impressed with the operator: He did such a gentle job at not crushing the load and removed the entire load with this same small incremental motion so as to not pull too hard on the truck and trailer. I must have thanked him a dozen times for the help!

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WHEW. FINALLY!!



So next I return to the scale to weigh truck + empty trailer, which came out to....

6,640 lbs (3,012 kg)

Then I removed the trailer and weighed just the truck, which came out to...

4,840 lbs (2.195 kg)

WHICH MEANS, the total gross weight of the haul -- trailer plus soil -- came out to...

10,320 pounds of actual tow/haul weight for the Tacoma!!! That is 5.2 tons /4,681 kg!!

When the Tacoma was new it was only rated to tow 6,700 lb and I just towed 154% the rated ability yet while having Triple Marlin Crawler Transfer Cases and 40" tires on a truck built for Rock Crawling that has done the Rubicon trail 6 times plus many others. :driving:

As much as I want to be impressed by this, if you've done any hauling before you know this was FREAKING RETARDED and I am very fortunate that nothing happened and I didn't get a ticket. Had I known it would be this much weight and also that I'd have to drive this far to a second dump, then I would have just hired someone to properly haul the load away.

But man.... what a stupid yet impressive experience!! LOVE THIS TACOMA!! Also, anyone who thinks the Marlin Crawler cannot handle "heavier trucks" can freak'n shove it because I have not one but two Marlin Crawler Crawl Boxes with twice as many pieces and double the number of our Maximum Capacity Double Row bearings and it just pulled a 5-ton load without breaking a sweat. Yours truly on the other hand was definitely sweating!! :rofl:

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Mike, isn't it fun to be a home owner? Marlin, Thanks for good tires on the trailer. Hope to see you guys soon!

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I've been trying to order this since November 2017.

I was out of town for a week and knowing time was critical I had Rocky, who is our drivetrain specialist of 16 yrs, build my TacoBox with a set of our 4.70:1 Competition gears (made from Chromoly by Toyota's own gear cutter in Japan) that feature our Total-Spline technology (world's strongest Toyota input design).

This also meant I missed the opportunity to get pics of the build. I do have studio pics for a 1st gen Tacoma which is nearly identical except for bolt patterns...



This is our MC09 TacoBox with our new updated front & rear adapters. Click each thumbnail for larger resolution:



We are looking at a 1979-95 Toyota High-Neutral-Low t/case section extracted and placed between two Marlin Crawler adapters ready to be mounted between your choice 1995.5+ transmission and transfer case.

Described by location:

Transmission --> TacoBox --> Transfer Case

Described by shift modes:

Transmission --> H-N-L --> 2H-4H-4N-4L

The nice thing about duplicating the High-Neutral-Low section is that in High Range we have a 1:1 direct drive meaning that whatever torque we have entering the Marlin Crawler will be the same exiting (ignoring insignificant parasitic losses).

New T/Case Gear choices become:
1. Marlin Crawler in High, stock Tacoma t/case in High = 1.00:1 x 1.00:1 = 1:1 (cruise on highway same as factory)
2. MC in High, Taco in Low = 1 x 2.57 = 2.57:1 (same as any other Tacoma on the trail)
3. MC in Low, Taco in High = 4.70 x 1 = 4.70:1 (83% lower than stock!)
4. MC in Low, Taco in Low = 4.70 x 2.57 = 12.08:1 (370% lower than stock!!!)

When you replace the 1979-95 2.28:1 factory Toyota low range as I've done with our 4.70:1 ratio (which Marlin created in 1995), you have what we call a "TacoBox Supreme". Probably 95% of all TacoBoxes we build are Supremes. The primary reasons for this are 1) if you're going to do this much work why not go all out, and 2) with the Supreme you get three very distinct ratios (2.57:1 & 4.70:1 & their combined 12.08:1) instead of a similar pair of 2.28:1 & 2.57:1 which isn't nearly as interesting.

There is one final part remaining and that is how do we get the smaller 23-spline automatic-type t/case input to connect to my manual transmission's larger 19-spline output and for this we designed a 19-to-23-spline coupler with an extended length specifically to match our Total Spline input technology. I'll update the thread with more info & pics of this once we get actual production couplers ready.

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I've been trying to order this since November 2017.
Hello ted44,

Please contact our sales department at (559) 252-7295 or via online message at https://www.marlincrawler.com/contact/customer-service. I know we are working on an oiling issue with 6-speed manual setups but I don't have any updates myself on the progress.

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Late Spring 2019 Update

Hey guys,

It has been quite the spring... My original plan was to have the Tacoma ready by mid-April and a schedule of at least three trail runs per month, and now I'll be lucky to have it ready to go by late July. I originally wasn't going to post about this but things seem to be improving along with my motivation so here goes

My wife and I have been homeowners for 2 yrs and back in May I purchased a whole house attic fan to install before summer (from Amazon). My parent's house has one of these and it is really, really awesome. We could have hired a local installation company, but the combination of owning my first house + the love of projects meant I had been eager to do this since we bought the house!

We have two attic entrances the previous owner had plywooded for storage (about 300 sq ft each). One of these areas happened to be a perfect location for the vent fan which has made it extremely easy to work on it.

Here I am with a section of plywood removed figuring out where to place the fan via center joist installation. At top-right is the attic entrance from a small closet with ladder. Surrounding the plywood area is pink insulation which comprises the rest of the attic (of course).



Here is where I am installing it near the middle of our house, centered between the far light fixture and smoke detector.



Here is a progress picture with platform and raiser built (for reduced noise and vibrations). This shows a better image of the loose fill insulation that is piled up in a sloped manner all around.

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While working on the fan project I noticed insulation wrap had partially fallen off A/C ducting right above me so I bought replacement zip ties and got that fixed.

I then began shining my flashlight around and noticed A/C ducting extending way across the attic over to my wife's office (3rd bedroom) had it's wrap insulation 75% fallen off. This wasn't part of the job I was doing either, but just like projects on the Tacoma, if something is "easy & quick to fix" I can't just ignore it so :dunno:

Now before I go on, please know that I have been in many attics, both residential and commercial, and know full well how to walk across joists. The only excuse I can provide for what you're already assuming is that I had been up on the plywood for three weekends in a row and had become fully complacent walking around at will....














...and while wearing noise cancelling headphones enthralled with another Graham Hancock podcast about ancient Egyptian history whilst simultaneously assembling 24-inch zip ties end-to-end, I proceeded to casually walk straight into the pink insulation like I was walking down mainstreet.



I never inspected how far the plywood extends under the insulation and it probably wouldn't have mattered as I was so focused and it happened so fast that I don't even recall the sensation of falling, I just remember being head-deep surrounded by insulation with half my body through the ceiling :o








Yeah. I know. Extremely embarrassing.

Fortunately the light fixture broke my fall. Easy to say then, not so much now, but as many have reminded me it could have been much worse... The light fixture is connected to a metal beam that spans between two joists which impacted into the bottom right corner of my rib cage. All of this was covered by at least three feet of insulation. As one customer told me, I'm lucky I didn't get impaled in my side. That's a great point... wow.... count my blessings for sure


It happened so fast.. I lifted myself out using nearby joists and while spitting out pink insulation and being completely dumbfounded and pissed at myself, the pain in my side and back really began to hurt. My wife was home and quickly ran over. She said the sound was extremely loud and even the kitchen ceiling across the house shook. I managed to climb back down the ladder and by the time I made it to our bed I could barely tolerate the pain. I took 200mg Ibuprofen and gave my best friend who is a nurse a call.

To spare the thread some p0rn, here is a reduced res image of my injury (image is mirrored) (click for larger view).

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My nurse friend asked: (1) Can I breathe okay [answer: yes], and (2) Can I raise my arm over my head [answer: yes--slowly]. Then, knowing my voice and mannerism so well, he told me to continue with Ibuprofen to manage inflammation, stay in bed and limit movement, and best of luck buddy! I think he chuckled when he said, "Best of luck buddy!" Known him since I was 2 yrs old; True friend for sure! :D He told me a doctor will say the same thing so don't waste your time. This pleased me because I'm the sort who prefers self-recovery and avoids medication when ever possible.

This is my first potential rib injury. For the first three days I couldn't bear to stand or sit and could only lay on my back. I think I slept more than 20 hrs the first two days back-to-back. Whew... Rib injury sucks.

The most difficult thing to manage has been not being pissed and frustrated at myself... I was so extremely mad at myself. Summer is around the corner, I'm working on multiple new products, we've got hotels and events reserved with people expecting to see SlowestTacoma.... can't do anything about it.

This mental anger worsened when I caused my ribs to pop and/or crack from my habit of doing a full-body stretch upon waking up, not once, not twice, but three times during the first 10 days. Each time hurt like hell and seemed to erase any progress from the previous day. I even wrote phone notes to myself challenging me to make it 4 days straight without subconsciously stretching in the morning. The third time it happened, waking up to an on-going full-body stretch cracking & popping whatever was damaged, as soon as I could manage it I went in and got x-rays.

The doctor confirmed exactly as my friend told me: Rest and don't move. He also said it was good I waited, that the best time to view x-rays is around the 2-week mark. After a few days the doc called and confirmed I had "non-displaced fractures" on ribs #9 and #10.

They emailed the images and I sent them to my friend. We were able to find a complete fracture to my #9 rib but never figured out where the fracture is to rib #10. Granted he is not an x-ray tech, but it's certainly better than finding some massive displaced or compound break. Counting my blessings.

This was my first time ever seeing my internal organs. I'm so proud of them :rivers:



Here is the fracture enhanced in Photoshop.



Random chart for reference




Also, my buddy sent me the following image from his house... He told me this was caused by..... drum roll please............. a Solar Panel installation crew!! Holy crap. Said the guy fell completely through unscathed. He left me with the comforting words, "Even professional contractors fall through ceilings." Thanks man :thumbs:

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And so... yeah. Such has been the past month plus for me. I've watched many YouTube videos on fracture recovery tips. Videos I found useful are:

1. Nutrition for Bone Healing (12:59m)


and

2. Fracture Healing (6:40m)




So I stocked up on things such as this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. I don't care what it takes, if some supplements to my already healthy diet can help then I'm game. I've already lost MC way more by now...

I'm in week # 3, but because I kept re-injuring it up until day 10 -- I think, it's really like I'm in week # 2 or worse. I'm pretty sure I extended the inflammation period an extra week which leads me to...

The final issue:

Because my break is on the corner of my back, when I lay down my bed pushes up on the curvature of my back causing my unbroken portion of rib # 9 to push into and inward towards my lung. So for at least the first two weeks I could not breath deeply while laying on my back due to sharp pain on my right lung. However, the moment I lift my body up or repeat this process standing, I could do a full inhale with minimal pain. So if I run my fingers across the front of my rib cage while standing, it feels normal, but the moment I lay down, I can instantly feel rib # 9 move about an inch deeper into my chest then both neighboring ribs. I feel this is compounding the recovery process, as the most important time for recovery -- sleep -- is also the time when the fracture is being pushed out of alignment...

A few nights leading up to and during last weekend was absolutely the worst, with the inflammation being so bad that it felt like I was constantly sleeping atop a small tennis ball right where my rib hurts and I could only take short small breaths. I did some reading on pneumonia and practiced coughing and breathing deep while not in bed. Still can't lay on either side. Am so sick and tired of laying on my back... My wife left to Japan on the 20th. Been an interesting solo recovery.. Still cannot sit comfortably on soft surfaces such as a couch or office chair. I have to put a small pillow behind my back to sit in a vehicle. Haven't wheeled since... the Round-Up last September. Gonna jam-pack as many wheeling trips as possible once I get healthy.. Counting my blessings!

Even only breaking one (or supposedly two) ribs has put me 100% out of commission. I assume not a big difference had I broke one or many ribs.. While recovering there have been multiple times where things start feeling normal and I forget, and try to lift something or bend sideways to grab something, and while I haven't felt any new "pops" I've experienced many crunchy or grinding sensations that immediately result in inflammation & stiffness, forcing me right back in bed. Forcing myself to remain stationary has been very frustrating. Has been an exercise of humility.

In closing...

I've read many horror stories mostly on motorcycle forums of dudes breaking multiple ribs along with a collar bone. MANNNNN.... I feel soooo sorry for these guys. And every one I read about simply rested at home for recovery. Pretty amazing actually. For example, look at this image below. This guy wiped out hard while riding and slid like a rag doll into a guard rail. I rarely watch movies but last week saw the latest Mission Impossible film and I have to call B.S. because Ethan Hunt would have broken all ribs precisely rendering that mission impossible hahaha

So anyway... I know I have a couple weekends of work remaining before the Tacoma can go wheeling again. I've had to cancel a bunch of events, namely Toyota Jamboree in Texas, Canadian Moab trip, and FJ Summit in Colorado. The next big event is a local run called Moonlight Madness, but with only 19 days remaining it's gonna be my own Mission Impossible

Regards,
BigMike

yikes!




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holy smokes while proof reading I came across this one, Good Lord!! I don't know any back story, was a random image search, but lotta mercy wow!!

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:pokinit: man.....thats terrible.   Can count your blessings it wasnt worse but what a bummer on your plans.   Looks after yourself mate. There will always be time to catchup. Your health comes first.

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Cracked ribs hurt, i've had 4.  Twice puncturing my lungs.  Don't sneeze...
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Get well soon my friend, there's stuff to do!

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Have you tried one of these?

https://www.braceability.com/products/broken-rib-brace

Yes it is a real medical device. Remember my wife is a X-ray Technologist.

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Now I get to hear the rest of the story. Looking forward to having you back to business, but take care ofyourself first.

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Get well soon and watch where you step. It can be quite tricky in the attic.  I found those spots before .... but luckily avoided walking on them voids. I made a plywood path in my attic cause I bug bomb every so often for the heck of it.

But this WHOLE House fan thing reminded me and made me wonder if I needed to do more, cause you see, I installed one in the attic ROOF of our new home back in 1998.  The box said WHOLE HOUSE FAN and had this big aluminum rain dome built in and was made for mounting in the roof. I mounted it centrally and that was that. It's suppose to draw cool air from the soffit as it blows hot air out through the roof from under that weather dome.  It's held up great during our hurricanes and tropical storms!!

       Now you say 'Whole House' fan and maybe I missed if you mounted one in your roof before installing another 'hot draw' fan in your ceiling. Yours is a good idea because heat rises.  Our roof fan runs off a thermostat that I set at about 90 degrees or so. With our fan, by cooling the attic, it cools the ceiling so the AC works more efficient and keeps the house cooler. As for the AC, the closer to the ceiling the intake is , the better.  That way the air handler can easily and instantly pull the hot air through that vented filter and cool it while blowing it back out over the area.
Yours may go fast,but, mine can go anywhere!!

 
 
 
 
 

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