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2003 Tacoma Crawler
« on: Dec 15, 2018, 12:13:34 AM »
Here’s the ongoing story of my 2003 Tacoma.  I’ll spare you all my crawling and off-roading history but I’ve been an offroader in different forms all my life.


Here’s my current truck. 

When I got it.   I bought it with the intention of turning it into an offroad rig. Didn’t take long for me to start changing it.


Wrapping up the SAS-August 5/29
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #1 on: Dec 15, 2018, 12:17:04 AM »










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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #3 on: Dec 15, 2018, 12:33:32 AM »





Made all my own skids too




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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #4 on: Dec 15, 2018, 12:43:01 AM »
Put in duals cases, Marlin wasnít available :( so I got TG.  Mistake.  Still having problems to this day.  Will replace with Marlin taco box when theyíre available again. 




Made simple sliders


Caved in the crossmember I made.  So I made one from .250 wall and heavier angle iron. With more gussets.


Put in a front ARB(rear had a factory locker).  Been wheeling it hard and enjoying it. 

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #5 on: Dec 15, 2018, 12:52:24 AM »


Some of the body damage I’ve gotten over the last couple months.



Both sides are wrinkly now.  But I’ve earned every dent and scratch.



Thats’s caught up.   More fun to come. 

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #6 on: Dec 15, 2018, 11:06:32 AM »
Sorry to hear about your trouble with Trailer Gear. They are scum :lipsrsealed:
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #7 on: Dec 15, 2018, 06:22:01 PM »
Sucks to here you still having the t-case problem, I remember you asking about it on pirate. Have you tired pulling the denten ball and spring out when it's in low and seeing if the rail is lining up with the hole.

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #8 on: Dec 16, 2018, 07:38:23 PM »
Yeah hoping replace it with Marlin when theirs become available again

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #9 on: Dec 17, 2018, 09:22:25 AM »
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I like!
I like it lot!  :thumbs:
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SqWADoosh [04:19 PM]: *sigh* I guess Chris is right and I just need to wait until I'm in a place where I have a tow rig and trailer before I get this caliber of truck
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #11 on: Dec 20, 2018, 04:06:05 PM »
you gonna sas that bad boy? I like it even better than the 4runner you had!

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #12 on: Dec 20, 2018, 06:57:56 PM »
you gonna sas that bad boy? I like it even better than the 4runner you had!

I hope to one day. 

I can fit 37s as is hahaha


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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #13 on: Dec 21, 2018, 08:24:31 AM »
Your not gonna post that on all the third gen 4runner and tacoma pages and make everyone jealous?? 37s no lift and people just about have a heart attack haha

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #14 on: Dec 21, 2018, 05:22:10 PM »
Your not gonna post that on all the third gen 4runner and tacoma pages and make everyone jealous?? 37s no lift and people just about have a heart attack haha

I should lol

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #15 on: Dec 21, 2018, 06:09:22 PM »
In on page one!   Looks like a good start. Canít wait to see the future progress!

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #16 on: Dec 21, 2018, 07:08:57 PM »
In on page one!   Looks like a good start. Canít wait to see the future progress!
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #17 on: Dec 21, 2018, 11:32:32 PM »
Thanks gentlemen. 


Things are happening tonight


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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #18 on: Dec 22, 2018, 04:05:35 AM »
What are you planing to gain? Links?
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #19 on: Dec 22, 2018, 06:04:23 AM »
Nice. That looks like you got a couple inches from that. Take those over load leafs out of those new springs and that will give you another inch or so. If you do french your front hanger and it's not enough try doing the same to the rear shackle hanger
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #20 on: Dec 22, 2018, 07:32:41 AM »
:popcorn:
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #21 on: Dec 23, 2018, 05:50:33 PM »
More progress

Welded in rear leaf hangers
Boxed in bed mount for cage mount
Plated top of bed/cage mount
Bent some tube- Did a somewhat complex bend for the hoop(for me)









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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #22 on: Dec 24, 2018, 04:58:51 AM »
I like this and the direction it is going. I assume you cut off the little bumper like thing that was up front before building the tube bumper? I'm about to start on mine shortly and have been looking for ideas. Your is about the most simplistic and best looking I have seen. All of the bolt ons are ridiculously expensive when you figure what you can build it yourself for.
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #23 on: Dec 24, 2018, 05:24:03 AM »
More progress


I curious about your thoughts on these parts on your spring packs?  https://imgur.com/a/VSSdTR1

On my 85 standard cab, I experimented a bit with my leaf springs, I removed the bolt and opened the clip to allow the top leaf to drop, which greatly improved articulation.   I also removed the helper spring.  One issue I had was that after allowing more spring movement, bending, and articulation, I had one leaf break.  After that I kept one of these in my off-road tool kit:

 https://www.autozone.com/suspension-system-coil-springs-and-lift-lowering/leaf-spring-clamp-kit

It's looking good!  :beerchug:

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #24 on: Dec 24, 2018, 10:16:45 AM »
I like this and the direction it is going. I assume you cut off the little bumper like thing that was up front before building the tube bumper? I'm about to start on mine shortly and have been looking for ideas. Your is about the most simplistic and best looking I have seen. All of the bolt ons are ridiculously expensive when you figure what you can build it yourself for.

Thanks man, I built it like this








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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #25 on: Dec 24, 2018, 10:20:21 AM »
I curious about your thoughts on these parts on your spring packs?  https://imgur.com/a/VSSdTR1

On my 85 standard cab, I experimented a bit with my leaf springs, I removed the bolt and opened the clip to allow the top leaf to drop, which greatly improved articulation.   I also removed the helper spring.  One issue I had was that after allowing more spring movement, bending, and articulation, I had one leaf break.  After that I kept one of these in my off-road tool kit:

 https://www.autozone.com/suspension-system-coil-springs-and-lift-lowering/leaf-spring-clamp-kit

It's looking good!  :beerchug:

Gnarls.  :greengrin:



If I remember Iíll get a photo of them all drooped.  That leaf in front of the clamp really stretches out, so well see if it ends up being a problem. But they are very soft and flexy. I can easily bounce the truck without the shocks on. A few hundred pounds of stuff on the back and itíll be really soft
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #26 on: Dec 24, 2018, 10:28:58 AM »
Yes that helps alot. Thank you.
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #27 on: Dec 24, 2018, 05:06:09 PM »
Saw your pics on the shoutbox. I feel like the main hoop could have been bigger? Should be fine if you don't plan on rolling it. Looking great!  :biggthumpup:
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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #28 on: Dec 25, 2018, 04:00:49 AM »


The radiator looks, from the photo, very vulnerable to potential damage?

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Re: 2003 Tacoma Crawler
« Reply #29 on: Dec 25, 2018, 01:48:49 PM »
The radiator looks, from the photo, very vulnerable to potential damage?

Gnarls.



It definilty is.  I bought a 4Ē shorter rad that sits flush with the frame

Ran out of welding gas today and Iíve only gotten to here   :down:

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