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I bought this 81 Toyota back in August with the hopes of turning it into a capable DD. It was brought to Missouri from New Mexico from a 70 something year old guy. Frame is SPOTLESS which is rare in Missouri. I'm a poor 24 year old brick mason turned engineering college student so I'm definitely on a budget. Good news is though I had an 87 Toyota I had to park due to a wickedly horrible frame that I parted out and the wife agreed the money from it could go to this . So here's the rundown of what I have done so far and a price list. First thing I did was put in a new clutch and the tranny and transfer case from my 87. Good thing is I had just put a new clutch in the 87 before the frame broke. Cost: FreeSecond I rebuilt the front knuckles I had a death wobble due to bad trunion bearings/races. Cost: $99While I had the front end tore apart I decided to put on IFS hubs and Tacoma brake rotors for drop off rotors and the 3" wider stance to match my soon swapped in IFS rear. Cost: Hubs/Calipers Free, Rotors/Wheel bearings Free B-Day Present
Started the RUF Sunday night its a hybrid from my 81 and 87 packs. Not saying who I got cross over steering from
....and got poly bushings off of Amazon, drew up some boomerang shackles and had my buddy water-jet them out of 3/8" plate. Cost: Springs free, X-Over steering $275, Bushings $25, Boomerang shackles $35Patiently waiting for its new leaf sprignsGot the axle bolted back up and trimmed the fenders and removed the bumper to make way for my 8274 and tube bumper The shackles I had made they are 5.5" from center of hole to center of hole note the perfect shackle angle
On those boomerang shackles, do you want 5.5" from center-center? Another question to use the stock shackle bolts you'll need one plate with both holes being 18mm and the other plate should need both holes being 13mm is that what you wanted? So 4 plates total, 2 plates with both holes being 18mm and 2 plates both holes being 13mm. Sound right to you?
You can keep those hoops. One problem I foresee with using your stock shackle bolts is they are probably going to be too short. I have 6" long 5/8" bolts in mine with about 1/2" to spare, stock ones are around 5" I think.
Finally got it semi-drivable! Need to bleed the brakes more and get shocks and probably a steering stabilizer right now I could feel it if I ran over a pebble. Oh quick tech tip could be well known but I'll put it out there anyway. An easy way to extend your front and rear brake lines is use the stock rubber ones from the LSPV to the dist block on the rear. They worked great and they work with the existing hardline mount as well so you can snap it back in place.garage flexin'
Jeez. you did all that for a grand? Then you are the right guy for me to talk too! Dang. Sounds awesome. Did you put a suspension lift kit on it too? Cuz otherwise, how did u get them 37's on it! And as for regearing it... I can't do that myself, have no skills on axels. Don't even know where to start.
im another first gen owner, college student doing a budget build so i know what your doing. nice truck by the way looks clean.got a question though. what speed was your wobble at? because mine is so bad from 25-30mph then goes away, its worse on decel though. maybe i have the same problem.
thanks for the reply on the vibration problem!where did you trim on your fenders to fit the 37's? i have a 3" lift in the progress and i just want to fit 35 12.5's?
Great job man, truck's looking great! I'm jealous of you snagging those 17s, I've been looking for a set for a while since I found some nice 35x12.50-17 tires cheap. Oh, and I started off cutting my fenders like yours but I was thinking they'd hit so I did em like this, but will probably end up cutting them to match the blue truck.Edit: forgot I don't have pics of my current cut
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