09 Tacoma - The Green Machine

Tomaslav90

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2009 sr5 extended cab tacoma with 4x4.
The truck started as a college vehicle for me. At the time the 4x4 was a must since I was living a few hours from Tahoe, and hitting the slopes every chance I got. While at school, friends and I would go to Pismo. I think that's where the camping and offroad itch really set in.
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After graduating, moving back down to SoCal, and actually making some money, the real fun began. I scored on some methods and falcons from a guy going back to stock. Also ditched the tube steps for some actual sliders.
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I knew for a while I wanted to long travel this truck. Friends were trying to get me to fully link it. The idea was tempting, but I really enjoyed the 6ft bed, both for sleeping in, and truck life.
Thankfully there was a solution! The wonderful and brilliant boys at RJ Fab had come up with a cantilever kit, and my heart was set. I was able to plan it with those amazing guys to get the whole rear end done while I was away for work. And they absolutely killed it.
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Best part was the truck still looked stock. No way to know she's packing ~16in of travel in the rear.
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the bodj

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Geez that must have cost a fortune to have RJ fab do the work! Looks great though
 

Tomaslav90

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She sat like this for a while, small changes here and there, mostly while I recouped funds for the next steps.
I managed to come across some McNeil glass on tw, so that seemed like the next logical step. IMG_20190116_180115_01.jpgIMG_20190204_151323_01.jpg
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A friend with a forklift let me play around and really see just how much travel there is
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Then finally paint. IMG_20190916_154022.jpg
 

Tomaslav90

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Then the stars aligned, and the fable day arrived.
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With the help of some friends, we started the tear down and the hot gluing of new parts.
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A few days and lots of beer later, we were done.
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Tomaslav90

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After a while I got tired of the mismatched panels on the front. Had SickNick fab up a prerunner bumper for me. (I really need to learn to weld...)PXL_20211006_192000978.jpgPXL_20211006_230435784.jpg
It was well timed since I had a small jtree trip planned.
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Tomaslav90

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More progress. More problems.
After having consistently high coolant temps during the desert cleanup, I decided to bite the bullet and swap to a larger radiator. Thoughts that my skids and glass were making it hard to keep cool.
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Turns out, that wasn't the problem...
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With 136k on the clock, my next guess is a bad water pump. So now we wait for parts to arrive, and hopefully push the worries away.
 
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