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Wikid
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:43 pm    Post subject: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Truck as it comes
2015 Crewmax Platinum (white)

I did get the AMP steps and ordered the remote start.
I cancelled the remote start, because it has problems
I ordered the TRD Pro grill .
I picked her up from Findlay

The Plan

Build a Expo/Chase type truck. It will have to have all the right components to qualify this. It needs to be able to pull my camper, or my car trailer with my dedicated trail rig. To keep the Expo thought in mind, it will also have an RTT for when I pull the trail rig.
There is also more plans for this build. I just can't speak about it yet







I had to special order this, so I could get a non Flex Fuel . More on this
Here would be the real reason for not getting a Flex Fuel model. The Supercharger was waiting at the dealer, before the truck arrived. Installed with 8 miles on the clock


Also waiting at the dealer was this


and this..




Transfer Flow replacement fuel tank. www.transferflow.com/s...&c=10&s=p-
Using the code "TUNDRA100", will get you 100 bucks off your purchase




The tech at the dealer, said it would be no problem to do the tank install, while installing the s/c ,since the tank needed to be dropped anyway. It only added 1 hour ,to the install. He said they use every available inch, in that tank location


Here is what 3/4 of a tank of gas looks like
Can you say range?





After I brought it home, this was waiting for install.
Ba Muffler dual TRD Replacement , with TRD Tailpipes. I painted them with several coats of semi gloss grill paint and heat treated them before the install . This is a mellow system, since I really wanted to keep the drone and cabin noise down, but it is louder than the TRD





More stuff to add
Engel Refrigerator, will be put in the bed. It will stay in the truck along with having a dual battery, solar panel, Ham Radio, cb, and more



This build will not be one of these way over the top, spacer lift builds.
The plan is to run 35" tires with a full suspension under it. I am building this to drive, camp explore and even have a little romping fun .
I decided I love the look of the Rock Warrior wheels, that falls in line with the function of this truck 17" , light, strong and will fit, with close to the back spacing I want to run. More on this later


ARE Z Series shell
This will fall in line with my future mods. I will be doing a hard shelled , Roof Top Tent. I also have a 17 ft Viking camper, i will pull to events and destinations, but the Roof Top Tent will be in place, for when I pull a car trailer, with a first Gen 4 Runner, for harder trails and rock crawling . Then I still have camping off the ground, which is big for the wife .



Suspension

I am working with Nicole at Total Chaos chaosfab.com/
to design this as a Mid Travel set up. Long travel requires too much maintenance, fender replacements and also makes the truck much wider. It's already wide enough
Total Chaos Upper control arms
Total Chaos shock hoops

www.ridefox.com/
Fox 2.5 DSC remote Resi's in front
Fox 2.5 triple bypass shocks in front
Fox 2.5 DSC Remote Resi's in the rear
Deavers with Total Chaos shackles

Here is the shiny parts, all in one place awaiting install


Everything was on order in mid May . It's all been built and is sitting at Total Chaos for the install . The will be a professional video shot with suspension performance stock, then install, then performance after the install
We will pick a desert location for this. The Suspension install should happen in Mid September, due to some R&D going on .
If everything goes as planned it will be in Total Chaos booth at the Off-Road Expo in Pomona October 3-5th 2015

Wheels and Tires
I decided to go with the Toyota Rock Warrior Wheels in gray.
a few reasons. They are forged and strong, they also are able to fit with the correct backspace to be able to mount 35" tires Even with the stock suspension and no lift



The tires are General Grabber Red Letters 35/12.50/17



To fill the area correctly I decided to get the Bushwacker Extended Flares. www.bushwacker.com/ I didn't really care for the pocket flares with the bolts. This is basically wheel tire fitment and test fit for the Bushwackers. They will be removed to get them body color matched

A few small adjustments to the skid plate and front inner fender plastic and there is no rub Smile



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Next up Bumpers

www.exp-one.com/produc...ndra-2014/
I was looking for a clean look for the front. I didn't want bull bars to obstruct the grill since there is a plan for that. Expedition One has always made quality bumpers. The fit and finish are top notch. The instructions are clear and all the parts were there. The bumper is packaged in a full box with expended foam around everything, so it lessens the possibility of damage in shipment. The front is first, but the rear will be on its way





Communication

Kenwood 710-G Dual band with Aprs
Diamond HAB 770 With a 5" mag mount (temporarily)
The base is mounted under the drivers seat





Next up Electrical plan

The fun part begins ...
Wiring the truck for lights and stuff
here is the plan so far
First shipment of lights on their way, I should have them tomorrow,07/28
All Baja Designs Baja Designs | Off Road LED Light Bars And LED Lights
(6) Pro S2's 2150 lumens each, that will be mounted on each side of the roof rack (flood pattern)
(2) Squadron Pro's in (wide driving), for the front bumper 4.75 pockets
(2) Squadron sport lights , (wide cornering) for the new Expedition One rear bumper pockets, (on order)
(6) These will be rock lights. I may add a few more under, plus add something under the hood . Yet to be determined

After that the next round of lights will be shipped

Hood Scoop: Qty. (3) Amber 10" Stealth light bars. Two as Amber Wide Driving and one Amber Spot
Front Bumper: Qty. (3) XL auxiliary lights. Two Combo XL80's and one Spot XL Racer Edition, in the middle.
Rear Rack will be (1) S8 20" Amber Wide Driving
We are looking into a grill option, but that is yet to be determined

The next phase will be (6) XL racer editions for the roof, behind the sun roof, preferably on some sort of actuator . I believe these are listed at 9500 lumens each. With the correct combination of patterns, this will be almost total lighting coverage .
I did a chicken scratch doodle wiring diagram,(don't laugh), just to get the idea of where my wire runs were going and how many amps would be required, so I could size the wire correctly. With all the lights blazing at once, it would consume about 85 amps Smile That doesn't count frig, compressor, radios etc. Good thing I am running an Odyssey Dual battery


This will complete the lighting design. It was important to have the total configuration planned out, so all the wiring infrastructure could be ran at once. This will save sloppy add-ons, in the future. Even if I change lighting configurations, the wiring could essentially stay the same. Eventually, I will have a total lumen count, but whats more important is the lighting coverage. Working with Baja Designs and their expertise, will get to the goals I want to achieve .

How do I manage all of this?
I took some advice from someone that read one of my posts and contacted Switch-Pros switch-pros.com/
After I read what this system will do, in a nice neat package, I decided this is what my Tundra Deserves

The only problem is , that 8 circuits will not be enough to control my massive system. I could actually almost fill up 2 of them. So I will be getting 2 systems. The details include being able to control everything from my I-phone, but having redundancy to able to switch it all manually . I should be able to control both systems at once, too.
I will do strobe and dimming on all circuits and will be able to switch on my compressor, frig and any other things I request it to. For the compressor, it will be a switch function, to a small relay that will trigger a 100 amp relay . I am currently working on a over the fender well platform for the dual battery, compressor , tank and Switch pro modules. It will be positioned, not to interfere with the Bedslide, which is 48.25" wide .
Oh yeah It's getting a Bedslide too . It will be the location I will mount the spare tire.(all the way forward) along with the Engel Refrigerator (all the way Back on the passenger side) If you notice I am mounting everything passenger side, to help balance out the weight, from adding the Transfer Flow Fuel tank



Dual battery is definitely in order.
National Luna Dual Battery Controller nationalluna.com/intelsol.htm
Odyssey PC1500 Battery X (2) www.odysseybatteries.c...1500rt.htm


Next order of business is rack is on its way, from Equipt .
www.equipt1.com/
They have a specific rack that can be mounted to the camper shell, but only be a few inches tall. Then I do all the roof rack wiring and light installation

Onboard Air
Extremeaire Magnum www.extremeoutback.com...7-222.html
This is a bad boy air system. Yeah I know you can get a Powertank or any other Co2 set up, but I didn't want the string attached to have to fill it and store it. My system will be similar to how I set it up on my FJ Cruiser. Under the truck on a cross member I fabricate (the tire will be moved do to the size anyway)
Here is the write up I did on my FJ Cruiser for the install

www.fjcruiserforums.co...stall.html
Here is a picture of the somewhat finished project on the FJ



Next order of business is part of the on board air system rocksmasher.com/2wayair
It will be a blessing to fill or deflate the tires from one spot. It really has many advantages . I will be taking a road trip to work out the details of the system and will also be an authorized dealer . This will be vehicle specific too, so there won't be any guess work and an easy installation
Lots too do, so little time to do it Smile

The first set of lights have been installed
Baja Designs Squadron Pro Series
4350 lumens each 3.6 amps 5000 K color temp
I used the driving light circuit, clipped the stock plug and put a set of Delphi connectors to mate with the lights. The install was a little tedious, just trying to space the lights out correctly so they fit the holes cenetered . They are pretty close

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

After the AZFJ get together On 08/14 I was able to order some wheel spacers from 4Wheel Parts Smile Thank you Mikey and the great group of AZFJ folks. It was really nice seeing everyone .

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Is the supercharger not compatible with the flex fuel models? E85 would be quite beneficial with the supercharger.

Except in the case of range and availability in some places.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

They have not built a tune for the flex fuel . I know that one of the companies has, but it would void the factory warranty

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

What radio do you have? As in stereo...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Its the factory JBL Entune system
It has some good stuff but it doesn't have the volume required for sure .

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Quit playing around and put some serious money in that truck, Don! It's looking awesome, can't wait to drive it. It would be interesting to see how much the gross weight increases after all the mods. Any plans to re-gear it?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

links provided -- I approve of this post! Good write up thus far!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Nice build. I am excited to see this truck with that lift/suspension.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Outstanding!

Nobody has, or ever will accuse you of doing anything half assed.

I noticed you left a detail dangling up there about towing a dedicated trail rig...

jus' sayin'... 😏

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

outstanding detailed build and thanks for the links, except I shouldn't have seen that same company makes a 40 gallon tank for my Tacoma.. Hummm, I have a feeling your build is going to cost me money seeing all the cool thinks like your FJ. Nicely done!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Wow..... this is going to be one nice vehicle when you are done...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Hello Don just wanted to say it was nice meeting you & getting a chance to chat with you about different stuff, also was awesome seeing this truck in person already. Thanks for the great write up Bud.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

AZFJTOY wrote:
Quit playing around and put some serious money in that truck, Don! It's looking awesome, can't wait to drive it. It would be interesting to see how much the gross weight increases after all the mods. Any plans to re-gear it?
I never did get a stock weight, but I picked it up with some heavy goodies already on it. The tare weight won't be hard to figure out though.
I saw what you did there in bold Laughing

Re-gearing
Hmm what a dilemma.
Start with the plus side
(1) Get my power back from the bigger heavier tires
(2) Add either an Auburn limited slip or even an ARB Locker
(3) Lock the front?
(4) Put stock tires back on and go to the strip on Friday Night for "run what ya Brung" Stock tires on a re-geared truck and I should pull mid 13's Maybe?
(5) May get a some mileage back with bigger tires ?

Let's talk minus
(1) Expensive . My wallet has been on fire, of late.
(2) Stock tires would make the RPM's a little high on the highway
(3) Did I say expensive?

calichaos wrote:
links provided -- I approve of this post! Good write up thus far!

I actually used to get annoyed by the added links, but see great benefit in adding them, for people to be able to research for themselves, without having to hunt. Thank you

CampFJ wrote:
Nice build. I am excited to see this truck with that lift/suspension.

Thanks
So am I.
It's not usual for me to have a truck this long, without good suspension. I am annoyed daily, at certain bumps on the road that would be "no consideration" after the system that is eventually going in. The first plan was to have it all done by the Summit. A you can see , that mark was missed , big time.
I think when its all installed, it will be the mark that was suppose to be left Shocked

BellyDoc wrote:
Outstanding!

Nobody has, or ever will accuse you of doing anything half assed.

I noticed you left a detail dangling up there about towing a dedicated trail rig...

jus' sayin'... 😏

Not to disappoint, you have asked the question that was lingering in absent type Wink

The plan is to have a truck I can wheel , without fear of a simple brush scratch. I loved building "Wikid", the "The Rock". Both had lots of things, that helped me learn, grow and learn from many mistakes. "The Rock", was damn fun to build, but after it was done, I realized how afraid I was of actually wheeling it. Money invested was high. I also wanted it to look good , all the time. I basically painted myself in a corner. Rolling Eyes .

When a trail run was posted, I had to think about how bad the brush was and how much damage I could cause to my truck. If I could afford it, I would have kept it , even if it was for forest service roads and the mall. I decided to let it go. Whoever got it, would not be as personally invested into it as I was. Then they could use it for all of its potential. It was built to perform and I did get some occasional tastes of that. Iy did well in desert bombing too. The hard decision was made to let it go and start another build

This time it was about having the room, comfort, power and challenge to build something a little different than every other "big market truck', but still be able to stand on its own. I want to bomb the desert, hits some trails that don't involve too much rock crawling, provide skinny pedal adrenaline, then set up a base camp, for when I want to get back to actually wheeling.
Now we are at the trail rig

I want something that has a solid axle, 3.4 motor, doubler, lockers, 35's to 37's and A/C. I want a nice either 4Runner, mini truck, or even early Taco extended cab. So there may be some modifications in the future for some of the donor stuff. I would really like to find an already built one, that needs to be adjusted or tweaked to make right. I have a build project I am working on now. I want to wheel !!

This will be what the Tundra tows to trails and events where wheeling is involved .
My list is the direction I am leaning toward, but not etched in stone

cytocycle wrote:
outstanding detailed build and thanks for the links, except I shouldn't have seen that same company makes a 40 gallon tank for my Tacoma.. Hummm, I have a feeling your build is going to cost me money seeing all the cool thinks like your FJ. Nicely done!
Thanks I appreciate all the nice comments

It's a viscous circle. See other builds, wheels spin, buy parts, empty wallet, work to fill wallet, see other builds.. Laughing

yotes65 wrote:
Wow..... this is going to be one nice vehicle when you are done...
Thank you
I sure hope so. It's a little like work right now. I have some deadlines. I am sweating the details right now Rolling Eyes .

LESZMOR wrote:
Hello Don just wanted to say it was nice meeting you & getting a chance to chat with you about different stuff, also was awesome seeing this truck in person already. Thanks for the great write up Bud.

Thank you
It was nice meeting you too. This AZFJ thing has evolved from its simple beginnings .
There have been growing pains, but through all of it, we are here.. A pretty damn good place actually. The truck was the excuse for gatherings, but the people is what made it real . I really had a great time at the meet. We should do this more often...

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