Otto - The Tundra

Going on a New Years trip with some buddies.... Was going to take the big truck, but Dunes+Big truck sounds like trouble.... So I have two days to get the tundra ready for winter camping.... Yikes. Need to get awning on, re mount the bumper lower.... BMC probably wont get done since my dad stole the welder!

Whipped up some awning brackets, playing with the new powder coater.





A little stainless hardware.


Mounted. It feels solid.
 
I like it! Good call on the Tundra, I'll be installing my awning, Maxtrax mounts, and Pull Pal this weekend. The dunes should be fun for New Years!
Looking forward to it! Just have to prep now since we won't be back before the 31st!

Juat realized I never did my oba mounts.... It's in the way of my water jug....
 
My OCD kicked in..... I have done everything I can to keep height down. I realized I could have mounted the awning mounts to the bottom of my cross bars.... That drops me 1.25"

Now the hard part, I had to get the awning mounts lined up perfectly, the lower bolt goes inside the crossbar.... Them slide the 4 tabs into the sots, and tighten with a 1/4" box wrench on a allen driver because that was all that would fit between the roof and cross bars..... But its done.

Too many floppy bits to line up....


Structural angle has a radius on the inside edge, oh well. Its beefy.


Tighter to the body, but still clears. Done.


Next up, bumper and cab flex enough to rub on each other.... Not ideal. Pull it all back apart.... Not as much vertical adjustment as I had hoped.... Its a little lower, but not much. May need some felt/clear bra in the corners.


Also tried relocating the TSS sensor. No luck. I think it can just see the top face of the bumper... It has a 20 degree downward vision angle. Ugh. Its epoxied in place now o_O Looking for a "pro" grill as it relocates the sensor up from where mine is, but down from the original location so it should miss the hoop.
 

Greg

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My OCD kicked in..... I have done everything I can to keep height down. I realized I could have mounted the awning mounts to the bottom of my cross bars.... That drops me 1.25"
Mine is a 270 deg awning with 2 arms in the front and 3 in the back. I originally mounted my awning lower by flipping the brackets. Out on a trip I discovered 2 issues.
  1. The suicide door on the access cab taco were rubbing the awning when they were opened even with the awning stowed.
  2. I tried sloping the awning a little bit to keep rain water from pooling on the fabric. The suicide door wouldn't clear the awning arms. It's the same door that my fridge was behind.
I flipped the brackets and remounted the awning higher when I got back. You might not have that same issue that I did but I'd suggest deploying it in your driveway to smoke out any issues which is what i should have done.

I really enjoy following your build. In hind sight I think i should have gotten a Tundra but also know that if I got the Tundra I'd be thinking I should have gotten a Tacoma :lol
 
Mine is a 270 deg awning with 2 arms in the front and 3 in the back. I originally mounted my awning lower by flipping the brackets. Out on a trip I discovered 2 issues.
  1. The suicide door on the access cab taco were rubbing the awning when they were opened even with the awning stowed.
  2. I tried sloping the awning a little bit to keep rain water from pooling on the fabric. The suicide door wouldn't clear the awning arms. It's the same door that my fridge was behind.
I flipped the brackets and remounted the awning higher when I got back. You might not have that same issue that I did but I'd suggest deploying it in your driveway to smoke out any issues which is what i should have done.

I really enjoy following your build. In hind sight I think i should have gotten a Tundra but also know that if I got the Tundra I'd be thinking I should have gotten a Tacoma :lol
Opened in the driveway this afternoon

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Clears ok. Any further back and the canopy door hits it.

Tundra vs taco..... I like the size of the taco, hate the engine! Tundra won out. It's big, but it's comfy and I don't wheel hard much anymore.

I really want the Kinsman awning, but I won't work with My rack. (plus it's 2k+ and I'm cheap )
 
Opened in the driveway this afternoon

Clears ok. Any further back and the canopy door hits it.

Tundra vs taco..... I like the size of the taco, hate the engine! Tundra won out. It's big, but it's comfy and I don't wheel hard much anymore.

I really want the Kinsman awning, but I won't work with My rack. (plus it's 2k+ and I'm cheap )
Very nice! Your ladies will be pleased with you on NYE!!
 
Well after reading through the fog light thread on Tacoma World (after ordering my BD fogs....) I decided to get some SS3's. Long story short, the BD lights dont really meet SAE standards, and are much dimmer than the competition. So the Diode Dynamics SS3 Max's Much more road friendly than the BD, and way brighter.

Now the C4 bumper is not designed for the SS3's so it took a bit of doing.

First the mount will need to be modified to sit further towards the front of the light to hit the hole in the mount on the bumper.


Original plan, bracket that would go UNDER the C4 tab, bolt to the light bracket and tab. No dice. Holes are too close together, hits tab on bumper.



Plan B, weld that bitch together. Just use front hole. (its TIGHT, but still has adjustment on light)


In the powder coat oven now....


Toaster oven works great for little brackets getting powder coated.


And adapter harnesses made, get a weatherpack crimper if you don't have one, WAY better than needle nose etc. Even if they are the cheap ones.


And here we are SS3's in the C4 bumper. They fit the holes fine IMO


Brackets from the back.


And the money shot! DD right BD left (yes they are on, you can kinda see the yellow around the tire print)


DD is aimed a little lower, and has much tighter pattern. Ill get night shots at some point. Have another set to install on a different rig
 
First 10k done!



Truck is working great. The bed setup works pretty well, the stove blocks pulling the fridge all the way out, but its OK so far. I will probably make a U shaped stove stand. Flip it upside down and the stove can nest in it for storage, flip it over on the end of the drawer and it makes a platform for the stove on the drawer.
 
Sliders are doing there job, time for a touch up.


Also got the front plate installed. In WA its still required. Four neodymium magnets, rubber coated with a stud. Easy.



OK its a bit of a "technicality" its hard to see, but its on there.


Got 16" of snow over the weekend, truck worked great. Rear end is definitely lighter than the 4runner, but it works just fine. Need to pull the cap off and seal it to the bed..... It leaks....
 
Swapped out the grill insert for a Pro knock off. Just to relocate the TSS sensor.

I had glued it into the bottom of the surround, but it didn't like that spot. With the 20 degree down bean it was catching the edge of the bumper. Luckily the epoxy did not stick that well to the chrome, so a good tug popped it loose.


New Grill


Center in, TSS sensor.



 
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