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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

Shake-Down trip to Hollister Hills in Long-Travel '89 4Runner

We finally got a chance to get over to Hollister Hills for a shake-down run in our recently completed '89 3.4L conversion long-travel 4Runner...

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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

Truggy Project Progress Update

Got to work on the truggy project. Began by stripping off any interior parts that were worth salvaging and then broke out the Sawzall and chopped of every last bit of the body except the floor pan and firewall.

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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

Atlas II Transfer-Case for the LT Tacoma

We drove down to Paso Robles, CA yesterday to personally pick up our custom Atlas II 5.0:1 transfer-case from Advanced Adapters. To say this thing is massive is an understatement. This case is much stronger than will ever need it to be which is just how we like it, one less part to worry about breaking on the trail...

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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

5:1 Atlas is Going into the Long-Travel Tacoma

We received a 23-spline input shaft adapter from Advance Adapters today. Atlas transfer-cases can now be adapted to ANY 95.5-04 Tacoma (4cyl. or V6 & manual or automatic transmission). We're going to install the transfer-case and hopefully we'll have some pictures posted within the next few weeks.

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October 31, 2014

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3.0 & 2.5x16

UPS just delivered four big boxes from Sway-A-Way. Inside was a pair each of 3.0" 2.5" x 16" Racerunner triple-bypass shocks.

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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

OMF Beadlocked Alcoa Forged Wheels

We decided after all to leak a pic of one of our new Alcoa forged wheels with the OMF beadlock installed. These things are just too sweet to not post a pic.

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October 31, 2014

UPDATED

New Project Vehicle: '97 4Runner Straight-Axle Truggy

We recently acquired a totaled '97 4Runner limited 4x4. The nature of the accident left the undercarriage and drivetrain virtually unharmed but completely destroyed the body and the upper half of the interior. This leaves us with everything we want and virtually nothing we don't...

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