Part VI: Shocks, Sliders, Steel, And Shafts
A couple of months back we covered the front suspension on our Tacoma project truck and mentioned that we would use a set of All-Pro leaf packs and shackles in the rear. This month we show you how we beefed up the tail of the truck frame and added rear shocks to complete the rear suspension. We also didn't like how the stock gas tank hung a bit low below the frame line so we made a few mods to raise it upwards for better clearance.
We had come to the point when it was time to connect the power and make this truck mobile again. For that, we needed a set of driveshafts to go from the Atlas transfer case to the D60 axles, front and rear.
We contacted Jim Reel of J.E. Reel Drive Line Specialists, and sent him a drawing with our drivetrain dimensions. A short time later after he'd noodled out some angles and trigonometry formulas, he called us up with his driveshaft recommendations. You'll see the 1350 joint shafts his team built for us along with some further details on their construction.
We've had trucks with rocker panels that grew too intimate in contact with the ground so decided to add on a set of functional rock sliders to protect the lower body sheet metal before the truck saw off-highway adventure. We found a product that's beefy and has a refined design to offer good looks and solid armor from the crew at Stubbs Welding. We broke out the welder again and soon had some tubular goodness attached to our frame rails.
Take a look below at some further details for the project additions this month. Next time we'll show you what we added as far as a front bumper and winch combination, along with a few other updates...stay tuned.