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Ultimate Taco: Part Dos

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2004 on September 14, 2004 Comment (0)
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Ultimate Adventure is our weeklong trip where we wheel and drive and wheel and drive across some of the toughest trails we can find. This year we're building an '01 Toyota Tacoma as the official vehicle. We started the buildup last month with the plan to build a lightweight rig (last year's pig tipped the scale at 9,000 pounds-way too much), and give it some race-truck tricks.

We're not looking for a full-on Trophy Truck, but rather a slimmed-and-skinned rig with just enough room for tools, camping gear, cameras, and a cooler. We're doing most of the custom work at 4Wheelers Supply in Phoenix with awesome results. This month we'll show you the teardown and rebuild of the suspension, and the cage work, and next month we'll leave Phoenix and head for some final add-ons and amenities.

NOTE: Most of the parts shown in this article are just tack-welded together, and some parts, such as the link, are made out of thin-wall tubing for mock-up. This is done in case any changes need to be made. Final welding will occur before the truck leaves the shop, so don't copy it till you see the final pics.

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Sources

Superior Axle & Gear
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
888-845-0470
www.superioraxlegear.com
Bilstein
Poway, CA 92064
858-386-5900
http://www.bilsteinus.com
Precision Gear
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-449-6649
http://www.precisiongear.com
CTM Racing
www.ctmracing.com
Marlin Crawler
Fresno, CA 93703
559-252-7295
http://www.marlincrawler.com
Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts
877-495-6468
www.4xshaft.com
Howe Performance Steering
www.howeperformance.com
BenchWorks Steering Systems
www.benchworksteering.com
4Wheeler's Supply
www.4wheelers.com
QA1
Lakeville, MN 55044
800-721-7761
http://www.qa1.net

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