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Sarah's '19 Tundra TRD 4X4 Limited

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2019 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4, 6" Pro Comp Lift 20x10 American Armor wheels with 35x12.5 R20 Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires.  These a just a few pics for now, will get more while on the trail tomorrow. 😎

 

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Wow, that's a badass looking 'yota!!! Congrats!

 

 

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We dropped off the Tundra to get the front shock replaced and learned about how much those stock Bilsteins on the Tundra's are COMPLETE JUNK!  Apparently Bilstein is making a very poorly designed and manufactured shock for Toyota to cut costs and this is a very common problem with the stock Bilsteins that come from the factory on the Tundra.  We got lucky as when the shock failed the shaft went up inside the shock body, helping to hold everything in place and keeping the truck drivable and not letting it sag to much.  What tends to happen more often is that shaft breaks at a 90 degree angle and then the shock body slams into the lower control arm doing more damage.  No cost to us for this fix and we're already looking at better coil over shocks for Sarah's rig.

 

Update (8/28/21):  Turns out it's not so much that these OEM Bilsteins are junk but more of a "spacer" lift problem.  The morons at liftedtrucks.com use a spacer lift utilizing 2 spacers on the front shocks.  There's a 5" strut spacer and then a 1.75" preload spacer for the coil spring.  When there's a setup like that it's not surprising the shock failed, it bottom out!  The saddest part of this is Pro Comp makes a front coilover long enough for a 6" lift!

 

What the shock looks like normally

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Broken shock

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Gotta love warranty work

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Got her back today and unfortunately there was more damage done that we were unaware of.  Turns out when the shock failed the truck came down so hard it bent the front part of the cross member bracket where the lower control arm mounts.  It's a very slight bend and doesn't affect the drivability of the truck.  It will eventually need to be replaced though, figure new front shocks and lower cross member bracket will all get changed out at the same time later on down the road.  For now the truck drives fine on the road.

 

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15 hours ago, Trail Toy said:

Got her back today and unfortunately there was more damage done that we were unaware of.  Turns out when the shock failed the truck came down so hard it bent the front part of the cross member bracket where the lower control arm mounts.  It's a very slight bend and doesn't affect the drivability of the truck.  It will eventually need to be replaced though, figure new front shocks and lower cross member bracket will all get changed out at the same time later on down the road.  For now the truck drives fine on the road.

 

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That sucks man! I hope ya'll get it sorted.

 

Hey, looking at that photo, is that bolt loose? Left side of your image - looks like the washer is flopping around. I can't quite tell.

 

 

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Yes, it's loose so they can get the lower control arm to swing down out of the way to replace the blown shock.  That pic was taken when they had the truck up on a lift while working on the shock replacement. 👍

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Hi :

 

Please check out Total Chaos Fabrication.  Sarah, please meet Nicole.  She is the boss. 

 

 

 

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Sarah and I finally got around to doing some work on her rig.  Yesterday we purchased some 1x8's, 2x6's and a 49"x97" sheet of 3/4" thick melamine board.  This morning we constructed a bed rack/frame for the back of her rig for use while overlanding/camping.  

 

Front & middle section of frame completed.

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Rear section of frame completed.

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49"x60.75" melamine board installed.

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Two 1x8 planks installed to complete the frame.

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It's amazing, actually looks like we know what we're doing! 😆

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