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Road Bull 03-15-2020 08:51 PM

Road Bull's 2002 SR5 Changeling Build.
 
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Here we go again. It feels like 2015 all over again. LOL.

Some backstory for those of you just tuning in. My old 2002 SR5 rolled 11/30/2019. The body died, but *most* of the parts lived. Now they have a second chance on the new build. Road Bull's 2002 SR-5 timeline.

The Changeling is a 2002 SR5 in millennium silver, just like the old rig. The only difference in the actual rig itself is this one doesn't have a sunroof. It was sitting at 204,949 miles

spartacus 03-15-2020 09:17 PM

Glad you are back. truck looks good. Assuming you are going to swap out the front and rear axles from the old rig and the 35's.

Road Bull 03-15-2020 09:24 PM

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This build will, for the most part, be pretty much like my last build with a couple of tweaks here and there.

This go around I swapped out my King 600# coils for some 650# coils. I am hoping to drop the front down from where it was on my last build. I had way too much preload on the 600s. I also just finished painting the newly Total Chaos gusseted spindles. I have new Koyo bearings, hubs, and seals set to get pressed in tomorrow.

I added a Toytec 1"BL this go around. Ordered Fat Pat's, had some issues got no response, so Toytec it was. I am leaving the gap in the front. I like it. I ordered and received a new 4X Innovations rear lower bumper for 1"BL. Got it mounted yesterday.

I also added an eimkeith PCK and have some new Rokmen Trail Series lower links for the rear.

So my friends have been awesome in helping me strip the old rig and get the new one off on the right foot. Oh! It was T-R-I-C-Y getting a rig without a rear axle or any front suspension, wheels, or tires into a position where it can be pulled up onto a flatbed and tow it away. The solution is a couple 1000 lbs dollies and 4x6 wood beams. *Sketchy Town* but it worked.

Road Bull 03-15-2020 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by spartacus (Post 3458720)
Glad you are back. truck looks good. Assuming you are going to swap out the front and rear axles from the old rig and the 35's.

That's the idea man. And thanks. I was tempted to try my luck with a Tacoma of some sort, but... Those things are more expensive than our 3rd gens, and... I already had a build that I could swap. A new platform would mean starting over from scratch.

I can't wait to get it all sorted. It was super depressing having to walk past my tarped rig everyday. Hopefully do the big swap in the next few weeks as time and schedule allows.

theesotericone 03-16-2020 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Road Bull (Post 3458729)
That's the idea man. And thanks. I was tempted to try my luck with a Tacoma of some sort, but... Those things are more expensive than our 3rd gens, and... I already had a build that I could swap. A new platform would mean starting over from scratch.

I can't wait to get it all sorted. It was super depressing having to walk past my tarped rig everyday. Hopefully do the big swap in the next few weeks as time and schedule allows.

Glad to see you got this in the works. Out with the old and in with the new as they say. You should have the new rig running by wheeling season. Then you should head down to Cali this summer and I'll get you on some trails. Ever hear of the Rubicon? lol

spartacus 03-16-2020 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Road Bull (Post 3458729)
That's the idea man. And thanks. I was tempted to try my luck with a Tacoma of some sort, but... Those things are more expensive than our 3rd gens, and... I already had a build that I could swap. A new platform would mean starting over from scratch.

I can't wait to get it all sorted. It was super depressing having to walk past my tarped rig everyday. Hopefully do the big swap in the next few weeks as time and schedule allows.

You made the right decision. Good progress since your truck is your daily driver.

Road Bull 03-24-2020 11:17 AM

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I've been trying to chip away at all the various items that need to come together to... Get it together...

I wire wheeled the sliders a bit, knocked off some rust, primed, then used some black Rust-Oleum bedliner to refinish. I managed just one coat before the weather turned and got back to raining.

I got my Odyssey 34R-PC1500T warrantied.

I got my gusseted spindles reassembled impact with new bearings seals and new hubs.

Also got some new front Taco braided steel brake lines from Wheelers Offroad, as well as some new OEM brake pads and shims for my TBU from Camelback Toyota.

Shooting for for trying to get it all back together this weekend.

Here's a pic of downtown Seattle with my runner practicing social distancing. I had essential training yesterday, and this place is a ghost town.

Road Bull 03-24-2020 12:10 PM

Also, I found out Stubbs Welding was no longer in business during my receipt round-up for insurance. I got an email from Richard letting me know that he closed down May 22, 2019. He still went the extra mile and found a receipt hard copy for me.

Richard had a great design for his sliders. He was kind and generous with his time and knowledge. As a business, he embodied all the positive traits that I look for when choosing somewhere to spend my money and invest in my vehicle.

Thanks Richard! I am happy that your sliders will live on and see more adventures on my new rig.

fourfive 03-24-2020 10:11 PM

Good to see you make your way through your new 4runner. I agree with what you said about Richard and his sliders. I basically copied his design & customized it for for my needs. He was very helpful in giving me tips along the way & providing measurements when I was having mine made.

Road Bull 05-03-2020 07:05 PM

Moving right along.
 
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Well, I am getting there. Most the old parts that survived, and a few new ones are on. I still need to get the sliders welded back on as well as getting another tub job done. I'd like to get another Sherpa roof rack mounted.

I also changed the stance of the lift a bit. It looks a bit aggressive with nothing in the vehicle, but will be better overall when I am loaded up. This doesn't make working under it any easier (oil changes /skid plates), but I should actually get some front end flex now. My old preload situation was far too much and the front end felt like it was on stilts being so stiff. Uphill articulation sucked.

Upgrades / changes:

*Rokmen Trail Series Lower Links
*Total Chaos Spindle Gussets
*Tundra brake hardline delete>> Tacoma SS brake lines
*Toytec 1" BL
*4X Innovations rear lower bumper for 1" BL
*650# King springs to run less preload up front
*Eimkeith PCK (love this thing)
*New SPC upper ball joints
*New Toyota lower ball joints
*New Toyota OTRs
*New Napa ITRs
*New Tokico rear LC shocks (black)
*New rear sway bar lings

*Timing belt done
*Valve cover seal
*PCV valve
*Denso plugs and wires
*Swapped LCAs (they had recent Whiteline bushings refresh)


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