For those that have been on AAIR's many expeditions you probably well know the faithful old `89 Toyota Truck. Well after 370,000 miles I finally decided to retire it. (Yea, I gave up on the half a million mile idea!) It definitely feels like I am losing an old friend. (See tribute link to it at the bottom of this page). These pages will be sort of a pictorial blog of the new truck:  a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4 door, V6, auto trans (why didn't Toyota offer this in a stick??)

Modifications to 2004 V6 4X4 Dcab:
ARB Bull Bar and Warn XD 9000lb winch (combination of these two dropped the front end about an inch.)
Donahoe coil overs, Camburg arms, manual hubs, Deaver springs and Bilsteins in the rear.
Demello rock sliders and rear bumper. Bud Built IFS Skidplate and Belly Skidplate.
BFG 33X10.5 tires on 15X8 rims. On board air.
CB, in dash moving map, ScanGauge II gauge.
Light Racing Jounce Shock System (Front & Rear)
IPT Valve Body Upgrade for the auto tans


How the truck looked new (Wow shiny and no scratches!)  How the truck looks as of May 2008

Well new to me, bought in 2005 with 24,000 miles.

 

The immediate mods were tires, lift, the bumper, winch and lights. I much prefer the look without the camper shell, even sold the shell.
   
The `89 and the `04. "I sure hope he doesn't treat me as roughly as he treated you!"

 

 

2004 4dr V6 TRD 4X4 Donahoe coil overs, Camburg arms, manual hubs, Deaver springs and Bilsteins in the rear. Demello rock sliders and rear bumper. Bud Built IFS Skidplate and Belly Skidplate. BFG 33X10.5 tires. ARB bumper and Warn XD 9000 also have aux electric fans, Line-X bed liner, onboard air compressor (and many tire plugs), CB, GPS moving map

 El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico.  
   
Moving Map: now you see it Now you donít
   

I rarely go out to just off-road; usually I am trying to get somewhere specific like an old mine, plane wreck, or a place to camp or hike. I built my truck with the goal of having a capable 4X4, but still retaining the drivability. Driven from Mexico to Canada; often going to remote places in NV, NM, or CA and I have put 50,000 miles on in the last 2 years. My preferred roads are 2 tracks that are in the middle of nowhere.

75% of my (off pavement) driving is on 2 tracks like those above and I set up the suspension to allow almost highway speeds on most of them, like a prerunner, but still have 4 wheel drive.

 
I also like single tracks (NOT!!!)
 
The only trail run with the club that I have done is Payette Draw (below left). We missed the lower waterfall, but from what I have seen I think that is my rock crawling limit.
 
I have done Box Canyon and the Coke ovens a number of times; crossing the Gila to take the shortcut out of there (below right).
I have been on just about every two track between Prescott and Crown King. Our camping set up has everything in boxes for quick removal at camp and we use a Sportz Truck Tent that is meant for an extended cab, but works for the D-cab. Camping Link

With 2 people and full tanks, but no gear, my rig is at 4720 lbs. When I weighed it with full camp gear it tipped the scales at 5760 lbs. I usually get around 15 to 18 mpg.

Planned mods:

Snorkel
Dual Batteries
4.88 gears
Aux Gas Tank
Front Air Locker (Or electric if I find one)
 

ScanGauge II (Done)
Proper mount for shovel
(Done)
Mount for hi-lift (Done)
Additional leaf or 2 to the Deavers (Done, should have done only one more)
IPT Valve Body Upgrade for the auto tans (Done)
Light Racing Jounce Shock System (Front & Rear) (Done)
Donahoe Remote Reservoir Rear Shocks (Done, but felt no improvement over the Bilsteins)


While the 10 years and 370,000 miles on the 89 Toyota helped me know what I wanted to do to the new truck, the bulk of my knowledge of how and which components to use came from:
TORRA Forums
TORRA Tech

Expedition Portal
Parks Off Road
Expeditions West

 

Truck camping set up link

 

 

Camping pop-up trailer link

Tribute to the old `89 truck

 

 

Yet more pictures of the `04
(Scenic and Oops)

Questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me at aair@aviationarchaeology.com