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Atlas' 04 Tacoma

Discussion in 'Wilderness Forum' started by Atlas, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    My latest woods truck is a 2004 Toyota Tacoma extended cab 4x4 with the 3.4 V6 engine and 5 speed transmission. I haven't done a whole lot too it at this point, only king coil over shocks and All-Pro uniball upper a-arms for suspension, an ARB front bumper with a Warn xd9000 winch and an Icom ID -880H ham radio. The truck has the factory rear locker and so far goes everywhere that I need it to go.
     
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    I also have a thread going for videos of my adventures, you can take a look at that here.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Several years ago I learned that letting some air out of your tires can make a huge difference in offroad conditions and ride comfort. I have been using these Staun tire deflators for a long time. They are pretty simple. You remove your valve stem covers and screen these on instead. They are spring loaded, and I have mine set at 15 psi, but they are adjustable from 5 psi to 25 psi. Once they get to the set pressure they close, making it simple and easy to air down.
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    When I get back to the pavement I obviously need to air back up. For that I have a portable 12 volt air compressor from Puma. It isn't the fastest, but it has lasted a long time and been very useful over the years. I have wanted a dedicated on board air system for a while now, but the expense isn't really worth it. This compressor works fine.
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    The last part of this process is a good air pressure gauge. You have to be able to check, and this is the only way.
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    I'm thinking about adding one of these to the camper for longer dispersed camping trips.
     
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    Oh I like that!
    Bookmarked for later use.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Water heaters like that could be very useful for lots more than just car camping. I've seen them on off grid cabins here quite a bit. You can even pump them up with bike tire air pumps.
     
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    Installed a safari snorkle today, more for the dusty roads that have been killing air filters than the water crossings.
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    I have one of those cable core removers. I always keep it in my pocket. It's come in handy a few times, over the years.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    It is a very good idea to keep them handy. Such a little thing can become such a big thing very quickly!
     
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    I actually installed a new ARB air compressor yesterday. This thing is quick and having it hard mounted and wired is way easier.
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    I also installed some new leaf springs in the rear.
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    I deffently could of used the compresure a few times..

    Guess it needed the leaf springs
     
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    It did, they were frowning. These ones should hold the weight of all my camping crap much better.
     
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    Hope so..i need to start planning my next camping trip..
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I'm ALWAYS planning my next camping trip.
     
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    I bought some new tires yesterday. 255-85-16's from Cooper. They are the ST-Maxx, which are fairly aggressive but not too bad. They handle well on the road. I'll see how they do on the dirt later today!

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