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    2020 State of the Cheap 12v Air Compressor

    I'm thinking of selling my PUMA. I've used it once or twice outside the house in the two years I've owned it. I might air down my tires 6 times a year tops. It fills floaties pretty good! Instead, I'm thinking of getting a quieter, bigger 120v unit for the garage and more of backup/emergency...
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    Converting Soft-Side Pop-Up to Hardside Panels

    I, like many, was enamored with Haitus campers hard-side pop-up topper for their hardside, lightweight, still-functional-as-a-daily-bed-storage-cover camper, until the prices crept up to crazy. Out in here in high-desert, winds can keep you up at night, especially if the canvas sides of your...
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    Custom Steel Wheels (for Toyota)

    Has anyone had custom steel wheel made for their rig? In my case, I want an oddly sized 17x8 with 3.5" (or lower) backspace for my 1st Gen Tundra. So far, the prices seem pretty steep. Cheapest I've found is from US Wheel ala Summit at around $110 per wheel. Any other sources that might be...
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    Sourcing Windows For Aluminum Camper Shells

    I'm interested in picking up a Lifetime aluminum camper shell. It's a basic piece, but nice and light, which is what I want until I can afford a high-top option. In the meantime, I'd like to somehow make the 42x12 front window into a fold up option. I called the manufacturer of both the camper...
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    Aluminum Framed Truck Camper - How are they built?

    I know that ARE/LEER/CENTURY/LIFETIME etcs all build aluminum trucks caps using a combination of MIG/TIG and .080 and .050 1x1 T6 square tubing. Do most others in the industry build their aluminum frames this way? I see that Vagabond Campers, for example, ditches the small tubing in favor of...
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    Mostly Unpaved Circumnavigation of Puerto Rico?

    Has anyone seen a route map for a possible all-dirt circumnavigation of Puerto Rico? Basically, I'd like to tour the island but stay off major roads as much as possible. IE: on a bicycle. I'm prepared to plan a route myself, but I wanted to know if anyone had seen something elsewhere, before...
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    Wider Track without Low Offset Wheels or LT Kits - 1st Gen Tundra

    So I've got about 4 months on a set of 2" wheels spacers on my 06 Tundra, and I love it. I've driven lots of low, nimble cars in the past, and I feel like the wider track really helps make the truck more stable, if not dare I say...fun. Thing is, I'm not wild about running spacers. I'm also...
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    High Top Soft Topper?

    I've been coming around to the idea of a Soft Topper, specifically because I like the fact that most of the time I could fold it down and have a normal usable truck bed (during the week) but when I go camping, I could fold it up and sleep in the back. Thing is, I wouldn't want to spend money...
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    When do you need a 12v tender controller?

    I recently left my truck in Phoenix for a week and came back to a dead battery. I've noticed in these parts some people like using little solar panels to tend the battery while it sits. I see a lot of options for little 5w panels with alligator clips and USB outputs, as well as the Goal Zero...
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    Tundra 285/70R17 on Low Offset/3.5" BS but No Lift?

    Has anyone tried fitting 285/70R17 to a first gen (mine is a DC) with just different wheels or aggressive backspacing/low-offset fitment? I'm fine with doing some (or even a lot of) trimming, but would like to be able run the 33's for a few months without doing a lift. I've read that you...
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    Tundra 1.5" Spacers Requires Longer Studs?

    Anybody know the verdict on whether the 05-06 Tundras need longer wheel studs to safety install 1.5" spacers/adapters? I'm thinking of getting a set. Seems like nobody produces steel adapters for a reasonable price for these trucks, so we're left with aluminum. People have also run into all...
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    17x8" wheels w 3.5" BS & <-25 offset?

    I'm really loving the look of the SCS F5 fitment on Rickashay's Tundra. I'm trying to avoid spacers (more expense) and intend to run 255/75r17 (or 235/80r1) with potential to go up to 285/75r17 in the future. I'm worried that the 9" wheels will be too wide for anything less than 255's due to...
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    2006 SRS/Airbag Diagnostics

    I purchased a 06 Tundra Limited that I knew had been an accident. Since I intend on taking this vehicle deep offroad and putting quite a few thousand miles of forest roads on it, I didn't want or need a perfect truck. The previous owner did a nice job of fixing the relatively minor damage to the...
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    97-04 D22 Frontier Common Problems

    I'm looking at Crew Cab Long Bed Models. I need the 6' bed, and want some ability to haul 4 people. I know that the crew cab on these is more like a extended cab with four door, and with rear seat legroom at 30" its a fair bit shorter than my wife's cramped Honda Fit. The one advantage is that...
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    ViAir 400P-A, Air Zenith OBD2, or Puma PD1006 Air Compressors

    Looking for a long-term solution to my portable air needs. I don't have huge tires today, but I might someday. My biggest issue is living at elevation I like to adjust air pressure depending on trip. 20psi at 7,000ft gets pretty low at 1,000ft and stopping at a gas station to fill up has proven...
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    Montero Wheel Specs

    Summarizing what I'm learning: Gen 1/2 1983-1999 : 6 X 139.7 bolt spacing and 108mm center bore (offset?) Gen 3 2001+ : 6 X 139.7 bolt spacing and 67.1mm center bore +10 Offset (not sure about stock offsets) You can run 106mm center bore Toyota wheels on a 67.1mm Gen 3 with big Hubcentric...
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    4-Door 6' Bed Options

    I've been researching like mad to try and determine is there is a 4-door, 6' bed equipped truck that might have a shorter wheelbase (at least among 4-door trucks). So far in the mid-size category I've only seen the Frontier CC/LB (1st Gen 131"WB) (2nd Gen 140") the Tacoma Dbl Long (141"WB)...
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    Gen III Interior Dimensions

    Looking for Gen III Montero Parjero Interior Cargo Dimensions: - Length from closed rear gate to back of front seat slid the whole way back. - Width from wall-to-wall - width between wheel wells. - Height from Floor to Ceiling. Not worried about dimension including seats because they'd be...
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    2016 Lift-able Van MPG

    Anybody know what MPG the new vans are getting from Mercedes and Ford? The Metris seems like it can be lifted via Terranger, despite being RWD, and I've seen reports as high as 28mpg highway. The Sprinter 4x4 is a winner, and I think they are getting mid-20s on the slab as well. Haven't...
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    Prepping High Mileage 2.7l for Hot Weather Road Trip

    I should've been preparing for this months ago, but here I am a few days away from taking my 193,000 mile 2.7l Tacoma for a 1600 mile road trip. While we're setting records for high temps in the Southwest. Route is Flagstaff to San Francisco. Only off-road travel will be for dispersed camping...
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