I’m in the planning stages of a mid-travel build. My current vehicle is a 2003 v8 4runner with an OME lift, but she’s getting long-in-the-tooth, and too small for the family as well. A 2nd-gen Tundra CrewMax seems a perfect step up in most ways, once I modify the suspension. LT is outside of my budget (my needs too, but hell, that’s a minor quibble
). MT seems to be both doable and able to meet my needs. As for those needs: I live on a dirt road on a mountain in northern VA. My commute includes everything from a couple miles of ill-maintained logging road to route 66 at 85mph. Inclement weather often includes snow, ice (which on a mountain hill is really fun!) and floods. I sometimes tow, but nothing more than a utility trailer with a mower or a half-cord of firewood.
I'm planning on doing this all in one fell swoop; I not going to buy the truck itself until I I've got things mapped out. While I’m pretty mechanically inclined and do most of my own routine car work, this venture is an entirely new arena for me. After reading everything I could find here, I think I’ve got it sorted out, but I wanted to get some feedback from the knowledgeable folks before I move forward. On a teacher’s salary, I want to do this right the first time. I do know cost is gonna hurt, but I figure “buy once, cry once” beats the false economy of going cheap and then having stuff fail later. With that in mind, any and all feedback is deeply appreciated to help me avoid screwing up!
King 2.5 external reservoirs coilovers and King 3.0 bypass shocks in front
Total Chaos Lower Control Arms and Upper Control Arms and bypass mount (mainly because TC seems to be the only firm making a stock-length aftermarket LCA?)
Total Chaos Spindle and Cam Tab Gussets
Camburg Rear Shock Mount and Fox 3.0 Bypass Shocks
Deavers Springs (I’m thinking custom, after reading some build logs, since I regularly haul a couple hundred pounds of crap around.)
Camburg/Fox bolt-on rear bump stops
ARB lockers and 4.88 gears front and back
Camburg CTE front bumper with winch (remember the mountain ice and snow I mentioned?)
35” tires (can I go 37” if I do front fiberglass?), on some wheels with offset that works to clear the front bypass shocks (suggestions?)
So . . . will all that work and play well together? Is there something I am leaving out? Is any one part terribly over- or under-performing compared to another that I should address? (front vs rear, etc.)?
I really appreciate the feedback – thanks in advance!