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Lambo Style Rear Tire Carrier: posted 2009-07-06
Seems most everyone these days is building a rear tire carrier for their Toyota Offroad 4x4 rig. It's a relatively simple addition to a tube bumpe...

Whipsaw Trail History Tidbit: posted 2009-06-02
One of the famous hills on the Whipsaw trail in B.C., Canada, is Falcon Hill. It's name comes from a few guys who drove the trail in 1979 in a For...

Toyota Offroad 4x4 Transmissions: posted 2009-05-23
Over the years, Toyota went through a lot of different transmission and transfer case combinations. I've compiled some information to help when tr...

Toyota Leaf Spring Info: posted 2009-05-12
My daily driver 4runner is getting pretty rusty. It's a 1990 Toyota 4runner and the rear wheel wells, bottom of the doors, and of course, the tail...

Front Differential Drop Kit: posted 2009-05-06
I know what you're thinking. Why would I use a drop kit? I have an offroad Toyota, not a low rider Toyota! Allow me to explain.First, read the pos...

JC Whitney - Everything Automotive

Ball Joint Spacers: posted 2009-05-03
With the current recession and job loss at record highs, people (me included) are looking for more and more ways to save some money. One of the n...

Formula Toyota: posted 2009-04-21
If you've been around the Toyota Offroad community very long, you've probably heard of Formula Toy or F-Toy for short (also called Formul...

Toyota Solid Front Axle Truss: posted 2009-03-19
Ready for controversy? The top axle trusses provided by many offroad manufacturers are useless!The front axle housing is fairly strong, but as we Toyo...

Twin Stick Transfer Case Shifter: posted 2009-03-16
One of the most annoying things when you're out on the trail is having to stop between obstacles to shift your Toytoa transfer case from low range...

Differential Armor: posted 2009-03-03
As seen in the picture on the left, the Toyota axle housing is made from thick strong steel. The differential housing, however, is made from much thin...

Full Floating Rear Axle: posted 2009-02-27
If you've been around the Toyota 4x4 scene on the internet long enough, you've no doubt come across the term 'full floater rear axle'....

4runner Rear Cargo Drawers and Box: posted 2009-02-24
For anyone owning a Toyota 4-runner, you know how cool it is to have clean dry storage for camping gear in the back. It would also be nice to be able ...

Removing your 1st Gen Toyota 4runner Top: posted 2009-02-20
As everyone knows, one of the big advantages of the first generation Toyota 4runner is the removeable hardtop. There's nothing like feeling the wi...

Toyota Trekker: posted 2009-01-21
The Toyota Trekker is as elusive as the sasquatch or Loch Ness monster! The Trekker was a pre-cursor to the 4-runner. It consisted of a 1981-1983 Toyo...

Mounting A HiLift Jack: posted 2009-01-04
If you drive a lifted Toyota Truck or 4runner, chances are you have a Hi-Lift jack (which is actually a brand name of a farm jack). They allow you to ...

Dodge Dakota Bellhousing Bolts to Toyota Transmissions: posted 2008-12-06
Did you know....The 2.5L 5 spd bellhousing from a 95-00 Dodge Dakota bolts to a Toyota R150/R151 transmission? The engine end of it mates up to any 60...

Twin Stick Shifter: posted 2008-10-29
A twin stick shifter is a replacement lever for your Toyota transfer case. Toyota built their 4 cylinder transfer case in such a way that the original...

Axle Wrap: posted 2008-10-25
When braking or acceleration forces are applied to the wheels, the resulting torque on the axle can cause the springs to deform (as on the left where ...

Spanish Toyota Manuals: posted 2008-10-22
I don't speak Spanish, but a large population of the world does. Here are some Toyota Manuals (Toyota Manuales) in Spanish. Manuales:- Manual...

Build an Off Road Trailer: posted 2008-10-18
If you're like me, after a few weekends of camping, your brain starts thinking about all the time and energy wasted packing the vehicle, unpacking...

Support Non-Profit Offroad Organizations: posted 2008-10-01
As time goes on, more and more of our trails are being shut down. This is sometimes due to erosion, garbage, or the land being developed. As one perso...

Part Numbers: posted 2008-09-04
This website, although over half of it has the ever-annoying 'Under Construction' graphic, has a full online parts catologue. You can either b...

Toyota Recovery: posted 2008-08-21
You don't have to spend too long off roads, and you'll either get stuck yourself, or more likely come across a crappy driver who got stuck in ...

Triple Drilled Flange: posted 2008-07-20
Over the mini-truck years, Toyota changed the driveshaft bolt pattern multiple times. Bolt PatternYears it came in 60mm x 60mm x 8mm60m...

Add Your Toyota Pictures Resource: posted 2008-07-09
Our Toyota Picture Resource is almost completed! We have decided to release the ability to upload pictures before we are finished the search functiona...

Toyota Rust : Public Enemy Number 1: posted 2008-06-17
You don't have to own a Toyota very long, or any other vehicle for that matter, to know that rust can be a major issue. Rust problems can gro...

Frame Rust - Repair or Replace?: posted 2008-06-10
Everyone knows that the frame on early Toyotas are plagued with rust issues. The rust usually first appears near the front hanger for the rear springs...

Toyota Pickup Idiot Book: posted 2008-06-02
How to Keep Your Toyota Pickup Alive: Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot for 1975-1987/2WD & 4WDThis pdf download is quite large... 13...

Waterproofing Tricks: posted 2008-06-01
One can't venture offroad for very long without coming across some water. Whether it's a lake or a river or even a big puddle, if it's mor...

Hydro Assist Steering: posted 2008-05-31
What is hydro-assist steering? For starters, what is hydraulic steering? Hydraulic steering relies on fluid pressure to push a hydraulic ram in and ou...

Gear Drive Transfer Case Bible and Chain Drive Info: posted 2008-05-30
Over the mini-truck years, Toyota used a few different versions of the gear driven transfer case, as well as the chain drive transfer case.Start ...

Differential Break-In Procedure: posted 2008-05-28
After installing new gears in your differential, you need to drive carefully for the first while. This is called the break-in period. Everyone seems t...

All About Birfields: posted 2008-05-25
What is a birfield? Why are they considered weak? How do I fix the problem? What are the aftermarket options for birfields?Great article, straight out...

Toyota Model History and Info: posted 2008-05-22
Good information on the different models of Toyota pickups, including information on what options they had, when they were produced, and even some bas...

Pictures of the various Toyota steering setups: posted 2008-05-22
Keeping track of Toyota steering types and terms can be confusing at the best of times. Need to brush up on what the pitman arm, drag link, or j-arm i...

Toyota Exhaust Examples and Information: posted 2008-05-21
Thinking of upgrading your stock Toyota exhaust? Toyota's small engines (small compared to domestic v8 engines) perform best with back pressure. T...

FSM Solid Front Axle Images: posted 2008-05-14
Here's a page from the Marlin Crawler Forum with all the images from the Factory Service Manual for the solid front axle. There are also some imag...

Toyota Part Numbers: posted 2008-05-12
Here's a list of part numbers for popular Toyota parts that need replacing. Includes 22r, 22re, 3VZE 3.0V6, solid axle, ifs axle, rear axle, trans...

Driveline Basics: posted 2008-05-09
Ever wondered what all the talk about driveshaft angle is really about? Check out this article.It explains that a u-joint at an angle travels in an el...

Toyota 4x4 Building 101: posted 2008-05-06
New to Toyota offroading? Have a look at this page. It's a brief, but thorough read. Touches on suspension mods, tires, wheels, lifts, steering, a...

Truck and 4runner VIN Information: posted 2008-05-02
How to decode Truck and 4runner Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)Vehicles come from the factory with a unique VIN. However, only the last few digit...

4 Link Suspension Article: posted 2008-04-29
This is a detailed explanation of factors to think of when building and designing a 4 link suspension system. There are diagrams to help explain the t...

Air Compressor Comparison: posted 2008-04-28
Pepboy's Master Flow model MF-1050 air compressor testThis is a head to head competition of the QuickAir 2 compressor versus a made in China model...

Toyota Differential Information: posted 2008-04-28
This is a great differential comparison. It include photos and descriptions of how to tell one type of diff from another. It addresses front, rear, if...

Lifts And Tires: posted 2007-07-12
If you've ever wondered how big of a tire to go with or how tall of a lift to use, this is well worth the read. It covers lots of different aspect...