SoCal BS Thread

Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
I have a spot if you can make it this year.

Leaving Friday asap.....but 2 girls in the morning.....real world problems...
That's my goal is to make it this year.

I don't plan on wheeling though. I still have YET to do my upper and lower ball joints. I have the parts, I just need to do them.

I also need to replace my CV axles. Both driver/pass outer boots are blown. Luckily, no "rattle sound" yet when I turn the wheels. Kind of tells me they are likely still good. I plan on rebuilding my half shafts (CV axels) soon... done it before on a different car. Not all that hard, but definitely a MESSY job. Going to buy a rebuild kit.

Then I need to rewire some of my antenna lines. I have a lot planned to do to my truck. Starting tomorrow actually.

And I SERIOUSLY NEED to fix my "bed bolts"!!! THAT is another critical thing I want to finally get fixed. I can't really work on my antenna wires and fixtures until my bed bolts are fixed. :(

Anyways, I doubt I will have all that done by then, but I should be able to cruise up for sure though... with the door panels still OFF!!! :playball:

Anyways, I'm just glad I have the truck running now.

EDIT:
Btw, I do recommend "The Truck Shop". I got really good service there. I take it back in after about 500mi because they want to make sure everything is running and tightened accordingly. They even SMOGGED it for me because of the registration situation I was in. It made it easy for me to deal with it after explaining and they worked with me so I could easily drive the truck home that night it was ready. ;)

Anyways, "The Truck Shop" is just all around good service. :thumbsup:
 
Last edited:

HavingaGoodTime4x4

FUCK CANCER
Joined
Jan 13, 2020
Messages
1,998
Age
43
Location
Costa Misery
That's my goal is to make it this year.

I don't plan on wheeling though. I still have YET to do my upper and lower ball joints. I have the parts, I just need to do them.

I also need to replace my CV axles. Both driver/pass outer boots are blown. Luckily, no "rattle sound" yet when I turn the wheels. Kind of tells me they are likely still good. I plan on rebuilding my half shafts (CV axels) soon... done it before on a different car. Not all that hard, but definitely a MESSY job. Going to buy a rebuild kit.

Then I need to rewire some of my antenna lines. I have a lot planned to do to my truck. Starting tomorrow actually.

And I SERIOUSLY NEED to fix my "bed bolts"!!! THAT is another critical thing I want to finally get fixed. I can't really work on my antenna wires and fixtures until my bed bolts are fixed. :(

Anyways, I doubt I will have all that done by then, but I should be able to cruise up for sure though... with the door panels still OFF!!! :playball:

Anyways, I'm just glad I have the truck running now.

EDIT:
Btw, I do recommend "The Truck Shop". I got really good service there. I take it back in after about 500mi because they want to make sure everything is running and tightened accordingly. They even SMOGGED it for me because of the registration situation I was in. It made it easy for me to deal with it after explaining and they worked with me so I could easily drive the truck home that night it was ready. ;)

Anyways, "The Truck Shop" is just all around good service. :thumbsup:
I just chilled in camp ate, socialize, beered it and slept last year. It was great!!
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
I just chilled in camp ate, socialize, beered it and slept last year. It was great!!
I would like to do Tip Top again though. I love that trail. Very easy, but the little rocks are rough for anyone that has been on that trail knows what I mean... man, talk about a constant beating on the suspension. I believe Gold Mountain is the same way? Another trail I want to do, but never been.

My ball joints are scaring me right now. I need to grab my tools out of storage up in Huntington Beach.

While doing my CV axles, I'm going to do the lower ball joints at the same time.

I MIGHT get my Camburgs too before then??? I PLAN ON getting my ICON 2.0 extended travel for the front too hopefully before San G.

I have a lot planned for certain things to get done before then.

I just ordered my dual gauge pod a-pilliar from LC Engineering and should be getting it soon. Installing a tranny temp gauge and an "electrical" oil pressure gauge.

Either case, I still plan on going San G. ;)
 
Last edited:

HavingaGoodTime4x4

FUCK CANCER
Joined
Jan 13, 2020
Messages
1,998
Age
43
Location
Costa Misery
I would like to do Tip Top again though. I love that trail. Very easy, but the little rocks are rough for anyone that has been on that trail knows what I mean... man, talk about a constant beating on the suspension. I believe Gold Mountain is the same way? Another trail I want to do, but never been.

My ball joints are scaring me right now. I need to grab my tools out of storage up in Huntington Beach.

While doing my CV axles, I'm going to do the lower ball joints at the same time.

I MIGHT get my Camburgs too before then??? I PLAN ON getting my ICON 2.0 extended travel for the front too hopefully before San G.

I have a lot planned for certain things to get done before then.

I just ordered my dual gauge pod a-pilliar from LC Engineering and should be getting it soon. Installing a tranny temp gauge and an "electrical" oil pressure gauge.

Either case, I still plan on going San G. ;)
Seems legit
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
Btw, so FINALLY getting around to doing my lower ball joints here soon. I need to grab my tools out of my storage unit, which is NOT just down the street... too long of a story to tell... but anyways...

So, this YT "shorts" vid popped up on my feed and the guy trashes MOOG and even 555 Sankei. I get trashing MOOG because I hear nothing but bad issues from their products when back in the day they were considered to be one of the better aftermarket stuff but nowadays not.

Regarding 555 Sankei, I forget who, but they had suggested 555 Sankei. I was getting ready to go with that, but then, for whatever reason, I came across "ProForged". I just went ahead and bought ProForged lower ball joints.

With all that said, the guy in the vid is suggesting only to go with Toyota OEM ball joints. If the OEM has issues, why go back to OEM???

So, is ProForged crap??? Apparently the guy in the vid doesn't even care for 555 Sankei either, which during my research is supposed to be better than OEM, but the guy in the vid doesn't seem to agree???

Very frustrating when some people are very biased and so dead set on OEM over aftermarket, which sometimes OEM are even worse than aftermarket in my experiences.

I can tell you that the ProForged lower ball joints I bought looks pretty damn SOLID when comparing/looking at what is currently on my truck, which are Toyota OEM. So, in that sense, I'm glad to have bought the ProForged.

Anyone have experience with ProForged or 555 Sankei or any other brand they recommend over Toyota OEM lower ball joints??? And how many years running said parts with real world experience?

 
Joined
Dec 1, 2020
Messages
407
Do ur ware and tear maintains when ur suppose to (if u wheel or drive it hard then one has to increase how often).

The guy is ignorant in his understanding, 555 Sankei are OEM and what toyota sells u when u go through them (unless something chanced since I last bought them), and my guess is there is an issue/s on his side of the story. There r a number of warning signs before ur wheel does that unless ur in an MVR or get bound up in an obstacle.

Moog r not what they use to be but with that said I wheeled and drove cross country and mexico with a 3rd gen I had over 7k lbs for 5yrs and the lowers are still to same ones on the unit (stopped driving after taking to many parts off said to build the new one).
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
Do ur ware and tear maintains when ur suppose to (if u wheel or drive it hard then one has to increase how often).

The guy is ignorant in his understanding, 555 Sankei are OEM and what toyota sells u when u go through them (unless something chanced since I last bought them), and my guess is there is an issue/s on his side of the story. There r a number of warning signs before ur wheel does that unless ur in an MVR or get bound up in an obstacle.

Moog r not what they use to be but with that said I wheeled and drove cross country and mexico with a 3rd gen I had over 7k lbs for 5yrs and the lowers are still to same ones on the unit (stopped driving after taking to many parts off said to build the new one).
Okay, understood about the 555 Sankei.

Yeah, I remember MOOG used to be one of the better aftermarket sources back in the day.

I was told that the 555's are pretty good and that is why I was confused with that video? He was obviously trashing the 555's or definitely didn't care for them???

Again, I just came across the ProForged, did a bit of reading on them, and they seem to be pretty legit? @4runner DOA Danny knows I don't wheel too hard and I tend to stick to more easy to moderate trails although I have had my fair share of "pucker factor moments".

Anyways, these ProForged LBJ's look pretty stout. I'll just give them a try and just keep an eye on them.
IMG_20240510_110743.jpg

Going to my storage unit this Sunday to grab my tools and do my lower ball joints here as soon as I can.

Thanks for the reply and clarifying brother. :beerscheers:
 
Last edited:
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
I have a '98 Tacoma and I plan on getting the "Icon Ext Travel 2.5 VS IR coilovers".

I was just reading on some other site that their top hats are known to be very faulty and break easy.

I want to get ext travel to keep any future options open. I do also plan on getting uniball UCA's... eventually. Again, keeping options open is the reason I want to get ext travel coilovers.

I'm very likely dreaming of just going mid travel setup, which the ext travel coilovers will be perfect for.

Does King or Fox make ext travel non-resi front coilovers for a 1998 Tacoma? Are King and Fox more durable than Icon?
 
Last edited:

4runner DOA

Hold my beer
Staff member
Joined
Oct 2, 2018
Messages
15,933
Location
OC
I have a '98 Tacoma and I plan on getting the "Icon Ext Travel 2.5 VS IR coilovers".

I was just reading on some other site that their top hats are known to be very faulty and break easy.

I want to get ext travel to keep any future options open. I do also plan on getting uniball UCA's... eventually. Again, keeping options open is the reason I want to get ext travel coilovers.

I'm very likely dreaming of just going mid travel setup, which the ext travel coilovers will be perfect for.

Does King or Fox make ext travel non-resi front coilovers for a 1998 Tacoma? Are King and Fox more durable than Icon?

If I can beat on icons, then sell them to @Dukestaco and he can beat on them, without the top hats breaking.... I wouldn't worry about it. You're looking at extreme situations and stress causing those issues.

King, fox, icon, ads they all have their potential failure points. For awhile there I wanna say people were complaining about kings leaking all the time.
 

Dukestaco

Stirring the pot 24/7
Joined
Oct 3, 2018
Messages
7,492
Location
Tucson
If I can beat on icons, then sell them to @Dukestaco and he can beat on them, without the top hats breaking.... I wouldn't worry about it. You're looking at extreme situations and stress causing those issues.

King, fox, icon, ads they all have their potential failure points. For awhile there I wanna say people were complaining about kings leaking all the time.
Kings were bending shafts. Funny you mention the icons. I am going to have ADS rebuild all 4 this summer.
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
If I can beat on icons, then sell them to @Dukestaco and he can beat on them, without the top hats breaking.... I wouldn't worry about it. You're looking at extreme situations and stress causing those issues.

King, fox, icon, ads they all have their potential failure points. For awhile there I wanna say people were complaining about kings leaking all the time.

Kings were bending shafts. Funny you mention the icons. I am going to have ADS rebuild all 4 this summer.
Okay. I think it was on a Tundra forum I was reading about the Icon top hats failing. Thank you for the insight. :beerscheers:

Yeah, it was a few years back that people were complaining about the Kings leaking. I remember that one being a topic about King suspension.
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
2,078
Just found out today that I am supposed to go on a trip in Sept. I don't know the dates and likely won't know until July/August. All I do know is that it lasts for a whole week.

Very likely won't be going to San G as I was hoping to finally be able to make it. Not a whole lot I can say. The boss above my boss is calling the shots.
 
Last edited:

Nicklovin

OC Broverland
Snowflake
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Messages
1,180
Age
27
Location
Orange County
I have a '98 Tacoma and I plan on getting the "Icon Ext Travel 2.5 VS IR coilovers".

I was just reading on some other site that their top hats are known to be very faulty and break easy.

I want to get ext travel to keep any future options open. I do also plan on getting uniball UCA's... eventually. Again, keeping options open is the reason I want to get ext travel coilovers.

I'm very likely dreaming of just going mid travel setup, which the ext travel coilovers will be perfect for.

Does King or Fox make ext travel non-resi front coilovers for a 1998 Tacoma? Are King and Fox more durable than Icon?
I’m late to the party but I had those icons on the red Tacoma. I had a few leaking problems with them… then my tundra came with the same ones and also leaked…. Maybe it’s just bad luck but I’m staying away from icons now
 

4runner DOA

Hold my beer
Staff member
Joined
Oct 2, 2018
Messages
15,933
Location
OC
I’m late to the party but I had those icons on the red Tacoma. I had a few leaking problems with them… then my tundra came with the same ones and also leaked…. Maybe it’s just bad luck but I’m staying away from icons now

Probably nothing a rebuild with new seals couldn't handle. People ditch shocks for cheep all the time because of leaks and it's an easy fix.
 

Nicklovin

OC Broverland
Snowflake
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Messages
1,180
Age
27
Location
Orange County
Probably nothing a rebuild with new seals couldn't handle. People ditch shocks for cheep all the time because of leaks and it's an easy fix.
Yaaaa I rebuilt the rears on the Tacoma and they didn’t last too long after the rebuild before a leak started again. I also rebuilt the shocks on the tundra since that was cheaper than brand new, so far so good
 

Nicklovin

OC Broverland
Snowflake
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Messages
1,180
Age
27
Location
Orange County
Oh hey anyone have battery recommendations that can stay alive being driven maybe once every 2 weeks. I barely have time to drive it since I’m always in the work truck and occasionally the Vette
 

4runner DOA

Hold my beer
Staff member
Joined
Oct 2, 2018
Messages
15,933
Location
OC
Oh hey anyone have battery recommendations that can stay alive being driven maybe once every 2 weeks. I barely have time to drive it since I’m always in the work truck and occasionally the Vette

Get a solar trickle charger if it's parked outside.
 
Top Bottom