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Since there’s no Hilux section and the two vehicles share many similarities I figured I’d post my little build in here.
I have a 2016 that started life as a cab chassis, it was built with an Ironman bullbar, 2” lift and bash guards. The tray has been excellent, but now that I no longer use it for work I am switching it for a tub.
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New plans:

Front Suspension

Sway bar - custom made 22mm
Bump stops - Durobump
Cv boots - high clearance
UCA - Cal Off-road
Diff drop - Cal Offroad

Rear Suspension

Parabolic springs - Terrain Tamer
Bump stops - Durobump
U bolt flip - Durobump
Sway bar - Whiteline
Brake line extension

Bull bar - high clearance

Tub install

Repaint chassis
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tailgate seal kit
roller shutter hard lid


Engine

Egr delete module and blank plate
Improve intake pipework
Dpf delete
Inspect
 

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Started with modifying the bullbar this week. Gave it a bit of nip and tuck, so I can fit a higher clearance bash guard. These things have a woeful approach angle.
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Welded in new support strips and nuts to bolt the side plates to.
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I’ll be sending the bar in for powder coating next week while I work on the rest.
 
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Why switch to the tub? Lower deck height?

A few reasons, lower tailgate height is a big one as my fiancé is short. Also with the hard lid it provides a clean, dry cargo area, I plan on building a low profile slide out tray to make access even easier.
There are a few other minor reasons as well; better fuel economy, shorter length, nicer styling, and a tailgate to sit on and drink beer.
 

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So yesterday I got the tray removed and started cleaning up the rear chassis.
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Pressure washed everything then started sandblasting the rust patches. Had to give up in the afternoon as the humidity messed with my air compressor.
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Made slow progress I n between the crazy heat and humidity. I managed to get some paint on though.
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Also expanded the hole in the inner fender for my air intake. The nibbler attachment for my drill works a treat, now the metal just needs painting and covering with pinch weld.
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So the humidity finally dropped enough to finish blasting and get some more paint on.
Time to get it in the garage and start installing new parts.:bounce:
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