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Chip's Tacoma showing it's flex on Trail 42 near Bartlett Lake

Owner : Chip Linthicum Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tacoma V6 Extracab
Location: Chandler, AZ
Favorite Trails: Raw Deal, Crown King, Trail 42 / Telegraph Pass Trail

Near Bartlett Lake, Arizona
Ramping a rock on Powerline Trail
Playing in the ditches on the Powerline Trail near Superior, AZ
Chip's upgraded Tacoma suspension works very well on the Arizona terrain.....
...and the coil-sprung Tacoma IFS can really stretch!
  • 3.4L V6 with stock 5-speed
  • Trailmaster 6" lift with NWOR Progressive coils
  • Bilstein front shocks, Trailmaster SSV rear shocks
  • TRD Clutch
  • Powertrax rear LockRight
  • 33x12.50" BFG MT's on Eagle 1179 alloys
  • TRD brake pads
  • Russell Performance Stainless brake lines
  • Xenon Flares
  • Warn XD9000i winch
  • Warn Trans4mer bumper
  • Pull-Pal winch anchor
  • BetterBuilt over-the-rail toolbox
  • Onboard air tools and Snap-On tools
  • Trailmaster skidplate
  • Custom rockslider skidplate for front crossmember
  • Ram Products nerf bars
  • Custom transfer case skidplate
  • QuickAir 2 tank and compressor
  • Oasis Offroad tire deflators
  • Complete vehicle recovery tools
  • 4 Rocklights
  • Garmin GPS III
  • Draw-Tite hitch with Warn shackle receiver
  • KC Daylighters
  • Cobra Ultra 18 and K40 antenna
  • Optima Red-top battery
  • Future Modifications:

    • 5.29 Gears
    • 2" Coil Spacers
    • "Real" rock sliders
    • Secondary Yellow-top Optima
    • Wrangler Power Products dual battery kit

    Personal Notes from Chip:
    Chip is a member of Intel Desert Dweller's 4x4 Club, and of the AZ Chapter of TTORA (Toyota Tacoma Off Road Association). Chip wanted to thank Tempe Toyota and Desert Rat (Tempe) for their continued support and warranty work. Chip has a recovery kit that lists as long as all of the mods he's done to the truck, and for good measure he has 2 of just about everything.

    Worst Stuck / Break
    "Short of course ... it's a Toyota!" On the road from Flagstaff to Phoenix, Chip's V6 crankshaft pulley broke. Toyota also replaced the transmission gears and synchros under warranty.

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