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Unread 05-25-2017, 11:43 PM
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Default 2012 XL LOW COG Build

This is my 2012 XL Low center of gravity build.

I know I am in uncharted territory but that has never stopped me before.

Currently I am running 37x13.5 r17 toyo mt with no lift. Wheels are eagle alloy 101 17x9 -8.* I am using pure performance adjustable short arms and adjusted track bar. I have the arms set to 7/8 of an inch longer than stock. This is the MAX limit without doing a ton of work moving the track bar mount. I did notch the track bar mount where the lower spring perch would rub.* I spaced the front bumper forward 1 inch for clearance. I have trimmed the pinch weld and pulled back the wheel liner. This is a perfect fitment with virtually no rub! only on the control arm at full lock and compression (only when the tire was brand new and it just took the paint off.) I tested this for 40k and it rocks!

Well then, bigger is better.

Here's the plan. 40's with no lift! So I am planning on running 40x15.5 r20 toyo mt and a 20x10 wheel. I would have loved to run a 17 but the load rating on them were a little too low 3100 ish vs 4100 ish on the 20. I do work my truck. I will be using AEV XL flares and front bumper. I hope to gain enough clearance with the flares to make this work.

This truck is my work truck, family, play and do all truck.* I have been stockpiling parts for a while to get this done. I am working on a master build plan, I am on a budget, and I just bought a new house so progress will be as funds permit, no cc used here. I run my own fireplaces service business and am moving so..

Lots of pictures.



Some older pictures

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Starting tear down

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When I relocated to wiring you have to loosen the body mounts on one side. Well I decided that I would slide the cab back. Well I managed to get 1/4 inch out of the cab and 3/16 out of the bed.

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Unread 05-25-2017, 11:52 PM
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The good stuff









Cab corner





Here is were I went off book. I cut the cab corner back 1 inch more than I was supposed to.



Here is a good shot a how much more I took.

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Unread 05-26-2017, 12:09 AM
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Trimming the pinch weld layers so it last flat when pounded down. I did the passenger side twice. (Looks like the third times the charm)








Toyo MT 40x15.5 r20 vs 37x13.5 r17





Trimmed flair bracket.



The 37 is bald as you can see

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Unread 05-26-2017, 12:14 AM
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Painting the bumper my self. I left the texture and color and cleared over it.



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Unread 05-26-2017, 12:17 AM
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Test fitting





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Unread 05-26-2017, 06:07 AM
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Nice work! I'm doing the flares myself also. The pictures help so much with some questions I had.
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Unread 05-26-2017, 06:59 AM
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Gunslug, thanks for the complement. If you have any questions please feel to ask, I also a ton more picture if you need anything specific.

I was going to try and use my stock front bumper also but I decided to splurge for my birthday in April. I will be checking in on your build to see how it comes out.

More pictures.

Bed side









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Unread 05-26-2017, 07:03 AM
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Here is what I been trying to get to do

NO LIFT WITH 40'S





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Unread 05-26-2017, 08:04 AM
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Oh wow. I really didn't think it would have worked as well as it did. Nice job.


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Unread 05-26-2017, 08:57 AM
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Looks awesome! Thanks for including all the detailed install pics!
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