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Old Man Emu BP-51 Toyota 4Runner Installation

The installation of the Old Man Emu BP51 front coilovers and rear shocks are pretty straight forward. One part that may be slightly different from other brands, or non-reservoir setups, are the unique reservoir mounts in the OME kit. We’ve installed all sorts of reservoir shock setups on many different Toyotas, and no two reservoir mounts are the same. The front and rear mounting kits are also unique to the BP51 shocks, since the 2.8 inch bodies require special clearance requirements in the rear of the vehicle. Old Man Emu BP-51 Overview Compression Adjustment Rebound Adjustment Internal Bypass 3 Year...

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Old Man Emu BP-51 Tacoma Review

Before putting the BP-51 Internal Bypass shocks to the test, our ICON Vehicle Dynamics Stage 8 setup took the most abuse on the Tacoma, by a long shot. It excelled at taking hard hits at high speeds, handling abuse and unpredictable terrain, becoming smoother as the Tacoma went faster. Yes, race shocks get smoother as you go faster, its awesome. After thrashing on the ICON setup for 60k miles, it was time for a rebuild, and a new shock setup. Baseline The baseline for this review is 270,000 miles on the Tacoma, and 5 different shock absorber types. Factory TRD...

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Stock or Not, Adventure is Calling

There’s a First Time for Everything There I was, sitting on top of the summit of Imogene Pass, somewhere in between Ouray and Telluride in Colorado. Threatening storm clouds created an ominous vibe, the crisp windy air begging us to wear a jacket in the middle of summer, and the scale of such a dramatic landscape keeping my mind in awe. How did I get to such a wonderful place, 13,000 feet above sea level, when there isn’t even a paved road to get here? Surely I must have assembled a monster rig with huge knobby tires, heavy-duty body armor,...

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Power Wagon, Solid Axle Fun

It wasn’t easy stepping into the full size truck realm when you’re used to being nimble in a Tacoma. Growing wants of more capability, mixed with the evolving needs of a family on the road meant we had to make a decision. Not to mention the obvious part about the Tacoma blowing a head gasket and being out of commission until an engine rebuild happens. Narrowing down the options. During our research for the next vehicle, we looked at all sorts of options ranging from the Gladiator, the new Ranger, F150s and Super Duties, and of course the new Ram...

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Tacoma versus Raptor: Summer Vacation Edition

While the change in vehicles might seem like a natural progression to some, or even an obvious move, it was anything but. Due to a string of unfortunate events at the beginning of our 2 week road trip, the '06 Tacoma with 260K miles started to show its age. The record breaking heat in the western half of the United States was taking its toll on aged vehicles, seizing pulleys, snapping belts, blowing radiators, and warping gaskets. The infamous words on the Toyota Dealership’s diagnostic sheet, "new head gasket", threatened to end our trip before it started. This is what...

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