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Toyota Tacoma ICON RXT Suspension - Long Term Review

This is a long term ownership review, checking in after about 30k miles of having the stage 9 RXT kit from Icon Vehicle Dynamics on our 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. The kit was initially installed in July of 2017, along with Frontrunner Roofracks, and an A.R.E Z-series bed camper shell - all in preparation for a week on the road and a week at Burning Man. Long term usability of the truck as a mobile base was our primary focus, since this truck will likely stay in the family forever. There’s 220,000 miles currently on the truck. Previous suspension experience...

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Bilstein 5100s Upgrade the Toyota Tacoma

Bilstein is one of the most well known brands of shocks out there. You can find Bilstein's shocks on Baja race vehicles to trucks fresh off the assembly line with off road packages, so when Thura called in and let us know what he uses his new Tacoma for, we already had Bilstein in mind. How do you ride? Thura is a new firefighter working in the San Bernardino National Forest. His driving style includes fire road explorations to and from new campsites and driving up and down the mountain road to his home in Los Angeles. Some of the...

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The Lowdown: Rancho RS9000XL Shocks

One of Shock Surplus’ best-selling shock series warranted a full-ride test and review on our vehicle. We knew that heavy-duty customers, towing vehicles, and drivers that wanted some versatility in their ride would opt for the adjustable Rancho RS9000XL shocks. So what did we do? Got a heavy-duty vehicle! If you didn’t see previously, we picked up a Ram 2500 Power Wagon, to further our own experiences and education in the solid front axle space, towing, and dealing with a lot of weight on the road. This truck came equipped with factory Bilstein shocks, specifically ones equivalent to the 4600...

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Ride Report: 2021 Silverado 1500 Z71

Time for Something New The odometer on my Tacoma has been climbing. All those miles using the truck to take me to and from work everyday, towing the CanAm, and hitting the trails on the weekend are beginning to take their toll on the old trusty Toyota. It was when I found out that I have a new baby on the way that I decided that I not only needed a newer, larger truck, but one that was also more comfortable, more apt to handle towing duties, and also be a bit more fuel efficient. I took a few months...

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Washboards and Deep Snow. Testing the Limits of Our Daily Driver and Power Wagon

You can’t find the limits if you don’t push them, right? Taking advantage of the free dispersed camping available via the Bureau of Land Management is pretty easy in a high clearance vehicle like a truck or SUV, but what about a passenger car? And what if that car is lowered on Eibach springs? Ridiculous or genius? Well I was determined to find out as I headed North along the gorgeous Highway 395 from Los Angeles to Reno in my Civic hatchback. I was set to explore the snow covered terrain in the Tahoe National Forest with Sean in his...

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