4x4 dbl cab tacoma build

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jonsangel

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I started fitting up a McNeil prism dash. It's a little out of order but I figured the wiring would be a good break when I get burnt out on fab work. It still needs to go up about an inch and forward a couple of inches. It creates a massive gap in the front and I'm not sure how to close it up. I guess I could put some kind of valence across the lower section of the windshield to block it. seems weird it was made that way though
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jonsangel

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First part painted! I'm hoping when I put in the tranny/transfer case it will be for the last time. For now I'm not worrying about 4wd. I just want to get her running and then I'll worry about the drive shaft, gearing, and front axles
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I got the steering mocked up again with stronger pieces. I used a laser level against the ceiling to measure the angles. It worked pretty well actually. Just shy of 30 degrees each way.
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The steering box swings a lot more than I thought it did so I'm only using 3 turns out of 4 to go lock to lock. I designed for 60 degrees of swing and it's closer to 90 I think. Is this an issue or can I just leave it like that? To fix it, I would need to change the geometry and location of the intermediate swinger.

For my front brakes, should I run a hard line on the upper arm and do flex at the spindle and frame joint or run all flex? The flex line would be 4' which seems like a really long run. Also, the caliper has a NPT fitting. Can I run a AN fitting directly in there or do I need a banjo bolt for some reason?
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jonsangel

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I figured out the steering. I was only using 60 degrees and the steering box swings 85 degrees. That turns 4.25 turns to 3 turns. I decided to change the geometry a bit. I'll use 75 degrees to give me a total of 3.75 turns lock to lock. The arm get's an inch shorter and I move it 1.21" forward.

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