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Ya I have ripped off my stock mudflaps off 3 or 4 times now (off roading)....I have a complete extra set of mudflaps ready to go for when the originals get too mangled to put back on. But you have the special Sean Titan swapped mudflaps....maybe try something that is a softer material ?
 

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The material the mud flaps are made of is fine. These hang quite low, so, it's no surprise I ripped one off. I'm not sure what exactly I'll do, I may just cut the bottoms flush with the rock slider so I have nothing to grab when backing up. Though, I'll loose much of the function of the flap. I think most of my MPG (1ish MPG) hit is because the top of the flaps hangs out above the tire so they are grabbing a lot of air.

I really wish my options for fenders/ tire coverage was better. I've got some ideas rolling around in my head, but none are cheap and or easy.
 

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I really wish I had awesome cool parts installing and or adventure trips to post updates about, but, not really. Again, Being a father to a 15 month old little dude and owning a 90 year old Duplex keeps me on my toes.

Autozone warrantied my brake pads, no questions asked, my mysterious steering clunk is gone, but now I have a mysterious rattle in the front, so, whatever it was either fell of or finally came loose. Still can't figure out anything. Still saving my pennies, new tires are still on my mind.
 

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If I stay 285's I'm 99% sure I'll go with another set of Duratracs. I got 5+ years and over 50K miles out of them without a single issue. I do have a set of SV wheels I may use to change up the look a little, Plasti dipped of course. The conversation of 35's keeps popping up, and of course NONE of my friends are making any effort to talk me out of it, and that, of course open$ up a can of worm$, so...

I just need to figure out wants vs reality and factor budget in as well. I have two budgets on the truck, one is money for wear items and maintenance and the other is for upgrades.
 

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If I stay 285's I'm 99% sure I'll go with another set of Duratracs. I got 5+ years and over 50K miles out of them without a single issue. I do have a set of SV wheels I may use to change up the look a little, Plasti dipped of course. The conversation of 35's keeps popping up, and of course NONE of my friends are making any effort to talk me out of it, and that, of course open$ up a can of worm$, so...
I don’t know whether it’s rumor or truth, but I’ve heard the Duratracs are hard to balance in anything larger than a 285/75/16. Actually, mine were 285/75/16 and I had some balancing issues. May be something to research if you do decide you’re serious about 35’s.
 

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I had no issues getting my 285s balanced, though a friend was unable on his 265s on his 3rd gen 4runner and ended up having Discount tire pull the Duratracs off and install KO2s in place. But, valid point.

To be 100% honest, I want 35s because it will look nice. 33s have taken me everywhere I've asked the truck to go and 35's are going to be a $$ rabbit hole....
 

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I hear regearing in otherSean's future. The differential specialist guys are grinnin already ............ and his wallet's screamin in pain ...............
 

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I had no issues getting my 285s balanced, though a friend was unable on his 265s on his 3rd gen 4runner and ended up having Discount tire pull the Duratracs off and install KO2s in place. But, valid point.

To be 100% honest, I want 35s because it will look nice. 33s have taken me everywhere I've asked the truck to go and 35's are going to be a $$ rabbit hole....
But a oh so sweet rabbit hole when it's done. It will look AND work nicely, then you can ask it to go more places!


I'm waiting to find a decent used M205 to re-gear and lock, then I'll get a set of gears for the rear. I figure by the time I pinch pennies and get all that done, it'll be time to get a new set of tires. (about to get a new set in the spring, so after that one)
 

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I hear regearing in otherSean's future. The differential specialist guys are grinnin already ............ and his wallet's screamin in pain ...............
Yep, that's where the rabbit hole begins. Regear, which, if I'm in there, I want to add an ARB air locker to the front. 35's means new wheels, do I cut more to fit and or lift more?
 

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But a oh so sweet rabbit hole when it's done. It will look AND work nicely, then you can ask it to go more places!


I'm waiting to find a decent used M205 to re-gear and lock, then I'll get a set of gears for the rear. I figure by the time I pinch pennies and get all that done, it'll be time to get a new set of tires. (about to get a new set in the spring, so after that one)
You sound just like all my "friends" not one word of reason or question of reliability or restraint...… :ROFLMAO::sneaky:??
 

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You sound just like all my "friends" not one word of reason or question of reliability or restraint...… :ROFLMAO::sneaky:??
Well in their defense, doing it the right way is reasonable, and reliable. As for restraint. . . well that's all on you. :LOL::ROFLMAO::LOL::ROFLMAO:
 

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I'll apologize in advance if this is a rambling post.

I've done some thinking on the truck and finally came up with a plan which, is honestly the initial plan I had all along and makes the most sense.

Side note, we replaced my wife's old ford sedan last week with a 17 Honda Pilot, so, my truck is no longer needed as the reliable family road trip vehicle. I also plan to keep my truck for the foreseeable future.

I make a regular dude amount of money, have a mortgage and a kid, so, this will be long term plans / budgeting.

Depending on what trips I take this summer, I should be able to run my current 33's until next fall. When fall comes, I'll have a fresh set of 285 Duratracs mounted on my spare SV 5 spoke wheels (plasti dipped for the haters) and run them. The Duratracs have served me well for 5 years and over 50k miles, so another set is fine by me.

Starting today, adjust budget, sell junk off, get cheap to allow saving for VK swap. Pretty much my entire forward plans hinge on this. Extra power will be appreciated both off road and loaded up for camping / exploring / camper pulling. Having a VK or the VQ engine will play in to what final gearing I put in the truck, so I want to swap engines before I swap tire sizes or gears as we are talking 100 foot pounds of torque difference between the two engines.

Once VK swap is complete and funds are available, I do a simple update/upgrade to the suspension. A fresh set of Titan 5100's and swapping in OEM 4runner springs in front and fresh springs in the rear. Possibly a slight height increase (1" or so) while I am in there.

Once that is done, THEN it's time for 35's. Once the 35s are on, I can make a complete determination on gear ratio. I'd like to add an ARB locker to the front at this time.
 

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YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!

That sounds like a reasonably unreasonable plan. Not only did we talk you into 35's, but, a VK swap too!

Joking aside, I look forward to watching the build out over time.
 
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