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Rig Review: Death Valley & Mojave 2019 - What worked and what didn't?

January 4, 2020

Another year of wheeling and camping is in the books. I find myself here writing a rig review as one of 2020's first posts, for the last couple of trips that we took in 2019. By and large, the truck performed well on those trips In Search of Overlooks in Death Valley and though an unexpectedly snowy trip to the Mojave Preserve. There were - as always - a couple things worth calling out - so without further ado, let's get to it!

CBI Rear Bumper Swing-out Latch Failure

TL;DR - The latch broke, and I need a new one. CBI's customer service leaves something (major IMO) to be desired. Destaco (who makes the latch) really stepped up though!

Overall Weight of the Tacoma

TL;DR - I've addressed the Tacoma's weight loss as much as I am going to for now.

Front ADS Coilover Spherical Bearings Replaced

TL;DR - Replacing the spherical bearings, misalignment spacers, and lower shock bolts is done and things are working correctly as far as I can tell.

Seemingly solved from previous Rig Reviews

  1. Front ADS Coilover Spherical Bearings Squeaking

Unchanged / Still an issue from previous Rig Reviews

There are some things that have been featured in Rig Reviews that are - as yet - unchanged from when I originally reviewed them. Rather than highlight those things again, I'll simply link to them here.

  1. The Swing-Out Table
  2. The Ham Radio Antenna
  3. Oil Leaking from Transfer Case - I haven't done anything about this yet, though I seem to be getting less leakage.
  4. Relentless Skid Plate Attachment


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One Comment

  1. Chris
    Chris June 14, 2022

    That latch design leaves a lot to be desired. I have a similar latch on my swingout and I broke in a similar spot.
    I think it might have been from over tightening the u-bolt and it stretched and broke.

    So I carry a spare now and tie a strap around the area to help prevent it from happening again, tell I ca. Figure out a suitable replacement

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