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    man, I love this thread.

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    I think I hate you even more now then I used to if thats possible

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    Whats the next mod? You need to do something to keep us entertained. I love this thread

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    Originally posted by Quiky One
    Whats the next mod? You need to do something to keep us entertained. I love this thread


    Well, I didn't have much time to play with her today, but I did manage to install the auxiliary game inputs for the kiddies








    I'll try to get the wireless cam done tomorrow

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    OK, I forgot the wiring harness at home yesterday, so instead of installing the spy cams, I decided to bedline the bumpers and grille












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    OK, here's the center channel that showed up this morning:




    Don't let the fleamarket brand name throw you, it's basically a discontinued 7 speaker Clarion SRK5 that's been rebadged as a Pyle and sold for half price



    Had to hack the crap out of it and epoxy the two subs upsidedown (ghetto, I know), but it works just fine

















    Tried it out on a jump box and it sounds great

    Gunna install the amp in the quarter panel tomorrow...

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    OK, since the HU has a karaoke mode with a mic input, I wired up a flush mount 1/4" input jack so we can sing along to Simon and Garfunkel







    It also doubles as a guitar input, so I can plug in my axe and jam to buckethead while driving




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    Lookin' good man!!

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    This is what happens when we get bored at my shop



    One of our bodymen saw me muckin around with the guitar, walks over and grabs it, then starts jammin out of nowhere



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wznPd1zuzjY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wznPd1zuzjY


    After that, he grabs the mic and kicks it with some karaoke

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy3Qoa3mtCA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy3Qoa3mtCA

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    So, can I leave my car in your shop while you guys are bored for a while?

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    Originally posted by Mako
    So, can I leave my car in your shop while you guys are bored for a while?

    Sure

    I've been wanting to install a potato cannon to the roof of someone's car



    Anyhoo, I added another little sumthin sumthin to the cruiser today

    With the added weight of the rack and trailer, the rear springs have been sagging a bit







    I can't justify an expensive high lift at this time and the thought of losing the plush ride with a set of heavy duty replacement coils just didn't sit well with me, so I decided to add a set of AirLift helper springs







    This is what I started with (crossposted from an install thread, so please bear with all the details):




    I used a trans jack to control the rear end drop after unbolting the shocks with a 17mm socket.

    I lowered the rear slowly and checked for any stressed lines as it went down.

    All of the lines had enough slack except for the breather hose, so I yanked it:




    Then I unbolted the bumpstops with a 12mm socket and extension:





    A shot of the springs and stops removed:




    With everything pulled, I sanded the rusty high hats and gave them a good coat of rust control paint:




    Next, I drilled out the existing mounting holes to 3/4" using a Uni-Bit.

    I personally don't think this step is required, but since I'm a stickler for procedure, I followed the instructions to a tee:




    Then I deburred the hole, sanded the spring mount and coated it with rust control paint:




    After that, I gave the springs a good wash and checked for sharp edges that could damage the airbags:




    To keep the rubber seats in place, I taped them to the top of the springs:




    The new airbags just slid into place from the top of the springs:





    I then reinstalled the bagfilled springs:






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    With the new bags in place, I moved on to the airlines.

    I wanted easy, hidden access, so I chose the fuel filler:




    With the trim panel removed, I drilled a couple of holes and mounted the Schrader valves:






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    Next, I sized up the line running it through the chassis and down to the right airbag, leaving enough slack in the line for suspension movement:







    After making the first cut, I yanked the lines out and wrapped them in plastic loom to protect them from any sharp edges in the chassiswork:




    Then I attached the lines to the valves, aired them up to 25psi. and checked for leaks using soapy water and a spray bottle:









    With no visible bubbling, I reinstalled the trim panel and applied the safey decal on the inside of the fuel door:





    Then I slowly lowered the lift and made sure there was enough slack in the lines before zip-tying them in place:




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    Now, with 25psi., it definitely has a stinkbug look to it






    As per the instructions, I will drive it home like this and let it settle overnight, then check for leaks tomorrow and release some pressure until it's completely level

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    you come up with some of the coolest do it yourself projects. I am both humbled and jealous of you.

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    ok snake, you have some of the coolest toys! I need a land cruiser like that!

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    damn man!


    rig the fuel door to sound the air horns to ward off potential fuel-stealers.

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    what exactly do you do for a living?

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    can i leave my frontier with ya, and you just fix it up for me? of course I won't pay ya!

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    Originally posted by marklar
    damn man!


    rig the fuel door to sound the air horns to ward off potential fuel-stealers.

    I've already got them hooked up to the alarm, but I plan on adding a proximity sensor soon



    Originally posted by jsanderson
    can i leave my frontier with ya, and you just fix it up for me? of course I won't pay ya!

    Whatcha want on it?

    Fibr Optic Frontier logo?

    Flamethrowers?

    Tater cannon turret?








    Anyhoo, here are some pix with a mild load and just 15psi.








    Still about an inch high in the rear, but you can I've bee told by other Cruiserheads that 12-13psi. is the normal pressure for leveling a full load

    Gunna load her up tomorrow with gear and the Golf Cart and see where she sits

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    Don't the train horns run off air? Why not a single source for horns + rear springs so you can auto-inflate from inside the cabin?

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    Originally posted by jmd
    Don't the train horns run off air? Why not a single source for horns + rear springs so you can auto-inflate from inside the cabin?
    Too much to plumb going from the roof to the bags

    If the tanks were mounted underneath, I would've done that

    Besides, hooking up my work hose to the tank and leading it to the fuel filler just takes a couple of minutes anyways

    On a sidenote, the bags fill so quickly and use so little air that I'm thinking of just using a bicycle footpump to keep things simple

    Cause using the air from the tanks is like trying to inflate a beachball with 150+psi

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    what kind of compressor you running?

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    Originally posted by SIK02SS
    what kind of compressor you running?

    ViAir 450c

    Anyhoo, small update:


    I recently installed a winch up front







    Unfortunately, the weight brought the front end down a bit



    Can't afford a proper lift at this time, so I installed a set of 2" Metal tech spacers up front and leveled it off prett good






    After that, the rear needed a bit too much air to stay level when loaded, so I installed a set of 1.5" Slee spacers in the rear and it's now completely level at just 5psi (leaving me with plenty of adjustment pressure)









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    any plans for a belt driven compressor?

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    Nice work!

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    Disney recently gave me a $h!tload of Whelen strobe light kits from their old security fleet vehicles, so I decided to add set to the Cruiser










    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwDXRi1KJrE










    I wanted the switches within easy reach, but didn't want them to be an eyesore, so I put them right behind the gearshift under the hand brake...






    Main switch turns them on and the little momentary button changes the flash pattern...


    Anyhoo, here's a short video I put together...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zus9WjfWALk

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    Damn amazing! I love the strobes!

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    the train horn


    gets me every time

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    lol, you never fail to dissapoint. Looks good!

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    so waht else do you have planned for it?

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    Originally posted by Kata Skopos
    so waht else do you have planned for it?

    Swing out spare carrier (Left), swing out ladder with cooler/jerry can holder (Right), hidden rear winch, etc., etc., etc.

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    Rick, before you build a swing out tire carrier...Ive seen one that not only swings, it also folds down to make the unloading the rear tire easier. It had a dual latch system...I think I originally saw it on Pirate, and then a friend of mine saved the pics so he could copy the design. Im pretty sure it was in the Hardcore Jeep section.

    Btw, wanna help me come up with a semi-lightweight, yet fuctional trail trailer for me to tow behind my crawler?? Im not exactly sure how I want to do it yet. Im thinking for dimensions its gotta be 6x8 (big enough to sleep in if needed), fold down or removeable sides...somewhere around 3ft tall. Maybe some sort of integrated fuel reserve (25ish gallons) built into the underside of it to keep the center of gravity low. It'll ride on 35" BFG Mud T/A's. Think about it for a few days and see what other ideas you could come up with.

    Lovin' the 'cruiser The spacer lift makes it look really good, not to mention the airbags for the load carrying capacity.

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    I can't believe you didn't wire it into your rally lights...

    shit as usual Rick!

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    Originally posted by Hillbilly Deluxe
    Rick, before you build a swing out tire carrier...Ive seen one that not only swings, it also folds down to make the unloading the rear tire easier. It had a dual latch system...I think I originally saw it on Pirate, and then a friend of mine saved the pics so he could copy the design. Im pretty sure it was in the Hardcore Jeep section.


    This is what I have in mind





    But it will be built on the OEM crossmember and have a swingout jerry can holder built into the ladder bar



    Originally posted by dingle
    I can't believe you didn't wire it into your rally lights...

    I have 26 sets left

    Gimme some time and you'll probably see them on the Kei truck and Golf Cart

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    OK, so I'm sizing up another kooky Cruiser accessory

    Not giving any details yet, but here's what I started making yesterday

















    more to come....

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    Man you must live at Skycraft.

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    Originally posted by Firehawk
    Man you must live at Skycraft.
    I've had some of their workers ask ME for help finding stuff there

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    Cool mini-projects. When are you going to build a turbo kit for it, i'm sure with all the weight it is starting to feel slower.

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    such an awesome ride, i cant wait to see this project done.

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    so waht is it?

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    Originally posted by Kata Skopos
    so waht is it?

    Gimme some time as I still have some parts on order



    Anyhoo, I finally got around to fixing the range on the OEM alarm

    Seems Toyota took the antenna wire for the alarm brain and just coiled it up around a harness under the dash, giving me a whole 10 ft. of remote range


    So I hacked it, soldered in a new wire, ran it up the driver side D-piller and around the front of the headliner to the passenger side and back to the C-pillar













    Now I get about 300 ft. and I have yet to replace the old battery that's been in the remote since I bought the truck 2 years ago

    Here's a test video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLAwqft3A-o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLAwqft3A-o

    Can't wait to see how far she'll go with a new battery

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    hahaha man that would make me jump about 5 foot if that went off near me.

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    god this thread makes me feel lazy

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    i do agree though, its time for some engine mods

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    Originally posted by SadbutTrue
    i do agree though, its time for some engine mods


    LOL

    We'll, I've had my eye on a TRD S/C, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon

    She already known for being a gas hog

    An S/C will mean a little more pep, but high test fuel instead of regular


    Anyhoo, I got sme more useless goodies installed

    After a little test fitting, I realized my switch panel took up a bit too much space, so I downsized the main block by using individual jacks and extended the cables so I could tuck them away neatly in the passenger side kickpanel






    So I ripped her apart for the umpteenth time




    Then I installed front and rear bumper cams










    Added a mainswitch and relay for the cams...



    As well as a push button switch for activating the reverse sensing input to feed the HU without switching the rear screens and disturbing the passengers movie time...




    So basically, the knob switches from camera to camera rather than just a reverse cam




    The other inputs will be for interior cams, a pan/tilt dome cam and one wireless cam that I'll mount on my R/C crawler so I can drive by monitor for bush excursions

    Still on the lookout for a decent 30fps automatic DVR that's small enough to fit behind the glove box

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    Pic from the day I brought her home




    Pic from today






    I lov this truck

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    100k miles in 28 months?

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    Originally posted by silverSS
    100k miles in 28 months?

    Yeah, you DON'T want to see my gas bills since I've had this thing

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    that's almost as many as I put on the camaro I had in HS. Nice!

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    After more than a couple years, the rack is starting to show a bit of rust, so I yanked it







    Gunna weld up a few additions before coating it with epoxy primer and possibly bedliner





    Also, my low buck mailbox did it's job perfectly, keeping all the electronics and compressor looking new




    But I'm sick of people constantly asking me about it, so I'll be replacing it with a toolbox


    Gunna be a long week driving with no train horns

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    Did a little more stripping today







    Forgot I pulled the running boards and fell face first when I got out after a drive

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    what u doing with your fenders?

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    Originally posted by Style_Front
    what u doing with your fenders?

    Bedliner

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    Ok, I'm done for the night (and high as a kite.......weeeeee!!)













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    Back together













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    you're not helping my growing desire to sell the SS and pick up a Land Cruiser or 4runner.

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