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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Day Run to Pismo/Oceano dunes.

Last Sunday I just had to "Get out of Dodge" as some would say... I took my girls to Pismo/Oceano dunes it's a great place to go & drive on the sand.
My 9 year old shot a video for me, I just have to laugh from a father's heart... its definitely an narrative from her veiw point. At least it made me laugh.
BEWARE IT'S SHAKY
Enjoy.
Oh yeah I also got stuck... then I twisted that dial on the dash & back right out. Elockers are the best thing ever.
Here is long version.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2" Rear Bump Stops a installed.

I made some 2" rear bump stops out of some square tube. It was to big of a jump up in size. Meaning going from 1.25" bumps to 2" was to much. After getting them on & making measurements it lowered the tire by 1.5" wild Eh? Here is some pics to show. Just .75" difference did this.

Just to show how close these 37"s are to everthing. Here is more pics.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ARB Twin Air Compressor temp set up.

I've had several people connect with me about my ARB install, so I decided to put the update here.
Wellllll, it's not in the rear quarter panel just yet... for now it's in a milk crate, but it's works like a champ. I need to purchase the proper landing terminals & finish my dual battery set up.
The 1st time I used it the air coming out was so HOT that it softened the hose enough that it slipped off the clamp. Since then I put together a steel braided hose to help with heat distribution.

Monday, April 4, 2016

New 1.5" Bump Stop Pucks up front for the 37"s...

I installed the 1.5" Bump Stop Pucks up front for the 37"s... I had them on before the body lift, but took them back off.
I also did some fender bashing with a hammer to make room for these huge tires.


Above is before hammer.
Below is after.
I need to trim a bit more.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Tires 35" vs. 37" on same 80 series

Hey there, just posting up some pics to compare what 37s look like compared to 35s/315s on my Cruiser. Same lift etc...

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Test Flex Fitting new 37" ST Maxx tires on 4runner wheels with the Lx450 Cruiser

I had a little bit of time to streach her legs out yesterday in the creek bed. I went to my favorite spots as usual.
All I have to say is if it doesn't rub then it's about .25" away from doing so, EVERYWHERE! These pics are with the sway bar on, it does flex much better with it off. Way better. At this point I dare not disco the sway until I cut the front fenders or better said, gut the insides of my front fenders. Yes, I will retain the front flares & clading. Only one other rig I've seen has done this.
Here are some poser shots.

Can you say one stuffed 37?
The side wall tread is completely in there.
My right rear (RR) only rubs the top of the fender.
The left rear (LR) is a different story... it rubs in three spots.
The fronts will need bump stops pucks or some inner fender gutting... I'm definitely going to eventually  cut & here is how.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Cruiser got new shoes...

The Cruiser got new shoes today.
A set of 37" Cooper ST Maxx tires. The 315s finally where sold.
Got 37s?
I just did!
Finally, three sets of tires later in 1.5 years...
I really didn't think they would fit without major modification, so I went 315s.
Since I did a lot of reading on IH8MUD.com and found that it was very possible. A shout goes out to all the people who did it before me & documented it here on IH8MUD. I went with the Arizona Boys method of fitment. Special thanks goes out to @Tools R Us & @richardlillard1 .
I choose to go with a 4.9"/125mm back space 4Runner wheel & 1" spacers. They do come very close to everything with some very slight rubbing. With some small tweaks I should be able to flex it out worry free.
I have 2.5" suspension lift with a 1" body lift.
Basically a 3.5" lift. Cooper ST MAXX tires spec out to be a tad taller than the STT Pro.
More info coming... let's go wheelin.

The lugs are more spread on the 37s compaired the the 315s.
The 3.9" back spacing worked out really well. I was shooting for a 3.75" BS...

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Update: Batt box & Air Compressor

178,000 on the 2.10.16

Batt box:
I aquire a Fj60 battery box from my good friend Toyota Don, it fit perfectly after a bit of a trim just behind the fan shroud.
Thanks Don.

Air comp:
At the time I was researching for the best on board air compressor, there was three that stood out to be the best in my mind. The Puma, ARB twin & the wild card Air Zenith unit. All three where very impressive with destinctive advantages... The Puma is the most economical as a complete unit with 2cfm @40psi w/1.5gal. tank, it just needs wireing, but I just could not get past the fact it would be taking up very needed cargo area. The compact Air Zenith unit is 4.25cfm @30psi & 3.22cfm @40psi. Very impressive numbers for a compact single piston unit. The ARB twin was the most impressive with the highest rating of 4.68cfm @30psi. This was also the most expensive unit.  Also I had seen a few threads on mud that several had mounted it behind the rear corner panel out of harms way & did not take any cargo space away.
Just at this time @socalife posted up 8 of the ARB twin units for a very fair price. So good that he sold all 8 within approx. 6 hours of posting. Well I was one of the 8 that got sucked into the feeding frenzy.

At this time I'm in the process of how exactly I'm going to mount it & wire it up. For now I have it set up as a make shift portable unit with a set of cheap jumper cables. It isn't pretty, but will work for now until I can properly get it mounted.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Family Snow Trip 1-16-16

As things came into alignment, pay day, day off & good weather the family made quick plans to make a snow trip. It turns out the 4x4Him group was also doing a snow run to lower Bald Mountain area. So we met up with them & made a day out of it.
We where able to get to the grean gate entrance (I'm guesing 5 miles) which was way more further than reports from other groups weeks back. By then it was 1pm, time to turn around & head back out. That took several hours as some groups behind us wanted to push forward as we were wanting to go back out creating a traffic jam. As we had to blaze another lane of travel back out. I didn’t count, but guessing about 40 rigs with 8 groups of people wanting to do different things. Crazy at best.
I was promising the kids all that day we would go sledding & tubing. As the sun was getting closer to the horizon I was getting a bit worried about it.  (OK, I was getting frustrated with the traffic jam.)
We arrive safley back to Dinky Creek Road with just enough day light left to air up & allow the kids some sled & tubing runs.
The Lord is Good to us. We all had a great time, the kids got to get out & exspend their pined up energy. I can only imagine being a kid sitting a rig most of the day basically parked hoping to go sledding the whole time. That being said they did great!
Below is some pics & even video of the day.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tires for sale qty. 5. 315x75r16

4) 315x75r16 Cooper ST Maxx
1) MT 315x75r16 spare
5) Lx450 16" Stock rims

I found a deal on some 37s...
Do I need them? No...

So, I'm just throwing these up to see if any intrest.

Up for sale is 4 95% tread Cooper ST Maxx 315's on LX450 rims & 1 315 1/4 tread spare on a LX450 wheel.
They are currently on my Daily Driver rig that gets 20 miles a day.
Great tires wish I could keep them.
No patches or plugs.
Asking $ 1,250 OBO
I would like to sell as a whole set.
I'll get better pics ASAP.