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Old 07-02-2008, 02:26 AM   #201 (permalink)
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Absolutely great to see the vast range of Rigs and the massive size and weight of some set ups. Could spend many hours recoverying some if they became bogged. I like fast extractions So stick with my Suzuki.... Cheers
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:00 AM   #202 (permalink)
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It's all preference and intent. A larger truck could walk through stuff that would swallow your Suzuki and the Suzuki can go a lot of places a larger truck can't fit.
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My Jeep friends are always surpised at how much stuff I can carry in the Amigo. Same wheelbase and track as a CJ7, I just don't have to carry all of the extra Jeep parts With 2 people, we can camp for a week. With an extra 5 gallons of gas, I have a 350+ mile off highway range.



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Old 07-02-2008, 12:29 PM   #204 (permalink)
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You are very brave to trust an Amigo. One local boy followed us across our small trail and the next week had to replace both axles, transfer unit and some suspension parts from baning it on the rocks. I don't think there are any skidplates on those.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:51 PM   #205 (permalink)
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You are very brave to trust an Amigo.
Brave? No! A man has to know his limitations and the limitations of his equipment. I have a few custom skid plates where necessary and I know where (and where not) to drive the Amigo.

If I wanted to flog it against rocks, I would build it differently. I have broken a few tie rods (trail fix). And once broke a rear axle shaft. I drove it off the trail but had to get it off the mountain with a borrowed trailer. In 18 years+ and over 195,000 miles, that it the only time the Amigo didn't get driven home.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:42 PM   #206 (permalink)
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Hey, it's a start. Just got the canopy bolted down last night. Have yet to start tricking it out inside the shell. I need to get some fitment issues fixed first (tailgate isn't aligned quite right, hits the canopy) and fix some minor damage to the fiberglass. Then I'm going to start working on getting lights and a power inverter set up, put new screens on the side windows and other cool shit to make it easier to camp in as I go. Basically, I hate camping in a tent on the ground, this'll be way easier on my back. My range is pretty short compared to some, but I should still be in the 300 mile range, more than enough for taking the girlfriend camping.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #207 (permalink)
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I have a 350+ mile off highway range.
and a hawt SO.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:18 PM   #208 (permalink)
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^^^ That didnt take long...
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:35 PM   #209 (permalink)
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My 1985 Toyota 4Runner

This is my daily driver/weekend warrior/expedition/camping/mall crawlin' 1985 Toyota 4runner.

While it is more geared towards rock crawling right now I plan to mold it a bit more towards the expedition/crawler type truck in the near future. I would like to do some cross-country off road adventures as well as travel to Canada, Alaska and Baja at some point.

Current specs:

1985 Toyota 4runner
DOA Racing built 22RE
Downey header
K&N air filter
Flowmaster exhaust
Optima Red Top
W56 5 speed tranny
Dual transfer cases utilizing a Marlin Crawler adapter and Marlin Crawler 4.7 gears in the rear transfer case

Suspension:
4x4 Labs 2" drop box moved 2" forward
stock Jeep Wagoneer front leaf springs, 6" shackle
12" Bilstein 5125s
Rear 63" chevy springs with dual shackle (stock chevy, 6" toyota)
14" Bilstein 5125s

Axles:
Front 1985 Toyota 8" solid axle
5.29 R&P, open
Marlin Crawler high steer
FJ60 rotors
IFS calipers
Rear 1989 8" V6 pick up
5.29 R&P, Aussie Locker
dif breathers

Armor:
Custom made front bumper w/ Warn winch
Marlin Crawler DOM sliders
Marlin Crawler DOM rear bumper
Budbuilt skidplate

Wheels/Tires:
35x12.50 Goodyear MTRs
15x10 steelies

Misc:
hi lift
full size spare
drings, straps
full med kit
tire plug kit
full tool box of most needed tools
full box of spare parts
full box of extra fluids


Future Upgrades:
Powertank or onboard air system
Onboard shower
Larger gas tank, possibly a fuel cell
rock lights
Aux lighting
Rear slide out storage
Toyota 3.4 V6 conversion
Dual Optimas
Onboard welder
Rear tire/hi lift/gas can swing out carrier
Longfield front axles
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:22 PM   #210 (permalink)
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Here is my expo rig.......work in progress.

93 2dr 4runner SR5 V6 5spd:

83 SFA
TG 3" SAS
V6 3rds all round geared to 4.88 and a lockrite rear.
63" chevies (3/4 tonne 4x4 OL removed)
33" Truxus MT's
Surco rack
Hella 500's

Next on the list is Rock sliders, Warn front bumper and a custom rear bumper with tire swing out and jerry can holders.

Its a bit taller than I wanted but it seems to be working very well and its way more reliable now that the IFS is gone.






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Old 07-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #211 (permalink)
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^^ very cool, dont see many second gen 4runners in a two door configuration..
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:10 PM   #212 (permalink)
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this is my small rig.1981 nissan patrol mq.2.8l gas 6 cyl,4 speed,divorced t case,4.62 gears,rear limited slip,soa with 3" adda leaf in the front 35x15 tsl on 15x10 rock crawlers.does extremely well and so far-5 yrs-has been dead reliable.



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Looks like he just has them sitting in the rack with a strap through the handles and the two on the left flipped up a bit.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:25 PM   #214 (permalink)
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Mine's been getting some work lately. Heres a current pic.

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Old 07-06-2008, 11:56 PM   #215 (permalink)
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they are empty in that pic.yakima towers suck and wont take the real world use other than for skis and light weight tents.i have my buddys rack on top of mine with the empty cans in it.we were moving to a new camp site.i will be building a new rack and mounts for both rigs this winter so they can take a real load.we head in for 7-9 days at a time and need to carry a lot of gas and dont want it inside the rigs or to have to tow a trailer.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:30 AM   #216 (permalink)
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MilspecXJ - very nice! Love the color.

You guys in the US would seriously love Swags - surprised no one is selling em over there.
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Agreed, I'm digging the color and theme MilSpecXJ. My M880'ish Ramcharger will be getting a similar treatment, although I will be going with a current spec, 3 color NATO paint job.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:59 AM   #218 (permalink)
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MilspecXJ - very nice! Love the color.

You guys in the US would seriously love Swags - surprised no one is selling em over there.
I couldnt deal with a swag, i bought the RTT because setting up a standard tent was killing my injured back. I have to choose, RTT, RV, or Holiday Inn.

There are similar setups available here called Bivoucs. sp?
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I couldnt deal with a swag, i bought the RTT because setting up a standard tent was killing my injured back. I have to choose, RTT, RV, or Holiday Inn.

There are similar setups available here called Bivoucs. sp?
Bivy sacks.
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Bivy sacks.
You couldnt spell it either eh?
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:37 PM   #221 (permalink)
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MilspecXJ - very nice! Love the color.

You guys in the US would seriously love Swags - surprised no one is selling em over there.

Ya'll may like some of the interior work as well then. I'm loving the way it's turning out, been wanting it for some time now.

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that's awesome - did you do the interior work yourself?

You guys are so damn lucky - so much choice and stuff that we can't even get over here!

Yea I don't know - a lot of us with Swags reckon they are just as comfortable as our beds at home - but that could be the beer and late nights around the campfire talking haha.
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that's awesome - did you do the interior work yourself?

You guys are so damn lucky - so much choice and stuff that we can't even get over here!

Yea I don't know - a lot of us with Swags reckon they are just as comfortable as our beds at home - but that could be the beer and late nights around the campfire talking haha.

I bought the seatcovers and i'm doing the rest myself.

Reminds me of the expression we have here.. "The grass is always greener on the other side" Personally wish i had access to some of the gear and the sights in your country. I'd kill for another Land Cruiser... a Troopy this time i think.

But if i can help you with an aquisition say the word.
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Brave? No! A man has to know his limitations and the limitations of his equipment. I have a few custom skid plates where necessary and I know where (and where not) to drive the Amigo.

If I wanted to flog it against rocks, I would build it differently. I have broken a few tie rods (trail fix). And once broke a rear axle shaft. I drove it off the trail but had to get it off the mountain with a borrowed trailer. In 18 years+ and over 195,000 miles, that it the only time the Amigo didn't get driven home.
Agreed.. I have been on a few trips with Steve in his Amigo, and it has always been very reliable.. And that is a good thing as I think everything on the bottom of the truck has been rounded off by all of the abuse over the years!

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Absolutely great to see the vast range of Rigs and the massive size and weight of some set ups. Could spend many hours recoverying some if they became bogged. I like fast extractions So stick with my Suzuki.... Cheers
Love your samurai... and not just because I like Samurais, but because I have been trying to figure out a good way to mount my kayaks on mine.

I gave driven Samurais on some long trips.. 2,000+ miles. I don't think i would consider them expedition vehicles, but they are a lot of fun. Fuel range is a real bummer on the Samurai, I'm always the first to run out of fuel with the stock tank.

My F-250 currently has a fuel range of 2200 highway miles. Does that count?

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