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Old 04-26-2011, 05:15 PM   #426 (permalink)
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my trooper

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:10 AM   #427 (permalink)
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havent done much else to it besides fix some small bugs, and started working on the rear drawer system/bed. first time out:

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Old 05-26-2011, 08:48 PM   #428 (permalink)
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Heres my 1998 Holden Rodeo (pickup)
got calmini upper arms, extended shackles and 31" bighorns at the moment
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:45 AM   #429 (permalink)
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one more question.. on the air intake(stock) the tube that has the screw clamp to the box, i measure and its ID is right at 2.75". thinking about grabbing some spare exhaust pipe in 2.75" and make a snorkel, and just making the stock air intake tube clamp onto it... thoughts?
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The snorkel idea would work. A few guys have done it that way. You could plug the intake hole at the bottom of the box, drill a hole inside the box near the fender and jbweld the pipe in there so you can keep the stock airfilter setup and run the snorkel out the fender. As for your buddy with the K5, I bet you have more ground clearance than he does And if you out-wheel him, take pics. I wheel with alot of Jeep guys out here and the first time I went out with the VX, they were amazed what I made it through that they couldn't, basically I followed the Rubicon everywhere while the standard jeeps were getting stuck all day lol.
Snorkel made easy 101!

For you 1st Gen guys let me kick start your brains. Dont blame me if you dont get any sleep tonight.

So you want a Snorkel? Heres what I came up with on an old body I had laying around. I tried it here before I mess up a working truck, since it was a rather evasive idea. And yea, I've done this to several Troopers but none are her to show you the finished product. Use your imagination!
This system uses the stock 2.3 L air cleaner but reroutes the air intake.
Heres the stock one.





Not real hard to do.

See the hose piece on the left. Go to the junk yard and grab another one. IIRC this one is off a 3.2 L V 6, but even the 2.3L breather tube will work, off a 2.3L engine. You just have to cut the oval air cleaner part off.

See the hole where it comes out? I used some door trim to protect it from cuts from the sheet metal. The only thing you'll have to do if you have airconditioning is move the plumbing down for clearance.



I used a 3 inch hole saw to make these holes.

Bore your firewall just left of the hood hinge and into the washer arm cover plate.
You will need to make an L bracket, sorry I dont have a picture of it, to screw to the bottom of the air box hole to act as a limiter to keep the hose from interfering with wiper arm arc. Youll figure it out, its not rocket science. The breather hose is very flexible so its not going to bother it to have the bend in it. I used a piece of angle iron about 1 inch wide to make the L bracket.




The breather hose does not interfere with the hinge so dont worry about that. But it will interfere with the wiper arm, so be sure and use the L bracket. You can screw it down with a metal screw by accessing through the big top hole you drilled in the body top.
Youll have to figure out where to put the L bracket so you have clearance.







Then you can use a piece of exhaust tubing up the windshield frame and top it off with what ever floats your boat. Let me give you an idea for the top hat that is easy and cheap.
Get a stainless Dog bowl and make some bracket to attach it with some screen to keep the birds out of it. In case youre wondering, with this set up you will be using the stock air cleaner. Just rerouting the intake to the firewall and out to the snorkel.

Just thought Id throw this out in case some of you want a snorkel, but dont have $500 lying around. On mine I made my HAT removable so I could take the tall tube out and put the hat on low in front of the wndshielld like on the H1 Hummers. (So don't go crazy with the dog bowl size if you're going to use this idea!) Then the taller tube stored under the seat for high water fording.
Pop some nut serts on the windshield post for quick removal. Plug them with the bolts to keep water out of your post.

Clear as MUD?
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:19 PM   #430 (permalink)
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Plan is leave the 3.1 turbo diesel in it. Nissan Patrol axles on coils at Rodeo wheelbase.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:20 PM   #431 (permalink)
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Here is my new 1990 amigo. So stock its like a flash back in time.

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:42 AM   #432 (permalink)
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I guess it's time I post a few pics....I never have.

Here is my '97 Rodeo.







I've been wheeling that for the past 10 years or so...modifying along the "standard" lines...3" sl, then 3" bl, 33's, etc. I've only ever broken a stock tie rod.

I recently bought this for a steal. It needs some work, but overall, for the price, it's awesome.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:00 AM   #433 (permalink)
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:01 PM   #434 (permalink)
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some updated Passport pics, working on finding an axle to slap under the front







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Old 11-20-2011, 12:55 PM   #435 (permalink)
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some updated Passport pics, working on finding an axle to slap under the front

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Where are you at? Ive got a Waggy Dana 44, drivers side drop.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #436 (permalink)
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I live in Panama City, FL but I'm looking for a passenger side drop axle
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:24 PM   #437 (permalink)
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I live in Panama City, FL but I'm looking for a passenger side drop axle
Waggys came pass drop. Look for pre-80 chero's. My junk that seems like it will never get finished. 3.4 overhauled, 35's, indy 3" kit, HD t-bars, manual hub and manual tranny swap.


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Old 11-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #438 (permalink)
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You have my HD Bars in your truck and I know about the passenger drop Waggy diff, that's what I want to find. I did come across a set of 1 tons near by but I don't know if I want to go that route
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You have my HD Bars in your truck and I know about the passenger drop Waggy diff, that's what I want to find. I did come across a set of 1 tons near by but I don't know if I want to go that route
Yep bars are in! I would go with 1 tons. I threw the idea back and forth about sasing the trooper with tons. Is this your DD?
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:47 PM   #440 (permalink)
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I've been considering it, but I really don't plan on going much bigger than a 37" tire, and 1 tons will soak up alot of clearance, probably be about as much as I have now with 34's. Honestly my IFS has gotten me through everything I've wanted (when it's all working lol) and I keep debating with myself if I should just leave it. It's not my DD, it's just a cheap playtoy. I have maybe $1500 in the whole thing including purchase so I've tried to keep the mindset that it's just a fun toy. My other ones were in great shape and I was less likely to do stuff that risked body damage lol.
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man theres some cool isuzu's out there heres mine its a 91 2.6l 33's wagoneer d44 toy leafs up front toy rear window.






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That rig is sweet! The rear door handles give it that little extra pizazz.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:54 AM   #443 (permalink)
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man theres some cool isuzu's out there heres mine its a 91 2.6l 33's wagoneer d44 toy leafs up front toy rear window.
Interesting back cap.
Care to elaborate on the back glass? Like where did you source it?
I'm about to start my stretch my 4 door 89 project by splicing in a 2 door rear bed section to make a honest to God Crew Cab Trooper Pickup. It will be 29 inches longer when I'm don and all 4 doors will open.

I have a Zu Pickup slider rear window but it is going to need to be shortened a few inches. Yours looks clean!
I like how the front axle fits in there too.
I've SAS'ed my Rodeo but it's tall.

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Here is my newest Zu':







sitting on 34x10.50 Swamper LTB's, gonna be locking the front, has rear LSD right now but will end up locking it too. Going to be building a winch bumper for it soon as well

This things sweet. Those 34s look killer on there.
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Nice. These are 35s?

Im looking to SAS a first gen and want to keep it low like this.
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This things sweet. Those 34s look killer on there.
Thanks alot, she's been my cheap playtoy. Looking back at those pics I debate if I should have cut the top like I did lol


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Nice. These are 35s?

Im looking to SAS a first gen and want to keep it low like this.
His is still IFS
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His is still IFS
I know that but most of the SAS swaps Ive seen, and this is personal opinion, look like garbage. The Trooper looks goofy as hell with a huge amount. If 35s fit like that with 3" of lift, I think if I could figure out about 4" with a SAS keeping it the same height, I would be very happy.
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I know that but most of the SAS swaps Ive seen, and this is personal opinion, look like garbage. The Trooper looks goofy as hell with a huge amount. If 35s fit like that with 3" of lift, I think if I could figure out about 4" with a SAS keeping it the same height, I would be very happy.
Gotcha, Matt at Indy did a build on a 2nd gen RS and kept his pretty low:



I'm with you on the SAS swaps that have a ton of lift and running 35's. If it's going to have a huge amount of lift then match the tires. I think alot of people do it that way because if your going to stay low and on 35" or smaller tires, the IFS will get you by pretty good with slightly better front clearance. But the SAS will get you more flex/stability on most obstacles. I'm going to be keeping mine fairly low as well.
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Personally if the troop ever gets to that point of a SAS. I would just cut to fit to keep it low. My trooper has trimmed front fenders and the rear is going to cut to. I also don't like 35's on SA rigs, go with 4d's or go to the mall!
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Interesting back cap.
Care to elaborate on the back glass? Like where did you source it?
I'm about to start my stretch my 4 door 89 project by splicing in a 2 door rear bed section to make a honest to God Crew Cab Trooper Pickup. It will be 29 inches longer when I'm don and all 4 doors will open.

I have a Zu Pickup slider rear window but it is going to need to be shortened a few inches. Yours looks clean!
I like how the front axle fits in there too.
I've SAS'ed my Rodeo but it's tall.

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no build thread the rear cap is the stock tropper roof cut and modded to fit the rear window is from a toyota p.u. i made the panel to hold it at work.

I like the sounds of your crew cab build that would be a great time with all your buddies in it.

chopped about a foot of the back of the truck heres what she looked like this weekend.
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