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02-21-2020 08:44 PM
rennat_2006 Makes me wish I would have done similar with that vitara I had and had it the coyote chaser I had originally planned.

I think these little wheelers are more fun than the "built" stuff. Gives you a challenge to make obstacles and more satisfaction when you get through/over something you definitely shouldn't have. Kinda like the saying "driving a slow car fast is way more fun than driving a fast car slow"
02-21-2020 07:56 PM
oober PJ is starting to look like a proper offroader. Just a bit of tire stick out looks nice.





I'll have to get some more pics this weekend when I get it pulled outside. Seems like the only time I have to work on anything these days is after 9pm when the fam is in bed.


More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-vitara/

Scheduled to go to the Frostbite run at KS Rocks next week. If you see me holler at me!

Still got a lot of stuff to do in the meantime!
02-12-2020 07:32 PM
oober Just got two of these bad boys mounted at a shop today.


29x10-15 They are a little taller than I was expecting. The Hankook Dynapro AT2's that are on it are 235/70-16 which converts to 28.95x9.25


The other two wheels I still need to paint but it is cold outside and I am being a nancy
02-06-2020 10:57 PM
oober Installed a 2" suspension lift to get PJ up out of the weeds

Works pretty good so far, Ol girl has gotten quite few street miles and snow donuts (welded rear in the snow = fun times) under her belt in the last month or so.





More pics and details of the install itself here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...sion-lift-kit/

Need to get out on another wheeling trip here soon.
01-24-2020 09:37 PM
oober Progress!

4x10 sheet of 14 gauge


Borrowed finger brake


Lots of cardboard


Way too many man hours...


Viola!




It is as done as it is going to be for now because I am tired of working on the box. I will have to wait for finishing touches and paint until it gets nicer out. The garage has been miserably cold lately and it is hard to get motivated.

For more pics and details go here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-4/
01-23-2020 09:28 PM
oober
Quote:
Originally Posted by rennat_2006 View Post
Man it sure is funny how long I've followed your builds and such. I remember your old blazer stock, then with the 6" or so Ifs lift, then the first solid axle, then the 1 tons and cutting the back half off. Then sponsoring you on zr2usa.com to get your build and knowledge on there.

I skipped the IFS lift and went to a d44 front swap but have pretty much been 1 step behind you in your builds whether I meant to be our not up until this last build of yours, i jumped ahead of you then backed out on my Suzuki grand vitara build to sell it against hacking and slashing it to put 31's on it to chase coyotes but instead to focus my time back on getting my 1 tons under my blazer and making it functional again after it being on Jack stands for almost 5 yrs after selling the built dana44 out of it that I finally got tired of breaking u joints/wadding up axle shafts and blowing ball joints apart. I've got a 72 Chevy pickup I picked up in 2018 also, this ones a 2wd that is for my wife that is really solid but has some leaking freeze plugs and the rear axle needs rebuilt. Like old blue it will be getting a ls swap and I will be regearing and putting some sort of limited slip in the rear of it for a good cruiser for her later this year.

I have a good friend with a 4dr blazer that followed your build of crazy blaze with a 3/4 ton d44 front and d60 rear. Funny thing is his mom actually had me give her a picture of your blazer in its first solid axle stages and had it printed on a birthday cake of him in our late teens since he was so dead set on making his blazer like it, this was a year or two before he cut into it and did the swap.

Anyways long story short its good to see your still in the game and I enjoy watching your builds. I swear to God I'm not stalking you but I've gotta admit it is kinda funny how it's worked out through the years and the similarity.
hey, I don't even think I have had my blazer on a cake for me

Not taken in a stalkerish way at all. I wouldn't put it out there if I didn't want people to see. Thanks for your sponsorship.

Boy time flies though. Looks like i have been a member of Pirate for almost 16 years now. Building stuff is just in my blood. I didn't have a project truck for about 2 years after we had our first kiddo and I just didn't feel right

Looks like you recently posted on your thread. Time for some updates! Get to work on that 60!

It is a bummer zr2usa is defunct now also. This is the reason I now host my own pictures on my own site that I pay for. First the photobucket crap, then trailkrawlers4x4 (local forum) disappeared, now zr2usa appears to have died sometime in 2018. So much knowledge lost, it is really sad.
01-19-2020 01:28 AM
rennat_2006 Man it sure is funny how long I've followed your builds and such. I remember your old blazer stock, then with the 6" or so Ifs lift, then the first solid axle, then the 1 tons and cutting the back half off. Then sponsoring you on zr2usa.com to get your build and knowledge on there.

I skipped the IFS lift and went to a d44 front swap but have pretty much been 1 step behind you in your builds whether I meant to be our not up until this last build of yours, i jumped ahead of you then backed out on my Suzuki grand vitara build to sell it against hacking and slashing it to put 31's on it to chase coyotes but instead to focus my time back on getting my 1 tons under my blazer and making it functional again after it being on Jack stands for almost 5 yrs after selling the built dana44 out of it that I finally got tired of breaking u joints/wadding up axle shafts and blowing ball joints apart. I've got a 72 Chevy pickup I picked up in 2018 also, this ones a 2wd that is for my wife that is really solid but has some leaking freeze plugs and the rear axle needs rebuilt. Like old blue it will be getting a ls swap and I will be regearing and putting some sort of limited slip in the rear of it for a good cruiser for her later this year.

I have a good friend with a 4dr blazer that followed your build of crazy blaze with a 3/4 ton d44 front and d60 rear. Funny thing is his mom actually had me give her a picture of your blazer in its first solid axle stages and had it printed on a birthday cake of him in our late teens since he was so dead set on making his blazer like it, this was a year or two before he cut into it and did the swap.

Anyways long story short its good to see your still in the game and I enjoy watching your builds. I swear to God I'm not stalking you but I've gotta admit it is kinda funny how it's worked out through the years and the similarity.
01-18-2020 08:35 PM
oober Doing some plumbing.


This is the area where the EVAP canister used to be. No skid plates needed if it isn't there anymore.


Cut hole + cheap Amazon aftermarket Jeep parts. I wasn't thinking and cut the notch on the wrong side. Had to cut the other side also. I wanted the door to open towards the front so it wouldn't flap open on the highway, but Due to the angle of the dangle I had to mount it with the hinge at the rear. Dang Jeep fuel doors are on the drivers side.

Seriously though, I google'd long and hard trying to find an aftermarket fuel door that wasn't astronomically expensive. Then I stumbled upon these Wrangler fuel door covers for ~$15 on Amazon.


Almost looks like it was supposed to be there.


Filler neck connection on the inside.


More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-3/

Next up is building a cover for the fuel tank on the inside.
12-28-2019 09:09 PM
oober Finished up the roll cage.

Laser level on a camera tripod worked great for making the second tube straight.


Had to make the gas tank hole even bigger


Tricky copes on the down tubes.


I had to do A LOT of test fitting and grinding on these. I had a bigger gap than I'm proud of at the bottom because of the way the tube had to slide into place. Filled it in with the 'ol MIG and it turned out alright.




The seats go all the way back to factory position. There is a nice cavity/wedge at the bottom that should be good for tool bags, etc.


More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-2/

Next up is building an enclosure for the gas tank and relocating the fuel filler neck.
12-08-2019 09:32 PM
oober Whew! Been busy with life stuff. New job, cold season, cold weather, honey do's, etc. but I was able to make some progress.

Here is the project scope expansion I was mentioning.

Since I have a giant hole in the floor already, I figured I might as well add a partial roll cage. For now I am just building a reinforced hoop behind the rear seats where the kids are sitting.


Stripped the plastics in the rear and cut off the headliner behind the rear seats. Made the gas tank hole in the floor even bigger so I could get a direct shot at the frame rails


It will have a full X and two kickers going toward the rear.


Here is where it meets at the frame rail


For more pics and details go here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-1/


I just recently finished it up but haven't gotten a chance to go through the pictures. More to come soon!
11-23-2019 10:33 PM
oober So I had my week off and made some solid progress, but not as much as I was hoping for. Maybe I was a little optimistic

Making some crossmembers




The Evap system on the Tracker/Vitara is under the passenger side floorboard. During my last offroad trip I hit it with rocks a couple of times and put some good dents in it, so it is time for it to get relocated also.


The best spot I could find was where the tank used to be.


It will be tucked in way up there. If I am hitting it offroad in this location, I likely have bigger issues to worry about.


More pics/details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-2/

Hope to get some more work done this weekend. It is so damn cold out in the garage lately that it is hard to work up the gusto to go out there.

So after this point the project snowballed in scope a little bit, but I am still working on that part. Stay tuned
11-10-2019 11:46 PM
oober Now that I am in-between day jobs for a week, I have embarked on a new project.

No bueno


Lots of rusty bolts later:


Big tank = big hole


Sitting in the hole


Much better


Still lots left to do, but there is no going back now so I guess I gotta finish it.

More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-1/
11-04-2019 11:44 PM
oober I didn't feel like going to bed, so I took some of the time lapse video and pictures from welding the rear diff and made a quick video out of it just for giggles/practice.


Haven't been doing much on the projects lately due to personal shenanigans and kids. Friday is my last day at my current job and I'm starting a new job here in a couple of weeks that is way closer and will cut about an hour a day off my commute.

I do plan on taking a week off between the jobs though, and I have a couple of projects I might be able to get to on PJ.
08-29-2019 10:06 PM
YotaAtieToo Sweet, I've heard those have have really good traction in the rocks
08-29-2019 09:27 PM
lwb86 im liking all the mods so far. might steal your bumper mod for the winter beater . its kind of dicked from drift smashing from last year
08-29-2019 08:54 PM
oober Boom!

4 Rocktane XS 29x10x15 used for $150.

My dad picked them up for me today but I won't get them for a couple weeks when he heads back home from out of state.

I would have preferred 30's but these were so cheap I couldn't pass them up.







Between these tires and the wheels, it puts me right at $2k total invested in this project. Not too shabby.

Might go do some light duty wheeling this weekend.
08-22-2019 12:29 PM
2big bronco
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Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
$200 will probably get you some shit tires.

If you want to be cheap, you need something like this

Set of 4 (FOUR) Crosswind M/T Mud Tires - 30X9.50R15LT 104Q C (6 Ply) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TNH4V2H..._BSGxDb7WZF2JX

I almost got the 31s and cut every other lug out like people do with boggers and Mt claws


As far as the caliper rubbing the wheel, I bolted on a typical black rock crawler and it didn't look like it would take much to get them to fit. The samurai wheels on the other hand, are almost flat and pretty much need a 1" spacer.

I actually have those crosswinds on a 2 dr tracker and they seem to do very well.



And yes, 1" spacer to clear. These are 1-1/4" I had laying around
08-21-2019 09:27 PM
YotaAtieToo $200 will probably get you some shit tires.

If you want to be cheap, you need something like this

Set of 4 (FOUR) Crosswind M/T Mud Tires - 30X9.50R15LT 104Q C (6 Ply) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TNH4V2H..._BSGxDb7WZF2JX

I almost got the 31s and cut every other lug out like people do with boggers and Mt claws


As far as the caliper rubbing the wheel, I bolted on a typical black rock crawler and it didn't look like it would take much to get them to fit. The samurai wheels on the other hand, are almost flat and pretty much need a 1" spacer.
08-21-2019 08:08 PM
oober Good things come to those who stalk Marketplace relentlessly

Found a set of 15x8 wagon wheels and picked them up last weekend. $125 for 5 matching wheels.




Did I mention I LOVE tripping over kids stuff to get to my tools


Bolted one on just for giggles to see where it rubbed on the brakes. I forgot to measure but if I were to guess they are about 1" less backspacing then the original 16" wheels.


I have heard a lot of people talk about the wheels rubbing, but have yet to see any pictures of what was actually done about it. So with the wheel loosely bolted on I spun it to mark where it was rubbing.

Haven't done it yet but I feel comfortable shaving off just enough of the outer edge of the caliper here. There is some pretty decent meat there.


The high spots on the welds might need a very light touch with the grinder (ignore the rust, just look at the fresh scratched spots)



Now I am on a mission to find some 30x10x15 SXS or UTV tires. I have come across a couple but no killer deals yet. I am targeting like $200 or less if anybody has any laying around and is near KC.
08-07-2019 05:15 PM
2big bronco
Quote:
Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Im about 90% sure the wheels off my 99 were 15s

They are/were
08-06-2019 04:38 PM
rennat_2006 The 2000 vitara i had were 15" steel wheels.
08-06-2019 03:45 PM
YotaAtieToo
Quote:
Originally Posted by 86chevyjoe View Post
Are the trackick wheels 15"?? thought they were all 16
Im about 90% sure the wheels off my 99 were 15s
08-06-2019 02:21 PM
86chevyjoe
Quote:
Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Or stock 2nd Gen tracker wheels, more ugly, but don't need spacers.

I've always wanted a set of mid 90s F150 stock forged alcoas
Are the trackick wheels 15"?? thought they were all 16
08-05-2019 04:54 PM
YotaAtieToo
Quote:
Originally Posted by 86chevyjoe View Post
stock samurai wheels w/ 1.5" spacers - $100 or less
Or stock 2nd Gen tracker wheels, more ugly, but don't need spacers.

I've always wanted a set of mid 90s F150 stock forged alcoas
08-05-2019 04:40 PM
86chevyjoe
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Originally Posted by oober View Post
I like the ATV tires. I think I will have to get a second set of wheels that are 15's (with less backspacing to clear the brakes) and so I don't have to run the ATV tires on the street. Hmmm, now I just need to find some cheap ones

Good point. I didn't think about the TSL's being stiff. I was more impressed with just how cheap they were. I didn't get them so the hunt continues.
stock samurai wheels w/ 1.5" spacers - $100 or less
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