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Took it for a shake down this past weekend, ran great. However my alternator is toast, going to do the gm 1 wire upgrade dealio this coming weekend. Already got the TG bracket, picking up the alt after work today. Anyone have tips or gripes with the 1 wire mod?




 

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Took the truck out to Johnson Valley for Thanksgiving and the Johnson Valley Backdoor Bash. Truck did great, did a bunch of trails, nothing too crazy since I was with some lesser built rigs, but I was able to do Chocolate Thunder a few times, a part of Fissure Mountain and then Turkey Claw

Ran out of talent one night, blew a rear sidewall going up the right side of Chocolate Thunder, managed to flip the truck on its roof in a stupid spot where I definitely shouldn't have flipped it while trying to turn around on the trail :homer: Managed to only crack the windshield and get a few dents. Driver side door dent was from the day before pivoting on a rock.

Overall great trip, truck did way better than I could have imagined, not too bummed about the roll, I have been in far worse before, it barley got a scratch from it considering how bad it could have been! Besides, that is why we build these things, right?

Anyways, didn't take that many pictures since I was having too much fun driving, here are the pictures I did get


Before the trip I reinforced the rear half of the cage and tied it into the frame.





Unloaded and sitting at camp



Giant Rock



Near Giant Rock



Top of a trail with the Old Man and his Canam

 

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Oops



Everything stayed tied down and mounted, just lost the empty road doggys out the bed which we picked up :flipoff2:





Couple mile drive on a flat through the wash to get back to the house



Spare mounted, damage report





Driver side, door was dented in by the pivot rock on Chocolate Thunder

 

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Got some work done this weekend. Since its on propane, my smog pump has not been needed but I left it in. I was planning on swapping my stock alternator out for a GM one wire alternator, but didnt feel like it would fit down where the stock alternator goes, replacing the stock one was a tight fit, and the larger GM one would be no fun.

So instead, I used pieces of the trailgear GM alternator swap bracket kit to replace my smog pump with the GM alternator. Wasn't too bad of a job, jut had to cut up the trailgear kit a little bit, and cut up the stock smog pump mount and join the two pieces.

Smog pump and stock bracket removed


The two brackets side by side


Cut in pieces


Alternator mount ontop of the smog bracket base


Welded in place. NOTE: This positioning is wrong, I needed to shift it over about an inch for the pully to line up. You can see the difference in the next picture.


Mounted in place. Notice the difference in bracket placement from the last picture.


Time for the top piece, here is the stock smog pump bracket compared with the trailgear kit. It had to be cut up and flipped so it bent the correct way.




Here it is cut, flipped, and welded back together


The top piece needed more tweaking, cut it shorter, and put more of a bend in it, I dont have any pictures of it off the truck though, here it is mounted up



My stock alternator is still in place for now, it is unplugged and the wires are taped up and tucked away. I am debating on keeping it in the truck to use as a backup if the gm one dies on the trail.

Overall I am happy with the gm alternator, puts out way more power, and I can run all of the lights and winch at the same time with no worry.
 

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Also got started on my steel dash. My windshield is cracked to shit, so eventually it will be removed or shattered out. So I am wanting to prepare for that with this dash, going to make it as water tight as I can to prevent water from leaking down behind the dash when there is no windshield.



Looks a little ghetto, needs some last touch bending before its welded, but its going along decently.

 

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Ignore that last dash picture, looked like shit the more I looked at it, went with a different technique and turned out better. Don't mind the ghetto hole in the dash, didn't have a proper hole saw to cut holes for the accessory plug panel. It will be covered up and look better.

 

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Here it is all welded up and in place, waiting on a threaded rivet set to come in so I can install the accessory plug panel.

 

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Got the dash all done, no pics yet though. Took her out on the rocks and in the river this weekend. Also did some more cutting into the firewall to clear the tires, also cut some of the sliders back.







 

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Let's see those pics of the dash! You gonna make it out to koh?

Yessir I will be out there the 4th to the 9th! How about you?


Here are some shots of my dash, just put some rubber edge guards on the part where I would gash my knuckles open in a crash. On the fence about what I am going to do with it, it has a clear coat on it right now so it wont rust, but it throws a decent sized glare up in the right light which is annoying.

Oh yeah, if anyone is interested, I made the dash from 1'x2' pieces of 16ga sheet metal







Cab shot
 

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Did some work on the front end this weekend. Pretty much just threw tube at it and I ended up with this, front part is removable to take out the winch if needed.





Tube


More tube




Hood notched and hood pins in place


Grill somewhat in place, this sides fender is still out of place from the roll, oh well


Her good side
 

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Front looks good man. The dash does also. Maybe flat/matte paint to kill the glare.

I'll be out the 3rd to the 9th, if I see you well run something.
 

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Got my transfer case brake on just in time for KOH! Over the thanksgiving trip my stock parking brake just wasn't cutting it on the hills, ended up having to sit in the truck while someone else hooked up my winch to pull out my buddy's jeep cause my truck wanted to keep rolling without the foot brake applied. That was no bueno for me, this should fix it!



 

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KOH 2020 went well, had an absolute blast! Truck ran great, need to tighten the T-case brake a little more. Blew another sidewall on these tires, looking into getting rid of them for something that can handle rock rash on the sidewall better. Also blew both birfields in one go in a tight spot, putting in chromoly shafts this weekend after I clean up the housing that got damaged a bit by the birf exploding.

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Giant Rock


RIP Tire, blew on the lakebed on the way to Chocolate Thunder


Birfield


Housing



Most of the issues happened late in the trip, so we got some miles down this trip, KOH is mostly about drinking and watching other rig flip anyways right? Chocolate Thunder was wild this year, looking forward to the next one!
 

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Grinded/sanded it smooth, looks rough still since it was gouged deep in some spots, but its smooth to the touch and shouldn't be an issue for the new RCV Birfs.




I should have looked at my knuckle when I initially took it all apart. While getting ready to put it all back together this past weekend I noticed my brass axle bushing had gotten torn into pretty good by the broken birf. So its still sitting on jack stands all tore apart while I wait for the new bushing to come in. Since it'll be on the jack stands for a little while longer I also ordered some Trailgear 5" leafs to replace the worn out RUF leafs I made originally. Went with the 5" ones since they will keep the axle in pretty much the same position as the RUF did, which will let me keep running the front shaft I made with no issues. We will see how she goes.
 

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Got the new RCVs in, trucks running good. Also put a hand throttle in while she was on jack stands.






Putting the new front leafs on this weekend hopefully.
 

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We're those tires new? Sound like they aren't holding up very well. Hopefully you got them with a warranty.
Yep their brand new, I think my mistake was getting radials instead of a set of bias ply tires, the sidewalls just cant take any aggressive rocks. I did get a $100 warranty on all of the tires though, so I have three more free replacements to go lol
 
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