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Here is what I have and where I want to go;

1999 K2500 4x4 Suburban “MPV” not SUV.
NP246 Auto Trac t-case, the auto feature monitors the 3 speed sensors “front and rear drive shaft speeds along with vehicle speed” then the ABS sensors through a controller that applies 9 clutches at various torque levels to front differential.
4L80e built w/Kevlar, premium steels, transgo off road towing kit, tons of HD aftermarket internals finished off w/B&M super cooler w/fan and160 deg stat control.
6.5 ltr turbo diesel w/enhanced “509” block w/19.5 cr, smaller piston oilers for cooling under boost (enhanced are MAY 99 and newer), dual idler gear drive, dual alternators 105 amp, vacuum pump delete, Heath performance MaxiTq program, mechanical boost control, marine injectors, turbo after-cooler, 120psi water injection tripped w/Hobbs valve, AMSOIL bypass filtration +3 qts more oil, factory oil cooler w/cold bypass and running 2 cycle oil in fuel to lube IP (low sulfur fuel kills em w/o 2 cycle), 6.5 ltr NA diesel lift pump running @ higher pressure, 3” turbo back exhaust (this burb came new w/o cat), EGT’s are limited to 1k @ wot, 2 stand alone IP drivers w/coolers 1 at lower edge of frt/bumper 1 at leading edge of d/s frt wheel well, the injection pump (IP) driver is a known problem which throws no codes. PTO high idle switch (3 range 1k, 1.3k, or 1.6k+-) for better cooling and winch performance. I use OBD2 enhanced scanner tool w/device controllers and real time data monitoring of entire drive train. This 6.5 has given me lots of trouble free use, prior trouble free GM diesel was my 6.2 in a 1986 GM Jimmy K20 4x4.
14 bolt FF 10.5” w/gov loc “ARB for this soon”, magtec cover at rear, up front is the 9.25” w/ARB air provided by ARB to include tire inflation option.
ALCOA 16x7 8 lug 3750 lb cap wheels, tires 285/75/16 (e) 3750 lb cap Silent Armor or MTR’s (d) wheels are etched primed and painted w/Teflon flat black paint.
Front bumper is WARN classic w/brush guard and diesel scoop to enhance cooling trough radiator, a 12k Mile Marker hydraulic winch is mounted driven via HD PSC ps pump through hydroboost then cooled. Bumper mounted Hella DynaView cornering/driving lights (discontinued) but control module can be had to control 2 sets of lights 1 set for cornering (aimed into corner) the other for driving/fog or off road.
Rear bumper is a KENNASAW w/HD shackles. Decided against rear bumper mounted options after reviewing GM up fitting manuals (get em on line) weight distribution frt to rear with accessories mounted in frt of frt axle, then frt to rear weight distributation w/accessories mounted after rear axle, I found that after the front bumper and all the things mounted to it changed the vehicles handling I went to the heavy rear bumper to bring the vehicle back to user friendly manners.
Suspension is stock MOOG problem solver parts and actually the same as the K3500+ because of diesel option (heavy motor).
Electrical upgrades include dual alts 105 amp, more ground straps, stand alone headlight harness and inverter.
Towing is class IV w/2 separate 30 amp harnesses from power distribution block in engine bay both 5 wire/8 wire sockets.
Future mods; 25 gal aux fuel tank under chassis mount = 68 gals in tanks, have 6 jerry cans now, Basket roof carrier or perhaps off road trailer w/hi lift mount, 6 to 12 jerry can fuel/water mount, pioneering tools, LED spots, roof tent or 2, awnings, 2.7k/4k surge diesel genset , Bushwacker cut out fender flares to use 35” tires w/o lift (perhaps 37’s w/o lift and some more trimming) of course deeper gears for bigger tires, Portable mechanical tire changer w/bead breaker, On board welder, Composting toilet , Fording kit w/custom snorkel to go past the now 36” depth I can do now, plan to use the crankcase depression valve CDV like the mil hummer to slightly pressurize diffs, t-case, trans, ps pump to keep water out, interior insulation already removed under rugs plan bed liner for interior floor and more drain plugs too.
 

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Greetings from Phoenix

Hey all, Mike from Phoenix AZ.

Below are a few pics of the '62 Willys CJ6 and trailer that I built. I mostly enjoyed bringing the CJ back to life from 40 years as a US Border Patrol 4cyl basket case. This included essentials such as PS, PB, V8, upgraded axles/TC/tranny, dual batt., etc.

The CJ has all the essentials to get me in and out of the back country. When done with the basics (nobody is ever done with a CJ), I put my mind to completing this M101 trailer, which I finished this past summer. Included are a few pics on a northern AZ elk hunt, worked out great.

Great to meet you all.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qWN3EFXXXDsJyKu0YAE7Mw?authkey=E5cPTrKiags&feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/msontag03/M101Trailer?feat=directlink
 

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Hi Folks :smokin: Name is Jill and I'm in the process of getting ideas for my 99 Limited 4Runner. (It's wrecked right now... damn ex-husband.)

So far my plans are: Portal-Tek axles with CTIS, big tires (probably the new BFG KM2's... mmmm), adding a gun rack inside, an extra seat for all the darn kids we've got, a snorkel, custom bumpers and roof rack. With the cool tent of course. And I want that neato sport hood with the scoop, but I'm having a bit of difficulty finding one. It should be a pretty wicked rig, I think :grinpimp:

Anyhow, I'm open to new ideas or better ones if anyone wants to give input. This is going to be a long project, methinks.
 

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Hi Folks :smokin: Name is Jill and I'm in the process of getting ideas for my 99 Limited 4Runner. (It's wrecked right now... damn ex-husband.)

So far my plans are: Portal-Tek axles with CTIS, big tires (probably the new BFG KM2's... mmmm), adding a gun rack inside, an extra seat for all the darn kids we've got, a snorkel, custom bumpers and roof rack. With the cool tent of course. And I want that neato sport hood with the scoop, but I'm having a bit of difficulty finding one. It should be a pretty wicked rig, I think :grinpimp:

Anyhow, I'm open to new ideas or better ones if anyone wants to give input. This is going to be a long project, methinks.
Where at in CO? There are a lot of Toyota truck and runner guys in the state.
 

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Hi, just checking in. I have a 97 Geo Tracker with lots of suspension and drivetrain mods. We spend a month each summer doing offroading in the western states. We have only been doing day trips but this summer we want to do some multi-day trips. So I have been reading this fourm to learn as much as I can to gear up for those trips. It has been a challenge to gear up and keep as compact as possible. I have added extra fuel & water containers, 12 volt Waeco fridge, cooking equipment, roof top storage, sleeping bags, tent in addition to all the tools and equipment I always carry. Thanks for all the advice I have read and I am looking forward to learning more here. Here is a link to some pics of my rig. If anyone is running some trails in Utah or Colorado this June I would love to hear from you. Maybe we can run them together.

Dave

http://www.slide.com/r/6DY_Lghe1z-rf7QQruSZVkr9o0lYFLQn



 

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gday, just checking in.
love my Suzuki's and travel all over the place in my sierra (samari)
i live in the best part of Australia if you are into remote area travel
and i often just follow a riverbed for a couple of hundred K's just to see where
it comes from.:D



and if my family come with me i take this one
 

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Rob here. I have been building Jeeps and Yota's etc. for about 20 years or so now. Building vehicles has been part of my curriculum for a long time.

Lately I have noticed my interest in car traveling and "expedition" type of stuff is increasing pretty regularly. Watching the Long Way Around didn't help! I know they were on bikes, but that was the coolest movie. Wow.

I am looking at building something that I can explore 2-tracks with and still drive to work once in awhile. I live where we get alot of snow so I need something that is able off-road with some clearance.

Eventually I would like to travel to Moab, up to Alaska etc.

Our first long drive will likely be this summer in my wifes Jeep GC. We are looking at going to Moab etc. but won't likely do anything scary since we need to get home.

I will post my build ideas here in a bit.

Thank you, ROB
 

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OK. I am more worried about finding local trails to ride. I have been out in my Jeep alot lately. I just did an after work ride out across the marsh.

I'd like to find something with a bit of teeth right around Klamath Falls.

Any ideas?

ROB
 

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Hola

Ive been searching on a few different 4x4 (mainly jeep) forums but have recently found myself browsing this one for the past few months. Its nice to see all the 4x4's come together on one awesome site.. so with that said, I figured i'd join in on the fun.

I started a cherokee camper project awhile back and been taking pictures as I progressed. I had to stop for awhile, but just recently started back into the project in hopes to finish it. So within the next few days, I will be posting a thread up of the camper and see what you folks think. The reason I am choosing this board is because of all the real life experiences and vast areas of expedition many of the Pirate4x4 members have conquered over the years. I hope to gain as much knowledge as possible from the guru's of adventure.

thanks.

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hello from the English in Las Vegas

Stated bulding a TJ two years ago after my love of motorcycles left me with a spine broken in 3 places and more rivits and plates that a rusty CJ.. it turned into more of a dual sport rock crawer and we did the Rubicon this summer.



So with that finished and parked i plan on taking this XJ that i got 3 weeks ago down the Sea of Cortez in mexico next year and i can build what i thought he TJ would be .. a real trail rig..





It needs lots of work but i just got it ruining and better yet stopping, which was much harder than getting it running so now i can start on my build. I'll be looking for all kind of help and ideas as this is my first build of this kind.

This is what it looks like with the lights fixed, rack on. extra lights on top, brakes!!! and seats welded to the old frames and some old TJ flairs bolted on. Its going to be a budge build but have it where it counts i hope.



I look forward to picking your brains for ideas and lots of advice on what not to do.

Thanks
Dave
 

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Hello all,
I just stumbled across this forum, and i have to say the idea of an expo- rig is awesome. Ive been into offroading for many years, and have been into camping ever since i was a little kid. Combining the two just seems RIGHT.

Ive gone through all 30pages of the "lets see your..." thread. There are some great rigs in there, however a few of them just appear to be daily drivers. Im still unclear whats involved in a good expo-rig. My take on an expo- is that it would have to be able to haul passengers comfortably, be able to haul equip., and be fully capable off-road.

Im happy i came across this forum, and thanks for having me.
 

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I am in Alabama. I bought a '94 Amigo (Oddball) about 18 months ago and have been using it as a learning platform for stuff I should have known years ago. I am about to enter the world of welding. My plan is to have a short wheel based vehicle that I can camp out of and eventually adding a trailer, too.

I got all of my expo-camping experience from the Army NG utilizing M60 tanks, M113 APC's and finally M1026 HMMV's. My other off-road experience is from the saddle of an XR200 and LPC's.

I am stoked about this section of the Pirate board, I spend time on Planet Isuzoo, Expedition Portal and Lightfighter. I have received good info from all of them.

A little race action from NOV08.

 

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Hello All! WOW GREAT THREAD! I am currently building a 1994 Ford Bronco for just such occasions! I live in WV and am looking to find others into this kind of fun!!!
 

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New to Pirate. I've been hanging around the 4Runner forum for a bit but my honest goal is to turn my 2nd Gen Runner into an Expedition vehicle. I'm looking at joining SARA (Southern Arizona Rescue Association) and need to build a capable rig.

At the moment...I know nothing and have come to read and learn.

I have an extensive background in modification of vehicles and do professional/factory style work. My last build was a fully built '92 Acura Integra. I spent 2 years building an engine, dressing the engine bay and rebuilding the interior. The vehicle was stupid fast, super clean and appeared to have been built from the factory that way (sleeper with the hood down..minus wheels).

I hope to learn as much as I can about what gear works and what doesn't. I don't want to buy and install a full setup...only to be upgrading 6 months later.

Thanks for being here and the warm welcome!
 
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