Awesome... Just stumbled on your new and improved build.
and welcome back! I'm attempting to make my own comeback and finally get back on the road for the first time in a few years.
2 Oil pan gasket, rear main seal, new oil pump - Bring it down to my place and I'll help you out. The hardest part of this is getting the damn oil pan out
I'm replacing my pre-cats this upcoming week, should make getting the pan off a lot easier while it's out of the way!
what setup are you going with? I eventually want to turn my A/C compressor into OBA since I run doorless and don't use A/C anyway
I'm keeping a/c, as of right now i'm looking for a factory air pump since i ended up putting a grizzly locker int he rear. id not i'll being doing a viair 400c compressor and try to hide a tank somewhere. I have an idea that involves going through the floor for shock mounting reasons, and building a tunnel to hide things like this, just and idea at this point, maybe next winter.
I really want some suspension seats too, but I'll have to wait and find a good deal on some used ones. I also vote no carpet and either Raptor liner or Monstaliner. I've installed Raptor liner twice, but I think I may do the entire outside of the HEEP with monstaliner to check it out.
I dont mind spending the money to keep my butt happy, but at the same it's not high on the list of priorities right now. Im pretty convinced at this point to keep the carpet just due to the heat. humid jersey shore summers and a sweltering commute stuck in benny shore traffic does not sound fun. I've decided on paint for the outside though, but i'm not telling the internet until it's time to paint
I picked my rear bumper with side protection and swing out tire carrier from a guy (Kreider's Kustoms) up around Rausch. He met me in Harrisburg to deliver it. Check him out on facebook. Total was around $425. The thing is BEEFY at 126lbs
yea i saw that! super beef! Thats a hell of a deal for the price. I have a plan that is just going to be cheaper and easier to to it myself, no one makes the mounting system i plan on doing. 2x4 through the "frame" tied in to d-ring tabs and braced for a receiver (for a bike rack) the bumper itself will essentially slide over and attach to the subframe (i may or may not have the bumper be aluminum with a steel subframe) the cut/fold section will tie in to a side of the frame for extra attachment points. My theory is that i'll be able to save a lot of the beef weight using less material by spreading out the loads differently than what most guys have done. Also i want to do a a 2 part swing out, kind of similar ot how RiGidCo did year ago. keep the spare high and behind the driver so rearview is not obstructed, and swing towards the driver, passenger side removable for gerry cans/rotopax. It'll be hella complicated and if i do it right, i have a feeling i may make more if there's an interest.
I wish this was a dedicated trail rig as times, i'd be able to compromise more on things, but since i want to be able to drive it long distances comfort and convenience at high on the priority list.