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  1. aardvarcus

    1995 Big Red Burban

    Any progress?
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    Anyone here running a Tremec 4050? And other manual with overdrive conversions

    I have done a couple NV4500 swaps, it is also the same length as a 4L60. I love the NV4500, swapped in a 1991 K2500LD and 1994 K2500 Suburban. Keep in mind there are different spline counts for the output of the transmissions/inputs to the transfer case, so if you have a 27 spline now your...
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    Huh. Large format Anderson PowerPole connectors diff. colors, differently keyed?

    Here are some pictures that show the plug and weatherproof cover, along with the extension cord in use for the winch.
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    Huh. Large format Anderson PowerPole connectors diff. colors, differently keyed?

    Yes, they are keyed differently for using different voltages, so you don't plug a 36v forklift into a 48v charger. I just use grey, they are usually the cheapest. I made a jumper cable extension cord with SB350s on both ends that I use with my winch in the rear or to jump start other vehicles. I...
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    Garmin Overlander

    So you own one?
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    Garmin Overlander

    I don't know if we are supposed to say names of non-forum sponsors, but it was through a reseller at a major auction site stacking the $100 off from the reseller (599.99) with that aution site's rewards program (additional 8% or $48 off).
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    Garmin Overlander

    After consideration of all options for off the beaten path navigation, I ended up ordering the Garmin Overlander. I really don’t think the price is too far out of line, especially since it is on sale right now (551.99, new, free shipping). Needing to replace an aging on-road GPS, not already...
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    Show us your Toyota 4runner, tacoma or truck.

    Out hitting some trails at Prentice Cooper.
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    Building a work truck ( slowly)

    Looks great. My "project" vehicle is a 1994 Suburban.
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    Car Paint Colors & Temperatures

    Awesome test! I have seen similar tests, but this is the most scientific by far. Unfortunately when you are stuck on rare options, like a stick shift in a 4Runner, in decent condition with low miles sometimes you get stuck with the hottest color...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    Lastly I went over my tools, supplies, and recovery equipment. I had to replace some sockets that had wandered to the garage tools. I stocked up my kit with some trail-repair supplies. I swapped over to my dedicated offroading wheels and tires (Cooper Discoverer A/S 255/85R16) and went out on a...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    The next bit of lightweight protection was some additional skid plates under the transmission and transfer case. Bent these up out of ¼” aluminum, once again going for light weight protection not hardcore slamming or skidding. They are relatively strong, but if they were used hardcore would...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    Had some time to work on the 4Runner. Finished my “lightweight” rock sliders. These were built flat to double as steps. I had a set of purchased bolt on rock sliders on my last truck, but did not like the weight of them so they were taken off. To reduce weight, a single 2” square tube 3/16 thick...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    In other news, I was thinking about my front to rear weight distribution, and I decided that I wanted to try and move some weight out of the cargo area more to the middle of the vehicle. I had been pondering the utilization of the space under the front drivers seat, so last night I mocked up a...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    Jeff, On my usual drive it is a mixture of 70MPH interstate, 55 MPH highways and a few sections of 40MPH towns with red lights, all with lots of hills. I get my best fuel economy on the 55 MPH portions, with the steep hills, 70MPH sections, and the towns w/ red lights dragging down my average...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    Jeff, On my last truck (2005 Tacoma), going from street terrain to all terrain of the same size was a 1-2 MPG hit. (Michelin M/S2 to Cooper ATW, both 235/85R16) Wider tires are an additional hit. To get good MPG I focus on driving steady, not slow. I accelerate briskly (about 1/2 throttle) and...
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    New to me 2000 Toyota 4Runner 4wd (Manual) with a catch!

    Seeing the LCA bracket not affixed to the frame is concerning for the integrity of the rest of the frame, I would suggest you find a wrecked/high milage/blown engine 3rd gen and swap things over. I am guessing you will have issues with siezed bolts and other things that would make a parts donor...
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    Griffin the 1999 T4R Build

    99 Yota, Good thoughts, thanks for the feedback. I have dealt with the valve cover gaskets on my wife's 2000 T4R, mine aren't leaking (yet). I have the radiator hoses on hand to swap out, but I will see about ordering a new radiator while I am at it. The previous owner thought the transfer case...
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    6 Family EMP Proof 36-38' Expedition Rig

    Why not get a trailer to pull with your Suburban?
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    Warn VR Evo

    I don't particularly understand the relevance of a winch test that doesn't include the winch line that is the subject of this thread nor its predecessors, however I would be very interested if they updated that several year old test and included this line of winches. One thing the test does make...