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Unread 08-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #21
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Nice Job! That fridge is one of the best accesories to have. Love the fishing gear on the ceiling.
Thanks Dave! I really like how they turned out. The fishing poles were the first 'mods' I did. I was looking ath the OEM hooks on the ceiling and thought that must be where the fishing poles are supposed to go. Perfect place for it, so that I never leave home without it.

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looks great. nice work on the drawers.
Thanks Dillion! They were about 5 hours worth of work. I got the roller top idea from the outback ones. They seem to work out great so far.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 10:38 AM   #22
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There are some cool pics in here. I like the tent on top. Safety from bears first! Looks like you take great care of it even though you take it to some rough places.
Thanks. That was a reason I figured it would go well up there. I hate camping with bears. They are fun to watch, but they really tear up the camp site. This was the easiest and most space saving way I could come up with for a roof top tent. It puts together in a like 2 minutes and tears down in about the same. My small family of 4 used it all summer on our adventure across the country.

Thanks again for the compliments and checking out my ride.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 08:11 AM   #23
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I had a long weekend replacing parts. It took about 4 hours but I got most of it done.



These new UCA's are awesome!!! I think it lifted my truck another inch...WTH?

New Brakes


TRD Sports Lid



just need sliders and a set of skids and I will be good for a while
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Unread 10-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #24
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just need sliders and a set of skids and I will be good for a while
Looking good, but you can pre-game and ditch those running boards right now, and your truck will look even better!
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Unread 10-09-2012, 02:26 PM   #25
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Mike, I was contemplating it, but the munchkins (4 years old and 6 years old) need them to get in.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #26
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Default Recaro Seat Install



So, after offroading and spending alot of time on the road this summer, coupled with my drivers seat cover starting to wear out . I decided to buy a set of Leather Recaro seats, which I got for a great price.

For this I used:

1. A pair of Recaro Sport seats.

2. The Metal-Tech 4x4 seat sensor bypass

3. A set of 2"-3" grade 8 bolts and nuts

4. Tools to remove the OEM slider from the rail. Sawzall, BFH and a lot of patience.

Start with removing the OEM seats and disconnecting the sensors. Next, separate the seat track from the seat base. Then once removed cut off the ends of the OEM slider and hammer it out of the tracks. Next measure up the Recaro rails and mark the drill holes on the OEM track. Dril through and bolt the seat to the OEM Rail.

Tearing apart the factory seats I discovered a complicated weight sensor system for the passenger airbag. I did a search online and found a manual bypass switch from metal-tech the switch is designed for the user to tell the SRS system if a passenger is in the seat. It came with simple instructions and basically plugs in and you reset the SRS and you are good to go.



The seats were a little bit of a pain as I had to bolt the recaro sliders through the factory rails to get them on there.



Other than that I really like these seats. They hold my butt into the seat and the side bolsters provide great lateral support. These are by far the most comfortable seats I have ever had.



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Unread 10-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #27
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Looking good! Can you show off your tire carrier a bit more? I'm looking for a solution before I jump to 285's.
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Unread 10-17-2012, 06:23 AM   #28
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Default WILCO Tiregate

Absolutely,

here is the link for the manufacturer
http://www.tiregate.com/hg-series/ they retail for about $700










they are sturdy, I have the high lift and 2 fuel cans mounted to it for the trail.
The only thing I dont like is how far it pushes the tire out, but that allows plenty of room for the fuel cans.

They are getting harder to find. I lucked out and picked up a used one from the board here.
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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #29
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Very nice looking seats Mike! Looks like you're all set for some 5 point restraints!
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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #30
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Looks like you're all set for some 5 point restraints!
Not without a roll cage! You need to be able to collapse to the side with your seat belt on in the event of a roll-over/ceiling collapse or else your neck with get snapped. He'd also lose the functionality of the back seats because of how you have to route the shoulder straps for a 5- or 6-point belt.

Those are some nice seats, if I ever need to get the factory seats redone I want a lot more side bolster added like those. Good job!
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Unread 10-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #31
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Nicely done Mike.

You for sure need those racing seats for the way you drive off road
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Unread 10-18-2012, 10:23 PM   #32
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Dave, thanks alot brother.

Mike, thank you too. I was not planning on doing the harnesses because it didn's seem safe. The seats do hold me in the seat very well now.

Jon, thank you. You aren't kidding the skinny pedal is my friend
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Looking good, but you can pre-game and ditch those running boards right now, and your truck will look even better!
Getting DO sliders put on tomorrow; God willing
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Unread 10-19-2012, 01:56 AM   #34
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Mike looking at your UCAs you have the ball joints in backwards. you should see the SPC logo facing towards the outside.
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Mike looking at your UCAs you have the ball joints in backwards. you should see the SPC logo facing towards the outside.
Thanks Mikey, good looking out.

I guess that explains why it was sitting a little higher and the camber looked a little positive

I appreciate it. I just turned them around it sits normal now.
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So I'm curious, are your new seats much lighter than the stock ones?
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Thanks Tim/Tdub06 for the great deal on the DO Sliders. They look great! I just got home after a 5 hour drive back home (traffic was killer 2 hrs on I-10) I will put up some pictures tomorrow.



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So I'm curious, are your new seats much lighter than the stock ones?
Maybe 5-10lbs lighter each, but a whole lot more comfortable and supportive. I spent a total of 8hours on the road today and they felt great.
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dang man. You've been working hard. Those Recaros look great.
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So, after a failed attempt to build my own platform rack. I decided to go with the one from Front Runner. It mounted right up and is of great quality. Now All I need is a tent for the top and I'll be ready for some trips out in the back country this summer.





Great rack! I would love to see how this mounted to the 4runners roof. From the front runner site it looks like you first mount rails, then the feet slide in those rails, then attach to the rack? Is that correct?
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