2018 Lexus GX build

I managed to get my light decorations wired up this weekend and actually function. I‘ll get them adjusted some night after work this week when no one is around in the neighborhood. Rigid Dually 2s with 6 LEDs per light for ditch lights and Rigid 360 series 6” on the bumper. I already had the SAE driving lights wired into the factory switch.

I really love the stock lights on the GX but the SAE driving lights really enhances the low beams.

This is about all the forward lights anyone could realistically use/need.

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Look at that. I have talked myself into waiting on getting a LUSB Oscar's Mobile Hideout because I didn't have my rear tire carrier yet (bumper and tire carrier are on order), and it would just scratch up the truck paint and get in the way if I left it on the tailgate. Then you go posting a common sense solution by hanging it from the roof rack, and now the devil in me is trying to talk the responsible adult in me into getting it sooner rather than later.
 
Look at that. I have talked myself into waiting on getting a LUSB Oscar's Mobile Hideout because I didn't have my rear tire carrier yet (bumper and tire carrier are on order), and it would just scratch up the truck paint and get in the way if I left it on the tailgate. Then you go posting a common sense solution by hanging it from the roof rack, and now the devil in me is trying to talk the responsible adult in me into getting it sooner rather than later.
Solid piece of kit.
 
The parts are slowly arriving for my transmission cooler installation. The Lexus GX doesn’t come with a factory transmission cooler installed until model year 2020. Crazy for a vehicle rated to tow 6500 lbs. In North America only the Canadians in the highest trim level received the transmission cooler. Found a thread on Club Lexus with the complete factory parts list. Put everything on order through US Lexus/Toyota dealers with the exception of the trany cooler itself. It was half price of a NA. market cooler but same P.N. shipped out of the UAE.

Still waiting on the remaining parts shipping CONUS. Crazy a part can arrive from the UAE faster. 93591B5E-E84C-4C60-8001-D76211DA7194.jpeg 68AAAB66-95B8-4FB1-B9F7-B6DBDB5F2E34.jpeg
 
A few updates from the weekend.

I installed my second AGM battery, wired up the NOCO trickle charger and started my scene lighting installation.

The NOCO trickle charger will keep both batteries topped up and since the alternator won’t fully charge the start battery it‘ll take care of that. In the field I can connect my portable solar panel to either battery for charging. Eventually I’ll install my 100 watt Renogy fixed panel to my roof rack for dedicated charging to the house battery and use the portable panel as needed for type of trip. For instance at a base camp event like Expo or Northwest Overland Rally I’ll be able to charge up to 220 watts.

The batteries are Northstar from the group buy this spring, both are group 24F, 78 amp hour reserve (stock is 65) and 310 more CCA.

I realize most people will think scene lights are OAF but I ski all winter long and the sun doesn’t show till about 7:30 so they are necessary to me for dawn patrol. Especially if the resort I’m skiing at doesn’t allow ski bum camping and I need to camp down the road, extra time to prep.

The scene light bracket are repurposed from my Taco but this time around I had them powder coated. They are fabricated from 15-5 .050” CRES. I fabricated my own as the Rigid scene lights were to long to fit anything Front Runner offered.

I located and drilled a few holes in the roof rack to run wiring in the channels. I still need to complete the wiring to the sPOD but now that they are located that’ll be a fairly easy task.

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