Zam15's Adventure Build

Zam15

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The work continues! Making sure the truck is trip ready, looking to hit Death Valley soon.
Guess after 150k and a lot of dirt miles the transmission support decided to give up, one side was completely detached so I swapped in a new one.

New carrier bearing going in soon as well.

Picked up some circuit breakers for a few systems. Slowly redoing the wiring on the truck.

Built a custom wood/fiberglass subwoofer box to squeeze in two 10" low profile pioneer subs.

Ditched the useless clock that they Toyota decided to place behind the steering wheel.

Mounted an A pillar gauge pod, thinking boost/trans temp and oil temp/pressure?

Also who needs a GoFast when you can just build a camper out of scrap wood?
 

Zam15

Adventurist
The parts keep coming and they don't stop coming...
18 Gallon tank to go between the wheel wells. Not a ton but enough for a handful of quick showers and dishes.

Also have some 80/20 on order to work on the bed platform and a parts list is going together for the rest of the water system.
 
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TangoBlue

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You're adding almost 120 pounds of water, the tank, bracketry, and distribution system. Have you weighed your truck lately? I keep seeing stuff get tacked on to the frame but there comes a time in the build where you reach a point of diminishing returns between utility, necessity, performance, and capability. Sometimes it means raiding the piggy-bank once again and changing components. Because you can doesn't mean you should... ask me how I know. :D
 

bob91yj

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I'm somewhat stumped over how all of the cracked and broken mounts were missed during the rebuild. I'd want everything where it was supposed to be when setting up driveline angles for instance.
 

Zam15

Adventurist
You're adding almost 120 pounds of water, the tank, bracketry, and distribution system. Have you weighed your truck lately? I keep seeing stuff get tacked on to the frame but there comes a time in the build where you reach a point of diminishing returns between utility, necessity, performance, and capability. Sometimes it means raiding the piggy-bank once again and changing components. Because you can doesn't mean you should... ask me how I know. :D
I feel it will be better than having multiple jugs of water bouncing around the cab and bed of the truck, this will keep it low, secure and directly above the springs. Also I would only be filling it up with as much water is needed for the trip. Also looking at the GoFast camper I'd loose that much weight if not more by just switching over.

I'm somewhat stumped over how all of the cracked and broken mounts were missed during the rebuild. I'd want everything where it was supposed to be when setting up driveline angles for instance.
Trans mount wasn't separated until my last trip... maybe had a little too much fun! But I could tell it was going soon. Also most of the time if it doesn't require welding I prefer to do it myself, also that way I can be sure 100% OEM parts get used. Actual bearing was still good, just the rubber was showing its age.
 

Zam15

Adventurist
Getting the frame layout for the bed platform, looks good so far. Will likely add some vertical supports as well, either on the side or middle.

Going to keep it level with the wheel wells to get the most amount of space up top and keep it relatively low.

Hope to have everything above deck a little more dust tight.

Need to pickup some marine grade plywood and then I can start organizing!

Should give me a good amount of cubby space!


Also have some new rear springs on order, hope to get them swapped out before Christmas. Should help with the weight I've been adding and they'll match the front now! Silver vs Black

Current
14" x 250Lbs Upper
18" x 400Lbs Lower

New
16"x 300Lbs Upper
18" x 400Lbs Lower

Ideally you want 50-100 Lb spring rate separation on a dual rate coil-over, 150lb max separation. So this should get me closer to an ideal setup.
 
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Zam15

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Traded out the old Eibach springs that were being used to find a good spring rate with new Kings, ended up with the same lengths as no 16" 300Lb were on hand. Already bumped and strapped so extra spring length would not have helped much, just don't like seeing unused thread. We'll see how these work out. So far so good! No more shock body rub, wanted to get that fixed before heading out. Truck is nice and level now when loaded up and ride is a little more firm.
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New
14"x 300Lbs Upper
18" x 400Lbs Lower

Still working on the bed platform, plan to pick up some wood tomorrow for the floor!
 

Zam15

Adventurist
Happy that the truck is still a truck, was tight but squeezed in the plywood needed for the project

Have the first half of the floor installed, need some more hardware to bolt everything down then everything will be flush.

Plan to coat the wood and add access holes for storage down the road.
 

Zam15

Adventurist
Water tank is in, added some tie down points, rubber mat to protect the tank from vibration from the bed liner and a ratchet strap tie down. Tank wont budge! Just need to decide if I'm going to mount the fill port internally or externally :confused: If I get a go fast camper I can mount it internally and just flip open the side door to fill. Also wont have to drill a hole in my bedside.


Main sections cut, just waiting on hardware to bolt everything down and I need to pick up some flap discs to polish it up a little and remove some material around the wheel wells to it fits nice a snug. Overall super solid! Finally have a fridge slide in route, no more bouncing around the bed!
 
How has the SnugTop supported the RTT? Is it a reinforced model? What roof bar system are you using for the topper and roof? I’m thinking about mounting my RTT to a snugtop but ive heard they won’t support the weight without reinforcement
 

Zam15

Adventurist
How has the SnugTop supported the RTT? Is it a reinforced model? What roof bar system are you using for the topper and roof? I’m thinking about mounting my RTT to a snugtop but ive heard they won’t support the weight without reinforcement
Just fine, had this setup for over 10 years. However there is an issue with the bedsides spreading by the tailgate over time, had to add braces.
 

Zam15

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Kinda looks a little like a Uras Minor?
Had to look that up, lots of nice jeep conversions

Camper rundown!
GoFast $5750+ 15 Months*** , $50"x90", 275-300Lbs
Ovrlnd $6,400+, Unknown, 60”x80” 300lbs>
Camper Above $6,500, today , 58x91", 350 lbs
Drifter $7,250+, Unknown, 48"x80", 340 lbs
Summit $8,900+, 12+ weeks 48″x8o″ , 340 lbs
Habitat - $8,900+, 12+ weeks. 48″x87″, 340 lbs

Leaning towards an Ovrland camper at the moment - They've got the price, weight and sleeping space right in my mind.... Any thoughts?

 
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Zam15

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Well trucks in the shop, one of the valves decided to brake loose, so now I'm in for a new set of valves, camshaft, and head is at the machine shop...

Dropping in some new injectors, belts and a fresh oil change while I'm at it...

Don't even have my tax return and its already gone... :(

 
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