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Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by RockRanger, February 12, 2014.

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      Having ran my wooden storage box behind my seats for awhile I really liked the bungeecords to hold items in place. So I drew up and cut a lower bracket and a upper bracket. I put a few bends in the lower to give it added strength.

      [​IMG]20160212_144536 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I then riveted them into the truck by pulling back the carpet and the interior trim pieces. Last I ran bungee cord between the two.

      [​IMG]20160212_161155 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
    4. RockRanger

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      Awhile back I built some new shackles for the rear suspension. I built them to match the length of the Belltecks that I have been running. All was good till I went to install them and the 2" OD bushing I used would not clear the factory hangers. I put it on the back burner and finally build some new hangers. They are made out of 1/4" plate.I also made a backing plate that the nuts are tacked to on the inside of the frame. I only did this because my gas tank is in the way of easy access to the back.

      The pieces.

      [​IMG]20160215_134045 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then compared to the stock piece. The stock hanger is an original 23 year old piece.

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      [​IMG]20160215_141745 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Installed on the truck with my new shackles.

      [​IMG]20160216_150438 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160216_150426 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
    5. Kirby N.

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      Those are sweet! My mounts were rusted pretty good when I did mine. They seem to hold water and snow and ice. I used a set of diy4x shackles that are way thicker and better quality than the bell tech. Idk why everyone uses the bell tech ones I have seen 2 sets get destroyed.
       
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      Everyone uses the belltecks cause they are cheap and what everyone mentions for a lift shackle. Mine are 10ish years old. I am sure the only reason mine have lasted this long is cause my BroncoII tank hangs down lower then the shackles taking most of the hits.

      The diy4x are nice.
       
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      Great work Matt...looks better than the tabs welded to square tubing I had planned. I might hit you up for a set of these when the time comes.

      The stock hangers are scary thin, I broke one in half in Big Bear. Luckily I still had a bed then and my shackle/spring was riding on the underside of the bed and drove it home that way.
       
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      Matt, you have become a plasma cutting machine! :) all of these fixes you have come up with are great.
       
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      I built some stronger front mounts as well. All made out of quarter inch material.

      Here it is tacked welded next to the factory hanger.

      [​IMG]20160218_195945 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      It is keyed into the back plate then also welded.

      [​IMG]20160218_200111 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Here is the passenger side mount installed.

      [​IMG]20160219_203201 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I had to trim the parking brake bracket on the ends to clear then bolted the driverside mount on.

      [​IMG]20160219_220550 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Here are the mounts front and rear.

      [​IMG]20160219_203212 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Very nice, that should take care of some potential weak spots.
       
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      Everyone who does a 63" leaf swap need a set of these! If you are cutting off the stock ones, you should put some beef back in! They look great Matt!
       
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      Thanks. I am thinking about making a set with two inches of drop built in to each mount. It would be an easy way to get two inches of lift or remove the factory block and keep the same ride height.
       
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      Probably doesn't need it being 1/4 inch plate but what about making the back plate that mounts to the frame a solid piece without the cutout section.
      Could take it a step further with a gusset tying the "v" section together.

      If weight is a concern it could be made from 3/16" plate and still be plenty strong.
       
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      Haven't done much with the truck lately. I decided to take a drive in the local mountains and wonder around on the forest service roads. Snow levels stopped me around 6800 feet. This is an area I haven't spent much time exploring. Being less then two hours from the house I need to spend more time around here.

      [​IMG]20160409_144217 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

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      I hate mud. the last half mile of the road out was nasty with some 18" deep holes. Took 20 minutes at the car wash to get most of it off.

      [​IMG]20160409_160618 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

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      Did a quick trip up to the mountains this weekend. One of the local clubs was doing a poker run raising money for trail maintenance in the area. The trail isn't hard but was a fun day spent in the mountains with Bailey. She slept most of the way home.

      [​IMG]20160514_113105 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160514_171139 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Now Tracy and I are packing up as we are leaving in the morning for Moab. :D
       
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      Had a blast in Moab with the club. the pictures from it can be found here
      Kane Creek https://www.flickr.com/gp/101354841@N08/XF1N71
      Poison Spider, Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim. https://flic.kr/s/aHskzL9Ud7
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      I decided to go wheeling this last weekend. Truck started running horrible around town. I tried cleaning the MAF sensor and it seemed to help for a bit then went to crap. So I installed a new MAF sensor.

      [​IMG]20160627_144916 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then I took Bailey with me up camping overnight on a Daddy daughter overnight campout.

      [​IMG]20160625_081941 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I met up with Tracy and she took Bailey home and I went on a night run poker run. The trail run started at 7pm. I got back to camp at 2:30 am and in bed around 3:15 am. I didn't get any pictures as it was night and I didn't have anyone riding with me. The netxt day I wheeled into Brewer lake and did a little fishing hooked two fish but didn't land them. I only fished for about an hour though.

      When I was packing up camp I noticed my glove box door got broken. Not sure if Bailey kicked it or something fell against it. I think it is the former. Anyone have one for sale this color?

      [​IMG]20160627_201141 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Today I changed the oil as I couldn't remember when the last change was. It wasn't terrible color but was getting there. I pull the old filter and find the last change.

      [​IMG]20160627_144140 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I mark the new one and install it.

      [​IMG]20160627_141707 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      In 17 months I drove the truck 2900 miles. The speedo reads fast so actual miles is a little less. I was surprised by the miles driven.

      Then I tagged the truck with a couple of stickers I got when I was in Moab this year.

      [​IMG]20160627_203230 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160627_203324 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Next is to pack the truck as we are getting ready to spend three days in the Sierras wheeling fishing and camping.
       
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      When I saw the picture of your broken glove box, I was expecting the next picture to be of a new and improved version made on your plasma table.
      Its great to see dad's and daughters getting out together. Reminds me of Sarah when she was little.
       
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      I also put the date of the oil change on my filters. I try to change the oil in the Pumpkin once a year regardless of the mileage.
       
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      We went and did a three night camping/ wheeling trip in the local mountains. We went to Red Lake. The lake sits just above 9000 feet elevation. The trail is not extremely hard but has a few challenges along the way. That whole truck not running thing I thought I fixed with a new MAS came back and left me strugling on the way in. The truck wouldn't run if under 2000 rpms. Lucky for me with a doubler and not to challenging of a trail I was able to keep the rpms up and keep it running. Anyway here we are airing down .

      [​IMG]20160629_135205 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Truck was loaded up.

      [​IMG]20160629_135217 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      We got to Red lake and setup camp. Bailey was exhausted from all the fun.

      [​IMG]20160629_214450 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The next morning I decided to hike to the top of Red Mountain. I had never been up there. It has an elevation of 8862 according to the gps on my phone. There is not trail to the top. Just start hiking up hill till it ends. The views were amazing on the way up. Here is Red Lake from part way up.

      [​IMG]20160630_110751 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      There were some nice flowers along the way as well.

      [​IMG]20160630_102453 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

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      From the top you can see Coyote Lake. The trail we took in continues and you can also camp there. That section of trail is much more difficult.

      [​IMG]20160630_103318 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      From the top is an amazing 360 degree view.

      [​IMG]20160630_103307 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      When I got back down our friend Fred and his son Josh had joined us. He has a sweet Comando and teardrop traler he built.

      [​IMG]20160630_180611 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Here is the view of Red Mountain from across the lake from the camping spots.

      [​IMG]20160630_144628 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then we decided to do some fishing. I will let the pictures speak for how the fishing was.

      [​IMG]20160630_153319 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160630_154229 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      On the way out Tracy popped a bead on her Jeep. we jacked it up and using the York on my truck we were able to reseat the bead.

      [​IMG]20160701_144306 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      My hilift adapter made the jack much more stable while we were pulling the bead on.

      [​IMG]20160701_144317 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Overall a fun time was had by all. Now if I can figure out why my truck won't run after the long pull up the hill.
       
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      bad ground? That was my problem.
       
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      Looks like the fuel pump was going out. Put a new pump, filter, and relay in and seems to be working now.
       
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      Jealous that my wife has a gauge on her York On Board Air system decided I needed one. My dash is starting to get a bit full so looking around I decided the perfect spot was where the electric shift 4x4 switches would be. I pulled the dash apart and pulled to vent and came up with a game plan. First I cut the back piece that will clip in where the 4x4 control piece clipped in.

      [​IMG]20160705_120208 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Next tapped the 4 holes to match some button head screws I have. Here you can see the two tabs on top and bottom that the original piece clips into. Mine clips into the same holes.

      [​IMG]20160705_131141 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

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      Then I made a small plate that would secure a gauge I had laying around to the front plate. I added a few tack welds to hold it all together.

      [​IMG]20160705_120215 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

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      Here is the panel all mounted up and reading how much pressure is in the system. I have something else in mind for the left side of the panel.

      [​IMG]20160705_133204 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      nicely done. I like how you made it snap back into the original mounts for the 4x4 switch.
       
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      I fixed my truck not running issue with a new fuel pump, filter and relay. So far so good. I also spent 6 of 9 days in the local mountains wheeling.

      First I ran up to Bald Mountain. Fun relaxing and did a few of the harder side obstacles. My 5 year old isn't much for taking pictures so this is the only one I got.

      [​IMG]20160805_145203 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The next day we went to Red Lake again in my wife's Jeep with the family. No pictures here but was uneventful for us.

      two days later I loaded up with my Dad as a passenger and we met a friend and ran Swamp Lake Trail. It is one of the harder trails in the local area. We took our time and did it over two days. The views we amazing the weather was perfect and the fishing wasn't bad either.

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      Came home for a few days and went for a day run to Coyote lake. The run to Coyote consists of going to Red lake then continuing onto Coyote. Once past Red the trail gets significantly harder. We were making good time and just about too the lake when I lost my steering. Got out to find a hiem on my panhard bar had broken. I had a spare in the truck with me so in short order we had the truck fixed and back on the trail.


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