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Ransom's Slow/Budget "overland?" build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by RansomFTW, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Apr 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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    RansomFTW

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    So I bought this 99 SR5 4x4 at the beginning of 2013 and it is my first truck, so far I am head over heels in love, but I have this horrible syndrome most of us suffer from and that is "Must Mod Syndrome" but as the title says I am on a budget. Ive been doing alot of small things here and there to spiff it up and big plans are scheduled to pan out in the near future so i figured id get a start on my build thread. And the "overland?" is referring to me not really being sure where this project will end up, but overland beast is the inspiration/goal

    This is from the day I brought it home
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    Current Goodies:
    -2.5" Revtek spacer lift (must go)
    -Color matched Leer canopy
    -265/70/17 Nexen Roadian HT (also must go)
    -Flowmaster 40 series
    -Tinted windows all around (makes backing up at night pretty difficult)

    The amount of chrome on the truck kind of disgusts me, the suspension is sagging and im almost positive both shocks and both struts are dead, the tires are shit for anything other than pavement, it needs a roof rack, and the lights arent cutting it

    so heres the To-Do List;
    Exterior:
    -Roof Rack with Kayak mount system
    -Driving lights
    -REMOVE CHROME!! (partially finished)
    -Bull bar or weld together bumper
    -winch/other recovery goodies

    Suspension:
    -OME Dakar rear leaf springs
    -OME D6XL Extra leaf(for the canopy weight)
    -OME 883 Front coils
    -Nitro 9000 Struts and Shocks
    (Looking at getting roughly a 3" Lift with slight rake, let me know if im on the right track or not)

    Tires:
    -Something cheap but reliable and effective in dirt and snow. Will most likely go with treadwrights or possibly some Les Schwab brand tires.

    Im sure more will come up

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  2. Apr 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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    I removed some of the chrome by taking off the stupid chrome fender flares. Also plasti-dipped the window trim that was dried up and falling off and the door handles. Still not sure what to do with the gril and bumpers.
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  3. Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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    The bed needed some sprucing up so I hurculined it and built myself a mattress platform/storage compartment. Cant wait to put this to use this camping season (just installed it a couple days ago) the storage containers are just under bed storage boxes and all of my fly fishing gear, boots, waders, shoulder bag, and net fit into one. This was just the first quick attempt at building a mattress platform but its not bad for $70(wood and storage containers) and a few hours of labor.
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  4. Apr 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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    Full rebuild short of machine work, mean green motherfucker! Lime green block, hand-polished valve cover, and stickers! Too broke for real mods right now. Stonewall is my baby, but he's also a work truck.
    Huzzah for chrome deletion. I think it looks better without it. :)
    Let me know how your mattress platform works out- I was thinking of doing something like that with my Taco. Cheaper, undoubtedly, than buying a tent, and more comfortable than just sleeping with the mattress straight on the bed, I'm sure. :D
     
  5. Apr 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM
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  6. Apr 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM
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    I went from lowering cars to now trying to lift a truck and keep the suspension solid so im learning as i go. I need to rear leaf springs bad, the OME Dakars were the original plan but now i found these ProComps which are a better price and provide a bit more of a lift. Does anyone want to shed any light on these or which of the 2 is a better bet?

    http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kit...ng.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=101&t_pt=4113&t_pn=EXP33211
     
  7. Apr 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM
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    I guess a general review on ProComp suspension parts would be great, as it is a much more budget option than the OME route
     
  8. Apr 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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    OP, I suffer from MMS too. I'm diggin the simpleness of your sleeping platform. Good looking rig btw!!
     
  9. Apr 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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    I tried to make a part of it a trap door of sorts(you can kind of see the hinges) just incase i needed to put something a bit taller in the bed or something i didnt wanna dirty up the mattress platform. But i ended up having to trim down the platform alot due to being lazy in my measurements so the door is pretty small... and it still wont open because i didnt accomodate for the canopy getting in the way:facepalm:
     
  10. Apr 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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    Adding a CB radio to the to-do list
     
  11. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM
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    MMS doesnt only effect the sober, dont judge my drunken deck plate mod. itll do just fine
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  12. Apr 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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    Oooooooo new goodies came in the mail today
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    OME Dakar rear leaf springs (plus required shackle bushings)
    Rough Country Nitro 9000 shocks
    Rough Country Nitro 9000 struts
    (Gonna stick with the stock springs and revtek spacer lift on the front for the time being)

    Now to find some time to actually install these parts.
     
  13. Jun 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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    Well i finally got my rear suspension bits installed. started a new job and didnt have any time until a couple weeks ago, but anyway.... 2 days, 1 broken bolt, alot of swearing, more than a few beers, and 4 stitches later, I was able to finally get everything all bolted up in the rear. It sits and rides so much better already. cant wait to get the new struts in.

    The 4 stitches happened when I was trying to cut out a bushing on one of my shocks and my multitool blade closed on my finger. cut right down to the bone.
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    Thought this was kind of a cool shot
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    aaaand the semi-finished project. I took the mudflaps off for easier access to everything and decided to leave them off as it looks sort of badass
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    Next step is new wheels and tires. My new job is at discount/americas tire so i should be able to get the good stuff. any suggestion on tires would be appreciated, leaning towards the Duratracs but the wrangler mt/r kevlars are pretty badass.
     
  14. Jun 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM
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    Looks good man. Makes me want to pose you.
     
  15. Jun 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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    Box Rocket just trying to help

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    Please don't get Duratracs.
     
  16. Jun 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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    why's that? what should i get?
     
  17. Jun 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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    Box Rocket just trying to help

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    Well besides the fact that I think they are a Fugly tire.....but that's just personal opinion and not everyone will agree.

    They have weak sidewalls and are prone to punctures. Also the rubber compound is realtively soft and they tend to wear much more quickly than other comperable tires.

    Choosing a different tire will really depend on how you want to use the truck. What type of terrain are you going to see most? What conditions? What is most important to you in a tire?
     
  18. Jun 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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    Now I'm leaning towards the kevlars. I want something that will last and will put up with the semi frequent beatings of forest service roads and wheeling trails. Also need something that can get me through snow and out of most situations. Unfortunately most if my driving is done on pavement though and that kind of scares me away from MTs
     
  19. Jun 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    First hand experience. I love the Kevlars offroad. But they are a little noisy on the road and you can feel all the lugs hit the pavement. I'm willing to accept the tradeoffs but they are not a great road tire in terms of comfort.

    Here's a few others I would take a look at if I were you.

    ProComp Xtreme All Terrain (the one on the right). It's a bit more aggressive for an all terrain, but still a decent tread for pavement.
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    Nitto Terra Grappler
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    BFG AT KO. I am on my 3rd set of these on my Land Cruiser and love them. They wear great. Last set got 75K miles. I'm suprised by them almost everytime I take them offroad. They won't self clean as well in deep sticky mud but do surpisingly well.
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    If you want more aggressive you could also look at the BFG KM2, the Hankook Dynapro MT, MTR Kevlars, Trxus MT, and the Nitto Trail Grappler. but these are all definitely more on the MT side of things and you'll sacrifice some road manners for better offroad performance.

    Just my opinion, but you couldn't pay me to run Duratracs.
     
  20. Jun 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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    Funny thing about due attacks, the day after you said not to get them I repaired 4 punctures on duratracs all in one day
     
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