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"The Yeti" build 2000 ext camper

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by tstege, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Feb 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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    tstege

    tstege [OP] Well-Known Member

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    2000 TRD ext cab 3.4 V6 5spd manual windows and locks

    So this all started out with me owning a green 2wd and I picked this camper shell up and as I tweaked it and customized it I realized I wanted a 4x4 with a V6 so I swapped the camper and battery setup to the new truck. Needless to say I love the truck. I am not 100% sure about the mods that the truck has all I Know is it is locked front and rear. It came with the bumper. I added wheels and camper shell/rack setup and I am loving it. Sleeps 2 people and 2 dogs on the platform or I can take 2 pieces of the platform out leaving the drivers side in and I have a little more headroom and a place to sit up while I am inside.

    I purchased the windows on the windoors online and the vent and added those. I also used 1'' insulation to insulate the shell then covered it in fiberglass shower board found at Home Depot (tip when working with it trying to make curves in the ceiling it helps to warm it up I just put the piece I needed bent in the back of the truck with my Heater Buddy on warms right up and is flexible).

    I have taken it up to Mammoth twice now and we stay warm just using the heater before bed and when we get up, with good sleeping bags of course. The only thing is I am trying to find a way to hang the heater buddy and make a plate so it does not over heat my roof thinking some metal sheeting might do the trick.

    Front and rear lockers w/ cable actuated 4x4

    Six-PAC utility camper w/ added windows, roof vent, insulation, dual battery, inverter, mr. heater buddy portable gas heater, and sleeping platform.

    I also rhino lined the bed and about 3'' of the rails to keep them protected.

    I also added a new black grill and I am thinking of painting the emblem TRD red not sure yet though

    TRD black rims and Falken AT's 255/65/R16

    Yakima roof rack with wind fairing

    Custom bull bar

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  2. Feb 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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    hard2kill

    hard2kill Well-Known Member

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    ...315's,2in bora wheel spacers,safari snorkel,wheel spacers,bruteforcefab rear bumper and sliders,afe filter,hi-lift jack,5100 with OME 886 & 1/2in spacer,allpro expo's,icon 10in rear shox,flip kit,ss brake lines,cobra cb,fog light mod,yellow fogs,weathertech mats,fullsize spare tire and extra sport rim,tinted windows,aeroturbine 2525 muffler dumped over axle...rear diff breather mod...removed factory spare...removed 2nd air filter...THULE roof rack and fairing....bud builts front to back,allpoo front bumper,BAMF lca skids,overland Offroad roof and bed racks,
    sounds cool...more pics and details?
     
  3. Feb 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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    Having trouble with pics from my phone ill upload more later
     
  4. Feb 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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    tstege

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    I was able to upload a bunch more photos today.

    Also I changed my plugs and wires yesterday, added a new all black grill instead of fake chrome, and I installed new weather strips on my windows. The only thing left to do is replace my fuel filter, I started yesterday but I could not unscrew the lines so I need to spray them with WD40 and then try it. My plugs looked pretty old and they were Bosch so I am glad I changed them, and now it seems my idle is a little lower RPM and the truck is smoother idling.

    Next up trip to Boulder City, NV for a canoe trip to black canyon and hot springing.
     
  5. Feb 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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    tacomakid96

    tacomakid96 Can you skin Grizz, pilgram?

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    Airbags, Projectors, Bilsteins front and rear, FM 50 series, Leer canopy, 265/75/16 Duratrac's...
    I would love to have a little camper like that for hunting trips!
     
  6. Feb 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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    tstege

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    Yeah it works perfect for my needs and I keep it on all of the time. It only weighs about 180-200lbs which is perfect keeping performance. I recently thought about switching to a Callen with a small overhead compartment but can not justify the looks and weight. I searched high and low on CL for this one got it for $200 spent another $600 on it to get it how I wanted it including dual battery and inverter. Tyler

     
  7. Feb 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    very cool travel rig man
     
  8. Feb 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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    BAMFTACO

    BAMFTACO Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice

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    Lift- stock suspension with light racing uppers,tc coil bucket gusset, timbern bumps ,defined extended shackles with shackle brace. Armor- custom tube bumper, kr fab rear bumper,trail gear wiy 78 in sliders Performance-intake manifold spacer, vibrant resonator Random stuff- kenwood head unit,b&m t shifter, hood bug deflector.
    Looks good op
     
  9. Feb 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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    Thanks guys I appreciate it. Def. get most of my ideas from here, even the bad ones like spending $1200 on new wheels and tires!
     
  10. Feb 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    looking good!

    fyi, if you don't have a set of line wrenches, you'll need them to remove the fuel filter otherwise you'll round off the fuel line hexes because they're made of very soft metal.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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    That explains it. I might just have to let my mechanic do it then, I don't have the proper tools. Thanks for the heads up
     
  12. Feb 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    it's not hard to do and the wrenches are ~ $20-30 for a set

    http://www.sears.com/powerbuilt-640...M7414496411?prdNo=12&blockNo=12&blockType=G12
     
  13. Feb 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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    Cool thanks for the link I will have to pick up a set. I figured it cannot be that hard I just could not get the lines to budge with my normal wrenches and I did not want to do damage. Tyler
     
  14. Mar 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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    tstege

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    here is a dog seat storage thing I made for my extra cab

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  15. Mar 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM
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    tstege

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    I replaced my K&N with a dry filter from AEM roughly the same size and slid right on. So far so good and no oil to mess up my MAF, from what I here its a problem.

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