I’ve been keeping a running list of things that I’d like to do to the rig, and things I’ve done to the rig.
The tasks on my list (not in any particular order):
- address some upholstery problems (holes and small rips) to stop them from becoming a bigger problem,
- looking for salvage yards that might have compatible rigs with some plastic parts I need to replace (e.g., lid to fusebox under the hood, cover for compartment on passenger side of the 3rd row seating, tie-down ‘wingnut’ piece that covers a screw in the cargo area)
- adding a simple aux battery to the rig; running some outlets for USB chargers
- mount mobile 2m/70cm radio in dash or up front; large antenna mounted on rear bumper (?)
- add bolts to engine cover (two are missing, two are present) - requires a bracket that’s missing
- plasti-dip grill to black
- roof rack (Bowfin Cruisers?)
- armor up: 1. first, sliders (Trail Tailor? White Knuckle?) 2. second, rear bumper (Dissent Off-Road?) 3. third, front bumper (Dissent Off-Road, too? Addicted Off-Road?)
- portable compressor for airing up, or CO2 system for airing up.
- The torsion bars probably need a crank. My mechanic, Shady, said I could give the rig to him and he’d bring it to his alignment place. ``If you adjust the torsion, you need to be careful with alignment,’’ he said. I don’t know if I believe him. Fact check: sound advice here, and video instructions shared here and linked here.
- See if swapping the O2 sensors (updtream) change the error codes from
PO430(bank 2, passenger side) to
PO420(bank 1, driver side)
- have headlights aimed, perhaps replacing the bulbs (instructions for aiming are [here])
- add gooseneck rail mount system for handheld transceiver in cockpit
- remove the running boards and, perhaps, replace with sliders; without running boards and sliders, it sounds like people recommend mud flaps (here’s a link to the part numbers on ih8mud: [OEM Front Mudflaps])
- removed air deflector
- find some folks in my local area (Ventura County) who are interested in some day trips to trails in the Los Padres Wilderness or surrounding areas. I want to meet some people and strengthen some trail driving skills so I can overland camp with confidence with my rig
- converting some interior lights to LEDs (Update: kit ordered from [pfran])
- working up the courage (and saving the money) for stereo upgrade - CarPlay compatibility, AUX in, BT for music; not sure if I want GPS, but it would save battery life on phone Update: used @SerialHobbyist’s approach to ‘upgrading’ the stereo. Update #2: this ‘upgrade’ kinda sux.
- post-purchase shop maintenance: replaced the timing belt and transfer case looked at (someday, have from at [RPM Garage] in Monrovia take a look at the rig)
- replace shocks (current shocks look original to truck) - Kyb EXCEED-D recommended by S&M Auto
- obtained small fire extinguisher(s) for rig; one of the ‘cans’ that sits in my tool box in the back
- customize wiring to the homelink system in the top console so it only activiates as an accessory as opposed to being ‘always on’ [this has since BROKEN]
- NOT BROKEN, just anemic: fix antenna mast, perhaps replacing it with a manual mast (?)
- added a goose-neck stand that bolts to passenger-side front seat rails and holds my cell phone or my Ham radio; have a mag-mount antenna for the ham radio that I put out when using
- removed air deflector and put screws into exposed holes. NOTE: screws quickly started to rust; need to find stainless
- added J-hooks to factor roof rack for kayak
- repaired water leak that drips onto the feet of the LC passenger (first row) when A/C is running; used 3M strip caulk (need to check the name) to replace the gasket that was failing. Noted a bunch of gunk in the air filter space, but could only get some out. Wife was impressed that I did this myself.
- Upgraded to Michelen Defender LTX M/S 275/65R18 (32 inch) tires. The rig looks good!
- Built a sleeping platform for the back that comes apart, allowing a table to be present in the third-row area at all times; an extension lays down over the folded down back seats. I’m sure I’ll want to fiddle with this design some.
- Started fixing the saggy mesh nets on the back of the front seats. [Still need to do the PS]
- investigated the water leak into the DS footwell when it rains; will need to wait for the next rain (or manufacture one with a sprinkler) to see if it worked
- rolled the dice on a
PO430error code to get the rig resmogged
- refoamed the front speakers and the subwoofer
- replaced the cloth on all speaker grills; may redo in the future with a darker shade of grey
- added missing body clips to the sides of the DS front door
- replaced the screws that hold down the transitional tray for the tailgate; the originals were corroded and gross