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The Mule - MountainMan's Build

UPDATE May 28,11
Had a bit of a photo issue so I have had to swap the ones I originally posted for some new ones... DOH!


Every MountainMan needs a mule to pack his gear and loot through the high country, this... IS MINE!

As a disclaimer this might be the slowest build out thread in history, I haven't done much yet... BUT I GOT DREAMS BABY!

I first blacked out the bezel (removed it), the mirrors (just masked it), the handles (just masked it), and the rear emblems (removed them, and re-arranged them); I also changed the front TOYOTA to yellow ($30 to a guy at a paint shop), as you can see I left the bumper with the silver, I like them matching the wheels. But that is under review and I will most likely black out the bumpers and rims some day...

HERE ARE THE PICS:







The black paint used was Dupli-Color Truck Van SUV
To re-attach the emblems use 3M Auto Emblem Glue
I had Abra auto body do the yellow TOYOTA for $30

NOTES:
* mask off everything diligently, don't get lazy or take it all of the rig, one or the other
* paint with many light coats, avoid runs, dont rush
* dental floss is a nice trick to remove the emblems
* remove the top 2 screws and top 2 black plastic fasteners on the bezel then pull straight out - all those other white guys on the bottom will pop out w/o breaking

thanks to those who helped with all the pointers as seen in this thread Painting the Emblems

Next I needed to get radio communications, tunes, and GPS ::: So I put in a Garmin Oregon 400t, a ZUNE MP3 player, and Yaesu VX-75 HT HAM radio. The radio is kept in place by some heavy duty velcro on the back, as is the Zune. The radio is connected to a Diamond 770 external antenna. The wiring runs into the center console, under the seats, down the side under the trim and to the Bandi Mount on the back, works like a charm! In time this radio will get replaced by a Kenwood D710 unit...

Next I needed to organize the gear: M-PAC SOLUTION

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Next I needed a lift! I longed about it for the first two years and finally I had the $ to do it, got the Ultimate Kit from ToyTech

THE LIFT
We got started at 10:45AM, got done about 5PM. Everything went pretty smoothly. Special thanks to Mark and Reese who without I would not have gotten this lift done.



I took some before and after measurements:
The NITTO's weigh in at 47lbs each, the stockers weigh in at 30lbs each. So I have added 85lbs to the overall weight of the MULE.

BEFORE 3" ToyTech Coilover Lift and 285/75/17 Nitto TerraGrappler tires (33.8" high):
34 5/8" from ground to bottom of front fender
35 7/8" from ground to bottom of rear fender

AFTER LIFT AND TIRES:
39 3/4" from ground to bottom of front fender
40" from ground to bottom of rear fender

New Clearance at Rear Diff: 10 5/8"
New Clearance at Front Skid: 14"

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I wanted to record and show off the trails I had done with the MULE I hate it when folks see off road rigs and think 'how silly that things has probably never been off road, so I wanted to rectify that so I got stickers and custom lettering from Lettering from GreatLettering.com A note on the lettering that was obvious to me after I ordered the first time; it is cheaper to get 1 sticker with 4 lines of text than 4 stickers with 1 line of text. What you see here is the 3rd order I have put on because I just wanted to change things, font or whatever... it's not that spendy.




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First set of skids to go on, front control arm skids by Ricochet
Recently I added TheMule roof rack addition from BajaRack.


edit: 8/5/10
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4x4 shocks and springs, 265/70/17 BFG AT, VSC Cancel switch, ProComp lights, Bajarack


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Re: The Mule - MountainMan's Build

This thread is great!



2007 Titanium Metallic AT 4x4
Heated Leather : PIAA 520i Spots & Fogs : TRD CAI & Exhaust : Doug Thorley Y-Pipe : Metal-Tech Sliders : Custom Shock Mount Skids : 35" Hankook DynaPro MT RT03 : BM Chop : ARB Roof Rack w/ 4 IPF's : ICON Stage 2 Lift : ICON Rear LCA's : ICON Shift Knobs : Total Chaos Front UCA's : BudBuilt 5 Piece Skids : Metal-Tech Bumpers F&R : Warn 9.5 XP : Jerry Cans on the rear : Roof Mounted Tire : Gobi Ladder : Cobra CB w/ Bandi Mount : Garmin GPS : Full Length cargo box : Lots of scratches that won't buff out : FJ Cracked Windshield Mod
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It's about time Taft

I can't wait to see your build buddy

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INSTALLED: BFG TA/ko Tires - M-Pac system - Rock Rails - ARB Roof Rack - ARB Fridge/Freezer - Gobi Ladder -All Pro APex rear bumper - All Pro Lower Links - All-Pro Lower link skids - Bud Built Skids - AT Cooler - Rear Diff Skid - ARB front Bumper with fog lights - Engo E10,000 winch - PRG Snorkel - IPF driving lights - Optima AGM Battery - Painless Dual Battery System - Scuba Driver Mod - Bandi Mount - Yaesu dual band radio - Icom IC-7000 HF - 12v Receptacles - Rock Lights -- Rocktek Shock Armor

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Re: The Mule - MountainMan's Build

nice build

Black fj loaded
arb bumper
IPF aux light
warn xp 9.5
viking synthetic winch line
PIAA 525 lights
king shocks
Budbuilt skids
Toytech Rr lower control arm
All pro Lower link skid
Total Chaos upper "A" arm
duel battery
Gobi roof rack
32" xmitter light
delta fog on the side
PIAA 2100 fog on the rear
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