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Been too busy having fun with Pablo, the FJ, as my buddies call it. Name came from after the air dam install... said to look like a mustache. Anyway:

1. Finally got around to installing the diff drop kit, I think the CV angle is much improved.
2. Mounted Maxsa recovery tracks with some custom fab'ed mounts.
3. Mounted the RhinoRack Batwing Awning, then re-did the mounting set up... then re-did it again.
4. Finished the tool boxes, just need paint. Made them with very tight tolerances to I didn't use rails.
5. Sourced out hardware (flanged class 10.9 bolts and extra large grade 8 washers) and installed use OEM sliders.
6. Replaced passenger front ABS cable and cleared code... (lift install complication, oops! ).
6. Figured out how to post pictures not upside down, I think.

Next up is UCAs. Took a 1500 mile road trip and was a tad bit squirrelly on the highway... I'm blaming the little bit of caster alignment issues post-lift and not the insane amount of wind. At least that's my excuse for buying more things!

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@Lee44 Man that is a great idea! I will be drilling the knobs for safety wire.


@Supasta Thanks! I did color-match the Maxsa tracks haha.... The Rtic cooler too!


@mikey Not that I have noticed, they are pretty tucked in behind the rooftop tent. More than anything, I’m catching a lot more wind on the awning than I had anticipated. Relocated the mounts and will hopefully behave better.



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Ready to pick up a new storage drawer this weekend but a raised platform doesn't do well for anything over a 40qt cooler. Seems like the best way is to build a taller drawer for the either side. Also I was picking up bolts at the industrial hardware shop to re-do my spare tire mount and I saw signs for Tuff Stuff overland so I stopped in to try their fridge slider. It's universal, steel, and a solid piece.

Best bet is to build the drawer on the passenger side so I can retain space for the OE sub. And leave the cooler on the driver side. Add 2.5" to the drawer and move the OE power port. Not that it'll get done anytime soon, but one can dream.
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@JamesP oop nice solution....but does that block half the bass??



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Scraped, sanded, painted rock sliders, RLL skids, mounted rebuilt (under warranty) Baja Designs XL Pros. Might be my last year for those sliders and skids rust is so vigorous up here Salt corrosion on the BD light housings was ďthe worst ever seenĒ by their service dept, which should no longer be a problem given their use of the same gloss black powder coat as on the XL80 (center light) which did not corrode. The new lenses are beautiful, maybe a tad deeper yellow? Also discovered my heat shield completely detached and sitting atop of the muffler - ever-larger washers seem to have worn (or burned?) progressively larger holes around each washer. All this salt destruction is driving me crazy
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All this salt destruction is driving me crazy
The struggle is real up here. If you can, put it up on a lift, powerwash it, let it dry, then coat the whole underside with Amsoil Heavy-Duty Metal Protector. Don't waste your time with fluid film, it doesn't really hold up at all to this climate, unless you apply it every 2 months.
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@JamesP oop nice solution....but does that block half the bass??
My fridge blocks the sub completely now but it hasnít affected the sound very much at all.
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The struggle is real up here. If you can, put it up on a lift, powerwash it, let it dry, then coat the whole underside with Amsoil Heavy-Duty Metal Protector. Don't waste your time with fluid film, it doesn't really hold up at all to this climate, unless you apply it every 2 months.
Yeah we in the NE have a real battle on or hands every winter. I have my FJ professionally undercoated once a year and do touch ups as needed, sometimes with fluid film. Yeah I know it doesnít last, but itís handy and easy to squirt into small places & frame holes. Had not heard of the Amsoil Metal Protector - is it spray on? Any special prep needed? I just tried a new-to-me product, Permatex Rust Treatment. Itís clear and seems almost like a rubbery varnish. Iíll be painting over it today, on my RLL skids so will see how it goes.
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My fridge blocks the sub completely now but it hasnít affected the sound very much at all.
Thats what I thought when I used to pack gear in front of it. But then noticed how much better the thump was after unpacking, so for the cross country drive Iím really careful to not block it....gotta have that bass on long hauls!
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Thats what I thought when I used to pack gear in front of it. But then noticed how much better the thump was after unpacking, so for the cross country drive Iím really careful to not block it....gotta have that bass on long hauls!
Yea Iíve noticed itís seriously degraded if I pack gear in front of it or clothes but I keep a 2 inch space between it and the sub so the cooling fan has a little room to breathe. Thats probably why mine is unaffected.
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