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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

Holy Buckets! That's a great rig!
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Great build. I too love your front bumper design. Can’t wait to see the rear one. (I wish I could weld,sigh)
Thanks! Putting down MIG weld beads is pretty easy. But one needs experience to plan the welds and have good judgement to make sure the parts doesn't warp and turn out upright. I'm not quite there yet 😄
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Took me a long time but finally wired up the ARB air compressor. Fit nicely between the rear seat and my Springtail M-PAC basket. Tested out the front air locker in the back yard. It engages and disengages much faster than the factory E-locker. Gotta hit some rock crawling obstacles to try it out!
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Front Locker

Today I did some trail run at Rausch Creek Offroad Park in PA. It was the first offroad run after installing 35 MTs, regear and front air locker. All these 3 mods were huge improvement in offroad performance. Here is a demo of a boulder climb with front and rear locker engaged. The incline was quite high so the front suspension was almost constantly at full droop. Mud was wet and the boulder climb was sharp. Wouldn't have made it up with this speed and control without the added front locker. I would recommend getting a front locker to any one who wants to improve rock crawling performance. It also engages and disengages much faster than the factory E-locker.
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An exciting project this weekend. 49" RhinoRack Pioneer Platform installed with a twist. Instead of using RhinoRack's own backbone ($369 MSRP), I used the ARB rack fit kit 3720100 ($196 MSRP). Depending on where you buy them, you can realistically save about $100 - $150 dollars buying everything new! Only thing you lose is the marginal weight saving from speed holes on the RhinoRack. And I actually like the no hole look better.

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Rhino Rack and Smittybilt Roof Top Tent

I have been enjoying every bit of my new Rhino Rack. This past weekend I mounted my Smittybilt RTT and took it out for a test camp. Really stepped up my camping game.

I also picked up a set of Maxtrax for a friend so i threw them on just to take a look. Man they looked OVERLAND AF!!! I like the look so much but maxtrax is just too expensive for me to use comfortably. So I ordered a pair of X-Bull and a pair of OFFROAD BOAR from Amazon (i guess the Chinese really like to use animal for names lol). I'm doing a overland trip in VT this weekend so I'll see how they hold up against the test!

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I like the fender notches and ARB mounting solution. I was going to mix and match similar to your selection but couldn't sell my current rack. Glad to see yours worked and is a good fit. The Baja rack parts look like scrap metal compared the arb/rhino mount kits.

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Vermont Offroad Trip

Went to Vermont joining a few friends for some camping and wheeling this weekend. Hit some awesome trails and had great camping food. It was my first time doing serious off camber wheeling with the tall and heavy RTT but fortunately i did not flip over

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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

Youíre setup looks . I like where you mounted the Maxtrax on the rack. Iím in love with that front bumper. Glad to see you out there enjoying the hard work you put into your FJ.


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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

Did you do that to the fenders?! Do they stuff that much? Might just need bump-stops no?

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