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First major expensive mod, the Clifford Alarm
http://www.clifford.com/matrix/responder/default.asp
Parts #s from Cartoys do not match up with the site, but mine has two remotes.
One plain remote, and the two way LCD one that acts as a pager too.
It also beeps when the alarm arms itself and disarms.

I also had a separate DEI battery backup alarm installed.
This way if a thief cuts the main battery wires to disconnect the Clifford, the battery backup alarm will wail straight for about 4 hours on its own internal battery.

It is hooked up full time to the main 12v battery to charge it, and if it senses no power, it will wail, and it is just as loud as the siren for the Clifford.
It has a key hole on top to turn it off for when you go to get serviced and they may need to disconnect your main battery.
If you do not disarm it, it will wail when they disconnect your main juice.

Both are state of the art, and better than my DEI Python 650 I had in the 4Runner.

OK, on with a few visible mods.
The Bandi CB antenna mount.
Mount just put on
With 4' Firestik II antenna attached
Unit by itself

Cargo box from the 4Runner.
It fits nicely, but the tie downs in the back of the rig do not match up like in the 4Runner.
There are four of them, but I will have to do some thinking here to secure it.
Do not want it rolling in case the shiny side of the rig ever does a 180.
The cargo box

That is all I am doing today, will work on more over the weekend.
Hope to get the Bentup sliderz installed, and also the Slee/Yakima brackets for the Hi-Lift jack put up on the roof rack.
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

good job mang
a suggestion for the box, in my old jeep ( shhhh i know ) i took up the carpet-in your case the rubber to expose the bare steel. took 1 inch thick wood and glued it to the steel floor with some super silcone adhesive that car stereo guys use. then screwed the boxes into the wood. you can pretty much lifth the vehicle by the boxes. if you want to take it out just cutt off the wood and grind off the glue - repaint
just a thought:)
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Here are more pics of the cargo box from when it was in the 4Runner.
http://www.pnw4runners.com/index.php?dir=cargobox/

You can see the impact wrech too, and the old Powertank in a few of the photos.

A few months back I bought another Powertank, and here it is next to the box.
http://www.pnw4runners.com/temp/back_in_black.jpg

There is not as much room in the FJ, as I also use to have a 15" JL W6 subwoofer in a sealed box behind the cargo box.
The Powertank will not fit beside it, so I am thinking of drilling holes in the top of the cargo box and bolting down the PT bracket to it to hold the PT.
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Congratulations Corey!
Glad to see your ship and rig came in on time. Since you're a Yotatech Guru I know you've got lots of cool Mods in store for that puppy.
Have Fun;
Brian
PS: I'm a Boeing dude too.
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Looking good....way to start out w/ a new rig!
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Got my onboard air system installed after work Friday.
Drilled 4 holes into the top of my cargo box and mounted the Powertank bracket, and it is rock solid.
http://www.pnw4runners.com/fj/powertank_bracket.jpg

Powertank installed
http://www.pnw4runners.com/fj/powertank.jpg

I bought this tank a few months back to replace my black one I use to have in the 4Runner.
I had to let that tank go a few years back when I was on my layoff from Boeing.

I like C02 as it is very fast, faster than an air compressor.
One 10 lb tank will refill about 30 tires from 15 psi back to street pressure after 4wheeling.

You can run air tools with it too.
Here is a very old video of my taking off my lug nuts on the 4Runner to put my winter tires on.
http://pnw4runners.com/tando/impact.mpg
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Thanks.
I thought I would put it off to the side, as later when I install an Alpine W200 DVD indash stereo, I will also hook up my old Rockford 500a2 amp, and probably put the JL 15" W6 sub centered on the cargo box.

I miss the thump from the 4Runner :D
http://pnw4runners.com/tando/stereo13.jpg
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Hi Bill, have not ran the coax yet, or installed the CB.
There is an awfull lot of headroom on top, I just may see how much Cartoys will charge me to put my huge Cobra 29 up there, and also run the wires to it.

Gotta lot of wires :D
coax
power
CB speaker for in cab, sounds better than CBs internal one
PA horn for under the hood to use as PA, or to monitor CB channel when out of the rig.

If not on the head liner, I will probably do it to the glovebox like I had it in my 4Runner.
Lots of room there too for a big unit.
http://pnw4runners.com/tando/cb.jpg
 

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Bentup sliderz installed 7-29-2006

A few hours after breakfast is all it took.

Brake cable bracket you must remove first, the closest one to you.
Brake cable bracket

Passenger side slider ready to go

Passenger side mounted

Brake cable bracket back in place
Notice that these are also gusseted.

There were a few nicks in the powder coating from shipping or making them, but that is to be expected.
You can see a touchup on the front part of the passenger side.
I have not sanded it, and probably will not.
I threw some old black touchup paint on it with the brush in the bottle.

Drivers side
One

Two

14 mm socket for the brake cable bracket
13 mm wrench for the sliderz bolts.

It is to hard to use a socket on the sliderz bolts.
I have some metric Craftsman ratchet wrenches that worked perfect for this.
Ratchet wrenches are a joy to work with if you have never used them before.
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

My fiance and I had the clifford 2 way remote start installed on her 4 runner about a month back. Just take care of the keyfob, its very cheaply made. Other than that we love it.
 

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Re: A few mods 7-25-06

Thanks Medic.

Gonzo, I paid an extra $60 for a 4 year warranty that will replace both remotes anytime during that period for free.

Hopefully I will not need to use the warranty.
 

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iPod mount 8-03-06

I am on a roll now.
Very cheap mod!

Several years ago I bought a squeeze mount at Radio Shack to hold my Garmin GPS.
It itself hooks to another mount that mounted it to the heater faceplate controls.

I unbolted it from it today, and took the inner cup holder out of the main cup holder at the front of the console.

The squeeze mount I have bolts to the inner cup holder when it is flipped upside down.

You then take it and squeeze the sides of it and gently push it into the main cup holder upside down.

Presto chango, by gosh it turns into a iPod mount.
You can adjust the angle of it too.

I am sure Radio Shack still carries these mounts, or you can find them online somewhere else.

Well, we have the Bandi mount for the CB antenna for the back door, I am going to name this the Corey mount :D

Here are two quick pics I just took.
I still have to bolt the mount to the cup holder, it is just resting there for now.
But it is time for bed, it can wait until tomorrow.
http://www.pnw4runners.com/fj/ipod/DSC00005.JPG
http://www.pnw4runners.com/fj/ipod/DSC00006.JPG
 
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