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Welcome to the PIG thread.

The PIG doesn't care about your stick people. The PIG doesn't care about your honor student. The PIG don't care about you not wanting to be tread on.

The PIG is gonna TREAD. The PIG is gonna RIDE. Ride PIG! RIDE!!

Okay, okay..

The PIG is my newest toy. Notorious P.I.G. as my kids call it. It's loud. It's fast. It wakes up the neighbors. It goes where it will.

2009 Sandstorm 4x4, 67,325 Miles at Purchase

I bought it heavily modified. Originally built as an expedition/rock crawler. It feels a little like cheating buying a rig with so many mods already, but in the end I couldn't say no. This is Hornsfan's 'Mechabevo' now reborn. It reminds me when I used to play World of Warcraft long ago, and some people would buy a character pre-Leveled up instead of growing a character from nothing, but that's okay. I have my other FJ which I started from bone stock, 'NEWMAN' and she is still my first love.

NEWMAN thread

The PIG has been some places. It would seem the last few years before I bought it Hornsfan seemed to have lost interest a little, and life had taken him in some different directions. My impression is the PIG was kinda left sitting, and not really driven much. But I gave it the ultimate first test. I flew to Houston on a Saturday morning. Hornsfan picked me up from the airport in it and we drove to a hotel parking lot. During the ride there, and during my test drive and inspection I asked a thousand questions. I drove it around for nearly an hour. In the end I was satisfied: I shook hands, signed the papers, paid the man, and drove this thing 1000 miles straight home that day.

So now it's mine, and I am making it the rig I always wanted, one step at a time.

Buying a rig already modified has its pros and cons. I saved a tremendous amount of money going this route, for a variety of reasons, but the other side of it is I don't know exactly how things were done.. How did this get routed, how did that get routed, where there some issues installing x.y.z? It's a little overwhelming going from knowing every nuance about your vehicle, and knowing every bolt on every modification was torqued yourself, to something that has had many hands, and many perspectives involved in the process.

In the end, I have to slowly go through things one thing at a time as I can, looking, feeling and learning how it was done and making sure it is the way I would do it for the next adventure and the next ten years..

The PIG in his 'For Sale' Ad:

The Pig just home and with his new Sister:

Cleaning him out:



Current MODS:

Suspension & Tires

Total Chaos 2" long travel
Total Chaos shock tower gusset
Total Chaos new spindle gusset
Icon long travel coilover w/ CDC remote resi
Eibach Heavy Front Springs
Metaltech extended travel HD rear springs
Fox 3.0 external bypass shocks-Rear
Metaltech Offset Lower Link
Metaltech Upper Link
Icon Rear Adjustable Pan-Rod Bar Kit
Light Racing Jounce Shocks on Front & Rear
Black Gorilla Lugs & Locks
Goodyear MTR w/Kevlar - 305/70/17
Icon Rebound Wheels- 17" x 8.5"

Armor

Budbuilt Front Bash plate - Orange
Budbuilt Front Bash plate - Orange
Budbuilt Engine skid plate - Orange
Budbuilt Tcase skid plate - Orange
Budbuilt Crossmember - Orange
Budbuilt Fuel tank skid plate - Orange
Outrider Lower Link Armor
Trail Gear Rock Sliders
Orange Box Fabrication bumper w/ stinger
Expedition One Rear Bumper

Performance/Drivetrain

TRD Supercharger w/Smaller diameter pully
Upgraded fuel pump
UCON EMS
AFE Cold Air Intake
Doug Thorely long tube headers
URD Y-Pipes
AFE High Clearance Cat Back Exhaust
Atlas 2 speed transfer case 3.8 gear
Roark Atlas support ring
Currie RockJock Dana 60
ARB front and rear locker w/ pneumatic switches
4.56 Nitro gears Ring & Pinion
Transmission cooler
Glow Shift A/F & Boost guages
Currie Antirock Swaybar
EBC Green Stuff Pads
EBC Slotted Rotors
Run Cool Hood Louvers

Recovery & Emergency

Fiskars Axe
Fiskars Shovel
Hi-Lift 60” Jack
Quick Air CO2
Warn Zeon 12
Viking 3/8's synthetic line - orange
Kidde FA110 Fire Extinguisher
ARB Inflator w/ Gauge
FourTrek Mounts
Life Hammer - Mounted
Overland 4 Shackles 3/4", 7/8' pin, 4.75T WLL
Overland Tree Protector Strap 10' x 3", 30,000lbs rating
Overland Snatch Block, Heavy Duty with Grease Nipple, 18,000lbs WLL
ARB Rapid Tire Seal Kit

Lights

40" Rigid LED Light Bar
Unknown Rear Lights on Roof Rack
Hella Optilux 2500 lights in Rear Bumper
Fab Fours' 90mm Fog and 60mm Turn Indicator Lights in Front Bumper
Hella Auxiliary Lights Mounted to Front Bumper (DELETE)
17.5" Vision X Xmitter Prime extreme on bumper
Tantrum rock lights
Ricochet rock light mounts

Electronics & Communication

Garmin Nuvi 1490T
SpOD 8 circuit w/ touchscreen
EcoRoute HD
Dirty Parts Dual Battery System
Odyssey Auxiliary Battery
ARB Lighted Rocker Switches
Cobra 75WXST Handheld CB
3’ Firestick CB Antena
Wicked CAS Stage 2 Sound Package
Kenwood eXcelon DNX892 head unit

Storage & Other

ARB Full Length Alloy Roof Rack
Man-A-Fre Auxiliary Fuel Tank - 19 Gallon
Gobi Ladder
Tuffy rear cargo box
Scuba Mod
Safari Knockoff Snorkel
Springtail Side MPAC Rack
Springtail Rear Door MPAC Rack
Several MPAC Stat Pouches
Expedition One detachable hitch


Stay Tuned as the Pig and I grow together...
 

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Welcome to the PIG thread.

The PIG doesn't care about your stick people. The PIG doesn't care about your honor student. The PIG don't care about you not wanting to be tread on.

The PIG is gonna TREAD. The PIG is gonna RIDE. Ride PIG! RIDE!!

Okay, okay..

The PIG is my newest toy. Notorious P.I.G. as my kids call it. It's loud. It's fast. It wakes up the neighbors. It goes where it will.

2009 Sandstorm 4x4, 68,325 Miles at Purchase

I bought it heavily modified. Originally built as an expedition/rock crawler. It feels a little like cheating buying a rig with so many mods already, but in the end I couldn't say no. This is Hornsfan's 'Mechabevo' now reborn. It reminds me when I used to play World of Warcraft long ago, and some people would buy a character pre-Leveled up instead of growing a character from nothing, but that's okay. I have my other FJ which I started from bone stock, 'NEWMAN' and she is still my first love.

NEWMAN thread

The PIG has been some places. It would seem the last few years before I bought it Hornsfan seemed to have lost interest a little, and life had taken him in some different directions. My impression is the PIG was kinda left sitting, and not really driven much. But I gave it the ultimate first test. I flew to Houston on a Saturday morning. Hornsfan picked me up from the airport in it and we drove to a hotel parking lot. During the ride there, and during my test drive and inspection I asked a thousand questions. I drove it around for nearly an hour. In the end I was satisfied: I shook hands, signed the papers, paid the man, and drove this thing 1000 miles straight home that day.

So now it's mine, and I am making it the rig I always wanted, one step at a time.
I only liked your post, because I couldn't LOVE it. Congrats on the new family member.
 

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Thanks!

"Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart's in it, and live the phrase 'sky's the limit'" -Biggie Smalls
"Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this/50-inch screen, money green leather sofa/Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur/Phone bill about two G's flat/No need to worry, my accountant handles that/And my whole crew is lounging/Celebrating every day, no more public housing


Thats how true ballas roll ... DUAL FJ :bandit::bandit:
 

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Did a camping weekend for my birthday this past weekend at Windrock Park. Had a great time, and let my Stepson (who turned 17 on the same day) drive NEWMAN while I drove THE PIG and hit a few trails. Had a blast and got a little muddy. Only had to get unstuck once as a boulder turned up on my rear diff while crossing a creek, leaving my rear wheels spinning.. My first time going to an off road park so it was really cool, but also really different to what I'm used to. I'm used to rarely seeing other people while off-roading so having people lined up waiting for me to unstick myself took some getting used to. :laugh

Wish I took more pictures, but we were having too much fun and too busy getting on it to take many..






But like all things, the good times had to come to an end..


THE PIG started running rough like it was missing on one cylinder on the last trail of the day.. I made it through ok, but the occasional smell of fuel in the exhaust led me to believe I lost a spark plug or coil pack.
I decided to try to limp home Sunday morning, but only made it a couple miles down into town before more cylinders dropped out so I dumped off quick into a gas station parking lot and called a tow truck..

Rather than have it towed to the house I decided to try a local shop that was very reputable.. They informed me this morning I lost 3 coil packs, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger to get all 6 replaced, and have new plugs installed, which I already had in hand waiting to do.

Looking forward to getting back in there and seeing more of Windrock, and so is the kid, which is what its all about!
 

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got ol PIG back today... in addition to the coil packs, the unspent fuel shooting out the cold cylinders fouled my O2 and A/F Ratio sensors.. another day, 'nother dollar! Still a mess from the last outing; have some cleaning to do..

On a side note, decided to get rid of the Highlander and get a truck since I just bought the missus a Fiat for her early birthday. Found a Taco locally well modded. I probably should get a full size, but I always loved the Tacomas.
 

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So in the spirit of replacing stuff on the PIG I decided to replace the MAF, and get a new CAI filter and clean the old one. Turns out you probably should unhook the battery for 5-10 minutes and then do a series of light to heavy driving maneuvers to retrain your EMS. The process reminds me of bedding my brake rotors. I will copy what I learned from the internet (https://repairpal.com/what-causes-p0172-p0175-codes-get-these-after-changing-mass-air-flow-sensor-314.amp):

"Gas tank should be around half full, and do this in the morning before outside temperature gets too warm. avoid quick acceleration, sharp turns, fast braking, etc that would slosh the fuel in tank. plan your route ahead of time. The engine cannot be turned off during test. start engine and idle for one minute turn air conditioner on for 1 minute apply brake and slowly shift through all gears ending in park (20 seconds) drive at 15 mph for 1/4th mile accelerate smoothly to posted residential speed for 1/2 mile access a highway and drive 45 mph for 1 mile remove your foot from gas pedal and coast to around 5 mph and pull over put transmission in park and wait one minute shift back to drive, enter roadway, and accelerate at one third throttle until posted speed is acquired drive for one mile then slow down to 30 mph below posted speed accelerate at 3/4 throttle to posted speed and drive at posted speed for a couple miles drive in city stop and go traffic for ten miles the engine should by now be at operating temp go home and park the vehicle overnight The monitors might set in one drive cycle, but usually take two."

I didn't do this at first, and threw a 'rich' code right after engine start the first time I drove it. I plan on taking it out this afternoon and following the above directions. Its chilly enough here all day that I should be good.
 

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Having my rear Fox 3.0s rebuilt as the drivers side is leaking, so I ordered some cheap rough country 2.0 rear shocks so that I can still drive the PIG around. Not sure how stout they will be for $40 a piece, so I guess I will only be mall crawling the PIG for the time being.. =) Hopefully I don't have any problems with the D60 Rockjock mounts being different. I read something somewhere about there are only specific shocks that fit without some modification, so we will find out!
 

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Dropped ol piggy off at the body shop to get a new front passenger side fender, and realign the hood. I think the hood thing is just a latch issue, but they said they would take care of it since I am doing the fender, so why not let the pros figure it out.

After doing the above, possibly overelaborate, steps to calibrate my new MAF, the PIG is running great. I gave it a little hell on the interstate afterwards as a test and it ran 'like a scalded dog', and no codes. Probably made state farm happy to reduce my discount a notch, but hey..

Looking forward to pulling my rear shocks, and getting them off to Fox for a rebuild. I don't know what travel they are built for, so I will be finding that out. I haven't been able to see any markings on them from casual inspection, but once I get them out hopefully I will find what I am looking for, and if nothing else, measure them. I thinking about swapping out my rear springs to something a little taller and stiffer, and raise the front a little more. Looking to get another 1/2 inch or so. Right now I am at about 2" lift.

Wondering if Fox will shine them up and make them look like new while they are at it.. 😏
 
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