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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #60 on: Jul 13, 2010, 01:48:14 PM »
Sept 14, 2008: MCR7









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Here I am eating a sandwich :chew:





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Summit Lake peaking through the trees


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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #61 on: Jul 13, 2010, 01:49:05 PM »
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #62 on: Jul 13, 2010, 01:49:29 PM »
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #63 on: Jul 13, 2010, 02:16:17 PM »
NICE!!!!  :thumbs: :biggthumpup:
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #64 on: Jul 13, 2010, 02:25:20 PM »
Great pictures Mike...  :thumbs:

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #65 on: Jul 13, 2010, 05:12:38 PM »
Neat!
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #66 on: Jul 15, 2010, 11:56:46 AM »
Nice pics Mike!
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #67 on: Jul 15, 2010, 11:59:44 AM »
Sweet rides. Cant wait tell mine is as capable.

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #68 on: Jul 15, 2010, 12:32:46 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys. Get er done right the first time so you can enjoy many years of labor-free use :driving:
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #69 on: Jul 15, 2010, 01:03:56 PM »
You built a nice tri-pod Mike! :thumbs:

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« Reply #70 on: Jul 15, 2010, 01:05:37 PM »
It's a moving tripod with voice command :gap:
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #71 on: Jul 15, 2010, 02:09:13 PM »
sweet pics, thanks for sharing...
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #72 on: Jul 16, 2010, 05:57:43 AM »
Dang I've never gone down that slab on Swamp, scary enough going up it.  :shudder:
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #73 on: Jul 16, 2010, 06:53:23 AM »
When did you remove the pivot blocks? Did they tear?

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #74 on: Jul 16, 2010, 08:05:21 AM »
When did you remove the pivot blocks? Did they tear?
Take another look. They are still there and working GREAT. I run inner-lockouts on them all the time to limit the amount of pivot. I've installed a rear traction bar to alleviate unwanted load on the pivots :thumbs:




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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #75 on: Jul 16, 2010, 08:07:09 AM »
Take another look. They are still there and working GREAT. I run inner-lockouts on them all the time to limit the amount of pivot. I've installed a rear traction bar to alleviate unwanted load on the pivots :thumbs:
Awesome! Good to hear they are still working good. Have you noticed any wear or ovaling in the tubes? Mine are still like the day I welded them on, but you wheel about 100 times more than I do.

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #76 on: Jul 16, 2010, 08:38:38 AM »
Awesome! Good to hear they are still working good. Have you noticed any wear or ovaling in the tubes? Mine are still like the day I welded them on, but you wheel about 100 times more than I do.

Hey don't kid yourself, you'd be surprised at how little wheeling I do. I haven't had my truck off pavement since last November :down: But I've got a lot of trips planned over the next 3 months :)

EDIT: I did do a snow run in January but I don't consider that wheeling... that is just a bunch of skinny pedal abuse which is NOT wheeling in my opinion.

Regarding my rear traction bar I spoke of, ironically the two pictures I just posted above were before the bar. Here is a pic where you can see the rear bar:



Awesome! Good to hear they are still working good. Have you noticed any wear or ovaling in the tubes? Mine are still like the day I welded them on
I transferred them to my Tacoma rear axle about a year or so ago, and they were ovaling just a bit, but they are holding up really great. I run anti-seize in each pivot. I repacked em with more anti-seize when I transferred them to the Taco axle. I feel the anti-seize stays in the pivot longer than grease.

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #77 on: Jul 23, 2010, 05:12:44 PM »
Just got back from opening the Dusy/Ershim trail with the 4WD Club of Fresno. We drove the trail North-to-South which was a first for me and my truck. We cleared about 15 trees from the trail. I've never seen more mosquitoes in my entire life.

Jul 17, 2010: Dusy/Ershim Opening Weekend


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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #78 on: Jul 23, 2010, 05:25:00 PM »
I've recently switched to 12" front shocks which improved the way the truck wheels by about 10 fold. It is SO MUCH smoother and easier to manage on the trail. The suspension is so soft now (before I had about 3" of compression with the 14"s).

I've recently lowered the truck another inch or so by removing more leafs and playing with shackle lengths. Sidehills much better and is rides a lot more stable.

I've recently moved the front axle forward about 2" by moving the center pin location on the front spring perches. My approach angle is greatly improved and despite the longer wheelbase, the truck seems to corner better. It has better turn-in also on the freeway. I'm sure it is a combination of the front sway bar, the different position on the arch of the front spring, and the lower center of gravity.

Without a doubt in my mind the truck is working the best it has ever worked. It is wheeling in it's prime right now.

Items remaining to address:

1) Finish the on-board-air. The RV2 compressor is mounted and "belted", and I can air up my tires using alligator clip wires to sort-of hotwire the clutch. I am running straight 30-weight non-detergent oil and it is too light. I get a lot of oil blow by if I rev the engine up. Therefore I am not using the compressor right now because I don't want to pump oil into my tires. And of course I need to get it properly wired up, install a pressure switch, air lines, build a manifold, install my 3 gallon air tank, get a pressure gauge and switches for the cab, yadda yadda yadda....

2) Get a new rear driveline. My current one is too short (I measured it wrong waaay back in 2004 and have been running it ever since) and it is starting to make a lot of clicking sounds. The CV must be on its last leg (I've been greasing it to no avail) and I am sure the splines are wearing as well because they are barely in contact with each other.

3) Install front bump stops. I am getting front driveline-to-custom under-the-bellhousing crossmember interference on steep drops and hard braking.


Once I get those issues addressed... Hmmm Dare I say the truck is just about finished? :o
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #79 on: Jul 23, 2010, 07:16:34 PM »
amazing truck. I think I'm going to do a little more searching for info on those pivot blocks. I'm really liking them.
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #80 on: Jul 25, 2010, 08:25:21 PM »
Looking good dude !! Do the hood louvers make a big difference with the heat ? If so were did you get them ? I'm trying to figure out how to get some heat out of the compartment and those look cool !!

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #81 on: Jul 26, 2010, 09:28:36 AM »
They made a HUGE difference in heat. I can't say exactly how much since my digital temp gauge only goes up to 160 F, but before I installed them, my digital temp gauge which is mounted to the top of my airfilter would read "888.8" (which means over 160). After installing the louvers, it would sometimes drop into the 150s but would also stay at 888.8 as well (so it was closer to 160 and would sometimes fall below 160), and then once I installed the home theater fans to each louver, now the temps are usually between 140-160 F. Of course it depends on the temp, but generally speaking this is summer time wheeling in the 80s-90s and it  only goes above 160 if the truck is sitting still in direct sunlight.

The louvers are a wrecking yard special from a late 1980s Chrysler Lebaron GT, like a 1988 or 89. I've seen em with single louvers and dual louvers. The one I found had dual louvers. Here is a pic I found on Google of a 1989 GT:


I can't take credit for them though, I got the tip from Ruggedjeep here:
http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=11671.msg271303#msg271303

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #82 on: Jul 26, 2010, 10:09:55 AM »
Hey mike what size shackles did you switch to in the rear.  I dialed my front height in but my mcrear4 springs are just to tall since these 1st gens are soo light in the rear.  I think I am gonna drop down to a 4.5" or 5' shackle.  Also I am a little confused on the shock swap.  How is it the 12" help ?  I mean if you had your 4"s of up travel and the 10" down then shouldnt a 12" limit you more.  I guess since you lowered the truck more but I am not sure how it helped handling.  Can you take a pic of how you put your sway bar on and does it have quick disconnects ?

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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #83 on: Jul 30, 2010, 11:23:56 PM »
Hey mike what size shackles did you switch to in the rear.
Not sure, I'll need to measure them. Their size is good but the angle is a bit too laid down. When I load my gear in the bed, the rear of the truck sits a bit too low compared to the front. I'll need to move the hangers forward maybe 1/2" eventually. Remember I've also removed 3 leafs from each rear pack so my rear is pretty soft, which I want.

since these 1st gens are soo light in the rear.
Eggsactly. That is why I played with the leaf configuration.

Also I am a little confused on the shock swap.  How is it the 12" help ?
The issue was that when I did my Marlin lift kit it was on a weekend and we were out of short hoops but I wanted to run 14" front shocks. So I just mounted short hoops really high up on the frame and ran the 14" shocks. So it was wrong from the start and it took me all this time to put some 12s on.


Can you take a pic of how you put your sway bar on and does it have quick disconnects ?
That will have to wait for my Build Thread to catch up to that :) I have bolts with large pins to disconnect the endlinks from the axle. WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE. By far the best mod I've done for street performance / daily driving experience.
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« Reply #84 on: Jul 30, 2010, 11:25:33 PM »
Check out this pic of Misato and me :love:
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« Reply #85 on: Jul 31, 2010, 09:07:45 AM »
you leave alot to the imagination there BigMike    :D     ;)
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #86 on: Jul 31, 2010, 01:05:51 PM »
hahah you're crazy. We were walking around Willow Glen last night both sporting our :turtle: Hoodies :best:
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #87 on: Jul 31, 2010, 01:09:43 PM »
I have been thinking about putting some vents in my hood like that. I have heard that it helps quite a bit.
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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #88 on: Aug 01, 2010, 08:29:26 PM »
That will have to wait for my Build Thread to catch up to that :)


We've yet to see this.  But you do seem to be in a posting mood.  So, it may happen, but I'm not gonna hold my breath.   :rofl2:


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Re: BigMike's pictures
« Reply #89 on: Aug 03, 2010, 09:36:06 AM »
Negatory.
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