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Old 01-15-2020, 12:25 PM #136
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Small update!

Replaced the bent sway bar from the accident. Much better now that that connected, highway driving feel is improved although I will admit it wasn't awful without it, but sometimes it felt a little extra sway-y, especially on on-ramps and tight turns on throttle.



Also had a stubborn rear wiper arm that didn't want to come off so I could grind it down to make better contact with the rear wiper and window. Got creative and busted out the trusty Harbor Freight Fluxcore 90amp welder and splattered this together.



Ugly, but it worked!



Which leads me into the next thing... I've been talking about doing it, but just haven't pulled the trigger. Once I got the payout from the 4Runner accident, and the fact that all of my expenses had already been paid off. I found myself with some extra savings, and a decision to make.

I had been looking at a nicer welder for a while, looked all over the Titanium ones at HF, but ultimately a conversation with a friend of mine led me to spending about twice what I was thinking initially.

Insert Miller 211!



Once I got it all set up, I decided to make my first project, which was to get the fire extinguisher to stop rolling around on the floor.

Started with a rail bolted to the seat fastening bolts.



Added a few supports and a plate to mount the extinguisher.



It doesn't sit on the floor, and is quite strong. I placed it here because the seat can go most of the way forward without contacting it, and I believe it's the most "out of the way" it could be in the passengers footwell. 99% of my driving is done solo to and from work and on trails, so I don't anticipate any real issue with footspace.



Slapped some flat black on it, trimmed one of the plastic caps around it (still gotta do the other) and it's all done!



I've got some ideas for future plans, but nothing concrete yet. I'd like to get some weld-together sliders, but make them on a bracket that allows them to be bolted to the frame instead of welded. I'll be making a CB antenna mount at some point as well, and a friend has already asked about making a jerry-can carrying holder for his GOBI ladder on his x-terra! If you all have any ideas for small welding projects send them my way!
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Started on another little project, I'll leave some pictures and let you all guess!













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Started on another little project, I'll leave some pictures and let you all guess!





























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Close! I actually started making those clamps for that exactly, but then changed my mind on what I wanted to mount.















Also picked up this little buddy from Summit Racing they had on sale last week for $99. M12 tire inflator, I'll give it a go this week since the temps are dropping and I'm likely going to need to check tire pressures in my wifes car.

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i like the traction pad carrier...hopefully drag isnt too bad there for your mpg. i currently run 4 of them under my double decker cargo (xbull, fit perfect/tight, horizontally). you going to get a lock on them back there?

do you use Bauer power cordless tools??

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i like the traction pad carrier...hopefully drag isnt too bad there for your mpg. i currently run 4 of them under my double decker cargo (xbull, fit perfect/tight, horizontally). you going to get a lock on them back there?

do you use Bauer power cordless tools??

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Thanks! I'm having fun with these little welding projects, doing a lot of stuff that isn't horribly structural until I get the confidence/skills to tackle a harness bar or something for my Volvo.

Unsure on the drag portion, my goal was to make them sit under the roof line and inside the width of the truck so hopefully they wouldn't whistle/make noise. I suppose I'll report back when I finally bolt it all up and drive around.

The rod that secures them has a small hole in it. My plan is to mount a luggage lock through the rod so it cant be pulled out with the lock on there. I know this isn't a perfect solution. I also don't plan to mount this unless I'm headed offroad and in that case, I'm not typically too far from my vehicle, this isn't for daily mall crawling use and if someone really wanted to steal it, they could just unbolt it from the ladder.

In regards to your tool question, everything I own is Milwaukee (including this pump). I have seen the Bauer stuff and I have some of their drill bits which are worlds better than the HF store brand stuff, but I haven't strayed from the M12/M18 Milwaukee line since I got my first 3/8" impact. Keeping with one tool line makes it super easy to buy more tools since I don't have to buy the kit with batteries and a case, I can just buy the tool itself and use batteries I already have.
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Thanks! I'm having fun with these little welding projects, doing a lot of stuff that isn't horribly structural until I get the confidence/skills to tackle a harness bar or something for my Volvo.

Unsure on the drag portion, my goal was to make them sit under the roof line and inside the width of the truck so hopefully they wouldn't whistle/make noise. I suppose I'll report back when I finally bolt it all up and drive around.

The rod that secures them has a small hole in it. My plan is to mount a luggage lock through the rod so it cant be pulled out with the lock on there. I know this isn't a perfect solution. I also don't plan to mount this unless I'm headed offroad and in that case, I'm not typically too far from my vehicle, this isn't for daily mall crawling use and if someone really wanted to steal it, they could just unbolt it from the ladder.

In regards to your tool question, everything I own is Milwaukee (including this pump). I have seen the Bauer stuff and I have some of their drill bits which are worlds better than the HF store brand stuff, but I haven't strayed from the M12/M18 Milwaukee line since I got my first 3/8" impact. Keeping with one tool line makes it super easy to buy more tools since I don't have to buy the kit with batteries and a case, I can just buy the tool itself and use batteries I already have.
very cool.

im thinking of doing that with all the Bauer stuff lol. somehow they have great reviews from what i can tell.
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very cool.

im thinking of doing that with all the Bauer stuff lol. somehow they have great reviews from what i can tell.
Yeah, their stuff doesn't seem too bad! I figured I'd stick to a major name brand and tools that a bunch of friends have in case I need to borrow something or they need a charger etc.
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Something else showed up this week. More pictures this weekend when I unpack it.

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