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Old 05-04-2021, 01:04 PM #151
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Well, after doing a bit more research on the rear links and panhard bar my order with Front Range Offroad is cancelled and I have material coming from RuffStuff to weld up my own fully adjustable links.

I settled on 1.5" DOM tubing with .25" sidewall for the tubes and got their 3/4" high misalignment heims for both ends. If all goes to plan I should have a much more solid link than what I originally was upgrading to while also saving close to 200 bucks. My material total delivered ran right at $550 and the only additional stuff I may need is new hardware since these a heims are technically for 9/16" hardware.

There's a chance that I may have to end up enlarging the holes on the pick-up points, but I'm not opposed to doing that since I'm planning on reinforcing them with some 3/16" steel material anyway, at least on the lower ones that are prone to some rock damage. Can't wait, I've felt empty handed with all my fabrication projects complete, this will give me something else to weld up!

Oh yea, I also picked up some 1/2" MDF board to start building the rear drawer system that I am hoping to get started on this week at some point.
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Got my next project underway while waiting on the rear shocks..

Decided to build the AdventureX (with a bit of a variation) rear drawer system to better organize and store all my stuff.

Took some time today making the cuts out of 1/2 " mdf for all the pieces. Cant wait to make more progress on this this weekend.

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Drawer system looks solid!


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The drawers ended up being a lot more involved of a build than I anticiapted... lol. But being a first time that I've ever done something like this I am fairly pleased with the results.

Got some stuff to touch up on these to complete these before the stain and paint and all but overall they're close and I'm happy. Heavy.. they are heavy lol. Probably adding a solid 200 extra pounds.









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Trd grill looks sick! How is the quality? Who is your vendor for metal. I'm in the charlotte region near Mooresville?
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I do high end custom cabinets for a living and MDF will be very heavy compared to plywood but it does paint much better and the edges looks much better than plywood unless you add edge banding/veneer
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I do high end custom cabinets for a living and MDF will be very heavy compared to plywood but it does paint much better and the edges looks much better than plywood unless you add edge banding/veneer
It's heavy for sure, my biggest decision making was due to cost... this came in at 14 bucks a sheet (2◊4 ft) vs nearly 3 times for plywood I wanted. But I'm planning to either just seal the mdf or paint it dark, possibly black, inside an out and adhere some soft material on top for easier sliding

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Trd grill looks sick! How is the quality? Who is your vendor for metal. I'm in the charlotte region near Mooresville?
Thanks ! Quality for 130 bucks is pretty decent. Definitely oem but neither is half my car lol.

For metal, I got half my metal through a work vendor in Gastonia. The other metal came from online metals.com. I'm looking for a local vendor where I can get some skid plate material at the moment though.

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One more upgrade came I finally courtesy if cali raised led. I love it. Fills out the front of the taco swap much nicer than my slim one I had. Light output is amazing.

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The drawer build has taken a lot more time and money to complete than I expected, but is finally in the finishing stages, and I can't wait to put it all together.

Took some time to seal the mdf yesterday before giving it a fee coats of black lacquer wood paint. A part of me wanted to keep it with the wood look, but it's just more practical and ultimately more durable to be painted with a few extra layers of black paint.

The new gas stove showed up yesterday too and fits I'm right at home in the primary draw pull.

I have not built the side cupboards like in the adventure index plans I bought since I have different ideas about how to secure the main carcass down and not need to cut and install 2 additional long sides. Once everything is in the car I do plan on closing off the sides, possibly also with a lid but it will be hinged off of the 2 main boxes instead of being standalone.

I have some carpet material on the way as well to cover the tops to allow for easier sliding of the cooler and what not. Also have some cooler tie downs coming to make sure it doesn't slide or bounce around offroad.

There are definitely some things I could improve the second time around, and mainly wish wood wasn't so pricey so I didn't have to use mdf, but overall for a first-time cabinet build it came out pretty sweet.

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Thanks ! Quality for 130 bucks is pretty decent. Definitely oem but neither is half my car lol.

For metal, I got half my metal through a work vendor in Gastonia. The other metal came from online metals.com. I'm looking for a local vendor where I can get some skid plate material at the moment though.

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The only place I know of besides friends at their work is metal supermarkets. We used to insure some locations and they usually have everything you would need in stock.
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Getting very close. Spent a few hours assembling everything once the paint dried. Have some tweaks to do and also cover the top with carpeting, but I have functional-ish drawers and I think they came out pretty sweet

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So close to finished. Got a few more finishing touches but the drawers are pretty much complete and came out pretty sweet.






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With most of my 4runner projects complete, or waiting on parts to he complete, I was finally able to get my other peoject back on the road.

Its the complete opposite of a lifted 4x4 but is my first guilty pleasure and I just hit 17 years of ownership this year. 1995 turbo supra.

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