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Old 07-26-2019, 04:08 PM #16
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a couple who were going to put the 3 year old dog down just becasue they didnt want him anymore
The entire build is beyond impressive but I still am trying to wrap my head around the fact that people like that exist.
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Yeaaa made no sense. They kept him in a crate for like 20 plus hours a day for the last year the owned him. I think they got him to be a guard dog but hes a giant baby who is scared of my 1 year old.

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Nice build so far!

I like that you make your own stuff as opposed to just buying it. I generally lack the patience to do it myself most of the time (depending on the project) but I appreciate well thought work when i see it. Nice!

AS others have said, nice on you to take that dog in. We're going to be looking for a family dog soon and hope to be able to spring on a similar situation if we find one. Too many a$$holes out there.
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i wanted a way to carry my treds, roof top box, 10x10 tent, and my awning all at once for beach trips. it order to do this i had to make a bracket to offset the treds. i have a welder my dad gave me when he moved and i learned how to weld in high school but i dont have alot of tools to fabricate with metal (ie drill press, bits, blades, handheld grinder, etc). i talked to a local fab shop and for materials and labor it ended up being about 80$ which was fine for me. i usually like doing things myself but i dont do alot with metal so i didnt see a benefit for paying for all the things id need to do it right.

anywhoo i made a cardboard prototype to help measure and make sure i could open the door with the treds mounted.




heres the diagram i had. the vertical support was the only variable to see how it lined up with the holes on the bracket plate. the bracket plate (left angled piece) has 2 10mm holes for the maxtrax pins and 2 8mm holes to mount the tred bracket. i wanted to have options for the future. i originally had to option lengths for the roof rack rail plate (that contacts the LFD rail) , 235mm and 310. i ended up going with 310 so i had 3 holes to work with the rail. i only use 2 bolts but the 3 holes give me more options for how it lines up with the LFD slots. So from the bracket plate, theres holes at 135mm, 220mm, and 295mm.





got them back a week later and primed, painted, and clear coated them just to protect them a little more. these arent going to be on 24/7, jsut beach trips. Other wise id just get them powder coated. i started with black but ran out and didnt want to go to the store so theyre tan now...




i had some thing tan adhesive backed foam from a project on my xterras roof rack and it works fine outside. i just put it on to help protect the roof rack rails



pretty close to the cardboard prototype



I just used the same bolts that held tred bracket on the rood rails and swapped the hammer head nut for traditional washer and nut. the angled brackets are held onto the roof rack rails using a different set of the same 8mm bolts and the hammer head nuts. So everything can be worked on with the 5mm allen.


when theyre mounted theyre not wider than the car or taller than the roof top box and the doors open fine.



and the tent fits perfect in between the bracket and the roof top box



i drove on the highway for a while and im surprised that this setup is actually very quiet.
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last thing i need for the beach trip was a cargo divider.

i thought about just getting a raingler net but theyre a little pricey. theyre 100% worth what they sell them for, it was a little more than what i wanted to spend. i bought some polypropylene webbing a long time ago so i had 100 yards on hand from amazon for about 15$. i had some sashing straps that were about 10$ and some 5$ thread. so for 30$ i just needed to spend some time sewing to get what i wanted.

the easiest way is to go from the seat bracket to the rear hook. but that east up some square footage. i decided to copy raingler and make a bracket for the c pillar so i could make more of an L shape. i measured just making one from the seat back to the c pillar hook but it leaves a pretty good gap from the upper webbing to the roof, a little more than i wanted to have. so i went with the l shape.

heres the bracket for the c pillar. i just followed rainglers video for placement.


laying out the basic framework



theres 5 main thread of webbing, the 2 vertical edges and the 3 horizontal points (between the rear hooks, the the 2 c pillar points, and the 2 seat back hooks.) this makes the main frame. i cannibalized the sashing straps and sewed them on. i used read so it would be easier to distinguish when setting up. once that was set i installed it to get tension and lay out a few pieces. this took more time than i thought.




from there it was just alot of lining up and pinning the lines. i sewed the horizontal first and reinstalled to get tension then pinned some vertical pieces.

i made a template to make things easier



then came the sewing....like.....alot of the sewing. 109 box stitches in total. i timed myself and was at about 2 minutes per stitch to line up, double check, sew, and clean up the thread. add more time to check my phone and lament how long it was taking. so at minumum i spent 3 3/4 hours JUST sewing. i did a few here and there so it didnt feel that bad. but still.....alot of time.





all said and done it came out pretty well.

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and it doenst really block the rear view too much


im glad i did it myself but it took alot of time overall. delicately something to consider if you looking at making or buying one. but if your better at sewing it may go faster. or you could do larger/less squares.
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coms

for coms i wanted to install my cb and ham. i dont use them regularly but rather than having a portable unit this was just easier. plus i wanted the option of both in case one person had one or the other. i did mod the kenwood to be able to transmit to frs and gmrs if needed. i did them at the same time to make life easier. i didnt take alot of pictures during this process. it was alot of running wires.

for for the install i had a midland 75-822 and a kenwood TM-V71A. lets start at antennas. i did a firestik mount, cable, and antenna in the back. i took the light out and ran a backstrap from the back of the mount to the interior. i couldnt fit 4 bolts so i did 2 and then 2 screws.



i just ran that up the whole way to the front passenger area. i have it powered from my aux battery with a relay to run it when ign is on and i have a separate button if i want to turn it on when the car is off. i dont have my mount printed yet so it just sits on my passenger seat.

for the ham i wanted the main unit under my seat. i pre wired the relays so i could just plug them in in the car. i used kenwoods remote kit and only needed the wire. if i did it again id just make my own wire.



for the faceplate i just dropped the overhead panel, and notched a small cutout for the wire and screwed the remote plate into it. the wire just runs down the a pillar to under my seat.




the mic was easy. just scewed it into the center console. i can lean my leg up to it and its fine.



the ham antenna is a simple hood mount. just loomed and ran the wire along the firewall then through the gromet on driver side. i have 3 antennas. i have a day to day mini, a nagoya 19 for trips and a base loaded for quad band repeating if i need it. they store nicely under the rear seat.

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2019 Brigantine trip

we went to brigantine for a beach trip. ill preface this. i HATE the beach. i hate lugging all my crap to be comfortable there, then sitting in the heat waiting to get so bored i have to pack it all up and drag it back home. brigantine is a pretty wide beach too. you have to walk about 1/2 mile of dunes then 1/4 mile of beach until you can sit. but you can drive on certain parts. also, im built for winter not summer. im 33. this is the first trip i actually enjoyed the beach. being able to drive to and from with everything was great.

this was also teh first long trip with 1 year old, wife and 2 dogs. space was limited. but the roof top box was perfect for light bulky stuff (diapers, towels, chairs and stroller)

all packed and ready to go


better pic with 10x10 tent on roof inbetween tred mounts and box



dogo is ready!


honestly i was nervous about the sand. i aired down to 20 and drove in just to scout it the first day and 3 trucks were stuck. so the next day i just drove strait in. it was deifnatly weird. im used to mud and snow and loose gravel. but sand really feels like your floating. so i just pulled in day 1 since it was a little busy.



i stayed late until alot of people left and played in the sand a little and after 10 min i was pretty comfortable that i wasnt going to get stuck.

day 2

the weekdays are MUCH less busy. i love that you can also cook on the beach.



day 3

there was plenty of space but people parked close enought that i didnt want to be a dick and use the awning and take up a spot. it was pretty windy and empty so i put it out to cook. it worked well considering it was VERY windy. i also couldnt put my anchors out too far due to the truck beside me. the sag is wind pushing down. but still good shade to cook.



also after a few days finally got my daughter to sleep in the back



rest of the week was pretty much the same. we did get pizza one night and went down in the dark which was neat




the last day was busy. there was a surfing competition


fyi the brigantine beach 4x4 pass is 200$ for the year and theres 3 areas you can drive one. the northern part late in the season is full of green flies. when you go to the 4x4 office they give you a map but heres where you can go. spot 1 is always busy (for an extra fee you can launch jetskis from here). 3 has flies at certain points. spot 2 is the way to go. lots of room.



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walking to the beach= not fun
driving on the beach= fun

the mounts worked great, the shower was SUPER nice to have to clean sand off before getting in the car, and the cargo net was a nice piece of mind addition.

for next year i want to get a drawer system and a fridge. and also a packing checklist. i felt like i had crap everywhere.
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Looks like a nice trip! Glad you were, and are, able to make the most of it especially with a little one in the mix.

Personally I can't stand busy places hah. The location looks nice but I'd probably leave once it got super busy like that. I prefer little to nobody around.
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Looks like a nice trip! Glad you were, and are, able to make the most of it especially with a little one in the mix.

Personally I can't stand busy places hah. The location looks nice but I'd probably leave once it got super busy like that. I prefer little to nobody around.
honestly, it looks like alot of cars, but the amount of people was pretty low compared to the regular beach. lots of people in groups drove multiple cars. the group next to me was 4 cars with 5 people total. but again the weekend was much busier than the weekday.
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ive been meaning to post and finally have some free time with the lock down (wash your hands) last year i added a victory 4x4 hybrid bumper and smitty built winch. i did alot of research and was debating a warn, but for the amount ill use itm the smitty built is fine. But their hook is garbage so i got a factor 55 flatlink with rope guard. For the bumper i debated aluminium, but i figured i would just get steel and put the money towards a lift. I looked at a few other brands but victory had an awesome turn around time (i had it 2 weeks after ordering it) it came powder coated, and had GREAT install videos. their customer service was also great at answering my questions quickly.

this was a pretty easy install to do by myself. just pull the plastic bumper, remove the metal bumper, cut the plastic, reinstall, install new hybrid bumper. i used a rolling jack and balanced the new bumper until it lined up. those bolts are a pita but nothing terrible.








(this pic has the factory hook and a dshackle. i put the factory 55 on the following day)

i used a light off of amazon. it had pretty good reviews and was about 60$. i couldn't do a 250 to 300$ light. i actually dont have a problem with the factory lights and i dont usually offroad in the night, but i live in farmland so its nice for that.
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next up was an on board charger. i primary wanted it to run my fridge at the beach. but its also really nice to just plug my battery in once a month. it just runs my aux battery. i did the noco 4 amp just for size and i dont have a need for the 10 amp. install is easy. just run the power to the front ports on battery, plug in the little pocket on drivers side zip tie and done!



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installed my arb drawers. i got a rolling top from teh ads on the forum which was awesome and after not being able to find a used one, i got a sloid drawer with a coupon for 15% off. ususally im all about building/making things myself. i just did not have time and wanted it for the summer. i also had a hard time finding good rollers, and the one i engineered seemed like it was just going to be too heavy. i got fed up and figured ill just buy some. i looked at the dobinsons but i wanted to have hte draer lock open and afer finding a used one, decided id go arb. theyre great. the install was actually pretty simple. ive seen people make platforms, but after having a single in the back for a while just strapped down, i figured the floor was fine. i used this link which had the measurements (spot on by the way) to drill out the 2 covered thread (they were for third row but covered if you dont have them).


just removed carpet and foam, drilled the front 2 bolts out. then added 4 rivneuts with my super high tech rivnut tool. i dont think ill ever need to use a rivnut again so i didnt see hte point in buying a 30-60 dollar tool. i laso added some dynamat i had. dont think i needed it but had it so why not.


diy rivnut tool. bolt>washerx2>oversized bolt>washerx2>rivnut


cut the foam to fit spacers and bolts. used 10mm for the 4 in the front and 40mm for the 2 in the rear.


carpet and frame back in


all done!

i may eventually add diy wings, but i want to use it a little and see if i need them.
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added some rock lights. these were cheaper so if they die i dont care. i can just solder new ones on. theyve been on for about 8 months and work great. theyre perfect for finding stuff i drop under in the dark.


i used the 3m backing after cleaning. ziptied where i could and just ran along the frame. theres 2 up front, 2in the rear, and 2 driver and 2 passenger side.


theyre brighter than the seem. pic doesnt do it justice.


added a switch for rock lights and my bumper light. theyre not pushed in yet.

i was also bored to i made a tool roll out of some scrap for the drawers




also scored this for $630. debating installing itmyself. the rear seems ok but im a little iffy about doing a 1 person, no spring compressor, kdss install for my first suspension install.

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Looking good! I liked seeing all of the DIY projects you completed, really nice work.


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