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Thread: Japanese SUV goodness: 2001 Isuzu Trooper

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    Default Japanese SUV goodness: 2001 Isuzu Trooper

    Here goes:

    Cabernet/silver 2001 Isuzu Trooper (known as "Cabbie" around here) with a 3.5L Non-interference motor
    Auto tranny
    Limited slip 12 bolt rear (G80 code)
    Limited trim level with power everything (and everything still works)
    164,000 miles when purchased.

    Work done to date:



    -Timing belt
    -Timing belt tensioner
    -Timing belt pulley bearings
    -Water pump
    -Serpentine belt
    -ARB bull Bar
    -General Grabber AT/2 tires
    -Transmission service (6/2015 -clean bill of health)
    - OME2929 spring install with front torsion bar crank - 6/2015




    Thats about it so far, not including a ton of everyday miles that have shown me this is a solid rig.

    And yes, it does use some oil. About a quart every 1400 miles or so.

    I'm getting around 16-18mpgs (at least before the bull bar.)
    Last edited by BIGdaddy; 10-19-2015 at 09:05 PM.
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    Brian
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    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    Pics, just after getting her with new AT/2's transplanted from my Jeep.
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    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    ARB bull bar install: part 1

    I try to make it a point to get my girls involved in the mechanical aspects of our house, our cars, and any projects I feel like they can handle. They definitely always get equal parts of tea parties and wrench parties. (If I can help it).

    This time around they did a tonne to help me with this install, from taking off hardware, removing the stock bumper, to installing the new frame horns/ARB fit kit.

    This is a great kit with a FEW surprises/challenges, but it's fairly straightforward. With 5 mounting bolts on each frame horn as opposed to (2) on the stock setup, it's a big improvement in strength.
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    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    ARB install: Part 2

    The bumper takes a bit of prep to get it ready to install. This is best done on the shop/garage floor. The list of to-do's are as follows

    -Turn signal indicator assembly/install
    -Winch install
    -License plate install
    -Bumper "snubber" install

    Optional:

    -Aux light install
    -Winch control box install

    I installed my aux lights afterwards, and haven't installed the control box for my Warn M8000 yet. Both could be done with the bumper off the vehicle, IMO.

    As always, it always helps to have a willing shop assistant.

    Please ignore our messy garage.
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    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    ARB Install, Part 3

    Ok, so at this point, you have both your frame horns installed, you've kicked your plastic bumper to the side, and your newly unwrapped and assembled bumper is waiting patiently.

    At this point, a floor jack GREATLY helps with install, by placing the bumper on top of it, close to the front of the vehicle, and then jacking it up into place. The bumper slid pretty effortlessly onto the frame horns, once in place, and bolting it with 6 bolts again, was easy as pie.
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    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    Looking good!
    Jeff

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
    Looking good!
    Thanks!

    I'll post up some build photo's of the rear door table i installed soon
    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    Your garage looks perfectly normal to me.
    Steve Carlson
    1995 Isuzu Trooper LS - well equipped
    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, overlander in training

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSwede View Post
    Your garage looks perfectly normal to me.
    Haha! Well, thanks.

    I feel like i am constantly de-cluttering it.
    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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    Well, we took "Cabby" on her first extended trip. Pretty mellow, actually. Just a stay-cation weekend that had us on dirt roads, highways and surface streets fully loaded for the weekend.

    Some observations:

    -rear limited slip is very effective. Never felt the need to be in 4hi on the easy, yet rutted tracks we explored.
    -Great to see how we all fit passenger wise
    -first trip with the bull bar and winch fitted. Truck seems to handle the weight up front without flinching.
    -need a rear seat 12v outlet for kid stuff
    -rear suspension upgrade is manditory. We were not heavily loaded in the cargo area and once again the truck was hitting the bumpstops going over roadway joints and if i hit swales too quickly. WAY undersprung.
    -overall ride was very comfy, though.
    -rear drawers/organization a priority
    -need to finish rear table. Love this mod. We actually used it for an impromptu lunch on saturday.
    "For He so loved the world, that He sent His only son..."

    Brian
    KJ6GXX
    Mama's rig:
    2015 Ford F150 crew cab:"Snowball"
    Bigdaddy's daily:
    2013 Honda Civic:"The appliance"
    Bigdaddy's therapy:
    1947 CJ2A:"Desert Rose"

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