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    Default 1989 Trooper Build

    What did I just get myself into?

    She's a 1989 Trooper that's rust free and yes that's the original interior and mileage. I will pick it up next weekend. It seems like a nice rig. I want to keep this build simple but functional. Because the original engine is no powerhouse I plan to keep heavy add-ons to a minimum.









    1985 Mitsubishi Pickup, 2.3L H.O. Turbo Diesel, Watercooled Turbo, $d56 Head, Custom '83 Injection pump, JK Rubicon axles w/elockers, 14" Fox Coilovers, Centerforce II, 5.0 Atlas II, ARB Bull Bar,

    1983 Mitsubishi Pickup 4x4, Brand New 2.5L Turbo Diesel, Fully restored to stock specs.

    1989 Isuzu Trooper SE, 2.6 ITEC, 60K orignal miles, Fully restored.

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    That's a nice find! It certainly doesn't look it's age.

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    Nice! That's a good looking rig. Already looks ready to go.

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    Super clean! Just don't let it overheat. In fact, I would consider replacing the radiator proactively based on age.
    Steve Carlson
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    Are you rocking the Isuzu 4 cyl or the GM V6? Both have issues, but at least the GM engine is an easy swap out to a later/larger mill for more reliability and power.

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    Not sure but I don't think the V6 was available in 89.
    Steve Carlson
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    wow and wow. Keep us updated.

    I picked up a 1991 project, SE, same color scheme but in way worse shape.

    looking forward to this.
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    From my understanding it has the 2.8 V6. The V6 was first offered in 1989 according to wiki. I am not too worried about power at this point, I enjoy life in the slow lane. So who make the best 3 inch lift for these first gen Troopers?
    Last edited by 4D55 Performance; 08-31-2015 at 11:28 PM.
    1985 Mitsubishi Pickup, 2.3L H.O. Turbo Diesel, Watercooled Turbo, $d56 Head, Custom '83 Injection pump, JK Rubicon axles w/elockers, 14" Fox Coilovers, Centerforce II, 5.0 Atlas II, ARB Bull Bar,

    1983 Mitsubishi Pickup 4x4, Brand New 2.5L Turbo Diesel, Fully restored to stock specs.

    1989 Isuzu Trooper SE, 2.6 ITEC, 60K orignal miles, Fully restored.

    2009 Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D55 Performance View Post
    From my understanding it has the 2.8 V6. The V6 was first offered in 1989 according to wiki. I am not too worried about power at this point, I enjoy life in the slow lane.
    Ah well, it's not like you have much choice anyway for power, both the 2.8L V6 and the 2.6L I4 were around 120 hp...

    Check out Independent4x.com for aftermarket stuff.
    Steve Carlson
    1995 Isuzu Trooper LS - well equipped
    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, overlander in training

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    Yup, very nice Trooper. I can't wait to see how you finish her out!

    Bart
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