2006 UZJ100 build - bit at a time

RKRUGER

Adventurer- Toyota Nut
Powered glove box.

I ran a USB/ USB mini and an Apple lightning cable from the tape deck door to the glove box. The first cable went slick. I don’t know if I was just lucky or what because the second I messed with for an hour before I was happy. I hate sitting on my head.

Anyhow… I ran a 10 AWG double wire from the Blues Sea fuse box (see above) through the channel under both passenger side doors, up the kick panel and to the rear of the glove box. I found some pretty cool flush mount USB ports on Amazon and wired it all up.
 

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RKRUGER

Adventurer- Toyota Nut
Owl Media Mount

RAM Mounts RAM-B-272U 9mm (2)​

RAM Mounts RAM-B-201U Double Socket Arm (Medium)​

RAM Mounts RAM-B-201U-C Double Socket Arm (Long)​

RAM Mounts RAM-HOL-UN9U X-Grip​

RAM Mounts GPS Round Plate with Ball RAM-B-202U​

RAM Mounts RAP-HOL-UN7B-201U X-Grip Phone Holder​


All in all it is expensive stuff but it all works together and is rock solid. The RAM mount has a great rep for a reason. Easy to work with. Great adjustability. And the rubber balls don’t squeak or rattle.
 

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RKRUGER

Adventurer- Toyota Nut
Eezi Awn K9 rack
This spring at the MOORE event in Springfield MO I spent a lot of time checking out roof racks on vendor and attendee rigs. Roof racks are a love it or hate it affair with folks, whether you talk about the load rating, the change in CoG, what are you adding it for, how much noise they produce… there is no one answer as to which rack or how you might use it. I wanted the lightest, strongest and lowest profile flat rack for a 100 series that would support a side mount awning, had milled rails to support bolt on accessories, and was preferably a one piece welded design. I narrowed it to three; the Front Runner, the ARB Base Rack, and the Eezi Awn K9.

All three have a great rep and generally checked all the boxes, but each had a quirk as well. The ARB uses proprietary mounting hardware. The Front Runner is not welded but allows for flexibility in the way it is configured. And the Eezi Awn… well, the Eezi Awn has individual feet rather than a spine and has always seemed really expensive. But that changed with the Equipt Memorial Day sale.

Paul May is a joy to talk to. I called to chat about the sale, the options available for the rack and what he has been seeing as configurations. I ended up with the 1500mm x 2M | 59” x 79” flat rack that mount with 5 feet per side. The side mount universal awning brackets completed the package for now. Delivery via freight occurred in less than a week, and my son and I put it on the truck in a bit less that 4 hours, some of which was the removal of the oem rack, clean up and wax.

When removing the oem rack I found these “rubber dog bones” under the rack feet that are glued to the roof. I tried to remove them so the rack spacer tubes would sit directly on the roof but they are so secure and hardened I left them in place, fearing I would create a corrosion issue removing them than if I left them in place. I used clear RTV silicon to as a seal between the Gasket and the spacer, the spacer and the track, and filled up the holes where the bolts secure the track to the oem holes.

The awning now sits proud from the side of the truck, allowing the awning room to drape straight down. And I believe the wind noise is on par with or LESS than the factory rack with the awning attached. It is also lower overall as the awning is mounted to the side rather than above the oem rack on ARB brackets.
 

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RKRUGER

Adventurer- Toyota Nut
Manitoba trip
I have taken each of my children on a solo trip after their high school graduation. My daughter and my middle son chose to go west through the Black Hills and the eastern Rockies. My youngest chose a trip north… a long way north. We headed out of Minneapolis, past Winnipeg, west over to Riding Mountain National Park, then a big dog leg up as far as Lynn Lake, MB with a final push to Kinoosao, SK. With the exception of the ice road or a barge to Churchill, it is as far north as you can drive your own vehicle in Manitoba.
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The Manitoba Provincial Parks provided wonderful camping points and as we went further North, the roads became more remote and the fewer folks we met. MB Provincial Trunk Highway 6 is long, straight and flat. Heavy B-trains own the road and are difficult to overtake due to their length. There are good fuel points every 200 km or so along 6, with the best at Grand Rapids, Fortunately, we were able to avoid the forest fires throughout our travels, seeing smoke billowing on the horizon, fires set in some cases out of protest to Manitoba Hydro we were told. The night skies held a smokey haze obscuring star gazing and any chance of seeing the Aurora.
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Still, the road from Thompson to the SK border is one of the most remote tracks I have been on and requires acute awareness of range and provisions. It is 321 km from Thompson to Lynn Lake and another 120km to Kinoosao. My 2006 UZJ100 has approximately a 400 Km range and recon told us you cannot count on fuel at Kinoosao… and in fact, we were told that occasionally the CO-OP runs out at Lynn Lake, prompting us to carry 10 gallons in Jerry cans on the trailer. Manitoba Infrastructure (think DOT) patrols with 2m radio and fuel bowsers in the back of their trucks as there is no cell service once you pass 50 Km out of Thompson. But again, don’t count on it. The road to Lynn Lake is 70% gravel and 30% poor, broken pavement with several single lane bridges, areas where the road has washed out and was then poorly repaired. It passes First Nation villages with gates and checkpoints such as Nelson House and Leaf Rapids which has fuel, but it is up to the tribe if they will admit you. The rock cuts are gorgeous, the lakes and streams cool and clear. And the fishing was amazing. But, as the signs say… Be Bear Aware! Caught this guy at Zed Lake.

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Wolf mural in Thompson
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Rock cut near Leaf Rapids
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My cousin accompanied us on his 2007 Kawasaki KLR which added both scout capabilities as well as a bit of a logistics concern as we counted on FMRS for comms, not to mention the lack of range. Several times we exceeded the range of the comms… but the KLR continued to amaze with its reliability and miserly fuel consumption. Something to keep in mind. The towers you see along MB 391 are microwave towers for land lines, not cellular.
This is a one way route. Kinoosao is the “end of the road”, with the only true destination being the Grand Slam Lodge. The proprietor, Floyd, is a truly great human and invited us to share a fire as we offered to share some hand formed 1/2# ground chuck burgers over that same fire; more fresh beef than he’d seen in a while. He owns and operates the lodge that sees as many surveyors and prospectors now as fishermen.
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The road from Lynn Lake to Kinoosao was closed at Zed Lake for regraveling other than to local traffic due to wash outs and severe ruts from the spring thaw, requiring low range use in many places. We elected to leave the trailer at Zed Lake Provincial, appropriately named as it is the last Park along the route you can access. As the road starts in MB but ends in SK (in fact, SK 994 is the shortest highway in SK, at only 1.2 km long) there is always controversy as to who is going to foot the bill for repairs in the spring. We met a few folks that had turned back to Lynn Lake with their fishing craft having not being able to negotiate the track with their wide trailers. Several abandoned vehicles along the trail, windows blown out or with shredded tires provided a reminder that this is a wild road, and manners should be minded.
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Abandoned trawlers outside Kinoosao
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Provincial line.
 
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RKRUGER

Adventurer- Toyota Nut
Not the most glamorous... but its what keeps it all going. All OEM parts.

Land Cruiser timing belt and water pump replacement. Mileage - 194K. Most expensive sticker on the truck.
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During repair noted minor abnormal noise from timing belt tensioner pulley, timing belt idler pulley. fan bracket pulley, upper drive belt idler pulley. drive belt tensioner.
During repair noted drive belt minor cracking.
During repair noted radiator upper hose fitting previously damaged. hoses minor distension. clamps original.
During repair noted minor distension of coolant soft lines to oil cooler assembly. clamps original.
During repair noted timing belt tensioner excessive freeplay.
Replace above additional items at part cost only. no additional labor.
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Water Pump Assembly 16100-09201
Timing Belt 13568-09070
Super Long Lile Coolant
Idler Sub Assembly 13503-0F010
Idler Sub Assembly 13503-0F010
Bracket Sub Assembly fan 16307-0F010
Tensioner Assembly 16620-0W101
Pulley Sub Assembly 16604-0F101
Belt 90916-02585
Radiator 16400-50290
Radiator Hose 16571-50150
Radiator Hose 16572-50150
Clip Hose 90466-41008
Clip 90467-43002
Hose 16295-50110
Hose Clip 96135-51300
Hose. water bypass 16281-50030
Hose 16282-50040
Clip 90467-20011
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Drumroll - $3,172 w tax.
 
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