ROTW- TCH2FLY's 1994 Cruiser

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by TCH2FLY, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY

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    Hello everyone my name is Mike and I’m a cruiseraholic…..
    I apologize for not having this up sooner, Labor day planning and execution kinda snuck up on me.

    Quick intro before I get to my rig. My forum nick is TCH2FLY; yes I’m a flight instructor. When I was doing a lot of teaching I had that as my vanity plate and started using it in forums. I live in Denver and have been 4-wheeling different rigs for about 22 years. Prior to my midlife career change I was in the automotive industry and my last job was with Toyota. That is the reason I have a good understand of and tremendous faith in their vehicles. Of all the rigs I’ve owned my favorite was my 79 FJ-40 and when it was time to build a family size rig an 80 series was the natural choice. I knew that I wanted a white exterior and cloth seats. My experience told me I needed an FZJ for the additional power and 4whl disc brakes.

    I planned on doing 3-4 day family camping trips and moderate to difficult trails but not much in the way of rock crawling (that changed this weekend :D ). I looked at several trucks and finally found a white 1994 with cloth. It had some ugly aftermarket wheels but the axles were dry and the brakes new. It was exactly what I wanted for much less than I planned to spend. So on to the specifics and mods.

    Basic: 1994 FZJ-80 160k…no factory lockers.
    Current list of mods (as of July 2010)
    Front springs - OME 850-J and 1.5" steel spacers, Rear Ssprings- OME 864. OME "blue" caster bushings.
    4.88 gears with ARB lockers, front and rear
    315/75-16 Cooper STTs
    ARB front bumper/Slee AC skid plate and a 12,000 LB Warn.
    Slee sliders and rear bumper.
    Safari Snorkle
    OEM CDL switch and 7 pin mod.
    OEM hand throttle.
    Magnaflow muffler and 2 ½" Cat-back exhaust.
    Dual batteries… simple isolator set-up.
    Slee wiring harness for headlights and Hella 2000s
    1200 watt power inverter
    [strike]Alpine Stereo with Ipod mounted in console.[/strike] Replaced Alpine HU with Pioneer 2-din DVD (see below)
    [strike]8" subwoofer mounted in factory location [/strike] (write-up). Upgraded to 2 -10" in rear storage (see below)
    Rear dome lights mounted in speaker opening (write-up).
    Rear work light
    Rear Gas Can holder.
    Snakster manifold cooker :D

    Future mods:
    [strike]4:88 gears[/strike] - Done
    [strike]Line-X the fender flares[/strike] - Done
    Finish my rear storage drawers…these got put aside when I finally made good on a promise to my wife to get a small pop-up trailer so she could cook out of the rain.
    On to the pics….

    My dual battery set-up. This has been covered a million times but my setup is very basic using only a 120 amp isolator...I used this set-up on every dual system I have run and never had trouble...
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    Ipod mounting bracket in center console...
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    Fresh from this weekend:
    posing....

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    some action shots...

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    and my new toy to keep the :princess: happy...

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    QUESTIONS???COMMENTS??

    Thanks for reading!

    Updated 1-16-08

    "Future mods" now complete (need more future mods ;) )

    Recent pics
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    Link to my rear storage/subwoofer unit with amp and inverter install..
    http://forum.ih8mud.com/80-series-tech/187777-storage-unit-yeah-another-subwoofers.html
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    With mods to mount Engel fridge and slider.
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    Power inverter and amp install
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    Updated 3-16-09

    Replaced Alpine HU with Pioneer 2-din DVD with back-up camera and "belly cam"
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    Install thread Pioneer AVH-P4000 install
    Last edited: May 24, 2012
  2. Slomo

    Slomo It's Complicated SILVER Star

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    Nice rig and nice write up! Those are nice looking wheels that I have never seen before. Are they aluminium and who makes them? I think a toy similar to yours will be on mine before too long to please the wife as well. ;)

    :cheers:
  3. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

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    Very nice, I really like the little camper.
  4. taccruiser97

    taccruiser97

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    On the next to last picture where you are coming through the rocks, was that taken at French Creek? It looks like it but seems kind of dry compared to the last time I was up there.
  5. peepers

    peepers

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    very nice truck. very clean and you have stuck to your guns and goals in not going overboard and keeping it a family hauler.
  6. desertdude

    desertdude SILVER Star

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    Damn nice ! - clean motor - I am envious of the White ;)
  7. locrwln1

    locrwln1

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    Nice truck, I like the stance.

    Jack
  8. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY

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    They are alloy but I have no idea who manufactured them. I looked them over very carefully trying to figure it out so I could get a matching spare. I finally got some stock alloys, so they could be for sale very soon... keep your eyes open;)

    Thx I'm really please with it. Sleeps 6, has a stove, a sink and a furnace (got cold enough this weekend for a hard frost..we were toasty warm) It only weighs about 1300LBs and tows up the passes at 50-55.:D As soon as it starts snowing I'll be doing a small lift and tire/wheel upgrade so I can get it just a bit farther back into the forest.

    Yes it is coming down at French Creek this weekend...tends to get low this time of the year.
  9. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY

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    Nice of you to say, but frankly your rig is an EXTREMELY tough act to follow. :crybaby:

    I am pretty stuck on white but without a doubt my second choice would be a 40th
  10. Tooth Fairy

    Tooth Fairy

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    It was good to meet you up on Holy Cross and nice to see somebody else wheelin' their 80! :)

    Nice rig Mike and I plan to copy your subwoofer modification.

    Butch
  11. Sackman

    Sackman

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    Are you running any spacers on the front or rear?
    could you post pics of the cat-back exaust?
    how much was the alpine head unit? ...im looking for a decent head unit with an ipod connection, and ports for additional amps (unlike scion HU)

  12. Thats a nice looking 80 you've got there.
    Not to overboard, just right for touring the back blocks.
    Thats some nice scenery in those pics.
  13. reffug

    reffug

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    Nice write up, nice rig.:cool:

    As always thanks for contributing.:cheers:

    And yes DesertDude was a tough truck to have to follow.
  14. Dr Gonzo

    Dr Gonzo

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    Nice rig, I like the dual battery set up. How does your rig ride with the J's up front when on the road and un-loaded?
  15. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY

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    No spacers at all.
    I will try to take some pics of the exhaust tonight (although it got a little beat up this weekend :crybaby: )
    here you go...
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    It is an Alpine CDA-9857 they run anywhere from $250-350 depending where you look. They have less expensive units but this has the largest display with multiple lines of text. Plenty of amp output options.

    Yeah we have some great scenery around here. Check out my pic of my truck at a lake near the bottom of the page of this thread


    Thanks. I started with just 850's up front but it still sat nose low with the heavy winch and dual batts. I don't notice any difference in the ride now that I have the Js
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2006
  16. Texus

    Texus

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    F'n Awesome...

    Dude...i Just Got Off Holy Cross Yesterday..couldn;t Get Past French Creek...gettin' Dark & Was Havin Trouble On The Left Side... Kudos To You...i Got The Same Pics @ The Same Spots Pretty Much...excapt Not For The City Part...
  17. EricG

    EricG SILVER Star

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    Nice ... tell me more about that camper. How does it pull up over 70 at the tunnel?
  18. Sackman

    Sackman

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    Ooooooooo... Gotta get me one of those!
    Did the sound/performance change any?
    prolly sounds a little beefier w/o the resonator...[​IMG]
  19. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY

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    It is a Fleetwood Cobalt, perfect for my family of three.

    I was very hesitant to get a trailer because of the issues getting up to Eisenhower but this little trailer is great. I was able to do 48-50 indicated mph (stock gears, no speedo correction for the 33s so 52-55 actual mph +-) in the steepest areas and 55-60 everywhere else. It only weighs around 1300lbs loaded, hardly even feel it back there. I would recommend it highly.:D






    Yeah it feels better going up the mountain passes and even better I no longer hear the whoosing whistle of the stock system under heavy loads :D.

    This is a 24" magnaflow, and the sound levels are very tolerable, it has a deeper richer exhaust note without being loud. A smaller version would give better clearance but would be louder than what I wanted.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2006
  20. EricG

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    Cool - I've been considering one also, but with the same concerns. 50 to 55 is about all I do up there anyway. Guess I'll start looking a little harder. Where'd you pick it up?

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