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A few mods from 7-25-06

Discussion in 'FJ Cruiser' started by Corey, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Corey

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    Yeahhhhh, that mod I did was one of the first back around July of 2006.

    Was going to try and get my Bomber Products shovel mount mounted to my Hi-Lift, but I was having some difficulty with it, so I may try next weekend.
     
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    Corey, I took a look at those Bomber products, look good. Photo up when you do the install, I am always interested in new stuff and their products look clean.
     
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    Will do, might not be this weekend though.
    We have a major rain and wind storm moving in.
    Time to batten down the hatches around here.
     
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    Bomber Products Shove-Lock & Krazy Beaver Shovel Installed 10-16-2016

    I have had my Hi-Lift on my front ARB bumper for quite sometime now.
    Recently Bomber Products released a mount for attaching a shovel to your Hi-Lift, and I snagged one up.
    I also snagged up one of the Krazy Beaver shovels, also known as a Killer Spork from the way it looks.

    I have had the Hi-Lift Handle-All for eons, it is a handle that you can attach a sledge hammer, pick-ax, and a shovel to it, and it all stores in a nice bag behind my drivers seat.
    But I wanted a dedicated shovel with a little more heft, and the Krazy Beaver caught my eye when viewing it awhile back.

    Joshua of Bomber Products is on a few forums out there, and a Toyota guy too.
    Joshua also carries the Krazy Beaver shovel, but I had bought mine directly from Krazy Beaver.

    This will not be on full time, only when going off road perhaps.
    Going to test it for rattles though on my way into work tomorrow.

    Links:

    Bomber Products
    Shove-Lock
    Krazy Beaver Tools
    Krazy Beaver shovel, the model I bought

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    Parts laid out on floor

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    Mounts on the Hi-Lift, I had to use big lock washers on top of the bolt where it protrudes out of the hole on the jack, this was to make the product point out straight when tightened

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    Close-up of mounts, and yes, rig is dirty from the storm we had

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    The Beaver mounted up, I may full around at a later date with its position

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    The Beaver close-up

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    Inside the cab view, and not bad, I can see clearly over the hood
     
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    ok you can see over those parts on the street, but I would not want those parts there when I am on the trail picking my lines.. I like the connectors and might add them to my hi-lift, but it stays back on the roof rack out of view.
     
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    Unfortunately this is the only place to carry a Hi-Lift on my rig with my tent on the roof.
    Prior to the tent I use to carry the jack on the roof.
    Plus the kind of stuff I run which is mainly forest services roads pose no problems.
     
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    The drive into work today my vision was not compromised, can hardly tell the shovel is there really, as it is not much higher than the Hi-Lift.
    If I did not have a roof top tent, the Hi-Lift and shovel would be on the back of the rack like I use to run it years ago.
     
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    Is it possible to put IN the tent?
     
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    Nope, too much weight up high, plus it would be a PITA to open it up to get it out.
     
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    NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Ram Mount Installed 10-22-2016

    I have been noticing a lot more rigs going on back country trips using a tablet device to run Back Country Navigator and other mapping apps instead of a dedicated GPS unit.

    I have an iPad Air, but Apple products do not have a built in GPS chip, so you have to add a Bluetooth one.
    Not a problem, but my iPad Air also has a Bluetooth keyboard/cover attached to it, and I really do not want to have to take it off each time, plus the iPad is a little big for my tastes to have in the FJ Cruiser on a trip.

    I posted up a thread on Expedition Portal in their GPS/Navigation section, and a member posted the NVIDIA Shield 8" tablet as a good one to use.
    It has a fast processor, and just about all Android based tablets have the GPS chip installed, no need for tethering to a separate Bluetooth GPS antenna.

    I got a hold of Matt at Ram Mounts out of Seattle, WA., and asked him what type of mounts would work with my FJ Cruiser.
    I got a RAM Tab-Tite cradle for the tablet, and a few mounts listed below in the links.
    Currently using the suction cup one, have not installed the rod one, and I may not.
    All of the items listed below in the links are available off of Amazon too, and that is where I got mine.

    This tablet is also a gaming one, so you know it will be fast.
    As soon as I turned it on yesterday, it prompted me for my homes Wi-Fi login, and then it asked me is I wanted to copy/transfer my apps and date from my HTC One Android phone over to the new tablet.
    I choose not too, as I have a lot of apps that are not needed on the new tablet.
    I did find a screen later where I would pick which apps to transfer, and I did.
    Google Maps and Google Earth work perfect on the new tablet, and I also downloaded the Pro paid version of Back Country Navigator, and have been messing around with it here at home.
    I had the free trial one on my phone, and after updated to the paid version on the new tablet, I also installed the paid one on my phone.

    Kind of new to apps like this, so there will be a learning curve.
    My main objective with the software is to log forest service roads I explore up at Greenwater, and also log future campsites I run across.
    Then when I want to get back to them, the tablet will guide me.

    Also put in a two port USB charger into the stock 12v outlet on the lower dash to power the tablet to keep its battery topped off when in use.

    The suction mount is not holding good enough to my dash though, it loosens up after a bit, and that is not good.
    Later today, or perhaps tomorrow I am going to mount the one that attaches with the passenger seat bolt, that should be better.
    I could probably get the suction mount to work if I attached it to the windshield, but I really do not want it blocking the view.

    Links:

    NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black

    SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter

    RAM Tab-Tite™ Cradle for 7" Tablets including the Amazon Kindle Fire & Google Nexus 7

    RAM POD 18" No-Drill™ Vehicle Mount with B Size 1" Ball on Round Plate with AMPs Hole Pattern

    RAM Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount with Long Double Socket Arm and 2.5" Round Base that contain the AMPs hole pattern

    BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS

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    Cradle/mount with no tablet

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    Tablet inserted into the Tab-Tite plate and RAM mount

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    Screen showing the Back Country Navigator, you can see one of the swimming pools at my complex up and to the left of the yellow arrow

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    Two port USB plug, I have a ton of these, trying out a low profile one



    They have a lot of informative videos on their YouTube channel too, and if you search Back Country Navigator, there are also a ton of end user videos.
    CritterMap Software
     
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    RAM Mount Properly Installed 11-6-2016

    Finally a dry morning!

    I followed Zero's installation of his tablet and RAM arm/ball mount from fjcruiserforums website, and put the ball backing plate in the same position as he did.

    This allows the tablet mount to be folded up flat against the flat surface that is just above the glovebox.
    Simply unscrew the big plastic nut on the mounting arm to allow both ball ends to loosen, then you can adjust the angle up/down, and sideways of the tablet plate.

    I drilled two small holes into the side of the dash, and used some screws that came with the mount.
    It is nice and strong, and best part is I did not have to disassemble my dash by pulling the heater control/stereo surround panel off.
    That would have been kind of a PITA as I would have had to unbolt the mounting bracket that holds the Yaesu ham radio faceplate too.

    I use these flat USB cables too that I get off of Amazon, and no, I did take the time yet to shorten it up to make it look better, and I had not wiped down the black plastic yet either on the dash behind the mount, that all will come later.

    Overall I am very happy with how the project turned out.
    Cannot wait to hit Greenwater with it and start making some tracks and waypoints of some future campsites.

    OK, on with some fresh pictures from today:

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    Ball mount screwed into the side of the dash

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    Mount folded up flat against the dash

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    Screen with the Back Country Navigator app opened, and the USB charging cable plugged in

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    Close-up angle

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    Wider angle

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    RAM backing plate mount without the tablet
     
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    ///after updated to the paid version on the new tablet, I also installed the paid one on my phone.///
    Did you have to pay a second fee to install on the phone?
    Good write-up, good pics. Not sure I could take up that much passenger leg space.
    Have some time now to research this and add parts to Xmas lists :>)
    I like the set-up you have.
    When you backcountry and find a location to re-visit, can you save location in standard coordinates? Or is it proprietary links in the program?
    Also, is the program/equipment dependent on cell service?
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    The license allows you to install it on multiple devices.
    Thanks, it does not seem to be in the way of a passenger, but it can be swung up even higher, and in your rig if you are not mounting a faceplate for a ham radio like I am, you can swing it up even higher.

    It saves the info as longitude latitude coordinates, plus you can also name the tracks and the waypoints such as a future campsite to any name you want.

    Now I just have to learn to download the maps first to the tablet, as it will not download them in the field, unless I want to open up a Wi-Fi share from my cell phone to the tablet, and that may or may not work if I do not have a strong data signal when in the mountains.
    But once you have the maps on the tablet, it will work without a data/Wi-Fi signal in the mountains.
    The tablet itself has a GPS chip which requires no data/Wi-Fi signal.
    It works much like the GPS built into my Pioneer stereo.
     
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    ///download the maps first to the tablet,///
    That makes sense that it is not reliant on cell service because up in the mountains we experience no cell service for most of the time. That is why we use CB or Ham radio to communicate when we head out with a dozen trucks up the trails.
    I am defo interested in this upgrade, it sounds very worthwhile . Please post up info when you go off road and input coordinates, let us know how it
    works.
    I imagine the info can then be sent to other devices, like a pc or a mac from the nvidia? Then you can make it available to others in your group,etc?
    Thanks.
     
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    Will do when I take it off road.
    I did try the app on my HTC One phone from jobsite number two back to my work cars parking spot at jobsite number one.
    It worked great, and I named the two waypoints, was neat to see it in action.

    I think I may run the tablet on my way into work tomorrow and see how it works without having a map on it.

    Not sure yet if you can send into to other devices.
    They have a slew of videos on YouTube that may provide your answer.
     
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    Rotopax And Ladder Mount Installed 1-7-2017

    For quite awhile I have been trying out how to carry a few jerrycans of water or fuel on my rig.
    Cannot put them on the roof since the roof top tent takes up the whole rack, and I do not have a swingout bumper to install a jerrycan holder on.

    Last week I saw on Instagram a nice patch for a headliner (I collect them and install on my FJ Cruisers headliner) for Overland Equipped.
    I had never heard of them, and I headed over to their site and saw they had a Rotopax mount that goes behind a ladder on a rig.
    Well I have a ladder, so I emailed Matt from there and then talked to him on the phone and ordered up the plate, and I also got a sticker and two patches from him.

    He told me what I needed from Rotopax, so I ordered up two white water only two gallon cans, the DLX Pack Mount, and an extension so I could add a second can.

    Matt and I were not sure if this was going to fit, as I may be the first FJ Cruiser to have tried this, I am not 100% sure.
    But as you can see from the pictures it turned out perfect.
    The only thing is the cans block my Overland Journal oval sticker, so I will have to mount a new sticker.

    The hardware Matt includes use 7/16" nuts, and most of my tools including my nice Craftsman ratchet wrenches I have in my home and rig are metric.
    I tried a 12 mm ratchet, but a little too big.
    Fortunately my neighbor had a closed end 7/16" wrench.
    It was very slow with it, so I will now be ordering a standard ratchet wrench set.
    If I had one, it would have gone a lot faster.

    But I am very happy with the outcome here, I think it turned out great.
    The water will be used for drinking water when camping, and save me a ton of room over carrying a big water container in my rig.

    I hope this helps some other FJ Cruiser owners who have been wanting to add either fuel or water cans to their rigs.

    Links:

    HEAVY-DUTY ROTOPAX MOUNTING KIT - OVERLAND EQUIPPED

    Rotopax Two Gallon Water Cans

    DLX Pack Mount

    1, 2 and 4 Gallon Extension

    On with some pictures

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    All the parts spreed out with Matt's ladder mount on top of the left can
    I did not know what those two plastic clips are, and Matt answered me over on Instagram that they clip together two cans if used side by side.

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    One can mounted, no T lock handle on yet

    The second can will push in over that black part.

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    Both cans mounted and T handle turned and tightened down to hold both cans

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    Showing Matt's round black plate on the backside of the ladder, it bolts to the Rotopax mount

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    Yes, there is some rear window blockage, but I do not really use the window anyways with the Maxtrax mounted there, and it is worse when the chuckbox is loaded in the rear for a trip
     
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    Adventure Tool Company Tool Rolls 1-21-2017

    Notice I did not say installed, as these are not actually installed, but carried in my cargobox.

    I first found out about tool rolls I think from the Hanson's at Overland Expo.
    Then I joined Instagram awhile back and started following Adventure Tool Company.
    And what got me to finally take a real close look at these fine tool rolls was a video by Expedition Overland featuring Jeff and Kurt from XO.
    Kurt is also the owner of Cruiser Outfitters in Utah.



    I checked out Paul and Amy's Adventure Tool Companies site, and I first bought the WrenchRoll, then a few days later ordered the SportRoll.
    The former will be for my ratchet wrenches, and the latter will be for adjustable wrenches, pliers, etc.
    I did not have room to put my screwdrivers in, so maybe I will order another tool roll.
    I planned on putting them into the SportRoll, but some are too long for it.
    I probably could take out the SAE ratchet wrenches since I only need metric for my rig, and put the screwdrivers into the WrenchRoll.
    Will try that at another time.

    Before I had my tools in my cargobox just loose, but sitting on toolbox liner.
    These ATC tool rolls will keep the tools much better organized.
    Plus these are made in the USA in Colorado, very happy to support a USA company.
    I will include a link below in the links section where you can read about their company.

    I do not think you are going to find better tool rolls out there, these are crafted perfection.
    Oh, and they smell great too!

    If you are looking for a great way to carry your tools in your off road/camping/overlanding/expedition rig, look no further than these fine tool rolls.
    Give them a follow too on social media, as they are always posting up cool stuff.

    Links:

    Adventure Tool Company

    About Paul and Amy's company

    The WrenchRoll

    The SportRoll (with zippered side pouch)

    Pictures:

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    Check out the wrapping paper, old string, and the card, this is an old fashioned touch which I like, so much different than Amazon

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    The personal card is a really nice touch too

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    The WrenchRoll, and I do think I am going to put the screwdrivers in where the big SAE ones are on the left

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    WrenchRoll rolled up, nice buckle system

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    SportRoll filled with pliers and adjustable wrenches

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    Side by side, the SportRoll is smaller

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    All cargobox drawers open, ATC rolls in the middle drawer

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    Closeup of the two rolls in the middle drawer
     
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    BAFX OBDII & Torque Pro Installed 1-28-2017

    I have always thought about getting one of those scan gauge tools in the past, but never got around to it.
    I saw a post the other day by Lifestyle Overland on Facebook, and he had a tablet running in his 4Runner with the Torque app from Android running on it, and I was intrigued since I run an NVIDIA Shield tablet for the Gaia GPS/Mapping app in my rig for logging future campsites.

    I asked him about the device he he was using in his OBDII port, and he said it was the BAFX Products one which is highly rated on Amazon.
    I bought it via Amazon, and I went to the Play Store on my PC, and bought the Torque Pro app, and told it to send the file to my NVIDIA Shield tablet.
    I like how you can be on a computer, but tell it to go to your phone of your tablet, very neat!

    I have never looked at my OBDII port before, but I had an idea where it was since the emissions place hooks up their scanning cable to it when you go to get your emissions done here every other year.

    I plugged in the device, and a red LED came on like it was suppose to.
    Since the port has power all the time, the light will remain on when the rig is off, no biggy, very small current draw.

    The instructions for the device to pair it with the Torque Pro app is very simple.
    Have the scanner plugged into the port, fire up the rig, then go to your Android device and have it scan for new devices, and it said OBDII in there, and I selected it, typed in 1234 for the code.
    Then you open up the Torque app, and it fired right up with the tachometer showing me my RPMs.
    You have a few different screen you can go through, and I selected the one that shows all of the gauges on there such as tach, vacuum, water temperature, and a few others.
    I will have to play around with it more later to see if I can add in more gauges.

    Overall, I am pretty happy with it.

    Links:

    Android Bluetooth Wireless OBDII Reader & Scan Tool - For Android Devices Only

    (Via Amazon)
    BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices


    Torque Pro (OBD 2 & Car) Not for IOS yet

    Picture and a movie:

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    Adventure Tool Company Medium Pouch 2-11-2017

    I bought another item from Adventure Tool Company, the medium sized tool pouch.
    This one is for screwdrivers and misc. crap as you can see from the two Velcro patches on the pouch.
    No more screwdrivers and other stuff rattling around in my smallest of my three cargo drawers.
    The bag comes with one patch of your choosing, and you pay for a second patch, pretty nice to name what is inside of the pouch.

    I also took some time and rearranged my drawers some, and pulled out the full size hammer.
    I do not think I really need it, as the Gerber Bear Gryll's hatchet can be used as a hammer.
    The plastic hammer you see if one I have had since my backpacking days 2.5 decades or so ago to drive in tent stakes.
    I still use it to pound in tent stakes for my awning, the shower/crapper tent, and the Coleman lantern stand.

    These tool bags are awesome, now go buy some!

    Links:

    Tool Pouches, available in two sizes, I went with the medium one as none of my screwdrivers are over a foot long

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    Pouch stuffed with screwdrivers and a few misc. crap items

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    The WrenchRoll, Tool Pouch, and SportRoll side by side

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    Drawers opened showing better organization

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    Closeup of all three Adventure Tool Company items
     
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    Second Set Of Maxtrax Added 2-17-2017

    Friday afternoon at the mods!
    Yep, added another pair just now.
    Why???
    I also use my Maxtrax for leveling the FJ Cruiser when camped on uneven terrain, and two is not enough sometimes.
    Now if I need to level both the front and rear, I am covered.

    I went for Stealth Black Maxtrax this time around, as I really do not need the bright orange as I do not do mud where the orange would be beneficial if they get buried.
    These are handy for sand as well, and they stand less of a chance of disappearing into sand than they would in mud or very loose dirt on a trail.

    Bought these from the fine folk's at CVT Tents, same place I got my Outer Limits first aid kit from.

    Link:

    MAXTRAX MKII

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    Nice sturdy box, and wrapped with bubble wrap to protect them

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    Back in black!

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    Got some Oreo Cookie action goin' on here
    Yes, the BajaRack ladder is in dire need of a new powder coating, disappointed in how it is peeling.

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    Rotopax water jerrycans and Maxtrax secured with a heavy duty Kryptonite cable and lock, as that is a lotta moola sittin' on the hind end

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    Filthy rig from the snow last week, needs a good bath some day
     
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