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Hello fellow 200 Series Campers :D

I recognize several of you from the years on Mud.

First a bit about me: I am a 4th generation Colorado Native who married his High school sweetheart (after college). I have two grown daughters who also drive Toyota's and they often wheel with me. Together we have wheeled the Rubicon, South Dakota, All across Colorado and many trips to Moab. If this year you see a Red 200, White 100 and 3rd Gen 4runner, all built traveling down the highway, that is the Romer Caravan

I have owned 3 FJ 40's, an 80, a 100 and now a 200. You could throw in two more 4runners, another 80 and another 100 if you count the wife's and daughters rigs.

In college I had a 74 FJ40. I bought it 5 years old in 79 and drove it all around Colorado and Arizona. After college I sold it and went through several vehicles, even a Jeep but they just were not the same. I would comment when I saw an FJ40, and in 2003 my wife told me to go get another one.

I bought a 1977 FJ40 and this thread describes the build.

I was still driving a 99 GMC as my DD and in 2004 I bought an 1997 80 (LX450). Here is the build thread on that rig. The next year I became the 80's section Moderator. I had sold my 40 during the build to pay for a supercharger. I said one day I would buy another one and build it the way I wanted it

In 2011 I bought a 2004 100 series. Great truck and enjoyed doing the Maze trip and all the rest of our Utah and Colorado spots. Here is the build thread. The 100 is a great platform.

In 2013, the kids were grown up, out of college and owned their own houses. Now the toy budget was increasing. I made good on the promise I made to myself and bought and built another 40 just the way I wanted it, Fuel Injected V-8 with some modern accessories. My wife refers to this as my baby

I would still have the 100 today if I hadn't upgraded my camper and imported a new 2016 Kimberley Karavan. Here is the story on that. I had no issues towing my previous trailers and the Kimberley Kamper up the Mtn passes. The Karavan doubled the weight and I could feel the difference. It would have been fine, but who likes chugging up a mtn pass. Several folks were nice enough to give me their comparison in a 100 vs a 200 and that sold me.

Doing lots of research on this great forum I narrowed my choice to a 2013 to 2015 based on features and finally wanting a cruiser that was still close to new. After building the 40, buying the Kimberley, a new 2016 would have been too much for my bank account. Besides I did not like the rear screens on the seat backs.

I had always bought my rigs out of state looking for the best deal and quality and was surprised to find a great deal on a local cruiser at Carmax. A 2014 with 25K miles still under factory warranty for $58K.

I have been waiting to sell my 100 to do the majority of the mods, but have started with what I took off the 100. My plan for modifications is as follows:
ARB Front Bull Bar (I have a 12K WARN winch)
Slee Sliders
Slee Skid Plates
BP-51 Lift (edit went with the standard OME Lift)
Dual Battery Setup (IBS system from my 100)
ARB Storage Drawers (From my 100)
Hamd and CB Radios (From My 100)
ARB Front and Rear Lockers
Rear Bumper (debating between ARB or waiting for Slee's)

Here is what it looked like when I bought it
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Next cam the Ham Radio. I installed the Yaesu FT-7800 that has been in my 80 and 100. Great Radio. Problem is the mount wouldn't work for the antenna. I went to HRO and found a mount that works on the hatch below the glass

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The 200 has an advantage over the other rigs I have built with the space set aside for wiring. I went ahead and strung wire for the HAM, CB and AUX power outlet

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Then used a angle piece a plastic I JB welded above the ashtray and used adhesive tape to put the faceplate on

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I put the Radio head unit under one of the Drawer Trim Kit panels along with the 12V outlet for the Fridge. Was amazing to me there wasn't a 12V outlet back there

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Next I will put in my brake controller and Dual Battery setup. I will have to see if Slee has the 2nd tray in stock and run up there this week.
 
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It is the same trim kit. The passenger side fit well. The drivers side required adjustment with a jig saw to change the curve and take about an inch off the width. Brackets fit fine though.

They have a 200 trim kit now

Its the 50 qt from ARB.
 

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It is the same trim kit. The passenger side fit well. The drivers side required adjustment with a jig saw to change the curve and take about an inch off the width. Brackets fit fine though.

They have a 200 trim kit now

Its the 50 qt from ARB.

Thanks. Been looking at fridge models... Kinda wishing for a setup that is accessible from the front passenger seat, so thinking about size and how it might be secured on folded-down right second row seat.
 

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I talked to Christo and the BP51 lift is on back order. Bummer I will have to wait for the majority of the mods

We discussed the bumper and I am going to wait for his. He felt I the ARB wouldn't hold up under the kind of wheeling we like to do. Like a run on Hells Revenge in Moab
 

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I talked to Christo and the BP51 lift is on back order. Bummer I will have to wait for the majority of the mods

We discussed the bumper and I am going to wait for his. He felt I the ARB wouldn't hold up under the kind of wheeling we like to do. Like a run on Hells Revenge in Moab

That's why I'm waiting too... My only worry now is that Slee is gonna have a LINE of us waiting by the time it's ready to go...
 

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We discussed the bumper and I am going to wait for his. He felt I the ARB wouldn't hold up under the kind of wheeling we like to do. Like a run on Hells Revenge in Moab

Romer, did Christo have a guess as to when he'd have his rear bumper ready? I'm also waiting on this.
 

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Romer, did Christo have a guess as to when he'd have his rear bumper ready? I'm also waiting on this.

Christo responded in another thread last week to inquiries by showing a photo of a bare LX rear end without the bumper cover...letting us know it's some time off yet. We all want to know, but all we know is that it's coming at some point. Beyond that? Only Christo knows.
 
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Romer, did Christo have a guess as to when he'd have his rear bumper ready? I'm also waiting on this.


I am not going to speak for Christo. He knows there is a need, he explained the challenges and his plan is to get it to a finished product as soon is reasonable considering he wants to validate the quality for the Slee name.

I would say its safe to bet this year.
 

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When I swapped the rims I only got 4 turns of engagement on the lug nut. I went to Discount and they said 4 is fine per their specs. I am not comfortable with 4, maybe I am being anal. With the new Toyo AT's I would stick to an 18" rim. The TRD Pros are two pricey, but also look like the older Tundra wheels just powder coated black. I do like the Fueal Anzas and sent Kreiten a PM to see how he like them. RIMs and specs still confuse me. What specs should I look for in a RIM to fit the wheel and also ensure I have more turns on the lug, say at least 8.
 

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