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Isuzu Modifications/Aftermarket/Accessories

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I drained-filled my AT and never replaced the gasket, no leaks at all. Maybe the mud-pack keeps it sealed up :)

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I got a new rear hook from St. Charles about $45, 2 M10x50 bolts lock washers, etc from Sears for $5.00 and put it on.

    It was a fun truck project, however very short lived. I am happy with the outcome.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    FYI - about 5 or so months ago Lund had cancelled production on the smoked hood protector (Troopers) which left the OME as the only option available. Last night I was bored, checking out J.C. Whitney's site and saw that they're back. I called today and the sales rep put me on hold while he called Lund, and they're in stock, ready to ship for $64.99 including shipping. For those who were looking for one.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They have replaced my hardware 2x for free, cause the rubber boots wore out that go in the hood to secure it.

    -mike
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    I'm trying to get in sync with the 21st Century by getting rid of all my CD's and going to MP3's. With all the available sources to buy online these days, it seems like the way to go. However, I plan to buy something like an (iPod) or the new (Dell DJ) that has a car adapter, which would be a cassette kit.

    So my questions are, what happens in the future if I buy a car without a cassette player in it, how would I convert it without changing the complete unit? Do you think they'll have something like a jack port to plug into? Also how are ya'll backing up your tunes? USB key type thing, CD or DVD? Sorry for the ignorance about this topic.
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Gee, that sounds like a tremendous advance over CDs...makes no sense to me. And didja hear Napster is back? Only 99 cents a tune, why that's a savings of absolutely, um, nothing, compared to CDs.

    I guess for car audio MP3 is fine (MP4 kicks its [non-permissible content removed] though ;-) ) but for home audio it is seriously lacking compared to CD, let alone SACD or DVD-A.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I put in an MP3 player for $175 and it also has a front mounted jack for input from an audio source :)

    -mike
  • Paison, does the MP3 player with the front mounted audio input jack also have a radio?
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    I would like to have an in-dash player that replaces the radio head unit and can play all types of CDs or DVDs or MP3 etc. In addition to an audio input, I want a video output for the DVD player to run the external display for the back seat area. I also like to have a very sensitive AM/FM radio. Weather radio would even be nice with alarm ability.
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    Anybody heard of such a thing?
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    Radio sound quality: I have a Alpine radio/CD player in my Trooper. I and my kids were very happy with the sound quality coming from the aftermarket speakers. I took the kids to see the Nut Cracker Ballet with a live full orchestra in the pit in front of the stage. The music was awesome. On the way home we played some kids classics CD that has parts of the Nut Cracker Ballet music on it. The kids noticed right away that the car stereo that used to sound really good, was trash compared to the live music. I was amazed how bad the car stereo sounded since I thought it was excellent before the immediate comparison to live music.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Paisan and I both put in the JVC KD-SX990. Radio, CD and MP3 with a jack in the front for adding an external MP3 player, though with 10 disk capacity on one CD it hardly seems like I would ever need to add an external.

    The radio is fine, but I am not sure if it is as good as the stock for reception. I haven't had any problems, but the hard to get stations seem slightly harder to get. I primarly listen to disks with MP3s on them now so I haven't really noticed.

    I highly recommend it. It doesn't skip, spins up songs quickly (a feature that I read some players take 10-15 seconds to change songs) and plays CDR and CDRW. It is now listed at epinions for $129.99. I also spent an additional $20 to get a converter cable from crutchfield.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup that head unit is AWSOME! I have it in both my cars and will add it to my 3rd car when I get it. The jack is nice for plugging in my laptop when passengers are watching DVDs on it!

    -mike
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Hood protector yesterday, installed today. It's better than the OEM version for a couple of reasons. A)sticks out further from the hood than OEM, I broke mine by stuffing a towel down in there while drying one cold morning. B.)shouldn't have any of that annoying tapping against the fender stuff. Kudos to Lund for starting up production again and having it in stock. Also, J.C.Whitney for keeping Isuzu stuff alive and well on the web site and keeping thier word on the shipment date.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I have been on the fence about adding new OME springs to my truck. I don't necessarily want to raise the center of gravity and I like the look with the 265/70s on the stock suspension. However with Isuzu's changes over the last few years, I wonder how long these products will be around? I really love my OME shocks and will probably want to replace them in a few years too. Just concerned that readily available aftermarket parts may also dry up in the near future.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Here is what I got back from ARB.

    We normally support a vehicle with product for several years after it has been discontinued. There are no plans at this time to stop prooduction of the Trooper products.
     
     
    Jim Jackson
    President, ARB-USA
    20 So. Spokane St.
    Seattle, WA 98134
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Jim Jackson has zero to do with production of products by ARB in australia. That is where all the products come out of. I believe they'll be available for a few years. But wouldn't count on it too far down the road.

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    They do still have accessories for older Trooper's pre-92s through current, so hopefully there will at least be a few years left.
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Aren't they still making Jackaroos for Australia? That would maintain the aftermarket demand for ARB.
  • I recently bought a hidden hitch receiver (part # 87544) for a good deal and thought I would pass along the website. The hitch was $117 and the hoppy connector was $25. Both were shipped free.The service was good and I received the package in 4 days via UPS. I agree with some earlier posts that the paint job is not fabulous but I can fix that with a can of Rustoleum. I'll post later to dicuss the installation. http://www.hitchmart.com/
  • Just finished installing my hidden hitch reciever and wiring adapter. Very slick, installation and looks. Total time was 30 min with only a ratchet, 18mm,17mm and 3/4" sockets plus a couple of zip strips for the wiring. This hitch is appropriately named, standing behind the vehicle all you see is the receiver tube and the safety chain connecting rings, not the cross bar. A nice feature with the hoppy wiring adapter is the built on rubber grommet. It plugs neatly in the hole on the under side of the body where the factory harness plug is hiding. This is a fairly straight forward DIY project that most trooper owners could do in one evening, in the driveway.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nice, love my hidden hitch too. Tow about 10-15K miles a year a 5000lb trailer. :)

    -mike
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    to add the tire size calculator to your site? http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
    If it's already there, forgive me I couldn't find it...Thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It might be there but I'm not sure if I have a link to it or not.

    -mike
  • bangkerbangker Posts: 5
    Howdy, forgive me if this is a stupid newbie question, but I have a 95 Trooper LS with the "premium" stereo w/cd changer. I've seen the post about the later model with the 80W head unit, and I've seen the ones about putting 5.25"s in the rear, and I was wondering if the stereo I have is comparable and if I can also fit 5.25"s in place of the 4" nasties in the rear.
    Thanks!
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    I put the rear 5.25" speakers into my 1995. There are many sizes even within the 5.25" size. The best thing to do is take your Trooper to a stereo store and remove one of the original rear speakers then get the store to let you test fit their 5.25" speakers in the openning.
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    The rear speaker openning is big enough for 5.25" speakers that taper off quickly, that means they cannot stay 5.25" very long. There is plenty of depth in the center but the edges must taper in quickly.
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    You will need to drill new screw holes in the metal around the speaker openning to screw down your new 5.25" speakers.
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    Your 1995 original speakers are paper. If your Trooper has been exposed to hot humid weather a lot the paper is getting tired. I replaced my speakers when they began to sound worse due to the paper getting old and non flexible. I bought a set of four and replaced the front ones as well because it was a great deal buy one pair and get half off on the second pair.
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    Most car stereos can adapt to the impedance of most car speakers, so compatibility should not be an issue. You can read the impedance label on the existing speakers.
  • As you probably know, they did not make cruise control for the 99 Hard Top V6 Amigo, but it was available on the 99 Rodeo. Has anyone tried installing the cruise for a 99 Rodeo in a 99 Amigo?

    Failing that, does anyone know how to get hold of wiring diagrams for both the 99 Amigo and Rodeo to compare to see if this idea would work.
  • eric2003eric2003 Posts: 6
    Looking for a tow hitch for my 2000 Trooper LS. I only have basic tools, so I am looking for those that can be installed without drilling holes. I won't use it that often, so I am not looking to spend too much either. I know all of you are very resourceful. Any suggestions?

    eric
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Has a frame mount. Took me about 1.5hrs to install with a socket set. :) I think it cost like $115 give or take. It's a Hidden Hitch Brand.

    -mike
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 838
    Second that one on the Hidden Hitch. Helps to have someone to help hold it up to get the bolts started. IIRC I had to use a washer or two on one or more to get it shimmed correctly. Also, if you need the wiring harness, there is a rubber plug down underneath, driver's side, maybe a couple of feet in front of the rear bumper. You can get a $20-30 wiring attachment that connects to wiring behind that plug with a plug...don't need to try an splice into any wires. Don't remember the part number... Found it. Hiddenhitch dot com wiring is Part # 16339
    Electrical Wiring Kits , the Class III hitch is Part # 87544
    Class III Trailer Hitches - Receiver Plus Program 3500LBS/5000LBS with weight distribution setup. They also have a Class II. Looks real nice...only see the receiver and loops to attach the safety chains...the rest of it is Hidden behind the bumper.

    Bill
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My hidden hitch is 10k I think with a weight distributing, same dealio though, you only see the reciever and loops for the safety chains.

    -mike
  • bop22bop22 Posts: 1
    I was thinking about upgrading my disc player, but ran into a problem.(how do i remove the factory unit.)

    mike
  • harlanaharlana Posts: 1
    I did put the put the Silverstar in my 95 Ltd Trooper and they're great. I own a Lexus with the HID and that system floods the entire front and is great. The SS will be much stonger/brighter but still a spotlight type headlight. You have turning lamps which are great on your trooper which helps.
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