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  • mkayemkaye Posts: 184
    I believe you have posted before, sorry no one replied. I don't recall anyone using, maybe one post on, Monroe shocks in the Isuzu forums.


    Most here seem to have either used the Rancho RS9000 or the Old Man Emu shocks. Both have high marks. I use the RS9000's because of the adjustability. Crank them up for real off-road, medium for on-road and soft for washboard dirt roads. I think they are fantastic. Great pricing at http://www.hotrodoffroad.com, about $250.00 for four. Sometimes Rancho has a buy 3 get one free deal.

    Some have used the Edelbrocks but have noted a few problems with reliability (leaking shocks). I have Monroe's on my car since that was the only aftermarket available as a strut, however, they are fine. They are not the "sensa-trac" or "reflex" shocks.

    I think most would agree that any shock is a vast improvement over stock. So, if you choose the Monroe's, likely you'll be happy. I think some have noted on various forums that the Monroes or Gabriels may not have the durability as some other shocks, that may be the most inexpensive versions.
    The Ranchos carry a lifetime warranty.

    My friend has Bilstein's on his, great for on road but very stiff. On rough roads, causes a lot of vibration in the vehicle. Are about $50 each for Trooper.

    Tokiko (trekmaster) is another manufacturer for shocks. The stock shocks are Tokiko's, but are not gas shocks. The aftermarket Tokiko are also a good choice, from the posts. There has been a lot of good press on the Trekmaster and Trooper. Overlander recommends Tokiko for Trooper, however, it is part of an overall suspension kit.


    Here are a few good links:
    www.overlander.com
    www.shox.com
    www.explorerprocomp.com
    www.gorancho.com
    www.edelbrock.com
    www.bilstein.com


    One of the 4wd magazines just did a review of shocks for trucks. Probably could find it in the library or somewhere.

  • flyinlowflyinlow Posts: 62
    I never noticed this before today (wife's Trooper LS is 4 months old): the quasi-mirror rear side glass, though ugly, works great to check for complete coverage when applying sunscreen. I know this is a big advantage to the typical outdoorsy Twoopah ownah. You could also make sure your hair is combed before going in to that big interview.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Isuzu uses some Troopers at its U.S. HQ in southern California. After a year or so, these Troopers are typically sold at Isuzu dealer only auctions. I've heard paisan explain this on the board, and I've heard a couple different dealers briefly explain the process to me, so I think it's probably accurate.

    Anyway, I think this is a great way to buy a Trooper, or any vehicle. I'm assuming a corporate fleet vehicle does not endure the abuse of a typical Hertz/Enterprise-type rental vehicle.

    We bought our 98 Trooper (1 year old and 7,000 miles) this way and saved about $4k off the best price on a new 99.

    Just wanted to point out that some of the Troopers you guys are seeing that were purchased by dealers at auctions may have been corporate fleet vehicles, not rental vehicles.
  • seanreidseanreid Posts: 152
    I bought the 1999 Champagne S + Performance package that was at the NJ Honda dealer. Reasons:

    1. Exterior and interior colors were exactly what I wanted
    2. It has the wonderful stock moonroof
    3. It is in exceptional shape, 26,000 miles, one owner trade in (verified by Car Fax) non-lease, non-rental
    4. VG front tires, new rear tires
    5. Everything worked, no wind noise from moonroof
    6. It was time to conclude this search and just buy one, free time is getting scarce

    Final price was $15,900. Not a bargain but not bad. I can live with it.

    Rode down from VT to NJ on the bike yesterday afternoon, inspected the Trooper, drove it, signed papers, left truck there, slept, rode home. That I escaped the net of the gendarmes is a wonder and a blessing! Now we're going camping (if you can call a small RV camping). Tues I deliver my vehicle to the new purchaser in NH and then hopefully we'll go down and get the Trooper next weekend. In between I need to get a ton of tour research work done for Honda. Zoom, zoom, zoom...

    If anyone's still looking there's a very nice 2001 grey S (25K, $15,500) in NH. It's the one I discussed previously and interested people can call me with questions (802-436-9853). As you know I'm not the seller and have no connection with the sale. But...it is a nice trooper and maybe someone here wants it.

    The Hidden Hitch seems to be rated for 3500 lbs. using a conventional ball, did I read wrong? Is there another model I didn't see.

    Thanks to everyone on the list who helped with my little oddysey. I've got maintenance questions for next week after I first go through archives.

    Sean
  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347
    Congratulations on the new baby! Hope it gives you many happy miles of adventures.
  • kjmcgirlkjmcgirl Posts: 12
    Sean,

    I just bought and installed the Hidden Hitch on my 2001S about 4 weeks ago - I had tips from this group. I purchased mine at JCWhitney, my understanding was that their Class III was rated at 350lb tongue, 3500 trailer with a normal hitch hookup. If you install a weight distribution hitch, it increases to 500lb tongue, and 5000lb trailer.

    The weight distribution hitch moves the weight to the front of the truck.

    The Hidden Hitch I installed had 5 bolt holes that matched up to the frame, the directions also recommended you drill a 6th hole in the frame. I didn't as I'm only hauling a utility trailer, but I would if I was going to be pulling a 5000lb load.

    -Kevin
  • katgrekatgre Posts: 8
    I must say this group has really helpful once again! I'm going today to get the oil changed (18k)switching from regular to synthetic since so many people on this board praises Mobil1 I will give it a try. I haven't been keeping up w/the post lately but after reading numerous messages I feel I have something wrong w/my Trooper. Since Jan. my truck has been back to the dealership 4x's due to the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. The O2 sensor was replaced and tweaked several times. Now, my problem is that when I push the TOD button in @ 40mph my lights flash-then the red check button comes on. Before I pulled over I pushed button out-turned vehicle off, pushed button in & turned vehicle back on TOD worked fine. If I remember correctly when I first purchased my Trooper I could push the TOD while driving am I correct? I even pulled the sun visor down to make sure I was using the correct procedures. I always drive in 2WD but I wanted to test different drive levels since I still don't know enough about my Trooper.

    I will be taking the truck into a new dealership because I feel that the service dept have done 1 too many tweaks.

    Thx

    kg
  • gprodickgprodick Posts: 36
    I have a '99 Trooper with 265/75-16 Scorpions. I have about 11k miles on them. I am very happy with their performance and appearance.

    They handle better than the stock 684's, ride great, but are a little louder. It is noticeably slower off the line than with the smaller tires, but you get over it. A pleasant surprise, it seems to climb high speed freeway type grades better, because you can put it in 3rd gear where it will comfortably run at 65-70 or more due to the higher gearing. This eliminates the searching between gears that you get when in Drive. The speedometer is off a bit, but you get used to it(not a big deal - a non-issue). The gas mileage seems to be pretty much the same. And it LOOKS GREAT! These tires make the truck look soooo much more beefy.

    Problems? Some.

    You will need to get a suitable spare tire. This means that the stock plastic cover has to go. No great loss in my opinion. I think it looks better with no cover. I traded my unused 684 straight across for a good used 265/75 when I had the tires installed. They were happy to have a new tire.

    Be careful on sizing!!! A number of people on this board are considering larger size tires, even larger than 265/75. You're gonna have problems! Although my tires have no problems in normal driving, I have zipped the drivers side tire on the inside fender flare a couple of times off road. This has happened when I hit an unexpected hole and compressed the suspension all the way. It doesn't hit hard enough to do damage to the tire or flare, but it does get your attention.

    Some have considered going to tires as large as 285/65 or 305/70. With tires this size you are going to run into some potentially serioius problems. Simply jacking up the t-bars or adding stiffer t-bars will not help. The vehicle will still compress to the same level. It may take a harder hit to do it, but it will, nevetheless. It is going to compress until you hits the suspension bump stops or the tire, whichever comes first. In order to avoid this problem and retain full suspension travel, I believe you would need a body lift. That is not an option for most.

    It's hard for me to imagine that anybody running 285/75 or 305/70's on a stock Trooper, as has been reported, has driven on anything rougher than a freeway without problems. If you go larger than 265/75 or possibly 275/70 (slightly shorter, I believe), you're going to have a serious degradation in almost all performance categories, with performance gains in none. It's going to be a SLUG with poor mileage and driving characteristics. Although you will have more ground clearance, you won't be able to take advantage of it without damaging the tires and fenders. But, it will look mean.

    If I had it do all over again, I would definitely go with the 265/75's again. I might look at the 275/70's as some have done. I have not seen these on another vehicle, however. I would never go larger!
  • guillguill Posts: 94
    I definitely agree with your posting gprodick.

    When I posted in the modifications thread I wasn't advocating going with very large tires, simply I was just informing others that it is possible to mount tires larger than 265s on a Trooper. I know when I was trying to decide what size tires to put on my Trooper, the assistance of others really helped me out.

    As far as fit and performance issues I can only attest to what I've been told. I do have 265/70s on my Trooper and power loss is barely noticeable. I'm really picky in this matter as I had a Jeep before and hated the performance with tires too large. They looked great but performance sucked. Many others on the 4x4 wire forum are running larger (than 265/75) tires. Most are running a lift while a couple of guys are at stock height. I would agree that there would have to be some rubbing with 285s or larger as 265/75s almost look a bit tight to me.

    My two cents would be to go with the 265/75s. 265/70s are great but still look a bit too short and power loss with the 285s would be more than most people would like. And the only gears that I've seen for sale, to regear the axles to adjust the ratios for larger tires, are sold through a company in Iceland.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    good info. It confirms that 265/70's are really the size I want. I am definitely upgrading the spare too, I wonder if I can get a trade? that is another good idea. I was just going to keep all 5 and put them back on someday in the future. I am even thinking about eventually get an extra set of wheels and have a whole set to swap on an off?
  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347
    So what came first, tyres or tires?

    My choices have boiled down to either the Bridgestone D693 in 265/70 or the Pirelli Scorpion A/T in 245/70. I don't want to go to a 75 series, so that rules out the larger Pirelli as it isn't available as a 265/70.

    The 265/70 Bridgestone costs less than the 245/70 Pirelli here in Aus. But then again, that little Scorpion looks cute!

    Not that I want my truck to look cute. Did anyone see the game last night? (Grunt)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I fit them under FULL compression on my truck. They definitely outperform the stockers, and accelerations is barely any slower.

    On and off-road the extra 30mm of tread definitely helps.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I believe that any hitch put on the Trooper requires a weight distributing hitch over 3500lbs. I've trailed a 5500lbs car trailer several times at least 300-400miles w/o problems. I did notice after putting the OME rear coils that it sat and handled better.

    -mike
  • seanreidseanreid Posts: 152
    OK, just ordered the Hidden Hitch from JC Whitney's site. Does the trooper have a trailer wiring socket in place near the rear of the vehicle? If, not, what's the simplest way to tap for lights? I'll be putting in a seven-round for lights plus electric brakes. Thanks,

    Sean
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    Does anyone know if the later than 1995 model lifter tick proof heads will bolt on to a tick prone 1995 SOHC? If I keep the spark plug wires (not try to use the wonderful direct ignition you 3.5L guys enjoy), can I leave the 1995 engine computer in place?

    How hard would it be to swap an entire used 3.5L engine into my manual 5 speed Trooper? Would the new 3.5L engine computer play nice with my manual transmission and other accesories?

    I just had another attack of the tick. It makes me mad when it happens. I control it by changing oil, drive 500 miles, if still ticking change oil again... When the problem is gone it stays gone for maybe 10K to 20K miles. When it happens I get real unhappy and want to do something to make the tick go away forever. I don't think $3000 (installed) for new parts of the same design is a good value.

    Thank You
    BoxTrooper
  • emiuraemiura Posts: 59
    This year I had OME coils and shocks, so I could make good comparison with the stock Trooper I had last year.


    I was following Steve’s (sdc2) Trooper on Elephant Hill (3.5). As Steve mentioned in his post, this is as far as I want to take my almost stock Trooper; however, it was doable, and I was quite amazed by how Trooper performed on the trail. I just wished I had larger tires like Steve had for crawling rocky sections and ledges. You can see Steve’s actions in my picture link below.


    Dome Plateau (3). This was easy trail with beautiful scenery. No problem at all with stock vehicle.


    Fins ’n Things (3.5 rating) had many steep up/downs. I ran this trail with complete stock Trooper last year (even with almost worn out original Duelers), so I knew I wouldn’t have any problems. But having extra 1.5” of lift and stiffer springs/shocks made a big difference. I’ve noticed that my front bumper/rear hitch receiver did not scrape where it did last year, and I had fewer bottoming out on the trail, also.


    Link to my pics:

    http://community.webshots.com/user/eiji_miura


    …Eiji…

  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347
    I don't know if the swaps you are talking about would work. Installing the 3.5V6 I believe will be a big effort. Especially as you will need to understand all the electronic implications before starting out. There is a manual trans for the 3.5, but I don't know if it is a carry over or not from 1995.

    Can't the ticking simply be eliminated by adjusting valve clearance back to factory spec? This should be the simplest and cheapest option.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The 3.2 and 3.5 blocks are the same. Pretty much the same engines so a swap is definitely possible.

    -mike
  • tkevinblanctkevinblanc Posts: 356
    For those checking prices, I purchased my Silver 98 S+Perf.Package (TOD, sunroof) about six months ago with 25K for $16,500. I thought I got a fair deal. Discontinuation is really striking hard at the value of a used Trooper now...

    I purchased my Hidden Hitch from - where was it - Advanced Automotive? someplace on Paisan's Trooper link page - for $125 and $7 shipping. Really cheap. I think, though, they misquoted me on that - everyone else seems to have paid more.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    looks like good fun. Thanks for sharing.
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