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Isuzu Trooper

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  • pe1227pe1227 Posts: 15
    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestions, I don't have an owners manual, so I will do the extreme services just in case.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    From my annual Nantucket vacation. Whew. Great trip. The Trooper did awesome. I removed the fishing rack for the highway trip and didn't see any temperature changes.

    Offroad was a no brainer as usual. I mostly kept it in 4 low on the sand. I got a chance to notice the crawl ratio (which supposedly gets multiplied several times by the 4L30E in 4-low low). I put it in 4-low low gear and just walked right up a steep cobblestone hill without touching the gas. It also would just slowly drive along the sand and across tracks without any gas. Just another nice standard feature.

    As far as mileage I got about 10+/14+. I did a lot of idling and had a box carrier, 2 bikes on the roof and a lot gear. I think the rack with wind fairing creates a lot of resistance and decreases mileage.

    I have a couple of Trooper pictures which I will try to get out later this week. I am happy to have some confidence back in my rig and also had a chance to push it offroad again.
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    to transport the outboard. I picture in my mind a bracket plugged into the hitch reciever that goes across and up behind the small door. Or maybe a carry basket and lay the outboard down in it.
    ..
    Has anyone equipped their Trooper with an outboard motor before?
  • jammingjamming Posts: 5
    Just how deep are the crossings you plan on making!!! ;)
    A hitch mounted bike rack may work, depending on how big a motor you need to move.
    I have a HitchHaul that I use frequently for campfire wood, coolers, etc. One tip I would offer tho is that it needs the weight distributed evenly. The box may say "500 lbs capacity," but if I would put all of my 250 lbs on one side, it would bend.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    They also make those front mounted cooler racks? Probably not ideal, but they seem to be able to support a decent amount of weight. How heavy is the outboard you are looking to carry?
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    It will push the "porta-boat" that will ride on the roof rack. PortaBoat claims 20mph with a 200lb. captain at the tiller. http://www.suzukimarine.com/sr04/df64/
    http://www.portaboat.com
    ..
    Purpose: to get out on the water with kids to fishing spots without heat stroke from rowing or paddling all day in summer. Sold the 26 footer because the kids said they were on the water but not near the water due to the tall sides of the boat. Now they will be a one foot off the water instead of 4 feet.
    ..
    Whenever I get around to puting a roof rack on my new to me 2001 Trooper-S 5-Speed, I still have the parts "T100 brackets" and Thule crossbars from my totaled 1995. This time I want to mount it such that the cross bars can be easily removed so I can have long ones or short ones as needed and none up there for longer "higher MPG" highway rides.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I would think something like a hitch mounted bike rack...how they have 2 prong-like things sticking out from the top of the rack. However I don't think a bike rack would be strong enough. Paisan knows someone who has done some custom steel work, perhaps you could get someone to weld together something similar to a hitch bike rack for you?
  • jammingjamming Posts: 5
    I have a good idea for your rack dilemma. Contact me off board via email to discuss.
    I'm also interested in your ideas on roof rack. I have the T100 brackets and switch between a safari basket and Yakima bars. My issue is it is AMAZING how many parking garages I can not get into anymore with just that extra 3-4" of height...plus the mileage thing.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey guys, I haven't left the fold, just been busy towing and racing with the subies along with the car-mod biz we launched recently.

    Trooper has been doing well, since my SVX was down for about 6 weeks due to me not having enough time to diagnose the simple problem.

    I'm up to 61K miles on it 11K since early May! She's running like a top though can't complain, even when towing 5000lb car-trailers :) I've logged about 2K+miles of trailer towing and the trooper has been doing well even with the larger tires on it.

    I'll be around a bit more now.

    -mike
    http://Isuzu-suvs.com
  • wildbucwildbuc Posts: 88
    I called my local Isuzu service manager today about doing a trans. fluid change with Mobil One. He exclaimed that he had never heard of Mobil One transmission fluid and would have to call around to see if he could find some. Later, he phoned and said he found only 4 quarts at a local Autozone store for $8.50 per quart. I then went to this store myself to check on things. I found plenty of Mobil One trans. fluid there at about $4. a quart. The store manager said this happens all the time and that some dealers want to charge double for their oil.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm thinking of going to Redline across the board for ATF, TOD, Diffys.

    -mike
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    I once had my wife's minivan oil changed at the Cadillac/Olds dealer and let them do the Mobil1 special oil change they were advertising.
    ..
    When I came to pick it up, the itemized price was $10/qt for Mobil1 oil! I told my repair manager that $10/qt was unfair and they refunded $6/qt and gave me a coupon for a free dino oil change.
    ..
    That repair manager knows that van well, as it was in for repair 26 times in 45000 miles before we sold it. It was always in for repair anyway so we let the dealer to all the maintenance.
  • i have just purchased a 01 trooper LS.does anyone know if the compass/outdoor temp module available on the limited edition can be fitted to the LS? iam hoping the wiring/sensor harness would be the same on all models and it would involve just mounting and plugging in.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    1st the Module is $500+
    2nd the wiring is there, but no sensors IIRC, sensors are another $100-$250

    So yeah if you wanna drop ~$700 go ahead! :)

    -mike
  • rfredarfreda Posts: 15
    the main overhead light that goes on when you enter/exit the vehicle suddenly stopped working. hoping it's just the bulb - before I attempt to take the cover off and break something more expensive than the bulb, has anyone ever changed this bulb out? is the assembly easy to remove?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  • bstone3bstone3 Posts: 97
    21fishhead

    Sure you can put in the module in your LS. I put it in my 01 LS for $600 (Isuzu price). However, I have the moon roof and something in my memory tells me that the wiring harness is there if you have the moon roof - may be wrong about that - also the temperature sensing unit was also pre-installed by the factory - and it is a pain - it sit up high underneath a metal lip forward of the radiator on the drivers side - you can actally see where it is if you look. This location is terrible because it builds up heat when you stop and the temperature quickly goes to triple digits - I removed the front grill - easy to do and relocated the sensor down low - where every other manufacturer puts it and it work much better - spliced in some extra wire so it would reach - the unit is easy to read at night but difficult during the day - reflection and angle. Barometer/altimeter is cool - now you can get the aftermarket mirror that has the built in compass and temp sensor and auto dimming feature installed for about half that cost - Isuzu was gong to do it for $200 - but no altimeter - good luck.
  • bstone3bstone3 Posts: 97
    Bought a used 02 Nissan King Cab 4X4 pickup with the supercharged V6 - part of the deal was to put on new tires - 265-70-16's - but the 01 Trooper was beginning to need new rubber after 40K miles so when the tires came in I had them put em on the Trooper. Dunlop A20's or something like that. That bigger rubber sure looks good(adds some beef to the Trooper appearance) and the ride is much improved and quiet. The front tires on the Nissan are fine and the spare is new - so I only had to buy one new tire to equip the truck - that supercharger in that engine is amazing - thing scoots! - but it also like premium gas - oh well!
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I wonder if it is pre-installed in the S model? I might like to add the same. I am going to have to check for the sensor to see if it is there.
  • $700 buck? way too much. if it was 200-300 i would consider it. i think i'll just tell my wife to program the news/weather station into the radio.thanks for the help everyone.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Maybe you can get your price with this guy, shoot them an E-mail, ya never know.
    http://allhyundaiisuzuparts.com/new_arrivals/000513.html
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I found this in the latest 4wheeler magazine.

    http://www.rockcrawler.com/features/newsshorts/02september/electr- - ac.asp

    or

    http://www.tractech.com/docs/DetroitElectrac.pdf

    I am not sure if there is a trooper fit yet, however if I were to add something this might be it!
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I only ended up with 3 good ones...oh well, no good action ones.

    http://community.webshots.com/album/85580057SlrCxl
  • wildbucwildbuc Posts: 88
    Hi folks, I just back from a mountain camping trip towing my 2800 lbs. camper along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had no difficulty whatsoever but I did stay primarily in 3rd gear. On steep upgrades I shifted to 2nd and kept the rpms at about 3500. I learned to shift early when encountering a strain on the engine. Back on highways 40/85 going to eastern N.C., I kept the trans. in 4th nearly all the time except for occasionally shifting to 3rd on long steep upgrades. Along the parkway I usually drove 40 mph and on the interstates about 60. When you tow 2800 lbs. through the mountains you do know the trailer is there---but you should encounter no real problems. I ran 50 lbs. of pressure in my trailer tires and 34/38 in my Trooper. (Shift early!)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nice! I'll be towing the 5000lb car-trailer down to WV this coming weekend for 2 days at Summit Point Raceway. Should be easy since it's mostly interstates :)

    -mike
  • jimmyp1jimmyp1 Posts: 640
    it's like you're in 3rd all the time! :) Seriously, I do that when towing my boat. I try to keep it over 65-70 all the time because it keeps me in the sweet spot of the rev range, and then when I see a hill, I try to get up to 75+ for the climb. By the way, when towing that same boat through the mountains of Colorado, there is no "getting a run at it", it's 30 mph for 10 miles at a time. Have fun and good luck, Paisan.

    Jim
  • wildbucwildbuc Posts: 88
    If you are towing on interstates, where the speed is higher, it is important that you allow enough space to brake when a car cuts in front of you and then slows down. Going a little slower than other traffic and having electric brakes should help. With a 5000 lb trailer, I assume you have electric brakes. Have a nice trip Paison.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    otherwise you might make it home by the weekend. I actually saw an aerial shot of a Silver Trooper w/sunroof in front of the Port Authority Bus depot, Mike?

    Man you guys (New Yorkers) are being tested.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Actually I'm working nights this week. 11pm-8am on wallstreet. Trooper is at home resting up for the trip. I actually had a nice ride in through NJ tonight. Hopefully my replacement will make it in in time for me to head home and load up the Trooper. I generally tow at about 75mph and recently got the electric brakes hooked up. I have been testing the settings on it. I think I've actually had em too high. Believe it or not I drove around for about 2K miles w/o brakes on the trailer, the trooper brakes were just about adequet in emergency situations. With the electric brakes it's great.

    -mike
  • Just got done tearing 85 troop 1.9 engine down. Engine has been bored .50 over and has real bad ridge . rings are special order only and have been told that the 2.3(whole engine) will not work, can anyone tell me why it wont?
  • chaser1chaser1 Posts: 20
    Just bought an '02 with just over 3K miles. Happy with deal and vehicle.

    Now...are there any "must do's" or "must get's" I need to be looking for? (Will do mild off-roading at best, and know what I'll need for that.) Am curious what to do about improving performance, and/or mileage. Mileage is a special concern as I have a lead foot.

    Your collective advice is greatly appreciated!
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