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  • I have Blizzack snow tires for my 2001 Trooper, last year I had the tires put on the stock rims. I don't want to have to take the stock tires off the stock rims this winter, does anyone know where I can buy CHEAP factory steel rims?, I would buy factory type mags but they cost to much. Any idea's? Thanks
  • check ebay for a used set of isuzu factory rims that you can throw a good set of tires on.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    I've heard the same - Ascender is basically the same as the long wheelbase versions of Envoy and Trailblazer. You'd probably have to get Ascender warranty work done at an Isuzu dealer. This makes the Ascender possibly even less appealing than the GM or Chevy versions of the Ascender/Envoy XL/Trailblazer EXT.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    I spotted a classified from one of the local Isuzu dealersin today's Detroit News/Free Press. 2001 Anniversary Edition Trooper, 8k miles. $25,000. Nakamichi stereo, leather seats. It didn't say moonroof but I think that is standard on the Anniversary Edition Trooper.

    $25k for this vehicle seems pretty good. Just thought I'd post it as a reference point for people considering new '02 Troopers.
  • Treated correctly, there should be no problems with the trooper transmission. It is after all, a GM Hydramatic which are quite tough.

    However, the non-dipstick design is just sheer stupidity on behalf of Isuzu. I suspect that entry of water, dust and other contaminants that can be encountered while off-roading may be the reason for this design. But I think it would be preferable to have a dipstick with a sealing/locking tube arrangement.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,886
    Any Patrol fans lurking here?

    wishnhigh1 "Nissan Patrol" Sep 15, 2002 1:34pm

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  • the old dipstick kind (like I have...a '95) do have a kind of locking seal. I'm not sure how well it works. You push the dipstick all the way down and a bent piece of metal then snaps over the top to hold it in place. You also have to check the transmssion level by going through a couple of steps: Engine must be running when checked, and it has to be at a certain temperature. If you were driving on the freeway, you need to wait 30 minutes to check the level (yeah right). If you're in the city then you don't have to wait. This always kind of confused me as sometimes city driving is a lot hotter on an transmission than highway driving. Sometimes it's not (105mph to Vegas).
  • ...have posted in the forum
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's just the LWB version of the Envoy with the V8 engine. It may be servicable at your local GM dealer but not sure. I know you can have your other GM clones all repaired at other GM dealers (GMC @ Chevy, etc.)

    -mike
  • Tidester, some folks just never get the message.

    And I wasn't giving Tidester a hard time in my earlier post. He's just unbelievably efficient. Mispell that name and BAM! He's there.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm stubborn :) My personal feeling is if you can say it on TV then you can say it in here...

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I can't imagine how any water that got high enough to enter a dipstick from the top wouldn't wreak havoc in every other part of the motor?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I bet doug could do it!

    Speaking of which are you gonna come this saturday?

    -mike
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    I will point out that Paisan did not show up for my tutorial on using Edmunds spellchecker! :-)

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  • breakorbreakor Posts: 398
    As long as you are watching closely, is there anything that can be done to remove (move?) some of the old discussion boards?

    Newbies seem to go to the main Isuzu board (/WebX?ed_displayMakeModelRelatedDiscussions@@.ee9204a!make=Isuzu&model=All) and make entire new discussion topics rather than posting in existing topics. For example, do we really need an "1994 Isuzu Amigo Won't Run" discussion board or one only for "towing a 4 -4 Pickup Manual Trans"? Clearly these should have been posted on existing boards. While not yet a big deal, it is certainly possible for the system to be much less readable if everyone just creates a new board whenever they feel like it.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Good point!

    Generally, when a redundant topic is created we will request that the author repost his/her message in the existing discussion and mark the "new" topic as read only.

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  • The Anniversary Edition does NOT come with a moon roof. I had an offer for a 2001 Anniversary Edition for about 25K about 8 months ago. I did not take it because I do not like leather and running boards as well the color. Also the radio reception of the Nakamichi stereo was very poor. I think the antenna in the rear right window is just crap. The basic one in the front right fender is much better. I have a 2001 S 4x4 now.
    I am quite happy with it. Got it for about 22.5K almost a year ago.
  • bsmart1bsmart1 Posts: 377
    for the Rancho 9000's is 2.5 up Front and 2.0 in the Rear. Arguably but that seems to be the best combination for my 99' Trooper. I think the 2.0 in the Front is just too soft for my taste. All that discussion about the weight distribution front to rear a few weeks back, seemed to come to the wrong conclusion. The front is definitely heavier. This can be quickly evaluated by slowly going over a speed bump and watching the response of your suspension as each axle goes across. Try it out!!

    Improved gas mileage on the 99' by using a higher Octane fuel. It surprised me, but it seems to be real. I'll report more as time goes by. I went to 91 Octane from 87 Octane.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    "I will point out that Paisan did not show up for my tutorial on using Edmunds spellchecker! :-)"

    I did, I just added the alternate spelling of Ascendor to my dictionary! :)

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Could be ordered with a moonroof. Anniversary Edition was considered a LS model and thus was able to be ordered with the moonroof.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Going over a bump and seeing how it rebounds isn't "proof" that the front is heavier than the rear.

    I though run 4/3 on stock setup with the ranchos and now that I have stiffere front T-bars and OME springs in the rear I run it at 3/3

    -mike
  • Saw some posts way back but nothing definitive and I'm getting bleary-eyed trying to find previously posted info.

    Want to put aftermarket CD/Receiver in place of factory Cassette/Receiver but there was some issue with the two antenna leads with the '02 in-glass antenna system. Can anyone give some info on what's necessary to install an aftermarket system considering the 2 antenna leads specifically, and any advice in general (ease of installation - DIN I would hope - and so on.) Also, I think the 4" and 6.5" factory speakers need to go.

    Thanks.
  • That's my sentiment exactly! So I can't understand why there isn't a dipstick!

    I NEED A DIPSTICK!!!!

    There, got that off my chest now.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Well had a very long night last night. I had to drive up to kingston NY with a rented U-haul flatbed trailer to retrieve my buddy Doug and his massive montero. he was offroading in MA and broke a tierod end, and put in a generic part that caused him to basically have one wheel turned while driving, causing him to swerve a lot and almost lost control on his way back. he called me up to help him out.

    We loaded his 4600lb+ truck onto the 2100lb uhaul and headed home. The Trooper towed it well in "3" and even turned 10.5mpg @ 55-60mph. I wouldn't want to do it all the time but luckily we retrieved him.

    -mike
  • bsmart1bsmart1 Posts: 377
    I agree with you about the 4" speakers in the rear. They just don't have much range. The front 6" speakers can be replaced with Polk's and give you really good sound up front. The problem with the rear, is the small enclosure area. They will not hold any speaker of any size. If you go to Paisians home page, there is an instruction for putting sub-woofers under the back seat. It looked pretty clean, and I bet that would give you the improved range you're wanting. As for the receiver, go check out Crutchfields for help with sizing. They usually do a good job specifing demensions for many cars. As for the antenna with diversity, there was 2 cables coming to the receiver, but I don't recall reading if that was ever resolved, so the non-ISUZU radio could be used.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    That's a bummer about breaking a tierod end. I guess that is one problem with owning an older truck and taking it offroad (especially the way treekiller does), however it is probably better than breaking something on a new truck. I wonder if there is any good preventative measures one can take. I try to rustoleum rust spots once or twice a year.

    I am trying to work out Saturday...but I am about 50 delta to go.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They sell tie-rod protectors that basically bolt on and stiffen them up. I'm contemplating them very soon.

    -mike
  • Some 5" speakers of decent quality will fit in the rear opennings under the stock covers without cutting the metal of either the speaker or the Trooper. New sheet metal screw holes will be needed, 10 seconds each with a drill and you cannot see the screws when mounted. Mine are Alpine 5" speakers, way better than the stock ones, they are a huge help for my rear facing kids as well as filling out the sound in the cabin for me.
  • Coming up on the dreaded 30K service. Dealer wants $569 - but like hell. Plan to have an independent shop do the repack for the front wheel bearings $150 plus seals. I will change the radiator coolant and the differentials and transfer case - I just changed the auto transmission fluid and air filter and do my own oil changes - Mobil 1. Question is what do I need to change the differentials and transfer case - are there separate fill and drain plugs for these units? - I remember reading something about the additives for differential - only the rear one right? for the limited slip. Additive bought where - only at Isuzu? Thanks for any advice
  • The rear speaker hole can accomodate some 5" speakers, just new screw holes will be needed (as boxtrooper stated). I installed 5.25" speakers under the rear grills, which required some cutting/bending of the current sheetmetal.

    The sub under the rear seat in the hidden compartment (as seen on Paisan's site) I doubt would work well. Atleast as a sub. There is no air in the box for the sub to work with (which is important for sub box design). Then the speakers would function as regular mid's or high's, but would be blocked by the seat. I don't think it's a good idea/design, but that's just my opinion.

    Good luck.
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