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Isuzu Modifications/Aftermarket/Accessories

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The idiot light only shows when you are in the "hot" zone. A guage would actually show you if it's running hotter via towing etc. The way that I generally hookup the ATF temp guages is that you put the sender unit T-ed into the ATF line that goes from the tranny to the cooler. This will show you the absolute hottest temps that the ATF is hitting as it goes to the cooler to get cooled off. Same goes for the Oil Pressure sender you put a T where the idiot light oil pressure sender is and retain the stock one along side the guage one.

    The ATF sensor is actually inside the tranny so that is an "absolute" emergency guage, if that comes on you know you are in trouble.

    -mike
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    Are your TOD troopers missing the stock gages for oil pressure and volts? My manual transmission 1995 Trooper has these gages already.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The TOD guage takes up that spot. On post '98 Rodeos they lost the Volts and Pressure as well, and just have blank spots on the dash for em.

    In fact I don't know many '98+ vehicles with those guages except american trucks.

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I ordered it regular ground, and as per tracking info, it is in my hometown and out for delivery already! I should be getting it today...how about that!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm gonna try to pickup mine this week, as they are located near where I work! :)

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    They do have a NYC location, I imagine it is one of those places where you can go in and haggle for the best price...
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I did some exploration tonight. There is no plug and play. The wiring harness that came with the radio should work, however I am going to have to do some more research on what wires are what. The Isuzu radio has 14 wires and the JVC harness has 12?

    I may just ante up another $16 and order the easy cookie cutter piece from crutchfield. I am going to do a little more web research, but I think I will have to order.

    I am still saving somewhere between $20-$30 when all is said and done...I hope.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey ordered my JVC KD-SX990 yesterday AM and it shipped yesterday, out for delivery today! :)

    So I should have that one in this weekend along with cranking my T-bars. :)

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Selling my OME 912 Springs to my friend who has a 2000 also but doesn't offroad barely at all and getting the OME 919 HD springs for my truck. Adding in the 1" poly spacers in the rear, ball-joint flip with spacer in the front, and going for some larger tires. Thinking 305-70 or 305-75s Anyone know the inch measurements on something like a 305-70 or 305-75?

    Also going to be mounting my CB in-dash in the 2nd DIN slot below the JVC head unit and running a speaker under the passenger side dash. My VDO guages will get put into the center-console panel below the cig-lighter area. :)

    -mike
  • Mike,

    If you go to 305's, you may need to look at reducing your gear ratios. I know with my 285's there has been a slight reduction in performance.

    The only other issue I have had with larger tires is the added weight on my rear door. It closes with a lot of force. On rough terrain, the weight causes the door to rattle. Maybe Indy4x could design a swing away tire carrier like Jeeps use to relieve the stress added to the door frame.

    Neither issue is major... just food for thought.

    Lee
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    For the rear door, I keep my stocker there so I'm not worried about that, for the gearing, I'm not that worried either cause i'm running 275-70s now and it reduces acceleration a little but there is plenty of power with the 3.5 for me to get going, if I wanna race, I'll take out my subaru :) hee hee

    Thanks for the input.

    -mike
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 867
    On Tirerack they have several 305/70/16. Specs are 19/32 tread depth, 8-9.5 in rim width, overall dia. 33", max inflation, 50psi for a Goodyear Wrangler MT/R. I looked at the specs for the other 5 or so listed and they range from 32.8" overall dia. to 33.1". Tread width seems to run about 8.9" - 9.5" for those that listed that spec. They did not show any 305/75/16...they do show 1 295/75/16, overall dia. is listed as 33.5" ...this one is a BF Goodrich All Terraine T/A KO.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Thank wlbrown9!

    So basically I'm looking at 33"x9.5s

    Not too shabby.

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I ordered my cable from crutchfield yesterday morning and it got here today. $15.00 OTD.

    How do you like the sway-aways? I have been thinking about upgrading my front torsion bars. Sometime down the line I might add a winch so I want to get the additional support first.

    With that size tires, will you have to get new rims? If so, 15" or 16".

    I got an email from Buddy King last week regarding lockers...he suggests doing the front in the trooper too, either LSD or Locker.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm picking up an LSD when I go down to uwharrie next week :)

    Circuit city has the converter cable for $16 local to me :)

    Sway aways are great. They were easy to install and give a much more controlled ride.

    For rims, I'm gonna try to get em on the 16" rims, I don't think 15" ones fit over our brakes. I think they migh need a wider rim but I'm gonna get em mounted on the stockers.

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Any new pics out there for people who added Bullbars recently?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    to take a pic last night but it got too dark too quickly. I'll have pics after this weekend for sure.

    -mike
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    In my opinion the Trooper is geared kind of low, at least my 5 speed manual seems to be kind of high in the RPMs going down the highway, and I have no trouble going up relatively steep hills in 5th gear above 45mph. So I think there is plenty of torque and gear ratio to spare for larger diameter tires.
    ..
    The lower performance in acceleration and stopping with heavier tires is because of the rotational kinetic energy stored in the tires. This amount of energy must be provided to accelerate and removed to slow down. The larger tires are not only heavier but the weight is farther out from center wich stores even more energy. This would be less a problem with a hybrid that stores slow down energy and puts it back to accelerate.
    ..
    Last time I got tires (December 2002) I was intending to go for 275/70R16 or 265/75R16 until I asked the shipping weight of the tires. Going from stock 245/70 to 265/75 just about doubles the tire weight and that is a lot of extra wear and tear on the drive train and brakes and a lot of expensive gasoline. If I had a second car with high MPG for commuting I would probably have gone for the big tires anyway.
    ..
    Just my 2 cents, ask the shipping weight and use it in your size and model selection.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have 2 vehicles with a 3rd on the way (the 3rd is gonna be a "beater" '89 integra 5MT) so I'm pretty much set for good gas milage when I want it :)

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Can vary between LT and P rated tires. The 245/70s are P rated and typically 75 series are always LTs. That could contribute to some of the weight difference.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    My Crutchfield wiring harness came in this morning. Another overnight deliver by luck. I started about 9:30 tonight and was done by 11:15. The Crutchfield harness matched wire for wire by color. I soldered everything together and then electrical taped it.

    The sleeve and square pastic facia around the front didn't fit, but the radio mounted right to stock brackets and fit right into the slot. The sound seems to be very good...nice pick paisan. I cranked it way up and the sound seems significantly cleaner than over stock. Now I need to read the manual on how to use all the features.

    Great upgrade for under $200.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My buddy put mine in today. The fascia fit perfectly on mine! Got the harness from Best Buy and wired it up. Love having 2 units that are nearly the same in both my cars :)

    Loving it :) Having like 200 songs in there makes it great for trips too.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I probably can make it fit, there is about 1 mm of space it is off. I probably just have to take it out and slightly adjust the mounting brackets. It looks fine without it, so right now it is a coin flip.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Took some pics of the JVC installed.

    http://isuzu-suvs.com/trooper/index.html

    -mike
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    Paison, I was worried that the ARB bumper would leave a big open hole around the wrap around corner, but it does not leave a hole. It looks really good.
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    How heavy is the ARB bumper? Have you had any bad handling effects from the weight? Are the stiffer torsion bars required?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    About 100ish lbs.

    I have the upgraded sways and don't notice any ill effects on handling. I mean if you drive it like a truck then you should be fine. Drive it like a sports car and you'll have trouble :)

    -mike
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I think the weight is slightly under a 100ish lbs. More like 75-85? But that still is in the ball park.

    I noticed more nose dive with the new bumper, until I added the OME N65's up front. The ride w/bumper and new shocks is better than stock.

    I didn't "have" to crank the torsion bars, it only dropped the front end 1/2-3/4", and didn't for about 6 months. I finally did have the front end lifted slightly, I think it looks better, but didn't really change the ride that much.

    If I add a winch, which I believe adds another 75-100 lbs. I will probably upgrade the torsion bars first.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Now that I have a cool MP3 player, it is time to ugrade my speakers. I have read a lot about upgrading the rears, and understand 5 1/4" 5 1/2" should fit without a problem.

    How about the fronts? What size will fit without much effort? Do I need to replace the dome tweeters too? or do people feel those are OK?

    In general the front sounds fairly decent, and the rear sounds just OK, so I will be starting rear to front, but may just go hog wild and purchase 4 new at once!

    Thoughts, opinions? Thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Cause I'm thinking of doing the same! :)

    I know there is a how-to on my page but haven't read it in a while.

    -mike
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