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Hodakaguy's Overland Tacoma Builds - on to new adventures.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. jersey jim

    jersey jim Long timer

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    So, I SAID this, but then I fell in love with an '18 TRD Sport In Cement. With a 6 speed manual. Still thinking about the black 4 Runner TRD Pro wheels, though, I think they'd look great against the Cement paint. Probably with some Cooper Discoverer AT/3 tires.

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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    love my AT-3 coopers on the jeep, had em on my old van too. Got a set of matching wheels to the jeep for my trailer build, and its got AT-3's as well so i have a common spare to the jeep!
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  3. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Looks like you already found them, I don't see why you couldn't use that idea on a full size truck as well.

    Hodakaguy
  4. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I'll get some pics for ya soon.

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  5. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Time to install the ARB Air compressor and fabricate a folding aluminum step for the camper.

    With the Dual Batts and the SwitchPro already mounted under the hood space is becoming harder to find. I looked around a bit and decided the only area that I liked for the Compressor is directly behind the passenger side headlight. The space here is tight but the compressor will fit.

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    Time to start fabricating the mount. I will utilize the two factory bolts that hold the power steering reservoir to the fender as well as an open hole up high next to the radiator that I will install a bolt through, no drilling on the truck will be needed :-)

    Laying out the design and cutting parts.

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    The upper left hole will be a through bolt that will mount to the body, the remaining three holes will have studs welded into them. All 4 holes will secure the compressor to the bracket.

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    Fabricating the lower mounts. I love MagSwitches!

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    The extra brace is bolted onto the unit for easier install.

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    Setting up the compressor. Installed the Solenoid for the front locker, pressure switch and riser for the air hose fitting. I went with the Single cyl unit for the size, this compressor will air up tires and the air bags as well as running the locker. I'll get a rubber cover for the air fitting.

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    Mount finished and painted.

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    And installed in the truck, fits like a glove! Shown here with the washer tank removed for easier install.

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    And washer tank re-installed. Now to hook up the wiring and locker tubing.

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    Next up....Fabricating the hitch step for the camper. Since the camper sticks out past the rear of the truck the step needs to be quite a ways out to be useful, because of this I wanted the assembly to be fold-able so it can be tucked out of the way when traveling.

    We will be using a Weathertech BumpStop Step (easy on the shins if you run into it) and 6061-T6 Aluminum for the extension/folding mechanism.

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    My father at work drilling the holes for the hitch pin.

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    Using a Jig saw and a steady hand to cut out the pivot plates from a sheet of Aluminum.

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    Notching the Tubing.

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    Welding on the pivot plates

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    Assembled and on the truck. The pivot bolt and pivot lock pin are temporary in these pics as I didn't have the right size on hand, I'll snag some tomorrow. The whole assembly is super light, strong and folds in just a few seconds.

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    And extended. The step works great with no deflection....seems to be rock solid.

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    Hodakaguy.
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    That step is a winner.

    Only thing I see that I personally would do different is radius the edge of the pivot plate that sticks out when the step is folded away. My wife would kill herself on that.

    I just installed the same arb compressor in my Jeep this week.
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  7. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I did think of that after I installed it, but it's tucked in under the camper and your legs can't get to it. Next time it's off I will round the edge a bit just for good measure.

    Hodakaguy
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  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I know most people would never be able to get to it, my wife can bump herself on the corner of a round table.
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  9. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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  10. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Solar Install.

    Originally I was planning on utilizing two 120W flexible solar panels on a custom aluminum mount that I would fabricate to fit the FWC, I utilized a similar setup (with 3 panels) on our old Syncro and it worked out really well. After doing some more research I found a 175W single Mono panel with almost the perfect dimensions for the Swift so decided to switch to this panel. This switch will save a lot of time and hassle over using the flex panels, and should be more durable in the long run.

    The NewPowa 175 W Mono Panel.

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    Back side of the panel.

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    The factory solar plug installed on the roof of the camper is an SAE connector, I will shorten the wiring on the panel and install the SAE connector in the proper location. I'm using high quality crimps and two layers of marine grade heat shrink on the splices. The connections will be covered by the panel. The insulation on the panel wiring is quite a bit thicker than the wire on the SAE connector, the actual conductor size is very close to the same size.

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    You can see the factory installed solar plug on the roof of the camper in this shot. The panel will mount on the Yakima roof tracks and fit between the two vents.

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    Fabricating 4 mounts from 1.5" aluminum angle. These mounts will bolt to the Yakima tracks then onto the aluminum frame of the solar panel.

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    Connecting the panel to the camper.

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    Panel mounted up. The size of the panel is perfect, almost like it was made for this application.

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    It was raining and nasty this morning, after the sun popped out I was able to check out the panel operation. I ran the heater and roof fan for a couple hrs to pull some juice out of the batteries so the panel had something to make up. The sun eventually started popping in and out but I seen as high as 8.5 amps going back into the batts, not bad. I programmed the 3000i charge controller for a bulk charge voltage of 14.8v for the AGM batts, and a Float rate of 13.8V.

    Hodakaguy
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  11. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    With 5K miles on my truck it's time to pull it in the garage and change the engines vital fluids, I know they aren't due yet by the book but having fresh fluids in the engine every 5K miles makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :-) Installed fresh oil and filter, greased the upper control arms, greased the front drive shaft and will rotate tires soon.

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    Someone was asking for a picture of the amber back lighting on the S8 bar, not the best shot but you can see what they look like.

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    Our running errands this weekend and parked next to a fellow Snork :-)

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    Installed my fathers RAM phone holder on his TPAM mount today, I love this setup!

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    Also installed my fathers Snorkel this weekend.

    I typed up a detailed How-To article on the installation with lots of pics and info. The install article is located here: CLICK HERE

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    More to come.....

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  13. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Re-visiting the storage box area. Decided to make some rub rails out of 1/4" ABS Plastic to protect the wood next to the storage area.

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    Cut a 1" Strip on the table saw.

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    Beveling the ends that are open to the camper.

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    I'm using 3M tape to adhere the rails to the camper. It can be removed if needed by carefully sawing through the tape with some fishing line.

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    And installed in the camper. I will install matching ones in the rear and back corner. Should do a good job at protecting the camper from the wooden storage box. I left a gap on the front edge since I thought it looked better than the plastic going all the way across....if I change my mind down the road I'll install some new pieces :-)

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    Hodakaguy
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  14. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    Did you try out your Snorkie in the irrigation canal?......
    Where can I purchase the outside 15 amp?..outlet connection?
    Thanks..
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    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    I dig the vice mounted to a giant piston... Classic. Keep up the good work!
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  16. Ridge

    Ridge Faster than farm equipment. Supporter

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    Just out of curiosity, this install made me think to ask if you've given design consideration to accessing future maintenance items like the headlight bulb replacement, etc... ? Space under a hood is always at a premium, and especially so when it comes to accessing items that need to be serviced, replaced, etc. Just wondering if you factored that in to your builds? Keep up the awesome work, I'm making notes for when the time comes to mod my Taco. :thumb
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  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    LOL...nope, the snorkle is on there to provide clean air to the engine when driving down poof dust roads.

    Here's a link to the electrical plug: https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GCP1-125V-Integrated-Extension/dp/B009ANV81S


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  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I try to keep that in mind, you can access the headlight easily by removing the washer reservoir, also the lid to the fuse box is still accessible next to the SwitchPro. Sometimes though you just have to remove somthing to get to something else, like you said space is a premium.

    Hodakaguy
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  19. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Solar issues and wiring the Air Compressor....

    The morning after I wired the controller I noticed that although the controller was showing amps in/out it wasn't actually going into charge mode and connecting to the batteries. After some troubleshooting with a meter I found that the factory red power wire going to the solar roof plug was shorted to ground......Ugggg. If I was running an older PWM style charge controller it wouldn't be that big of a deal since I could swap the ground wire over to be power and let the red wire stay shorted/grounded, with a PWM controller the PV and Batt ground can be common. But...I'm running a newer style MPPT controller that is more efficient and requires a separate PV and Battery ground to function correctly.

    Factory power wire shorted to ground. Time to get searching for the culprit, at this point I'm suspecting a screw in a wire somewhere or a stray frogs hair.

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    I connected the meter to the wire and started chasing the wire up to the front lift panel where it goes into the roof looking for a short. I was really hoping the short wasn't up in the roof itself. After a bit I found the short right at the end of the bed, there is a loop in the wire that is tucked back into the campers side where the wire transitions and goes vertical. A staple had been shot directly into the wire at this point during construction. Soon the wire was fixed and panels were back in place.

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    Almost back together in this pic, just need to apply a new strip of Velcro to secure the Arctic liner back in place.

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    Yesterday evening I pulled the truck out of the shop to test the panel. Everything is working great! This shot shows the advantage of a MPPT controller, it will take the higher voltage of the solar panel and convert it into extra amperage going into the batteries. The older PWM controllers basically draw down the PV voltage to batt voltage and you only get what is coming into the controller from the PV.

    6.1 amps coming into the controller from the 175W panel (with late afternoon light) and the controller is outputting 8.1 amps out to the battery....nice!

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    Time to wire up the air compressor and hook up the front locker.

    The Supplied ARB wiring harness. The quality looks really good, will have to extend the pressure switch and control/trigger wires.

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    Draining the washer fluid out to remove the bottle, makes access a lot easier.

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    Pressure switch wires extended, will install loom on the wiring once it's in the truck.

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    Running the switch wiring and air tubing for the front locker.

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    Wiring and tubing tucked away in loom and ran across the firewall.

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    Electrical and air tubing connected to the compressor. I installed the relay close by on an existing stud. I have a plastic cap installed over the air fitting for now to keep nasties out until my purchased cap shows up.

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    The compressor is a tight fit in this area but works out really well with the limited under hood space.

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    Connections made to the SwitchPro.

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    All tested and the Air Compressor and Locker are working great :-)

    More to come....

    Hodakaguy
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    Do you have the hood insulation off in these photos?
    Or, does it not have one?