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

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

  1. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Not that I recall...The terminals on the 31M should take it, but a call to verify might not hurt :-)

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  2. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Super Ordinary

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    I've got a set of KO2s on my F250. Like them a lot. I noticed the the first half of the tread depth wore fairly quickly--say 10,000 miles, just a guess. The second half is lasting much longer, I think they may use a variable compound.
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  3. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Let’s talk radio knobs. Installed a new set of machined aluminum radio knobs today, these things are the ticket!! These knobs sticks out further than stock (about double), have a knurled grip on the sides and they look factory! They also eliminate the super annoying trait of accidentally changing the radio station when you try and adjust the volume with the stock radio knob, by pushing the knob out further your fingers can grip the knob without bumping the touch screen.

    Available on TacomaWorld by sending a PM to “Tacowiede”. They cost $29 a set and are totally worth it to me. Quality is a 10 out of 10.

    Link here: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/new-option-for-radio-knobs.543100/

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    Stock next to the new aluminum knobs.

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    Hodakaguy
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  4. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

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    Those are cool. Can you measure the OD of those for me? Wondering if they'll fit in my 200 series.
  5. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    I think I could handle changing radio knobs..but not anything else you and your dad..and son..do...I'll just sit out here and enjoy the view..Thanks..:-)......
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  6. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    "Better" is very very vague and also subjective. Do your research.

    Read the opinions on tire rack dot com but take them with a pinch of salt; you don't know what the reviewer was looking for when they bought the tires.
  7. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Spent the weekend up in Troy Montana, very cool country up there. My mother is building a cabin outside of Troy and I went up to install the HVAC system, it's now up and running and keeping the cabin nice and toasty :-). With the heat pump work out of the way we had a little time to explore around the area. Went up to Libby and checked out some local sites as well. Will explore more in this area this summer.

    Cooking up some lunch on the BioLite stove. This stove has been great, we use it almost daily on our trips and it makes a great way to carry a super compact BBQ.

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    Crossing a cool old bridge in Troy. This is the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, opened in 1912.

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    Just up the river we stopped to check out this cool swinging bridge over the Kootenai river. If your traveling through this area this is a must stop.

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    My son and wife crossing the bridge.

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    Picture of my ugly mug checking out the Kootenai Falls.

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    Playing with a ND filter, forgot the tripod so had to make do with a rock.

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    On the way back home another Tacoma/FWC was chasing us down the highway :-)

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  8. misanthropic

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    Love Montana. We spent a week in Whitefish last summer.
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  9. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Quick after work upgrade. On our last outing I noticed that the USB charge ports in the camper charged my phone and tablet very slowly, there is no rating printed on the factory USB units so I assume they are cheap low amperage chargers.

    Time to upgrade!

    Here's the factory USB chargers, taken as I'm removing them from the camper.

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    I'll be installing two Blue Sea 4.8A chargers. I've used these before and they work great.

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    The new Blue Sea charger next to the removed factory unit.

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    Marine heat shrink terminals installed on the factory wiring and new chargers going in.

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    And all installed...ready to charge up our gadgets while we travel.

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  10. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    River's Up!....Next trip stop in Hot Springs and check out the Symes Hotel..and hot springs...
    Some guy on the SW side of town has a full size plane in his back-yard. Mother-in-law apartment?...707 or ? I can't remember, but it was a surprise..
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  11. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Time for a TPAM mount power upgrade.

    Just like the camper the TPAM mount came with a cheap low power USB charger that won't charge my Garmin Montana and charges the phone very slowly. I'll swap this unit out with a Blue Sea 4.8A unit (2.4A per channel). NOTE: Jeff from ExpeditionEssentials seen my post and may start offering the Blue Sea chargers with the TPAM when you order....Nice.

    First removed the TPAM from the truck. Here you can see the low power charger I'll be replacing. It's quickly removed from the mount.

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    Now a little back story on my install: I originally planned on using a Blue Sea 4.8A round charger that I already had on hand, Just like the ones I installed in the camper. I figured I would file some notches in the TPAM mount to allow use of the round charger in the factory square cutout, I would then fabricate a cover plate to cover any gaps on the sides of the charger. Filing the notches and installing the round charger went to plan but I failed to notice the charger was to long and would hit the dash when trying to install the unit back onto the truck......Time for Plan B. I ordered a square Blue Sea 1039 charger which is a direct replacement (should have just started with this unit) and fabricated a small aluminum cover plate to cover up the half round notches I had previously filed into the TPAM, if I hadn't done that it would have been a 5 minute plug and play job! Oh Well...what I get for not thinking things all the way through :-)

    The notches I cut in for the round charger.

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    Here's the square Blue Sea charger next to the original unit.

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    Time to fabricate a cover plate to hide the half round notches I filed into the TPAM mount. A small chunk of aluminum will do nicely.

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    And painted a matching textured black.

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    New charger installed in the TPAM mount. I need to trim the rubber gasket on the back of the charger a bit so it doesn't stick out past my cover plate.

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    This charger is also slightly longer than the original unit, to give a little extra clearance between the electrical connections and the dash I bent the tabs upward on the back of the charger.

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    And all mounted back up. My Montana is now happily charging :-). Overall a quick and easy upgrade (If you don't try and make it fit a round charger lol).

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  12. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I'll check that out, sounds cool! Thanks

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  13. Ridge

    Ridge Faster than farm equipment. Supporter

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    My set just arrived yesterday, HUGE improvement; thanks!!! :thumb
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  14. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    I'm sure if you ask anyone in town they will know where it is...The Plane....I stayed at Symes for 3 days that year and would spend the days cruising the backroads after an early morning soak..or late afternoon..
    Symes has live music and great prices for funky surroundings..The food is exceptional in the restaurant...Not something anyone would think of unless you've visited..
    I'm glad I found the place and maybe I can get back this summer.
    I usually ride HW 12, but they are repaving this summer and I'm sure that will not be fun..
    :pynd....................
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    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    I have pics of the plane..on some SD card..I'll try and find them for you...I remember you have enjoyed being up in the air.....
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  16. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    No problem....Those knobs make the radio a lot more enjoyable to use!

    Hodakaguy
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  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Sunday night and not ready for the weekend to be over? Wife wants to camp out in the Swift tonight...in the Shop. Sounds like fun to me :-)

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  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Manual Control over the factory ACR: I want to be able to force the camper to stay separated from the truck batteries under certain conditions. I'm currently running 4 AGM batteries total, two in the camper and two under the hood of the truck. Currently I have 180W of solar on the roof and the solar charge controller will bring all 4 batteries up to 14.7V which is great for proper charge/maint on AGM batteries.

    When I'm camping in the same spot for several days and not driving the vehicle and there is limited sun I want all the available charge from the solar controller going into the two camper batteries only, with limited sunlight I don't need any current going up to the truck batts. You can force the factory Blue Sea ACR off by disconnecting the ground wire going to the ACR. With the ground disconnected the ACR cannot sense voltage on either battery bank and will go open, thereby disconnecting the battery banks and separating the camper batteries from the truck batteries.

    Since I have my ARB fridge located over the access door to the ACR it makes it inconvenient to access the ARC and lift the ground wire.....Time to install a switch. This morning I installed a Blue Sea Manual ACR switch that I can easily access without moving the fridge, with the switch located in this position I can reach into the camper from the door and turn the ACR on of off in needed. The switch just connects/disconnects the factory ground wire going to the ACR.

    Another option would be to replace the factory ACR with a Blue Sea M-ACR that has full manual control. With the M-ACR you can use the same switch I installed to force the ACR Off, On or place it in Automatic. With my power usage I don't expect the need to manually combine the truck aux batt with the camper batteries so the factory ACR and my manual switch should do the trick.


    The Blue Sea M-ACR Switch. Any switch will do for this application, I already had this switch so I'll use it. I like that the rocker portion is guarded to resist against accidental switch changes and that if I decide down the road to install a M-ACR I'm all ready to go. Here I'm starting to fabricate a mounting plate for the switch, the wood is to thick for the switch to mount into so I'll fabricate a plate to attach the switch to then screw the plate onto the wood.

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    All painted up and ready to install.

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    Hole drilled in the wood and all mounted up. Switch is wired up to break the ground going to the ACR. You can see the rest of the factory spaghetti mess wiring here as well lol.

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    This location is easy to access and out of the way. It's nice having easy manual control of the ACR when needed.

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    I need to start getting my fathers electrical system caught up to mine. Starting today by installing the NorthStar Group 31M on the drivers side. Here's the factory battery setup.

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    Factory battery removed.

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    Installing the PelfreyBilt Stainless Steel group 31 battery tray.....fits like a glove! In these shots you can see the stainless studs that we welded onto the top portion of the retaining strap to mount the ACR onto.

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    The Blue Sea M-ACR mounted into place on the battery tray.

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    More to come soon.

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  19. gastone

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    It's like deja vu all over again.
  20. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Based on your Bluesea installation, I ordered a round dual version to install in our RV. Thanks for sharing all the details of your builds.


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