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Alright, here is the install of the new-style oem carrier. A huge thanks to hawairish for his patience and expertise on these installs. I would not have been able to have this without his help.

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Nice work! It’s very interesting to see that new carrier. You might well be the only one on the road in the U.S. I’ve certainly never seen one before.

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On 6/16/2018 at 7:29 PM, Astrorami said:

I didn’t mount the rear skid securely yesterday because I was waiting on delivery of the brackets for the transmission cross member. I got them earlier today and they fit perfectly. They are door handles for a barn style door.

 

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Can you post a link for these? I'm starting to work on some belly armor and these look perfect. Thanks!

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Can you post a link for these? I'm starting to work on some belly armor and these look perfect. Thanks!

Unfortunately I don’t have a link for them. You’d have to take some measurements for the cross member at the point where your mounting point for skid will intersect. The member isn’t a uniform size throughout. They are called barn handles. I’ve seen a few different sizes on amazon


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20 hours ago, Astrorami said:


Unfortunately I don’t have a link for them. You’d have to take some measurements for the cross member at the point where your mounting point for skid will intersect. The member isn’t a uniform size throughout. They are called barn handles. I’ve seen a few different sizes on amazon


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Hmm, ok

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On 5/11/2019 at 10:49 AM, RainGoat said:

Nice work! It’s very interesting to see that new carrier. You might well be the only one on the road in the U.S. I’ve certainly never seen one before.

In central Florida I've seen 3. One the first time I saw one I thought it was custom made. 

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On 5/11/2019 at 7:49 AM, RainGoat said:

Nice work! It’s very interesting to see that new carrier. You might well be the only one on the road in the U.S. I’ve certainly never seen one before.

There's one here in San Diego about four miles away from me. The guy was selling the car and I wanted to buy it just for the carrier 😂

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I installed a external transmission cooler. Paid around $40 on amazon plus $10 for mounting kit. It took a few hours from start to finish mostly because finding a good spot for it was a bit tough. I had to take into consideration the route of the hoses and I didn’t want the heat from the cooler to affect the two sensors on middle support. It rarely gets very cold in Southern California so I don’t think I’ll have any issues with locking the TC.

 

Cooler: Hayden 678

 

Mounting kit: Hayden 253

 

Hose: 11/32”

 

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1 hour ago, R50JR said:

I installed a external transmission cooler. Paid around $40 on amazon plus $10 for mounting kit. It took a few hours from start to finish mostly because finding a good spot for it was a bit tough. I had to take into consideration the route of the hoses and I didn’t want the heat from the cooler to affect the two sensors on middle support. It rarely gets very cold in Southern California so I don’t think I’ll have any issues with locking the TC.

 

Cooler: Hayden 678

 

Mounting kit: Hayden 253

 

Hose: 11/32”

 

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Well done!  

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On 9/26/2019 at 5:28 AM, R50JR said:

I installed a external transmission cooler. Paid around $40 on amazon plus $10 for mounting kit. It took a few hours from start to finish mostly because finding a good spot for it was a bit tough. I had to take into consideration the route of the hoses and I didn’t want the heat from the cooler to affect the two sensors on middle support. It rarely gets very cold in Southern California so I don’t think I’ll have any issues with locking the TC.

 

Cooler: Hayden 678

 

Mounting kit: Hayden 253

 

Hose: 11/32”

 

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Awesome. I will be adding one as well even though I don't do much towing, but I also live in Southern California and sometimes it gets hot. 
Did you install it in-line with the factory cooler or does it complete replace the factory cooler in the radiator? And also, does the system now require more ATF fluid?

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Awesome. I will be adding one as well even though I don't do much towing, but I also live in Southern California and sometimes it gets hot. 
Did you install it in-line with the factory cooler or does it complete replace the factory cooler in the radiator? And also, does the system now require more ATF fluid?

Installed independently. Yes, more atf is necessary.


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Been a while since this thread has had some attention.. Since my last post, I (we), with  @hawairish & @Rockit, installed a front Lokka and a repacked lsd. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the diffs or install, that weekend was crazy. We did about three 15+ hour days working on rockit's truck installing front and rear ARB lockers, compressor, struts, coils, spacers, cv axles (installed & removed like 10 times). I'm not sure how hawairish still had the patience and energy to still work on my truck. Here’s a pic of hawairish’s work stand.

 

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I've also installed a cb radio with 4' antenna on the spare tire carrier.

Uniden cmx760

firestik 2 with K4-8r18 cable

 

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I also have a couple of pending items: sliders and ARB compressor mounted in engine bay. Hopefully I remember to get some photos of those.

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I want to start by giving a huge thank you to [mention]hawairish [/mention] for his unmatched pathfinder expertise, fabrication skills, and most of all his generosity.

This past weekend I headed East to visit hawairish for fun garage day. Our plan: remove OEM steps and install sliders. We started by removing the steps. (Internet pic)

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Once the steps were removed, we noticed how robust the mounts actually were and the round tube was much thicker than anticipated. This photo is after the mounts were cut and notched but it shows the thickness of the tube. I believe it is 10ga.

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After seeing the mounts we decided to change our game plan. We were no longer going to use the included slider legs and mounting plates and instead reuse the original mounts but not without beefing them up....a lot.

Before we started cutting the legs we brainstormed of how we could make our idea work. We decided on making gussets from 3/16” steel.

Once the plan was set, we cut the legs, cleaned them up, and notched them to fit slider main tube. Here’s the driver’s slider ready to be tacked on.

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Once tacked we removed slider and got to work on the gussets.

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Hawairish sketching up the gussets

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Gusset cut and welded

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A complete slider ready to mount. Notice the beefy legs

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Slider fully welded and mounted

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When we had finished with the installation, we looked at the step left over after we cut the legs. We realized we could actually separate the top plate that holds the plastic step from the channel that was welded to legs.

This is our end result. The plate welded onto slider. Hawairish has to cut the plate above the kickout to keep it level.

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I had to cut a small section to accommodate the kickout of the slider.

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Installed and compete. The step sticks out about 3” more than OEM which is great!

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Underside of slider

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Obviously we had to test these bad boys. Absolutely zero deflection no matter where we lifted.

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[mention]hawairish [/mention] is the artist in his family

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I must say it was a lot if work but I am more than happy with the outcome. Two long days of custom fabrication really wore us out, not to mention the temp was 108 degs. Next time I’m in town we’re wheeling and I’m breaking these in.


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I almost forgot to mention I also installed an arb onboard air compressor. Hawairish cut the plate and I gave it some awkward bends to make it fit.

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On 10/28/2019 at 4:53 PM, R50JR said:

Installed an awning. Size is 6.5x8ft. Paid around $40 on ebay with my ebay bucks.
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I am also now running two matching full size spares.
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That awning picture really tripped me out but it turns out it’s your neighbors tarp behind you as well. How does the awning hold up to wind? Can you anchor it down while camping? Cool find!

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That awning picture really tripped me out but it turns out it’s your neighbors tarp behind you as well. How does the awning hold up to wind? Can you anchor it down while camping? Cool find!

Awning is pretty solid. It comes with a couple of guy lines to secure it.


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