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Old 05-21-2020, 08:11 PM   #3001
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So, are those 1.21 Gigawatt headlights that you installed?


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Nah, I wish. But the 55 watt HID setup sure is a joy compared to rough oem lights.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:15 PM   #3002
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Made big visual progress today on cleaning up the trim where the hightop is installed. Marine vinyl stretched over some furring strips. Vertical trim pieces around once I get some stuff done tomorrow.

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Old 05-22-2020, 02:20 PM   #3003
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Installed a new Victron solar controller 100/30 to replace the old blue sky controller that crapped out on me, also put in the optional remote control display unit next to the battery monitor with a new cover plate, even though itís Bluetooth on the phone, I like having the wired display to look at.
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Also got my new overland gear spare tire trash bag to replace my 2nd (or is it 3rd?) Trasharoo that disintegrated.
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In with the new....a bit more $$, but clearly well made from quality materials in the good ol USA
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:16 PM   #3004
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It looks like you have two of the same monitor, is that the case?
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Nope, both Victron, so they look similar, ones the new remote for the solar controller the other is the battery monitor.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:15 PM   #3006
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Moved the HAM radio from the headliner to the side of the seat. The power wire is not routed under the seat.
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Old 05-25-2020, 02:23 AM   #3007
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Baby got new shoes!

American Racing AR201 17x9 ET -12mm
BFG A/T TA K02 285/70R17 (33")

Previous setup was Toyo Open Country AT II 265/70R17 (32") on stock steel Ford truck wheels

In progress showing the before/after:


Installed, really changes the look of the van:


Minor fender clearancing and flare modification was needed for clearance, even with Moog CC880S springs up front. Also had to remove the lower plastic valance on the stock bumper (still present in these photos) due to damage on the right side resulting in rubbing--would not have been necessary had the bumper not been damaged. Just a temporary solution while I finish up my bumper project. Also had to spend an annoyingly large amount of money on Mcgard spline drive lug nuts for clearance with something that hopefully won't rust (Mcgard uses PVD to make the lug nuts black). Alcan springs are on order to fix the saggy rear end, which is due to the addition of the CC880S springs up front for added bump travel.
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Old 05-25-2020, 06:52 AM   #3008
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Also had to spend an annoyingly large amount of money on Mcgard spline drive lug nuts for clearance with something that hopefully won't rust (Mcgard uses PVD to make the lug nuts black). Alcan springs are on order to fix the saggy rear end, which is due to the addition of the CC880S springs up front for added bump travel.


If you are keeping the stock steel wheels for spares, keep the OEM lug nuts. Seen a few vehicles with the capped spline drive lug nuts that were not deep enough to secure the thinner steel wheels vs thick alloy ones when mounting the spare. Barely got a Tacoma back from Mexico last year due to this, had to steel 1 from each wheel of another truck to secure his spare after the capped lugnuts that fit his beautiful method wheels left the stock spare wobbling when they bottomed out.


I keep 16 of my OEM lug nuts in the box with tiedown straps in case I need them because I have similar lug nuts.
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If you are keeping the stock steel wheels for spares, keep the OEM lug nuts.
Good suggestion! My spare is matching for easy rotations etc. so it uses the conical nuts.
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Seen a few vehicles with the capped spline drive lug nuts that were not deep enough to secure the thinner steel wheels vs thick alloy ones when mounting the spare.
Yikes! Long term plan is to mount the spare on the rear, but for now I have the spare stored underneath in the stock location. For anyone interested, 285/70R17 fit just fine but I doubt I could fit anything larger under there.
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