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Old 03-31-2014, 11:13 PM
dirtbagHB dirtbagHB is offline
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Default DirtbagHB's 2003 fx4 L2, expy/DD

Greetings all,
Since I started grad school (microbiology), there hasnt been much time for tinkering. anyway the field season begins and its back to extended stays in the truck. There are plans this summer to visit the girlfriend while she is working on her thesis (alpine ecology) project in Colorado. I'm planning on 2 weeks. I've uploaded pics from last summers two weeks.

keep in mind that this is my kind of DD ( i comute to and fro school on a honda crf230l as my gas saver) but it is also a 'research' vehicle. I'll be based out of this for a few weeks sampling hot springs microbes and base camping the sticks around crested butte, co sampling plant communities. we also use this as the race support rig ( the SO is a bike racer and distance runner) and ski/rock bum transport. we been in temps as cold at -20 with no problems.. lots of down feathers.

Since this is a build thread, ill try to avoid the tangents im prone to. (as well as grevious spelling errors, i know, i dont care atm)

list of MODs thus far i can remember
jensen touchscreen radio
alpine type r speakers
k&n
explorer OHC
Line-Xed bed

Snugtop camper shell
yakima gutter adapters, rain gutter towers and bars
30 led bar for cabin light
platform (PICS TO COME)
curtains
tarp system



Projects in the works (currently rattling around the head)


dual battery setup for shell additions, toys and (one day) fridge

-Im looking at adding flood leds, an inverter, reading lights, usb array. its hard to key plants in the dark. the inverter is to run a microscope ect.. YAY SCIENCE. Im looking to run an isolator and would like to mount the spare battery under the bed ( limited hood space w/o extensive mod) (any location ideas) and then run that past a main breaker into a breaker panel where my various circuits would originate. need help with the panel and breakers (and loactions).


on board hot water with pump ( thinking plate heat exchanger)

-water is 'not often' an issue and we usually roll with 10-20gal worth of blue jugs. but 3 weeks in the woods with little bathing gets old fast ( when around sulfer hot springs)

12v/120v fridge/freezer ( hopefully behind driver or pass seat)

-again 3 weeks in the woods. we already mostly do the dry/ canned/ dehydrated food. >20 miles of dirt to get ice being the limiter to a trip blows on limited time and eats gas.

new canopy system

after many years of owning them, the tarps couldnt handle the high winds of ID anymore on a day driveway canning garden goodies, so i found this
http://lcool.org/technical/sunshade/sun_shade.html


Im currently having issues resizing pics at 1211am. so they will have to come later as will progress.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:20 PM
dirtbagHB dirtbagHB is offline
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Default Re: DirtbagHB's 2003 fx4 L2, expy/DD

a pic of the platform and a pic of the truck last summer in colorado
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:18 AM
dirtbagHB dirtbagHB is offline
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Default Re: DirtbagHB's 2003 fx4 L2, expy/DD

http://www.torklift.com/products/hiddenpower.php



Just found this idea for aux battery that doesn't use under hood or bed space


http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...rentProductId=

Last edited by dirtbagHB; 04-06-2014 at 03:04 PM. Reason: Relevant info added
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:53 AM
dirtbagHB dirtbagHB is offline
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Default Re: DirtbagHB's 2003 fx4 L2, expy/DD

Pump ordered: with prestrainer:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AXDOY/ref=gno_cart_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Flat plate heat exchanger ordered:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039WRQF8/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AMLUJCOAVH826

All should be half inch fittings.

When I pump the heat exchanger, it will be in parallel with the heater core. At way I can regulate the temp with the heater control knob, least that's what I've been reading
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:23 AM
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Pump and strainer have arrived, now waiting upon the flat plate heat exchanger
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: DirtbagHB's 2003 fx4 L2, expy/DD

definitely some cool ideas!
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:28 PM
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heat exchanger arrived.

this project will be happening in the next few weeks!!!!


on the hunt for aux battery stuff now. projects will be copleted in tandem while everything else is already torn apart
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