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Old 06-07-2015, 05:21 PM
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Wow great build!!! Nicely done, everything!
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More updates to the main article....

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Wow great build!!! Nicely done, everything!
Much of a work in progress... Done most of the things here in just the last 2-3 months really as i did a complete 180* in thoughts.
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Updated pics in original post of current setup, slight rearrangement of wording, more to come, busy week this week !!

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Stay tuned, the bigger stuff is yet to come in and be installed
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Tires looks awesome
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Tires looks awesome
^^ you are going to love them!
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This truck is bad ass. Wish I would of kept my Standard cab now lol.
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Tires looks awesome
I know and even at only 32" I started getting a small God complex of all the small trees and God's little creatures I may have to peel from the treads.. LOL

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^^ you are going to love them!
Ditto.. 10 ply and puncture goo inside. They are rather heavy tho. Tire alone weighs in at like 58lbs outside of the 26oz of Ride-on goo for that size tire.

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This truck is bad ass. Wish I would of kept my Standard cab now lol.
Thanks! Wait until I start publicating all the build details that really set it apart for both it and the matching Ranger bed trailer build. The idea is to be able disappear for quite some time (12-60 days) with the only real need to come into town is to refuel or collect more ammo

I wanted it to be self sufficient for at least two people, I dont want to have to rely on anyone but my partner if possible and if I have to help someone else out; I dont want to get stuck myself. A lot of thought has gone into this project. The only thing that brings it down for me is the paint. Its been abused, never waxed by the two previous owners and honestly.. I hate blue let alone sparkly blue.. lol

But Ive got a back fund for the vinyl wrap im saving up $3400 for thats gonna blow minds :P

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I've even considered a winch in the new rear bumper from TAG...

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I know its bound to come up sooner or later due to the fact this is a forum and after being on as many as 63 forums in my day, well I dont need to say I told you so. With that being said, some of my build may fall under question, I assure you there is a rhyme and a reason for what and why I do the things I do. So please, anything other than constructive criticism, keep it to yourself or do it on your own vehicles and prove everyone else wrong.

I buy products and service(s) from 12° North Industries in both support of my local shops and because I get to use/test out some quality gear with some added benefits. I believe in "quality and service over price", avoiding shortcuts when possible for better performance/safety/reliability reasons.

So yes, I know I could have done virtually the same with some hose and becoming a "Zip-tie mechanic"... That wasn't my goal.


ARB Differential Breather Kit (170112)





FEATURES:

- The axle breather manifold is machined from billet aluminium and anodized, making it lightweight and resistant to the elements.
- The manifold has 4 axle breather ports allowing for between 1 and 4 breather lines to be connected. It is very compact allowing it to be installed in virtually any location.
- The kit comes with self tapping screws, but the manifold mounting holes are large enough to allow mounting using an M6 (1/4 inch) bolt or stud, which is the common size in most vehicle engine bays.
- The air filter is the ARB compressor air filter, which is a splash resistant air filter with a washable high flow sintered bronze filter cartridge.
- 8mm Polyethylene tubing is flexible, oil resistant, water resistant and heat resistant.
- 8mm tubing has been selected over the standard 6mm tubing to improve the air flow and reduced the chance of oil blockages in long breather lines.
- The 8mm push-in fittings make the installation simple and fast.

KIT CONTENTS:

The ARB Differential Breather Kit includes:

* Anodized Aluminium Manifold with 5 ports and 2 mounting holes
* 4 x 1/8”BSP ports for connecting up to 4 breather lines
* 1 x 1/4” NPT ports for the air filter • Air filter assembly
* 4 x 8mm-1/8”BSP push-in fittings
* 3 x 1/8”BSP plugs for plugging unused ports
* 8m x 8mm polyethylene tubing
* 2 x self-tapping screws
* 25 x cable ties


A differential / axle breather serves the important purpose on a 4WD vehicle of venting the air pressure in drivetrain assemblies such as the differentials, transmission and transfer case. Under normal operations, these assemblies heat up and the air inside expands, increasing the pressure and thus the need to be vented to the atmosphere is created. When the drivetrain assembly cools down the air inside contracts and creates a vacuum.

Many drivetrain assemblies are fitted with a breather from the factory. These factory breathers are usually a one-way valve mounted directly to the housing or remotely on a short tube. The shortfall with the factory breathers is that driving through water crossings creates a vacuum caused by the drivetrain assembly being cooled rapidly by the water. This vacuum will tightly close the valve shut causing air to be instantly drawn into the assembly through the seals. Many times the seals are still submerged below water, leading to the water being drawn into the drivetrain. This will contaminate the oil and possibly damage drivetrain components or your Air Locker.

The ARB Differential Breather Kit is designed to eliminate these shortcomings by providing a high flow, zero back pressure, zero vacuum breather system. This is achieved with a high flow air filter within a central manifold that will allow up to four drivetrain assemblies to be vented to one central location, ideally somewhere on the vehicle that will be above the water level at all times. This kit is intended to replace your factory breathers and contains enough fittings and tubing to connect at least two drivetrain assemblies. More tubing and push-in fittings can be purchased separately to connect up to four assemblies to the central manifold (Part Number 170113).

The ARB Differential Breather Kit is unique in that it uses 8mm tubing (where most other kits use 6mm tubing). The larger size tubing is essential in 4X4 applications where off camber driving can cause oil to enter and block smaller breather lines.

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So I will likely mount this on the upper most portion of the firewall left of the Master Cylinder, (looking into the engine bay). Purpose being high away from any water, close proximity to the trans keeping the hose short, same with the eventual front axle, transfer case (if needed), and rear axle itself.

I'm awaiting the 2 extra hoses described by Part# 170113 before installing it. I thought the write up and sharing the information would be worthwhile for others.

Thanks for the read and as always.. Motor safe !!


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Old 06-10-2015, 02:20 PM
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Don't know how I missed this, love the truck man.

Since you live here in Socal.... We need to go hit some trails.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:24 PM
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Don't know how I missed this, love the truck man.

Since you live here in Socal.... We need to go hit some trails.
Thanks very much... And awesome, sounds like a plan !!

I plan on being at the Riverside meet on Friday, I think you said you'd be making it but late. Be great to put some faces with the Screen Names !

May make some new friends and acquaintances to share some smaller overlanding trips with
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Thanks very much... And awesome, sounds like a plan !! I plan on being at the Riverside meet on Friday, I think you said you'd be making it but late. Be great to put some faces with the Screen Names ! May make some new friends and acquaintances to share some smaller overlanding trips with
That's right! I forgot about that meet. I'll be getting out of work at 10 at the latest, but maybe after.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:05 PM
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We'll keep the fire burning for ya.. lol
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So while I've been updating and cleaning up all the original posts, now direct information to the build is denoted in "Medium Turquoise" lettering and leaving all extra commentary in white.

I thought I'd share another product I made mention of and used recently with the purchase of my new Hancook Dynapro tires.

I purchased from 12° North Ind. a 6-pack (+1) of Ride ON 16oz Auto tire sealant/Balancing fluid for the tires. Ideally the 58lb, 10 ply, tires are each 26 oz heavier with an auto tire sealant fluid to give 3rd sentry to a tire failure, even if on a multiple level failure. Extra blocky tread, 10 ply, and now tire sealant. Drives no different other than peace of mind.



Ride-On Auto Tire Sealant (from the manufactures site itself)


LIGHT TRUCK/SUV Formula

Ride-On® Auto Formula tire sealant is an innovative orange gel that has been specially formulated to seal punctures, prevent leaks, balance tires, and extend tire life in all automobile, light truck, SUV, RV, van, and trailer tires. Ride On is designed to seal most slow leaks and punctures (efficiency of 85-95%) in the crown area of a tire caused by nails, screws, thorns, road debris, and virtually any perforating object up to 1/4" in diameter. Ride On also helps your tires maintain proper inflation and run cooler, which can increase their life by up to 25% or more (of course, this is critically dependent on how and where you drive your vehicle). A vehicle equipped with Ride On will benefit from better handling, better fuel economy, longer lasting tires, and most importantly, a safer ride. This version of Ride-On has been specifically formulated for passenger cars and light trucks – install Ride-On now in your car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck to obtain these benefits for all your vehicles! It might be colored orange, but you'll think it's worth its weight in gold.

Ride-On is used by the military, Postal Service, police and fire departments nationwide. Other Ride-On formulas are also available for motorcycles and bicycles, as well as for industrial vehicles, commercial trucks, and other commercial uses.

Ride-On Tire Sealant for Cars, SUVs, Light Trucks (LTs), Trailers, and RVs
The Ride-On Tire Protection System (TPS) Auto formula tire sealant is designed for use in cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, and trailers operating at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). The Auto formula will seal punctures in tubeless tires from perforating objects up to 1/4" in diameter (1/8" in tube tires) that enter the tread area of the tire. Ride-On TPS Auto formula helps balance your tires to give you a smoother ride. It is compatible with most tire inflation systems (TPMS) and will not plug your valve stems. NO OTHER SEALANT CAN MAKE THAT CLAIM!

The Ride-On TPS Auto formula tire sealant is a revolutionary gel that helps balance tires and turn them into self-sealing tires using fibers that are six times stronger than steel. Auto formula tire sealant helps tires maintain their pressure up to 500% better than untreated tires. Properly inflated tires that are balanced run cooler and last longer. Less flexing, bounce and fatigue equal longer tire life - up to 25% or more!

The dosages shown on the bottle label represent more than 80% of the most common tire sizes in use today.


Again, my purpose is to be self sufficient and if I go to help someone else, whether on the trail or the road, I don't want to have to need help myself. So with that being said, this is just one more protective barrier in my mini arsenal of gear.

So for me, I'm going to have to highly recommend it for the serious enthusiast.


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I've also changed out some and added additional photos in some posts, so feel free to go back and revisit them.

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Another growing concern has been my Flip-Pac is a bit older. Even though I have replaced much of the outside plastic components. I may choose to upgrade them and maybe keep them for spares, I don't quite know yet.

These are the support arms that keep the torsion bar from basically folding up on itself when the tent is opened on the Flip-Pac. They also provide a slight side to side swaying support in some way but they are not a load bearing support.




I recently found a company who actually makes aluminum add-on's for Toyota Tacoma's who offers an actual upgraded support arm. Im pretty sure these will be a near future mod.






A much element proof design and since I am in the California sun, it eats up everything. I can only see the plastics eventually failing or close to it again.

With the addition of the final result in the trucks aesthetics, these will be anodized in Black to blend in with the new color scheme...
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How is that ride on sealant any different from regular slime? I dont see how it "balances" the tires. The product says the tires need to be balanced before adding slime to the tire. If so, how are you ever going to rebalance your tires? Since the product never dries wouldnt it pool on the lowest section of the tire thereby causing a heavy spot and more imbalancing issues?

I dont see how its practical for any other use other than low speed tire applications or emergencies. But if it was used for emergencies, you need to remove a foreign object and then drive til it seals youll likely need to fill your tire with air again. I dont think this is the magic solution to avoid swapping your spare tire.
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How is that ride on sealant any different from regular slime? I dont see how it "balances" the tires. The product says the tires need to be balanced before adding slime to the tire. If so, how are you ever going to rebalance your tires? Since the product never dries wouldnt it pool on the lowest section of the tire thereby causing a heavy spot and more imbalancing issues?

I dont see how its practical for any other use other than low speed tire applications or emergencies. But if it was used for emergencies, you need to remove a foreign object and then drive til it seals youll likely need to fill your tire with air again. I dont think this is the magic solution to avoid swapping your spare tire.
I've never used the "Slime" brand product itself. I have bought on short notice one of their tire pressure indicators, it lasted 3 days, and much like big box store stuff.. those products often falls short of many expectations.

As for the balancing of tires; Per the manufacture site, it states:

"Inovex Industries recommends that if you are installing Ride-On TPS into new tires, you first dynamically balance them on a balancer BEFORE you install the Ride-On sealant into the tires. While the tire is on the balancer and spinning take a close look at the tire. Look for tires that have excessive run-out, or that are out of round (elliptical).

Inovex does NOT recommend installing our sealants in tires that have structural problems or defects. Using a sealant might accentuate the ride and handling problems inherent with defective tires."


With this in mind the tire and wheel package should be "balanced prior to" the addition of said product. Inherently if the tire and wheel is balanced correctly it remains in balance, it does not offset it. But if you have badly bent wheels or horrible amount of balancing weights on a wheel, they aren't recommending you add their product do to the fact it could OVER accentuate the issue and dramatically I would imagine.

Typically tires only need to be balanced if and when you dismount the tire or if damaged badly enough. At which point an educated decision should be enacted on whether to run with it or replace it.

Thankfully, not only do I have 2 spares, plus 2 trailer tires I would be able to swap out if needed. If my $300 tire was to turn to poo, I'd just buy another. Credit cards are a wonderful tool too.

The dosage calculator allows for the proper amount of "Orange Goo" to be inserted on the type and size of tires and depending on the use, they have different formulas, hence the Car formula is different from the Light truck/SUV version, as is the Heavy off road, commercial, or motorcycle/ATV versions. Its designed to never dry, but I assure you the consistency is far from water like but pooling in the tire shouldnt become an issue if its designed to freely move inside without disturbing the balancing of the tire to begin with.

I dont drive 24/7 and Ive yet to notice anything odd as I start up in the mornings and drive away on cool mornings.

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I dont see how its practical for any other use other than low speed tire applications or emergencies. But if it was used for emergencies, you need to remove a foreign object and then drive til it seals youll likely need to fill your tire with air again. I dont think this is the magic solution to avoid swapping your spare tire.
Its a Overlanding truck, the tires alone probably weigh in at 1.5/2 times your tires in the same 32" diameter. The front bumper and winch assembly weigh in at over 100lbs, same with the multi-carrier rear bumper and the additional spare. I have 3 group 65 batteries (55lbs ea) that will be on this rig set up along with hundreds of pounds of recovery gear, EDC, 2+ weeks of food and water on average, tools, onboard air system/tank, plus I still have much of my audio gear, communication gear (CB/HAM radios) and all the added wiring (1/0ga), and the Flip-Pac on the back weighs in at 329 lbs alone now. Lets add the weight of the 1750lb HD spring pack and additional small things like a solar racking 5 gal shower.

Thankfully I have an assortment of titanium plates and silverware and some aluminum tables to reduce some weight when going camping. There's also the weight of clothing, personal items, passenger, I dont want to talk about the extra 8lbs I put on last month, AND I wont even go into the details of the trailer right now. but all in all, shes a heavy pig when she's loaded up.

My days of ripping down the street in a testicular moment are left to when driving other vehicles/R6. You'll often find me cruising at a menacing 60-65MPH on the regular freeways and I am usually 5mph up or down of the local posted limits.

I'm a bit of a drag when it comes to hurrying up for no reason other than to have to already apply the brakes here in SoCal. Speed is a matter of consistency and timelyness, not a heavy foot. And with on board Air system soon, I can inflate/deflate/run air tools as needed anywhere...

Not to mention, this product was recommended by several emergency and military personnel who use and work on said special vehicles..


I hope I answered your questions.. ?
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