1999 AZ Trooper project

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Out wheelin' with friends

Postby jc_in_az » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:00 pm

Was out wheelin' with friends and family. This little hill was remarkable tricky due to its steepness and how sandy it was. It looks a little tame in the video though.

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby ZENGERTEAM27 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:09 am

very well done, i've looked through yer whole build really impressive. the wench idea is superb! yer trooper looks hella clean, well put together, but tough. i've got some ideas for my 98 but need to just get the time to get'r done. thanks for the inspiration! keep it up i'll be watching.

1 question, can you give me a little more info on the seat covers? i've got a tear on my drivers seat and thought what you got looked real sharp. i poked around the website but felt like there were too many options. tell me what you can about them, thanks.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby ozfest » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:12 pm

Awesome Trooper ! Good job love the color also
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:19 pm

jc_in_az wrote:
beto wrote:The trooper is looking awesome!

Here is the order details for my Wet Okole seat covers.


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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby ZENGERTEAM27 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:08 am

i have another question. where'd you get the cool switches with the picutres on them? for all the things i wanna do to mine i'd love to have those.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:50 am

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby ZENGERTEAM27 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:28 pm

Thank you! More questions I'm sure are to follow.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Opa » Sat May 28, 2016 1:27 pm

Totally amazing job! You also identified the color that I had been searching for. After seeing it (or a very close color) on a little Scion SUV looking vehicle in my town, I started trying to ID the color. Thanks for the assist! You've done an excellent job transforming your Trooper!
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Opa » Sat May 28, 2016 3:14 pm

Question: where did you get your roof rack mounts? I've had a large safari rack in storage for about two years due to difficulty locating the proper mounting brackets. The Trooper's curved roof makes it a bit more difficult to locate mounts to keep the rack level. Thanks again for all of your posts!
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Sat May 28, 2016 6:19 pm

Opa wrote:Question: where did you get your roof rack mounts? I've had a large safari rack in storage for about two years due to difficulty locating the proper mounting brackets. The Trooper's curved roof makes it a bit more difficult to locate mounts to keep the rack level. Thanks again for all of your posts!


I made those myself out of flat stock steel. It was a huge pain since the front, middle, and rear are all different heights and angles. It took me half a night to get them right.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Opa » Sat May 28, 2016 7:07 pm

I know exactly what you mean. Serious math skills needed to get all three angles correct. Thanks for the post and your reply.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Sat May 28, 2016 7:18 pm

Opa wrote:I know exactly what you mean. Serious math skills needed to get all three angles correct. Thanks for the post and your reply.


I sat my roof rack on 2x4s on the Trooper so I could take measurements. I then made the brackets out of cardboard to make sure the angles and lengths were close. Then made my cuts in steel and went to town with a sledge and vice to bend the ends. Once they were bent properly, I welded the inside of the bend crease to strengthen them back up. I'm glad I only had to make them once!

In hindsight, I should've made them a little shorter. I'm not happy with the height as it is, but to lower it even 3/4" would require a lot of cutting and rewelding. It's not worth it! LOL

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby totten » Sat May 28, 2016 7:42 pm

NICE FAB WORK ON WINCH. Good idea behind the bumper cover. Looken super! :D
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Justbecause » Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:37 pm

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August 2016 updates

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:15 pm

So I added a snorkel.

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Moved the aux battery to the back behind the rear seats (due to snorkel install).

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Organized my cargo area.

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CO2 bottle for quickly re-airing tires
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Installed an overhead cargo net for lightweight items, such as jackets, pillows, etc.
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Independent fog lights

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:38 pm

My fog lights are now completely independent of the main lights.

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:45 pm

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Stuck Pig!!! This stuff was slimy and deep. Even the boys with the 37" tires were getting stuck.

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This happened after pulling out my nephew on his last attempt to cross this little puddle.

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Illumination upgrades

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:55 pm

I added some green LEDs to the front and some underbody rock lights. I call this arrangement my "Landing Lights".

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Here she is with my orange amber LED fog lights and amber strip lights.

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And then with both colors.

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby bradzuzu » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:26 pm

That looks to cool !! Is it illegal to run green lights there ?

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:32 pm

bradzuzu wrote:That looks to cool !! Is it illegal to run green lights there ?

Sure is nice looking machine !!



On the streets, yes, it's illegal. The greens are only for the dirt.
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Illumination Walk-around

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:07 am

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Tatohead » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:07 pm

Terrific build. Very fun to watch
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1999 Trooper custom sway bar quick disconnects

Postby jc_in_az » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:46 pm

Since the aftermarket parts industry neglects Isuzu, I decided to fab up a set of quick disconnects for my sway bars this weekend. They ain't pretty, but I'm sure they're more stout than OEM.


Parts I'll use. The heims are 3/8", as well as the grade 8 bolts. The steel tubing is 3/8 wall thickness.

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I cut the heads off the long bolts and inserted into the tubing. I'm making these two inches longer than factory to offset the 3 inches the torsion bars are cranked. Also, if you notice the two brass spacers in the middle, I ended up cutting those to 1/8" thickness on the band saw to sit on opposite sides of the heim. These will allow a bit of twist and tilt for the new disconnect without hitting the mounting hardware.

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I drilled and slotted the steel tubing so I could weld the bolts to each other internally, and also to multiple spots along the tubing. I also welded the ends where the bolts exit the tubing. (And yes, I sanded the gold finish off of the bolts before welding.)

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This is the disconnect after being welded and painted. I tried to smooth out the welds a bit with the sander, but it still came out looking like I made them out of clay. LOL

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FINISHED AND INSTALLED!

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DISCONNECTED

Sway bar rocked forward and bungee'd to the frame. Pipe foam is to prevent metal-on-metal that would take place in this position.

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From above the passenger tire.
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I'll most likely secure the linkage with a zip tie through the heim when I go offroading. I don't trust the velcro strap to stay in place.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby bradzuzu » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:36 am

Nice job !! Those turned out beefie , now we need to see off road flex !!
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REAR SWAYBAR QUICK DISCONNECTS

Postby jc_in_az » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:16 pm

After putting a Lincoln Locker in the rear, every time I turned a corner, the body roll would be a little unnerving. So, I decided to reinstall the rear sway bar and then build and install quick disconnects.

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When disconnected, the sway bar swings up and mounts to this pin (on both sides).

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