1999 AZ Trooper project

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AV Mirror and cb speaker

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:16 pm

I installed an aftermarket rearview mirror. This one mounts directly to the windshield instead of the headliner where the factory mirror mounted. This mirror has bluetooth for phone and music, map lights, autodimmer, and two AV inputs for front/ rear cameras (or rear camera and DVD input). I bought it for this feature since I have a front and rear camera. With the cameras off, it's a regular mirror, and you can't even see where the video part it.

Since the factory mirror was removed, it left the mounting spot open on the headliner. This was a perfect spot to mount my little cb radio's external speaker. No drilling needed... the speaker bracket lined up perfectly with two of the screw holes for the old mirror.

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Rock sliders

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:19 pm

Finally spent a day and half welding up supports for the rock sliders I built earlier in the summer. They came out great, except don't stick out quite far enough to make a solid step. I think I'll get some steel diamond plate and create a bigger pad on the top of the slider for the spot you'd put your foot while entering each door. This is how they look all mounted up.

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:40 pm

My brother caught me leaving our day of shooting in the desert. Rest assured this hill was MUCH steeper in person (40-45deg). That's a gunshot towards the end, and not my motor throwing a rod. Also, I think his phone picked up unheard frequencies, because my Trooper doesn't sound quite as "tinny" as in the vid.


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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby Toccoa » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:20 pm

That is quite a hill. Somehow missed the repaint. Love the color!
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby floatzilla » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:39 pm

Thanks for the reply. I look forward to seeing the rack so I can get some ideas for mine. I'm still trying to decide if angle iron and flat stock is the route I want to take. Or if box aluminum is a better choice
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Roof Rack...

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:49 pm

Here's the roof rack. I bought it from a guy who custom built it for his '15 4Runner, but never mounted it. It's 44" x 75"ish. I fabbed up 6 mounting brackets out of 2" flat stock, and welded directly to the tubing. It's getting powdercoated right now, then I need to mount all my directional lights to it before installing it. Hopefully, it'll be complete within a week.

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby floatzilla » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:57 pm

That thing looks pretty heavy duty! I plan to have a more square design to mine with a wood bottom. I'm using it more for putting a tent on. Good luck with the install though!
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby leftarmtan » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:44 pm

Trooper is coming along nicely!
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Roof rack mounted

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:24 pm

Got the roof rack back from powdercoat. Mounted all of the lights and mounted it to the roof. Came out pretty good!

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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:36 pm

Took it out for a little 4 wheelin'. We had a blast, and more importantly, got to test the capabilities of the Trooper. Didn't get much video unfortunately.


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(The ruts on both sides of this trail were very impressive. The video doesn't do it any justice.)
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby leftarmtan » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:52 pm

Nice, Where was that at?
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:38 am

Wickenburg, AZ
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby leftarmtan » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:05 am

Gotcha,didn't look like any of the normal spots around the valley.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby beto » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:32 pm

The trooper is looking awesome!

Those seat covers are looking great. They look like a perfect fit. Would it be too much to ask you for more details on your order from wetokole? Since I´m outside of the U.S I really need to be sure and double check everything before buying anything, and I would really like more details of those covers. The headrest covers look like perfect fit too.

That roof rack turned out awesome too. :thumbright:
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:23 pm

leftarmtan wrote:Gotcha,didn't look like any of the normal spots around the valley.


We actually got off the pavement closer to Wittman, and wandered towards Wickenburg for a few hours.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:30 pm

beto wrote:The trooper is looking awesome!

Those seat covers are looking great. They look like a perfect fit. Would it be too much to ask you for more details on your order from wetokole? Since I´m outside of the U.S I really need to be sure and double check everything before buying anything, and I would really like more details of those covers. The headrest covers look like perfect fit too.

That roof rack turned out awesome too. :thumbright:



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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby beto » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:13 pm

Great, thanks for the seat cover's info!
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New rubber and rock slider update

Postby jc_in_az » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:53 pm

Got new rubber today (285/75/16 Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx). Much wider than the 255s.

I also added a top plate and some traction tape to the rock sliders so they work also as a step.



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ROCK SLIDER STEPS
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AFTER - With black traction tape and a glow-in-the-dark white strip. It's a piece of 2"x3" angle iron laying over the top and welded from the back.
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Re: New Paint

Postby tiff » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:01 pm

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This looks great! I love the color choices! We were thinking of doing a similar color scheme for ours! Either an ochre-green w/ black or a muted orange with black.
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New Hood Graphic

Postby jc_in_az » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:28 pm

Added a new graphic to the hood. What do you think?

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Winch behind factory Trooper Bumper

Postby jc_in_az » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:46 pm

I ditched the plan to use a winch in a cradle, for front and back winching. I just won't have enough cargo space to haul it around once you consider all of the other normal recovery gear, plus a dog, and maybe a few guns, and ice chest. So, instead, I decided to see if I could mount a winch behind the factory bumper. Once I started eyeballing the available space through the lower bumper vent, it looked like it could be done. So with grinder and welder in hand, I got to work!

I already had this front hitch fabbed up. As it turns out, the top of this hitch, as it sits between the front frame rail ends, is the perfect height for the winch to sit on and line up with the vent opening.
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Next, I welded some 2" x 3" (3/16") angle iron to serve as tabs, on the front of the hitch. The winch bolts feed through the bottom of the tabs, through the winch tray, and into the bottom of the winch feet. I ended up drilling holes through the hitch for some grade 8 bolts to bolt the tray down in the back.
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The next step was to do a little cutting.
Cut the vent grate out.

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Cut some of the bumper reinforcement out to allow the top of the winch to clear.
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I had to extend the front of the winch tray so that the fairlead would sit flush with the front bumper opening.
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Here the winch is sitting in it's new home. I replaced the steel cable with a synthetic rope. I also clocked the freespooling handle forward so I could reach it through the bumper opening.
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I had the perfect amount of space behind the bumper to mount the winch control box next to the winch. I had to drill a 1.25" hole in the bumper for fitting the winch remote cord. As it sits here, the plug connector almost touches the backside of the bumper (where the hole is drilled).
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Here it is, all finished!

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I also ran in-cabin switches. The left switch turns on power to the toggle switch on the right.
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It turned out exactly as I hoped. It took close to a week to get it done, putting in a few hours each day. All of the customizing really takes a lot of time!

Let me know what you think.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby 95phoenix » Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:53 pm

This is awesome. I've been eye balling this idea with a which behind the factory bumper but on my 95 rodeo. I doubt there is nearly as much room compared to yours.. Just have to be more creative with the angle grinder. :P
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby bradzuzu » Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:38 pm

That turned out great !!
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby carta_oro » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:16 pm

Nice rig men.
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Re: 1999 AZ Trooper project

Postby jc_in_az » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:03 pm

Just a quick pic on the town.

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