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93 trooper re-fresh

Postby 93trooperpooper » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:47 pm

so, I got this trooper for free from a buddy of mine. brought it home, looked it over- minor things in the interior (lights, rear door inner handles not working, stereo is junk, some speakers not working)
exterior wise its straight, but rusty around the rear wheel-wells. windshield is cracked, but not in my line of sight. broken pass side exterior mirror lens (power &heated) tires shot, stone bruised headlights, inop fog lights.

jacked it up and pulled the tires- brakes ok, new shocks all around, BUT worn-out front end parts. bad ball-joints, tie rod, idler pitman, idler arm. bad outer cv boot

so fast forward 6 months, I was slowly getting parts for it.
complete front end kit-$173- all 4 ball-joints, inner and outer tie-rods, drag link and sway-bar end links.
pit-man idler, $16
4 cv boots, $18 each.

so, this last weekend I tackled the front-end. put the unit on the hoist. those ball joints came out pretty easy, pickle fork on the top, pitman arm remover for the bottom-boy did they snap out of the bottom!
tie-rod remover (and a bfhammer) for the drag-link and tie-rod ends.

axle boots were easy, but one of the new boots had the wrong clamp in the box, the wife and I fought with it- finally grabbed a clamp from the other box, and things went easy after that. :roll:
its all back together, now off to the alignment shop to straighten the front-end, and install 4 different tires (current ones scuffed off on the front, one rear is badly weather cracked, the spare is slashed on the sidewall)

so far, $261 in parts.
need to order sway bar bushings. that's another $30
new to me tires were free. lt 245/75 r 16 bridgestones. 60-75 % tread on them

next, some rad work-I noticed a small leak at the drain petcock, tried tightening it by hand and -it snapped off-but its threads are still in the hole. maybe a small reverse easy-out will get it out. will do a cooling system flush at the same time.

don't know when the timing belt/water pump was last done- that's on the list as well.
pesky rear abs light on. sensor, or wiring? will try to pull codes out of it.

that's about it ,for now......
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Re: 93 trooper re-fresh

Postby 93trooperpooper » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:01 am

I also noticed hairline cracks in the front brake lines- those are on the list now

when I had the pass side axle apart, I noticed damage from a hammer on the end of the cv shaft- made it difficult to remove the inner auto hub assembly- but with enough wiggling and pulling, and then a small tap from a hammer (with a bolt screwed into the end of the cv) it came off.
also noticed the engagement ''teeth'' on the auto hub assemblies (both sides) have rounded off edges, not nice and sharp- :roll: I guess its time for manual hubs.
aisin hubs would be nice, but I don't think I can find any used ones locally. not many Isuzu vehicles around here.
found some new aisin ''clones'' on ebay, about $90 shipped to my door. are they any good? for what its worth, I don't go off road much, the 4wd just comes in handy at times.
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Re: 93 trooper re-fresh

Postby e30dean » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:36 pm

Ive looked into getting locking hubs for my 95 trooper as well. Just based on my budget I have been looking at the SuperWinch brand and have read some good reviews. Some guys have even been running 38's with them. Seems like the key is to keep up on taking care of them like lubrication.
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Re: 93 trooper re-fresh

Postby 93trooperpooper » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:11 pm

yeah, not sure which hubs to go with- I rarely use 4wd, so the auto hubs are handy- but ive read and seen problems with them.

wheel alignment went well, I was surprised that they had it done the same day I took it in-it went in after 3pm, told the shop what I wanted done, told him I would pick it up Friday.
called them around 4:45 (the same day I dropped it off), I had a question about balancing the tires, and he told me they were almost done- EVERYTHING- :shock: wheel align and 4 tires installed in less than 2 hours!
now to pay the man!

back at my shop, I replaced ALL the interior light bulbs with led units. repaired the rear cargo door light switch, as well as both rear door switches. just dirty contacts, cleaned then lubed with graphite spray, dielectric grease on the screws.

tore into the dash, trying to fix burnt-out bulbs- :evil: damn tiny bulbs! #194 and #37 are easy to find, but those tiny twist n lock bulbs in the switches are pure evil to find! might have to get a bunch from the wreckers next time I am there :roll: I ordered a bunch of different ones from e-bay....now to wait :|

vacuumed LOTS of broken glass from the gauge cluster pocket, it was stuck in place with soda pop someone spilt in there :x
I took the lh dash vent out , there was a lot of glass in there as well, making it so it would not open or close fully.

mocked up a jvc headunit for tunes, as the factory deck was pretty much toast. fits well, now on to the wiring for that.

need to find a intake tube (torn) or make my own.
needs rad petcock- cant seem to find a new one anywhere locally.
waiting on led 9004 bulbs for the headlights. (ebay, again)
that's it, for now........ :wink:
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Re: 93 trooper re-fresh

Postby 92TXTrooper » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:45 pm

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=87261

an intake hose from a 93-95 rodeo/passport will fit on at trooper.
92 Trooper S 3.2 SOHC 5-SPEED.
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Re: 93 trooper re-fresh

Postby 93trooperpooper » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:59 pm

not much going on with the trooper . busy with repairs on trucks and trailers for work. the trooper got kicked outside as I needed the room, and its been stupid cold lately. need to keep the work trucks warm and unfrozen.

I did pick up some 4 inch by 2 inch led lights to replace the broken fog lights. they should fit in the stock locations nicely.

still waiting on other parts.

that's about it, for now.
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