I finally got the rig running right. I know the importance of having a few basic ignition and pressure testing tools that I will ensure I pick up for the tool box. An in-line spark tester and an O2 sensor adaptor for a pressure gauge are a must! This thing runs like a champ! Hopefully, after a couple of tanks of gas for the computer to learn my driving style, I'll be able to realize the fabled MPG improvement that this engine is supposed to get over the 2F. Well, if I can keep my right foot from smothering the gas pedal, that is...
This week I had no classes to attend, so I spent some time getting outstanding things wrapped up.
I got the interior power buss and grounding point installed and connected
And the HAM radio connected
I got the dual batteries installed and wired
I had the folks at Kar Tunes build some door mounted boxes for my components. They are a little bulky but necessary what with the limited mounting depth that the door glass presents. These speakers are by far the best I've ever had in one of my vehicles. I bought them for less than half price at a store closing sale in San Diego before I went overseas and have been saving them. Wow, am I glad that I did! They are powered by an Alpine CDA-117 via an Alpine PDX 4.150 (150 Watts RMS per channel). I'm installing a set of Alpine coaxials in the rear doors tomorrow.
Finally, I've been on the waiting list at Lavender Bros Automotive (XXX Traction) to get some rocker protection fab work done. These sliders are one off and BEEF. Toby designed them to sandwich the crease between two tubes. We discussed notching the seam to allow them to tuck up close to the body and decrease ground clearance reduction. I brought them home to clean and paint them today, and Toby will install them on Monday.
One more for scale
It's almost ready to wheel. I'm looking forward to getting out on the trail!
As seen on Expedition with TX plates: VEGETARIAN - An old Indian word for poor hunter
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