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I'm skipping a bit here, though its been hectic the past few weeks getting the truck ready. Right now I'm in Las Vegas for the SEMA Show 2009 and the MX2 is setup on display. Awesome! Thanks to Adventure Trailers and Equipt Expedition Outfitters for the spot.

is that orange thing a crash cart or w/e you call it
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Wow. First time seeing this thread and I'm amazed. You have the coolest Ranger I've seen by far. That would be so cool to drive across the U.S. Hitting any trails you see along the way and camping out under the stars. That sounds just about right. Congrats on being in the 09 SEMA show, thats big!
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are you gonna be there to wednesday cause ill be taking pictures at SEMA. wouldn't mind meating the person behind the build either. :D
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So I don't know if you have considered this but you probably have, but have you thought about opening the camper part in strong wind? Because I am assuming if your going all over the world you will at one point encounter some high winds on the top of a mountain or something. Lol. I can just imagine you popping it open a little then the wind catching it and send it flying down into the hood/windshield.

its spring loaded if i remember correctly, and has a stop point (as in it doesnt come down much more then that), which would prevent that exact thing from happening

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is that orange thing a crash cart or w/e you call it
Looks like a sand ladder or bridger for offroad use
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Love this truck! Only thing I would do different is swap in a EB d44!
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Thanks all!

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are you gonna be there to wednesday cause ill be taking pictures at SEMA. wouldn't mind meating the person behind the build either. :D
Yep, I'll be here all week wandering around. Most likely at the Equipt Expedition Outfitters booth or the truck.


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its spring loaded if i remember correctly, and has a stop point (as in it doesnt come down much more then that), which would prevent that exact thing from happening
The front pivot is a torsion bar. Heavy winds are not too bad. I have to angle the truck side facing into the wind so there's not a huge wind block. Opening the camper face on or back on will catch the wind.


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Looks like a sand ladder or bridger for offroad use
Scott's right. There maxtrax from Australia.

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Love this truck! Only thing I would do different is swap in a EB d44!
Drive train is next and a d44 might go under there. May change out the transmission as well, though that's all up in the air. After the show I'll sit down and figure out what I'm going to do.
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where you staying at??
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Truck as come along ways...
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where you staying at??
were else.. the truck! why go and pay for a place to crash... lol


truck looks great.... men u keep adding and adding to the truck to make it even better..... u plan to start on the trip sometime :P looking great!
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Old 11-04-2009
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I saw the MX2 today @ SEMA!!! got to go up in the tent too!!! THANKS FOR SHOWING ME THE TRUCK!!!

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Small update...

To compensate for the additional weight carried on the trip I needed to increase the axle load capacity.
So I picked up a Ford Explorer 31 spline 8.8 axle and began to dismantle.




As a size comparison I placed the trucks old ring gear next to the 8.8 gear.




Next I cleaned everything up.





Now I'll be replacing all the bearings, install a locker and 5.13 gears.
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Looking good. But why didn't you get a new axle for the rear disc brakes? wouldn't you want them for you application?
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Looking good. But why didn't you get a new axle for the rear disc brakes? wouldn't you want them for you application?
Disc brakes are better for stopping but wear much faster as the pads are tiny. So I opted for the drum brakes so I won't have to carry additional spare parts. I'm limited on gear space, so its the small things that help.
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5.13s! I thought you were sticking with a smaller tire like 33s? Are you doing something different in the tranny or just going to keep is under 50 mph or so?
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Old 11-23-2009
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as already stated LOVE THE TRUCK!!

and I assume the 5:13's wont be an issue due to the taller tires and the fact that Im sure most roads they will be on wont be smooth interstates.
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Old 11-24-2009
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Thanks!

The 5.13s will help with the estimated 1300 lbs of gear, tools, fuel, water and spare parts. As shizzy mentioned, all the roads outside the US are not as smooth and I'll probably never get over 55 mph.
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ull prolly feel a bit frustrated fro time to time going so slow.... but its worth it ofroad
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Thanks!

The 5.13s will help with the estimated 1300 lbs of gear, tools, fuel, water and spare parts. As shizzy mentioned, all the roads outside the US are not as smooth and I'll probably never get over 55 mph.
Come test them out on our Canadian roads... :cuss ing:
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Come test them out on our Canadian roads... :cuss ing:
Canadian roads are smooth too. I should of said roads in 3rd world countries are rougher.
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For gear storage we picked up four composite drawers from Adventure Trailers. All four are 24 inches deep and 20 inches wide. Three of them are 12 inches tall and one is 9 inches tall. The drawers were quick and easy to put together, similar to how ikea furniture works, and I was finished within an hour. Nice and lightweight as well. The bottom two drawers are placed 12 inches from the back of the bed. Atop those are the other two set overhanging 12 inches. By arranging the boxes in such a fashion it gives me a 40" x 12" x 12" area to place a water tank and extra room for something else. The bottom drawers are anchored to the bed with jack nuts. Then the upper boxes are fastened to the lower boxes. (More photos to come)








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Usually on electrical portions of my projects I go a bit overboard. I'll be doing the same on this occasion.
First I start with upgrading the stock battery terminals to military grade ones I got from Wil (Sierra Expeditions).




Then some heavy duty commercial grade terminal connectors are crimped on.




Special heat shrink tubing is added to help stop corrosion.




Onto the brains of the system, for this I'm using a National Luna power pack from Adventure Trailers.
For those that are not familiar with this unit I'll give you a quick synopsis. The National Luna power pack is smart battery management system
that automatically charges your second (camper) battery after your main (starting) battery is charged.

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The wire that comes with the kit is a large gauge and has plenty of insulation.




Now here's were I go overboard... And please DO NOT duplicate! I have training in electrical engineering and have worked as a commercial electrician. I open the panel, not you, on the power pack and connect two leads off the main battery terminals for my own power distribution box.




I drill appropriate holes and bolt on a plastic terminal box, but not before pulling the 8 gauge leads into the box.




After reassembling the power pack I begin mounting it inside the cab of the truck. For this I use jack nuts.

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Power pack mounted behind the driver seat.




On to the control wires, which is a multi conductor cable with 10 wires from the MX1's wiring.




I connect eight of the leads onto three switches. Since I'm reusing old parts I test the resistance with a meter.




After everything checks out ok I wrap the exposed ends in electrical tape.

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The wires have numbers printed on the insulation. I write down on paper what wire number connects what switch.




I then reinstall the switches in the dash panel.




Then I run the multi conductor underneath the carpeting to where my power distribution box is.



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