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Velociraptor
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

I'm getting a late start with this build thread but here it goes..

Last November I purchased a lightly used 2011 FJ Trail Teams with about 32K miles that was a mall crawler. I purchased it in MS and had it shipped home. Here are a few pics from taken at the dealer.





I named her Velociraptor because my youngest daughter said it reminded her of Jurassic Park. Shortly thereafter I sent her to Jason Demello's shop in Riverside, CA for some surgery to make her more trail worthy. Jason's team fabricated a custom front bumper to accommodate lighting, installed a new rear bumper and sliders, and they installed an Icon suspension. I also had a winch installed and a body mount chop done. Here she is with a facelift and new legs.





The factory washer reservoir had to be removed during the facelift so I went ahead and put in a Shrockworks relocation kit since I was planning to later implement a dual battery setup. The workmanship of this item from Shrockworks is amazing.



In January 2015 I put some new shoes on at a local Discount Tire. I picked the Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar in 285/75-16 so I could have 33in wheels on my existing rims.



I wanted to replace the factory rack with a flat utility rack so I removed it. This is a major PITA because several of the OEM bolts were over tightened and stripped when I removed them. One fell down in the headliner which became a major rattle in the rear of the vehicle. Until I am ready to install a new rack, I will install a rack delete kit to cover the rack mount locations. Once I figure out how to remove the headliner, I will replace the brackets under each rack mount that was damaged.

After reading the Spod Ha! thread on the Blue Room, I started on a dual battery install, and aux wiring implementation using a Bussmann relay/fuse box with help from Michael Bitler (aka skygear from the Tacomaworld forums). More on this later.

Here she is ready for her first AZFJ outing to Ruby Rd. Just before our outing to Ruby Rd, I installed a Midland portable CB with a Bandi mount from Walcott Radio.




After the Ruby Rd outing I decided I needed to get some armor so after consulting various folks I decided on Budbuilt steel skids. This FJ is my daily driver so I need to make sure that weekend outings are not going to result in mechanical carnage. I also installed a Boztec rear diff skid. The Budbuilt skids are beefy so I had to get a hydraulic lift to get some of the larger plates into place so they can be attached. One nice thing about these skids is that there is a dedicated access panel to enable oil changes without removal of any skids.

In April I test fitted a BajaRack utility rack. I still need to replace some of the under roof brackets that have built-in nuts for the rack bolts (this requires removing the headliner). I also picked up some Maxtrax recovery ladders. Here is a pic from an outing to Redington Rd.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:25 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Looks good!

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

nice

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Ken's rig is the most amazing I have ever seen. Holy one stop shop batman! Sent it to Demello!

Hey, aren't your sliders on backwards? Maybe that's how they are supposed to go, but they look like demolition derby weapons that way!

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

^^^ they look correct to me.

You want the taper the way is at the front, or you run the risk of getting caught on crap.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

By the way... Nice Rig

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

I was confused, I thought this was the back seam of the door in the foreground. It's all good . (That would have made for a really tiny suicide door_derp derp)

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

That's one helluva nice suspension set up! Nice rig! Must be a dream to off road!

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

whoooooa that's a lot of hardware in dem front wheel wells... nice!

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

tibaal89 wrote:
whoooooa that's a lot of hardware in dem front wheel wells... nice!

Even the reservoirs have reservoirs. Looks great, don't let it get dirty.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Looking sharp! Love your set up.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Sick!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Thanks for all the kind comments guys!

I will post some more pics and content next week as I have just finished wiring up my lights and rack with help from a good friend Skygear. I can't wait to do some night time runs!

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Last week I finally dropped my headliner, changed 4 under roof rack brackets that the rack bolts thread into and with the help of a good friend Mike, installed the wiring harnesses for all my aux lighting on the rack, both bumpers and the rock lights.



But before I go any further, I need to give credit to a few folks.

The inspiration for my wiring design came from a post in the BlueRoom called "sPOD? Ha!" where SpeedRye used a watertight Bussmann 10 Relay/Fuse box to wire all of his aux lighting. I really liked this approach and decided to base my build using the same gear. I also consulted with Wikid who has mastered more FJ mods than I can imagine on wiring up my rig. Skygear built the Bussmann box based on the wiring design I created in Visio and he created the wiring harnesses to match.

Since I had already implemented a dual battery design using the IBS Dual Battery System, I also decided to isolate all aux lighting and other components using a Blue Sea mini switch under the hood. That way if there was a problem with any auxiliary item, I could shut off all aux items with a single switch (red switch in background).


We also drilled through the roof and installed a Scanstrut DS Multi deck seal in order to pass the wiring from the rack into the interior of the vehicle without any water leakage.

Since I didn't want to do this again any time soon, I installed everything that I had been planning and required wiring on the rack including a ham radio antenna (Diamond NR-770HB), motorized antenna mount and a solar panel (Grape Solar GS-100W) with a Sunforce Solar Charge Controller .


I ran my CB radio cable behind the interior panels to get it out of the way.

While the interior was stripped down to the metal we noticed that some rubber plugs were missing on the bottom rear of the vehicle which is the likely source of the dust I accumulated back there. I will order those next week so that I don't get a truck full of dust on every outing.

My buddy Skygear aka Mike installed a prop switch (black tube around the hood strut) to turn on two LED dome lights mounted under the hood when you raise the hood up.


The last step was to wire all the OTRATTW dash switches to the harness. I still have a few switches to complete so I will only show what is done so far.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

That's some pretty amazing work there!

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