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glideraz
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

I cant hear a difference.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Nice upgrade Ken. Sound deadening is the number one thing you can do, to improve sound quality, in the FJ. Especially in the doors . Even the stock stereo system sounds much better, after the treatment, but adding speakers and amp will definitely benefit from sound deadening.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Wikid wrote:
Nice upgrade Ken. Sound deadening is the number one thing you can do, to improve sound quality, in the FJ. Especially in the doors . Even the stock stereo system sounds much better, after the treatment, but adding speakers and amp will definitely benefit from sound deadening.


Thanks Don! Its on my list of things to be done. I'm just waiting for the garage to cool down (I don't have a giant evaporative cooler like you do, LOL). It is still like a sweat lodge in there right now.


glideraz wrote:
I cant hear a difference.
Well I have been waiting for a windshield crack to get you down here but so far I have only experienced daily bug suicides and one bee swarm mass suicide. Given all the highway miles I have put on lately, I am way overdue. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Ha bug suicide now thats good stuff right there......lol

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

I did sound deadener / heat shield in my jeep while I had the carpets out to dry. It's probably one of the nicest 'comfort' mods I've done.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Velociraptor wrote:
OK do you notice anything different?

Upgrade Complete


A pair Squadron XL80's with combo lenses on the outer positions


A pair of Squadron XL Racers with clear spot lens on the center positions


Time for a night run!


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Since the form factor and housing are the same, the Squadron XL series can be upgraded to newer electronics.

I got a chance to try the new XL80's in Ouray, CO earlier this summer (when they were still prototypes) for a night run up to Imogene Pass. They are 2x more powerful than the standard XL Pro's and they are incredibly bright. Increased visibility is the main benefit. 😎

The new XL Racers use a more efficient reflector housing and a newer LED to create a very long throw distance for spots. They were designed for offroad racing and you can't really out run these lights in your FJ. There is a safety benefit for non-racers which is the ability to see potential obstacles or wildlife in your path at greater distances giving you more reaction time.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

The racers are stupid long and the XL80's are just POW!!. Nice upgrade Ken, You will be splitting atoms, with that set up

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

New project in the works. Thanks to Phillip (@Pfunk) for his modified version of Dennx rear cargo design!

Preserve AC inverter access


Add 12V DC outlet


Need a place to put recovery gear


Need a place for a fridge


More on this later...


On another note...since I passed my amateur radio exam, time for a radio.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Velociraptor wrote:
New project in the works. Thanks to Phillip (@Pfunk) for his modified version of Dennx rear cargo design!

Preserve AC inverter access


Add 12V DC outlet


Need a place to put recovery gear


Need a place for a fridge


More on this later...


On another note...since I passed my amateur radio exam, time for a radio.

Sweet... Looking forward to your finished storage unit...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Wikid wrote:
Nice upgrade Ken. Sound deadening is the number one thing you can do, to improve sound quality, in the FJ. Especially in the doors . Even the stock stereo system sounds much better, after the treatment, but adding speakers and amp will definitely benefit from sound deadening.

For sound deadener, is there a best place/best brand to look at when buying?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Recent photos:

My new Hi-Lift mount (thanks to Luke from Fourtreks) on my rack...




This photo shows what my rig looks like with 35's. After trying them out for a day, a more aggressive BMC would be required as well as a re-gear.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Ha Ha Ha that guy in the 1st picture is a 'Problem Monitor'. He doesn't actually fix the problem, he just lets you know there is one.

"There's a problem."

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Why risk crumpling the perfect crease in your pants over a rig that's obviously already totaled?

It's not just the body mount BTW. Yes, you may have some contact there, but you're also likely to contact the roof of the wheel well in front, during full jounce, and on the inside wall of the rear wheel in full twist.

The definitive solution is generous wheel well clearancing all the way around. Ideally, you commit to the tire choice, remove the springs, cycle the suspension and steering, saw away everything that touches, and then weld up what's left.

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glideraz wrote:
if I where you I would just get some jb weld
Is jb weld really as strong as if I just welded them on with my welder?

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Could be stronger it all depends on how you weld
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

IMHO, the costs outweigh the benefits of 35" tires.
33"s work perfectly fine but if you decide you want to do it, you should do it right and upgrade all the downstream things, like Gears, long travel, fender wells, etc.

Not worth it to me for the capabilities you might gain.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:07 am    Post subject: Re: Velociraptor Build Reply with quote

Jimbolio wrote:
IMHO, the costs outweigh the benefits of 35" tires.
33"s work perfectly fine but if you decide you want to do it, you should do it right and upgrade all the downstream things, like Gears, long travel, fender wells, etc.

Not worth it to me for the capabilities you might gain.

@Jimbolio, I agree which is why I am not running them now.

@BellyDoc, ...the perfect crease in the pants LOL! They used a model for this photo and I thought the same thing when he was standing on my sliders. Very Happy

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