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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Here comes the tedious part. It makes it all worth while, when you can flip the switches and they all work. I have separated my wire runs into 3 sections
First section will be the front harness
Chicken scratch, to map it all out.

I will actually created a laminated wiring diagram, so I can refer back. I relied on memory and (this is the way I also run wires, on my FJ) Each build I try to add another element, that makes life easier in the long run

I picked up some 8 conductor 12gauge cable for these runs, along with convoluted tubing, to protect the cable, so it will have to extra layers. This one worked out just right. I have a grounding bus for the engine compartment and the bed to make my grounds nice too .



Second drawing is the roof rack.
I may even split the circuits on the side lights. Since I have strobe abilities , this would also add some more flash, when I want to . Otherwise it will also give me the ability to pick and choose if I don't want as much light in the sides



The third section is for rock lights and under hood lights . No drawing for that one yet Smile

Here is the harness I am wiring in

The pins/wires are numbered, so I just need to know how to count Very Happy







The front harness is done on the Switch-Pro end. I still need to do a small wire run inside the truck, to get the switch harness and ignition trigger wire, to the correct place, but that means pulling rear seats, trim panels, fishing the harness through the headliner and the other through the center console. I will complete the rear harness and run both of these together
Switch Pros - Home




While I was still working in the rear, I decided to run the 1gauge, dual battery cable. I had it ran already, but decided to keep the dual battery controller in the back, so I needed to pull it back out and run both the cables to the rear. 25" more cable was needed of course Sad
Nationa Luna Intelligent Solenoid



I hooked it up to test everything out. It works !! . Its all set to finish up the fab work on the cargo area .




Tomorrow, I will wire in the second harness and work on mounting the roof lights

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Most of the major wiring is complete. The two large plugs to the right, are the Switch-Pro harnesses. . Each of these branch off to different sections . The front takes up an entire Switch-Pro and that harness is in the engine bay already. The looped red/black 12 is set aside for the compressor. I still need to run one more open circuit for the train horn.



The two harnesses you see looped in the battery box are
Roof rear lighting and light bar with 6 lights, (3) separate circuits. To make it simple, I used a 8 conductor 12 gauge , then just marked a plus and minus conductor for each circuit. I have four actual circuits for each cable pull. I actually have 2 extra circuits off the second Switch-Pro



All this will be mounted and tucked, inside or behind the actual box. The goal is for it to be neat, trouble free and easy to access for changes and trouble shooting . This represents 3 days of wiring.

Here's what took up the rest of my time last evening.
I fished the switch harnesses them self, through the access floor floor plug on the passenger side. after removing the seat and large pre-formed floor section. Then fished them up the B-pillar. Using a piece of cable I removed the upper console and fished the cable through the ceiling, above the air bags, to the console. It was painful, but now they are in the locations they will be mounted to.

I may carefully carve a hole in the stupid money clip area to flush mount, the switch panel . The space is literally open above it



I was going to mount this one inside the sun glass bay, but may consider flush mounting it to the face of the sun glass bay. I think having both switch plates up there in view would look good illuminated, it will be a great place to access controls of everything too . If you use the sun glass compartment, you still may be able to use it with the switches installed in the door . It may depend on how much pressure the switches take, to activate. They seems pretty easy to push, but i don't want the door opening , when I push a switch Neutral



This is the controller for the National Luna dual battery system . It may be pushed into the center console, so its out of sight , but accessible for me to monitor it, or combine batteries, the extra wires are the trigger wire and illumination wire for the Switch-Pro's

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I pulled up the rug, so you could see where the wires came into the cab. Passenger side, between the seat rails, to the access hole. The two harnesses you see are the Switch -Pro, Switch cables


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Where are your LED interior map lights slacker?? Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

I haven't even investigated that yet. I'm sure some of you are already running them Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Here are a few pictures of the next task .
Who needs a paper clip overhead when you can have 8 switches ? Wink



After the door was popped off and parts went flying, I realized I had never taken one off before. I hope to find said parts before I re install the door . Just the stuff you deal with when you haven't taken something off before

I will be frenching in the other switch panel in the door. The actual sun glass case should still work, if I have it figured right.



I need to find something clean to trim it out with then clean the plastic surfaces, score them and glue the tabs inside with 2 part epoxy. I don't want to have any screws coming through the other side. Hopefully it looks almost factory when its backlit.
As I thought , the switch panel is so thin, the sun glass holder, still fully functional



Joe, from GMG Fabrication test fitting the control box. He has been a trooper and done a great job, creating something from nothing



I just took a shot with both boxes and the air tank in place (kind of)



Most of the electronics were put in their proper place. Now its all removed, from the truck , so I can make the mount for the compressor, mount the tank and paint it all . Then it gets installed . I hope to have this phase of the project complete, by this weekend.

The Bedslide arrived today, so that will go in, right after this is all put together


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Since next week is suspension install week, I wanted to be sure most of the weight was in the truck. Better to set up the suspension to more like actual weight.

It's been a little hectic, trying to get this stuff done, but here it goes
The Bedslide was delivered, Wednesday, which took up a large portion of my work area, so that had to get put in , first thing this morning.
It's not bolted down yet, but it's not like it's going to move


Work area cleared out and the next project is the winch
Like everything else, its not just a "drop it in and fire it up", scenario.
Pulled the bumper.

I was worried about the clearance, to the inner cooler pump, but it cleared by 3/4 of an inch. I had to divorce the solenoid, because that absolutely would not fit in the space. Then, I needed to clock the drive gear, so the engaqe handle, would be up top. Since the winch actually mounts to the inner face of the bumper. Re installed the bumper and here is the result



I think cover plates would make this install clean, so I will fab some up at some point.




I will need to run new winch cables, to the engine bay, where the solenoid will be mounted.

Next up is the lighting.
Had a friend help me pull the roof rack and turn it upside down, on a set of horses . The way this rack is set up, has made my wiring life so much easier
Mounting the lights, were a breeze , since I used the same mounting system, the rest of the rack is designed with
Here are a few step by step, tasks done

These slots have a place, where you can insert bolts, that can slide and be captured to mount stuff


I had to change the mounting hardware and expand the bracket hole. Another trip to the hardware store, of course. I told them I would buy them out, one bag of bolts, at a time Smile



Old bolt in back. I also used a nylon spacer/washer, so I could swivel the lights. Nylocks, will just keep them in place



Presto. one light done in just a few minutes, with the really cool mounting system



(3) of these per side should light up the camp area. They are 2150 lumens each and all of them are in flood pattern


All six lights are installed. Tomorrow, will be "roof rack pre wire", day. Hidden wiring and Delphi connectors, will be all set.

The rear light that hasn't arrived yet, is the 20" S8 amber light, still in development. it will have a backlit feature, plus a combo pattern. When you are on a real dusty trail, the trucks behind you, love that they have a guiding light Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

I was able to almost complete the roof rack pre wire.
3 runs of 2 conductor 18 gauge, for each light and brought to a central location, to meet the harness, inside the cap. I ran out of 2 conductor Delphi connectors, so I have 2 yet to crimp on. The roof rack is perfect for hiding wires and making everything look neat and tidy
Everything is sheath and heat wrapped. .

One extra wire run of 12/2 was ran from the central location to the rear of the rack, for the 20 inch bar.







I made these brackets to keep the harness from drooping. Again using the fastening system built right into the rack



And the connectors.
When this is flipped over, all you should see is a small length of pigtail and possibly the connector. That's it !!



Next up, was all about getting the frame done, to the point where it can be painted and installed.
All the shiny metal is what I added.


Presto.. it all fits !!


Cleaned up the compressor and just situated everything for install


First box


Second box with most of the stuff installed




The air tank is just sitting on top. I think I'll clean it and repainted it, before install


The only thing left will be the trim piece I put where all the wiring runs are . Probably easily removable, for access


This was the idea I had to make a tire mount, but it will also sit flat, so I just don't know yet


I put the frig in and pulled the Bedslide out to the first stop point. You can actually pull it out 1/3rd more, but it still needs to be bolted down yet. Accessing the frig and things in the bed, will be so much easier . None of the electronics interfere with the slide, so it worked out, just how it was designed

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Looks Good! Have you looked into having a custom rear swingout made for the spare tire?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Thanks
I haven't looked into that yet, but I have thought about it though

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Awesome!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Here is the series of events, when I dropped off the truck

Dropped off the truck. Within 2 hours, they had the rear done.


Then comes the phone call with a potentially big problem
The backspace for the Rock Warrior Wheels, worked well to stuff 35's under the truck stock, but with the new suspension, the bypasses would be in the way, at full lock. They are better than 6.5 inches backspace, even with the wheel spacers, they are still too deep Luckily I had a contact for Method Wheels and made the call. They will be sending 5 new wheels the (Meshed Machined) 17/4.75/9 , to TC, in the morning. They may have someone that can mount them , if not I will be picking them up for mounting. The plan is to go out to the desert, by the King Of the Hammers, to do a little filming and romping on Saturday afternoon.


I decided on the machined "standards instead of "Mesh" wheels. I like the clean look



Ok guys
I got it back
Here are a few sneak peeks at what's going on
It was way dark, but I tried to get it under some light





Here's a little shot of the shiny stuff , with a little something extra. One of the reasons, it took longer than expected to do this install was because of the R&D , to get it made for production




I think I'm liking the look of these wheels. They also have the correct width for the fender flares



After the suspension install I could immediately tell the difference, on the road. Only problem was, i was carrying all the stock parts, that weighed the truck down in the back. that night, I took the hotel cart and unloaded all the parts , into my room Smile Saturday morning we followed Nicole from Total Chaos out to Indio and a few other places, to take a few shots.







We found a little trail with a few whoopydoos. It was about 1/2 mile or so... just enough for me to stretch everything out. Here's what my fender flare looks like, after getting just a bit of air. I can obviously set the bypass more firm, but it sure landed nice.






Next was "King of the Hammers", area. We actually went across the desert, to a sand dunes, where we took some video. There was also a GoPro in fender well. None of that footage, will be available, until it's all worked out and edited. Nicole took most of the photo's and will get me some of them as she gets them processed. The wife just got a few shots that you see here . All in all the suspension works well. The boxed lowers were what held up the installed, since they were still in development. Truck was way dirty, when we got back to the hotel. I was out early, looking for a car wash.
Early am shots

I think I may need to raise the back a bit . It seems like it could use a little lift.
What do you guys think?




After one day with the new stuff, I realize what my truck is really like. I drove back from California. The truck practically drove itself.
I didn't feel beat up like driving that long previously. It was like driving with pillows under the truck. It just ate up all the normal jarring you get from the lovely roads. I barely had to touch the wheel. It just stayed in the lane, no matter what the heck was going on. There definitely IS a big difference, getting good stuff.

I just went out and cranked it all the way down om the bypasses. I want to see how much more it softens it. I have 4 large speed bumps, on the road I take home. I have been avoiding that road, because I practically have to almost stop , not to get thrown around. Not anymore. I just took them at the 20mph posted speed and barely felt them

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Looks Good Don. These wheels give it a better looking stance. Doesn't look like a railroad work truck any more.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

FNJMAN wrote:
Looks Good Don. These wheels give it a better looking stance. Doesn't look like a railroad work truck any more.

Thanks I didn't know it looked like that before Laughing

One Switch-Pro panel is officially alive.

I have been working on rack pre wire . Also running all the cables through the roof.
All roof lights are now pre wired . When they come on, it will be mount and plug in
The (6) S2's are actually working. Those are actually the only roof lights I have currently.
I used a single junction box on the roof to run 2 cable in 2 cables out. The rack is actually lower than it was.
It was very exciting, knowing that the lights actually work, after all the intense figuring and wiring Very Happy








Before the suspension , I opened up the body mount, to make sure I had clearance. Today, I went ahead and closed it up. Wheels/tires clear just fine .

On another note, the welder I have been using for quite some time now is actually a carry over from a welder bellydoc, gave to me some years ago. It was a Lincoln 140. I actually found one with more power Lincoln 180 and asked Jon if I could sell that one, to fund my new one. He gave me the blessing, so indirectly, This welder was a AZFJ non members generosity. Kinda like the gift that keeps giving. Thank you Jon for continuing to help work on my projects !! Wink

I have a hard time understanding, why plates are sold to fill the gap, when its really pretty easy to cut them with an angle grinder, then form them to the body mount. It seems you need to use a grinder, one way or the other. Different strokes for different folks

Before, drivers side


After


Passenger before


After


It however was a one step forward, 2 steps back sort of day.
I was negotiating getting back out of the garage, because it was tight and at an angle I just completely came to close to the passenger side. Not thinking, I caught the side mirror on the garage opening and broke it. I stopped but it was too late . Since it has all the bells and whistles, I was quoted $618 bucks, to replace it. OUCH That is suppose to be a good guy price. If you all know of a wrecked 15 with blind spot monitors etc, that has a good passenger side mirror, let me know Sad

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Wikids Tundra Build "Arctica" Reply with quote

Bummer on the mirror, but man is she sexy

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