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Old August 8th, 2004, 04:16 PM
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best 4x4 mod?

Since most of the members of this board have modified D 90's.

If you started over with your truck what would be the first modification or add on you would do and why.
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Old August 8th, 2004, 04:40 PM
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'95 D90 Soft top
1st mod: Locking gas cap - circa 1995
Best mod: interior drop curtain - circa 1999 or 2000
Why? Because for the first time since new I was able to turn my heater down

'97 D90 Station Wagon
1st mod (by me) Interior drop curtain
best mod: tethered gas cap - because I lost so many damn gas caps while I had my ST.

Oh yeah, all the suspension stuff was nice too
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Old August 8th, 2004, 04:49 PM
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Little things that make huge differances you cant believe you did without...
EE Convex mirrors

More larger... Lift, at least 285 tires, winch, skid plating.
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Old August 8th, 2004, 07:16 PM
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It depends on what has already been done to your truck also..
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Old August 8th, 2004, 10:53 PM
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With a winch you will make friends fast and be able to get out of a tricky spot, you will also venture into spots you would not normally go without a winch.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 08:32 AM
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1st modification was OME spring swap followed by full under armor.

BEST and last modification was 1.5" seat risers that allow 3" more legroom.

Somewhere in between are EE convex mirrors, ARB with winch, waterproof seat covers, CB and satellite radio...

If I had to do it all over again? I'd buy a 1995 hardtop with full sleeper rack and ladders, lights, and all the other stuff I have on my rig now. Then I'd have to rebuild my barn to allow it to fit in the doorway.....
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Old August 9th, 2004, 09:16 AM
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What do you want to do?

If you want to wheel, tires, lockers, and suspension. Throw on some sliders, some HD steering links and a front diff gaurd and you can go most anywhere you would want. If you want to go out alone winch or make friends with someone who has one. I had a disco like this, it was nice but it sucked on road.

The lift was the first thing. It did not have much of a negative effect. My D90 has OME HDs including shocks and it firms it up, too much for my tastes but not enough to swap out until someone gives me some RRC rear springs for free.

Best mod I have done: removed door tops! (does not apply to you, but for summer I would buy a Soft top door bottom for cheap and put it on as it makes it so much more pleasant to drive without being cramped.

Seriously though, if you want to wheel, go wheeling, the D90 is good enough stock to get you most places you want to go.

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Old August 9th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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auto conversion and 1.5" diameter axle shafts top my list.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 09:27 AM
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Hey Ron, I think I can get you a set of rear RR springs (I still owe you for that steelie swap that never happened). Let me know if you want them and I'll get them to you (I'll probably meet up with one of the Phillyrovers guys and relay them over to you).

I'll check tonite to see if I have them. I know for sure I have a set of stock D1 springs (80k miles).

PS: sorry for hijacking this thread...
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Old August 9th, 2004, 10:06 AM
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Some forget the easiest and most cost effective. Extend all of your breathers (axles, trans, TC, etc) into a manifold and send it outside and up the roll cage. Cheap insurance.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 11:43 PM
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It's interesting to hear what is most important to different offroaders and there are good reasons for all of the opinions.

I am surprised that there are not more guys who would buy a winch first. If I always wheeled with a group and someone in the group had a winch it might be different. I have owned 4 wheel drive vehicles for about 30 years now but my D 90 is the first one that has had a winch.

I feel pretty sure that if I buy another offroad vehicle the first thing I will do to it is install a winch. I remeber someone telling me, "with 4 wheel drive you just get that much farther from the road before you get stuck". With a lift, big tires, GPS,more horses, if feel like I can go almost anyplace, but if I get stuck it's the winch (and recovery gear) that will get me going again.

And Mike is right, I have met a lot of people with my winch that I would not have otherwise.

Only my opinion though. Oh yeah, I forgot without a winch bumper you don't have a very good place to put a winch. The chicken or the egg thing I guess.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 12:05 AM
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The first thing that I would make sure of is that I have another friend with a rig to go wheeling with. When all the chips are down, the thing I am always most thankful for is someone else to laugh and suffer with.

After that, it would be skid protection--If I am going to be stuck enough to use a winch, I probably will have bashed to get in there--at least this way I won't have broken anything, I will just be stuck.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 12:53 AM
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Most necessary mod: tires. You should do a lift first. Unless you are going 'all the way', 1 1/2 to 2 inch lift and 33 inch mud terrains.

Coolest mod: Slid n Lock cargo tie downs.

Best home-made mod: jerry can roll cage holders

Favorite mod: Aftermarket rear view mirror with personal lights, compass and ext. thermometer.

Most satisfying mod: seat risers.

Most outrageous mod: 5.0 liter Griffith engine.

Most important in-progress mods: expanded radiator and fans to cool off the Griffith, analog temp guage to make sure its cooled off, Edelbrock air/fuel ratio meter to make sure it's valves don't burn up.


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Old August 10th, 2004, 07:28 AM
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Some forget the easiest and most cost effective. Extend all of your breathers (axles, trans, TC, etc) into a manifold and send it outside and up the roll cage. Cheap insurance.
Maybe not as cheap as extending breathers,but:if you don't have already swap the vinyl seats with cloth ones,at least in hot climate it's worth the job.

Luckily I'm gonna have 2,brand new,tomorrow...for free!
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Old August 10th, 2004, 09:19 AM
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on second thought tools so you can do all this to your D-90 yourself.
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Ok here what you do.

Go buy SG stage III suspension with 3-link.
Get 37" MTR's and 15" steel wheels.
Call Keith at Rover Tracks and tell him you want Salisbury rear and his "new secret" front axle.
Then call Matt at Rock Ware and tell him you want front and rear bumpers, along with rock sliders.
Now go buy a sawzall and trim the body a little, and start wheelin your rig.

You wanna do it once? you wanna do it right? do what I just said and never look back.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 01:59 PM
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Well said Yousef. You can trial and error all you want. Look for the "best" deals. Or you can suck it up and build it right.

Whatever "right" is..... that's defined by you.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 02:12 PM
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...don't forget the mud boots!
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Old August 10th, 2004, 05:20 PM
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1996 300 tdi
modified turbo and intercoler
arb diff locks fron/rear
diffgards/front/rear
stering gard
track rod gard
ome suspension lift
jackabel sills
warn front bumper
front bar and rear bar
mantec spear wheel carrier
mantec rised air intake
intemial rollcage
milemarker winch in font
superwinch in rear (not mounted yet. but its in the car)
35x10,50x15 simex ekstreem trekker
285x75x16 mud
235x85x16winter tyres whith studs
soft top/ hard top and truck cab

i do a lot of offroading including rallys in norway denmark sweden and russia
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Clearly the best mod you can make is bolt as much crap as you humanly can to the truck. The more expensive the stuff you bolt on the better, always buy genuine when possible! Start with the hood and make your way back. Shovels, awnings, pick axes, sand rails, lights, flash lights, racks, gas cans, water cans, cans of chili. Clearly a hood mounted spare is a MUST. The heaviest bumpers you can find (if you wrap a rope or winch cable around the bumper, that helps). Remember, the heavier the truck, the more traction! Once that has been done, don't do anything to the drivetrain! Clearly the factory "boys" know quite well what there doing, and it's silly to think you can improve on that!

Now, keep in mind that its not just what you do TO IT, but also what you do WITH IT. First, wait for it to rain and find a dirt driveway, nothing too tough. Drive down it and floor it as hard as you can and turn your tires back and forth, this will give you that dirty look that is so sought after. When parking at the mall, try to park next to a curb so you can put your tire up on the curb "for sho". That demonstrates the capablilty of your "custom ride".
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