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Old November 28th, 2011, 11:18 PM
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Carl - I am running a single battery...on a 4 position blue sea 350A battery switch. I set it up so that I could isolate the winch power (switch 2) and only run that wire hot when I need it. Everything else is run off switch 1...and this is where I keep it most of the time.

John - While I don't intend to inflict sever damage during wheeling, I did intend to wheel it nonetheless. I'll let you know when I plan to come back up...it would be great to learn the area as well as test the truck's capabilities...and maybe grab a beer too.

Thank you for all the compliments. It's been a blast to build it with Randy.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 08:54 AM
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A beer sounds good. You certainly can opt out of the trails or take bypasses around the ones that are likely to cause real carnage but seeing that beautiful paint job get brushed with tree branches would be a painful thing to witness. The trails tend to be narrow and that kind of scratching is inevitable.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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Wow! Truck looks amazing. My vote for the most dialed/best NAS build on the board. Really clean and doesn't look like any detail was left undone.

I know you have a bunch of stuff to take care of up north but if you have a chance I have a couple o' questions on the KM2s:

- Did they beat you up on the ride up to ME or were they pretty smooth on the highway?
- Any rubbing?
- Any idea what their height is mounted on the truck?

I'm running 285 SSR's which I love but always looking for something better and a little taller. The SSR's are 33" mounted on truck at 30 PSI and I would love to get something right around 34" and lighter/smoother when at higher speeds. I've read the KM2's are really good off road and might be just as good as the SSR's.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 06:31 PM
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So, this rig had a t-case meltdown on the way back to NJ and just spent a couple of days at my shop. I can say that this is one of the sweetest rigs I have ever had my hands on (couldn't do any better myself) and it was indeed a pleasure to work on something so clean and well built. Made my job all the easier.....hardly even got my hands dirty, in fact I think my hands get dirtier just getting in my junk!.
I just looked at the photos of this build and Chris will probably have a stroke that his rig was even parked in the disaster area that my place has turned into lately........LOL
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

"Dedicated to the resurrection of junk through engineering?"
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Thanks Matt!

I am not kidding when I say that this T-Case is the one part on the vehicle that we did not restore. Go figure...

So, a few lessons learned:
1. Rebuilding a Defender is never a project that can be completed. Such as life, it's not the destination, it's the journey.

2. Matt, take no offense...even though you are one of the best and have bailed me out big time...it will never feel right having another man's dirty hands touching my baby! You could be the Rover God himself...and I would still feel the same way about this lesson.

3. This D-90 Source community is one of the best support systems...not only for diagnosing issues, learning about new products and helpful tips, but also a network of trusted friends you can rely on in a moments notice. Thanks Jimmy Salmon!

4. Last but not least, my wife and I have gotten closer in our marriage...as she didn't wince at the thought of another road trip in the D-90. Good thing too...she just might have missed out on many great trips!

I am currently on my way to reunite with my Baby.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 10:44 AM
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2. Matt, take no offense...even though you are one of the best and have bailed me out big time...it will never feel right having another man's dirty hands touching my baby! You could be the Rover God himself...and I would still feel the same way about this lesson.

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I did wear gloves........and am now saying a few "Hail Marys" and a couple "Our fathers"
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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I did wear gloves........and am now saying a few "Hail Marys" and a couple "Our fathers"
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 10:06 PM
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The D90 went into Matt's shop like a lady and came out like a bitch with a serious attitude!

Ton's more torque for zip around town and for passing people on highway hill climbs...while in 5th gear! I can honestly say, thank God for the 1.2 T-case meltdown as I might never have otherwise converted to the 1.4.

Massive performance improvement.

The only drawback...running at higher RPMs. Approx. 3,400 vs. 3,000 at 70mph.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 01:08 AM
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Chris, any plans to bring the 90 up to Lake George this summer? Would like to see the finished product (we met last year when I dropped the springs to Randy's place and the trucks were a work in progress).
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Old December 4th, 2011, 06:46 PM
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I am in need of an engine I am looking for some help with this.
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[QUOTE=Chris Vitale;314171]The D90 went into Matt's shop like a lady and came out like a bitch with a serious attitude!/QUOTE]

Thats what happens when she gets parked next to shopgirls Series rig for a couple of days. Went right to her head.......
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:21 PM
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The D90 went into Matt's shop like a lady and came out like a bitch with a serious attitude!

Ton's more torque for zip around town and for passing people on highway hill climbs...while in 5th gear! I can honestly say, thank God for the 1.2 T-case meltdown as I might never have otherwise converted to the 1.4.

Massive performance improvement.

The only drawback...running at higher RPMs. Approx. 3,400 vs. 3,000 at 70mph.
I haven't read through this whole thread, but I have a 1.4 on my r380 with a 2.8, and I'm at 2800 at 70mph with 255/75/16's. I'm not understanding how you are at 3400k. I'm thinking I might want to go to a 1.2, as my 2.8 has power to push it.
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Old December 28th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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Mark - I am running 3.9 gears in my diffs..not sure what ratio is in your diffs, but that could be the difference?...

On a similar note, an overdrive is now on order. I know it seems counter intuitive...but I like the option to use it, if desired.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Finally got around to completing a few planned enhancements:
1. Roverdrive - installed
2. Sub-box - built and installed (The design should look familiar Carey!)
3. M416 Trailer - Rhino lined


The Roverdrive was well worth the investment...I no longer have the ringing sensation in my ears, following a long trip on the highway.


Future enhancements:
1. Due to popular demand...proper trailer wire harness plug.
2. Exhaust/Engine heat shield
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Old August 12th, 2012, 09:19 PM
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Nice!! Carey built my sub box - it looks and performs wonderfully. Which sub did you go with?
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Old August 12th, 2012, 10:09 PM
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It's a pioneer 8" shallow-mount (TS-SW841D). I built the box close to a year ago but never got around to rhino lining it until this past week, when I had the trailer done. Yes, I like a lot of the custom stuff that Carey does.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 08:26 AM
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Thanks Chris and Josh. I was fortunate enough to see this truck in action a few days ago. Very well built and it performed quite well off road. Next time I'll take you to the " hard " stuff,...
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 01:32 PM
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Well, I found myself BSing on here more than I am used to and figured that it was a good sign that I needed a new project.

Hence, my M416 trailer rebuild has begun.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 03:43 PM
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All apart now and ready for sand blasting.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 08:31 AM
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All parts have been sandblasted.


Tub and a few parts will get VeriPrime paint today.

All of the other parts will get galvanized next week.
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