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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:52 pm

I got my flakes put on today, and now the evil Toyota wheels can go bye bye.
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby shaggydoink » Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:45 pm

Those look great Lou! I've been happy with the painted steel wheels on my Trooper, but have a feeling I'll end up with a set of snowflakes at some point because of how cool they are. Enjoy!!

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:18 pm

I scored a set of second gen seats off craigslist this weekend and got them switched out. Its nice to be able to be comfortable for more than 30 mins at a time in it now.
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby gruff54 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:54 am

Looks nice!! Second Gen Trooper, right? Is that a Gen II console?

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby itsmehb » Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:06 am

They do look nice. Did they bolt right in?
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:40 am

gruff54, yes second gen trooper, i believe the guy i bought them from said they came out of a 96 Trooper. The console is out of a Ford Aerostar mini-van.

itsmehb, the front two holes worked on the first gen tracks but i had to drill two holes in seat frame for back holes. Other than that, no other mods.


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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby Bizmarkie » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:50 pm

Very nice.
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby shaggydoink » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Those look fantastic! :thumbup:

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby cwmoser » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:27 pm

I like projects like this where you take parts from various cars and build your own.
Shows creativity. I'm not an original purist - I like to see things made better.

Good looking truck Lou. Makes me regret selling my 1989 Trooper LS.
Traded it for a minivan of all things :-(

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby wmorrisiii » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:13 pm

The seats look fantastic, and comfortable. The console out of the Aerostar has cup holders! That is exciting. What did you have to do to fit it. ECM fit underneath okay?
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:53 am

The ECM fits fine underneath. As far as mods to the console, you have to remove the brackets that would normally attach it to the aerostar floor. Then to mount it, you must drill holes that line up with the tabs that held in the original Trooper console. I got lazy and only did the front two tabs and just used 3 inch deck screws to secure it to those tabs. As far as the cup holders go, if you are happy with just two cup holders than you can get the console from most aerostars. But, if you would perfer to have 4 like I have, then you need to search for an aerostar that had a floor shifter instead of a column shifter, a little more rare, but then you get the 4 cup holder console. Also, in the front there is a sliding door that covers the cassette storage and coin sorter. The insert for the cassettes will have to be shortened so it will clear the wiring harness on the hump. You could also just throw it away, but the way I modified mine, it makes a good place to store little odds and ends or even my mobile phone.


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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby gruff54 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:14 am

I'm gonna keep my eyes open for a console. Makes a nice mod.

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby mckenziedg » Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:50 am

you need to put up a pic of your recently installed Aisins!
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:05 am

I will, just haven't had daylight to get a good pic of them. Dark when I get to work, dark when I leave, lol.


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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:51 am

Finally had a chance to get pics of the new cv boots and the manual hubs McKenzie helped me put on this past weekend.
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby shaggydoink » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:27 am

superman27344 wrote:Finally had a chance to get pics of the new cv boots and the manual hubs McKenzie helped me put on this past weekend.


Nice!! The boots look way to clean though, I think some trail time is in order. ;)

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:37 am

shaggydoink wrote:
Nice!! The boots look way to clean though, I think some trail time is in order. ;)

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I can't do it Shaggy, mine is a pavement pounder, but I got K5 that is plenty dirty :)
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby shaggydoink » Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:42 am

superman27344 wrote:I can't do it Shaggy, mine is a pavement pounder, but I got K5 that is plenty dirty :)


LOL!!! Hey man, Isuzu, Jeep, Chevy, Ford, Toyota, Rover... I have no bias when it comes to who I spend time on the trails with (assuming they're not a d-bag! LOL!), I'd be happy to pair up with you and your K5 at some point if you're interested. :thumbup:

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:32 pm

Well I appreciate it and I may have to take you up on that. My k5 needs a fresh coat of dirt and mud on it to cover the bad paint spots anyway, lol.


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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:06 pm

So yesterday I put this new to me grille on. It came from an 89 RS so maybe it will at cool points to the Armadillo, lol. While I had the grille off, I put and extra horn on too. Apparently since mine is an "S", it only came with one horn, but still had the plug for the additional one, so problem solved now, 8) .
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby 91Troop » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:46 pm

She looks great, it was nice meeting you!

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:50 pm

Thank you, and its always cool meeting more Isuzu owners, past or present, in the state.


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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby shaggydoink » Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:56 pm

superman27344 wrote:So yesterday I put this new to me grille on. It came from an 89 RS so maybe it will at cool points to the Armadillo, lol. While I had the grille off, I put and extra horn on too. Apparently since mine is an "S", it only came with one horn, but still had the plug for the additional one, so problem solved now, 8) .


Looks fantastic Lou! And boy, I need to hunt around for an extra horn plug, I didn't even know you could have more than one!!

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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby superman27344 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:17 am

I changed the leaf spring bushings today. The ones on the back at the shackles were a breeze. The ones at the front of the springs, the ones that are fixed, were a bear. Apparently to replace the front ones you have to remove the metal outer shell from the rubber bushing so that the new poly bushings will fit into the spring eye. I would have given my left nut for an air hammer to ease the job, but all I had was pry tools, hammers, and my sawzall. I ran out of day light but if the weather is nice tomorrow I will take pictures of the pretty red poly bushings, lol.

*Update, I tried to get a picture of the bushings in place, but they never would come out worth squat.
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Re: 89 Trooper The Armadillo

Postby gruff54 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:38 am

superman27344 wrote:While I had the grille off, I put and extra horn on too. Apparently since mine is an "S", it only came with one horn, but still had the plug for the additional one, so problem solved now, 8) .


Thanks for the motivation! Finally got around to changing out my R/S headlight and swapped in some LS horns I had. Big difference. Still like the MBZ horn on my '88 Trooper better, but it's a definite improvement. Shaggy, if you're looking for a second horn, make note of the tone. They'll have an "H" or "L" on the back. You'll need one of each. At least that's the way the LS comes.

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