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Hello All, My name is Jon.

I was refered here by everyone who owns an Isuzu over on Expo. I bit of back story, I moved to NE PA about a year ago from South Texas, with me I brought my beloved 200 Toyota Taco SR5 Prerunner. Fast forward to 2 months ago and I was driving a bit spiritedly and managed to flip my Tacoma and total it. I have been searching for a replacement ever since. I was looking at 4runners, newer Montys, LCs, LRs, and even Tahoes as my next vehicle. I had settled on the 5.7 Commander but couldn't see 15k for a vehicle that will honestly see less dirt then I want over the next few years (college, again..)So I purchased a 1999 Trooper. It has 144k on the clock and according to the previous owner burns one quart every 650 miles. It was owned by a lady who used it to daily drive and take feed out to the animals on her farm. The interior is amazing for a 12 year old vehicle that was used on a farm. The tires are decent, all four match and have evenly worn tread. It has stock alloys but they have 6 total alloys all matching which is nice. Everything seems to work amazingly. Only thing it needs it front breaks and inspection. I managed to pick it up for 3,000. I am going to use this as a daily drive as well as an exploratory rig so modifications will be limited but effective. Mainly it will be used for mild trails and camping as well as daily duty!

Here is my current plans, (in order of completion)

Upgrade to LT265/75/16 GTradial Adventuros. I had these on my Tacoma and I was very surprised at the price and the quality, They have never let me down.

Upgrade suspension with OME 2" Lift. It will not be a radical rig, I just need it to be better then stock.

Add front Warn Manual hubs to help with CV joints.

Those are the most important things I feel need to get done first.
If anyone has any advice or any input it would be greatly appreciated. After reading about Expedition West's Trooper I feel it was the right purchase for me!

I know this forum will answer any and all questions I have. Thanks! :bigsmurf:
 

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Welcome. Sounds like you have some nice upgrades planned.
I just switched from an 05 Frontier to a 94 Amigo - because I felt bad beating up a $12k truck that was a 3rd vehicle in the house and used only for camping - random wheeling - and general childish behavior.
I was able to easily fit 265/75/16's on mine by just cranking the torsion bars and trimming the fender a bit - not sure on yours but there is a chart around here somewhere showing what will and won't fit stock.
Good luck man and post up some pics of her when you can.
 

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I have read that 265s will fit with no lift. Hopefully I get a chance to go out to Rausch Creek soon and get a bit of wheeling in the stock trooper so I can tell how much the lift and upgrades actually make a difference.
 

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Welcome to the zoo, Japes!
Sounds like you have a great Trooper!
The oil consumption sounds about right to me lol...
I have a 2000 trooper, and I'm running 265/75-16 BFG AT's and I've never had any problems with my stock susp
I was just at Rausch Creek a few weeks ago, it was awesome and she did amazing without any susp modifications! I'm sure the few mods you wanna do will only make the trooper that much better...
How far away from Rausch creek are you?
 

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I live right off 81 near Conyngham. So its a straight shot down 81 about 45 miles, I am originally from Texas so I dont have any connections in PA to go offroading with. I have been stuck in a 99 Escort since I flipped my Taco and I am itching to get out and explore!
 

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Ugh lucky!
I'm about 3 1/2 hours away from Rausch Creek (I live about 1/2 hour outside of NYC), so it's much more of a trek for me!

Glad you got a real truck! I don't know what I'd do if I was stuck in a sedan...

Look forward to your mods, now lets see some pics!
 

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Tomorrow Morning is the day she comes home! I have been all over Craigslist and The Paper Shop looking for some tires. I really would like to take her out before the snow comes.
 

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There she is, Sorry about the Cell Photo. Its raining and cold.

I just got some used 285/75/16 BFG ATKOs for 100$. All four are evenly worn and have about 6/32nds of tread. They will be mounted Monday.

In addition to the list of mechaical modifications I plan on making there are some cosmetics as well.

Tinted Windows
Hurculine the White Area and Bumpers (Still debating)
Touch up some paint issues that are bugging me
Fix the hole in the large back door (rust about the size of a dime)
Mount a stand for my Laptop
Find good seat covers ( any suggestions )
Clean and Paint all 6 alloys
Possibly build a storage deck in the rear ( haven't decided if I want to sleep in it or on the ground )

Once I start doing modifications I will be using a spread sheet to document cost, time, and required parts with part numbers. I want to do this build the right way.

Any one have info about a roof rack for a trooper? I am not sure I will need the extra space but I would like to have it available.
 

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Nice looking Trooper. I made a simple removable shelf that I use to sleep in my Trooper and it works great. I started with a 6'x4' piece of wood and the cut out the wheelwells and glued some cheap carpet on it. So easy not having to set anything up. I spent a lot of timing reading a storage solutions thread on expedition portal. Tons of ideas! Check it out:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... age-system
 

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Ryan208 said:
Nice looking Trooper. I made a simple removable shelf that I use to sleep in my Trooper and it works great. I started with a 6'x4' piece of wood and the cut out the wheelwells and glued some cheap carpet on it. So easy not having to set anything up. I spent a lot of timing reading a storage solutions thread on expedition portal. Tons of ideas! Check it out:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... age-system
There so much stuff on Expo I have been reading, its overwhelming the amount of info over there. Im slowly getting to all of it.
 
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