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New here with 89 trooper

Postby Dannyx24 » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:28 am

So my trooper has a cool story. My grandfather was the original owner. He put a little over 172k miles on it and kept it all stock so its in great shape! Grandpa even kept a hand written log of ALL the service done to it the entire time he owned it!!. I learned to drive in it when I was like 10 years old in the New Mexico desert! It sat for 2 years at his house in NM until late last year. I asked about it and he said I could have it. I towed it home to California and got it running. Its a 1989, 2.6 auto trans. Had to clean the gas tank, new hoses, vacuum lines, o2 sensor, etc and it runs good. Put some 1.5 inch lift shackles, t-bar crank and ball joint spacers with new upper and lower ball joints, rancho shocks, and some 31s. Planning on using it as the camping rig since I'm building a rock crawler for gnarly trail use.
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby itsmehb » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:26 am

Welcome here, great story and a nice looking Trooper. I also have an 89. First thing I would suggest would be to look over the records to see if the valves have been adjusted. That would be one of the first things I would do. And while you have the valve cover off check the torque on the head bolts. Don't loosen them, just set the torque wrench to around 72 foot lbs and pull till it clicks, starting in the middle and working toward the ends. Also these engines are known to have head gasket issues so pay attention to the engine temp. they don't react well to being over heated.
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby RickP » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:42 am

Welcome, sharp looking Trooper and what he said^.
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Dannyx24 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:58 pm

Finally passed smog and got it registered. Hopefully will take it on its first camping trip soon!
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Duntov » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:44 pm

Awesome! I just got my 172K 2.6L thru emissions. They said "it's basically running with no emissions", which doesn't mean anything to me except it must be running good! I agree with the other posts, it's still an old rig, time to check out all the hoses, belts, valve adjustments, bleed brake fluid, antifreeze, etc. etc. Treat it well and these things should go a long time!
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Skeletor » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:31 pm

very nice...your ride looks to be in great shape.....sweet.....
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Dannyx24 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:35 am

Took the trooper out in the dirt for the first time since I got it running. Handled everything like a champ. Needs a deep cleaning now to get all the mud off!
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Ed Mc. » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:11 am

Looks Great! Wish we had your beautiful weather up here in the PNW! Last time I drove my Trooper was in the snow.

But hey, we're still far warmer than 2 deg F, as in Texas!! :mrgreen:
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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby giusedtobe » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:21 pm

Nice rig. I'm curious if you can expound a bit on your lift. What parts you used, where you sourced them, cost etc.

Also curious about the wheels. Where they on there when you got it or did you source them. Kind of exactly what I am looking for.

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Re: New here with 89 trooper

Postby Dannyx24 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:18 am

giusedtobe wrote:Nice rig. I'm curious if you can expound a bit on your lift. What parts you used, where you sourced them, cost etc.

Also curious about the wheels. Where they on there when you got it or did you source them. Kind of exactly what I am looking for.

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I used ball joint spacers and did the ball joint flip. I also did heavy duty steering and rancho shocks. The torsion bars were cranked for lift. The rear has lift shackles. Parts sourced from independent4x.com. i also did new axles and CVs. I had a local shop do the work as my driveway barely fits my vehicles and my Hoa would have a fit if i did the work at home. the wheels are from procomp. The vehicle was all stock when I picked it up.
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