My 1989 Amigo 2WD

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby itsmehb » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:16 am

I know on my 89 (no air), it does not have the required A/C switch on the dash control panel. The wiring may be there though as I haven't checked that far yet. You know, the one that lights blue when the air is on.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:44 pm

I THINK all the wiring is present. And the previous owner gave me a AC faceplate that includes the button to engage the AC so hopefully I'm good on that front. Not sure when I'll actually start on this project. I think I'm going to replace my radiator soon, so I'll probably wait until then to do it all when I have maximum access.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:28 pm

Hey all,

Just dropping by with some pics of a recent off-roading adventure I took in the Angeles National Forest. My rig is 2WD but my 33" A/Ts handled a couple dicey spots very well. She'll never be a rock crawler but its nice to know I can still get out there and off the beaten path. For anyone in the LA area, check out the drive from Big Tujunga Canyon Rd to Mount Pacifico campground. The final stretch is a 5 mi bumpy dirt road that winds its way up to an elevation of 7,000 ft. Great views and not too long a drive.

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby szac » Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:50 pm

Looking great! My other truck is 2wd and I've considered adding a 2 speed transfer case from a 4wd just to get low range (and skipping the front drive train). In my Trooper I rarely bothered to jump out and lock the hubs so spent most of my time in the backcountry in 2wd Low range and the truck was capable as hell.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Enemigo » Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:54 pm

That truck is so photogenic!
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:06 pm

szac wrote:Looking great! My other truck is 2wd and I've considered adding a 2 speed transfer case from a 4wd just to get low range (and skipping the front drive train). In my Trooper I rarely bothered to jump out and lock the hubs so spent most of my time in the backcountry in 2wd Low range and the truck was capable as hell.


Thanks! I don’t know what that swap would entail but it sounds like a good plan! I was in 1st and 2nd basically the whole time and only got slightly stuck once in a little patch of sandy gravel. But I was able to get out without too much hassle.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:07 pm

Enemigo wrote:That truck is so photogenic!


Can’t say I disagree! The yellow really pops against the dust greens and browns of our LA wilderness!
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Enemigo » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:28 pm

I also used 2-lo all the time with my Amigo. Makes towing a loaded trailer up a tight, steep, switch back much easier.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby gruff54 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:14 pm

Tyler,
Do you have an open diff or the G80 LSD? If an open diff, swap in a G80.

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:19 pm

gruff54 wrote:Tyler,
Do you have an open diff or the G80 LSD? If an open diff, swap in a G80.

Mike


Hey Mike! Pretty sure I have just whatever stock differential it rolled off the lot with. I read a ~little~ about the G80 swap but it was a bit over my head. What sort of hassle is it? Both cost and time wise?
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby gruff54 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:34 pm

Most '92 -'97 Troopers came with a G80 rear. Simplified version: rotate or remove rear brake calipers to clear brake discs, remove the 4 outer axle bearing keeper bolts, slide each axle out a couple inches, unbolt driveshaft from rear diff, remove diff center section (careful! it's heavy) Been a few years since I pulled one, but I think this is close. Also, my part terminology may not be 100% correct. Feel free to correct me folks!

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:38 pm

Thanks Mike!

And from what I understand... G80 LSD is better than open diff, but a locker would be better than the LSD. Is that right? But the downside of the locker's is that they aren't super durable and the LSD will be better for regular around-town driving?
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Enemigo » Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:00 pm

Most any locker should be plenty durable, the vehicle just loses street manners if you drive around locked. A permanent locker is easier to deal with in the rear than the front, but an LSD will be cheap and useful for you.
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