Installed the 1.25 body lift to alleviate the last bit of rubbing on the front wheel. Worked..sort of. Tires no longer rub the wheel wells but now they rub the plastic from the "mud guards" behind the front wheel. A dremel will fix this (I hope).
A lot of bolts, clips and screws to get the front bumper removed.
I was surprised at how much dirt/mud was behind the fender flares. Mud=rust so I now realize these will have to be removed and re installed (new tape each time, arg) on a regular basis each winter/spring.
Added the RC light bar at the same time. Pretty darned impressive how much light it throws. A worth while purchase for sure.
Sliders built and measured for size. Welded after these photos and currently on their way to a powder coater. Decided to use a bolt on approach so I can have them refinished in a few years. The drivers side is a bit of a pita due to the brake lines.
Next up...bumpers. The design is something I want to take my time with. I am thinking a pre runner style with the gaps filled with aluminum. A recessed slot for the light bar and a winch installed. The look is one factor and the other is ease of removal for maintenance on the winch, etc. Will likely add some decent skid plates at the same time as the factory plastic "skid plate" is a joke for offroading.
For the rear bumpers, will keep the same theme as the front, maybe have the tubes come around and protect the rear quarter panels. A full size spare is the near future and will become bed mounted. Down the road I will likely have the roof cut off and add an interior roll cage, at which point I will ditch the rear seats and mount the spare in its place. I have hopes of racing this truck in Baja (rally raid races) where a roll cage and 5 point harnesses are required). But thats a couple of years away. Anyways, where was I ? Oh ya the rear bumper. Going to relocated the hitch to have it hidden behind the license plate (more ground clearance). I will also modify the exhaust (again) and have it come straight out of the bumper (in a cut out hole). Rear tire removed and exhaust rerouted along with a an extra inch of height to the bumper should offer a decent departure angle. Dual exhaust pipes maybe?
Moving houses in 2 weeks so truck build going on hold until we are settled. Bumpers early in the new year is a conservative guess. From now until then I need to get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Hopefully get the shocks installed this week.
23 km on the odo