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Post by El_Freddo » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:52 pm

Trip plan sorted. Will be headed to the tip of vic then down the border track before join up with a bookface subi trip for the mid section of the border track.

I've been rebuilding the rear cargo area to incorporate a fridge slide and a kitchen drawer. If you're ever ordering something through Bunnings special orders I'd advise asking how long until the item arrive in store. I'm going on three weeks now and the item I'm chasing is holding up the build now :(

I've also sourced a set of prado front struts so I'm hoping to see how they go in the rear with the Honda springs - then possibly look in to a more suitable spring if needed.

On the wish list is an alloy bash plate too - but I reckon I'll be out of time to get that sorted :(

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Post by AndrewT » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:37 pm

Very interested to see how you go with the rear struts. I desperately need to sort out something decent in the back end for my rig. I need to catch up on this thread!

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Post by El_Freddo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:35 pm

AndrewT wrote:Very interested to see how you go with the rear struts. I desperately need to sort out something decent in the back end for my rig. I need to catch up on this thread!
On the topic of your rig, how much room do you have between the spring and the inner edge of the rear wheel with those Audi rims with the KL71s?

Asking as that's my next upgrade ;)

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Post by AndrewT » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:02 pm

Plenty, it's never scrubbed on the spring and that's thanks to the pepperpots with their offset. Bear in mind I do have Crossbred hubs but I think the offset of those is supposed to be factory anyway.

***Edit: hey look at that - we can say crossbred again!

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Post by El_Freddo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:01 am

Awesome!

I've got a set of dfoyl's 5 stud rear hubs to get the hardest part of the five stud conversion out of the way.

After this trip I'll have to get stuck into the brake swap, I've pretty much got all the bits except the hand brake floor panel. I also need to get the control arm ball joint mount reamed out.

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Post by AndrewT » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:57 pm

I slipped under and grabbed a photo for you:

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Post by El_Freddo » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:56 pm

Thanks AndyT! Got some good clearance there.

Interestingly, your kings (raised?) have 9 coils, the honda springs have 11... Kings don't make raised springs for the L anymore :???: Oddly, they don't make lifted springs for the hondas either...

Last night I was burning the midnight oil on the camp cargo setup. More to come on this later. I'll let you in on that it's got a fridge slide for a 41L engel :twisted:

More working the arse off coming tomorrow before we depart Tuesday (at "sometime" at this rate :neutral:)

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Post by AndrewT » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:49 pm

From memory (and that's a big ask these days) I think these are standard height ones. I believe they were the factory listing for the RX Turbo Sedan and I bought these at the same time as the KYB shocks they're on.
But I could be wrong, this could be whatever was in this wagon when I got it - I really can't remember if I even swapped them!

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Post by El_Freddo » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:20 pm

SO added this before the last trip - it delayed our departure two days but ended up being well worth it.

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This revolutionised how we operate out the back of the L when out bush. I’m starting to feel that I’m near the end of sorting the setup and just enjoying it :D

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Post by AndrewT » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:00 am

How's the durability of those plastic joins? I've seen that system at bunnings and have often thought of making up a drawer system with it! Looks like it'd be very functional, great job.

I was always a bit confused with how I would run drawers over the top of the "L series hidy-hole" without wasting that space. But I think I've solved that now - thinking of running a permanently mounted on-board compressor, and also fitting a winch in there, to go out and through the rear bumper.

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Post by El_Freddo » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:03 pm

AndrewT wrote:How's the durability of those plastic joins? I've seen that system at bunnings and have often thought of making up a drawer system with it! Looks like it'd be very functional, great job.
Thanks mate. As for durability, time will tell. I’ll be putting a rivet through each one and have corner braces to help with strength.
AndrewT wrote:I was always a bit confused with how I would run drawers over the top of the "L series hidy-hole" without wasting that space. But I think I've solved that now - thinking of running a permanently mounted on-board compressor, and also fitting a winch in there, to go out and through the rear bumper.
That’s a neat thought. Just don’t over work the winch ;)

I can still access that space when the fridge is extended out, and hopefully the same when the kitchen cabinet slides go in. I put a bottle of water that we're using under the fridge and other random bits of gear in there too. This time around our alcohol went under the kitchen side.

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Post by El_Freddo » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:57 pm

I’ve been wanting to post this pic for ages but it was locked up with the iPad - and we're lucky that it wasn’t scorched with the rest of the photos and data on the unit.

I think you can see why I’ve posted this pic:

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Re: Bennie's EJ conversion into Ruby Scoo, plus some other bits too...

Post by El_Freddo » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:27 pm

Good times - just got this video finished!

https://youtu.be/sUvVfKnML8U

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