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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:27 am 
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Danno wrote:
Have you put the lower side wings on the bar yet? they're meant to go on before you put the bar on (although it's not mentioned in the instructions), if you've already done it by now you'll know what I'm talking about and if you haven't make sure you have someone to help you and it helps if you break your arm in at least one extra spot and make sure the kids aren't anywhere nearby or their vocabulary will be increased remarkably.

ahh crap - not what I want to hear haha

the instructions so far have been pretty shocking. I've got a feeling mine might be one of the updated designs because there is quite a few changes in the bracket design compared to the paper work and what I've seen online


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:38 pm 
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Good on ya for giving it a go yourself though. A daunting task for most.

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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:11 pm 
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Love the look of those AFN bars mate. How'd the rest of the install go?


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:26 pm 
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Foreveraproject wrote:
Love the look of those AFN bars mate. How'd the rest of the install go?

Yeah I was torn between the AFN and an ARB Sahara bar - but everything on the ARB was extra costs, still didn't have load rated recovery points and looked very old fashioned on the DMAX because of how the base of the headlights are angled upwards.

I think like most installs it kinda felt two steps back to go one step forward but we got there in the end.

The Superior Engineering diff drop kit was definitely the easiest thing to go in, direct bolt in, no mods, bash plates lined up, simples.
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Now with 4" of suspension lift, we had to lengthen the rear brake and ABS lines, so whilst we were at it, we switched over to braided lines and also thought in for a penny in for a pound and did the fronts as well. as expected, much better the brake feel is afterwards.
Rear 100mm longer
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A classic example of one step back to go forwards, the OzTec rear leaf springs handbrake brake was identical to the stock leaf so we had to knock up a little bracket to suit (PS how f*cking fiddly is removing that handbrake cable from the rear drums if you don't know what you are doing?! :lol: the first one took 40 mins with lots of swearing, the second one came out in 2 mins haha!)
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Another was the diff locks, didn't have to do this but we thought about longevity at this point and all the gear was out after making the handbrake bracket!
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Glad I spent the $40 for this switch panel, my OCD hates things in the cabin messy, out of line or out of place plus future proofed myself for other accessory switches.Image

Ride height with empty ute and empty camper.
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All loaded up and now on its way to Darwin thanks to the old man, less than 3 weeks until we start our honeymoon road trip!
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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:33 pm 
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Looking the goods mate.
Lockers are on my list. Once canopy is done.

Front not so much. Still unsure if I'll get sas conversion


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:34 am 
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gmax

A SAS conversion. To have that, it would make the vehicle very high off the ground, or at least the front will be.
Can you get a diff housing which has the diff centre on the LHS? to miss all the Isuzu stuff when suspension is compressed.
Is that a realistic comment or a throwaway comment never likely to be realized?

How would you connect the steering to a live axle? There is no room for a conventional steering box and a rack would have to be semi floating out in front on an articulated link system. Directional control would then be interesting. Unlikely a vehicle engineer would OK that sort of thing. Cheaper to buy a GU Patrol and put your engine into it.


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:27 pm 
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I still like my dmax, but I miss my gu patrol, it was things you didn't have to do to go bush when you first got it, but ten years on the 3.0 lt bit me on the arse, then it was the things you had to do! thats where the money went...really miss the lounge room feel inside a patrol.

Dmax is great, does all the stuff and thats after the usual mods including elocker, suspension, bar, winch: "warn xd9000" I think which is on its third 4wd and dual battery setup, racks an on an on.

Dont mind the idea of a Prado though, looked at the seats and my arse said yeh, getting old and soft maybe?

Mat713,
You've done a smok'n job of those improvements, and clearly not scared to take on the big stuff, really admire that, hope your trip is a ripper.
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:45 pm 
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Sas uses a reverse land cruiser diff. It sit how ever high you choose to.

Can get pstrol diff its just more expensive


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:08 pm 
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Mat was just wanting to know how much the diff drop kit lowered the front diff as there doesn't look to be much room to the rear lower control arm mount point.

Have been looking at the possibility of moving the diff forward a little while lowering it but as said looks to be very little room for a drop :?

Have you any more pics of the drop kit ?


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 Post subject: Re: MAT713's D-MAX
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:13 pm 
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Looking very fat


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