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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    I built Travis a 'bendy-stick' so he could fold an edge back under on the cut fender. That works pretty well if you want a really large opening. On the ford, I don't think sectioning the fender front to back would be enough to clear the tire, the ford front suspension moves around enough you...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    13-15mpg at 70-80mph up and down everything pushing a 40" tire at about 23psi ( to keep wear even ). It is also full time 4wd so all the front end stuff is always turning. Aerodynamics of a brick. I built a pretty big tank for it ( about 27 gallons ) and I am happy I did. The big tank gives...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    The big ol' ford is pretty simple. 351 v8, 4spd granny, np205, D44 front, 9 inch rear. He did 5.38 gears with a spool rear and an auto locker front. Leveling springs in front, cut fenders, shackle flip in back, and a 37" tire. It is very simple, it works pretty dang well. He doesn't care about...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Gearing. Overall I am pretty dang happy. I think it could be tweaked a little, but I think it would be a trade off generally. High range is really pretty good. It could be a touch lower I think, but I wouldn't want to drastically change it....maybe something like 5.38 instead of 5.00 would be...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Road trip part B I was really fortunate to be invited down to the Off Road Expo show in Pamona, California by Milestar Tire to display the #LX45 in their booth. I was a really awesome experience overall, and another bucket list item to check off for me. I have to admit, I was very nervous...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Yeah, we where more upset about the rather reckless fire during a fire ban and leaving it roaring while you went for a night run..... We still had fun though. Truck is working very well. I was really impressed for its first time out. I still have a list as long as my arm of little things I...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Day 4. Rubicon day two. We got out of camp pretty early in the morning. The group was a little worried about getting Travis down to Rubicon Springs, but that ended up being a non-issue. The day went pretty smooth. There where some tight spots. Travis needed a tug or two but for a fool-size with...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Day 0. I delayed my departure by a day or three because I was still assembling the truck. I put about 3 miles on it around the neighborhood in testing. I built another HF tool kit for this one with a lot more metric, but basically similar to what I had in the flatty for UA. Overall though, I...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Too nice to wheel hard? In my case, with the suspension being so low (basically stock height with 40 inch tires and 6 inches uptravel), I couldn't flip the arms. It would cause all kinds of interference issues with the steering, frame, control arm mounts, etc. The stock suspension seems to...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Stay tuned. I jumped in it with 3 miles on the odometer and went and had a huge adventure. More tonight.
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Because of the thrash at the end....working till midnight or later for weeks on end....I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked. This is what the windshield looked like assembled. I ended up having to make a love it or hate it wiper motor cover for the larger Jeep TJ motor...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    I was like goldilocks with the rear springs. I ended up with 3 sets of rear springs to find something that made me happy. The magic combination so far si using TWO short side factory LX450 rear springs. That gave me the 5" of uptravel I was looking for for the rear suspension when loaded for a...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Even in thrash mode, I enjoy making stuff like this. I was able to convert a vacuum actuated 4-way heater valve to cable. I can even swap all the parts over to a new valve if needed in the future with no mods. The 4-way heater valve helps keep heat out of the cabin by diverting coolant back to...
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    Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Juvenile exhaust system, check. There is no mistaking this is a stout V8. I will get tired of it, but it works for now. Another key part of the wiring system. With the battery behind the cab, I needed a common point to route and distribute power and ground without having to add five feet of...
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