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A New Direction #1033465 08/23/11 12:27 AM
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BigSwede Offline OP
Roll Me Over
I was looking at my Trooper today, and was a little sad, because it's days are numbered before I strip the goodies from it and eventually sell what is left. That's right, the little RS is being retired from it's wheeling career.

Here's the thing, or thing 'A': I have wheeled it pretty hard these past 6 years, and to some degree I have reached the point of “been there, done that”. Together we have done notables such as Golden Spike, Moab Rim, Rock Chucker Hill, and many other trails and obstacles in Moab, as well as Money Talks, Ski Jump Hill, and others at the ORV park in Gilbert, MN, and elsewhere. I am so proud of the RS, as it has done all this in largely stock form, aside from gearing and lockers and a couple of key reinforcements (tie rods and axle links, mostly). Don't let anybody tell you Isuzus aren't tough.

To be sure, there are many tougher trails out there left unexplored, but those are largely the province of the trailer queen. To do tougher trails, I would likely have to go SAS on the RS, and at the least get a trailer and tow rig...hardly a cheap proposition, not withstanding the fact that I have nowhere to store a trailer and tow rig. I simply am not willing to do that.

And here's the other thing ('B'): The RS is rusty. It was a Massachusetts truck, and you can tell. I resist as much as possible removing things from the RS for fear a rusty bolt will snap. The body doesn't seem to be rusting, but the frame sure is. I have avoided driving it in the winter as much as possible to forestall the inevitable, but a few months ago I noticed an expanding hole in the frame on the passenger side where the framed drops down to dive under the floor pan. All of the paint or whatever the coating is on the frame is gone. The rear crossmember is effectively gone (the Calmini bumper serving to reinforce that area). And I am just sick and tired of working on a rusty truck.

Since my obstacle-wheeling career has plateaued, of late I have become very interested in expedition wheeling, or overlanding as it is sometimes called. I am really enamored with the idea of exploring, seeing new places and things (not to mention not breaking my crap as much).

Then, in a sort of cosmic convergence, I saw the ad for the Trooper that preacherman was selling (yep, that's Wareagle's old Trooper) http://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=53849 . Here was nearly everything I would want in an expedition style wheeler. Going in, my basic wish list was for a 95-97 Trooper for the standard 12-bolt axle and the wider track, a manual transmission for durability and fun, and a relatively rust-free frame. My expanded wish list simply included all the usual HD goodies. Well, here is a Trooper that has all sorts of goodies including HD bumpers, Warn manual hubs, tie rods, sliders, a front locker, just enough lift to fit 35s comfortably, and last but most definitely not least, teralows. And it is beautiful shape, generally.

Well, a deal has been struck and in less than a week a 'new' Trooper will be parked in my driveway.

Then, more fun ensues as I swap the goodies that the LS doesn't yet have from the RS to the LS, including the third members (complete with 5.38s and ARB lockers), HD axle links, 35” tires, and whatever else I can think of. When done it is looking like the only things the RS will have left will be the HD tie rods, teralows, and the Calmini rear bumper. And then it will be for sale (so BTW if anybody is interested in a somewhat rusty, dented RS that nevertheless has a strong DOHC motor and manual tranny with teralows, LMK...but that's not the point of this post)

So by next year, if anyone want to go exploring, let me know. I am already excited to go do things like the Upper Peninsula (Michigan) Overland expedition http://upoverland.org/forum/viewtopic.ph...c0a6aab66f79a94 which is going on as we speak (and sadly lacking in Isuzu representation), and definitely some trips out west – the Black Hills, the Rockies, Moab and beyond. Maybe the Rubicon?


Steve Carlson - 95 Trooper LS expo rig
Serenity now!
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Re: A New Direction [Re: BigSwede] #1033466 08/23/11 12:49 AM
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You and I reached the same conclusion, i.e., that we needed a different vehicle to accomplish what we want to accomplish, we are just going in different directions.

The Jeep I bought definitely isn't street legal right now. We are going to move it in that direction, possibly nearly street legal, but the emphasis will be on a trail rig.

I did buy a diesel tow rig and a trailer, but that we also because the club that I belong to does a lot of weekend runs where we camp out. I have a camper now, so with the trailer and the truck, we can I can do it all. Even if we aren't towing the trailer, the camper will allow us to do some traveling which is something we both want to do.


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Re: A New Direction [Re: Jim_Paget] #1033467 08/23/11 03:13 AM
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BigSwede Offline OP
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we are just going in different directions.

Guess so...but we can still intersect in Moab!


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Serenity now!
Re: A New Direction [Re: BigSwede] #1033468 08/25/11 09:46 AM
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Van Offline
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So by next year, if anyone want to go exploring, let me know. I am already excited to go do things like the Upper Peninsula (Michigan) Overland expedition http://upoverland.org/forum/viewtopic.ph...c0a6aab66f79a94 which is going on as we speak (and sadly lacking in Isuzu representation), and definitely some trips out west – the Black Hills, the Rockies, Moab and beyond. Maybe the Rubicon?


Sounds like a plan... it'll take me that long to complete my "new direction" vehicle. Just like yours... minus 7 years, a 2.8 T/D with 33's and a small camping trailer behind. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />

Van <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


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