Isuzu 4x4 on 4x4Wire

Isuzu on 4x4Wire - featuring Isuzu 4x4 Truck, SUV, Amigo, Trooper, Vehicross

By: Randy Burleson - 11/2000

4x4Wire covers Isuzu Trucks at SEMA 2000

Each November, Vegas fills to overflowing with the SEMA Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo. Take Vegas' bright lights, wild reputation, and 24x7 lifestyle, then mix in thousands and thousands of vendors, journalists, and buyers... the resulting trade show is massive, almost impossible to see in only four days. 4x4Wire toured the show, snapping pictures of the latest products and the hoopla that surrounded them.

Bob Land Race Truck

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Bob Land's racing Amigo (or is it Rodeo Sport?) in year 2000 team colors.
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Parked outside, near the front of the Hilton Convention Center, one of the Bob Land Racing Amigos crouched low, looking race-ready... and a bit out-of-place in a parking lot, surrounded by shiny show vehicles. It looked like it would be much more comfortable ripping down a desert road...

ARB's Project Rodeo Sport

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The Vehicross-styled yellow paint and grey body mouldings scream for attention.
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The soft top boot really helps keep the clean lines of the basic design.
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Yours truly in the seat of ARB's Project Rodeo Sport -- I want one.
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Pop open the doors, and well-constructed details abound. Check out the powerful V6 mill, IPF lights, and ARB refrigerator.
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The Vehicross inspired Project Rodeo Sport's yellow paint, grey body mouldings, and black highlights. Aggressive tires and a few inches of ARB lift made this vehicle eye-catching even against the flashy background of SEMA, with hundreds of feature vehicles.

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The Recaro seats blend well with the stock interior. They feel even better than they look, too.
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The grey interior had a whole lot less flash than the screaming-yellow outside, but that worked well. The comfortable Recaro seats offer great support and fit well with the other grey carpet, dash, and upholstery. Details abound inside this project vehicle, from the aluminum control pedals right up to the white-faced guages. The biggest showpiece to the interior is the voice-operated stereo control unit.

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The snazzy stereo kicks butt, the twin ARB switches caught my eye.
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Easy-to-read white-faced guages broadcast the heartbeat of the V6.
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That little black box just below the visor is the stereo's voice sensor.
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As with 1999's Project ARB Amigo, the Y2K Project ARB Rodeo Sport packs twin lighted ARB actuator switches on its dash. Project RS did not have an actual front ARB locker installed at SEMA 2000, though. ARB has not yet decided to develop a front locker for Isuzus, but still insist that they haven't officially decided not to develop one, either. With a locker that would fit most, possibly all 10-bolt Isuzu corporate third members, hope for the best! Also, comment your interest for this particular product in the TrailTalk Forums.

Isuzu Axiom

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Isuzu's Axiom concept vehicle - destined for the same production path as the Isuzu Vehicross... which is currently available at Isuzu dealerships.
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Tera-Low Gears

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The long-awaited, much celebrated Tera-low gearset for Isuzus.
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In 1999, TeraFlex started explorations to develop a gearset for Isuzu light truck transfer cases. Here, for the first time in public, is the fruit of these labors, a 3.07:1 gearset. There are slight differences between 1997-and-earlier Isuzu cases and 1998-and-later Isuzu cases, so Tera is making two gearsets. Tera will make gears to fit second generation trucks first, followed shortly by gears to fit first generation trucks.

These gears should work for MUA5, AR5, or 4L30E transmissions that do not have the TOD (Traction On Demand) case. For more information, check the corresponding thread in the TrailTalk Forums.

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