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I picked up a fire extinguisher. And then I met up with a few people off a local 4Runners of Washington FB page to do a trail ride. The other two guys had 4th gens. We went to Stampede Pass. It was pretty cool, mostly FSR and very dusty. But I was at least out getting dirty. IMG_20170821_203116.jpg IMG_20170828_021101.jpg IMG_20170828_005540.jpg IMG_20170828_005558.jpg IMG_20170828_005711.jpg IMG_20170828_005620.jpg IMG_20170828_005633.jpg IMG_20170828_021235.jpg IMG_20170828_021017.jpg IMG_20170828_020921.jpg
 
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ARB Twin Compressor Install. My friend, who is much better at electrical wiring than I, lent me a hand in installing my ARB compressor. I wanted to go rear cargo cubby hole. I will copy my info from the other thread so it may help someone else considering the same mounting location.

I had been meaning to do this for a while. I have had a twin ARB compressor sitting around waiting for me to mount it up. Well, today's the day.

I will throw a bunch of pics in here to assist others contemplating doing something similar.

Why mount in cargo area?

This compressor can be mounted in the engine bay, (passenger side). But even then, it's a tight fit, you will need to move items, (year specific). Other potential drawbacks to engine bay mounting are hotter, dirtier air, potential to get wet and suck in water. These units have a fairly good reputation for being able to handle some abuse.

Drawbacks to mounting in rear cargo: lose some potential rear cargo space. Air compressor is louder when mounted in side. Having to run positive and negative power cables as well as control cables from the back to the front of the vehicle. Routing the cables is not as fun as it might sound. You will need to pick up some supplies.

The manual calls for 8 gauge power cables. We went with 6 gauge for power cables, (25 feet each) and I believe 18 gauge for the 4 different primary control wires, (40 foot rolls). Add some butt connectors, battery cable lugs and heat shrink. All told about $130 extra to have enough cable to mount in the rear.

Part 2:

After you have all your supplies and favorite beverages at the ready, it is time to begin.

While this is not a complete step-by-step guide think of it more as a spirit animal that might help you along the way.

Remove the interior plastic panels.

Take your time or you will break more stuff.

Start by removing the middle roof plastic trim that the rear cargo light is on. You need to start by removing the plastic lenses cover for the light. Use a screwdriver to pry, from passenger side, the lense cover away to expose the four Phillips head screws that hold the light fixture in place. Remove the four screws and gently pull the light down and angle it so that it can go through the hole when you remove the plastic trim piece. Gently tug the plastic trim piece starting it either side and then guide the cargo light through the hole setting the trim piece aside. This will expose a tiny screw that anchors the large interior quarter panel piece to the roof.

Once you remove that tiny screw, and removed both cargo cover mounting brackets, then you will be able to start gently tugging the interior quarter panel on the cubby hole side away from the body. Some of the cargo area panels and cubby holes very from year-to-year in their size and design. My 2002 has a small removable shelf type tray in the dark black plastic cubby hole portion. Remove this by pressing up from underneath once you have the panel slightly separated from the body. If you do not then this Trey will prevent you from pulling the panel away from the body as it sits behind the wheel well pinch weld lip. Once it is removed you have greater access to remove the panel. At this point we opted to take the seat belt off. It's a little bit more work but it would have been a righteous pain in the ass to try to mount the compressor with the panel still in side vehicle. Of course you could try, but why would you?

Mounting the unit.
ARB does provide you with a sheet of paper to serve as a guideline for marking the holes for drilling. Note that cubby hole mounting surface is not perfectly flat, meaning that if you lay this piece of paper perfectly flat and draw and drill your holes they may not match up perfectly. You will want to mount unit so that the logo is upside down with the electrical connections facing the front of the vehicle unless you want to just make things hard for yourself. Give yourself enough room two awesome mount the manifold kit just to the front of the compressor.

Wire madness.

This is not my idea of fun. Trying to fit 10 lb of funk in a 5lb bag. To go the distance that we needed from the rear cargo area to the front battery was about 25 feet give or take. So after creating the extensions for the loom, we routed a hole in the removable tray portion of the cubby hole for the wires to pass through being careful to think where are the wires will have to run to not interfere with mounting surfaces and not have to make 90 degree turns with the 6 gauge wires and the control wires. We slightly bent an interior body piece of metal between two mounting post towards the outside of the vehicle somewhat to create a more agreeable surface for the wires to make their turn as opposed to a hard-edged that could get scrape or fray the wires if they rubbed.

Remove and route interior trim on passenger side to route wires. Take your time and remove both front and rear floor trim pieces. Then remove the three darker door transition pieces. ( if you're removing the rear quarter panel the rear transition trim molding piece should have already been removed.) Then remove the b-pillar trim piece that the passenger side seat belt routes through. Lastly remove the passenger front right kick panel right underneath the glove box.

Routing cables.

No fun. The control cables are fairly easy to manage and they can simply take a left turn once they get to the dash area and be routed under the dash / behind the dash to the on-off switch selector that will be on the driver side.

Once you get the power cables up to the front passenger seat area go to the front of the vehicle and locate The Grommet pass through that is about two to three inches in diameter. This is what I used to pass the power cables through to the engine bay. Unless you feel like removing a whole bunch of items I would suggest doing what I did. Have a friend take a small wire to pass through from the front of the vehicle on the engine bay side. If you're down by the floorboard shining a light towards that area you can locate The Wire and wrap the two power cables around the wire with electric wire making sure to get a good connection by folding the smaller wire back towards the area it will go after you've wrapped it up a few times with electrical tape finishing off the lead portion with a bit of coned electrical tape as to provide a smoother transition surface for it to guide through the grommet. Once your friend has hold of the power cables we found it easier to manage to pull one cable at a time black or red till they were fully fed through. We routed the cables along the firewall towards the driver side of the engine bay and then forward towards the battery terminals.

I will try to follow up a little bit further as we finish up this install. For all intents and purposes it is up and running however, I wanted to add a mega fuse to my winch and do a few other electrical items that we're going to tie it all together. We'll see how far I get. Amazon sent me the wrong Hardware for a mega fuse holder and I could not incorporate it into the mod at the time of installation.

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Somewhere along the line I swapped out my steel cable for Master Pull 5/16th synthetic rope. I also picked up a Factor 55 1.5" hawse fairlead.

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"Last night a friend and I swapped out my steel cable and roller fairlead for 100 ft. of Master Pull 5/16th Superline, (breaking strength 21,700 lbs). I replaced the fairlead with a Factor 55 1.5" hawse fairlead and a Factor 55 Flatlink Expert shackle thimble.

I think next time I will go with a bit less line and go with a few extensions. This will make fitting it all back on a bit wiser. But we got it all on. I will need to practice my line winding technique to get it all on spooled evenly. The combination of AOR front bumper and Warn m8000 makes for tight quarters for this job. Not that big of a deal though. I just had to remove the four winch mounting bolts to slide the winch back a bit to access the fairlead mounting bolts.

Of note... if you are picking up a Factor 55 fairlead, make sure you have longer bolt hardware as the fairlead eats up a fair bit more threads. I suggest 1.5" as a replacement. This gives you plenty of thread to work with, but doesn't protrude past the face of the fairlead."

**Somewhere down the line... hue hue hue... No pun intended... JK.. I totally intended that, I shortened the line from 100' down to ~75'**
I wanted less line on the drum so that I would not run into issues with side pulls and whatnot. Mater Pull was awesome. I called em up and they said that they could do it. They shortened it down and the remainder of the line was turned into an extension. All I had to pay was shipping and little bit for the extra hardware. THAT and they are local to me, so turn time was fantastic! I highly suggest giving them your business.
 

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How is the rig treating you? Any other changes since the new shoes?
Did you here about the RCV CV's I put on my rig? I've done so much shit last year I forget whether they came before or after the PitBulls. Other then that it needs new tie rods and my steering rack is really loose. I'm pretty sure I bent or broke the D-ring. I've been busy with other things so I haven't looked yet. I'll get to that in a few weeks hopefully. Once that's done I'm just gonna wheel the shit out of it till something else breaks. lol
 
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First trip to Tahuya, WA. I linked up with a Lexus GXOR FB group. Well, I didn't know it was a GXOR group till I got there and saw about 16 rigs that were mostly 470s. Hahaha.. But... This trip was what I was looking for all along. Something where you could actually NEED 4WD! This was a fun trail ride. Nothing too too difficult. But at least it is a bit challenging. I was apprehensive the first time I heard about this ORV trail. It can get very wet, as in tons of standing water. All the woops can be filled in with several feet of water. At any rate, when I was there, It wasn't the lake that all the previous pictures I had seen of the place depicted. It was fun though and made me want more of that, and less FSR trail rides in my life. IMG_20180115_231420.jpg IMG_20180115_231524.jpg IMG_20180115_231651.jpg IMG_20180115_231557.jpg IMG_20180115_231732.jpg IMG_20180115_231754.jpg IMG_20180115_231943.jpg IMG_20180115_232101.jpg 24848771807_f5218d010f_z.jpg 39009033694_836e57affc_z (1).jpg 24848776127_15395eace0_z.jpg IMG_20180115_231557.jpg
 

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First trip to Tahuya, WA. I linked up with a Lexus GXOR FB group. Well, I didn't know it was a GXOR group till I got there and saw about 16 rigs that were mostly 470s. Hahaha.. But... This trip was what I was looking for all along. Something where you could actually NEED 4WD! This was a fun trail ride. Nothing too too difficult. But at least it is a bit challenging. I was apprehensive the first time I heard about this ORV trail. It can get very wet, as in tons of standing water. All the woops can be filled in with several feet of water. At any rate, when I was there, It wasn't the lake that all the previous pictures I had seen of the place depicted. It was fun though and made me want more of that, and less FSR trail rides in my life. View attachment 2994 View attachment 2995 View attachment 2996 View attachment 2997 View attachment 2998 View attachment 2999 View attachment 3000 View attachment 3001 View attachment 3002 View attachment 3003 View attachment 3004 View attachment 3005
That 4th gen was super aired down. Wow. I ran 10 psi when we did motino and my 315s never looked like that.
 
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Did you here about the RCV CV's I put on my rig? I've done so much shit last year I forget whether they came before or after the PitBulls. Other then that it needs new tie rods and my steering rack is really loose. I'm pretty sure I bent or broke the D-ring. I've been busy with other things so I haven't looked yet. I'll get to that in a few weeks hopefully. Once that's done I'm just gonna wheel the shit out of it till something else breaks. lol
I think I saw you mention that. At least I knew that you had ordered them, but I don't think I heard that you got them in. You have done a ton of beefing up parts in the past year. I really like the rear lower control arms you put in. Those look stout. How is the Tacoma doing?
 

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Yeah, I haven't run into him since, just that trip, but yeah.. I have no idea what he was running, but I guessing next to nothing single digits.
Was he running a true bead lock? They look like methods, which aren't.
 
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Really debating on the ARB locker, or try finding an e-locker somewhere.

Would be nice to have onboard air, but my pump has been doing just fine for me to pump my tires.

Plus, that seems like a ton of work to get the on board air compressor setup.

How are you liking the 4.88 though ? I'm assuming your rig isn't your daily driver.
 

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I think I saw you mention that. At least I knew that you had ordered them, but I don't think I heard that you got them in. You have done a ton of beefing up parts in the past year. I really like the rear lower control arms you put in. Those look stout. How is the Tacoma doing?
The Metal Tech lowers and @eimkeith lower link re-enforcement should prevent me from ever wrapping another axle into my rear door. That stock lower link failure is still the most impressive thing I've managed to break on my rig.

All the beefing up is done for the moment. I got out a few times since the Pitbulls and the RCV's went on. I'm so stoked with the way the rigs running and crawling right now I'm just gonna wheel till it breaks again. Since going to 35's my rear diff is much less of an anchor. I should have just gone that route from the start.

The Taco's doing great. 352,xxx miles and counting. All I've done to it is rear shocks and change the oil. I'm curious to see if it'll make it to 400,000. Not bad for 500 bucks. I've decided to not put the 5-speed from the Taco into my rig when the Taco dies. I actually really like how the auto trans wheels. It's fun watching buddies burn out there clutches and I just come up in idle in lo/lo.

We've got a Dusy trip being planned for end Aug/early Sept if you haven't heard. There's a thread floating around for it if you want to come hang with the crazies for a week. Are you locked in front?
 
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I love my Stubbs sliders. One of the best purchases I've made to date
Yeah Stubbs sliders are SOLID!

Really debating on the ARB locker, or try finding an e-locker somewhere.

Would be nice to have onboard air, but my pump has been doing just fine for me to pump my tires.

Plus, that seems like a ton of work to get the on board air compressor setup.

How are you liking the 4.88 though ? I'm assuming your rig isn't your daily driver.
My reasoning for the ARB locker was I knew I needed a compressor anyway. ARB and 4WheelParts had a sale and no tax event. I picked up a double for little more than a compressor at regular price. I did this because I knew that I would eventually want at least a rear air locker. It took a bit to make happen, well.. like just about everything I decide to do, but I think it was worth it. But, if you can find a cheap E-locker, go for it. By the time I was seriously considering a locker, I was eyeing gears as well. BTW, I really like the 4.88 gears for what I do. And mine IS my daily driver. So, 20-30 mins on the highway to and from work. It's not like it is crazy fast, but I think they work well for what I have going on.

The compressor really wasn't all that bad. You CAN run it under the hood, but I just wanted it back there and it worked out. Once you have it all set up, it is niiiiiice. **Also... ARB is having a sale right now. If you buy a locker, you get a free compressor.**

The Metal Tech lowers and @eimkeith lower link re-enforcement should prevent me from ever wrapping another axle into my rear door. That stock lower link failure is still the most impressive thing I've managed to break on my rig.

All the beefing up is done for the moment. I got out a few times since the Pitbulls and the RCV's went on. I'm so stoked with the way the rigs running and crawling right now I'm just gonna wheel till it breaks again. Since going to 35's my rear diff is much less of an anchor. I should have just gone that route from the start.

The Taco's doing great. 352,xxx miles and counting. All I've done to it is rear shocks and change the oil. I'm curious to see if it'll make it to 400,000. Not bad for 500 bucks. I've decided to not put the 5-speed from the Taco into my rig when the Taco dies. I actually really like how the auto trans wheels. It's fun watching buddies burn out there clutches and I just come up in idle in lo/lo.

We've got a Dusy trip being planned for end Aug/early Sept if you haven't heard. There's a thread floating around for it if you want to come hang with the crazies for a week. Are you locked in front?
I am glad to hear the rig has been working out good for you. I dig all those upgrades. Thanks for the invite man. That sounds like a fun one. I will have to see as that is the beginning of our busy season and I am already slotted to be off a bit later in September. But who knows... I am only rear locked at the moment. Other adult things have been doing their best to eat all my disposable income. I still haven't had time and the right schedule since the holidays to get the spindle gussets welded and the tub job finished. But, that should be changing in a couple of weeks. I will get down your way sometime. It looks bad ass down there. You need to come up this way sometime too. There are lots of cool trails out this way as well.
 

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I am glad to hear the rig has been working out good for you. I dig all those upgrades. Thanks for the invite man. That sounds like a fun one. I will have to see as that is the beginning of our busy season and I am already slotted to be off a bit later in September. But who knows... I am only rear locked at the moment. Other adult things have been doing their best to eat all my disposable income. I still haven't had time and the right schedule since the holidays to get the spindle gussets welded and the tub job finished. But, that should be changing in a couple of weeks. I will get down your way sometime. It looks bad ass down there. You need to come up this way sometime too. There are lots of cool trails out this way as well.
Crap.. I thought you where front locked as well. The Dusy trip we're enforcing a F/R locker requirement. Any time you come down though I will make some time to wheel with you.

I'll get up you're way eventually. @rkntoy has also offered to show some good trails in the PNW. It's just so hard to leave here. The Dusy is 7 hours. The Rubi is 3. Death Valley is 2. Plus all the shit out my backdoor. I'm putting together a wheeling trip out of Bishop late March/early April. Check the Wheeling the Whites thread. It's gonna be a good time on pretty mellow trails. Well, mellow by our standards anyway. lol

Hope you find time to finish the tub soon. Go bigger then you think you need to. The last thing you want is to have to redo any of that sheet metal work.
 
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Fantastic build!!! We have done mostly similar upgrades, you are just further down the line-basically where I want to be, 35s, regeared, kings.
Thanks man! I dig yours too. I just need to get a few more things sorted and that should be IT for a while. LOL.

Crap.. I thought you where front locked as well. The Dusy trip we're enforcing a F/R locker requirement. Any time you come down though I will make some time to wheel with you.

I'll get up you're way eventually. @rkntoy has also offered to show some good trails in the PNW. It's just so hard to leave here. The Dusy is 7 hours. The Rubi is 3. Death Valley is 2. Plus all the shit out my backdoor. I'm putting together a wheeling trip out of Bishop late March/early April. Check the Wheeling the Whites thread. It's gonna be a good time on pretty mellow trails. Well, mellow by our standards anyway. lol

Hope you find time to finish the tub soon. Go bigger then you think you need to. The last thing you want is to have to redo any of that sheet metal work.
I was thinking Dusy was the hard crusher one. No worries. I might end up getting a front locker at some point, but for me, the rear will get me just about everywhere I want to go around here. Yeah, you have plenty of access to cool down there. I'll keep my ears open though.
 
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Okay.. Trying to update some shit here...

Here are some snow wheeling pics from 2018 and some 2019. My tent is NOT a 4 season tent! I describe it as sleeping under the stars with a screen door laying on you. I will up my tent game soon. Looking at a Springbar or Kodiak canvas, maybe an Oztent, but probably not due to packed size.
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