July 15, 2021 at 8:48 am #38652
Not too long ago I pulled the trigger on a new truck. I know if electronics go down it goes down but life is happening more than EMPs so…
I’m not a guy who does this lightly. My old truck had 213K didn’t leak and burned a qt between changes. It was in good enough shape I gave it to my son for my grandson to ride in.
I made some modifications to assist in not only work but preparedness. I started with a very capable vehicle being the Chevy Trail Boss. It comes mostly set up for trailer pulls, a 2” lift, aggressive 33” tires, Rancho shocks, hill descent assist etc. The chip shortage made it difficult to get everything I wanted.
So the first fix was steps so my short wife could get in 😂. I opted to get the electric ones that stay outta the way when offroading.
The toolbox was a must because I carry a lot. The rails on top could be a nice addition for extra gear or fuel cans etc. It’s good to have lockable storage
I installed my CB and 50wt HAM/FRS on a hump mount I made brackets for that attach it to the center console bolts to keep it in place. The antenna are on the toolbox and clear the cab when the box is open. I just can’t open the back doors at the same time. It’s a small trade off
The truck lacked a trailer brake controller but gave me the pigtail to install one. Again chip shortage. I installed a Curt. Long trips to hilly country call for it and if we bug then the load will be heavy
I noticed these caps in the side of the bed and figured out they were for extra tie downs. They aren’t for heavy loads but sure stop shifting of stuff
Then comes the two big ones I love. I installed a lift to assist me in loading and it’s a short one that stays outta sight. They are only about $125 but you’ll spend extra on steel to reinforce it all both top and bottom
Taking notes from Ford and Chevy I landed in the middle and installed a 1500wt power inverter. I’ll have front and back plugs and will most likely run the third to the cab at some point. It tucked away in a dead space near the battery making it nice. This will help me tremendously working in remote areas and give me emergency power when needed
So those are my mods. At some point a brush guard and winch but I’m broke for now 😂
August 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm #39396
So got my 10K lb winch with synthetic line on a portable mount. Picked up a pulley as well. I got it bolted on and wired using a 20ft #2 cables and Anderson connectors. I also made a short set for the front mount which I’m still waiting on. This will allow me front, rear and trailer loading and the ability to use it with other vehicles or even alone with a power supply
Now I gotta spool it out and run it in so it’s tight. The come pretty loosely spooled.
August 16, 2021 at 7:46 pm #39427
A must when you get a new winch
August 23, 2021 at 11:57 am #39633
So I ran my spool out and back with the vehicle to get it on tight. I gotta say I really like the line over the cable in handling. It’s much easier to work with.
When you get down to the end they’ve wound it with red so you know not to go past that point. That’s a nice feature I never had with cable.
August 16, 2021 at 7:21 am #39402keebler tParticipant
very nice, thanks for the info & pictures.
September 10, 2021 at 8:04 am #40109
I ordered 4 of these
they are on sale because they’ve made an newer version. The newest version is probably better if you are a regularly hitting the trails. For me this is occasional usage so I was able to save money and get 4 for the price of 2 on other brands.
That will allow me a longer path or the ability to get all four wheels up and out of the sink.
Here is a short video I found of them being used
September 16, 2021 at 11:32 am #40301
So I made a thing to hold my traction boards. It’s sloped towards the cab so they naturally rest without sliding out but the retention pin holds it securely and I can cable lock them in. It’ll allow me to take them out when hauling lumber or whatever.
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