My Megaforce Assault Vehicle

When out in Utah the other month, one minor thing broke, and we stopped the truck on a rock so I had a nice high clearance work area then took an inordinate amount of time to realize I didn't have suitable tools to fix it. Finagled it and we made it home, but today I finally got some cheap and spare tools and... labeled it. 

I have an ammo can of some bed related stuff, and a 5 gal diesel in the back, ratchet strapped next to the clever modular dog crate, but all my tools and spares and stuff are in a Du-Ha under seat organizer. But when anything is on the seat at all, it's a total PITA to get in there and see what you have. Dark, rain, side of road? You aren't unloading the baby and all your luggage so it all becomes useless.

But if you know something is there, you can reach in, and grab it. So, I added business card plastic adhesive sleeves

(I had them, and 3x5 ones as I label almost all my hard cases to say what's in them today) to the angle bit under the seat where they are protected, but I can then read what's in each side. If something there I need, I'll reach in and get it, or I know it's worth the time to unload the cargo on the seat to get to what I need for repair, tiedown, etc. 

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That's like a tourist version of a BTR-70!

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Dorsai posted:

That's like a tourist version of a BTR-70!

Good point...could you build on the chassis of a BTR?

Talking of which, you might recall the Sherman from 'The Pacific'?  Someone did that: took a chassis, installed Cummins  dieso & added fiberglass upper.  Runs well & is up for sale: AUD75k.

 

Need to figure out how to get ahold of one of these. Just saw in a corporate client press release. SOTV:

A) Tactical https://www.navistardefense.co...l_operations_vehicle

B) Blendable, which I guess means "pay no attention to the boring pickup truck" https://www.navistardefense.co...tions_vehicle_b.html

 ETA: Even more interesting: 

And better yet, Navistar (the company which builds it) says that they can skin the truck to look like any on the market. Launching a guerilla campaign in the Houston suburbs? Make it a Ford F-150. Fighting drug smugglers in South America? Make it look like a Volkswagen Amarok.

But underneath, it's based on an up-armored, off-road capable, and electronically modular pickup called the SOTV-A, and it's pretty much exactly the vehicle Special Forces needs:

Blendable means a lot more than just "generic."

But not sure how much it would fly for the card nerds that populate this thread. I think I'd notice a "Toyota" that is not like any one I have seen and seems to have a Cummins diesel in it. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

So, my Subaru Forester head gaskets finally went at 250K miles and I'm in the market for a used 4x4 SUV for dog duty and wintertime driving. Something with moderate off road capability. I don't want to get too deep in the weeds modifying it, because I already have a Jeep sucking up every penny I have. I'm leaning towards a Toyota 4Runner, or Nissan Xterra. I would love some opinions on those, or other options.

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David Reeves posted:
Bill, Idaho posted:

(Wasn't it determined awhile back Con-Dude drives something like a 86 Corolla- by his own admission? )

<cough> CRV <cough>

So now I find this.  Swear to God you guys pick on me everywhere on this board. 

Yes, I drive a 2017 Honda CRV Touring and Stalin a 2015 Honda CRV Touring.  Both black.  I am truly sorry to offend any expectations that I drive a Bentley but only when the Maybach is in the shop.  

When I had fancy German wheels, I wasn't paying for them or more importantly, to maintain them.  Every Honda I've ever had is just bulletproof.  I don't get a company car, just mileage,  so I bought the most comfortable, gas efficient, AWD car I could find and the CRV is king of all that.

I may have to tell my wife tonight that "But honey, I'm letting down the guys.  I HAVE to drive an AMG Benz or they'll be upset."

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Trajan Aurelius posted:

I found Consiglieri's Megaforce assault vehicle.

Ah, the infamous king.  He got that plate right after CT went to seven letters up from six.  He works 2 buildings over from me.

But this must be an old pick because he upgraded.  Yes, upgraded.  That plate is on a Pagani now .

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My 03 4Runner has been boring in its reliability...the only things it's needed besides PM has been rebooting the front axles and a wheel bearing.  It's up to around 170K, the V6 is the same 1GR-FE from the Tacoma and the V8 is a good motor too.

Consigliere posted:
Trajan Aurelius posted:

I found Consiglieri's Megaforce assault vehicle.

Ah, the infamous king.  He got that plate right after CT went to seven letters up from six.  He works 2 buildings over from me.

But this must be an old pick because he upgraded.  Yes, upgraded.  That plate is on a Pagani now .

His name Weasley by any chance..?

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Ground Pounder posted:
ironaria posted:

I can help you dump more money on either of those

Ironaria, which would be a better choice?

I don't know which is better

but for new 4runners we (exp-one.com) have front bumpers with or without bullbar, roof rack, rocker guards, and rear bumper base single or dual swing outs with options.

For xterra we have front bumper, optional hoop and skid plates.

Like I said, you could spend a lot kitting them out. 

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Consigliere posted:
David Reeves posted:
Bill, Idaho posted:

(Wasn't it determined awhile back Con-Dude drives something like a 86 Corolla- by his own admission? )

<cough> CRV <cough>

So now I find this.  Swear to God you guys pick on me everywhere on this board. 

Yes, I drive a 2017 Honda CRV Touring and Stalin a 2015 Honda CRV Touring.  Both black.  I am truly sorry to offend any expectations that I drive a Bentley but only when the Maybach is in the shop.  

When I had fancy German wheels, I wasn't paying for them or more importantly, to maintain them.  Every Honda I've ever had is just bulletproof.  I don't get a company car, just mileage,  so I bought the most comfortable, gas efficient, AWD car I could find and the CRV is king of all that.

I may have to tell my wife tonight that "But honey, I'm letting down the guys.  I HAVE to drive an AMG Benz or they'll be upset."

Based on reliability and quality, I'd drive a CRV...if I could afford one.

As for German cars, I've been told they are expensive as hell to maintain whereas Hondas and Toyotas just go forever.  Case in point my brother has 2 VWs.  A while back his Tiguan stops blowing hot air in the winter time (a bit of an issue in Calgary).  He takes it in and is told they have to tear out the whole dash etc.  approx $4,000!

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libertarian45 posted:
Consigliere posted:
David Reeves posted:
Bill, Idaho posted:

(Wasn't it determined awhile back Con-Dude drives something like a 86 Corolla- by his own admission? )

<cough> CRV <cough>

So now I find this.  Swear to God you guys pick on me everywhere on this board. 

Yes, I drive a 2017 Honda CRV Touring and Stalin a 2015 Honda CRV Touring.  Both black.  I am truly sorry to offend any expectations that I drive a Bentley but only when the Maybach is in the shop.  

When I had fancy German wheels, I wasn't paying for them or more importantly, to maintain them.  Every Honda I've ever had is just bulletproof.  I don't get a company car, just mileage,  so I bought the most comfortable, gas efficient, AWD car I could find and the CRV is king of all that.

I may have to tell my wife tonight that "But honey, I'm letting down the guys.  I HAVE to drive an AMG Benz or they'll be upset."

Based on reliability and quality, I'd drive a CRV...if I could afford one.

As for German cars, I've been told they are expensive as hell to maintain whereas Hondas and Toyotas just go forever.  Case in point my brother has 2 VWs.  A while back his Tiguan stops blowing hot air in the winter time (a bit of an issue in Calgary).  He takes it in and is told they have to tear out the whole dash etc.  approx $4,000!

I may have lost a small amount of off road capability but I finally got rid of my ‘03 Exploder Sport.  It was getting  tired at 190K miles. It’s replacement is an 2014 Subaru Forester. Averages 29 mpg on my 30 mile round trip for work, but will get up to 36 on the open highway. Nearly double what my Ford did. I like it so far (not being a huge football fan I bought on Super Bowl Sunday this year). Sacrilege, I know. 

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Are you kidding?  Those jingle trucks run forever.

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Sadly, no, I don't.  I do however, have an M54A2C W/W with those exact HEMMTT tires and wheels mounted.  45mph on the speedometer is really about 70!!  There is about 2" between the two tires in the back.  I look down at the civilian semi truck drivers.   A good friend of mine (Alex at Idaho Motor Pool) had a HEMMTT I could have had for real cheap. The ONLY reason I didn't get it was I simply don't have room in the back yard due to all the other military rigs.  I don't have much lawn to mow and the dogs have ample shade, if-ya'-know-what-I-mean.

 There was a guy that built his own mini-HEMMTT using a 5ton frame and engine, but replacing the standard 5 ton cab with a regular HEMMTT cab up front over the engine. He made the whole thing pretty well from scratch, and did a MIL-SPEC quality job on it.  I don't quite remember what he used for the bed, but he made a crane just like the real thing, only a shade smaller.    I don't know whatever happened to it.  ( It was in Sacramento.)   I learned of it on SteelSoldiers years ago. 

And speaking of building military stuff, a guy on another military vehicle forum is building a US 37mm cannon (non-firing), using all the USGI blueprints!  He documented the entire process with pictures, but when he was about 80% done the Photobucket thing happened and they all got wiped out.   A real shame. He got pretty disgusted and last I heard wasn't going to try to re-post the pics. 

I built a 7.0 Funnybike from the ground up,  a score of various utility/expedition trailers, hot-rods,  converted pump action shotguns to box fed,  blah-blah-blah.   I am highly aware of how much effort it takes to build things.  That being said---------The guy's cannon impressed the shit right out of me!!!

Bill, Idaho posted:

And speaking of building military stuff, a guy on another military vehicle forum is building a US 37mm cannon (non-firing), using all the USGI blueprints!  He documented the entire process with pictures, but when he was about 80% done the Photobucket thing happened and they all got wiped out.   A real shame. He got pretty disgusted and last I heard wasn't going to try to re-post the pics. 

I built a 7.0 Funnybike from the ground up,  a score of various utility/expedition trailers, hot-rods,  converted pump action shotguns to box fed,  blah-blah-blah.   I am highly aware of how much effort it takes to build things.  That being said---------The guy's cannon impressed the shit right out of me!!!

Guy here did the same with a Commonwealth pattern Gatling in .450.

"Never again", quoth he.

Not vehicle porn post but a serious question for all y'all.

I have a 2004 Suburban Z71 with a 4" lift.  Occasionally I pull my 16ft cargo trailer and will (probably) tow a friend's 26 ft camp trailer.  What I'm looking for is the BEST read load-leveling system on it.  It has coils on the rear and my research points out the bags inside the coils wears the bags out on a regular basis. Adjustable air-bags have been my "I'm gonna do that" solution for a few years … until I discovered the flaw.  My mechanic even said, "Yep. You're right. Don't do it!"

Suggestions?  I really don't want to drive that thing in a nose-up position for 500 miles!!

RD

 

 

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RidgeDog posted:

Not vehicle porn post but a serious question for all y'all.

I have a 2004 Suburban Z71 with a 4" lift.  Occasionally I pull my 16ft cargo trailer and will (probably) tow a friend's 26 ft camp trailer.  What I'm looking for is the BEST read load-leveling system on it.  

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Suggestions?  I really don't want to drive that thing in a nose-up position for 500 miles!!

RD

Keeping your truck level is pretty important for handling and safety. 

Look up 'air shocks' and 'helper springs'.  Air shocks are like 3"  shock absorbers instead of the OEM 1.5 inch shocks.  Helper springs are passive and do not carry a load until you actually have a load.  The really expensive ones use hydraulic fluid but I don't think you'll be bouncing the front end off ground.  Your local 4WD shop may be able to help you make a choice.  

The air shocks can be pumped up with an air compressor.  It's really nice.  You can get them for front and rear.  A ruler will help you make  sure the hitch is at the right height.  Buick Arnott OEM air springs, Replacement Air Springs by Arnott

 

 

 

 

 

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Rather than air shocks - which generally ride like shit when not under heavy load- I would suggest airbags and an on board air system (like viair) so you can adjust the ride stance while on the move. Depending on what you go with, most airbag systems can level out a 5k - 10k load. The nice thing is they do this without wrecking your un-loaded ride characteristics.

Additionally, you get the bonus of having an onboard air system which has "oh shit" value ... from airing up a low tire to using an air impact wrench on the side of the road to change a tire....and then there's train horns.... you know... for safety.



As an example...

https://www.realtruck.com/fire...1688P2004Y101MA.html

https://www.realtruck.com/fire...3964P2004Y101MA.html

Or...

https://www.realtruck.com/timb...4207P2004Y101MA.html

https://www.viaircorp.com/oba/oba-super



With the 2nd choice you would have to find an add on leveling / balance controller, but they are out there. 

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David Reeves posted:

Rather than air shocks - which generally ride like shit when not under heavy load- I would suggest airbags and an on board air system (like viair) so you can adjust the ride stance while on the move. Depending on what you go with, most airbag systems can level out a 5k - 10k load. The nice thing is they do this without wrecking your un-loaded ride characteristics.

Additionally, you get the bonus of having an onboard air system which has "oh shit" value ... from airing up a low tire to using an air impact wrench on the side of the road to change a tire....and then there's train horns.... you know... for safety.

Trajan & David, thanks for the input .  Years ago we had air shocks on a rig that presented the issues David recounts.  I would think there would have been improvement in the 2 decades since, but apparently not.
Airbags was my intended solution (probably AirLift) for all the reasons David statedBUT  I have been warned by both my mechanic (who has the pickup version of my rig) and the local 4 Wheel Parts shop that the flexing of the coil springs around the bags causes the airbags to burst.  And, like the sales guy at 4Wheel Parts said, "And when they do it will never be at a convenient time."
Do any of ya know of a brand that addresses the problem of bag abuse by the coil springs?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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I know on the firestone set they have reinforced the "bags" significantly in the past 10 years or so.

I know there are a couple different manufacturers that have bags that DON'T sit inside coils (I had a set of Firestones on my 03 Ram -which was a leaf spring rear suspension) but I have to admit I haven't specifically went looking  very hard for Chevy stuff. 

If you're set on not running a set inside the coils on your truck and if you cannot find a set that doesn't sit inside the coils, then your only real options are something like a Rough Country Towing Leveling Kit or buying "more" truck.. 2500, 3500 etc...

I know we have more than a couple "smart" truck guys here, maybe one who knows Chevys will drift by and help out.

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Paccar makes bags with an internal bumpstop which keeps the bag from getting pinched and religious (holy) when you're not carry a load or you are carrying a load and don't have enough air for the load.

I have Firestone bags on my wife's truck and I have them plumbed to their own fill ports on the license plate bracket (stealthy and let's me adjust for the severe crown some states put on their roads) that I fill with an MV-50 I've had for a decade and a half ($50 bucks at then Checkers Auto parts) because I couldn't justify dedicated onboard air which would have more than doubled the price of installing the airbags.

Don't get me started on the awesome that is Chevy/GMC and air bags (those who have a service truck or a cab and chassis will know why) because I have been through about 4 MFG s and every single " trust us it is gonna fit, we're professional and you have given us the VIN...." Yeah go suck start your pistol.

I have a 2007 GMC 3500 4x4 dually that desperately needs airbags yet for some reason no one makes a kit that fits it. But my boss doesn't have a gag reflex when it comes to my stupid truck because it has a shiny red 3 letter badge on the front and he keeps swallowing everything that truck gives him like some fluffer groupie in a bukkake marathon. I'm ready to make it look like a wiring short and be done with it and get another Ford.

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