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I'll let you know, I have some garage sorting to do this weekend so I'll check then.



There might be room for a small AGM... after reading your comment I started doing some calculations - but then I realized that I can't imagine a scenario where I would need it self-powered, away from my truck (?)
Also maybe helping out a homie? Can't leave the homies on flat.
 

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I'll let you know, I have some garage sorting to do this weekend so I'll check then.



There might be room for a small AGM... after reading your comment I started doing some calculations - but then I realized that I can't imagine a scenario where I would need it self-powered, away from my truck (?)
The more I think about it the more I'm glad mine is portable. I'm going to downsize it to make it less heavy however.im getting rid of these Jerry can tool boxes. It's too much work keeping them from getting rusty right now. Once the softopper gets in I'll think about putting them back in off to the side. But right now they are where my head would be if sleeping in the bed of the truck
 

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Just convenient is all. was kind of shocked you didn't mount it under the truck tbh. One of the rampage Jerry can tool boxes I have on the back of my truck has two of the smallish agm batteries in it, a compressor, and an inverter. It's wired to charge/power everything when it's sitting in it's holder via some home made pogo pins. I really wish the rampage Jerry can tool boxes were better made.
Yeah... I thought about it more, and I don't see any reason to have it self-powered. Plus, I'm not one of those "bring everything with me everywhere I go" types. I only bring what I need when I think I'll need it, so I only load the air compressor box into the truck when I am going off-road. If I were to permanently mount it under the truck, that means I'd have to always bring an air line - and again, I don't like the idea of loading up all this gear on my truck if I'm not using it; It draws too much attention (more stuff to steal) and it's unnecessary.

I see some rigs rolling around the city and it makes me ask, who really needs to carry a farm jack, an RTT, and 4 different Rotopax's just to go to the supermarket? :LOL:

Also maybe helping out a homie? Can't leave the homies on flat.
Homie's have batteries under their hoods too.
 

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Yeah... I thought about it more, and I don't see any reason to have it self-powered. Plus, I'm not one of those "bring everything with me everywhere I go" types. I only bring what I need when I think I'll need it, so I only load the air compressor box into the truck when I am going off-road. If I were to permanently mount it under the truck, that means I'd have to always bring an air line - and again, I don't like the idea of loading up all this gear on my truck if I'm not using it; It draws too much attention (more stuff to steal) and it's unnecessary.

I see some rigs rolling around the city and it makes me ask, who really needs to carry a farm jack, an RTT, and 4 different Rotopax's just to go to the supermarket? :LOL:



Homie's have batteries under their hoods too.
I think you know I'd like to argue with you. But facts are hard to dispute. And that was a lot of factual statements. I bring things I might need. Like I do have recovery straps and medical supplies in my truck, and something to defend myself... But I don't foresee the need for a farm jack or traction pads etc. So good points well made. But I bet a good box with a battery and a compressor etc would sell well at the mall lol.
 

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I think you know I'd like to argue with you. But facts are hard to dispute. And that was a lot of factual statements. I bring things I might need. Like I do have recovery straps and medical supplies in my truck, and something to defend myself... But I don't foresee the need for a farm jack or traction pads etc. So good points well made. But I bet a good box with a battery and a compressor etc would sell well at the mall lol.
Nothing to argue here, like I said - I prefer not to lug all my gear everywhere I go during day to day use, I only bring the "specialist stuff" when I know I will need it. Sure, I mounted my traction boards and a shovel on the utilitrac rails as a project, but those are both simple, "quick mod" level stuff compared to something more involved like mounting an on-board air compressor. (y)

If there is someone on the forum who has a reason to have a self-powered air compressor inside a tool box... since I can't think of a reason why I'd need one, it's not me :)
 

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Nothing to argue here, like I said - I prefer not to lug all my gear everywhere I go during day to day use, I only bring the "specialist stuff" when I know I will need it. Sure, I mounted my traction boards and a shovel on the utilitrac rails as a project, but those are both simple, "quick mod" level stuff compared to something more involved like mounting an on-board air compressor. (y)

If there is someone on the forum who has a reason to have a self-powered air compressor inside a tool box... since I can't think of a reason why I'd need one, it's not me :)
ok true but why not just throw it in a burlap sack, or throw it in the back seat.
 

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A Separate Bed (01.30.2021)
One day in January I took a 174-mile round trip drive out to Cathedral City, CA and back to pick up a used OEM Nissan Frontier sliding bed divider that I had been looking for since 2015. I was looking specifically for the earlier “Mesh” version, and finally someone local (well, close enough) was selling one, so I brought it home after a COVID-19 safe exchange of cash and some good truck chit chat. Back in the garage I inspected the divider and though it wasn’t mint, it was in good shape and I immediately began refinishing it:


Not bad, at least it’s complete with no unusual damage.




The bracket parts needed some cleaning up.

After inspecting the parts and seeing that they were in pretty good condition, I scraped away the old OEM decals from the side brackets. Next I removed the bracket hardware and wiped them down clean and free of any contaminants. Overall the brackets were in good condition; there were some parts that had some surface scratching, but nothing that a couple layers of self-etching primer couldn’t fix:




The old roller hardware is grimey, but good thing the bed divider sale included some extra bed extender brackets (with fresh, new roller hardware):



After giving the brackets a couple of thin coats of charcoal gray, I transferred over the new rollers:



Liking the gray color I chose, I then did the same process to the main bed divider – clean and inspect, then one coat of self-etching primer, followed by 2 coats of charcoal gray:




All that was left form here was to reassemble the sliding divider and install it into my truck bed:



Because of the new sliding divider, I had to remove my little shovel and the Quickfist mounts temporarily (I’ll remount them elsewhere) or else I wouldn’t be able to use the divider how I want to. I might end up relocating the shovel and the recovery boards to the bed divider itself (like I’ve seen others do before) since it seems like a good alternative. More importantly though – I could now remove the tubular bed extender and its sliding brackets that came with the truck. I used to use the bed extender as a makeshift cargo divider/organizer, but the awkward angled shape wasn’t that useful. Now with the flat faced sliding bed divider, it’s much better now when I need to separate or secure smaller cargo that doesn’t need the entire length of the bed… or for carrying my off-road gear nice and organized like this:



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A Separate Bed (01.30.2021)
One day in January I took a 174-mile round trip drive out to Cathedral City, CA and back to pick up a used OEM Nissan Frontier sliding bed divider that I had been looking for since 2015. I was looking specifically for the earlier “Mesh” version, and finally someone local (well, close enough) was selling one, so I brought it home after a COVID-19 safe exchange of cash and some good truck chit chat. Back in the garage I inspected the divider and though it wasn’t mint, it was in good shape and I immediately began refinishing it:


Not bad, at least it’s complete with no unusual damage.




The bracket parts needed some cleaning up.

After inspecting the parts and seeing that they were in pretty good condition, I scraped away the old OEM decals from the side brackets. Next I removed the bracket hardware and wiped them down clean and free of any contaminants. Overall the brackets were in good condition; there were some parts that had some surface scratching, but nothing that a couple layers of self-etching primer couldn’t fix:




The old roller hardware is grimey, but good thing the bed divider sale included some extra bed extender brackets (with fresh, new roller hardware):



After giving the brackets a couple of thin coats of charcoal gray, I transferred over the new rollers:



Liking the gray color I chose, I then did the same process to the main bed divider – clean and inspect, then one coat of self-etching primer, followed by 2 coats of charcoal gray:




All that was left form here was to reassemble the sliding divider and install it into my truck bed:



Because of the new sliding divider, I had to remove my little shovel and the Quickfist mounts temporarily (I’ll remount them elsewhere) or else I wouldn’t be able to use the divider how I want to. I might end up relocating the shovel and the recovery boards to the bed divider itself (like I’ve seen others do before) since it seems like a good alternative. More importantly though – I could now remove the tubular bed extender and its sliding brackets that came with the truck. I used to use the bed extender as a makeshift cargo divider/organizer, but the awkward angled shape wasn’t that useful. Now with the flat faced sliding bed divider, it’s much better now when I need to separate or secure smaller cargo that doesn’t need the entire length of the bed… or for carrying my off-road gear nice and organized like this:



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This can also be seen at project:KEIRA
If only I had utilitrac. I've seen a few short beds on cl with and thought about getting them and swapping out... But it seems like more work than I'd be interested in. If I ever paint the whole truck in bedliner I'll maybe do it. Do you know if the diy tracks people talk about in the forums are compatible with oem items such as this and the extender?
 

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All Terrain, 3rd Wave (02.13.2021)
When I gave my truck a full exterior detail near the end of 2020 (wash, clay bar, polish, wax) I took a few steps back to admire my work and although she was super clean and shiny again… I didn’t like how the Hankook tires looked. Combine that with the idea that I was planning on doing some off-roading with my daily driver truck (again) and what happens is I buy new tires… but what tires?



Sure, the current Dynapro AT-M’s are ‘all-terrain’ but they had a street-friendly tread pattern, and I chose the thinner P/SL versions for minimal road noise. I will admit that I missed the look of a more aggressive tire on my truck, so that meant it was time to go shopping for some new tires. After checking out what was available (sticking with my current 265/75-16 sizing), it came down to 4 options: BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 (what I had last time), Falken Wildpeak AT-3/W, Falken Rubitrek A/T, or keep the Hankook Dynapro AT-Ms (what I had now).



I kinda already knew up front that I wasn’t going with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2s; I’ve already had them, and I wanted to try something different. The Rubitreks were a recommendation from a friend of mine, but for some reason the sidewall looked too… “complicated”. After 3 weeks of window shopping, gathering and comparing info, reading and watching reviews, and changing my mind a million times, I finally decided to try the latest version of Falken’s Wildpeak AT-3/W’s. Like the previous two tires, I stayed with the 265/75-16 size ( no added clearance mods required) but I opted for the more heavy duty E-rated versions, since obviously part of the switch was for better off-road action.





Here’s an interesting photo showing the Hankook Dynapro AT-M, next to my 5 year old, zero mileage, never used BF Goodrich KO2 spare (LOL), next to the new Falken AT-3/W; all three of the tires shown are the same 265/75-16″ size. Actual diameter was pretty close, with the AT-M having the narrowest tread and the lightest weight (we measured 37-lbs.), the KO2 having a flatter, square profile and the highest weight (55-lbs.), and the A/T3/W being the tallest (largest actual diameter) with a slightly lighter weight compared to the KO2 (51-lbs.):



…speaking of, since the spare KO2 was 5 years old (and not matching) I actually bought a 5th Wildpeak to use as a spare tire:



Back to the Level 8 Bully Pro 6 wheels, the existing eighty (yes, EIGHTY!) rash ring bolts were showing their age as well, so I took this opportunity to remove them and install nice, shiny and new stainless steel flanged hex bolts (and some new valve stem caps too):









Extra Credit: Hours earlier while on the way to my buddy’s shop to get the AT-3/W’s installed, I did a super duper unscientific road noise test using my iPhone 12 Pro’s built-in microphone and an SPL app. On the freeway I picked a known smooth section of road and positioned my truck away from other vehicles (not too much traffic as it was after hours), then I held my iPhone up with my right hand somewhere floating above the center console. I took screenshots of the app’s SPL meter for a reference point. Later that evening, with the Falken’s installed I doubled back to that same known stretch of freeway and did the exact same thing, taking more screenshots of the SPL meter. When I got home I took a look at each set of screenshots and picked the one that represented the average for the AT-M’s and the AT-3/Ws. The results are below:



Comparing the Hankook Dynapro AT-M’s (with about 8,000 miles) to the near-zero mileage, brand new Falken Wildpeak AT-3/Ws, the noise difference was a little over 1/2 a decibel. It’s not much, and to be honest I had to really, really listen to try to hear any increase in road noise with the new tires. Again, the test was super un-scientific and for all I know a gust of wind or a nearby 18-wheeler ahead of me could have easily changed the sound level. So far the only thing I do notice is how the tires sound when going over lane reflectors and broken pavement; the AT-3/Ws have more of a lower pitched “thud” when running over lane reflectors (when compared to the AT-M’s), but it doesn’t sound louder and it doesn’t bother me. As I rack up miles on the new tires, we’ll see how the road noise level goes. They seem nice and decently quiet so far (for a more aggressive Load-E tire), and at least now I will have the confidence again to venture off-pavement with my daily driver when the time comes. (Thanks to forum member @runstuartrun for helping me deciding on a new tire!)

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So how about a picture of the entire truck as it is now?
I took a bunch of new pics, haven't gotten around to it yet. I did sneak one in the "What did you do today" thread last week :)
 

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Any luck finding it?
Sorry, I did make sure to keep an eye out for it when I was sorting stuff, and I didn't come across it... so I must have tossed it in the trash when I removed it from my truck
 

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Sorry, I did make sure to keep an eye out for it when I was sorting stuff, and I didn't come across it... so I must have tossed it in the trash when I removed it from my truck
Copy that. Thanks for looking.
 

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Yeah... I thought about it more, and I don't see any reason to have it self-powered. Plus, I'm not one of those "bring everything with me everywhere I go" types. I only bring what I need when I think I'll need it, so I only load the air compressor box into the truck when I am going off-road. If I were to permanently mount it under the truck, that means I'd have to always bring an air line - and again, I don't like the idea of loading up all this gear on my truck if I'm not using it; It draws too much attention (more stuff to steal) and it's unnecessary.

I see some rigs rolling around the city and it makes me ask, who really needs to carry a farm jack, an RTT, and 4 different Rotopax's just to go to the supermarket? :LOL:



Homie's have batteries under their hoods too.
Hey Raine, an idea you can copy off of me since I am copying some off you. :)
I used these Anderson Plugs with 6 gauge wire and 40 amp fuse so I don't have to open my hood every time I want to use the compressor. Also I used 1/4" poly line with QC connectors to fill 2 tires at a time. If I blow a line then I can easily covert it to a single line.

I thought of running a power line to put an Anderson in the rear but found it easier and safer to run an air line to a QC plug. I may even put one near each wheel well.
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