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Re: Eliminating barn door squeaks..

Op die boonste hak in die middel teen nie dak is daar twee spacer plaatjies. Ek het myne uitgehaal. Die deur maak baie stuiwer toe en trêk homself bietjie op. Ek het nogi weer getoets nie maar wonder net of een van julle dit al gedoen het en werk dit.
by TijmenvdS
03 Dec 2016 20:06
 
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Beginners Patrol

Wel I finaly had some time to start my first modifications to my 1999 4.5 Patrol.

First thing on my list was the dual battery system. The previous owner had a national luna isolator installed and one plug near the trailer coupling to connect to the trailer that carried the second battery and one 12v outlet in the load area that was useless without a second battery conected since the national luna isolator does not connect without a second battery connected and I didn't buy the trailer.
Firstly I pulled out the old 16mm^2 wire end replaced it with 35mm^2 cable (much harder to route then one might think) and relocated the isolator from the cramped bonnet to the rear where I built a bracket to hold a 50L water tank as well as the second battery. Because I increased the wire size so drastically the old fuse holders didn't fit any more so I made new ones out of thick perspex, one fuse holder in the front near the main battery and a second one with extra terminal connectors at the back.

I bought a 200Ah Narada solar system battery for R2000 where a deep cycle 104Ah would have cost over R4000, the only down side is that it weighs 61kg but price and value compared to weigt was worth it to me. The good thing is know I can weld with it if I have to after I accidentally took quite a chunk out of my side cutter.

Still to come would be a pump underneath the tank, a cargo barier and a propper fuse box aswell as more gadgets to justify that size of a battery. When I am satisfied whith the neatness and everything has its place I will take it out and paint.
by TijmenvdS
15 Dec 2016 22:33
 
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Re: Beginners Patrol

ricster wrote:That gas strut on the door.... where did you get the swivel bracket that fixes to the body? I have a weak gas strut lying in my garage with the swivel that can connect to the door, but not the other one.


I also bought it from canopy center in Silverton
by TijmenvdS
16 Jan 2017 13:12
 
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Re: Beginners Patrol

Tijmen, daai voorste bash plate is my maaksel. Dit is dan waarskynlik dat die agterste een ook is. Indiendit wel myne is, belowe ek dat dit nie nodig is om brackets te bou nie, hy sal pas.

Ek het PBE stelsel in my eie kar, nou al omtrent ses jaar, en nie 'n enkele klagte nie. Ek het ook nou HCdP se paneel-stelsel in my waentjie ingebou.

Wil jy dalk kom kyk, dan sit ek sommer gou jou skid-plate vir jou op?

Ek sal dit vreeslik geniet. Ek sal verkies as ek dit n saterdag trippie kan maak.

Ek het nou gaan meet by die solenoid en net tussen hom het ek al kla n voltage drop van 0.08-0.1v
Hy word ook vreeslik vinnig warm so ek kan my verbeel dat hy maklik n 1v drop kan gee.

Loving the rear barn door gas strut!

Any chance of a list of parts for the job & size/NM of the strut?

Maybe some measurements too please?

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It is a 350mm strut 500Nm, I have to admit that it is a bit to heavy so I woud say you can about half that, when I get a chance I will have it deflated. This was the only one they had in stock, works great.
Parts:
1/350mm strut
1/rear joint
1/front joint
2/straight ball joint
1/90 degree bend
2/M8 nuts
4/M8 washers
2/M8 spring washers or teflon nuts
2/M6 bolts ~20mm-30mm long
2/M6 nuts
4/M6 wahers
2/M6 spring washers or teflon nuts

Tools
13mm spanner and socket
10mm spanner and socket
6mm drill
8mm drill
Punch

Tips
Be careful unclipping the door interior pannel, the clips tend to break.
Loosen the door catch, pull the door open a bit more then mark the hole on the door bottom so when you retighten the catch the door will always be under tention without play.
Do not worry to much about the measurements I guessed it based on a patrol4x4.com picture of a 290mm strut. So the idea is quite flexible on available parts.
by TijmenvdS
03 Feb 2017 19:05
 
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Re: 4.5 GRX wanted

Hahahahaha.
Ek het nou nooit so aan hom gedink toe ek hom gehad het nie. Maar wat ek beleef het sal ek wel saam stem met dit.

Ek hoop julle geniet hom vreeslik en laat die kilos rol.
by TijmenvdS
02 Apr 2017 13:58
 
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Re: Solar Regulators, Installation etc.

I have not built a solar system yet but have built a dual battery system, as a general rule one would like to have a fuse as close to a power source as possible be it alternator, solar panel or battery to limit the amount of damaged in case of a short. But if the panel has short circuit protection there is probably no need to worry. :mytwocents:
by TijmenvdS
07 Apr 2017 12:16
 
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Re: Tommie Watkins Jnr (TommieGQ) Introduction

Welcome here, really like the colour of your GQ. Too bad you missed the dunes trip a few weeks ago at Boegoeberg.
Remember to keep us posted on mods and pics :blonde:
by TijmenvdS
21 Apr 2017 06:58
 
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My KoolStoof, so oud soos Ek

Hier staan my Trok...n' 1997 GQ ST 4.2 met 413 647km op die klok.
Ek het R67 000 betaal.

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So vêr geniet ek die donkie vreeslik en ek is nog nie seker hoekom nie. Mense op die pad dink ek is die nice'ste ou op die blok, almal wat voor my indruk dink ek gee vir hulle plek maar die waarheid is my voet is plat op die grond :rolling: . Hy klink en ry nes n trok en ek dink dis wat ek die meeste like al is hy nog stadig (vir nou).

Omdat ek van n GU na GQ beweeg het sal ek maar my opmerkings hier plaas, dit was n groot kopskuif om dit te oorweeg. Eerstens is die sitposisie bietjie kleiner, ek sal ander sitplekke in sit en die rails n bietjie agter toe skuif. Dit voel wel dat hy heelwat hoër sit en asof daar meer kop spasie is.

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Dan net n paar interessante opmerkings wat my beïndruk het was dat die bestuurder se venster outomaties oop en toe kan maak nes die GU asook die teleskopiese ariel wat heeltemal gesak kan word al is die radio aan, die GU is of half mas of heeltemal uit as die radio an was. Dan kan die radio wat nou in is nog n kasset vat so die res van die klankstelsel word deur dit beskryf, defnintief op die lysie :wink:

Die GU wat ek gehad het was n wolk op 4 wiele maar het heelwat gesak as hy gelaai was.
Ek vermoed die suspension op die GQ is redelik nuut, hy ry nog hard maar n paar PC bashplates, winch, watertank ens, ens.. sal vinnig hom oor sy stampe laat kom :blonde:
Hy het Gabriel safari voor en OME agter, om watter rede het ek geen idee, ek vermoed hy is 50mm gelig. Hy voel hoër as my vorrige GU op standaard verring. Ek lees om 35" tires te pas het ens ongeveer net 2" uspention en 2" bodylift nodig. Moet nog n body lift opspoor en sal dit dan toets, vir nou moet hy maar stadig wees maar hy moet redelik orals kan opklim.
Dan het hy ook n LSD in, ek het gehoop vir diff lock maar ek dink die prys was redelik en het vir sulke dinge gekompenseer. Sal bietjie by David hoor of hy iets het. Verder sien ek redelik uit om bietjie te eksperimenteer met die LSD want die is die eerste voetuig wat ek al bestuur het met dit.
My susters beweer die agterste sitplekke sit baie beter as die GU sin. Ek sal dit maar op hulle woord neem want ek is nou nie juis van plan om daar besete te wees nie.

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Die GQ het nou nie n AUX tenk nie maar dis asof daar tonne meer spasie op sy onderstel het. Die het my verstom van die 4.5 GU, sy bonnet en onderstel was chock en block vol maar ek kon nie uitmaak waarvoor alles was en hoekom dit daar is nie. Dit was asof hy onnodig vol was. Een van my voornemings was dat of ek nou GU of GQ koop dat hy nie agter aircon of n sun roof mag hê nie omdat die aircon so baie spasie in die bonnet en in die agterste quarterpanel neem. Die voorste aircon moet wel werk :wink: en die sunroof met n roofrack is so te sê n' venster met diefwering en ek wil graag n roof console bou en defnintief n center console met n yskas :blonde:

Vir my doeleindes voel ek wel dat die GQ meer potensiaal het vir al die moeite wat ek wil in sit in terme van engine wat n' haardoër kan kry en sy square shape laat baie modifikasies toe soos gullwing agter vensters is maklikker om te maak asook makliker om bumpers vir te bou, nie dat ek bang was om vir die GU bumpers te gebou het nie. Ek weet hoe werk n grinder en n swys masjien :lol:

Die 4.5 was n vreeslike lekker toer voertuig, baie stil aan die binnekant en vreeslik gemaklik gery. Maar vir elkedag se gebruik het 5km/L die budget in sy kanon in gestuur.
Ek wou van die begin af n voertuig hê wat ek op die ou einde 35" tires kan sit en ek kon aan sy krag voel dat selfs 33" nie die ding sou doen nie veral omdat ek heelwat sleep. Toe gaan ry ons by Piesang kloof (vreeslik mooi) Daai moewiese diff knop het orals gesleep, ek het my beste bestuurs vaardighede uit getoets maar op een punt staan ek tussen twee boompies en n groot klip in die middel...
Toe kom die duine trip en Michael met sy 4.2 :surprised:
Week later met Tinus se hulp is die GU oppad kaap toe :salute: met Bre agter die stuur :driving:

Groot werk lê voor om hom te kry soos ek graag wil maar dit was vir my belangrik om op die regte basis te begin veral engine gewys omdat ek nie kans sien vir n' conversion nie, omdat ek weet hoe lank ons projekte vat veral as die engine nie meer draai nie :naughty:

Die enigste ander persoon wat na diè patrol kom kyk het is n boer en wou n gameviewer bou en die dak af sy, die eienaar kon dit nie oor sy hart kry nie so hy was nie te beswaard toe ek hom my planne vertel nie.
Die vorige eienaar het hom 2 jaar besit en net 3500km gery, so hy het hom nie eers gediens nie. Ek sal begin om alle olies te change van diffs tot power steering, dink dis maar die beste omdat daar ongelukkig nie vreeslike diens geskiedenis is nie omdat die ou nie eers hom genoeg gery het vir een nie.
Dan is daar n paar goed wat maar aandag nodig het, daar klink asof daar n gesing op die agterste diff is. Ek hoop n olie change sal help vir dit anders moet ek David vroeër bel as van plan.
meganies is dit al wat ek opgetel het buiten vir n paar elektriese kwale.

Wat my baie verbaas het was dat mens sy dash liggies kan dim, die GU kon dit nie doen nie.

Ek het ook gaan staan nog voor ek hom uit die parkering kon trêk: Ek start hom sonder n probleem, dink toe dalk moet ek eers bel vir versekering en skakel af. So probeer ek start en surprise...Niks :thumbdown:
Nou die ou het so min gery dat die batterye skaars gelaai het, en sy dual batterye is direk gekoppel so eintlik was daar net een groot pap battery. So bel ek om hulp en my Moeder kom toe tot my redding :thumbup:
Koppel die jumpers op, gee hom n' oomblik en swaai toe, tot my grootste verrassing trek die trok engine haar kar se battery mors dood en trek soveel van haar alternator dat haar kar vrek :thumbdown:
Gelukkig was daar n baie hulpvaardige tannie in n' hilux wat toe nou 2 mors dood karre tot lewe moes bring. Gelukkig was sy vriendelik en nie n
stereotipiese hilux eienaar nie en die insident het sonder enige onvanpaste opmerkings verloop :thumbup:
Weet maar net dat die tweede battery vir nou ontkoppel is en gelaai is vir ingeval :wink: totdat ek tyd het om die bedrading ordentlik uit te sorteer insluitend n alternator kwaal wat ek vermoed asook n paar slegte Aard draad konneksies.

Vir die voertuig se ouderdom en kilos is sy kondisie heel goed, met die ouderdom is daar hier en daar metal fatigue en plastiek wat bros geraak het. Verder al wat sleg lyk in die interior is die deur handvatsels wat ek glo n' upholsterer vir my sal kan mee plan maak :thumbup: Ek en die voertuig is dalk ewe ou maar ek dink hy het dalk meer grondpad gery as ek, maar n patrol dra dit goed. Wens net my knieë wou so lekker werk soos hy, dan sou ek ook n' paar ome shocks in gesit het :rolling: :rolling:

Wie ook al die moeite gedoen het om so vêr te lees, dank ek. Dit klink dalk asof ek moan maar sover is ek nie spyt nie. Ek moet erken dat ek so bietjie verlang maar ek het gister n' hele tenk vol gemaak vir onder R1000, ek hoop dit meen hy gaan bietjie ligter op brandstof wees en nie n aanwysing dat ek dadelik moet plan maak vir longrange nie. :blonde:

Hier is my vorrige een: http://patrol4x4.co.za/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=6705

Voel vry om opinnies te lig oor, sal graag wil weet wat julle dink van Gu to Gq.

Ps. Ek het my bes probeer en n uur gevat om die fotos te resize, geen idee hoe om dit kleiner maar nog duidelik te hou op n makliker manier nie.
by TijmenvdS
27 May 2017 23:37
 
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Wobbly GQ Electric Rear view Mirrors

One of the first things I did on my GQ was to sort out the rear view mirrors, the shook so bad even when idling one could not make out what is going on at the rear never mind when driving.

I found a fix on one of the aussie forums but they had vague instructions and their photos expired.

Tool list:
1/ Needlenose pliers
1/ Sidecutter
1/ Phillips head (+) Screwdriver

Parts List:
4/ Small cable ties

Undo the single screw at the bottom of the mirror housing.

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Lift the mirror up and then out, there are small hooks that are suppose to hold the mirror in place. Both my outer hook's catch on the plastic side had broken probably due to the plastic becoming brittle over time.

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Put 2 cable ties through the mirror housing, there is a metal bracket on the inside with sufficient space for the cable ties, Each one as close as possible to the original hooks and latch them around the plastic mechanism on the mirror.

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Put the mirror back in place, tighten the screw and tilt the mirror forward for best access.
Then carefully tighten both cable ties with the needle nose pliers and cut of any excess.
by TijmenvdS
28 May 2017 18:49
 
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Re: (9-13) Augustus 2017 RIVER TRIP

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: Nie eers nie, maar nogsteeds kos die gebrek aan dit baie geld. WWW
by TijmenvdS
27 May 2017 12:27
 
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Re: Working out diff ratios

Ek is redelik seker dat hy nog die oorspronklike diff ratios in het. Ek het ook gehoor van die speedo wat uit is en het dit maar so aanvaar. As die groen meneer 4.3 ratios in gehad het sou hy vreeslik hoog gerev het op spoed en ek het gevind hy is heel normaal. As ek reg onthou het hy hier by 2800 rpm se kant op 120 gedraai en dit is die selfde as wat die diesel doen wat ek nou het ongeveer en hy is ook veronderstel om 4.1 in te hê. Maar daar is vreeslik baie 4.5s met die 285s op en die wat ek mee gekuier het is heel gelukkig. Oom Ossewa, David M, Grahm Cummings en paar ander wat ek ongelukkig nie hul name kan onthou nie. Ek sal sê go vir dit. :blonde:
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by TijmenvdS
16 Jun 2017 19:57
 
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Re: 4.5 GRX wanted

Daai is nou reg bande. Ek hoop julle ry lekker en geniet die trip. :thumbup:
by TijmenvdS
24 Jul 2017 22:42
 
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GQ Bonnet Gas Struts

I enjoyed the gas struts on the GU bonnet very much, felt so fancy between Hiluxes and Fords. So I tried to research how to do it on a GQ and found very little or outdated unavailable posts.
So I tried my luck and believe it worked quite well.

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Parts aquired from Canopy Center Silverton
Parts:
2/ Gasarm (4048) Extended Lenth 650mm 4048K 400Nm
2/ Mounting Bracket-90 Degree 50x35x3mm
4/ End Fitting Balljoint
2/ Mounting Bracket-D/Crank H/Duty 66x29
8/Large gead 5mm Pop Rivits

Tools:
5mm Drill
Pop Rivit Gun

20 Minutes
Total Cost R550

I do not like pop rivets but did not see any other way. If they fail I will just weld the brackets on and touch up the paint. I have bought 250ml from Silverton Autobody and paint for R260 to get ahead of a few potential rust spots.

Tips:
Do the diver side of the vehicle first.
Install the bases first to the main body
Let someone lift up te bonnet as high as possible then mark the bonnet side, GQ bonnets lift up much higher than the standard arm that is suppose to keep it open.
by TijmenvdS
30 Jul 2017 12:49
 
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Re: My KoolStoof, so oud soos Ek

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So after the river trip there was a few things I wanted to change and start preparing for December. Had a few incidents on the trip but luckily noting incapacitating: The back of the vehicle slid into a tree branch and broke only one of the rear widows, so first on the list is gullwings :blonde: .
Had a problem with a tire puncture that turned into a delamination and exploded, Luckily while trying to repair so nobody got hurt (get a Tire pressure monitoring system :mytwocents: ) So I "Libertated" some 35" tires from my Dad's Safari and because of the 2" suspension lift and 2" body lift made it work by removing some tupperware and spacing the front diff at the rear of the radius arms forward by 14mm. I also fitted the winch but stil have to do the wiring. I am very glad to have traveled with the Patrol guys because if I was alone I would have had to put my dodgy spare wheel on and would have driven home at 20km/h. Thanks Tinus, Dave and Oom Etienne for the help :salute:

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I removed my rear doors to modify the hinges so that they can open 180 degrees in preparation for the drawer system. Hopefully I will be able to install the hinges within the next two weeks and hope it works but still have to figure out some kind of open lock so they don't swing around and damage any body work.
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Also, if you have a badly mounted second battery just remove it because it can cause some serious damage to the wheel well. :mytwocents:
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by TijmenvdS
20 Aug 2017 21:45
 
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Re: My KoolStoof, so oud soos Ek

So a few things have happned in the past few weeks, not a lot but enough to justify an update. Firstly I bought some 33" from Tinus.
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For the moment 33" are awesome, a huge improvement offroad from the 31" road tires. 1st and 2nd gears are much more usable due to the increased rev range in them but 3rd gear onwards you start to feel the big tires. I had a diff hum, changed oils and it improved a bit but when I checked my old tires I had different sizes on the back which caused the diff to permanently work an one could immagine with a LSD that is not ideal. Since putting on the same size tires the hum has almost completely disappeared, so much so that anyone other than me who knows what noises to listen for at what times would not know of it. But unfortunately it has developed vibration from 100km/h onwards. I am still not sure if it is the tires or some other bush or component. Since the previous owner drove it so little for so long and suddenly it falls into my hands and has clocked a few km already maybe some rubbers or buses are tired, I am not looking forward to just keep replacing parts and hope the shake goes away.

I also have front body mounts that started "knorring" I thought it was engine mounts but found the culprit. Nissan wants R560 for one mount. Hopefully David can sort me out.

At Sandwane my right brake pipe popped off due to a bad crimp. I am so glad it happened on a 4x4 trail and thanks to the legendary Patrol handbrake it was controlled. Got my vice gips out, clamped the rubber pipe shut and cable tied it to the swivel hub and made it home. I removed my swaybars for that day so driving home with a vehicle pulling quite left when braking including a lot of body roll was very interesting :surprised:
So I replaced all the rubber pipes on my brake system and lengthen some of them to prepare for a lift some time in the future.

Since I am replacing the front body mounts I will also be doing a 2" body lift. All the details I will share in a separate thread and link it here so if someone searched for a specific topic it can be found more easily rather than scrolling through a whole build thread.

Yesterday I made a few modifications just for comfort and ease of use.
The first being some struts for the rear barn doors. The GU's have a lockable strut on the open position but he older GQ's have no such function. On my previous GU installed a gas strut on the smaller door but the strut I had was very strong and surprised a few unwilling participants.

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All I want is for the doors to stay open in wind or on an incline. Just remember to release them if engaged otherwise the will bend if you forget and force the doors (Dis maar wat ek hoor :doh: )
Parts required:
Acquired from Canopy center Silverton
1/ Stay-Folding Stay (115mm)
1/ Stay-Folding Stay (152mm)
8/ Self Tapping screws
10 minutes
If someone requires dimensions I will post it but I found just make sure both mounting points are more or less the same distance from the pivot point of the door.
I also bought some of the center console and dashboard switch blanks from them, Fits GU and GQ

I also installed some gas struts in the bonnet because I enjoyed them on the GU. Parts and Dimensions will be in a separate thread.
http://patrol4x4.co.za/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=7250

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by TijmenvdS
30 Jul 2017 12:16
 
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