Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:36 pm

First of all... Where did "BugEater" come from? Well, I'm a Cornhusker (Huskers now) at heart. Back in the early 1900's the Nebraska football team's name was actually the BugEaters. So there you have it. The "BugEater" is set-up for emergency response and recovery on a daily basis. It converts to expedition mode in a few hours time. It likes to play rough occasionally too. I bought it 3 months after they released the FJ-Cruiser. I bought it fully loaded minus the roof rack. I perform all my own work on my rig except for front end alignments.



Just a baby with 200 miles on it...
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Here's as she sets today...
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Here's a shot of me in front of it. A few of us were featured on Land Cruiser magazine. I got this shot on the day of the photo shoot.
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SUSPENSION & DRIVE TRAIN:

ProComp Xtreme Mud Terrains (305/70/17's) on PrComp Wheels

Icon Racing Front Coilovers

OME Heavy Coils in the Rear with Sway-A-Way Racerunner Shocks

Factory Rear Electric locker

Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) - Factory

A-TRAC Hack (Allows use of A-TRAC and Rear Diff Lock at the same time on older FJC's)

VSC Disable Mod

Rear Locker Anytime Mod


ARMOR:

ARB Front Winch Bumper w/Warn CE XD-9000 Winch

Warn Rear Bumper

OEM Rock Rails

All-Pro Skid Plates (Front, Transmission, Transfer Case, and Rear Diff)

Self fabricated rear control arm forward mount armor.

Self fabricated rear control arm armor. (Encase factory control arms in 304 SS tubing.)


Communications:

Kenwood TM-D710 Dual Transceiver Radio w/APRS (GMRS/FRS Capable)

Yaesu FT-857D Multi-Band (2M to 80M) HF Tranceiver w/ATAS-120 Screwdriver Antenna (GMRS/FRS and 11M Capable)

Uniden CB w/Firefly antenna on a Bandi mount

SPOT Messenger


NAVIGATION:

Garmin GPSMap 478 Chartplotter

Garmin GPSMap 60Cx

APRS linked with GPSMap 478 Chartplotter

HP Pavillion dv3 Laptop (on RAM Mount) linked with GPSMap 478 Chartplotter for running Delorme 6.0, TOPO 4.0, and Google Earth (when available).


ILLUMINATION

(4 ea) PIAA 510's facing forward on roof rack.

(2 ea) PIAA HID RS800 9-Inch Shock Lamps on Front Bumper

Hella Fog Light on each side of roof rack for side illumination.

(2 ea) Rear facing Hella fog lights for rear illumination.

(6 ea) Peanut lights on undercarriage for rock lights.

Red LED inside dome light conversion for night vision protection.

Hi/Lo HID headlight conversion.


MISCELLANEOUS:

Twin VIAIR 480 Compressor System w/2 Gallon Air Tank

Dirty Parts Dual Battery System

Odyssey PC-1700 MJT Primary Battery

Dual Optima Yellow-Top Batteries for additional juice.

50 Quart ARB Frig-Freeze

10 lb Self Made CO2 System

ARB X-Jack

Molly Rear Cargo Barrier w/Gun Rack

7 Trumpet 150 psi Train Horn and Alarm System

Blue Sea Lighting Control System controlling all exterior lighting.

ARB Safari Snorkel

Scan-GuageII Engine Monitoring Computer

Oil-less AFE Engine Air Intake Filter

Internal On-Dash Video Camera Mount for awesome action footage.

Self-Fabricated Gear Storage Box (POW-MIA)

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Ollie's "BugEater" Build: Action Shots

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:37 pm

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Ollie's "BugEater" Build: Electronics & Lighting

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:39 pm

O&B Fab Light Bar w/PIAA 520 ATP Lights (4ea) - PIAA 580 Fogs on Bumper:
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Side View Lights (Hella 75 Fogs):
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Rear Facing Lights (Hella 75 Fogs & PIAA LED Inclimate Weather Light):
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Uniden CB/PA attched to Bandi FireFly Antenna on Bandi Mount:
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Uniden External Speaker:
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Yaesu FT-8800R Dual Band (2M - 70cm) & Dual Transceiver Mobile Amateur Radio:
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FT-8800 External Speaker:
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Yaesu FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver w/ATAS-120A Antenna:
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FT-857 External Speaker:
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I get tired of stringing coax all the time. I intstalled these bulkhead fitting so I can swap out antennas for my amateurs radios real easy.
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ScanGage II:
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Garmin GPSMap 478 w/External Antenna:
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Garmin GPSMap 60Cx:
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Odyssey 1700 Primary Battery (Primary battery is nly for starting and my ham radios. All my other accessories are wired to my secondary battery.):
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Dirty Parts Dual Battery System (I will be upgrading the Optima to an Odyssey 1500 shortly. Need to fab a battery box.):
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Spare Fuse Boxes (Convert to Breaker Boxes):
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Relay Panel:
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Primary Thermal Circuit Breakers:
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The Firewall:
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DVD Player:
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Custom Ipod Mount:
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O&B Fab Istrument Cluster Accessory Mount (Radar Detector, Camera, Wig Wags, etc.):
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12V Aux Plug Switches (Dash, Center Console, and Cargo Area) - The one above the dimmer supplies power to the lighting switchgear.:
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Additonal 12V Aux Plugs:
DASH:
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CENTER CONSOLE:
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CARGO AREA:
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Accessory Switches (GPSMap 498, DVD Player, etc.)
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Lighting Switch Gear (Each switch has a built in fuse):
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Master Arm Switches (Horn, Compressor, and Winch):
Note: The FJ horn works in normal mode with the master switch off. When I arm the master switch the FJ horn triggers both the air horns and the regular horn.
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This is a shot of Center Console:
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Oznium Red LED Cabin Lighting & Underside Rock Lights:
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Ollie's "BugEater" Build: Trail Gear

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:41 pm

Donahoe (Icon) Front Coilovers:
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Donahoe (Icon) Rear Shocks w/OME 896 (HD) Rear Coils (I upgraded to the HD's because my daily load out caused my rear suspention to sag 1.5" when I ran MD's):
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Lucrum Bumper System (Lucrum Winch Mount and BWE"s):
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Hankook DynaPro MT/RT03 285/70/17's:
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OEM Rock Rails (First mod to the "BugEater"):
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O&B Fab Lower Control Arm Bracket Armor & O&B Fab Reinforced Factory Lower Control Arms:
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All-Pro Front Skid Plate:
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All-Pro Tranny Skid:
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O&B Fab Swaybar Collars:
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Safari Snorkel:
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ExtremeAire Onboard Compressor System (Includes 2 Gallon Air Tank):
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10lb CO2 System & Fire Extinguisher:
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Cargo Barrier:
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Cargo Box (Fits all my daily gear and keeps it from sliding around.):
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Air Horn Set-Up (7 Trumpets Total):
Note: If I arm them before getting setting the alarm, they will go off with the alarm system.
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Eclipse Sun Shades:
CLOSED:
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OPEN (Attach to Window):
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I bought a stock roof rack until I can fab my own. I made this expanded aluminum grid for it.:
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Ollie's "BugEater" Build: Emergency & Recovery Gear

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:43 pm

Ramsey Patriot 9500 Winch w/Synthetic Line:
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Door Installed Lifehammers (I got this idea from cruiserlarry):
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Installed Fiskars Axe and Sharpener on Rear Cargo Door:
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Industrial EMT Med Kit:
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Daily Emergency Load Out (All this gear fits in my cargo box/area):
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Re: Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by DaveK » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:46 pm

NOW its time to get some dirt on that good looking rig! We need a OAUSA non sanctioned, unofficial, unsupported run! Camping anyone??
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Re: Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by OLLIE » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:16 pm

DaveK wrote:NOW its time to get some dirt on that good looking rig! We need a OAUSA non sanctioned, unofficial, unsupported run! Camping anyone??
Sounds like a good idea...
"OLLIE"
(K6JYB)


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K6JYB ("BugEater")
K6JYB-7 (VX-8R)


http://www.facebook.com/FJOllie

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, the Marines don't have that problem."
-Ronald Reagan


CHECK OUT THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE USA AMATEUR RADIO NET:
Every Thursday night at 7:30pm PST

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146.385+ PL: 146.2 Keller Peak (Echolink Equipped)

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Re: Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by Brucek » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:05 pm

I have been among the fortunate ones to get a tour of this rig and it is a mindblower and a main contributor to my shopping list.
Last edited by Brucek on Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:08 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by Brucek » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:06 pm

Well maybe with the exception of the Pink jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Ollie's "BugEater" Build

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Post by DaveK » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:26 pm

Ollie,


you have a pink jacket????
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