What should be my next few upgrades?

  • Second Winch for Tow Hitch

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  • Mobile CB Radio

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  • YOU CAN CHOOSE UP TO THREE RESPONSES

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djkaosone

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I would recommend replacing the drier before the compressor goes out. I have all oem struts to replace all 4 corners. So, that's a thing. You can replace every component for under $2k.
 

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The Hitachi unit is serviceable and the drier can be replaced along with serviceable piston parts. AMK is non-serviceable and requires a new assembly. So, depending on the unit you have, you can preemptively service it.
 

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You can find the drier assembly complete, or you can find rebuild kits. I rebuilt mine, but the push-to-connect fittings do not seal well anymore, even after a new hose. Getting a new cap for the drier is on my todo list, but it's a very slow leak and the main gallery is mostly depressurized when not making adjustments to ride height. I took apart one of my valve blocks, and did see traces of desiccant. Cleaned that out and it's been good since (note that the front valve block seems to be out of stock everywhere I look). I did try an o-ring replacement kit, it seemed like the wrong sizes so I returned it and left the original o-rings alone. I did not add any lube, but might give a little silicone spray next time I have them open, though not sure that's needed.
 

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Truthfully, when I got stuck in the mud, I'd have been better off with a rear winch. I figure if you drove forward and got stuck what good is it to winch yourself further forward and deeper into that same trouble? Seems like you would want to extract yourself BACK out of that mess.
LOL. I hear ya on that! Sometimes you'd rather back out from the trouble you got yourself into, instead of pulling yourself deeper into the mucky muck!! I think I'm going to get myself an inexpensive tow mount winch in addition to whatever else I do. I do like the input from everyone. It has been most insightful.
The next round is on me! Cheers :beer:
 

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I got a 6 ton come-along, so that I can pull in whatever direction I want, and even use it in the yard. Certainly not as convenient, and I haven't had the need for it yet, but it seemed like a more affordable solution to the "I need to get myself out of a jam" problem than a winch. Not as slick though.
 

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Building Your LR4 to Hit the Trails

So, you’ve bought yourself the most capable “mall crawler” on the planet, the LR4 (LR3 included.) But…you don’t want to go the mall; you want to hit the great outdoors and take the road less traveled. You’ve already done the most important upgrade you can do, you ditched the loafers for a pair of “waffle stompers”.

And thus, the journey begins and the seemingly never-ending quest to upgrade your LR4. To transform your mall crawler into a purpose built off-road 4x4 tour de force.

And this is where I find myself today. Wanting to add additional enhancements to my 2012 LR4. Detailed below are the upgrades that I’ve added to date.

2012 LR4 HSE Upgrades
  • Tactical 4x4 Front Bumper w/ Line-X
  • Warn Winch, 10,000 lb.
  • Tactical 4x4 Rock Sliders w/ Line-X
  • Johnson Rods 2 ½” Lift
  • Compomotive 18” Wheels
  • Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T
    275/65R18 (32.5x11R18)
    • Frame horns were trimmed accommodate the 275/65R18 tires.
      The combination of 2 ½” lift, 18” wheels and new 275/75R18 tires, the ground clearance of the LR4 now reaches 14 inches.
  • Power Tank
  • Baofeng BF-F8HP, Handheld 8 Watt Radio - UHF & VHF
    • Weather Band, GMRS, MURS, FSR, FM, etc…
This now brings me to where I am now. What to do next and thus, I have decided to open the discussion to everyone at large. I thought it might be interesting to see what others think.
Please take the poll "Adding Upgrades to My 2012 LR4".
Howdy, can you shed some like on how you trimmed the frame horns? Did you need to weld a new flat piece back on after cutting?
 

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Howdy, can you shed some like on how you trimmed the frame horns? Did you need to weld a new flat piece back on after cutting?
That’s up to you. It’s purpose is to divert energy (and the truck) in a crash outward and away from the impact in a frontal offset collision.
 

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Here are some pictures of the frame horns being trimmed.
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I’m thinking you shouldn’t pay more than $225. I paid $150, but I did help with the job a little bit.
 

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