I haven’t posted anything in a while, so I thought I’d put something down to let y’all know I’m still alive and so is the Trooper.
When we left the action, I took the Trooper to have its front CV axles installed and the ABS/4WD electrical issue taken care of. CV’s are good now, but the ABS/4WD warning lights remain. I think I’m going to have to take it to an electrical specialist for that. Right now, I’ve got 2HI, 2LO, and 4LO only.
I purchased a CB radio, cable, antenna, and antenna mount (because Amazon doesn’t sell anything in a kit).
Firestick 4ft Firefly tunable antenna
Firestick SS-174 mount
Firestick K-4A stud
RoadPro RP-12CC 12' coaxial cable
What I got in the end could be described as “My first CB kit.” Even though is not my first CB, I’ll be using it for occasional group expeditions and won’t require much from it.
The next step up CB unit started at $125, and you can get all sorts of manually tunable things plus features such as NOAA weather. The weather thing would’ve been nice to have, but we’ll see if I miss it when I’m fleeing from a flash flood.
Installation was pretty simple. The plastic on the Trooper is so thick that you can basically screw anything into it, and it won’t let go. The trick is obscuring the wiring. I routed the cable under the passenger floormat and up the B-pillar so that it exits out the front of the right-rear passenger door.
I chose this place to mount the antenna because it a) satisfied the placement criteria of the Firestick instructions (top at least 18" above the roof), and b) it’s one of the only places that the mount I purchased would work. It did mean that I had to drill holes into the roof, but it works.
TL;DR: The next best thing to auto-inflation systems usually found only on semi trucks and military vehicles.
The item in question was purchased from Amazon for $120 and is called the Klutch 4-tire inflator #48542. I tried finding it online just now, but I can’t find anyone that carries it anymore.
In essence, you hook up your air source to the bottom of the gauge and hook up the four hose ends to the vehicle... one to each tire. You select what PSI you want with the dial, and then flip the valve open. It does the rest.
After a period of time, your tires deflate or inflate to the desired pressure. Going from 26 PSI to 35 PSI took about 1.5 minutes on 33" tires with the Powertank attached.
The system averages the air pressure within the system, so you’ll have to adjust if you want the front and rear to be different pressures. Brilliantly, the hoses have swivels on them, so you don’t get binding when you coil it up.
Reviews still to come: Powertank and bag jack reviews.
Summer is drawing to a close, so the planning stage for the next trip is in the works. Look for that story after the first leaf falls.
Until next time, it’s “Adios” from me and Koba.