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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...




Here's as she sets today...











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.



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 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 Train Horn and Alarm System

Blue Sea Lighting Control System controlling all exterior lighting.

ARB Safari Snorkel

Scan-GuageII Engine Monitoring Computer

Oil-less MAF 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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The "BugEater" (In Action)

Otay Mountain 2006-12-02:



Anza Borrego (Sandstone Canyon) 2006-12-09:



Truckhaven 2006-12-30:



Willow Creek 2007-01-13:



Bouldering on Welk's Trail:



Springfest 2007 (Hungry Valley):



Poughkeepsie Guch (FJ Summit 2007):



Imogene Pass (FJ Summit 2007):



Poison Spider (Moab) July 2007:



Anza Boeego (Coyote Canyon) 2007-11-24:
 

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The "BugEater" (Trail Gear)

Donahoe (Icon) Front Coilovers:



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):



Lucrum Bumper System (Lucrum Winch Mount and BWE"s):



Hankook DynaPro MT/RT03 285/70/17's:



OEM Rock Rails (First mod to the "BugEater"):



O&B Fab Lower Control Arm Bracket Armor & O&B Fab Reinforced Factory Lower Control Arms:



All-Pro Front Skid Plate:



All-Pro Tranny Skid:



O&B Fab Swaybar Collars:



Safari Snorkel:



ExtremeAire Onboard Compressor System (Includes 2 Gallon Air Tank):



10lb CO2 System & Fire Extinguisher:



Cargo Barrier:



Cargo Box (Fits all my daily gear and keeps it from sliding around.):



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.


Eclipse Sun Shades:
CLOSED:


OPEN (Attach to Window):



I bought a stock roof rack until I can fab my own. I made this expanded aluminum grid for it.:
 

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The "BugEater" (Electronics/Lighting)

ScanGage II:



Garmin GPSMap 478 w/External Antenna:



Garmin GPSMap 60Cx:



DVD Player:



Custom Ipod Mount:



O&B Fab Istrument Cluster Accessory Mount (Radar Detector, Camera, Wig Wags, etc.):



12V Aux Plug Switches (Dash, Center Console, and Cargo Area), Blue Sea Lghting Switch Panel activation switch (above dimmer dimmer knob), & Mic for Yeasu FT-857D (more on this in communications post):



Additonal 12V Aux Plugs:
DASH:


CENTER CONSOLE:


CARGO AREA:



GPSMap 498 and DVD Player switches:



Blue Sea Fused Switch Gear (Each switch has a built in fuse) for all external acc lighting:



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.



This is a shot of Center Console:



Odyssey 1700 Primary Battery (Primary battery is nly for starting and my ham radios. All my other accessories are wired to my secondary battery.):



Dirty Parts Dual Battery System (I will be upgrading the Optima to an Odyssey 1500 shortly. Need to fab a battery box.):



Spare Fuse Boxes converted to Thermal Circuit Breaker Panels::



O&B Fab Relay Panel:



Main Relay Power Thermal Circuit Breakers:



Blue Sea Switch Gear Terminal Panel:



Overall Under-the-Hood Shot:
 

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The "BugEater" (Emergency/Recovery)

Currently in build process... to be continued. ;D
 

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The "BugEater" (Communications)

Uniden CB/PA System w/Bandi Mount & 4' Firefly or 3' Firestick Antennas:



Yaesu FT-8800R Dual Band (2M - 70cm) & Dual Transceiver Mobile Amateur Radio:



Yaesu FT-867D HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver w/ATAS-120A Antenna:



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.



Yaesu VX-7R Triband (2M/70cm/6M) Dual Transceiver HT:



Yaesu VX-170 2M HT:
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

This post is reserved for when there is something to post about. :D lol ;D

Edit_20080407: Nice pics. I like all the action shots, they really show off your rigs and your capabilities. Nicely done.
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

FJ-Piper said:
This post is reserved for when there is something to post about. :D lol ;D
I figured it's all been seen before, so why rush. ;D
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

Nice pics! Nice rig!
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

Ollie, How does the ATAS hold up off road? Have you ever grabbed a hold of it with some branches while on a trail? Is there a flexmount or a clutch of some sort to allow it for fold back if it gets hooked up on something?
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

Ur ride looks sick.Love the black mirros n' handles.Also the rear storage idea.Where did you get the rear cage from???? ;D ;D ;D
 

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Ollie, How does the ATAS hold up off road? Have you ever grabbed a hold of it with some branches while on a trail? Is there a flexmount or a clutch of some sort to allow it for fold back if it gets hooked up on something?
Not too bad so far. The mount would pivot before the antenna broke off. The bulk of the antenna body is tucked behind the FJ as well. I tried to set it at a height that would allow the top of it to be at the same level as my 4' fire stick. If the branches get too bad I would just remove it. The 857 isn't my primary radio by any means. I run the 8800 95% of the time. I monitor 2 2M freqs on the 8800 and the 857 is used for all other bands. I'm sure you know what happens if I would key down on 2M with the 8800 and have the 857 on 2M at the same time. I have to be real careful of that.
 

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Ur ride looks sick.Love the black mirros n' handles.Also the rear storage idea.Where did you get the rear cage from???? ;D ;D ;D
I fabbed that using an old dog barrier, angle iron, and all-thread.
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

Finally got my roof rack lights all wired up. What a PITA. I also had an issue with my bumpe lights vibrating too much on the trail so I fabbed a reinforcement bar so no more shakey...

BTW: There is no reason at all to lower the headliner when wiring your roof rack (Unless you lose a bolt through the hole and don"t have a replacement.:)).

Here's some pics of the relay panel, wiring mess, and reinforcement bar.















I also hardwired my Diamond K9000 Mount while I was at it. Here's where I installed the switch.
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

Well... I took the plunge and put a new set of wheels on the "BugEater". The Eater of Bugs (a DaveK so fondly calls it) is now sportin' 17" ProComp Xtreme 7089 series wheels.

The new look... need to get some better pics but these will give you the general idea.




 

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I`ve been wanting to put lights on my roof rack for a while. I had no idea there were 4 million wires to go with the project. After the wires come out the bottom of the rack where do they go?
 

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I`ve been wanting to put lights on my roof rack for a while. I had no idea there were 4 million wires to go with the project. After the wires come out the bottom of the rack where do they go?
If you look closely you'll see a hole I drilled in the roof. They run thrugh that hole, down the front A-Pillar, behind the driver's kick panel, and through the firewall to the left of the master cylinder and ABS computer. I then ran everything up to the relay panel I built on my under-hood fuse factory fuse box cover.
 

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Re: The "BugEater" (FJ-Ollie's Rig)

the new wheels really set off your rig, and teh inside is insane looks like a cockpit of an airplane very nice ride!!
 
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