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Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

Well, I guess it's time I get one of these things goin'. My '14 Altitude (stock - summit white) will arrive on Wed and I've already got big plans for it (amazon shopping cart is bursting at the seams). Ideally, I am going for an overland-esque type rig, but also looking to maintain comfort as it will be my daily driver. I'm local in the SF Bay Area and looking to get out and explore some overland type trails and do some weekend camping adventures. I appreciate any and all feedback/advice/suggestions. Here goes nothin!

Mods so far:
- Window tint - unknown %, will know soon

Mods planned:
- Wheels and tires - I have seen lots discussed here and I still can't decide. I like the stock 20's, but I am not apposed to considering a smaller wheel/tire set up. I have my eye on the Nitto Terra Grappler G2. If I go with a smaller wheel, I really like the Method Race wheels Grid Titanium/Black Street Loc wheel. (feedback welcome here)
- RRO 2.5" lift/UCA kit
- Whispbar S25 roofrack bars - with Yakima K624 fit kit
- Curt 18115 cargo roof rack - (may go with the Rhino rack system/CVTent setup in the future)
- Matte black hood decal
- OEM Back up camera
- Skid Plate protection - open to recommendations here for a beginner.
- Blacked out honeycomb grill

I built up an '08 FJ in the past so this isn't my first mod rodeo, however, I still consider myself a rookie

More pics to come once she arrives!

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Old 09-11-2016, 03:43 PM
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

Here she is before she got put on a truck from TX.
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Old 10-22-2016, 05:12 PM
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

Few updates on the mods:

Installed:
- Whispbar 25 roof rails
- Curt roof cargo rack
- Opt7 LED Headlight (h11) and Opt7 LED Fogs
- Gorilla Black Lug nuts (w/lock lug) - MUST GET ACORN style if you have the stock glossy 20's

Soon to be purchased installed:
- 4 BFG AT Ko2 - 275/55/20 (on stock black glossy 20's)
- Bilstein 5100 (all around) Fronts set to 1.75"
- Wheel spacers (BORA) HELP NEEDED - to avoid rubbing, should I go with 1.25" or 1.5"?

Along with the question of the spacers, has anyone put in the Ko2 in the spare tire well?
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

along the lines of suspension/tire/wheel setup you have exactly what im thinking of doing. how do you like your opt 7 led setup?
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- Wheel spacers (BORA) HELP NEEDED - to avoid rubbing, should I go with 1.25" or 1.5"?

I did 1.25 and have no rubbing.
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I did 1.25 and have no rubbing.
Nice! What suspension set up do you have? the 5100s?
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along the lines of suspension/tire/wheel setup you have exactly what im thinking of doing. how do you like your opt 7 led setup?
I think it will look like a clean set up!

So my reviews on the Opt7 are mixed. When I tried to plug and play the H11 headlights (low beam) the male connector on the opt7 is wider than the female side of the headlight plug. Took it to an auto tech/electrician friend, and he cut the Opt7 male plug off, and hard wired it to just behind the female plug so that if i ever wanted to go back to original, I could. Stuffed the light, and capacitor in the housing perfectly. Lights are very bright, even, and clean.

As for the fog lights, that's a true plug and play, relatively easy install, but it's not too too bright. Gets the job done though.
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

At 275/55-20, a spare KO2 won't fit in the wheel well. Your best bet is to get a 255/70/18 as a full size match - that is very close to the OD of the KO2's and is what I used to run as well with the cubbies removed.

Regarding the spacers I have seen people do both 1.25 & 1.5". I did 1.5" with the RRO lift and it looked great with no issues, although I recall reading plenty of users here running the 1.25".
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Nice! What suspension set up do you have? the 5100s?

Stock for now. I've been focusing mainly on lighting issues.
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

So after further review, I've been made aware the Goodyear Duratracs 275-55-20 are a viable option with no spacers too. Seem to be similar with pricing too. Choices...


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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

Got the 5100s in finally, going to set the fronts to 1.5", back pair is not adjustable. Trying to find a shop that can put them on without breaking the bank.

Also, got the Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, 275/55/20. Those are in the mail...
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Re: Chronicles of an Altitude Mall Crawler

Note to self - check the boxes the shocks come in (and caution ordering from amazon) as one of the boxes was missing the installation kit, so no tires and no shocks last week. But after a quick re-order and credit from AMZN I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Will be planning to measure before the install to check if 1.25" or 1.75" setting on the 5100s will be best.

Mods next up on the idea block
- Frontrunner Slimline II rack
- Frontrunner/CVT (roadtrip to OR)/Tepui camo rooftop tent
- Curt trailer hitch (aftermarket)
- Wilco Offroad Hitchgate Solo (standard)
- Fullsize spare w/ (275/55/20) Goodyear Duratracs
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