After introducing you to our Trooper build in the Spring, we’ve accomplished quite a bit on the old Isuzu 4×4. Naturally, we began with the cheapest and easiest mods first. So obviously, the first “mod” was debadging and plastidipping every piece of chrome on the vehicle – duh.
While the Trooper had decent tread on the factory 240/70/16s, we came across a deal from Classic City Overland on some Cooper Discoverer A/T3 265/75/16s that Greer Automotive Services installed for us.
Now that we had some fresh rubber on the ground, we looked upwards – roof rack time! The Troopers have very limited aftermarket support, so we knew that we would have to do some DIYing on this one. We again reached out to Classic City Overland, this time for their roof rack brackets. Once they were attached to the vehicle, we sprayed the components with truck bed liner and cut (3) Superstrut cross bars to length. Given their amazing load capabilities, these were the perfect new home for our rental rooftop tents!
We grabbed some leftover Superstrut and promptly began affixing them to our new roof rack and running wires to a switch inside.
Returning the to Facebook Marketplace, we found a lightly used set of X-Bull traction boards to help us get out of the messes we often find ourselves in. These were then attached the new light brackets using very high tech ball bungees we had laying around.
For interior storage, we wanted to keep it simple, by removing the factory six disc cd changer we found a perfect spot for an ammo can tool box! Keeping with the theme, we went to TruPrep and grabbed two Fat 50 ammo cans and two 40mm ammo cans for storage of tools, recovery gear and other necessities.
We wanted to add some items to the swingout doors, so we grabbed some Quick Fist clamps from 4 Wheel Parts in Marietta, GA to attach our Hults Bruk Akka axe to the large door. Finally, we need one last item for this phase of the build, so we head to Diversified Fire and Safety to grab a fire extinguisher with the mount.
So what’s next? With our van build on the horizon, the Trooper may not get many new parts in the next few months. A few things we will hopefully be adding is a ladder, mount for our Wavian Nato Jerry can, and some mud tires. Stay tuned for more!