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First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:27 pm

Hi everyone my name is Jordan, and I am from Hamilton, NZ. I bought my first car 3 months ago for $900. It is a 4jb1 1993 Isuzu MU with 193,000km on the clock.
Was so cheap due to a broken cambelt, another cambelt kit and a set of rockers and pushrods and the truck purrs.
The truck runs very well, and I have it ready for the road yet I am still 3 months away from getting my learners.. Test drove it at a farm the other day with my dad and one other guy from the 4wd club, and really liked it. My family does alot of four wheeling, as my dad is part of the Cozzie Four Wheelers. Will eventually get modified for off road, with the basics such as tyres, snorkel and cb radio first on my list. Also for a project one day I would like to fabricate some brush bars and a winch mount/bullbar (any tips/ideas would be much appreciated).
Will add pictures as I do various things to it :)

Modifications and Accessories:

Suspension:Stock
Body Lift:0
Tyres/Wheels: Standard rims and road tyres
Traction Aids: (LSD, auto lockers or Air/electric lockers etc)Stock
Bullbar:Aliarc Nudge bar
Spot lights and Lighting: Factory but plan on adding roofrack mounted spotlights
Communications/GPS:None Yet
Dual Batteries:No
Engine: 2.8td 4jb1
Exhaust:Stock but EGR Blanked
Sound system:Panasonic head unit
External: (any other bits you've done,snorkle, rock, sliders/bar work, roof rack, boonet scoops flares etc)
Internal: (any interanl mods, like false floor, water storage, storage slide etc)
Plans:
Fabricate winch mount, bullbar and brush bars
Snorkel
Intercooler
CB Radio
Decent tyres

My truck..'Muppet'. The tyres I borrowed from my dad off his mu 'Mut', and my truck has managed to gain the name 'Muppet' (due to the driver hahah)
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And below is my dad's truck 'Mut', is a bit beaten up but is quite capable and is a trailer truck.
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Vehicle: 1993 Isuzu MU 4jb1 EGR Blocked, Free flow exhaust, 33x12.5 Mudstars on 15x10s. 32x10.5r16 on 15x8 -44.
Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby MUVIT » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:39 am

I really like that colour on the MU
nice truck
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby MrRevhead » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:54 pm

Agree, nice truck and a good score for that price!
What size are those wheels and tyres on it in that pic?
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:02 pm

MrRevhead wrote:Agree, nice truck and a good score for that price!
What size are those wheels and tyres on it in that pic?

32x10.5 r15 on 15x7 1/2 rims, not 100% sure if that the correct rim size but i think thats what i read stamped on them :)
Fit perfectly except the front right hand part of the bumper was a little bent when i bought it and that resulted in the tyre pulling it down, but this is without winding the torsion bars or anything. :)
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby MrRevhead » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:28 am

Oh really? They look huge! Thought they were 35s!
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:12 am

MrRevhead wrote:Oh really? They look huge! Thought they were 35s!

Nah I wish it could fit 35s, would look the part then :D
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:14 pm

Right so i have invested in a set of 31's (Maxxis Mudder Buckshots) $880 for a set of four new, and just a little more saving to do to get the rims i want from 4wdbits. Went through a warrant check as its now coming off hold and failed on a loose nudge bar and a rotted exhaust tailpipe. Very close to getting on and off road with my truck now :D
As some would say 'it's all downhill from here' :P
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby geeves » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:03 pm

As some would say 'it's all downhill from here

or at least untill you reach the hill climb
Sanding your knuckles before starting work can help. That way you cant skin them
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:05 pm

geeves wrote:As some would say 'it's all downhill from here

or at least untill you reach the hill climb

I like your thinking :D
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:41 pm

Last week i received my new tyres, and this morning my new rims. Fitted and balanced them today and really like how they look.
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For my wof i had to replace the tailpipe, so to do something different we've cut it off behind the muffler and plan on having a twin exit pipe one on either side beside the leaf spring mount in front of the diff. Still stock size but is effectively a straight through system and sounds quite nice :D

Next im considering doing a diy snorkel, so any tips would be great? :)
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Vehicle: 1993 Isuzu MU 4jb1 EGR Blocked, Free flow exhaust, 33x12.5 Mudstars on 15x10s. 32x10.5r16 on 15x8 -44.
Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby MrRevhead » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:53 pm

Side exit like you describe won't pass a WOF...
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby slightlydodgy » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:00 pm

Have a search on here for DIY snorkels There are a few ideas floating around Good luck
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby geeves » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:19 pm

Side exit like you describe won't pass a WOF

Not exactly true but enough traps to make it seem that way. Pipe must exit behind the rear most door which in the case of the Mu is the tailgate. You can get round this by having the pipe come out at least 2 inches but that can be seen as an external projection able to hurt people. At the very least it will be a $400 trip to a certifier. Better to keep it at the back although it would of looked cool.
Sanding your knuckles before starting work can help. That way you cant skin them
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:41 pm

Yeah i didn't think about that. I'll have a talk to the warrant guy and a cert guy to find out the requirements to get it to pass a cert
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:16 pm

I did read on offroad express that the tailgate of a short wheelbase is only counted as a door in that regard if it is functional to a passenger from the inside. That plus the fact that the rear windows do not open would lead you to believe that as long as it dumps outwards and towards the back it would not matter. Not trying to argue with anyone, just these wof regulations do leave alot down to the inspectors opinion on it.. maybe ill just build some large-ish rock sliders so the two inches can't be classed as a protruding objects lol
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby MrRevhead » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:21 pm

For exhaust purposes, the rear most opening that enters the passengers cabin. In a MU's case the tailgate.
A ute MU could have a side exit
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:13 pm

So i have been emailing ironman about some bullbars and they emailed me some photos of a test fit bullbar to a 1994 Bighorn. The bar looks to be a bit narrower than the bighorn so if it fits a Mu would be better, so I am wondering, are the mounts for bullbars on the chassis of a 1994 Bighorn the same as my Mu?

Another question i have is where are all the body mounts located in a Mu, for the purpose of body lift? Cheers, Jordan
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby geeves » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:26 pm

body lift is definatly a trip to the certifier Mounts are all easy to see and most are easy to get at
Mu and pre 92 bighorn are same Think the 94 chassis is a little wider. Hilux bar fits with minimum fuss
Sanding your knuckles before starting work can help. That way you cant skin them
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Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby nb422 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:20 pm

Ah cheers Geeves, yeah have a couple of things lined up for a certifier later this year. I checked the pictures and emails again and i think he said its a rodeo bar being narrower?

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Just two of the pictures he sent if it makes any difference for knowing if it would fit? But yes i like the sound of the hilux bar if this won't work :)
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Spring over axle, winch bar, 50mm bodylift, balljoint flip. Exo cage soon to come. Fully certified even.

Re: First car - Isuzu MU

Postby geeves » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:01 pm

is that picture a winch cradle you already have or the one ironman were advertising? The mounting looks the same as my wizard but on its own that falls foul of frontal impact rules because of the sharp uprights. If this is yours get the welder to make your bullbar
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