My daihatsu rocky

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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by THE RIG » April 4th, 2014, 7:10 pm

cool build up mate

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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 6th, 2014, 5:56 pm

so got the trailing arm all welded up today and back on. we checked them both and found some cracking on both of them mid way so welded it as well so hopefully they are all strong and get me through for a little bit until I get something stronger. Put some square steel into the middle of it to brace it all.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 6th, 2014, 6:07 pm

I also gave the fridge a clean today and then from there things sorta escalated and I ended up giving it a spruce up and adding a couple of extra fans to it just to help it along. I gave it a lick of paint and whacked some marine carpet on the top.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by Coco7 » April 7th, 2014, 7:51 am

The fridge looks good mate. It sure was a good idea to weld the box section in the trailing arms, they will surely hold for a while till the funds come up to get something stronger. Keep it up mate. I enjoy reading your build up

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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 11th, 2014, 7:23 pm

Thanks Coco, the fridge turned out pretty good im still going to put some carbon fiber vinyl on the middle cause i think that will look cool. The fans seem to be helping as the cycle times seem to be reduced.

I went for a bit of shop around today to the local 4b shops and camp shops to get ready for my trip. I ended up getting a snatch strap, a rear awning thing from bcf, some knock off maxtrax for 50 bucks which was bloody good and I bought a deep cycle battery to replace the knackerd old cranking battery that I flogged from the tractor.

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I'm also looking at solar panels to help the battery along when im staying places for a couple of nights. at this stage im looking at a couple of 40w solar panels to chuck on the roof.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 12th, 2014, 8:00 pm

Well not too much of an update Just been doing a few things to get the old girl ready for my trip away. changed all the filters and fluids, Fixed up a couple of wiring issues and wired in a 12v gauge on a 3-way switch so I can check the levels of the batteries when at camp.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by Coco7 » April 13th, 2014, 9:53 am

Looks pretty neat mate.

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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 18th, 2014, 8:16 pm

Well I'm back from my trip, I had been planning on spending a few nights up in Wyperfeld NP exploring the tracks but due to a few issues I ended up having a slight change of plans. My girlfriend and I traveled up on sunday spending a night in grampians and then headed up early monday.
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This is when the first niggling problems started to arise, the old sagged king springs in the rear weren't coping with the fully loaded 4b and I was hitting the bump stops every now and then. This was annoying me as it meant more pressure on the trailing arm then i would have liked.
We cruised up the murray-vale trk and had a quick lunch at broken bucket camp ground and a bit of a walk around.
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we then kept cruising and stopped at a lookout (the name escapes me) I only managed to drive half way up, I didnt want to air down more and go smashing up the hill for no reason, so by hoof it was, but stunning views.
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Then down the milmed rock track it was, to head to the camp for the night.
this is where I found my isolator connection had been loose and the second battery hadn't charged, out came the spanner and all was good.
Before I left for the trip I had noticed that my steering pump belt was slipping so I gave it a tighten, Tuesday morning I found that the lower bolt had snapped and It had come loose. This caused a sort of rubber band effect so the pump would get pulled tighter and spring out, causing it to start slicing into the lower radiator hose, (which I dont have a spare of).
We went for a cruise back up the milmed track and down the chinaman track, then explored around lake albacutya.
by the afternoon I had noticed that one of the shocks was weeping a little, I was a tad overloaded and running on old shocks.
This is when I decided that I didnt wanna risk being too remote if anything were to fail, So we headed south.
We stayed at southern grampians at Strachan camp which was quite nice and everything was brand new from just being refurbished after the bush fires. We had a walk around the place and explore.
Our next stop was down to the coast. We journeyed down to the lower glenelg np and discovery bay where we spent a night a couple of nights. We had a stop at princes margaret rose caves and camped the night (to have a nice shower) then from there we buzzed home today.

All in all It was still a brilliant trip and covered about 1200ks, despite the niggling issues I decided to play the smarter part and not risk getting caught out, while we were up at wyperfeld I was very impressed at how the rocky ran. didnt get stuck once.
I am looking forward to getting back up there...
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 18th, 2014, 8:26 pm

I also have a lot more photos that I may eventually put up.
As for my suspension problems plans have begun for that, although it will be costly so I doubt I will do anything until the end of the year.

So far I have the options of going a tough dog 2inch lift for around $1100, although I don't know if I will be happy with this.
I will probably look at a 75mm lift with rear raised springs, swaybar disconnect and new trailing arms. for the front a 25mm diff drop, HD torsion bars and some work on the upper control arms.
Hopefully this will then allow me to either run 32's or 31's with no scrubbing.
I will be researching this heavily.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » April 28th, 2014, 10:05 pm

Well I finally finished my last bit of carpeting and put in a new stereo, got a jvc double din and some fusion speakers and a kenwwod sub. got it all pretty cheap so was happy with that. Just gotta finish neatening it all up and doing the rest of the wiring. I'm wiring it up to my second battery through a 3-way switch so I can run it on either battery.
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I'm also currently working on fixing the power steering pump and i've had a problem with the brake master cylinder so i'll have to have a look at that and see what I can do.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by storky » May 1st, 2014, 4:15 pm

Very impressed with what you have done. Good Job. You might need a bigger alternator with all the extra's you got, I got a 80amp one from a auto eletrician, It works a treat.
With your power steering pump, mine was leaking pretty bad and was quoted $400 to repair it, a bit over the top I thought so I found a seal kit on the net for around $30 to $40 and replaced them myself, not very hard to do and still no leaks after two years. Steering box different story.

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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » May 5th, 2014, 1:14 pm

Cheers storky,
yeah the altenator is something i will be upgrading but at the moment it handling everything fine, and theres not really anything more power wise that will be getting added on, the lights are all going to HID so less power usage there.
Ive had a couple of problems with the power steering pump, at first time was the seals but the problem was it was the internal high pressure seals so I had to get it sent off to get the pump pressure tested. then the brackets bolt snapped while away on my trip but all fixed now.
The rocky spent Last week In the shed getting New bolts to hold the pump on, all new belts an new bottom radiator hose. also had a leak at the water pump so some gasket glue fixed that up.
Went away this weekend to mount cole with my new trailer and the motorbike and all worked sweet so happy about that.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » May 6th, 2014, 8:54 pm

Well went out to mt cole on the weekend with a mate and had a play on the bikes, I bought myself a motorbike trailer so that sorta stole away from my lift kit fund, but ah well.
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I also got my HID kits in finally. I Put my 55w 4800k kit back in the roof lights and 100w 4300k HID kit int the x-ray's
and they are awesomely bright now.
I am getting a slight black spot on the spot beam but should be easily fixed with a spacer.
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by monkeybucket » May 7th, 2014, 12:08 am

Doing a great job with this mate...love the fridge fans...recon you may want to gusset those links you welded now you are getting a bit heavier on the boots.

Thumbs up!
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Re: My daihatsu rocky

Unread post by kalla20 » May 7th, 2014, 9:24 pm

Cheers monkeybucket,
The fans help a fair bit with the fridge which is good.
I was thinking about welding some gussets on but its only temporary so as long as it holds out ill be happy.
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