Turner’s Nightmare – 3
[bd] In reading your massive build thread on Planet Isuzoo, I noticed you catch a little hell from some people who call your truck a “street queen.” Tell me a little bit about that. What does that mean? I’d also like to know your thoughts on the challenge/value of building such an extreme machine versus the challenge/value of taking it out on the trails.
[bt] Since the Rodeo was 2WD from the factory, it had always been labeled a “street queen,” meaning it rarely saw dirt – although I used to have an ARB air locker. I rarely took it offroad because there aren’t any spots to wheel anywhere close; we have to drive 2 hrs one way to see trails.
The term “street queen” didn’t really come about until after the big lift. People were hating on it because it was the tallest 2WD and they didn’t see the point in building it. I shrugged it off and told everybody it’s mine and I can do whatever I want – that’s the joy of living in America. That being said, the main reason for the 4WD swap was to shut up all the naysayers. Once it was complete, all the naysayers immediately withdrew their negative responses and worshipped it.
Since the swap I’ve had it offroad maybe twice. I started to see its shortcomings on tight trails and in off-camber situations. The more you lift a truck, the stiffer the suspension is. The rear flexes like it’s going out of style, but the front doesn’t budge. It’s also too tall and trying to maneuver through trees is difficult, because the turning radius has dramatically been decreased.
My 39.5s dont rub at all though. ;)
[bd] What’s the next project for this truck, why are you after it, and what obstacles do you anticipate having to overcome?
[bt] Up next is the 3.1L turbo diesel we imported from Indonesia. It came with an Aisin auto trans, which we all know are indestructible. However it has just been put on the backburner due to a new addition to our herd, a 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser. Thats going to keep me tied up doing modifications for our expedition trip in ‘15. We’re in the process of selling our house and moving somewhere with enough acreage to build a shop. The only obstacle I foresee is wiring for the new transmission. It’s going to take some creative thinking to accomplish this, but I think it will be well worth it.
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