Locking Hubs

Trying to get the best mileage possible given the 650+ mile/week commute, I thought I’d try a pair of lockable hubs to free up the hubs from font axles and transfer case when I don’t need them. Plus, locking in the hubs takes me back to an old Bronco. I sourced a pair of Aisin…

OME HD

This is my second install of Old Man Emu heavy duty shocks and springs on a Montero, the first one on my previous Gen3. The difference was significant enough to do the same for the Nomad and I’m certainly not disappointed. The front install is straight forward, done in about fifteen minutes per side. Likewise…

Painted Wheels

I’ve been going the rounds on the Nomad’s wheels – stick with stock or go aftermarket – and I figured I didn’t have much to lose if I tried painting my stock wheels to begin with. I’m not much on blackout. I like contrast and I like the ’60s and ’70 look of Chevy SS…

Trans Pan Gasket and Filter

The Nomad’s been oozing a few too many fluids, two to be exact, oil and transmission fluid. I did the transmission pan seal swap and filter change and learned a few lessons along the way that you might find helpful if you ever find yourself considering doing the same. Yes, the frame cross member that…

The Camper

SHELTER Two ARB awnings have been added to the Nomad, the 1250 on the back and the 2000 on the left side. An ARB Awning room attaches beneath the 2000 awning to create a 6.5 by 8 foot space (2000X2500mm), resulting fifty square feet. The awnings are attached to the two Apex racks using 3/4…

Baseline: The Start of the Build

I bought this 2.5 Winter Package with 121,234 miles on the odo. It had been sitting in the Southern Utah sun for at least two summers. The vehicle came from City of Industry, California and was bought by the PO in St. George, Utah in 2004. So, no rust issues. It appears to have never…

Rear Work Lamps

Rounding out the illumination modifications on the Nomad is a pair of three-inch, 12W LED work lamps mounted on the rear Surco roof rack stanchions. Although the interior cargo lamp has been converted to LED, I needed more light on the food prep area along with a bit more illumination rearward, though the LED reverse light…

Auxiliary Lighting

With the roof rack finally where I want it to be, I pulled the trigger on new off-road combo lamps on the bull bar, and finally wired up the trail lights on the roof rack.  It all begins with the addition of a Blue Sea Blade Fuse block and a 100 amp breaker.  Blue Sea…

Apex Roof Rack Hack 2.0

You might recall the roof rack hack on the Apex cargo basket where I cut some length out of the risers to lower the rack and hopefully reduce drag. The mod worked well and supported our recovery and camp gear without issue. But I wasn’t ever pleased that the rack wasn’t full length, leaving the last eighteen…

Blue Ridge Overland Gear

When sorting out the 2.5 I transferred some gear from the H3 build including this Blue Ridge Overland Gear. They’re a company out of Virginia who make high quality MOLLE, hoop and loop, pouches and accessories for most any storage application in an adventure vehicle. Some of their stock is custom made to upgrade existing gear like fridges…