This is my first post here. I have had the Patriot for about six months. Recently I decided that I wanted to make a light overland vehicle. Living in Washington, I camp a lot and I wanted a vehicle that could take me at a minimum to some of the tough to reach trail heads. I also have recently decided to volunteer for my local 4x4 search and rescue unit. The goal is to build a rig that is fuel efficient and capable, but still a daily driver. By no means will it be a wheeling rig.
Yeah, I bolted the lights through the rack on the back and side. The front has four welded tabs for the lights to mount to. That was a major factor when considering roof racks. The GoRhino Safari rack has a wind fairing with 3'' holes for 3'' led's. I decided to go with 4'' so im going to have to cut and recoat the fairing.
@SamPatriot: It was fairly simple-ish. I ran wires through the firewall to the rear of the Pat and came up through one of the gasket-ed holes behind the lift gate. The relay box, 150A breaker, powerpole, and wiring all came from Amazon. All the relay and light wire is 14GA and the wire from the battery to the breaker and power pole is 4GA. The switches are run through a fuse tapper to the cigarette lighter, they only work when the ignition is on. The CB is run directly to the powerpole so it can be run with the ignition on or off. If you need close up pics of it all let me know and I can throw some up. Just make sure your crimps are tight and to use some waterproof heatshrink. It was time consuming, but pretty straight forward.
I just ordered some tow hooks from RangerDave, should be here in a week or so. Ill put pics up when I get them on. I think a rear tow hitch D-ring and some skid plates are gonna be on by Christmas.
You know, not too bad. It certainly inst a Rubicon or even a 4runner, but it isn't supposed to be. I live in western Wa, and it does fine in the snow in mud. I certainly wont be taking it to Moab lol, but its a great little camping rig with fuel economy.
Putting the tow hooks I bought from RangerDave on this forum today, I will post pics when I am done.
This looks like a great build! I too have an FD1 and am a SAR volunteer, so I'll keep a close eye on what kind of awesome things you do to this thing. You should check out Husky Liner formed floor mats and cargo liners. The front, rear, and cargo liners come to about $405USD but let me tell you, they are so worth while. They keep the floors and lower trim pristine especially with how much muck tends to be brought in after 12 hours through the bush. I don't have them in my Patriot yet but they were in my Mazda3 for years. The dealership which bought was amazed at how clean the floors and trim were because of them.
I'm planning to build a low profile cage along the sides of the trunk for recovery gear and possibly even a system for a backboard. If it works out I'll post some photos.