Re: Rubicon is on it\'s way.. Upgrade suggestions?
That plate under the MC -- I've been saving that small space for a second battery - haven't gotten around to it yet - but there are some pretty powerful small tractor batteries that should fit. It may come in real handy someday to have an extra shot at starting.
Right now I've got that space used for the control box for my Variable MAP sensor "boost" experiment. But soon it'll get the battery.
There's room on the otherside too if the stock air cleaner box is removed in favor of a better breathing system. But that side now has another compressor for my tires too. I've been saving that area for a future project - a converted 2nd alternator for welding -- and a Sanden compressor.
Another viable place for the locker compressors is under that MC plate - bottom side - tight, hard to reach, but do-able too. I wouldn't want them there if a small battery gets put above though.
The place I used -- left splash panel by the cruise control - about 1/2 way between radiator and firewall. I managed squeeze in a VAIR compressor and the 2 locker compressors - it's tight but doable. I mounted all 3 on a flat plate, then mounted the plate on the splash panel.
Get creative -- it's surprising how much room's still left with proper planning. Just remember to not restrict airflow around the engine - the fan pulls cool air in through the radiator, but that air still has to be able to get out for more cool air to come in.
I'll try to take a few pics of the compressors and underside today.
I know what you mean by unique - but that's not really important to me. It ends up "unique" anyway. To look and perform like everyone else's is easy - just use store-bought products just like everyone else. Bumpers, rock rails, all kinds of "stuff" is available. For some reason very few store-bought things meet with my satisfaction - so I usually just make whatever I want anyway. If I do just buy something, it usually gets modified beyond recognition anyway. But that's just me.
Funny, I bought the Rubi so I didn't have to modify or work on it much - I wanted something I could just jump in and go - I've got many other projects begging to be finished -- but they've taken a back seat so far.
Oh well, guess that's life.