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    My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Very excited about my new to me H3, I absolutely love this truck.

    I'm trying to be somewhat sensible here and make sure I focus on maintenance and safety first before starting on mods. She has 59k miles, this is what I have done so far:

    - Change engine oil and filter
    - Change transmission filter
    - Change front and rear diff oil
    - Change TC fluid
    - Change Air Filter
    - Checked remaining fluid levels

    Planned to do still in the next couple of weeks:
    - Replace front brake pads and rotors
    - Clean MAF and throttle body
    - Fluid film for winter

    Then:
    - Replace tires (tempted to get 35's)


    I haven't put UCP high on my list as it already has plates and guards for the tranny, TC, fuel tank.

    Mods and additions I'm thinking about:

    Adjust the torsion bars
    New Shocks
    New Head Unit (with CarPlay)
    Gobi roof rack
    Roof lights
    Snorkel

    What do you think, have I missed maintenance or safety items I should focus on first?

    Thanks!

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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Oh nice mods planed, what you're waiting for?
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    If you are going to be going offroad you need more protection for the transfer case than that thin sheet metal guard.
    UCP should be HIGH on the list, before shocks, head unit, roof rack, lights or snorkel.
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    It's got the two plates up front covering the oil pan and front diff.



    Under the Tranny and TC it's got these things, no good?



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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Ah, You have OEM UCP. That's what those bars are.

    YES that is GOOD. You are good to go in the basic protection department.
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bunger View Post
    Ah, You have OEM UCP. That's what those bars are.

    YES that is GOOD. You are good to go in the basic protection department.
    Thanks!! I'll be rust treating and painting it as part of my indoor winter projects.

    Do you think I'm good re maintenance tasks that may be specific to our rigs? I'd like to make sure I get that covered before anything!
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    -Remove every bolt from ALL of your undercarriage protection (Front, under the diff and the UCP) and anti seize the threads.
    -Go around the entire rig and re-torque ALL the body mounts to factory specs.
    -Clean out the sunroof drain tubes (if you have one)

    -Plan to meet us in April @ RC!
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MUTAINT View Post
    -Remove every bolt from ALL of your undercarriage protection (Front, under the diff and the UCP) and anti seize the threads.
    -Go around the entire rig and re-torque ALL the body mounts to factory specs.
    -Clean out the sunroof drain tubes (if you have one)

    -Plan to meet us in April @ RC!
    Great list! I'll get started on it.

    RC is only about 3 hours from me, count me in!

    Thanks Mutaint!
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MUTAINT View Post
    -Go around the entire rig and re-torque ALL the body mounts to factory specs.
    I went ahead and re-torqued the mounts (the posted manuals in the H3 section are such a great resource!).

    3 bolts towards the rear needed an additional half turn or so and I sprayed all them down with some silicon...wow!...what a difference this has made to my truck!

    She used to rattle every time I hit a bump and now she is completely quiet. I started looking for potholes and the like just to make sure. I'm just amazed and never expected it to make this much of a difference!!!

    I know it sounds like a small thing, but to me it's allowing me to really enjoy my truck and I can't thank the Chomies on this site enough for their advice!
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Body mounts will become loose with time. The rubber bushings get smaller as the rubber begins to age.
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    Re: My 2009 Champ Build Thread

    Guess I'm gonna have to check mine. No "rattles" but a few noises going over pressure cracks or RR crossings.

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